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Detached Former Rectory Within Galloway House Estate Overlooking Wigtown Bay

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Totally Private House within Galloway House Estate Nr. Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Overlooking Bay, Easy Walk To The Beach/Village

Park Cottage is a carefully restored, listed former rectory within Galloway House Estate overlooking Wigtown Bay on the sheltered Dumfries and Galloway coast. Please see aerial video which is in the photo gallery. Set among ancient trees with 23 private acres of parkland to enjoy, Park Cottage is a five star mix of antiques and modern luxury. In 1740, the Earl of Galloway chose this exceptionally sheltered bay to build his mansion and to develop a Capability Brown inspired garden. You can still make out the avenue where the rector rode his pony to the mansion house chapel. The stable is now our log store. Today our visitors can enjoy 23 private acres of this listed landscape with the sea and venerable trees to the east and open fields and the old laundry just visible to the south. Enjoy the summerhouse and watch the fishing boats sailing by or perhaps catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife in the garden. Head to the safe, sandy beach at Rigg Bay- an easy walk along the beautiful coastal path. Then onwards to Cruggleton Castle ruin- a very rewarding walk with magnificent cliff-top views. A detour on your homeward journey will bring you through delightful Galloway House Gardens and back to enjoy some of the clearest night skies in the U.K. A haven of tranquility and complete privacy to come back to after a day's adventuring or to enjoy on it's own merits. Please also go to for my own guide of the area surrounding Park Cottage.

Lorraine Murray
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Lorraine Murray

I live in Scotland with my husband. We have 2 children-one a Doctor and the other an I.T. entrepreneur. We are farmers and antique dealers with a shop in Virginia, U.S.A. We love living in south-west Scotland with its gorgeous uncrowded beaches, superb scenery, and friendly locals. I am a hill walker so the coastline and hills are blissfully peaceful. My husband is a golfer and his local course of St. Medan is Scotland's most southerly and awards dramatic coastline views- the sunsets are amazing!

Lorraine Murray purchased this house in 2000

Why Lorraine Murray chose Garlieston

Although not looking to purchase a property with two other businesses already, we knew we had to buy Park Cottage as its location and potential were too tempting! With 23 private acres, a sea view and of historical significance, this listed house had great appeal. Having renovated it to a very high standard and installed bio mass heating, every comfort is offered. With its tree lined drive and sea view, Park Cottage is blissfully away from the rat race! With open fields and the old stone laundry just visible to one side and the sea on the other, guests can enjoy an truly idyllic location.

What makes this house unique

In addition to a sandy beach in easy walking distance at Rigg Bay, the seas around Garlieston are very popular with sailors, sea anglers and kayakers. Dry land offers cyclists and hill-walkers endless adventures. Kirroughtree, part of the 7 stanes complex, is just a 20 minute drive away. In nearby Galloway Forest, the U.K.'s first dark sky park, Glentrool offers the cyclist and hill walker a vast outdoor playground. Golfers are well catered for with St. Medan just a 10 minute drive away and with further courses locally at Wigtown, (also Scotland's Book Town) and Newton Stewart. Laggan Outdoor Centre has one of Europe's longest zip wires. Cream O' Galloway is world renowned for it's ice cream and has superb play facilities. The Cocoa Bean Company is another great treat!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Absolutely wonderful week with wall to wall sunshine. We didn't stray far-just one day to Portpatrick and the Mull of Galloway. House is absolutely beautiful and many hours spent in the garden reading and contemplating nothing in particular. Thanks Lorraine for providing such a wonderful place-we are already planning our return visit."
Mar 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Garlieston in Dumfries and Galloway

