My second stay at the Courtyard Cottages. The owners are very friendly and make you feel right at home and very welcome. The Garden Cottage I stayed in is the smaller of the 5-6 cottages and had everything needed. Complimentary basket of logs for the wood burner, information folder with local places to visit, places a little further and facilities on the farm - very handy! Washing and drying machines and a drawer in the upright freezer in the utility room, plus free wifi. All the other usual things were available - nice bathroom with shower & towels plus liquid hand soap, kitchen utensils, pans etc, plus tin foil and cling film, small TV. Took my dog along again, after checking it was OK to do so. Nothing seems too much trouble for the owners. I contacted them about places I wanted to visit and how best to get there, and was also told of other things I might be interested in that were along the way or at my destination. Sited just out of Wigtown, the cottages are on a small working farm, which you can look round after checking with the owners. I enjoyed being closely inspected by the chickens that were trotting round the yard on the hunt for food. The cottages area accessed by a quiet road which hardly seems to have any traffic on it, making it so quiet and peaceful. Lots of little birds around, and it was so lovely to hear them chirping and calling. Nice views from the access road of the hills beyond and surrounding farmland. Lots of places nearby to visit with it only being about 15 min drive to get to A75 where you can stop off at one of the many small towns along the route. Picked up some very nice whisky from the whisky broker just as you enter Creetown. Well worth a visit if you like your whisky and want something extra special. Also visited the Gem Rock Museum there. £5 entry will get you in for the week if you wish. Run by the family, and the collection being gathered by them too, it's very interesting, had a 10 min film on how gems are formed, a crystal cave to wander through, a cutting and polishing room for the stones, a nice shop and cafe. Very friendly and well worth a visit. Had lovely walks in Kilsture Woods, visited the Holy Cairns (off the A75), walked a couple of the many paths at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre in the dark sky park - also good for star gazing if you're up for it. Spent a lovely couple of hours at the Red Kite feeding station watching them swoop and dive to pick up meat provided for them. I went to a place near Laurieton - Bellymack farm. You'll see the signs for it at the crossroads in Laurieton. It's £5 entry fee and there's a little cafe with drinks and cakes if you want them, then out onto the back balcony where the feeding takes place at 2 pm every day. There were already some birds circling around when I arrived at 1 pm. Well worth a visit to see such beautiful raptors and how they've been re-introduced and their numbers increased. Took a trip to Stranraer - only about 30-40 mins drive from Wigtown. Very pretty harbour and a couple of nice walks nearby. Visited a small pretty beach at Mossyard that had so many pretty little shells on the beach - really lovely - and very nice views. Took a trip to the Isle of Whithorn (about 30 mins drive) to walk on the nature reserve but unfortunately the weather was a little too bad when I arrived to do the walk. Still, it's a pretty little village/town with a nice harbour and worth going to see if you're in the area. All in all, I had a great time and the weather played along for the most part, considering it was October. I look forward to going back again in the not too distant future. My thanks to the owners for making my stay so pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable.
Just had a fantastic week at this charming location, which is brilliantly placed for exploring a truly beautiful part of Scotland.
The accommodation was basic but comfy and really cosy when the wood burner was going.
We had a really warm welcome from the owner who was ready to help with anything and was enthusiastic and knowledgable about the local area.
The fish and chip shop in Newton Stewart is really good value and has a big menu. There is also a Sainsburys and Aldi there plus a petrol station.
Pubwise, Wigtown is a bit grim but there is a terrific pub at the Isle of Whithorn called The Steam Packet, where we enjoyed an excellent carvery, exceptionally reasonably priced. The range of local beers and ciders was really impressive.
Days out-wise, the trip down to the Mull of Galloway is well worth doing, especially combined with Logan Fish Ponds at Port Logan - eccentric but totally fun!
You also must, must, must visit the red deer hide in the Galloway Forest Park - we saw two stags at close quarters from the hide.
Stargazing at the nearby visitor centre is also really good but take insect repellent.
There are good castles at Treve near Castle Douglas and Inn of Fleet, both of which can be combined with a stop at Cream of Galloway ice cream place.
All in all, a great place for a family holiday - the accommadtion is no-frills but the place is charming and the pool a fantastic resource and well kept by the owner.
Loved the wee cottage plus living with farm animals right next to you
The swimming pool was a bonus
If we had children with us the play barn would have been welcome
Excellent value for money, very good facilitys, owners very friendly and helpful never too busy for a chat, cottage beautiful, loved the log burner didnt need it on but couldnt resit, luved the wee lambs that would come and greet you as well as the chickens. Swimming pool was a great extra. Would definitely recommend and would return again. Wish we could of stayed longer.
Very comfortable and not fancy. Owners were very helpful with recommendations for sites and eating. Baby lambs came for petting. Would rent again.
We stayed here for a week in August this year. The cottage was lovely as was the surrounding area. The swimming pool was a bonus. The only down fall to this property was the games room. Most of the things in there was either broken, dirty or just couldn't be used. Needs to be updated. Great base to explore surrounding towns.
Had a great week here, cottage was excellent, really nice high powered shower with very controllable heat. A log fire... A very cozy log fire that sets this whole idyllic location off.. Easy to find, Hazel was lovely. I can't sing the praises of these cottages enough. It's surprisingly well located too.. We used it as a good location for things to do as our main family holiday. From horse riding to sea fishing and everything in between. Will be back next year (or sooner)