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Rose Cottage

(Ref. 8201)

Stranraer, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is a perfect setting if you want a peaceful holiday, the interior is warm and comfortable with everything you need would highly recommend to anyone."

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Apr 2024

  • "Excellent property in a beautiful location."

    Everything was positive from start to finish. Would recommend to anyone wishing to stay here.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely fantastic house and setting, the dogs were in their element with the ..."

    Absolutely fantastic house and setting, the dogs were in their element with the gorgeous woodland around the cottage, couldn't be happier with holiday

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jan 2024

  • "We stayed at Rose Cottage from December 22nd to the 29th."

    Lovely cottage, very warm due to the excellent central heating and a great wood burner if required. Mrs Jamieson went the extra mile by very tastefully decorating the cottage and leaving an excellent hamper of goodies in the fridge. Despite being 'winter', it wasn't very cold, just lovely and windy. Consequently we frequented the summerhouse to read and just enjoy the wind, nature and a glass of whisky. Our dog definitely appreciated the wood next to the garden. The week passed too quickly.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Dec 2023

  • "A very cosy cottage with everything you could need to get away from it all."

    The beds are very comfortable, a modern bathroom and well equipped kitchen. There is a tremendous variety of wildlife in the big garden. I will book here again.

    Reviewed by William5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, just the right place if you want peace and quiet, yet not to isolated."

    The only let down were the beds which we didn't find very comtable, although sufficient.

    Reviewed by Sally Jane4.7Jun 2023

  • "We had an amazing time at Rose Cottage and would definitely return."

    The cottage is clean, cosy and warm with everything you need during your stay. The welcome package was so kind and appreciated. Beautiful grounds with lots of wildlife on your doorstep and situated with easy access to lots of places to visit.

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2023

  • "Our 3rd visit to Rose Cottage and it didn't disappoint."

    Caroline really does go above and beyond to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits. The cottage is immaculately clean and well equipped. It is lovely and warm, in fact we had to turn the radiators is lovely to sit in the summer house and watch the birds at the feeders. Lots of wildlife, deer, red squirrel, fox and a resident pheasant who kept us entertained with his funny ways. Caroline is really friendly and helpful and gave us some tips about places to visit including Sandhead Beach which was great for the dog. All in all we had a fantastic, much needed, relaxing break. Thank you Caroline, we will visiit again soon. Would definitely recommend, it is a fab base to visit all the beautiful places in Dumfries & Galloway.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Mar 2023

  • "Won’t be staying here again Initially all seemed well."

