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Borgan Cottage

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Bargrennan, near Newton Stewart, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "We really liked the cottage's location and the surrounding area."

    The cottage is a good base to explore from, with many attractions & things to do being within close proximity or not too far of a journey to get to. We also enjoyed seeing all the different types of wildlife in the garden, fields & surrounding woodland. This was definitely a highlight. However, our stay was sadly affected by a few things. For example, there were issues with cleanliness. On arriving, there were dog hairs all over the living room furniture and in one of the downstairs bedrooms, with the smell from the bedroom being particularly bad. So we had to hoover the furniture & use air fresheners to try & remove the smell. We accept this cottage allows dogs, but this still isn't something we should have to do. There were also quite a few cobwebs around the house which we had to hoover up, which had been there for a long time as they were quite thick. Other issues besides this were that the velux windows in the top bedroom had holes in the surrounds and leak when it rains. The additional fridge in the outbuilding had lots of dead flies in it, even though the door was closed? A lot of the pans in the kitchen are way past their best & could do with replacing. However, the worst point is regarding the midge infestation in the top floor of the house, which led to my wife & I having to sleep in the living room. The midges were everywhere and we had no windows open at all. We had lots of bites & they just kept appearing. It was awful, very stressful and soured the whole stay. We accept midges outside as we have been to Scotland quite a few times, but we shouldn't have this issue inside the cottage.

    I’m sorry to hear about these issues in your feedback. I contacted you during your stay to check all was well but you never mentioned any issues. Perhaps if you had we could have helped. Firstly with regard to midges, they do get everywhere and if you have doors and windows open when they are around they will come in and are difficult to get rid of. The best time as I say in the welcome guide is to open windows when there is a breeze, and not in the evenings. I’m sorry if there were dog hairs. The house is cleaned extensively between guests, and those that bring dogs are asked to keep them off the furniture. I have spoken to the cleaning company and asked them to ensure the cottage is aired which they ensure me they are doing. The windows are water tight but I would be happy to hear more if you can let me know if you noticed a leak. I visited a week after your stay and was pleased to find all well, no midges, smell or leak. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael2.2May 2024

  • "A pleasant cottage, nicely situated with bird life in abundance."

    Well equipped kitchen and plenty of space to move around. The main downstairs bedroom would benefit from blackout curtains as it is east facing and the sun blazes in at 06:30 (Start of May) making it difficult to sleep. A security light by the front door is a good feature, but would benefit from having a means to switch off if required. This cottage is on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park and views of the night sky are affected by not being able to disable this light. All in all we had an enjoyable stay with a few minor changes necessary to make this ideal.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Apr 2024

  • "The perfect location."

    And a perfect holiday

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Apr 2024

  • "Clean, comfortable, loved the plants - never had that in any other holiday property ."

    (the parlour palm is suffering a bit, may not last ) plumbing problem was quickly responded to and didn’t effect our enjoyment. Absolutely fantastic location , great for our dog.Kitchen door was easily opened by our cocker spaniel so we brought her car crate in for nights. Overall extremely happy with this property and planning to return.

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2024

  • "Beautiful location, lovely cottage with lots of space for the dog to run around and fabulous walks nearby"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jan 2024

  • "Absolutely lovely stay at Borgan cottage, The owner was very friendly and informative on the phone relating to the property and the local area."

    The pictures of this place do not do it enough justice, so much room and it feels so homely too. I am sure we will go back again in the not too distant future. Thank you for allowing us to share your beautiful cottage for our holidays, we've made some great memories here.

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Dec 2023

  • "A lovely peaceful location, very cosy and comfortable with lots of space inside and out."

    Particularly liked sitting in the conservatory with a coffee and watching the birds in the garden. There is loads to do in the area, with walking from the cottage as the road is very quiet. Easy to access the Southern Upland Way, or Wood of Cree. Newton Stewart has lots of independent little shops.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had an amazing week at Borgan cottage, a lovely quiet retreat."

