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Millwalk Cottage

Whithorn, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 957818)


(50 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "For anyone wishing for an ‘off the grid’ experience this is an ideal location."

    The cottage is situated in a position that is surrounded by wildlife particularly the beautiful swallows that nest in the abandoned farm buildings adjacent to the property. There is no noise other than wildlife! No cars or planes to intrude or assault your ears. It is idyllic in my opinion, and we thoroughly enjoyed our brief week in total peace and quiet. The area in general is relatively unspoilt with intensive agriculture minimal which therefore allows wildlife to flourish. The roads and pathways are free from litter and fly tipping and the pace of life is slow and peaceful. People we spoke too were friendly and happy to extol the benefits of the area. It is a beautiful place offering a serenity that is priceless in todays wasteful society. With regards to the cottage itself, the garden is dog friendly with a high fence. Internally, it was clean and tidy though will probably need some refurbishment in the near future. Biggest issue for us were the beds which are a little small and not the most comfortable I have have ever slept in. Apart from the issue with the beds the boiler room requires ‘airing’ as there is a distinct odour of fuel oil. Apart from these two issues I would heartily recommend Millwalk Cottage for peace and quiet and no phone signals or internet! Whereas some may find this a disadvantage phone signals can be found if you take a short five minute walk to higher ground but sort of misses the point in my opinion…… Returning home to South Yorkshire makes me realise where I would rather live. PS don’t forget to take bird food! There is a Chaffinch that hovers outside the patio doors like a hummingbird. She/he seems to be the ambassador for all the local birds who then turn up to share whatever is put out for them. Love the place and location, cannot recommend highly enough

    Reviewed by IanJun 2022

  • "We love this cottage & this was our second visit."

    It’s remote & peaceful - a place that is good for the soul. I could happily live there. The sea is nearby but not immediately accessible due to cliffs & it’s quite a walk to the nearest beach (albeit one with great views). Millwalk a comfortable , clean cottage with adequate facilities, & not too ‘polished’ - a property where you immediately feel at ease & can leave the world behind. The garden is lovely, informally laid out with a pond in which live rare newts, The surrounding area is beautiful, & so many places to visit. As a lover of books Wigtown is a must, & this year we discovered the Galloway Forest Park where you can lose yourself for a day, but also also has great visitors centres which are dog friendly. For us the only drawbacks were being unable to let the dog loose in the garden because of the pond, & also the fact that although we always keep our dog on a lead where there are sheep & cattle, there appeared to be more cattle with calves this year, in the area surrounding the cottage. Not a good situation when you want to walk your dog in the immediate vicinity. Although the gate was secure for our canine a smaller one might squeeze easily through the bars. On the plus side if you love your wild life this is the place to be , & don’t forget to take lots of bird seed to feed the huge variety of birds which descend onto the decking.

    Reviewed by LindsayMay 2022

  • "Great place to stay for quiet time."

    Reviewed by StephanieApr 2022

  • "Practically perfect in every way."

    Only the birds, cows, sheep and bees could be heard. Only green, yellow land and blue sea could be seen. The cottage was comfortable and all the rooms were so nice to be in that the whole place felt like home. The power of the shower was fabulous. The pillows were difficult to get comfortable with, particularly the feather ones. Would definitely like to return but my car needs a rest from the rough track and cattlegrid, which without a 4x4 or quad is difficult to avoid damage, though forced extreme slowness so maybe that's the intention for keeping it so rugged.

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2022

  • "Millwalk Cottage is a beautiful secluded and well run cottage"

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage, pleasingly remote but still accessible to the coast and local village (Isle of Withorn) via rough muddy tracks (just what we wanted!"

    ) Warm and comfortable except for the living room which needed the woodburner to be roaring to get any significant heat out. Fortunately enough wood to get started was provided but quite a lot is needed to keep it going in January!

    Reviewed by KeithJan 2022

  • "Great property"

    Reviewed by Valerie JoyceNov 2021

  • "Brilliant cottage and location."

