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Otters Holt

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Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • lovely (7)
  • garden (5)
  • back (5)
  • clean (5)
  • welcome (5)
  • pack (4)

8 Customer Reviews

  • "Thank you for the welcome pack of goodies it was a nice surprise after a long drive and much appreciated."

    The cottage was well equipped and had everything we needed for our stay. A lot of thought had been put into making it feel welcoming and homely. The cottage was much bigger than we expected and had a good stock of books and games. The beds were lovely and comfortable rooms nice and warm. The conservatory was nice and overlooked the garden, but the dog next door kept jumping over the wall. Although friendly enough he kept doing his business on the lawn. Unfortunately for us the lack of comfortable sofas spoilt our stay. There are 3 small 2 seater sofas something you would expect to see in waiting room. 1 sofa was child like size, and a rocker type chair. It’s nice to be able to sit back and relax in the evening especially when the evenings are pulling in and the weather changes. However sitting on these sofas for any length of time was something we just wasn’t able to do without being extremely uncomfortable. In fact after 3 days of our 7 day holiday we decided to check out.

    thank you for your feed back, such a shame that you felt the need to cut short your stay, when there are so many places to explore in the area. Hopefully we will be able to replace one of the sofas in the future, although we are constrained by the width of the front door as to what comes through it. Thank you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle2.8Sep 2023

  • "It's a really lovely house with everything we needed (we were 4 adults)."

    A deceptively spacious house with really good-sized rooms. There were lots of seating facilities - couches, dining table, kitchen island with bar stools and private patio area in back garden. The garden is lovely - very pretty, lots of plants, shrubs and a lawn. The house was very clean and very well-equipped. The house was warm - day and night - and we didn't need to use the heating. There was nothing we lacked for our comfort. We were able to park directly outside the house. The local people were friendly, there were walks and a beach very close by. There are lots of attractions a short drive away. It's in a beautiful location within a stunning region. No complaints at all! We were sorry to have to leave. Thanks for the thoughtful welcome pack.

    Thank you for such a lovely feed back, so glad you enjoyed the area, there's always lots to explore. Hope you will be back soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely time."

    The house was spotless. There was a handy welcome pack and a lovely note from the owner. The people of the village were welcoming and also gave us a trip to the planetarium in Kirkcudbright. We would love to come back

    You will be very welcome Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a most relaxing holiday."

    The home is very welcoming, clean and comfortable. The weather was good and there were some lovely walks nearby. The home is very well equipped with everything you would need. The little welcome pack was most appreciated. There is a bus stop directly outside that takes you into Stranraer. There is also a little pub/restaurant across the street that serves plain good old fashioned food, but be warned to wear elastic trousers as the portion sizes are amazing. The only negative thing I would say is that there is no shop whatsoever. Other than that we had a lovely time and would definitely recommend if you want to get away from it all.

    Thank you for your positive feedback, there used to be a small shop/post office, but unfortunately, like many small villages it had to close. The nearest small shop is just a ten minute drive away. Glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Jul 2023

  • "The picture of the garden on the particulars does not show that there is a small pond in the middle of the garden which A) is dangerous for toddlers B) dogs find the water very attractive especially on hot days Two window locks in the conservatory are broken and need replacing The patio door cannot be opened or closed easily."

    It is so stiff it needs to be sorted Window in kitchen does not open Apart from that the property is bright and clean and pleasant. The beach is about a miles walk away not as convenient as proposed in the literature. Pub only open Thursday to Sunday and only does very basic food between certain times.

    Reviewed by Sandra3.4Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful holiday at Otter's Holt from start to finish."

    welcomed with a lovely note, flowers and food from Emma, beds were spotless clean and comfortable and the garden is safe and secure for dog. The wonderful weather we had added to the great location, and the accommodation at Otter's Holt provided us with a great holiday, one of the best we have had. We will defo be back.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and we can't wait to have you back! We hope the dog enjoyed it too! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Location: it should be made clear that the only pub, albeit just across the street, is only open Thu - Sun."