    The cottage has everything you need, a seriously well equipped kitchen, comfy beds and sofas. Watching the wildlife was an added bonus and the house martins are mesmerising. Yes some parts of the house could do with an update but it makes it quirky and lovable. Great location for exploring the Galloway forest and beaches a little further away. We loved the Galloway smokehouse had some delicious meals. After reading some of the reviews I was a little apprehensive about some of the comments but we didn't need to worry just remember you are staying in a wooded location with peace and tranquility, flies and birds will visit! Thank you for a great week and we will be back.

    Reviewed by Theresa4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week at Borgan Cottage."

    It was spacious and comfortable for our wide age range (children, parents and grandparents). Great WiFi coverage and well equipped throughout.The cottage is surrounded by beautiful countryside and we saw a range of wildlife including deer, hares and foxes. The birds at the cottage were fantastic, and fascinating to see so close. A real pleasure to stay here.

    Thank you for your feedback and am pleased that you had a great stay, enjoying all that the cottage offers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0Aug 2023

  • "Such a beautiful stay, in a wonderful place."

    couldn't recommend this stay enough.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and in such a picturesque area."

    The cottage does need some TLC however. The plumbing issue with the outside drain needs solving, and from a cleanliness perspective it would be brilliant to get all the bird poo outside cleaned up off the walls/floor. Other then that a gorgeous cottage, I really recommend staying here.

    Thank you for your feedback, and I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. I have had the drains cleaned professionally, and am sorry this was an issue you came into on your holiday with us, and had been away and had not been made aware. I have also ensured all the nesting bird mess has been cleaned from the back door area. A hazard of encouraging birds to nest around the cottage, but one easily managed, so sorry this was not done. I am pleased you liked the cottage and we would welcome you back another time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.4Jul 2023

  • "The house in location was lovely, so peaceful, beds were ideal and the furniture."

    The problem was the drain outside overflowing when using anything with water and some odd smells in downstairs toilet, plus outside. We also had problem with lots of flies. It was lovely to watch the birds, but the entry to the property was very mucky with bird excrement, which was a little off putting. But as to everything else it was lovely.

    Thank you so much for your feedback and I am sorry that you had an issue regarding the birds. Being rural we have many house martins and swallows nesting around the cottage from spring through summer, which I love and encourage. This does however mean mess from the nests. There is normally one above the back door which is, I think, what you are referring to. I have asked for the windowsill to be cleaned, apologies this was not done prior to your stay. The kitchen drain has been professionally cleaned now and I am told, is functioning well and all drains operating fine now. The flies are rural living I'm afraid, I have no answer for them. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay overall. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen3.4Jul 2023

  • "The cottage suited us very well."

    The nearby walks were full of interest especially after the rain which made the waterfalls spectacular. The cottage itself had plenty of room for the children to amuse themselves on the few occasions when the rain was too heavy to venture out.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jul 2023

  • "A cottage that is a hidden gem of peace and tranquility."

    Fabulous walks straight from the door, so very pet friendly. A short drive away from other trails, Loch Trool was brilliant. Newton Stewart very convenient for all amenities. Borgan is a well equipped great cottage for everyone, light and airy, loved the large kitchen and the sunroom which gave lovely viewing of the local wildlife. This was our second visit and have already booked again for later this year.

    Reviewed by Rose5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage is lovely."

    Very comfortable and quiet and well equipped. Very nice location too. There is a problem with the drain outside the kitchen window, it kept overflowing. Also a strange odour in the downstairs bathroom made me wonder if the drain under there had a problem? Apart from that and the washing machine in the garage not working it was a great place to spend the week. One tiny thought was that hooks on the back of the bedroom and bathroom doors would be helpful but it’s not a dealbreaker! Will hopefully come back soon.

    Hi Julia, Thanks for your feedback. The drain outside the kitchen window is from the sink, and will bubble from time to time up if lots of water goes down the sink in a one go. It is only the waste tap water, and nothing sinister. We have had it checked. Not sure about the bathroom odor, drains checked. Nothing apparent and no odor since running taps. I think perhaps the bath had not been used for a long period and water sitting in pipes. There is a new Hotpoint washing machine fitted in the kitchen, apologies that someone removed the do not use sign on the one in the middle store, it has been reinstated. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back another time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in wonderful forest park setting"

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2023

  • "My family and I had an amazing time at Borgan cottage."

