Corsewall Estate Stables Cottage
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
- Stay in beautifully converted Victorian estate stables.
- Close to sandy beaches.
- Red squirrels play and feed at the squirrel feeders out front.
- Stables Cottage has wonderful sea views across Loch Ryan and is located in over 20 acres of gardens and woodland adjacent to Stables Cottage.
- Cosy woodburning stove perfect for romantic nights in.
Good To Know
- Set in 1400 acres of private estate grounds and beautifully tended gardens featuring snowdrops, daffodils, acres of bluebells, camellia, rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas relative to the flowering season.
- The owners are happy for young guests to share their children's play house and trampoline when staying at Stables Cottage.
- The woods immediately beside the lawns close to Stables Cottages are a dedicated children's fun zone with 60 foot zip wire, climbing frame with climbing wall, lookout house with binoculars to spot pirates/baddies, a very whizzy slide, three swings, including one for toddlers and a terrific back to back glider.
- There's a camp fire area in the woods - perfect for toasting marshmallows and a spare two man tent which children can pitch in the woods for an outside night adventure if they choose.
- Up to 2 well behaved dogs on request (surcharge applicable).
- Cot and high chair available on request.
- Wifi throughout.
- In house catering on request with a local professional chef who can provide delicious meals delivered to your door by prior request.
The Blue Peter Pub in the village of Kircolm is a five - minute walk from Stables Cottage and serves good pub grub.
Campbell's serves superb seafood. Tigh na Mara in Sandhead has an extensive menu and is reasonably priced.
For a fine dining treat, try Knockinaam Lodge near Portpatrick or Glenapp Castle, near Ballantrae, which are both Michelin listed.
The Bay House restaurant offers quality food with great views up Loch Ryan and over Corsewall Estate. Visit the Old Colfin Creamery - a fabulous cafe and bistro just outside Portpatrick.
- A thoughtful welcome pack is provided for guests on arrival including a jar of home-made Corsewall brownies, milk, bread, jam, butter, tea, coffee and fresh flowers from the garden (when in season).
- Two of The 7Stanes mountain biking centres - Kirroughtree and Glentrool are close by.
- The Galloway Forest Park offers three visitor centres close to Newton Stewart.
- Ayrshire Coastal Path - Skelmorlie to the north to Glenapp in the south. There is also the Southern Upland Way and number of pretty walking tracks around the Corsewall Estate.
- Logan Botanic Garden is the Royal Botanic Gardens most southernly outpost with many tropical plants and species.
- The RSPB nature reserve at the Mull of Galloway, the southern most point of Scotland, is home to an amazing variety of birds.
- Visit Culzean Castle and Dumfries House just up the coast in Aysrhire or with Ireland on the doorstep, take a day return ferry trip to the Emerald Isles.
- For golfers there is the Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club, Stranraer Golf Club, Wigtownshire County Golf Club as well as Turnberry and Troon, the championship golf courses further up the coast.
- For children, visit the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory amazing chocolate workshops (kids only!) and for those looking for an adrenaline shot from zip wiring to zorbing, book an activity or two at Laggan Outdoors.
Stay in tranquil luxury in this beautifully converted Victorian Stables set in 20 acres of private garden woodland, bursting with native and exotic trees. Adjacent to Corsewall Estate House, where deer run wild, red squirrels and hedgehogs play and little guests can have Swallows and Amazons adventures while grown ups relax in style. Adults will love escaping to this gorgous two bedroomed, luxury self catering stable conversion which comfortably accommodates four guests.
This first floor luxury holiday cottage has a large open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area, which is heated by a log burning stove and oilcentral heating. There is a double bedroom with a kingsize bed and pretty, rural views over the walled garden and the woodland; a twin bedroom, and a bathroom with overhead shower. Stables Cottage has its own private garden, with garden furniture and a barbecue.
Located in over 20 acres of gardens and woodland adjacent to Corsewall House, there are lots of walks around the estate and down to the sea you can enjoy. In late January and February, the woods feature charming drifts of snowdrops followed by daffodils and in April and May the hue turns to purple with acres of bluebells. There is colour in the gardens almost all the way through the year starting with camellia from January to March, followed by a riot of colour in April and May as the rhododendrons and azaleas - pinks, reds, creams, yellows, purples and white - come into flower. Indeed, one of the rhododendrons, known as Christmas cheer, comes out in mid December. The autumn sees the hydrangeas providing colour all the way through to November. There is oodles of wildlife to spot - from roe deer and hares to barn owls, woodpeckers and most importantly, this area is one of the last bastions of the red squirrel. There are squirrel feeders in the gardens near Stables Cottage where you can watch any number of cheeky red squirrels feeding ferociously all day. The record spotted at one of the feeders is currently six. Walk down to the sea to the shore on Loch Ryan and around Wig Bay and The Scar - a circular walk along Loch Ryan shoreline and back into the village of Kirkcolm. The Scar, a sandbank which juts out into Loch Ryan, is home to one of the largest colonies of nesting migrant terns in the region. From an historical perspective, during the Second World War, Wig Bay, was used as a base for the flying Catalina boats - you'll see evidence of this on your walk and also throughout the woods at Corsewall Estate, which was requisitioned by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the War.
