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Traditional Cottage With Stunning Contemporary Interior

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Isle of Whithorn, Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Cutcloy Cottage, Peaceful, Coastal Location, Stunning Views Over Sea To Isle Of Man & Cumbrian Hills

Cutcloy cottage is located at the southern most tip of the Machars Peninsula in the South West of Scotland, within walking distance of the picture postcard unspoilt fishing and sailing village of Isle of Whithorn. The 'Isle' is designated an Outstanding Conservation Area where the Steam Packet Inn with its award winning restaurant is located on the quayside. The cottage is a perfect base for exploring this unspoilt corner of Scotland, numerous golf courses are within an easy drive on quiet roads. The area is known for its unusually mild climate and is very popular for fishing, sailing and diving. There are numerous walks and historic sites to visit locally, including the site of the first christian settlement in Scotland, St Ninian's cave and for book lovers, Wigtown the Scottish Book Town and its famous festival are a must. Given good weather, it is possible to see England, Ireland and the Isle of Man from the cottage.

Laura Hudson Mackay
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Laura Hudson Mackay

Hello, my name is Laura Hudson Mackay and this property is a holiday home for my husband and I. We love it and we want you to enjoy it as well!

I am a photographic artist based in Scotland.

Why Laura Hudson Mackay chose Isle of Whithorn

In 2006 we discovered a tumbled down cottage in an amazing location. After spending a year renovating and modernising it, we have come to love the cottage and the special part of South West Scotland it occupies. We hope you enjoy this magical place, we're sure you too will fall in love with it.

We have another property for rent on Owners Direct, which is Riad Romm'an in Marrakech, Morocco

What makes this cottage unique

Highlights of Cutcloy Cottage include, peace, quiet, a slower pace of life, stunning views, coastal walks, wildlife, seaside air, local food and relaxation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Well done on providing such luxurious, well equipped holiday accommodation! This cottage is gorgeous. We have enjoyed the views and walking. The open fire is a bonus. TC - Harrogate, Yorkshire

We had a lovely time in this beautiful cottage! Taking it easy, looking at the cows and the views, visiting the distillery...ta! CS - Leeds

Beautiful cottage with everything we could have wanted. Really enjoyed our break. Thank you. SB - North Lanarkshire
Aug 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room to master bedroom, with wc, single basin, large walk-in shower, tiled floor. Family bathroom with wc, single basin with bath (shower over bath).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, French doors to outdoor decking (covered), en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and additional folding bed (if required).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
Notes on accommodation: We do not provide any equipment for babies or young children, although the cottage and gardens are child friendly, enclosed and private. Sorry no smokers. Outside: Stunning views all around from the gardens, which include a large decked (partially covered) sunbathing area, pebbled landscaping, picnic table, lawn, seating area with fire pit. Barbecue, 4 no. hardwood steamer chairs with cushions. Outdoor dining table with four chairs. Outdoor lighting and lanterns. Garden fully enclosed with drystone walling. Garage with electric door. Utility Room: Dishwasher and washing machine. Door to back garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedding (duvets and duvet covers) are provided. The cottage is cleaned once a week. Other: Dining/living room area, with folding dining table (seats 6), comfortable corner sofa arrangement making most of glazed walls offering stunning panoramic coastal views. Sliding glazed door to garden. Telescope.


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Traditional Cottage With Stunning Contemporary Interior
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Lovely solitude

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Cutcloy Cottage was everything the doctor ordered. We never wanted to leave! Of all the places we stayed during our one month trip to northern England and SW Scotland, this was the one that felt most like a home. It was well-equipped not just with the basics, but with an abundance of extras like books, DVDs, maps, pamphlets, personal touches, binoculars, etc. but the biggest surprise was that VIEW! Like a lot of guests, we couldn't wait to get back to the cottage every day so we could sip a drink and relax, looking out at the view of farm land, stone walls and the Irish Sea. It's a place for solitude but it's within comfortable driving distance to the Galloway Forest, Mull of Galloway and some interesting towns. We also took the walk along the cliffs between Isle of Whithorn and Burrow Head--not for the faint of heart on a very windy day!