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • More than one pet may be allowed by special arrangement.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor: Disabled friendly wet room with basin and w.c. and a further wet room with basin and w.c. on ground floor- both off kitchen. Cloakroom with basin and wc in front hall off of 2 downstairs bedrooms handy for nighttime . First Floor:- Large bathroom with antique roll-top bath with basin and wc- En-suite bathroom to bedroom 5 with bath and overhead shower, w.c. and bidet.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground Floor- Bedroom 1 with twin beds, Bedroom 2 with zip and link beds First Floor- Bedroom 3 with single bed, Bedroom 4 with twin beds, Bedroom 5 with king-size four-poster bed leading to single bedroom for +1. We have 2 travel cots and 2 high chairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Large enclosed garden and wood of 4.5 acres and approximately a further 19 acres of parkland, sandstone patio, barbecue, outdoor chairs and sun loungers, summerhouse overlooking the bay. Jump over the stile to the sea. There is also a large games hut in the woods.Table tennis ,snooker and table football can be played here by children and adults alike. Utility Room: American top-loading washing machine, ironing board, iron, clothes pulley (overnight drying with biomass heating), deep Belfast sink. Towels and all linen included. The property is cleaned on changeover day when all linen is also changed. Please leave Park Cottage as you found it. Other: Full height beamed Mark Wilkinson designer kitchen with Porcelanosa limestone flooring-Tri-fold opening doors off of kitchen dining area leading to sandstone walkway and patio with disable friendly ramp leading to totally private grounds. Antiques used throughout.


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Detached Former Rectory Within Galloway House Estate Overlooking Wigtown Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Simply stunning

  • 5 of 5

This is the most wonderful accommodation in which to stay. The house is lovely and spacious, and rooms are immaculatly clean, We have stayed there 3 times now, and always look forward to coming on holiday to Park Cottage. The house and garden is a dream. We always have our dog who loves playing in the paddock.

I really can't rate this place highly enough, the house, garden walks and surroundings are stunning, the house iis so peaceful and the owners are very attentive and want you to have a great stay and go the extra mile to ensure you do.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

As a family who have had at least one holiday a year in Scotland for the last 25 years, we have been lucky enough to have stayed in some wonderful properties. Park Cottage is definitely one of the best, clean, very comfortable with an extremely well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, great showers and plenty of hot water (we have in the past had to boil water in pans to get a bath at some cottages). The grandchildren loved the massive garden, especially the rope swing, our Labrador dog also enjoyed running around with plenty of space. The peace and quiet was what we look for, and this property certainly fitted the bill. I would recommend the property to any family looking for a relaxing stay. The beach at Rigg Bay was easy to access both on foot and also by car. We enjoyed our visit to the Galloway National Park, especially the Wild Red Deer Range where 2 of the stags posed for photographs and allowed the kids to feed them. We also love Portpatrick and enjoyed our day there, the children returned to the Kirkland Fishery at Leswalt and all 3 managed to catch good sized fish. The Harbour Inn in Portpatrick again served up an excellent lunch for all 8 of us and all in all we had a brilliant holiday. The only disappointment came when we found we were unable to book the week we want next year, we will definitely be looking to visit again in 2019. Thank you Lorraine.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Top, top quality place for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place. Setting, grounds and proximity to the beach and attractive Garlieston are superb, and the house is SO well equipped. Everyone had v comfortable beds, plenty of bathrooms and toilets, huge kitchen dining area, with all you needed in the kitchen. Communication with, and support from the owner was excellent and our family of ten and two dogs had a wonderful time. This place deserves a 10-star rating.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Mold, Flintshire

Amazing, beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful house! 5 stars aren't enough!

Lorraine very kindly allowed us to get married in the grounds of this property. It made an amazing backdrop to our wedding. We had a ceremony in the garden with nothing but the sounds of birds and the sea to interrupt us.

The house is very private and quiet. It's extremely well proportioned for 10. We never felt crammed in or under each others feet thanks to the large front room and kitchen, dinner.

The grounds are beautiful, immaculate lawns, a pagoda overlooking the bay, a fire pit, trees to climb and ropes to swing on.

The pub in the village is very nice and the food is good "pub grub". There's also a fish and chip van that visits the village on a Friday. No shops unfortunately (that we found) so make sure you bring everything you need (though I believe Tesco deliver?).

Easy walking distance to the bays and beaches as well as the lovely gardens at Galloway House.

The house was very clean and well maintained and we even got a box of biscuits on our arrival.

Our dogs loved running around the paddock. The grounds were very secure so we didn't have to worry about them getting loose.

