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Cosy cottage in spectacular location overlooking Balcary Bay

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine

Overview

About the property

The Studio is a one-storey cottage, with sea view, overlooking the breathtaking scenery of Balcary Bay & the island of Hestan, notorious in smuggling folklore, and the setting for SR Crockett's 'The Raiders'. The cottage is located just 50 yards from the beach, and a stone's throw from the start of a popular footpath along Balcary cliffs to Rascarrel Bay. It is centrally located for exploring this beautiful region of Scotland.

Accommodation comprises a small double bedroom, a bathroom with electric over-the-bath shower, and a living area with fully-equipped modern kitchenette, including oven, ceramic hob, fridge freezer & washing machine. The living area contains a sofa bed, TV with in-built CD/DVD player and a breakfast bar style dining table. Heating is by electric storage.

Outside is a south-facing patio area overlooking the sea, with table & chairs and a storage shed for mountain bikes, fishing gear or watersports equipment.

The Studio enjoys a high volume of repeat bookings - some of our regulars even come twice a year to get away from it all & relax in the beauty of the changing seasons.

The coast here is teeming with bird life, and on clear still days at high tide you may be lucky enough to spot harbour porpoises from the cliffs at Balcary Point.

This stretch of coastline is popular for sea fishing, and many of the local restaurants, including the nearby Balcary Bay Hotel, serve locally caught seafood, such as scallops and crab.

Of the many wonderful walks in the region, two of the finest are close to the cottage. The Balcary to Rascarrel coastal walk begins almost on the doorstep of the cottage, whilst the nearby Screel Hill walk affords a panoramic view of the Solway Firth with the Lake District mountains beyond, and inland to the Galloway Hills. With careful planning, you can even walk across the sands at low tide to the island of Hestan.

The village of Auchencairn (2 miles) has a shop and post office, and the towns of Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright are all within 20 minutes drive from the cottage, with many interesting shops and other attractions.

The region's scenic beauty, dramatic weather and quality of light attracts many talented artists and photographers, and there are a number of events during the year to celebrate their creativity, such as the Spring Fling and the Kirkcudbright Arts Trail, and there are several outstanding Art Galleries in the region.

Further inland along the picturesque shores of Loch Ken is the Red Kite Trail where you can see these magnificent birds in the wild, or for a more close-up experience you can visit the Red Kite Feeding Station near Laurieston.

The region's quiet roads are popular with cyclists, and for mountain bikers, there are the 7Stanes trails at nearby Dalbeattie, and Kirroughtree (near Newton Stewart).

For watersports enthusiasts with their own equipment, there are opportunities for sailing, windsurfing and sea-kayaking in Auchencairn Bay.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 December, 2017

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • bay
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

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Cosy cottage in spectacular location overlooking Balcary Bay
average rating of 4.2777777 based on 18 reviews
4

Lovely wee Gem of a cottage

  • 4 of 5

After an inital mix up - which Liza dealt with superbly we cannot fault the Wee Gem of a cottage.

idyllic location, cottage had all you would require and 5 days of lovely weather :) what more can you ask for!!

Bobby the collie was as happy as us.

Thanks

Jacky & Graeme

p.s the home made cake was delicious.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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2

so small and unconfortable

  • 2 of 5

We nearly walk out as soon as we saw the place. On the advert did it say small studio??

Views, area and walks brilliant.

Studio so small, no room for clothes, TV hardly worked and was so small, settee small and uncomfortable, left two days early. We even had to share with a mouse or two. Even though small it was not cosy, sorry. Bed was so ard had to go out and buy a topper after first night.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage, just the right size for two (plus dog!). Very well equipped and in a stunning location. Lovely place to get away from it all made even more peaceful because there's no phone signal/internet so you can't get pestered by your boss!!! Beach is literally one minute's walk away (where you can get a signal if you really must!)

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

The cottage was clean and well equipped with lovely views down to the estuary

  • 4 of 5

I had a lovely week, with mainly good weather and enjoyed exploring the area with lots of good walks. The cottage worked well though I felt a little overlooked by the visitors in the next door house when they sat in the area by the porch to catch the evening sun. Arrangements with the owners of the cottage were helpful and overall I had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Good location and good value for money.

  • 4 of 5

This property is good value for money and the property is in a lovely location and well equipped. Not wishing to be too disrespectful a couple of tins of white paint and tube of silicone , a jet wash and a trip to IKEA might give additional added value but overall can be described as 'comfy'.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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4

Very relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We had one day of rain .

We saw a seal in the bay & lots of wildlife about the cottage . There were plenty of walks nearby

We would certainly think about going back

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Location

Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Balcary Bay Hotel
Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Castle Douglas, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
LOW
4 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
From
£50
£225
 
 
Xmas/New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£295
for 7 nights
£295
 
 
LOW
7 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
From
£50
£225
 
 
MIDDLE
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£250
for 7 nights
£250
 
 
HIGH
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£295
for 7 nights
£295
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£295
for 7 nights
£295
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Electricity & bed linen included. Please bring own towels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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