    Saying that, we had a lovely meal there on Thu, albeit from a very basic menu - but fine for us. And, our dog was welcome. The problem with the cottage: a dreadfully unkempt back garden we found unusable, and our dog had to be very closely supervised due to a dreadfully overgrown part at the back where it would otherwise be impossible to clean up any mess. Our dog was also dreadfully intimidated by a neigbour’s dog jumping into the garden that would not leave him alone. I felt intimated too by barking from neighbouring dogs almost every time I opened the door! The cottage opens straight onto a main road: a thoroughfare for farming vehicles; and they do not drive slowly through. Sorry to ‘moan’ but neither were we impressed with the lack of a couch in the lounge; the furniture is really of an old, conservatory type. The house itself is roomy though and fairly well equipped. Thank you again for the little gifts: milk, butter, etc. that were much appreciated with the nearest shop amount 3 - 4 miles away.

    Hi Ann, I'm glad you enjoyed parts of your stay, thank you for your feedback on the garden and we'll get the gardener in to have a look at the back . I apologise but there is nothing we can do about the location of the property, the local pub or the neighbour's dog although we will have further fencing put in to deter next doors dog. The majority of the furniture is new and we do have 3 sofas in the living room, but I understand we all have different tastes. I'm glad you enjoyed the gifts and thank you for your feedback. Otters Holt. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann2.5May 2023

  • "Comfy and cosy, everything one needs."

    We had a lovely week - good base for exploring.

    Thank you so much, Paula, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula3.8Feb 2023

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room/conservatory
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Central heating
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge and freezer
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On-street parking available
  • Rear garden with lawn and decking with bench
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.4 miles and pub 0.1 miles
  • Please note there is a pond at the property
  • Please note: If you wish to use Pedal Power, you are welcome to do so, however any bikes would need to be carried through the house to store in the back garden where there will be a covering for them in the greenhouse.

The property

Stranraer 6.5 miles.

Tucked away in the quaint village of Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway is Otters Holt.

This charming mid-terraced house benefits from a spacious garden with lawn, close proximity to Loch Ryan and three well-appointed bedrooms welcoming six guests and their beloved canine companion.

Enter into your new home-from-home to unwind in front of the warmth of the electric fire while the designated chef of the group whips up a tasty meal in the fully-equipped kitchen.

Step into the conservatory which houses a dining table with room for the whole group, savour delicious meals here while the windows allow floods of light in, and plan the itinerary for the rest of your trip.

When the evening draws to a close, climb the stairs to wash off the day’s adventures in the bathroom before catching your rest in the double with en-suite, double or twin bedroom.

Loch Ryan is paces away from the property and provides endless opportunities for thrill seekers to take to the water with a variety of watersports including sailing, paddleboarding and kayaking; a fantastic way to admire the picturesque views.

Venture into Stranraer to find local stores where you can pick up essentials to help ease your self-catered stay as well as a variety of pubs including The Arkhouse Inn, The Grapes and The Meeting Room, a cocktail bar, perfect for more vibrant nightlife.

Delve into local history by touring Stranraer Museum or the 16th century Castle of St John which was once a prison and military garrison.

You can even take the boat across to Belfast where you can spend a day exploring Northern Ireland; visit the Titanic Museum, W5 science museum and Crumlin Road Gaol which hosts public tours and paranormal investigations!

Make unforgettable memories at Otters Holt.

EPC Rating: Band E.

Licence number: DG00117F

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00117-F

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

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About the location


Portpatrick 8 miles; Newton Stewart 25 miles.

Stranraer, which became a Burgh of Barony in 1596 and a Royal Burgh in 1617, lies on the shores of Loch Ryan on the northern side of the isthmus joining the Rhins of Galloway to the mainland. There are many shops and cafes to while away an hour or two and the Stranraer Town Trail explains some of the fascinating history. For walkers, the Southern Upland Way touches Stranraer on its way through the Galloway Hills, having begun in Portpatrick, 7 miles to the west. Three nearby gardens are open to the public and well worth a visit at Castle Kennedy, Glenwhan and Logan. Stranraer has several beaches, however it is worth travelling to Sandhead and New England Bay for wonderful sandy beaches. A short drive south and you come to the Mull of Galloway, Scotland’s southernmost point. The lighthouse on the headland looks over some of the last remaining sections of natural coastal habitat on the Galloway coast and an RSPB nature reserve has been set up to retain this spectacular and diverse area.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Christmas