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2021

  • "Enjoyed a fantastic week , in peace and tranquility!"

    Excellent cottage with our 2 dogs, some great walks, views and wildlife, with a comfortable base to come back to !

    Reviewed by AmySep 2021

  • "Absolutely amazing location and the most idyllic cottage."

    So peaceful and relaxing and the wildlife was a joy to watch from the decking. The loss of WiFi became a blessing in disguise! Would definitely recommend and we will be returning to Millwark next year!

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2021

  • "Cottage is in very beautiful location."

    Remote with no WiFi or phone signal but embrace the tranquility of the surroundings. Amazing walks on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by SallyJun 2021

  • "The nearest signalfor anyone on EE is aboutamile away-at thejunction with the wireless station."

    Isle of Whithorn has full signal andis a lovely place to sit, especially at high tide, to re-assure panicky children that actually youy don't need wifi and mobile phones in yourlife. A perfect place for a retreat. The cottage is wonderful. The roads leading to it are variously blocked by very young calves and their very vocal mothers - a sheer delight, and sheep. Build in travel time to sit and wait for them tomove, but enjoy their beauty! The whole experienceisoneof being part of and at one with nature.

    Reviewed by SallyJun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, clean, cozy and comfortable!"

    An array of wildlife, a break from technology and screens. Beautiful views and walks right at the doorstep. The kids love having the freedom to run around and explore.

    Reviewed by ConnieJun 2021

  • "No problems in arranging our recent break."

    All very efficiently dealt with. We loved Millwalk Cottage to the extent we have rebooked for a further week next year. It’s a very special place, in a remote unspoiled area near the sea. Great for walking, with an abundance of wild life. No light pollution so brilliant for star gazing. The cottage itself is quirky & cosy with extensive views towards the sea . It is adequately equipped. There is a lovely informal garden which our dog loved. The phone signal is very poor & wi fi is nonexistent, but this wasn’t a problem for us. Really looking forward to visiting again.

    Reviewed by LindsayMay 2021

  • "Great location for an away from it all break."

    Car essential and glad we had an all wheel drive as the track was like a quagmire due to days of torrential rain. Must be stunning during the summer.

    Reviewed by StewartNov 2020

  • "This was our third time at this delightful cottage."

    It is peaceful and remote and the only sounds are from the birds which enjoy feeding on the patio and the cows and calves which pass quietly to and from the cottage. We never tire of sitting looking out of the windows drinking in the scenery. The cottage is cosy and has everything you need for a holiday. Some nice touches when you arrive - milk, cake, wine etc. It is approached along a rough track which is no problem as long as you take your time. There is a super new gate into the parking area which is so much easier than the old one! We recommend that the person whose task it is to open the gate always wears wellies as the field/cow side can be somewhat muddy at times. A 10 minute walk across the fields will get you to the coast path and then to St Ninian's cave. There is limited shopping at the very nice visitor centre in the Isle of Whithorn and they will order a daily newspaper for you if you request one. Internet access there too. The Steam Packet pub was most pleasant for a drink or meal. Poor shopping facilities in Whithorn itself but if you make the short drive over to Wigtown there is a Co-op there which we found to be excellent. We are looking forward to our next holiday there already booked for May 2021.

    Reviewed by MurielOct 2020

  • "Make sure that you take plenty of bird food with you as the birds are very hungry, plenty of species come on to the decking even a nuthatch and a woodpecker, click and collect at Morrison’s in Stranraer very good, logs available at a farm at whauphill, Donald will sort you out."

    Don’t moan about speed hot water runs out just allow half an hour to run a bath,everything done slower here anyway, just enjoy the peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2020

  • "A nice isolated cottage that had plenty of room inside."

    The access road could be a problem for cars with low ground clearance.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2020

  • "Loved how remote the cottage was, this was our second time staying there."

    Reviewed by KarenDec 2019

  • "We've booked cottages in the past because the information stated it was rural, peaceful and quiet."

