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Torkeld Holiday Cottage

Garlieston, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 966466)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Ground floor bedroom

Reviews & Ratings

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "It was not stated that the accommodation was attached to owners home."

    I wouldn't have booked had I known this (only a door in the kitchen with a freezer in front of it separated homes). Don't recycle. No wardrobe, only a hall cupboard with a rack for clothes so we lived out of cases for the week. Cooker dials worn so couldn't tell what was what and no instructions. No books or dvds as stated in description. I would rate as a 2 star. Positives were garden and welcome pack.

    As stated in the description of our cottage it states that it is an annex (an annex is a home attached onto another home) The kitchen door is not the only thing that seperates our houses; behind the kitchen door, there are sound proof walls which make these two houses seperate. As stated by my husband on the phone, we do not recycyle at our property but we're told that there are recycling facilities down the lane at the bottom hall which you would see when out for a walk. There are pictures of our property on the Sykes website so you can see there that there is no wardrobe in the bedroom so you can make an informed decision before you book. I agree with your comment about the cooker dials and this will be sorted for future guests. We had to remove all books and DVDs due to Covid and following Sykes guidelines and we haven't had the go ahead to put these back in as you cannot sanitise books. I'm sorry you didnt enjoy your stay here. I would have much rather you had told us about the problems you had rather than put it on through Sykes. This is your personal opinion. I am fully booked until October and most of these bookings are people returning for maybe the 3rd or 4th time. We cannot please everyone but following the feedback from yourselves, I have managed to place a wardrobe in the bedroom. Hopefully this will be OK and there will be enough room in the bedroom. I always do my best to act on any feedback received, no matter how small. Again I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your stay here but wish you well in the furture. Regards, Kelly Property Owner

    Reviewed by MaryMay 2022

  • "Lovely holiday cottage with enclosed garden for our two dogs."

    Cottage had everything that you need. Owners very friendly, but did not impinge on us at all. Great location very close to the beach. We will be rebooking next year.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. It was lovely to meet yous and we look forward to seeing yous again in the future regards kelly Property Owner

    Reviewed by LouiseMay 2022

  • "Property is a great base to explore the wider area."

    Nice quiet location close to the sea and the local pub. The accommodation is comfortable and has all you need for a good break. The fish and chip van calls on a Wednesday 4pm-7pm.

    Reviewed by FrankApr 2022

  • "This cottage is in a quiet little harbour village that has a friendly pub all the locals were happy to chat with you and tell you where about to go on days out."

    I would recommend visiting the galloway forest, Montieth beach we did visit quite a few places which we enjoyed while staying at the cottage. The owners left us a lovely welcome pack which was appreciated. The cottage was ideal for two adults and our two dogs who enjoyed playing in the enclosed garden at the front of property. Nice base to relax but you do have to travel out a-bit to visit the surrounding areas which wasn’t a problem to us … We would go back as there is still a lot we haven’t seen around that area yet …

    Reviewed by AmandaFeb 2022

  • "The property is very spacious, warm and comfortable."

    On arrival everything was ready and a welcome pack including wine, eggs, milk and chocolates was made available to us. The property is located in a quiet village and only a minute or two walk to the sea front. The countryside in the area is very pretty and well worth exploring. Thank you for such a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by RobertJan 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage with its own enclosed garden."

    All necessary facilities available (would benefit from a couple of extra bowls) and lounge is very comfortable.Whole area (in particular local pub) is very friendly and welcoming .

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2021

  • "Kelly and Jonathan were the perfect hosts whilst we were on holiday at Torkeld Cottage for two weeks 29/10/21 to 12/11/21,the cottage is well equiped cosy clean and warm."

    A lovely gesture on our arrival was Eggs. Milk.Flowers and a bottle of Wine had been provided. We could not have wished to have stayed at a better place and location, Both Kelly and Jonathan and their family made us feel very welcome. Highlight Halloween night fantastic effort in decorating their own proprties and the entire village. We were invited to take part and go round with their children and many other children what a wonderful happy experience. Garlieston offers some fantasic places to visit around Rigg Bay Garlieston House and Gardens.7 Miles away you can visit The Isle of Whithorn and many other places of interest.

    Reviewed by R.sOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with all the comforts of home."

    Very friendly owners who were always on hand to give information of the local area and advice. Would definitely recommend staying here as a base to explore Dumfries & Galloway. PS great local pub and fish n chip van on a Friday

    Reviewed by KevinOct 2021

  • "The cottage is comfortable and well equipped, and ideally placed for exploring the area."

