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4-Star Tranquil 2-Bedroom Cottage with log burning stove on Rural Country Estate

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

4-Star 2-Bedroom Cottage on country estate and close to the sea

Located in the heart of Corsewall Estate, seven miles from Stranraer, surrounded by historic woodland and overlooking a traditional 19th century walled kitchen garden, the recently restored Stables cottage is an ideal base for exploring Wigtownshire and rest of Dumfries & Galloway.

Stables Cottage, located on the first floor, has a spacious, modern open plan sitting room with kitchen and dining area with a traditional log burning stove as a focus for relaxing and comfy sofas and arm chairs.

The cottage has a double bedroom with a traditional style cast iron king size bed over looking the old walled garden. There is a twin bedroom with ivory traditional style cast iron beds. The bathroom has a bath with an overhead chrome shower.

Stables Cottage is equipped with a flat screen television, Freeview Box, DVD player; iPod radio/docking station and WiFi, a selection of board games, books and classic films. The cottage has its own private garden, with garden furniture a swing ball set and a barbecue. There is also a large trampoline, with a safety enclosure, a great new climbing frame and a Wendy house in the Estate gardens for children to use.

Corsewall Estate has three pretty beaches on Loch Ryan - Boat Bank, Lady Bay and Port Beg - that Stables Cottage guests can explore. A pretty walk down one of the drives will take you to Boat Bank, which is the nearest one to the cottage. Both Boat Bank and Lady Bay are wonderful spots if you like collecting shells or pebbles - oyster shells and mussels to cowries and scallop shells never fail to disappoint. Bird watching down on the shores of Loch Ryan or in the woods is second to none.

Port Beg is a pretty bay, pebbly down to the waterline and then sandy in the sea - ideal for paddling and swimming. There are lots of rock pools - so a bucket and a net is a must for the kids! There's a grassy area for picnics and barbies and the views out to sea, with Ailsa Craig in the foreground and the Isle of Arran in the distance, are simply magical.

The gardens and lawns provide a secure environment for children and it is a wonderful location for them to enjoy the great outdoors and play good old fashioned games from hide and seek and football to kick the can. The lawns are great for running about, and there are lots of little banks, which are ideal for rolling down. A stream runs through the estate, so with two stone bridges and an endless supply of sticks, Pooh sticks is always a fun game for children to enjoy.

And families are welcome to set up camp in the woods beside the lawns - we provide the tent, roll mats, wood and campfire location - guests just need to bring their sleeping bags! And if it all gets too much for some younger members of the camping party, they can always retreat back to home comforts indoors.

Located in over 20 acres of gardens and woodland adjacent to Stables Cottage, there are lots of tracks around the estate you can enjoy - on foot or by bike. This also makes it a great holiday for dogs too! In late January and February, the woods feature charming drifts of snowdrops followed by daffodils and in April and May the hue turns to purple with acres of bluebells. There is colour in the gardens almost all the way through the year starting with camellia from January to March, followed by a riot of colour in April and May as the rhododendrons and azaleas come into flower. The autumn sees the hydrangeas providing colour all the way through to November.

There is oodles of wildlife to spot – from roe deer and hares to barn owls, woodpeckers and most importantly, this area is one of the last bastions of the red squirrel. The cottage comes complete with its own red squirrel feeder – where you can watch any number of cheeky red squirrels feeding ferociously all day. Our record spotted at the feeders is currently six.

The Blue Peter pub in the village of Kirkcolm is 3/4s of a mile away. Under new ownership, the pub has good pub grub and also does great take away fish and chips - a 'must eat' while on holiday by the coast!

We have a second cottage, Garden Cottage, about 50 metres from Stables Cottage, which sleeps 6 - so groups of up to 10 can easily be accommodated in both locations.

More Details

Property Manager
Kate Carrick-Buchanan
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Kate Carrick-Buchanan

We have currently have five holiday cottages - three on our country estate - Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages on Loch Ryan near Stranraer, Cedar Lodge in Portpatrick and a luxury two bedroom apartment in Edinburgh. We've enjoyed welcoming guests to our properties since 2006.