Swallows and Amazons style adventures
There's lots to keep children and little ones busy on the estate. The woods immediately beside the lawns close to Garden Cottage and Stables Cottages are a dedicated children's fun zone with 60 foot zip wire, which has been well tested by children (and some adults) alike. Next door, there's also a climbing frame, which comes complete with a climbing wall, lookout house with binoculars to spot pirates/baddies, a very whizzy slide, three swings, including one for toddlers and a terrific back to back glider. Additionally, kids can bounce to their heart's content on the 14 foot trampoline on the edge of the lawns. There's a camp fire area in the woods - perfect for toasting marshmallows. The owners can also let guests have the use of have a two man tent, which you are free to pitch in the woods so children can have an outside night adventure and get closer to the great outdoors. For smaller children, there's a wendy house with a toy cooker and lots of picnic/cooking paraphernalia and a pretty veranda. A stream runs through the estate, so with two stone bridges and an endless supply of sticks, Pooh sticks is always a fun game for children to enjoy.
Corsewall Estate has three pretty beaches on Loch Ryan for Stable Cottage guests to enjoy: Boat Bank, Lady Bay and Port Beg. A pretty walk down one of the drives will take you to Boat Bank, which is the nearest one to Stables Cottage. Both Boat Bank and Lady Bay are wonderful spots if you like collecting shells or pebbles - oyster shells and mussels to cowries and scallop shells never fail to disappoint. Bird watching down on the shores of Loch Ryan or in the woods is second to none. Port Beg is a pretty bay, pebbly down to the waterline and then sandy in the sea - ideal for paddling and swimming.
The cottage is equipped with a flat screen television, Freeview Box, DVD player, WiFi, a selection of board games, books and classic films. The beds come with super thick, feather-filled duvets, all bed linen and large fluffy towels. It also has a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer, hob and electric oven.
A thoughtful welcome pack is provided for guests on arrival including a jar of incredibly edible, home-made Corsewall brownies, milk, bread, jam, butter, tea, coffee and fresh flowers from the garden (when in season). You'll find the cottage well equipped with the general basics too from washing up liquid and bin bags to washing powder and loo roll. Stable Cottage has its own private garden area including garden furniture. A cot and high chair are available on request.
The Blue Peter pub in the village of Kirkcolm is a five - minute walk from Garden Cottage and serves good pub grub.
The owners have five properties in Galloway, with Stable Cottage, Garden Cottage (sleeps 6) and Home Farm Cottage (sleeps 5) all being near each other, so groups of up to 15 can easily be accommodated between the three properties for family gatherings or birthday celebrations. High Clachan Farmhouse (sleeps 8) is also on the estate about 3/4s of a mile from the other cottages.
From £310 per week and short breaks of three nights or more from £230, available on request.
Deposit: 20% of total rent
A full set of linen and towels including a bath sheet and hand towel per person, bath mats and tea towels are all provided at no extra cost.
All fuel and logs for the log burning stove are also provided free of charge.
Dogs: £20.00 per week
High Chair and Cot: available on request
Dogs (short break): £15.00 each
"A Christmas To Remember - For the first time in many, many years, all the family couldn't be together for Xmas so we decided to go off with the dogs and have a different festive occasion. We were a bit apprehensive, but Corsewall Estate soon won us over. Stables Cottage with its real Xmas tree and other festive decorations plus the log fire made it feel just right. Our retrievers thought all their birthdays had come at once - don't think there was an inch of the beautiful estate they didn't try to explore! The cottage is well equipped and cosy and Kate and Angus are great hosts. If you value quality, Stables Cottage will not disappoint."
"Wonderful - We booked Stables Cottage for May half-term, and we were not disappointed. Set on the grounds of a beautiful Scottish estate, close to Stranraer and Loch Ryan, the Cottage was beautifully finished/furnished and we were given a very warm welcome by Kate, Angus, and their dogs Sybil and Struay - who were super friendly with our two small girls!
Kate and Angus had left a really helpful home-made guide to the local area, based on their local knowledge, and this proved invaluable over the week we stayed. Indeed, the welcome pack extended to fresh flowers and chocolate brownies - it was very thoughtfully done.
The location of the cottage was a very short walk to Loch Ryan, or a short drive to Stranraer. We found that everything a family needed was within easy reach.
A particular highlight included being invited to attend a 'forest ranger' workshop in the grounds on one afternoon - this included building teepees and making mud faces in the woods and was great fun for children and adults alike. Other must-see attractions included the Mull of Galloway, Logan Botanic Gardens and Killantringan Lighthouse/Beach. The beaches are very sandy and quite child-friendly, though the tides do come in quick! All in all a wonderful location for a short break (either with or without children) in a part of Scotland that is still largely undiscovered. We're already thinking of booking again in the near future!"
"Fabulous Family Holiday - We had a wonderful stay at Stables Cottage. Kate and Angus made us feel very welcome and the cottage was beautiful. The children (11 and 9) loved the freedom of the grounds, especially the zip wire and trampoline. I would totally this place for a fabulous getaway."
"Perfect Retreat in Beautiful Surroundings - A really fantastic cottage. Extremely well equipped with lovely décor and a real cosy feel. A real treat to cosy up in front of the log burner after a day out exploring the lovely countryside. Owners are extremely friendly and helpful. Highly recommend."