Thanks Lorraine, we'll hopefully return for our anniversary one day!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Fortnight in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from two weeks relaxation at this fabulous property. It really is the best accommodation we ever have stayed in, having been lured by the promise of seclusion and quiet. We were certainly not disappointed in that respect.

It is hard to imagine more more peaceful place to enjoy nature. The garden is wonderfully enclosed and private, with only bird song and the occasional bat call for company. Our dogs absolutely loved every minute of their experience, as did our Daughter who is recovering from serious ill health and needs to use a wheelchair. The access and amenities were first rate, particularly the downstairs wet room. So much so that we barely looked upstairs. Alice fell in love with her bedroom and the Snug, where she watched DVDs bought on our various trips out. Similarly, my Wife adored the huge Kitchen and has dreamed of making Christmas Dinner whilst gazing out into the lovely garden. I'm not sure if that a hint but I would have no objection to sampling the delights of Park Cottage again.

After our year of Hell, it is hard to put a price on such wonderful memories. Everything about Dumfries and Galloway is special. The people are warm and friendly, the place itself so laid back and unspoiled. That is an often used word, but in this case could not be more appropriate. I remember going on holiday 40 years ago and the whole experience was like being back in one of my childhood memories.

The owner, Lorraine, rang from the US during the first week to see how we were enjoying ourself. What a lovely thought and she was overjoyed we were so happy with our holiday. Many thanks also to Alex, who looks after the bookings when Lorraine is away. Alex pooped round with duck eggs and loads of information and handled the booking very efficiently.

All in all, I cannot recommend Park Cottage more highly.

I don't want to let the secret out too much though. It's obvious D & G has a much deserved place in a lot of people's hearts. You can add 3 more to that list!

Bob Helen and Alice

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The place to relax

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place!

Possibly the most relaxing holiday ever.

There were 6 of us sharing this beautiful cottage and everything about it exceeded our expectations.

Far more time was spent lounging around inside or in the lovely grounds than was good for us - we missed out many of the sites we had intended to visit.

The location was wonderful with just a short stroll to the village pub and harbour, and a shortcut through the garden to the coast.

Inside, the cottage was well equiped and we made use of the 3 ovens to cook a full Xmas dinner (complete with large turkey).

I'm not normally one for gushing reviews, but Park Cottage deserves it, in fact we are just about to book again for later in the year.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you have discovered us! Yes the house and grounds have been called "inspiring" by another guest and I like to think this corner of Galloway is a real hidden gem. Totally private, yet a short stroll to the village and the sea on your doorstep! I look forward to your return! Kind Regards, Lorraine
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Nearest Motorway
70 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
Garlieston- Rigg Bay
Car: recommended


The property sits approximately 300 yards from the coast. The coastal path leads to the beautiful sandy beach - Rigg bay about 10-20 minutes walk away passing the famous Galloway House gardens as you go. The beach can also be reached by car in around 3 minutes.


The nearest airports are Prestwick and Glasgow -70 and 100 miles away respectively.The nearest Railway stations are Stranraer, Barrhill and Dumfries. It is highly recommended to bring a car. There is a very efficient taxi service available if required.


Garlieston is a 5 minute stroll away.Here you will find a lovely friendly family-owned pub with restaurant- lovely carvery on Sundays! There is a small shop/Post Office in Garlieston. Wigtown Book town is approximately 6 miles away and Newton Stewart -the gateway to the Galloway hills around 17 miles. As well as the natural playground offered by the coastal and rural location- Laggan Outdoor Centre , Cream o' Galloway ,The Cocoa Bean Company and The Gem Rock Museum (to name but a few) are all less than a one hour drive away. Bruce's Stone,the breathtaking Glentrool Loch and Merrick climb are about 30 minutes drive away. So many guests have enjoyed this off the beaten path area of Scotland and Park Cottage is like having your own little island. Do as much or as little as you like and return to the comforts of this beautiful hideaway on the coast!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Garlieston, Scotland

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring Season
13 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Season
9 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Season 3
27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Mar 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May Bank Holiday
4 May 2019 - 11 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May Half Term
25 May 2019 - 1 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £35

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner for full booking form and terms and conditions.

Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Saturday. Preferred arrival time is 4 p.m. and departure is at 10 a.m.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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