Kate Carrick-Buchanan purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Kate Carrick-Buchanan chose Stranraer

Dumfries & Galloway, in south west Scotland is the first area you reach when driving from England – so as a region it’s very accessible if you are looking for a Scottish holiday cottage. Dumfries and Galloway has everything that is the essence of Scotland – rolling hills, wonderful sandy beaches, pretty towns and coastal villages. And what’s more, there are no crowds or traffic jams. There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy: explore the wonderful exotic gardens such as Logan Botanics; go walking in the Galloway Forest Park or along the nearby Southern Upland Way; go mountain biking at one of the Seven Stanes centres; go sea kayaking or loch sailing, enjoy star gazing – it was the first designated Dark Skies Park in the UK or simply choose to enjoy a family holiday on one of the many pretty beaches.

What makes this cottage unique

We restored Stables Cottage from almost a ruin in 2011. It is now insulated up to the hilt and with the central heating provided by a bio mass boiler combined with the wood burning stove in the sitting room, it makes for an extremely cosy cottage. It's perfect for a romantic break for couples or for a holiday for a family of four. The cottage is located in the heart of the Corsewall Estate - surrounded by mature trees, rhododendrons and spring flowers in abundance. Overlooking a walled garden and woodland it is exceptionally peaceful. It is a short walk away from the beaches of Loch Ryan and there are lots of pretty walks right on your doorstep around the estate - all yours to explore.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Stables Cottage has two well sized bedrooms - the master bedroom has a king size bed and has views overlooking the walled kitchen garden. The twin bedroom has woodland views.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


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4-Star Tranquil 2-Bedroom Cottage with log burning stove on Rural Country Estate
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Photos do not do it justice

  • 4 of 5

The property was a beautifully and sympathetically converted barn, and everything described was spot on. The setting was on a working estate, it did not feel like a holiday setting, at times felt a little like you were intruding (maybe that's our stuff!). Everyone was really friendly and everything on the estate was available for you to explore which was great. The only reason I cannot give a five star rating is that for us, the cottage garden was not private enough and with the weather being so unusually gorgeous, felt there was no privacy to sunbathe. We would probably have enjoyed a winter break more as you could imagine how cosy and peaceful it would be. Everything else was perfect, and we felt privileged to have stayed. The location is perfectly based for exploring this area of Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks indeed for your review and for choosing Stables Cottage. We’re so pleased you had a wonderful week and the weather was amazing. We’re already on the case with regard to the garden - the new beech hedge which we planted in the spring will soon grow up and will offer guests much more privacy for relaxing, eating and sunbathing!
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Great value for money

  • 5 of 5

Very disappointed we had to leave early to resolve work issues. What a beautiful area. If you want nice food & drink u need to venture a bit further into Port Patrick & Stranraer. Walks were amazing with our dogs. They loved it. My 10 year old was like a pup. Met the owner who had passed everything of to his son. Lots of interesting stories about the place. It was a pleasure to meet him. Lovely cottage. Hate saying this but it has to be said. We paid too little for what we got. Out of season yes, even so the prices are really below where the place is worth. There were two of us & the dogs & we thought very good value for money. It sleeps four and we thought cheap for two. They do a few extras too. Jam, butter, bread etc. Strongly recommend

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks indeed choosing Stables Cottage and for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review. We're so pleased you enjoyed staying at Stables Cottage all that it and the estate has to offer and the dogs enjoyed the walks! I do hope you'll be able to return soon for an uninterrupted break.
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A beautifully appointed cottage

  • 5 of 5

This idyllic cottage is toasty warm and very welcoming, the bed is super comfy and the pillows just right. The situation is perfect for those wishing to have an away from it all break in surroundings which are tranquil. Wonderful walks over the Estate down to Loch Ryan and also coastal path walks near by.

Attention to detail is obvious as is the care taken to help preserve the environment.

This is a cottage which will be on our list of places to revisit.