    Reviewed by Katy LOct 2021

  • "Great comfortable cottage for us and the dogs."

    Lovely dog safe garden, perfect for relaxing in. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by BereniceOct 2021

  • "Spacious property."

    On arrival the owners had left us a bottle of wine, fruitcake and flowers. Everything in the property we needed. Gorgeous location and pub with delicious meals!

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation, very clean and well equipped."

    Perhaps requires more crockery and kitchen utensils e.g. grater, small sharp knives and scissors. Kelly and Johnathan were excellent hosts and we really appreciated their welcome pack of Wine, Flowers, Eggs and delicious fruit cake. We really enjoyed our stay at Torkold Cottage and would visit again.

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2021

  • "Plenty of enclosed garden space for the dogs to run around."

    property ideally situated with many walks nearby or within a short drive.

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2021

  • "Ideal location for piece and quite."

    Lovely country side. Bungalow ideal for disabled.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2021

  • "We had a great stay in Torkeld cottage it was a lovely cottage very clean and very comfortable."

    A great garden for our dog and ourselves would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time at Torkeld cottage, unfortunately we had to cut our stay short due to personal reasons."

    Kelly and Jonathon were fantastic and so accommodating. Torkeld cottage is a fantastic base for exploring that area of Scotland, were definitely going back. Port Patrick is stunning well worth a visit, Our little four legged friend also enjoyed himself in the beautifully kept garden, and his first time on the beach.

    Reviewed by JuliaSep 2020

  • "Torkeld Cottage is in a beautiful location, with a huge enclosed garden that is ideal for your dog to enjoy their holiday too."

    It has everything that you need. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by TeresinaSep 2020

  • "Peaceful cottage."

    Very private. Secure garden. Ample parking. Very friendly owners So close to gorgeous beaches and walks Clean and safe during these challenging times Ideal place to recharge and relax

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2020

  • "Very friendly owners."

    Felt very safe at the cottage amidst the pandemic. High degree of cleaning materials, sanitisers etc provided by owners. Nothing a problem with them at all. Thank you for the welcome pack. Very secure garden for the dogs (1 whippet and 1 lurcher who can escape from his shadow!). Very pet friendly owners and area as a whole. Plenty of room for dog cages inside property. No throws etc at the moment but took our own anyway Can not fault this property at all. Thank you for having us.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2020

  • "Positive: The cottage is in a lovely quiet location and a few yards away from the beach and harbour."

    Very nice enclosed garden with seating and table to relax after a day out exploring. Large lounge with two settee's , large kitchen with fridge freezer and washing machine .Pub in the village which we did not use but reviews are good. Small shop with essentials close to village, nearest supermarket in Newton Stewart. Thoroughly enjoyed exploring the surrounding area and made very welcome by the locals. Fish and chip van calls in the village on Friday evenings and they are very good. Negative: Despite the fact that the time of arrival had been moved to 4pm because of Covid safe preparation the cottage did not meet my expectations of cleanliness. No wardrobe in the cottage so had to use the clothes airer to hang our clothes. We don't expect a welcome pack but after a 4 hour drive it would have been nice if at least a pint of milk was in the fridge so we could have made a cup of tea.

    Reviewed by LesleyJul 2020

  • "Comfortable cottage in a nice location."

    Jonathon was very helpful & friendly.

    Reviewed by CarolFeb 2020

  • "The peace and quiet is unbelievable, all we could hear was the stream gushing by at the end of the garden and the birds."

    Lots of lovely places to visit nearby and the beach close to the cottage, not to mention the many woodland and forest walks making for happy times with the dogs. All in all a perfect holiday in every way. Kelly and Johnathon, friends and family were very kind and friendly, as was everyone we met.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2019

  • "A lovely cottage set in a beautiful and peaceful seaside location."

    Perfect for my disabled husband. Garlieston is a little known historical village easily accessible for a wheelchair. The cottage is bigger than expected, clean and has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. There are lots of nearby places to visit with interesting history or local craft and culture. Highly recommend and would certainly go back.

    Reviewed by PatriciaAug 2019

  • "The cottage was quiet, comfortable and well kitted out."

    Just a couple of hundred yards to the beach and a very good pub/restauant. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The garden was great for our two dogs.

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2019

  • "Garlieston is a great little village, great food in the local pub and the ..."

