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Cowgate cottage

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Garlieston, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "I had difficulty getting the grill to work as all the labels for the differing cooking functions had rubbed off on the oven."

    It would have been useful to have a laminated picture of the function dial taped to the wall above/near the cooker. I did eventually find the instruction book in the folder which was upstairs but still struggled so ended up not using the cooker at all only the hob. Other than that everything else was great. The cottage is lovely comfy and quiet despite neighbours on either side & we would definitely book again. Garlieston itself is a wonderful little village & we had a very relaxing week there.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2024

  • "Really nice cottage in a lovely, friendly and welcoming seaside village, the locals in the Harbour Inn, really made us feel welcome, cottage was really well equipped and clean."

    It was lovely having 2 wood burners, so when in the kitchen/dining room, it was as lovely and warm, as the lounge. With the downstairs being tiled, and able to shut off rooms, was ideal with us having dogs, so was able to clean them after walk, before they went anywhere carpeted, the garden was ideal to for them, with it being secure. All in all, a really nice cottage, in lovely surroundings. We would recommend it highly.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Feb 2024

  • "We had a fabulous week here in Cowgate cottage."

    First time ever there has been plenty of room for 8 people to sit comfortably in the living area and roaring fire .Some updating regarding decorating but it didn’t spoil our holiday at all - Only four of us and hot water ran out so needed to use the booster but again didn’t spoil our holiday, Fab local pub lovely people and gorgeous food with very reasonable prices . Would definitely recommend a stay here we will be back

    Reviewed by Cath4.7Dec 2023

  • "Had a wonderful time such a lovely home from home great for getting all the family together"

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Dec 2023

  • "Wonderful, homely cottage containing everything you could possibly need."

    The perfect location for a relaxing getaway, you can find as much or as little as you want to do. Enjoyed every minute of our weeks getaway, so much so that we're looking at returning.

    Dear Sharon Thankyou so much for your very kind feedback, so delighted that you enjoyed the cottage and would welcome you back next time. Regards Ian and Alison Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a family holiday here for the 8 of us."

    The cottage easily accomadated us and had everything we needed. A good base for exploring the area and lovely and peaceful. Great food at the Hive and the Harbour inn. Hopefully be back soon. recommend

    Reviewed by James4.7Sep 2023

  • "The cottage is wonderfully spacious, with a really useful boot/coat room as you come in."

    The accommodation was very comfortable, and home-from-home-like, with all sorts of useful gadgetry in the kitchen, such as a poached egg pan, and vegetable steamer. The sitting room was delightful and very comfortable. We were fortunate to have hot weather when we were staying, so didn’t use the log-burners. All four bedrooms were made up, although there were just two of us staying. We opted for a bedroom on the top floor with the best sea views, and an en-suite shower room. Plenty of hot water. I recommend 4-5 on the shower setting as the pressure is really strong. The hosts were very approachable, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Jun 2023

  • "Lovely spacious property."

    Very peaceful and relaxing. Good location with lovely walks from the doorstep

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed the beach walks. The sun trap garden was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2023

  • "Cowgate was perfect for us as a group of five."

    Lovely hot showers, comfy beds, pretty garden, excellent location to visit all of Wigtonshire. Brill pub 2 mins away. Private Shame to arrive to an unflushed toilet (no,2'),and bedside lights gone. Had to chase twice for it to be attended too. Bathroom loo still not working properly (only no1' and loo paper flushed away) Gentleman who eventually arrived was thumping on the door and ringing the doorbell which we found very rude. He fixed one light, loo issue dismissed as it flushed when he was there but it was not working so unable to use that loo for rest of stay.

    Dear Mr and Mrs Grayburn Thank you for your feedback, firstly I can only apologise for the first impression you received in the downstairs bathroom, Melanie had her grand daughter with her when cleaning and we think she may have been the 'culprit' although I fully agree the toilet should have been checked. With regard to flushing we have had it checked there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Re upstairs lamps, both are working now and I personally feel hardly a public feedback issue, More a quick message to myself ? Stephen is a good hearted fellow and we have never found him rude, I don't know what he could have done more to attract your attention other than ringing the doorbell or knocking on the front door ? Anyway hope you enjoyed your stay and maybe you will book our wonderful cottage again some day . Kind regards Ian Robinson Property Owner

    Reviewed by Grayburn & Joanna4.1May 2023

  • "Every thing lovely."

    Pretty sunny garden, comfortable large house, short walk to the beach,lots of great walks nearby. Would love to stay again. Good for happy dogs! Many thanks.

    How very kind of you Miriam, we are delighted you all enjoyed Cowgate Cottage and hope you return in the future. Thank you for your lovely feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Miriam5.0Apr 2023

  • "Cottage is in an amazing location it was truly magical and just what we needed."

    Great facilities however only enough hot water for about 5 showers. Plenty of kitchen cooking supplies, crockery and glassware, oven could do with a deep clean at some point. We had a fabulous family holiday and would definitely return. P.S The Harbour Inn pub food was excellent!

