Two Bedroom Cottage awarded 4 stars by VisitScotland close to the shore
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.
Top Traveller Review
Fabulous cosy cottage
About the Owner
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 Dumfries & Galloway
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.
(8 traveller reviews)
Fabulous cosy cottage
We stayed for a week in this chaming, cosy converted stable cottage. The standard was exceptionally high and it felt like a real home from home set in stunning grounds. Kate and Angus could not have been more friendly and helpful. We will definitely be going back, hopefully next summer!
We stayed in Stables Cottage for a week at the end of October and we had a wonderful time. The cottage is absolutely beautiful, so warm and cosy but modern at the same time. Kate and Angus had made us feel very welcome by leaving us bread, milk, jam and biscuits which was lovely. They even left our children halloween treats which went down very well with our daughters.
The grounds were fantastic and so big, you could have a lovely walk and not actually leave the grounds - our dog was in his element. Our children were able to use the trampoline, zip wire and climbing frame whenever they wanted to, which really made their holiday.
The area was lovely with having the sea so close by and Port Patrick was great. We would definitely return to this cottage and local area. We had a lovely, relaxing week. Thank you to Angus and Kate who couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.
Little piece of heaven
Fabulous place, would defiantly return, just the place to recharge your batteries and relax. Beautiful accommodation.
Delightful cottage with a real touch of luxury
Really lovely little cottage, every thing was so well thought out and pleasing to the eye. We were well catered for, with a welcome pack and endless supply of logs.Would absolutely recommend it to anyone wanting a real treat.
All expectations exceeded
We can say only the best about our stay at Stable Cottage. The apartment was so beautiful and lovely furnished. Everything fitted together and we felt so comfortable and home. The arrangement of the Cottage is at very high standard, everything was new and clean. We didn´t miss nothing. The fotos in the internet were equivalent to the real apartment. Our expectations were exceeded.
The owners were very kind and always keen to help us in any case. They provided us regularly with fire wood and any tip we needed for walks or shopping opportunities. They were always contactable and we felt absolutely in good hands.
In any case we would recommend the Cottage to friends and relatives.
The Stables Corsewall Estate
We had a wonderful 3 night stay at the Stables. The accommodation is wonderful - homely but with an edge of luxury especially the bed and bedding. I could have stayed in bed the whole weekend. We were met by Angus who showed us round and explained how we were welcome to walk over the estate and not to feel shy about asking for anything we needed. There was a very adequate welcome pack which is unusual nowadays and we could easily have brought no food and coped until the next day after breakfast - lovely. We knew the surrounding area quite well but the family had provided good guides to activities in the immediate area and beyond. The flat is dog friendly which is a must for us as our dog goes with us on all our holidays. He was as warmly welcomed as we were and I hope that we will have occasion to have another short break there as it was absolutely delightful. I just wanted to refit out my house when I came home. Thank you again Angus and Kate.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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 a 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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From the Owner
“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.”
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- Hair Dryer
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- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
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- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
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- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
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- Private Chef
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered ...
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- botanical garden
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- mountain biking
- 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.
- 4 garden chairs