Don't just take my word for it though put this one in your favourites and visit.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks indeed for taking the time to leave us a review for Stables Cottage and for your very kind words. We're so pleased you both and Rafferty the dog enjoyed getting away from it all and the pretty walks down to the sea and coastal pathways. We do hope to welcome you back again in the not too distant future.
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Fantastic grounds , cosy cottage with all amenities , very friendly hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a well kept secret. The stables cottage is very cosy, clean and well appointed . The surrounding grounds are fantastic to wander around with deer, red squirrels , bats all to be spotted . The owners Kate and Angus are very friendly and helpful, free fuel for the log burner and helpful advice on where to go and eat in the surrounding area . We would highly reccomend a stay here.

Glenn and Tracey Bulley

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Glenn and Tracey for your very kind words. We really enjoyed having you to stay in Stables Cottage and we're so pleased you enjoyed seeing all the wildlife around the estate and keeping the log burning stove well stoked with all the free logs! We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future hopefully.
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Perfect for us, cosy and comfortable with everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

The Rhinns is an amazingly underrated place to explore. Favorites include the hidden bays and beaches, the beautiful Portpatrick and the excellent castles and lighthouses to explore. Our stay at Stables Cottage couldn't have been better. The accommodation was perfect for us, spacious, everything in the kitchen we needed to prepare our meals, very cosy and comfortable. Angus and Kate couldn't have been better hosts and made us feel very welcome. We'll definitely be back, thank you so much, Rich and Heather

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you had a wonderful stay at Stables Cottage and enjoyed exploring the area with all its lovely beaches and lighthouses. Thank you so much for choosing our holiday cottage and for taking the time to post a review. We do hope we'll see you back again soon.
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A beautiful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Stables Cottage could not have been better. The property is exceptionally comfortable and backs on to lovely mature woodland. The fact of where it is situated really makes it special. We particularly enjoyed being able to wander through the estate down to the shore of Loch Ryan and spotting all the abundant wildlife.

Thanks to Kate and Angus for being so welcoming and providing such lovely accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing Stables Cottage - we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay on the estate and many thanks also for taking the time to leave a review. I do hope we will be able to welcome you back in the near future.
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Nearest Airport
61 Miles
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Blue Peter - Kirkcolm
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
102 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Lando's in Stranraer
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Loch Ryan
Car: necessary

Located in the heart of Corsewall Estate in the North Rhins of Dumfries & Galloway, surrounded by pretty woodland and overlooking an extensive walled kitchen garden, this recently restored cottage is an ideal base for exploring Galloway.

Walk down to the shores of Loch Ryan and around Wig Bay and The Scar – a circular walk along Loch Ryan shoreline and back into the village of Kirkcolm. The Scar, a sandbank which juts out into Loch Ryan, is home to one of the largest colonies of nesting migrant terns in the region. From an historical perspective, during the Second World War, Wig Bay, was used as a base for the flying Catalina boats – you’ll see evidence of this on your walk and also throughout the woods at Corsewall Estate, which was requisitioned by the Canadian Air Force during the War.

Stables Cottage is ideally located to explore Wigtownshire and Galloway. Explore some of the many sandy beaches or enjoy a walk in the Galloway Forest Park – which has miles of excellent tracks to enjoy on foot or by mountain bike. It also boasts the title of the UK’s first Dark Skies Park. If mountain biking is where it’s at for you, you can try the 7Stanes – seven amazing and varied mountain biking centres across Dumfries & Galloway.

There are lots of activities for children come rain or shine in Galloway. Head for Cream O’ Galloway – the ice cream factory at Gatehouse of Fleet and the children can enjoy the outdoor adventure playground or the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm where they can get really stuck in to chocolate at one of the kids’ very hands on workshops.

For keen golfers, Stables Cottage at Corsewall, has some challenging and scenic golf courses close by – including the Dunskey Golf Club at Portpatrick and the Stranraer Golf Club designed by the great James Braid. Only an hour’s drive away is the championship course at Turnberry and a bit further north is Royal Troon.

There are a number of pretty gardens to visit - from the Logan Botanical Gardens and Ardwell to Dunskey and Glenwhan to Castle Kennedy where you will see exotic plants in abundance and riots of colour.

The Mull of Galloway, with a working lighthouse, which you can visit and climb right to the top of the light tower, is a must see. It is Scotland's most southerly point and on clear days you can see England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.


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  • Contractual booking deposit: 20.00% rent