Corsewall Estate Garden CottageDumfries and Galloway, Scotland
About this listing
A stylish bolthole deliciously tucked in 20 acres of garden woodland, adjacent to Corsewall Estate House bursting with native and exotic trees – here deer run wild, red squirrels and hedgehogs play and little guests can have Enid Blyton adventures while grown ups relax in style.
Adults will love escaping to this gorgous three bedroomed, luxury self catering cottage which comfortably accommodates six guests.The living area downstairs is open plan with a stylish kitchen including a Belfast sink and large dining table. The spacious sitting room, furnished with comfy armchairs and sofas is south facing and overlooks the extensive estate gardens. There is a double bedroom (which can be configured as a twin on request) on the ground floor with en suite bathroom. The property also has a shower room & WC and a utility room and a traditional wooden staircase leads upstairs to a double bedroom with a bathroom and en suite shower respectively.
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. The cottage comes complete with its own red squirrel feeder – 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 Garden 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 Garden 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, blue tooth speaker and retro Roberts digital radio, 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 double 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. Garden Cottage has its own private garden area including garden furniture, a barbecue and croquet set. 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 Garden Cottage, Stables Cottage (sleeps 4) 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.
Reduced occupancy numbers and couples stays
During quieter months, the cottage can be let for four guests, based on four people sharing two bedrooms and during the winter, we also offer a price for two, based on two people sharing the ground floor bedroom.
From £365 per week and short breaks of three nights or more from £230 for a three-night break, available on request.
“We have stayed in many places over the years but Garden Cottage is one of the best. We particularly appreciated all the extras in the kitchen – thank you so much. We loved the spacious lounge and the cleanliness of the cottage was second to none. We loved it all – thank you both.”
“Thanks ever so much! We have had a lovely holiday. Accommodation 5 Star. Hope to come back in the future.”
“Thanks again for a wonderful holiday. The accommodation was superb, the surroundings sublime and the welcome warm.”
“We all had a wonderful break at Garden Cottage, it was very comfortable indeed and very beautiful and peaceful. We will be back – hopefully very soon. Many thanks for all your help and assistance in making our holiday special. You have restored my faith in receiving personal and friendly service in Scotland.”
“We just wanted to say thank you very much for a lovely holiday. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Your cottage and gardens are beautiful and you and Angus made us feel so welcome. Thank you for being so nice to the children too and the welcome pack of food and drink was much appreciated.”
- Guests: 2-6
- Bedrooms: 3
- Beds: 3
- Bathrooms: 1
- Per Night: £51.00
- Baby Cot
- Barbecue Area
- Dog Friendly
- DVD player
- Family Friendly
- TV Cable
- Washing Machine
Terms & rules
- Smoking allowed: Yes
- Pets allowed: Yes
- Party allowed: No
- Children allowed: Yes
Hosted by Kate Carrick-Buchanan
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