    Contact from the owner was helpful and very detailed. However, once we got here things started to go downhill. Once we finally got in the front door which was swollen from the weather, the house had a weird smell (we live on a farm so weird smells are normal), but it was unexpected and annoying as it seemed the source was the house itself. We soldiered on and thought we’d make a nice meal. Sadly there isn’t a single sharp knife in the whole place with most of them even refusing to cut cheese without coaxing which is annoying for a family who don’t live off microwave food. Plus some of the pan lid handles came off as we used them rendering the experience dangerous as we attempted to get boiled food out of an almost sealed unit. Not to be deterred we moved to the living area, sadly it soon became clear that you could eat a meal on rotation (2 at a time) by setting up your own table and chairs as the outdoor seating wasn’t available. You also could not watch tv and eat. Never mind, we aren’t big tv fans so we settled in for an evening of reading and games. Unfortunately the lighting in the living area is so poor that we couldn’t sit and read without causing ourselves a headache. Then darkness settled in and so did the cold. It quickly became evident that the master bedroom which is “cosy” was in fact Baltic cold overnight as the external door leads off it with no insulation and the bedroom has single glazing (as does the living area, wash room and other entrance/hallway which makes the whole place freezing). You also only get supplied with one thin duvet each meaning you cannot layer up other than with your own clothes which is what we resorted to. Helpfully the heating is on a timer, but it remains a mystery how to get it to stay on longer than the hour morning and a few in the early evening that it’s been set to and the log burner enthusiastically heats the living room only and that’s if you sit on it. As we are made of tough stuff we tried to stick it out and rebranded the holiday an adventure. Upon waking from a cold night we ventured back into the kitchen to find that the tap water was cloudy again, we had assumed it was cloudy due to lack of use, but this seemed to indicate otherwise. We are fairly hardy types, but we agreed it was best to boil the water to drink it making yet more faff. After day three in the freezing and not user-friendly house we popped a few walking stained items in the washing machine only to have soiled water gush out once the cycle was finished and cover us and the floor. As no towels (as per the advert) or indeed any cleaning cloths are provided we were left soaking up the water and cleaning the area with our own items yet had no way to wash or dry them afterwards. Back in the kitchen, the dishwasher has no washing tablets supplied which was fine for us as we had bought washing up liquid with us, but would likely be annoying for guests who don’t as they’ll then need to venture back out to do a 12 mile round trip in order to do any washing up. Final nail in the coffin was finding no way to dry our apparently unwashed items as there is no airer which seems slightly short sighted in Scotland in winter. Maybe a BBQ and outdoor dinner would have healed a few wounds, but sadly the equipment advertised was invisible or maybe had been borrowed by the local Laird. So on what would have been day 4 we packed bags at 6am and went home as I couldn’t keep my child warm, cooking was a farce, we couldn’t wash or dry anything and I wasn’t convinced the drinking water was actually drinkable, amongst the other issues with the place. We’d spent £400 plus fuel to get there which for us is a significant amount of money and we consider it badly spent. We have complained, but have been told that we should have allowed the owners to rectify the issues. Not sure how they’d have fitted double glazing during our stay or washed and dryer our clothes, but apparently this means no refund. Also the owners state they cannot be contacted until after 6pm and the property has no mobile signal so it seems a bit tricky to actually make contact whilst there. You do get a free bottle of wine and some locally made biscuits which are a lovely gesture, but they fall short of being able to fix what should have been a relaxing break and instead felt like an episode of Faulty Towers mixed with Holidays From Hell. We did a deep clean before departing in a very British effort to keep the peace, but it’s safe to say that we won’t be back.

    Reviewed by Rachel1.6Feb 2023

  • "For anyone who wants a quiet break away this cottage is perfect."

    We had a lovely & comfortable break away at Rose Cottage. Thank you Caroline for the wine and biscuits.

    Reviewed by Linda Marian5.0Nov 2022

  • "Just had a wonderful week at rose cottage."

    The weather was extremely kind to us considering it was the end of September. The cottage is clean and comfortable and the owner was on hand if we had any problems. The summer house in the garden is a cosy haven to sit and watch the wildlife. We were lucky to see deer in the field next to the property and red squirrels in the woods adjacent to the cottage. There was also plenty of bird life including jays, tree creepers, goldcrests and all the other more common garden birds. Lochnaw is a short walk from the cottage and well worth a visit, you might even be lucky enough to spot a kingfisher. Bruce our dog loved the huge garden and the peaceful walks through the woods and around the loch. We did keep him tethered on a long lead in the garden as it's not completely secure. This was our first visit to the cottage and it certainly won't be our last.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2022

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

    Cosy cottage with access to local facilities but away from the crowds. Ideal for walking cycling golf and fishing nearby.

    Reviewed by Allen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage surrounded by woodland."

    The location of the cottage was perfect. Very tranquil & peaceful. The garden was well tended & looked really pretty at night with the colourful solar lights. We didn’t see any red squirrels & unfortunately no deer entered our garden but that could be because we had a dog. We saw red deer in the next field though which was nice. Despite the current energy crisis the cottage was warm & we thank the owner for that as a cottage we stayed in earlier this year in March was freezing cold & locked to 14 degrees. The only negatives I would give to this cottage was that the mattress in the double bedroom exacerbated my disc problem & the cars, trucks & vans driving on the single track road next to the cottage speeded & I mean speeded. No thought given whatsoever to the wild animals living there, dog walkers, pedestrians or other road users. It even limited our walks along the road as we felt it too risky. Would highly recommend 20mph signs on the road or even better 10mph. Fortunately, it isn’t a busy road so it didn’t ruin our holiday. All in all we would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Aug 2022

  • "Rose cottage is a nice quiet and peaceful place to stay yet not too far from shopping, eating out etc."