    Garlieston is a great little village, great food in the local pub and the accommodation is very pet friendly, big secure garden for my dog also off road parking, plenty big enough for 2 people, had a great holiday

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2019

  • "Pictures don’t do justice to this lovely cottage."

    Living room and kitchen area is large as is the bathroom. Very large garden and adjoining babbling brook and fields but 5 mins walk to the sea and pub. Great walks, very peaceful location. Added bonus of sky tv and WiFi, not that I used it a lot! Long sandy beaches idea for dog walks. welcome pack was good too.

    Reviewed by LesleyJun 2019

  • "Brilliant comfy cottage,peaceful and quiet,could not have asked for anything more,we will be returning"

    Reviewed by BillyJun 2019

  • "Weather not great,but friendly ness of owner and family made a great difference"

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "We have stayed in many cottages over the years and this at The very top."

    Secure garden for two very active dogs was a godsend

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2019

  • "We loved pet friendly Torkeld cottage."

    It had everything we needed. It was clean, comfortable and welcoming. Garlieston is a beautiful, quiet village. Lots of walks and wildlife to watch. The Harbour inn was very good, dogs welcome and vegans catered for. We would have stayed for another week had the cottage been vacant! Wigtown was brilliant with its book shops and vegan cafe. It was another great holiday with Sykes cottages.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2019

  • "Exactly what we wanted and more, owners very helpful ."

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2019

  • "The owners are lovely people very friendly and helpful its very quiet and relaxing lovely area great for dog walking."

    Reviewed by DorothyMar 2019

  • "There was no wardrobe or hangers for clothes, apart from that everything else was fine."

    Reviewed by CharlesMar 2019

  • "The bed could be doing to be at least kingsize"

    Reviewed by LeonardMar 2019

  • "The cottage was probably the best we have so far booked with you."

    Certainly for value and for been made welcome, the village its self was very quiet but we never got bored great walks lots of places of interest to go and see either by car or the local bus. The owners Johnathan and Kelly were always available if you needed them for advice or help. Local ammenities are limited the local pub does great food and there is a little shop be aware the garage only sold diesel but there are petrol stations around the villages. We would certainly recommend this cottage and certainly consider going again.

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2019

  • "The owners were lovely - there if we needed them but not intrusive at all."

    The heating was on on our arrival, there were fresh flowers in the lounge, milk in the fridge and a chocolate cake awaiting us. Little touches which meant a lot. The pub was only 5 minutes away walking where we were able to get a lovely meal. Friendly staff and dog friendly - what more could you ask for? Garlieston is a lovely little seaside village, very quiet at this time of the year which is what we were looking for. All in all, everything we could have wished for.

    Reviewed by PaulineFeb 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very homely."

    Great garden for the dogs. Owners are a lovely young couple, we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by IsobelFeb 2019

  • "This is our 2nd visit to this property and we love it here."

    Thanks to Kelly and Johnathan they are a really lovely couple. We will hopefully be coming back next year.

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage and comfortable."

    Having the sky TV was good when we were relaxing in the evening. Lovely beach and safe, our little dog loved to rush down every morning and try to catch the sea gulls. Good Food at pub and dogs welcome. Owners left generous gift of eggs and cake. Would like to go again.

    Reviewed by HeatherSep 2018

  • "An Absolutely Stunning little Holiday Cottage, A Lot of work has obviously gone into making it what it is, A lovely Secure garden meant we had 2 very Happy Dogs all week and we felt totally Relaxed."

    And a Very Disabled Friendly Place. A Big Thankyou to Kelly and Jonothan.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage ,owners friendly and helpfull, a proper home for home ideal for dogs garden secure."

    Would definitely go again ,lovely area to visit

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2018

  • "Very much enjoyed the area and the bungalow, only no hanging space for clothes in bedroom or bathroom, some hooks in bathroom for dressing gowns would be good."

    Excellent if you have a dog, lots of room in the garden.

    Reviewed by DianeAug 2018

  • "This cottage is a real gem and we enjoyed every minute of our stay."

    We were made to feel very welcome with tea/coffee etc available on arrival which was a godsend after a long journey. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful who genuinely have an interest in making your stay the best it can be. The cottage is ideally placed minutes from the beach which was great for our dogs. Dumfries and Galloway is an amazing place and we have never felt so relaxed in a long time. We would heartily recommend this cottage to anyone!

