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Welcome to Wigtown, a short walk from Bladnoch

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Refurbished to a high standard, Woodpecker Cottage is situated in the heart of the Galloway conservation village of Bladnoch. Within three minutes drive of Scotland's booktown, a short walk from a child-friendly pub and Scotland's most southerly distillery. Golf course one mile with fishing available on the River Bladnoch opposite the cottage. Good local walks.

Sandy beaches a short drive away. The cottage sleeps up to six people. Bed linen and towels provided, all inclusive. TV with dvd, central heating and wood-burning stove.

Games room with pool table and table tennis. 90 yard well planted garden with fenced and secure courtyard. Barbecue and garden furniture. Although not equipped for disabled visitors, there is a double bedroom on the ground floor with easy access to the downstairs bathroom.

This cottage is designed for family-orientated holidays or couples who're are looking to enjoy the surrounding countryside, beaches and quiet country towns. The owners have specifically instructed that they do not wish to accept bookings from organisers of hen or stag parties.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Will consider House swap
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow, Nearest railway: Stranraer or Barrhill.
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

The Dumfries and Galloway region

Dumfries and Galloway is often described as "Scotland in miniature". It has hills within feet of being mountains, dramatic woodlands, remote moorlands, impressive rivers and a magnificent coastline. There are three major towns, namely Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Stranraer with small villages and unspoiled countryside between them. Unlike the Highlands you won't see

conurbations or ribbon development. This is a region which has largely escaped the blight of box-like new build. For relatively fast travel, there's the A75, beyond that there are an abundance of quiet country roads. It's a region which counts farming as one of its major employers. Tourist sites and places of interest aren't in short supply but they are, almost without exception, on a small, friendly scale. Dumfries and Galloway has never been geared up for mass tourism. It's the kind of place that Cornwall and to an extent the Highlands once were before they became over-run by visitors.

Wigtown

The further West you travel, the more rural it gets. Bladnoch is situated in the Machars, a peninsula of soft farmland and small

towns no larger than English villages. It's a place that's ideal for those who are looking for a relaxed way of life. The vast majority of our visitors are either families or couples who enjoy the outdoors. The variety of walks both gentle and challenging is impressive. The beaches and coastline are as good as anywhere you're likely to find on the mainland. It would be difficult to ever find a busy beach, with so many to choose from it just doesn't happen. A short drive away is Newton Stewart which has an excellent cinema should you feel the need and beyond that is one of the best mountain biking facilities in Britain. There's horse-riding, country trails, fishing (both sea and freshwater) and a superb choice of golf courses. For those who fancy a championship challenge Turnberry is an hour away while the Wigtown and Bladnoch nine-hole course is just five minutes walk from the cottage. There's one of the best pubs in Galloway just two minutes walk from Woodpecker while the River Bladnoch (salmon and trout fishing) can be seen across the field from the cottage. Scotland's mostly southerly distillery which makes a small-volume prized whisky is just over the road from the pub while Wigtown, the former county town and now dubbed "Scotland's Booktown is ten minutes walk away. Unless you're looking for the chain shops you could find in any English town, Wigtown should come as a pleasant surprise. There's a post office, newsagents, small supermarket , butcher's shop, an abundance of good bookshops of course and some decent places to eat. When the book festival's on in Wigtown, the place buzzes in a good way. The annual event has become more popular by the year and for the rest of the time there's an interesting mix to be found of "bookish" visitors and locals. There's a market in the town square every Saturday and events throughout the year in the impressive town hall - a building which looks as if it belongs more to Northern France than South West Scotland.

Being a remote country area, the people of Galloway have been producing their own food for years but it's only comparatively recently that they've began to realise there's a marketable potential. Close to Bladnoch there's a farm which produces its own sheep's cheese, the butcher's shops make their own varieties of haggis, Galloway beef is reputed to be amongst the best in the country and the sea food abounds.

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