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Galloway self catering Scotland - three lovely cottages in the scenic Rhins of Galloway sleep 4, 6 and 8


Recently renovated traditional estate cottages and wing of main house with lovely views of gardens, woodland, farmland and to the sea in the distance.

As I drive along the quiet Wigtownshire coast road, passing delightful small coves and beaches, Loch Ryan a wonderful slate green under a grey sky and a beautiful rainbow ahead, suddenly the sun bursts through and the sea sparkles turquoise under patches of blue sky, white horses prancing on its surface. The cheerful yellow gorse which lines the road evokes a memory of the coconutty aroma I associate with Scotiish summers; a curlew stalks along an empty beach and I can hear other seabirds overhead. It's so good to be by the sea and so amazing that there's no one else around - but that's the joy of a holiday in this quiet corner of Scotland.

I drive through the small village of Kirkcolm and up past the gatehouse to Corsewall Estate, entering a world of formal gardens, woodland and farmland. The impressive main house looks down over lawns planted with wonderful magnolia, rhodendrons and tall, ancient trees to the jewel blue sea beyond; it is the west wing of this that makes the first 'cottage'. I'm taken aback by how much space there is inside Garden Cottage: large rooms with high ceilings are beautifully furnished and decorated; tall windows draped with stunning curtains look out over the lovely garden. I can see myself playing croquet on the lawn in between glasses of Pimms or lounging about the house at my leisure reading the excellent Scottish literature that's been thoughtfully left out.

A little up the hill is the old stable block, now housing Stables Cottage, a cosy but luxurious two bedroom flat overlooking the stables courtyard, walled garden and woodlands. From a window of the double room I watch a pony and a few sheep making neat work of the lawn and wonder what might be germinating in the long, lean to greenhouse. This is a great base for a couple or small family to explore the estate, its delighful walks and local beaches.

A couple of miles along the road but still on the estate, High Clachan House completes the trio, sitting at the top of a hill just before you reach the coast. A traditional Galloway farmhouse, High Clachan sits in peaceful farmland looking out over fields, woods and the sea in the far distance. There's loads of space here for eight: a large, attractive living room, kitchen and dining room as well as a lovely south facing conservatory, ideal for eating or relaxing. The three kingsize/twin bedrooms are beautiful and spacious and have lovely views; each has its own luxury bathroom. A bonus for those with children is the neat twin bunk room, right next to the master bedroom and with its own bathroom upstairs.

A holiday here can be nothing but brilliant, living in luxury, with walks and beaches right here on the doorstep, quiet roads and plenty of books and games for days in.

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Three spacious, luxury cottages on the Corsewall Estate, close to local beaches.

Garden Cottage (sleeps 6) forms the west wing of the 18th Century Corsewall House and has wonderful sea views across Loch Ryan. The nearest beach is just at the bottom of the drive.
Large open plan kitchen dining room and spacious south facing living room overlooking the beautiful and extensive estate gardens to the sea.
Large double or twin bedroom with en suite bathroom.
Separate shower room and WC.
Utility room.
Large double bedroom with ensuite shower.
Large twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
Private garden with furniture, barbecue, croquet set and dedicated squirrel feeder for the red squirrels.

Stables Cottage (sleeps 4) forms the upper floor of the original stable block. The nearest beach is just at the bottom of the drive.
Kitchen/dining/living area facing south onto the stable courtyard; woodburning stove.
Large double bedroom overlooking walled garden and woodland.
Twin bedroom overlooking woodland.
Bathroom with bath and shower.
Private garden with furniture and barbecue.

High Clachan Farmhouse (sleeps 8)
A very spacious traditional Galloway farmhouse built in the local vernacular style of south west Scotland, entirely surrounded by open farmland about a mile from the main house, Garden Cottage and Stables Cottage on the Corsewall Estate. The nearest beach, Port Beg, is just at the end of the small country lane.
Large sitting room with woodburning stove.
Spacious dining kitchen with restored church pews as seating.
Large south-facing conservatory with beautiful rural views of the rolling Wigtownshire countryside. With arm chairs, an additional dining table and chairs, guests can either choose to eat here, relax and take in the view, or play board games.
Master bedroom with king size bed, rural views to the south and north and an en suite bathroom with a double ended bath and a separate shower.
Twin bedroom with full sized bunkbeds, ideal if you want the children close by.
Two generous bedrooms with zip and link beds (can either be made up as twin or super king beds). Both bedrooms have large en suite bathrooms with Victorian style free standing baths for a touch of added luxury, in addition to separate showers and under floor heating.
Additional bathroom with bath and overhead shower.
Private garden with garden furniture, barbecue and croquet set.

All accommodation is well equipped with flatscreen tv, dvd player, Roberts radio, WiFi, kitchen and laundry appliances, high quality bedlinen and towels, central heating.
Cots and high chairs can be made available.
A welcome pack including homemade Corsewall cookies is provided.

Our top five things to do while staying at these Galloway self catering
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There are pretty, local walks around the Corsewall Estate and to nearby beaches. For longer hikes, the Galloway Forest Park offers plenty of paths through woodland, up in the hills and alongside lochs while the Southern Upland Way stretches eastwards from the coast at Portpatrick and the Ayrshire coastal path runs from Glenapp to Skelmorlie. There are several high peaks in the area; the highest is the Merrick near Glentrool.

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There are lovely local beaches within walking distance of the cottages and plenty more a short drive away; none of these will be busy. Walk to Lady Bay or Port Beg or jump in the car and visit Killantringan with its cliffs, sands and caves, or Sandeel Bay, where there are caves and waterfalls.

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There is abundant wildlife in the gardens and on the estate, from red squirrels to deer. Loch Ryan is host to many species of bird including terns, divers and grebes. From the Mull of Galloway you may spot dolphins, porpoises and seals.

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Dumfries and Galloway is a great place for cyclists of all abilities, with many marked cycle byways. There are quiet coastal roads near the cottages and a little further afield two sections of the 7stanes (seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland) at Kirroughtree and Glentrool.

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The Port Pantry in Portpatrick does very tasty lunches and snacks as well as evening bistro meals from Thursday to Sunday, while the Blue Peter in Kirkcolm does good pub grub and takeaway fish and chips. For an excellent seafood menu, go to Campbell's in Portpatrick and for more expensive fine dining with a Michelin star, the Knockinaam Lodge, also in Portpatrick. Corsewall Lighthouse has a very good restaurant.