    4 adults and 3 boys aged 9,7 & 5 also our dog Skye. The house was perfect, the sky at night amazing the boys loved exploring, we went on lots of walks the week went very quick. Many thanks Suzanne

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Feb 2023

  • "This is a truly great cottage in an area that is peaceful and beautiful."

    The owner has thought of everything to make it a welcoming and hassle free stay…and the dog loves it here! Thank you

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Feb 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Borgan Cottage - such a special place."

    Its remote location was perfect for walking and biking from the doorstep. Thank you Clare for sharing it with us - we will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0Oct 2022

  • "This cottage is a hidden gem."

    Situated on a very quiet lane, where it’s safe to walk your dogs direct from the garden gate to fabulous forest tracks. The cottage is very well equipped, clean and extremely homely. We loved sitting in the conservatory drinking tea and watching the wildlife. Surrounded by stunning views, and local to Newton Stewart for all your shopping needs. We liked it so much we booked again before we left!

    Reviewed by Rose5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a perfect week at Borgan cottage!"

    The cottage is so homely and is in such a peaceful and relaxing location. The area is great for cycling - Glen Trool, Loch Ochiltree and down to Wigtown on quiet back roads. The outside storage was also a bonus to store our bikes. Watch out for wildlife after the sun starts to set - deer, fox, owls and even a badger! The woodburner in the kitchen and the outside fire pit provided a great cosy atmosphere! We’d love to come back again soon!

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely week at Borgan Cottage."

    Great property. We travelled as two families 4 adults and 4 children and it worked really well. Plenty of space around the house for children to run about and ride bikes etc. Outbuilding great for bikes, beach stuff storage & an extra washer, dryer and fridge in there...very useful !! Great location for biking, nice runs from the house and forest walks....remember the Smidge for the midges.....! Must visit Glentrool & Killoughtree for biking. Must see beaches, Mossylands beautiful, Kippford great for crabs, Rockcliffe super too. Remember plenty of pound coins for carparks as a lot of them don't do cards. We will be back !

    Reviewed by Kimberley4.7May 2022

  • "A homely clean and comfortable experience with everything you could possibly wish for in a quiet break."

    Our Siberian Husky loved the freedom when relaxing in the garden after a day's walking. Lucky to see so many bluebells and watch the House Martins under the eves... Beautiful thank you.

    Reviewed by Viv5.0May 2022

  • "Great accommodation."

    peaceful & secluded.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2022

  • "Borgan Cottage is a comfortable, clean and cosy place to stay in a beautiful location on the edge of the Wood of Cree."

    As we went in May there were so many Bluebells, it was like the woods had been painted purple. We also enjoyed the splendour of Loch Trool and a fascinating visit to the second hand book shops in Wigtown, oh and not to forget the beach at Rigg Bay which was definitely worth the carpark fee. My elderly parents, my grown up daughters my husband and myself had a splendid holiday. Thank you to the owner, Clare, for being available to answer any questions we had through the week. (Lovely Fish and Chip shop in Wigtown too.)

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0May 2022

  • "A welcome return to Borgan Cottage."

    Perfect if you need walks, rivers, lochs and hills. Very comfortable without being fussy and well equipped kitchen. We also had amazing weather which was a real bonus for sitting out late round the fire pit. Thank you Clare.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at Borgan cottage."

    It was very comfortable and the layout of the house well suited the large group that we were. It is in quite a remote location but we knew that before booking and there are some lovely forestry walks/towns to visit a relatively short drive away. We all had a great time- thank you! The only things I’d suggest in terms of improvements/amendments to the listing are related to accessibility/cleanliness. The stairs to the top floor are steep, quite slippy and tricky for the elderly people in our group to navigate- they would have struggled if they’d had to sleep upstairs. It was also quite difficult for our 2 year old to manage them. The angled roof in the bathroom upstairs is also problematic in terms of usability for older people- I wonder if it might be worth noting that on the listing, so that larger bookings are able to assess the suitability of the house for their groups? In terms of cleanliness, the kitchen, bedrooms and downstairs bathroom were spotless, which was fantastic. Unfortunately, the group before us must have had a/multiple dogs and the living room was covered in dog hair. It was all over the sofas, rugs and floors. Our clothes were covered in dog hair every day. We even found a hoover upstairs and hoovered everywhere ourselves to try and remove it all. Finally, there is an issue with some mould/damp in the upstairs bathroom. There were very visible lines of brown water running down the ceiling in that room, that were there from when we arrived. It would be good to have that sorted. Overall, however, we really did have a brilliant stay. The beds were all very comfortable and the kitchen well stocked. We loved watching the birds at all the bird feeders in the garden. I would strongly recommend the house to others wanting to stay in that area. If it was perfectly clean, we would have given it 5 stars.

