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Vernon's review of luxury seaside bothy
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Owl Cote luxury seaside bothy near Gatehouse of Fleet, with lovely sea view.

What better place to spend the most glorious week in May than in this luxury bothy close to Carrick Shore on the beautiful Galloway coast. We came here to relax and have a quiet break doing whatever the weather suggested and as it turns out, have hardly had to stir from the immediate vicinity.

The Bird's Nest bothy is one big room with separate areas for sleeping, eating and relaxing (and of course a separate bathroom). Although space restrictions mean the furniture and furnishing have been kept fairly minmal, they are all high class - even verging on the sumptuous. Light comes in from every possbile direction and you can even see the sea from the living area; for cool evenings there's a wood burning stove (not required!). This is perfect, cosy accommodation for a romantic sojourn.
Carrick is a small community of holiday homes of varying shapes, sizes and designs, from modest wood cabins to rather grander affairs, so in the summer there's a definite holiday feel to the place, although the beaches never get too crowded for comfort.

We brought our canoe and have had so much fun paddling along the coast and around the Isles of Fleet, barbcueing on beaches and swimming in the clear, turquiose water. There are lots of seabirds to spot and if you're quiet and lucky, seals too.

For supplies, Gatehouse of Fleet, just six miles away, has everything we need - fantastic chutneys and preserves in the Galloway Lodge (a great cafe here too) and a good Spar shop, as well as a grocer's, chemist and several other interesting shops. We popped into the charity shop to have a browse and I was lucky enough to pick up a perfectly fitting wetsuit for just a fiver! Along the Fleet, the Mill on the Fleet has a lovely shop and cafe.
Dining out locally is easy - in Gatehouse, both the Masonic and the Murray Arms do delicious bar or restaurant meals and a little further in Kirkcudbright, do please try the Selkirk Arms where the food is excellent - but book first!

After a lovely long day on the water, a spruce-up and a lingering evening meal, the Bird's Nest feels like our own special retreat to come home too. I love the simplicity and cosiness of the place and the lifestyle and I know we shall be back.


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Further details about this accommodation

The Bird’s Nest offers suite-type accommodation to sleep 2, with addition of several extra amenities which will all add to providing a relaxing and memorable stay.
In addition to a multi-fuel wood burning fire, a full bathroom, goose down duvets and sumptuous linens, there are 2 televisions with freeview , and lastly … the four velux windows situated above the bed (with remote opening and closing) offer beautiful night views of Galloway’s famous Dark Skies – for those lucky enough to enjoy clear skies.
Ample parking, and of course just moments from the wonderful beach at Carrick.
Available as additional accommodation to the main house (Owl Cote) or it can be booked separately.
The Bird’s Nest is available all year and it is fully managed. Minimum rental is three nights and we regretfully do not allow children under the age of 12.
The Birds Nest has a new small kitchenette which has the following appliances:-
Touch panel hob
Fridge Freezer
Microwave with grill
2 ring electric hob
All necessary crockery, cutlery and pans.
There is an additional 2 ring hotplate for outdoor cooking. Completed June 2015 is a wonderful raised deck for sole use of Birds Nest guests to soak up the sunsets and Sauvignon! Beautiful views of the entire bay.
One small dog by prior arrangement is allowed, for a small charge.

Our top five things to do while staying at luxury seaside bothy
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Carrick beach is on the doorstep, while there are many other lovely, secluded beaches nearby including Mossyard and Sandgreen.

horse riding locally

Riding at nearby Kirkclaugh Equestrian and Livery and Barstobrick Visitor Centre.

gardens to visit

Cally Gardens near Gatehouse is a must for plant lovers in any season, a wonderful treasure trove of exotic and rare plants collected over the past 25 years by Michael Wickenden. The National Trust gardens at Broughton House and Threave are also well worth visiting.

family activities

Young families will love Cream O' Galloway Visitor Centre, with its indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds, flying fox, bike tracks and karting and of course the delicious ice cream. Also worth visiting are Cardoness Castle, the Gem Rock Museum and Mill on the Fleet.

good place to eat

The Murray Arms Hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet provides decent locally sourced food.