    ...well.....this one truly did live up to it. Our dogs loved it, not a bang, boom or swish to be heard, the only sounds we heard were coming from the cows mooing in the fields and an abundant array of birds calling for their seed supply. There's a couple of things in the kitchen could do with upgrading, especially the broken microwave and radiator, the kitchen was very cold.

    Reviewed by LindaNov 2019

  • "Lovely location but as mentioned a 4x4 is needed the roads to the cottage are terrible broken electricals (kettle but we sussed it you have to be left handed, cooker but again we sussed it the time needed setting, TV is a little odd to get it to turn on and the washing machine was full of hair and an iced finger?"

    ? ) a rubbish collection from the cottage when they come to clean it would of been nice as we already had a full car (not a 4x4) and had to fit rubbish bags in aswell, we found chocolate wrappers a dirty sock in one bedroom and a crunchie in the livingroom along with the above mentioned ice finger in the washer. Closest supermarket is an hour away. Also disgusted to see about 11 cig buts just outside the back door again a cleaning issue I'm guessing. 3

    Reviewed by CarrieOct 2019

  • "The piece and quite is fantastic cottage is lovely and the log fire is great, ..."

    The piece and quite is fantastic cottage is lovely and the log fire is great, brilliant for the dogs and a great 6 days could not be happier

    Reviewed by GavinOct 2019

  • "This cottage is a hidden gem."

    Wonderful location, away from everything with walks on the doorstep. The cottage is so comfortable with everything you need and more. The hot water pressure is very low but it didn't affect our stay and the power shower is brilliant. No wi-fi or phone signal didn't affect our stay at all and in fact it was good to get away from the constant access to the internet! The track to the cottage is fine, provided you take it very slow and watch out for the pot holes. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2019

  • "This cottage is excellent if you like quiet."

    The garden is secure for dogs - just have to keep eye on pond in the back - the track to the cottage is exactly that but no issues if you drive to the conditions. The cottage itself is great - clean, well laid out, well equipped and the scenery and wildlife around it are great. Stock up at one of the supermarkets in Newton Stewart and you can have a smashing week of peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent but access to the cottage was a little confusing as it stated that the last 400 yards were a track but when the sat nav stopped we were almost a m,ile from the cottage otherwise it was a well laid out cottage very comfortable."

    We would recommend this place if you want away from the traffic and people as we were surrounded by open fields and cattle.

    Reviewed by DerekSep 2019

  • "We had a really great time at the cottage it was so very peaceful and comfortable, we all slept so very well"

    Reviewed by JenniferSep 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely very comfortable and had everything we needed."

    Remote location and no WiFi was exactly what we needed a get away from it all. Peace and tranquility only sound was the cows, sheep and birds. The only issue was on the Monday Sykes had NOT informed us there was a planned electric outage and therefore there was no water available as it is pumped from a spring and once electricity was reinstated the water ran brown for rest of week so had to purchase bottled water.

    Reviewed by DonnaSep 2019

  • "The first two issues below were not clear from the description of the property."

    The main issue was the lack of running hot water or very poor pressure. Response to comments left by other visitors was that the cottage was not served by mains water yet the cold water pressure was ample. The hot water pressure was woefully inadequate. We boiled water in a pot to wash the dishes. I really don't know how we were expected to make full use of ' the classy en-suite with an elegant, claw foot, freestanding bath.' The second issue was the remoteness of the property, and the dreadful track we put our car through. The third issue was not being able to allow our dogs to make full use of the lovely garden to explore because of the pond. ( This was mentioned in the description). If the cottage had been in another location ( i.e. not so remote) with running hot water and the pond filled in, it would have been the perfect holiday. House keeper to be commended.

    Reviewed by TheresaJul 2019

  • "This was our 8th visit to Millwalk Cottage."

    We absolutely adore it. It’s so comfy spacious and welcoming, and if you love wildlife your in for a treat. We ll be back next year,it’s our little piece of paradise. Not forgetting the fab views and walks on the cliff tops looking over to the Isle Of Man. 10 out of 10 for us

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2019

  • "If you want a holiday way out in the wilds then this is for you, beautiful walks from the cottage, loads of birds to feed so take food, cows with very young calves all around cottage passing to go up hill with big black bull, rabbits a plenty and deer."