    Hi Helen, Thank you for your feedback. The upstairs bathroom has been renovated and redecorated, unfortunately the painting did not happen until after your stay. It is all re painted and looking super. It was not damp, just water marks from the steam as visitors tend to turn the fan off so not woken by others using the toilet in the night! Dogs are very welcome in the cottage however if visitors allow them on the furniture, which we do not, there is very little control we have over this. The cleaners do there very best, but the onus has to be on guests to adhere to our guidelines, being mindful of the next guests. Thank you for your feedback and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes, Clare Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Apr 2022

  • "Wonderful property in a stunning and peaceful location."

    Directions provided were shockingly poor but the owner kindly guided us in by phone. "Follow signs for RSPB Wood of Cree" on the directions would have made it a whole lot easier. Will definitely visit again

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Superb location if you are after peace and quiet and wonderful views which we were."

    Very spacious cottage with a good range of high quality kitchen appliances. As there was only two of we only used downstairs which had a very comfortable bed and well appointed bathroom. Lovely lounge and sunroom. The adjoining field which is enclosed was very handy for the dogs. Great walks from the door with all Newton Stewart facilities a short drive away. Clare, the owner was very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. We will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Feb 2022

  • "A really well presented, spacious and organised place."

    Borgan cottage had all of the creature comforts you'd expect. The location is incredible, amazing long walks and views straight from the door. Only a few minutes from the southern uplands way which takes you all the way up to great views and forests around Loch Trool. Borgan is also only a short drive from all of the great walking and seven staines bike trails at Kirroughtree. The locals were very friendly and the town of Newton Stewart has all of the amenities and shops you'd need. Clare, the owner was always at the end of the phone if we needed anything and couldn't have been more helpful in making our stay very memorable.

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Feb 2022

  • "This is a lovely, spacious, well equipped cottage."

    The location is quiet and isolated with national cycle route 7 passing the door. Very few vehicles or people were seen. There are many good walks in the area. We saw a red squirrel in the trees up the hillside behind Borgan Cottage and wild goats near Loch Trool. The sea is a short drive away too. We likened the area to the Lake District with very few tourists.

    I am more than thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. It is a beautiful area and we work hard to make the cottage a haven for the end of a lovely walk, and a place to relax and enjoy with family and or friends. Thank you for your lovely feedback Ruth. X Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Feb 2022

  • "Great place for some piece and quiet."

    Fields for the dog to play in. Excellent walks through the woods. Couldn't want for a better holiday cottage. Just a couple of issues is the kitchen tap is loose and various bulbs need replacing, 4 out in the bathroom alone. Loved it. Darren, Lynda & Riley

    Reviewed by Darren4.7Nov 2021

  • "Great property in a great location for walking, cycling and touring the area."

    Reviewed by Ken4.7Aug 2021

  • "Absolutely loved our stay at Borgan Cottage, it’s set in such peaceful surroundings with amazing walks on the door step!"

    Felt like a home from home and will hopefully be staying again in the future! With our favourite walk being the scenic route around Loch Trool, with such amazing views, even on a rainy day! An amazing holiday to spent all day out adventuring with the dogs then back to sit all cosy in front of the fire or even on clear nights out watching the stars around the fire pit!

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Oct 2020

  • "I would recommend this cottage to anyone."

    Beautiful location, great to relax and chill out. Very well equipped, clean and very cosy. We had a fantastic few days there.

    Reviewed by Agata5.0Oct 2020

  • "Due to covid not the family holiday we had planned but the cottage was superb although a little large for our much condensed party Everything worked really well and there was nothing missing from the inventory in fact lots of extras."