    Hi Denise Many thanks for your feedback, it is much appreciated, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Cowgate Cottage, I will look at the oven issue and I am sure there are instructions for the hot water, the hot water tank in the cottage is a recent installation and is capable of supplying a family with enough hot water, although it will very much depend on time spent in showers, that is why there is the boost button in the cupboard to add additional hot water as soon as it possible to heat up for more showers. Hope this answers your feedback. Thank you and hope we see you again. Ian Robinson Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise4.1Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cottage Warm and inviting."

    Close to beach and amenities.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cottage very spacious warm and comfortable, only negative is the showers ..."

    Lovely cottage very spacious warm and comfortable, only negative is the showers weren't that hot and didn't last for long only 5 of us ended up going so would have struggled for hot water if fully occupied

    Hi Valerie Thank for you very valuable feedback and I hope this addresses your comments There is a boost button in the cupboard in the left of the kitchen for hot water This is mentioned in the information booklet, hope this answers your feedback and we hope you would like to book the cottage again Kind regards Ian Robinson Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Dec 2022

  • "After many years having holidays in the Dumfries and Galloway region we have given Cowgate Cottage our highest award."

    The house is stunning! Every room on three floors was warm and exquisite. The house had 5 tv s so enough to make all guests comfortable and relaxed. Plenty of showers and hot water. The Harbour Inn was a short walk away, lovely staff, great menu and no need to drive! We really did have a fabulous holiday and would return in a shot. Many thanks to the owners and cleaning staff, we owe you a meal xxx

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2022

  • "A beautiful house!"

    Well proportioned and plenty of room for the size of our party. The beds were very comfy and showers were brilliant! The property was very clean on arrival and everything we needed to keep it that way was available (hoover, cloths etc.). There were plenty of pots, pans and utensils for cooking. The cupboards were also well stocked with glassware and plates. If I'm being really critical, there were a couple of walls that needed a bit of decorating repair but it was very minimal. We had a fab break with many creature comforts that we are used to at home.

    Many thanks for your comments and yes we are going to re decorate some rooms as soon as possible Delighted you enjoyed the cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.4Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic big property with plenty of kitchen equipment, very comfy beds and in a beautiful area of the country."

    Would highly recommend this property.

    Many thanks for your feed back we are delighted you enjoyed your stay, hope you will return one day. Your feedback is much appreciated Ian Robinson Property Owner

    Reviewed by Morag5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very well situated holiday home."

    Could do with a freshen up regarding painting inside. Fridge not quite as clean inside as I would have liked and freezer extremely noisy. The garden was lovely but bit over grown and the garden parasol was broken and not usable which was a shame as the weather was stunning during our visit. The beds were extremely comfortable and everyone slept well. It was a great space for our family holiday, situated in a gorgeous area. We can highly recommend the food at the local pub, The Harbour Inn.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.8Aug 2022

  • "We found the cottage to be very comfortable, clean and spacious for six adults and one child in our party."

    The kitchen was well equipped with everything provided for a self catering holiday (pub around the corner serves good food and then there’s the visiting fish and chip van once a week) The secluded rear garden was a pleasure on the warm sunny days we were there. Highly recommended Rob Harrison and family

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely quiet cottage, with a beautiful back garden."

    Homely and comfortable with well equipped kitchen and convivial dining space downstairs as well as all the other lovely rooms upstairs. The two top bedrooms have views across to the firth. We would recommend this property for the walking and countryside too - and the Harbour Inn of course.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2022

  • "Comfy beds and good showers."

    Well equipped kitchen. The football table and pub so close we're a bonus.

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely house in a lovely area."

    The house is large and comfortable with everything you need. More than enough room for 6 adults snd 2 dogs. Great walks in local area and the beach which is a 2 minute walk from the house is good for finding shells.

    Many thanks Roy for your feedback, we are delighted you all enjoyed the cottage and the area Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Mar 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage with everything you could possibly need, had a ..."

    Absolutely fantastic cottage with everything you could possibly need, had a relaxing week , lovely beach & forest walks on hand & fantastic pub at the bottom of the street, would definitely recommend & will definitely come back, Paul & Eunice

    Hi Eunice So many thanks for you delightful feedback, it means a lot to us, we have tried hard to get the property to suit all families. We are delighted you all enjoyed the cottage, hope to see you again. Regards Ian and Alison Robinson Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eunice5.0Feb 2022

  • "The cottage is fantastic."

    Really well kitted out and beautifully furnished. Despite it only being February there were some interesting places to visit nearby and walks right from the cottage. Everyone was very friendly and the Harbour Inn has great food. We had everything we needed and had lots of fun playing table football.

    Many thanks Linda for your extremely valuable feedback, we are delighted you enjoyed the cottage and look forward to seeing you again one day. Many thanks Ian and Alison Robinson Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Feb 2022

  • "The photos do not do Cowgate justice."