    Reviewed by VictoriaAug 2018

  • "Just got back having stayed here for 1 week the cottage was fabulous lots of room and everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    The dogs loved the large garden which is all enclosed, the walks and views are amazing the cottage is a 2 min walk from the beach and the pub

    Reviewed by LeeAug 2018

  • "Cooking facilities pots and pans very basic,could do with a non stick frying pan Sounds nit picking as everything else was spot on, the dogs loved the garden and sky sports was a bonus."

    many thanks to Kelly and John

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "We were very impressed with everything - so much so that we have rebooked for next year!"

    Reviewed by PhillipJun 2018

  • "A lovely welcome from Kelly she gave me flowers and a well made starter pack of fresh produce, cottage was lovely and ideal."

    Garden was a great size for the dog, couldn't ask for anything more from the owners the help they gave me.

    Reviewed by ElizabethMay 2018

  • "The owners Johnathan and Kelly were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for them."

    The property is very spacious and the surrounding area is absolutely breathtaking with plenty of places to go walking with the dog. We are hoping to go back later in the year for another week with our son.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2018

  • "The bunglow is lovely clean furniture was clean no dog hairs."

    We got there no need for towels or bedding all in. washing machine if you get dirty on the beach, tiny fishing port the locals are so friendly. Go for a meal at the harbour inn on the front food excellent and lots of it dogs are allowed in. But Kelly and Jonathan to lovely people so help full. Wish I could give then more than 10/10, we are going back when we sort our selves out brill holiday. Thank you Linda Rob and smiling dog.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2018

  • "Lovely people, place, weather, everything."

    Reviewed by SuzanneMar 2018

  • "The cottage is set up for disable people its warm and very welcoming close to the coast and walks."

    the owners are lovely and very helpful they made the dogs very welcome. the local pub has good food I would gladly go back again and highly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by DorothyMar 2018

  • "This is the second cottage that I have booked through Sykes this year and met my requirements completely."

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2018

  • "Owners very helpful, directions to cottage good."

    Ideal for couple and also if disabled. Good location for touring this area.

    Reviewed by DonaldJan 2018

  • "Very comfy & cosy."

    Recliners; Christmas Tree & superb welcome hamper a bonus. Secure garden is excellent. Having owners next door a bonus. Quiet location that us perfect as a base with lovely coastal walks nearby. Wi fi good. No mobile reception - perfect.

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2017

  • "Excellent location."

    Ideal for getting away from the rat race I would highly recommend this cottage,very helpful owners.

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2017

  • "This was a very comfortable and warm cottage containing everything we needed for our break."

    The owners were very caring and friendly. Nothing was too much bother for them. The access is very good and the fenced off garden excellent for the dogs.

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2017

  • "Nice and clean only problem was last people must of had dogs as the smell was ..."

    Nice and clean only problem was last people must of had dogs as the smell was not nice had to open windows to air it out Other than that spot on

    Reviewed by BrettOct 2017

  • "There was a nice welcome waiting, with eggs, tea, and coffee provided by the owners."

    This cottage is also ideal for dog lovers, as the side door to the cottage,opens up to a totally enclosed garden, ideal for keeping an eye on your favourite pooch. The local inn was comforting and welcoming and serves a tasty meal.

    Reviewed by WilliamOct 2017

  • "The cottage ,it's location and the couple who run it are spot on if you want a nice warm cosy place to relax and get away from the world."

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2017

  • "No everything was very straightforward."

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom with Jack-and-Jill access to shower room
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, fold-out dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Lawned garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk.

The property

This lovingly semi-detached cottage is attached to the owner's home and is situated in the coastal village of Garlieston.

Spacious and inviting, this property is perfect for couples to feel right at home and enjoy a peaceful holiday.

Enter into the open plan sitting room with comfortable sofas and pretty décor, ideal for relaxing from morning through to evening.

The windows overlook the delightful garden for an added effect.

A kitchen rests off from this containing quality furnishings and a touch of detail, perfect for preparing those evening meals.

The fold out table can be set up in either room, whichever your preference may be.

A double bedroom has a warm and cosy feel, with neat bedding and soothing colours which create a calming atmosphere for a good nights sleep.

A Jack-and-Jill style en-suite is adjacent to the bedroom, home to a walk-in shower for your convenience.

Make the most of the location by spending time in the delightful garden, or adventure into the village of Garlieston which offers a shop and Post Office as well as a traditional inn and walking-woodland routes.

Apart from the attractive scenery and varied coastline, the Machars Peninsular includes pretty towns such as Port William and Monreith with a sandy beach are well worth visiting.

A wonderful cottage in a heart warming location.

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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.

Please note this property has a check in time of 4pm.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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