    We will definitely be booking again. No phone signal no wi fit and no internet, sheer bliss.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "This is the most peaceful cottage we have ever stayed in in a beautiful part of Scotland."

    The garden was fantastic and secure for our 2 border terriers who have returned home absolutely shattered after amazing walks each day. Only cows for neighbours is perfect and is our idea of heaven.Thank you for a wonderful holiday in a wonderful cottage which we will definitely be returning to.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely and the garden was very well fenced in to protect our dog."

    The walks round the farm were a great place to train the dog with all the rabbits running around. A very relaxing atmosphere, with great views and peaceful walks right on the doorstep. We highly recommend the cottage to anyone interested in peace and quiet and getting away from the phone. There’s a good stock of books to read and a lovely garden to enjoy them in. The local pub is dog friendly and offers great meals at very reasonable cost.

    Reviewed by RonnieJun 2019

  • "Had a really good week."

    The cottage is great, quiet and the location is brill. The dogs love the garden and the beaches near by. Would recommend if you want quiet, no internet or phone for a proper rest from hussle of a busy life. The owners take feedback on board. Great place will be returning.

    Reviewed by StephanieJun 2019

  • "Stunning location, we saw lots of rabbits, hares, sheep and cows right outside ..."

    Stunning location, we saw lots of rabbits, hares, sheep and cows right outside the garden The house wasn’t as clean as other Sykes properties we have stayed in and smelt very strongly of dog, so much so my wife’s father who is allergic to dogs couldn’t stay with us

    Reviewed by EricMay 2019

  • "We loved there ."

    secluded and quiet .Beautiful surroundings. Can see Isle of Man on a clear day. Shame that all the double glazed bedroom windows are misting up due to condensation between the panes. Also there is barbed wire on the gate ,so need to be careful opening and closing it . (to keep the cattle off it I expect) Lovely rooms and a good size t.v. .Fridge /freezer is such a bonus . as well as dishwasher and washing machine. The gardens were full of flowers too , well done to the gardener.

    Reviewed by RaymondMay 2019

  • "We had a lovely peaceful week in the cottage."

    it is well presented, very clean and it is very secluded so no sound of traffic etc. all you can hear is birds, sheep and cows. Bliss.... This is one of the best holidays we have had in this country and for a very reasonable price and the dogs loved the walks over the open fields.

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2019

  • "Great wee house."

    Out of the way but none the worse for that. My 84 years old mum and dad appreciated the warmth and comfort of the lilac room. Level access throughout also got the thumbs up. Lack of wifi signal not a problem- we were on holiday

    Reviewed by CarolineApr 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage and location."

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2019

  • "We enjoyed our holiday lovely cottage with everything we could have asked for however we feel we need to point out that the condition of the road leading to it really requires urgent attention due to the huge potholes."

    We had a four wheel drive but still struggled the surface inside the gate but needs to be continued outside the gate. There was a cattle grid about half way up the road which was badly broken at one end which requires attention by a qualified fabricator.There were very few passing places on the road which also made life difficult .

    Reviewed by ElizabethMar 2019

  • "An amazing cottage- very cosy ( it was very windy and wet outside) and we had ..."

    An amazing cottage- very cosy ( it was very windy and wet outside) and we had everything we needed- the views are extraordinarily- We were there with friends and we had a lovely chilled weekend- the walk at the back of the cottage to St Ninian ‘s cave had stunning views- we would love to come back- Brian kindly allowed us to checkout later- very much appreciated

    Reviewed by SandraJan 2019

  • "The cottage is beautifully situated and very comfortable."

    The only problem we had was getting our car stuck inside the gates of the property after heavy rain made it very muddy.The owner may need to put stone down to prevent this.

    Reviewed by JohnJan 2019

  • "A beautiful remote large cottage."

