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Detached Former Rectory Within Galloway House Estate Overlooking Wigtown Bay



Updated: 08-Oct-2016
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 http://bit.ly/1RbLfE4 for my own guide of the area surrounding Park Cottage.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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!

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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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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


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: Jun 2, 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: Apr 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 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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  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed here,what a superb property! Plenty of space for all of us,amazing kitchen, decorating and furniture really good quality.

One of us has difficulty walking but no problems with access to the

wet room and downstairs bedroom.

The gardens so peaceful,no traffic noise at all, just birds tweeting.

Would recommend for anyone wanting to wind down and relax and sleep with plenty of sea air.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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St Medan Golf Club
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Castle Kennedy
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests


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 pub and a shop/Post Office. Wigtown Book town is approximately 10 miles away and Newton Stewart around 18 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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Oct hol
15 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
February Half Term
11 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Mar 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season
9 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May Bank Holiday
29 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season 2
7 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept Rate
3 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Oct Holiday
7 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Half Term
28 Oct 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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

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From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • 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
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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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