    The nights were quite chilly but the cottage was really well insulated and felt really cosy with its impressive central heating system. It was great lighting the wood burner at night which made the lounge really homely. All fixtures and fittings are of a high quality and the instructions left by Clare, the owner were really easy to understand and gave us all the info we needed. The situation of he cottage is quite remote but there are lots of lovely walks right on the door step and everything else you need can be found in Newton Stewart about 7 miles away. Its also worth trying the local pub/hotel in Bargrennan "House o'Hill" which has good bear and fabulous food. Great week we will be back in the spring hopefully with all the family

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2020

  • "Cosy cottage in a stunning location."

    Reviewed by Wendy4.1Sep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Borgan Cottage."

    It is a comfortable cottage, creatively decorated, and with a lovely atmosphere. It is an ideal place to stay for walking, and watching wildlife. The dark sky was such an experience, especially good from around the fire pit!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful comfortable cottage in the middle of nowhere, fantastic views and countryside!"

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Aug 2020

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x ground-floor twin, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, walk-in shower, basin heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory
  • External drying room
  • Oil central heating with 2 x woodburning stoves
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with lawn and patio
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 8.6 miles, pub 2.4 miles
  • Note: Weekly bookings to start and end on a Saturday only
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm, check-out by 10am

The property

Newton Stewart 8.5 miles.

Borgan Cottage is a charming remote cottage, nestled in the scenic village of Bargrennan, in Dumfries and Galloway.

Surrounded by beautiful forests, in a national Dark Sky area, this welcoming property is the perfect retreat for families wanting to escape reality to the Scottish Highlands.

Be enchanted by the views of the great outdoors as you pull up to the home, and head inside and hang up your coats, before making your way into the kitchen/diner where you can pop the kettle on and enjoy a warm cup of tea around the dining table whilst discussing your holiday itinerary.

Take your bags through to the homey double bedroom and place your belongings in the spacious storage provided.

Guests staying in the ground-floor twin bedroom will be delighted by the short walk to the downstairs bathroom, where they can treat themselves to an afternoon soak in the bath or a thoughtful morning shower.

Following a tiring expedition to the local area, allow yourself to rest up on the sofas in the sitting room, where on a cold winter's day you can get nice and toasty by the woodburning stove.

Make the most of the conservatory, a bright and airy room that is great for socialising with friends or indulging in a book during some alone time.

Step out from the large patio doors and into the garden for a spot of alfresco dining in the summertime.

Climb the staircase up to the ample first floor where you will discover a further two bedrooms, one twin and one double, as well as a chill out area, bathroom and plenty of extra storage space.

Back outside, you will find an outbuilding containing logs for your woodburning stove, as well as a drying area.

A short drive will take you to the Wood of Cree where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll through the largest ancient wood in southern Scotland.

For a more challenging walk, visit the stunning Cairnsmore of Fleet, framing unspoilt views across the grassland and purple heather from the summit.

Stock up on food and supplies in the burgh town of Newton Stewart where you can also find some delightful eateries and pubs.

Here you can immerse yourself in local history with a tour of The Museum Newton Stewart, set inside a disused church, or test your swing with a round of golf at Newton Stewart Golf Club.

If an escape to the Scottish countryside is calling your name, stay at Borgan Cottage.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location


Port William 17.2 miles; Kirkcudbright 28 miles; Castle Douglas 30.4 miles;

The market town of Newton Stewart, famous for its salmon and trout fishing, lies in a superb location between the serene rolling countryside of the Machars to the south and the Galloway Forest Park to the north. The area is steeped in history. The first Christian missionary to Scotland landed at The Machars, founding the first church in AD 397 in Whithorn. The Whithorn Dig Visitor Centre lies on the site and displays material dug up over years of excavations. The beautiful coastline is a mixture of sandy beaches and rocky shores teeming with birdlife, whilst inland there is superb walking country to be discovered in the Galloway Hills and Forest Park. Sailing, riding and fishing are all available locally and there are plenty of excellent courses to keep the keen golfer busy.

Note: Weekly bookings to start and end on a Saturday only. Min stay is 3 nights.