I recommend a stay at Cutcloy Cottage for those who need to recharge their batteries and get away from it all. A great stay for us. Thank you for sharing!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage with lovely views. A very comfortable and enjoyable holiday.

  • 5 of 5

A well appointed cottage. It is tastefully laid out and has a view that you don't tired of. Rooms are a good size. The decking area is sheltered and was a good place to sit in the sun. Loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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You won't be disappointed!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage still has the wow factor, from the moment you open the front door you are met by quality fittings and fixtures, every room is delightful, homely and comfortable, the snug has a welcoming fireplace and was well stocked with logs, the living area has fantastic views, at night the sky is amazing due to the low light pollution.

The kitchen area is well equipped, the decked area and garden areas are lovely.

There are lots of places to visit with Whithorn, Wigtown and other unspoilt villages nearby, there are some lovely coastal walks along the cliff tops to the village pub 'The Steampacket Inn' and St Ninian's cave, not for the feint hearted though as they are in places close to the cliff edge.

This is a great place to chill out and re-charge your batteries.

This was our 5th visit, roll on number 6 : )

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great location

  • 5 of 5

what fantastic week we have just had at this cottage.amazing location and cottage itself is absolutely terrific.would recommend this letting highly.owners are really helpful and really have carried out a fantastic jobonthis property.location is great for getting about this part of scotland.roads are really good todrive onwithminimal down in village is tremendous for eating out and is only 35min walk .away.fantastic all round,well done Laura

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jay, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review of Cutcloy Cottage. Great to hear you enjoyed your stay and the surrounding area too. Many thanks, hope to welcome you back sometime. Best wishes, Laura & Scott.
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Stunning and spectacular!

  • 5 of 5

Cutcloy Cottage far exceeded our expectations. It is spectacular, very comfortable and furnished beautifully. We felt immediately relaxed!

The outdoor space at the cottage is as stunning as the interior with amazing views of the surrounding countryside, sea and - on a clear day - the Isle of Man.

The location of the cottage is peaceful and a place you just can't help but 'switch off' in.

We will definitely return and highly recommend Cutcloy Cottage for a real break away from it all. Fabulous!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Susie, Thank you for such a wonderful review of Cutcloy Cottage and the surrounding area. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and wish to return. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Isle soon! Many thanks, Laura & Scott x
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage, reclaimed I believe from an old Croft, is the nicest one we have ever stayed in in all the 10plus years we have been renting cottages in Scotland. The location, the furnishings, the equipment inside the cottage, the comfort, the warmth and the attention to detail were superb. We have been home for 3 days and already we have recommended it to 5 people, one a complete stranger. The Steam Packet Inn, the nearest place to eat was also excellent, but to be honest we were so comfortable at Cut Cloy Cottage we stayed in and cooked. 5 stars - we would give it more if we could.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear D & G, wonderful thanks for your glowing review of Cutcloy Cottage. So delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thanks too for recommending to others. Hope to welcome you back to the Isle again soon. Best wishes, Laura & Scott xx
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Cottage well located for cliff top walks (coast is 5 minute walk) to coastal path linking Isle of Whithorn to St Ninians cave to the west. Numerous quiet sandy beaches within 5 minutes drive (e.g. St Medans and Monreith). Pebble beach at St Ninians Cave.


Closest airport is Glasgow Prestwick (1 and a half hours drive). Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle are all 2 and a half hours drive from Isle of Whithorn.


1 mile from Isle of Whithorn.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We take a 50% deposit on booking. The remaining 50% to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. If the booking is made within 6 weeks of arrival, we require the full amount upfront.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day flexible. When there is a changeover, we kindly ask that you do not arrive before 4pm on your arrival day and leave by 10am on your day of departure to give time for our housekeeper to prepare for our next guests.

Notes on prices:
Minimum 3 night stay. £100 per night all year round, excluding Easter, Christmas & New Year. Please contact Laura for prices per night during these holidays.

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.