    Extremely comfortable with lots of space. A wonderful place to welcome in the New Year. Stargazing unbelievable in the pitch dark night skies. If you like rustic, remote, rugged it's perfect. We loved the openness and were not upset by muddy fields and driveway but could see some people would struggle with this. Definitely a place for boots & wellies :)

    Reviewed by AnnelieseDec 2018

  • "The holiday in Millwalk Cottage was fantastic, there was everything we needed from a large warm cottage with every comfort ."

    The pictures on your site does not do it justice. You ought to show the surroundings and views from the window its remote and full of wildlife. In the middle of miles of fields and an abundance of wild birds feeding from the decking. Our dogs loved it. A 4x4 which we have is great for the long muddy track to get to it but go slow in your car and you won't regret it. Just marvellous.

    Reviewed by PatOct 2018

  • "We had a lovely time at Millwalk Cottage where the views and the setting are just fantastic!"

    Overall, very good value for money. It's not the most luxurious cottage but very comfortable and watching the birds feed over breakfast was an experience to treasure. The only drawbacks for us were the mattress in the main bedroom which needs replacing and the DVD player which is past its sell-by date. Otherwise, it was a magical stay and although the approach to the cottage is long and bumpy, being forced to drive slowly and admire the beauty surrounding you is no bad thing!

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2018

  • "We would have liked to have had easier access to central heating thermostat."

    It was set far too high. The property is something we would like to live in it is so good.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2018

  • "Beautiful place highly recommend."

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2018

  • "Really need a 4-wheel drive to get access on the farm track"

    Reviewed by ElizabethJun 2018

  • "The cottage was great really enjoyed it."

    The only problem was the Garden was only secure for large dogs. It was 95% secure only the gates needed to be wired to stop small dogs getting out, the cottage is surrounded by livestock.

    Reviewed by Kevin ThomasJun 2018

  • "The gated areas need small gaps as l have little dogs that could have fit through them."

    Reviewed by StephanieJun 2018

  • "Just got back from a great week in Millwalk Cottage."

    Location was fabulous, a great escape from the stresses of a busy life. Quite remote but if you want to get away from it all it's perfect. The cottage had everything a family of four plus two dogs needed. The children loved the freedom of the location, a great time to go for watching all the wildlife. The dogs loved exploring the garden and it is all enclosed so is really safe for them to be let out. The surrounding coastline is stunning and there are plenty of places to visit of interest. Will definitely be returning to Millwalk.

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single, 1 x double with en-suite freestanding bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, Bluetooth speaker, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Front lawn, decking, rear lawn, pond, and patio with furniture
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles
  • Note: Children and pets to be supervised when outside due to pond in garden
  • Note: Property accessed via a 400m dirt track, please take care
  • Note: This property has a private water supply.

The property

Whithorn 4 miles.

This rustic, country cottage nestles in a peaceful, rural location near the village of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Surrounded by excellent walking country and with...

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About the location


Castlewigg 2 miles; Wigtown 10.5 miles; Newton Stewart 17 miles.

The former Royal Burgh of Whithorn on the Machars Peninsula in Dumfries and Galloway is renowned for having the first recorded Christian church is Scotland. Built by St Ninian around 397, the site of the Candida Casa, or White/Shining House, is now home to the parish church. The area of Whithorn is rich in history and is also home to a medieval priory and an archaeological site. The distinctive shape of Whithorn, with its spacious central area and narrow entrance-ways of elegant Georgian houses, displays its medieval heritage. The Machars and Rhins of Galloway are also home to spectacular gardens, a result of the Gulf Stream and mild climate. Logan Botanic Gardens, the Aldouran Wetland and the spectacular gardens of Castle Kennedy are all a must see. To the north of the Machars are the Galloway Hills, offering walking to all levels as well as world class mountain biking. Golf, fishing and wildlife spotting are well catered for and the sandy beaches of Monrieth, Garleston, and along the whole of Luce Bay will delight any visitor.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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