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Vernon's review of Fine Georgian Cottage
Self Catering Mull of Galloway


Fine Georgian Cottage - sleeps 6+1


self catering Scotland in walled garden with swimming pool


I am sitting in a deck chair, my bare feet sinking into the dewy grass blanket beneath me; the weather yesterday was wet but now the sun is out and the heat is burning my shoulders. My wife Lesley is similarly seated and we are sharing a bottle of claret while reading the books we picked up in Wigtown before lunch - mine is a mint volume of Ruskin’s Seven Lamps of Architecture published in 1880 which has the most exquisite plates of Ruskin’s sketches and Lesley’s is a volume of Trollop that she found in a shop called Readinglasses. The garden is heaving with sound - the buzzing of myriad insects punctuated with bird song and the excited shrieks of our children playing in the swimming pool in front of us. To the rear sits Pavilion Cottage with its distinctive warm brick facade punctuated by the white pavilion dining room that gives the cottage its name. All of this is set within the high screen of a Victorian walled garden which makes it very private, very secret - like the midnight garden it feels too good to be here all of the time - surely it must vanish and be part of a lost dream.

So what can you see and do around this lovely cottage ?

Supposing for one moment that you want to venture away from the cottage and garden, you could walk 5 minutes to Rigg Bay, a deserted, idyllic and private sandy beach and spend an afternoon building sand castles and guddling in rock pools. Or visit Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, with its main street full of bookshops and cafes. You could visit Whithorn which is the birth place of Christianity in mainland Scotland, where there are archaeological digs in progress. You could walk one of the many coastal walks that can take you to the place where two women were tied to posts in the tidal slip so that they were drowned as the tide came in, martyred in the name of Christianity! You could venture northward to take a trip around Scotland's most southern distillery, or fish for trout and salmon in the river Bladnoch. You could take your bikes to Kirroughtree to try out one of the 7Stanes, a group of 7 mountain bike routes for all abilities that make this area a magnet to mountain bikers from all over Europe. You could venture eastwards and visit Cream 'o' Galloway, one of Scotland’s best ice cream makers and have a play in their adult sized adventure playground. Or you could try out horse riding across the sandy shore of the Solway Coast.

But all of this would suppose that you wanted to leave Pavilion Cottage and its enchanted garden. Not me - I'll just carry on reading the Seven Lamps of Architecture some more!

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Further details about this accommodation

Sleeps 6 + 1
Bedrooms - 4 (1 double, 1 single with pull-out makes 5ft double or twins, 2 singles, 1 sofa bed)
Bathroom - 1 Large walk in shower wash basin and WC.
Wet room near pool
Washing machine/drying area
Combination oven/microwave/grill, Rayburn stove and electric hob, fridge/freezer, barbeque
TV/DVD, CD/radio Telephone/fax/internet access
Wood-burning stove, under floor heating
Large enclosed lawn garden
Rigg Bay (sandy beach) - 4 minute walk
Open air heated swimming pool - usually open and heated mid May to mid-September
Changeover days are very flexible – outside school holidays if you have dates that you prefer we can usually accommodate them.
Storage available for fishing tackle, sea kayaks and bicycles.

Our top five things to do while staying here
buildings of historic interest close by

Whithorn Priory is sited where Christianity was introduced to mainland Scotland and is currently an active site of archealogical interest. St Ninian’s Cave is a popular point for pilgrims where you will find ancient carvings by pilgrims over the centuries. Torhousekie stone circle from over 2000 years BC right up to more recent WW2 secret sites are all within easy reach.

good area for walking and hiking

Take a stroll along the shore path or tree-lined sandy beach of Rigg Bay to the village of Garlieston or up to the ruin of Cruggleton Castle. At Glen Trool  walk around Loch Trool and the woodland where Robert the Bruce hid out with his army or start your ascent of The Merrick, the highest of the Galloway Hills. Enjoy the arboretum and woodland walk of Galloway House Gardens, just a moment's walk from your cottage, one of many gardens to visit in Galloway.

great cycling

Cycle on the Machars cycle route or a number of excellent cycle and mountain bike routes in the area (bikes can be hired and delivered to Pavilion Cottage). Dumfries and Galloway is home to 5 of the 7 Stanes, which are some of the best mountain bike routes in Europe. The closest is Kirroughtree about 20 minutes' drive away.

good area for golf The nearest golf courses are 8 miles away at Wigtown and Bladnoch (9 holes). St Medan’s (11 miles) has a lovely 9 hole links course, Newton Stewart Golf Club is 15 miles away at Kirroughtree and Wigtown Golf Club Luce Bay 23 miles.
self catering scotland good food

There is an excellent pub in Garlieston, where good food is served.