    It is a warm, spacious, and very comfortable family house/home with all the modern conveniences that one could wish for. With three sets of adults there was enough room for us to eat and socialise together, and enough space to not even notice each other at times, we were reluctant to leave!

    Many thanks Julie for your feedback, we are endeavouring to update some better pictures, your comments are very much appreciated Ian and Alison Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Dec 2021

  • "The cottage Cowgate exceeded our expectations - it was more spacious than we expected and we’ll appointed."

    The Christmas tree was a nice surprise.

    Many thanks for your very complimentary feedback, very much appreciated. Ian and Alison Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Dec 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size with TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x second-floor double with TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x second-floor double with TV, 1 x ground-floor twin with TV
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Games room
  • Gas central heating with 2 x woodburning stoves
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • 5 x TV's, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter packs for woodburning stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Garden with lawn, patio, covered dining area, furniture and pond
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: This property is not suitable for children under the age of 5 years old.

The property

Settled in the peaceful coastal village of Garlieston, closely positioned to the tranquil waters of Wigtown Bay, rests this wonderful three-storey holiday home, Cowgate Cottage.

Enjoying close proximity to both the coast and country of south west Scotland, Cowgate Cottage makes a comfortable base for a family or a group of friends looking to explore this picturesque region.

Stepping over the threshold, be welcomed into the spacious sitting room, home to a pair of sumptuous sofas gathered in front of the television, where you can look forward to kicking off your shoes and gently warming your toes with the glow of the woodburning stove in the evening, or escaping the excitement as you nestle into an armchair with a good book.

Continuing through the lovely dwelling, discover the open-plan kitchen diner tucked away at the rear, fit with a range of fantastic facilities including an electric oven and hob as well as a handy dishwasher to ensure cleaning up is a breeze!

Uncork a bottle of wine and gather together with your loved ones at the dining table to tuck-in to the fruits of your labor, or in the late evening, fire-up the woodburning stove and enjoy a game of cards.

Stepping outside, the sheltered patio area provides alfresco dining opportunities whatever the weather, whilst the furniture peppered alongside the banks of the pond offer a tranquil position to enjoy an evening drink before bed.

When sleep calls, retreat indoors and choose between four thoughtfully laid-out bedrooms, the first of which, a snug twin room, is nestled on the ground-floor alongside the family bathroom, ideal for guests with limited mobility.

Climbing the stairs to the first floor you'll discover the master suite, home to a sumptuous king-size and benefiting from access to it's own dressing room and en-suite, whilst two double rooms, one with an en-suite, are positioned on the second floor.

Take advantage of your coastal location and take the short stroll to the peaceful harborside, where you can watch the world go by as the boats sail across the tranquil waters of Garlieston Bay; a truly lovely spot to escape the woes of everyday life.

Take a break from doing the cooking and indulge in a delicious bite to eat at the aptly named beachfront pub, The Harbour Inn, or venture to the nearby village of Sorbie for Italian cuisine at The Pheasant.

After satisfying your appetite, visit the historic Galloway House to tour the vibrant gardens, where a magical network of trails lead through over 50 acres of woodland, parkland and magnificent botanicals.

Jump in the car and journey further inland to the town of Newton Stewart, where you can test your swing with a game at Newton Stewart Golf Club, immerse yourself in local history with a tour of The Museum Newton Stewart, or treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy with a wander through the high street.

The picturesque landscape of Galloway Forest Park is within easy reach, decorated in lochs, woodland, wildlife and countless walking, cycling and hiking trails; awarded as a Dark Sky Park, Galloway Forest is an enchanting place to gaze at the canopy of the stars above.

Treat your loved ones to a well-deserved escape from reality with a stay at Cowgate Cottage.

EPC Rating: Band G

EPC Rating: Band G

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00722-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Wigtown 8 miles; Newton Stewart 14 miles.

Garlieston is a small coastal village that nestles on the Machars Peninsula, looking out over Wigtown Bay. It was popular as a fishing and cargo harbour until the 20th century, partly due to the extension of the Wigtownshire Railway. Worth noting is the part played by Garlieston in the development and testing of the Mulberry harbours that were deployed during the D-Day Landings. Today, the harbour provides berthing for leisure and fishing craft and offers a shop and Post Office as well as a traditional inn serving wholesome meals. The gardens of nearby Galloway House date from 1740 and offer a superb network of walks through magical woodland that lead towards the sweeping shoreline. Just north of Garlieston is Wigtown, once a thriving port, and now Scotland’s National Book Town. Apart from the attractive scenery and the varied coastline, the Machars Peninsular offers pretty towns such as Port William, still a working harbour, and Monreith, which was the home of writer Gavin Maxwell and offers a delightful, sandy beach.

Note - Please keep dogs off beds and soft furnishings.
Note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden, please take care and ensure children and dogs are supervised at all times

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