    Our dog loved the big garden and it was nice having the summer house (avoiding the flies you naturally expect when you're on working farmland) A nice clean friendly practical place to stay

    Reviewed by Alan H4.1Jul 2022

  • "This was our second trip to Rose Cottage - everything you need from a home away from home has been provided."

    We had a fabulous time again and thank you Caroline for the Wine and Biscuits - delicious. We managed to see lots of different birds in the garden and we even seen a deer this trip. A great place to switch off from the world as no wifi or phone signal (dependant on carrier I believe). We will be back

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and garden set beside beautiful bluebell woods"

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Apr 2022

  • "A lovely setting with spectacular views."

    The garden was beautiful and full of widlife.Th cottage was ok but seating not the most comfortable

    Reviewed by John4.4Apr 2022

  • "Lovely secluded cottage but just a short drive to town for shopping."

    Very nice garden for people & dog, we saw lots of wildlife including pheasant & deer in the garden. Towels were listed but not provided at the property so had to go to town to buy them as couldn’t call property owner as there is no mobile service. Bed was comfy & house was welcoming. We hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Mar 2022

  • "Rose Cottage is in a stunning setting - the cottage was very clean and everything you need is provided including wood for the log burner."

    We were very fortunate with the weather and loved sitting outside watching & listening to the wildlife in the garden and trying to guess each species of bird. There are lots of beautiful clean beaches just a short car drive away but there are also walks from the door. It was lovely to meet Caroline-the owner, who also gave advice on local walks and also thanks to her for the Wine & Cakes - delicious. I would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to anyone who wants to get away from it all for a quiet break in the countryside.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2021

  • "Good bits. Lovely cottage in a beautiful area that is clean and well equipped."

    Bad bits. No Broadband. Stove is too big for the room so lounge is unbearably hot whilst rest of the property is luke warm. Had a power cut one evening and overnight. Only realised the following morning that the electricity supply is by coin operated meter and didn't bring a supply of coins. Should have been made clear in the description beforehand so you can plan ahead and avoid any inconvenience.

    Reviewed by Eugene4.1Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was beautifully situated in an idyllic setting with fields and woods."

    The cottage was fantastic with every possible device to hand. The kitchen had everything necessary, the living room with log fire was so comfortable, and the bedrooms had plenty of space and electric blankets to keep you warm. Ample supply of logs kept the cottage warm when needed. A picturesque Summer house in the back garden was a treat. You could sit and have tea and read or play cards. You looked down towards the cottage to watch the many birds constantly feeding from a substantial bird feeder which attracted a pheasant and the elusive red squirrels too. I forgot to mention there was a modern television which kept you informed of the latest news. I managed to get a signal for my mobile phone within the cottage and a stronger signal in the Summer house. I would recommend the Rose Cottage highly.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2020

  • "Cottage and garden excellent, very clean, as stated wifi very hit and miss, was ..."

    Cottage and garden excellent, very clean, as stated wifi very hit and miss, was a shame booked 4 nights only stayed 3 we left a day early as bed was far too hard to sleep comfortably

    Reviewed by Aileen4.4Jul 2020

  • "We had a lovely holiday, rose cottage was lovely we loved the fact it was near woodland and the amount of wildlife we spotted was amazing."

    We saw deer, woodpeckers, hares, squirrels and pheasants all in the garden. We went on some lovely walks in the area with our children and dog and then came back and enjoyed the log fire on an evening. Lovely time we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Emma4.4Oct 2019

  • "We very much enjoyed every aspect of this holiday."

    The cottage was spotless when we arrived, and all amenities were available. Mrs. Jamieson, the owner, was very helpful, and kept us informed about the work being carried out by the utility company. The bird feeders in the garden attracted lots of different species, with pheasants and rabbits also paying a visit. We would highly recommend a visit to the lighthouses. The views out to sea and cliff faces are stunning. This was one of those holidays that we didn't want to end. All in all a great experience.

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage and surrounding area wraps itself around you and makes you enthusiastic to explore all the amazing sights."

    The owner is well informed, helpful and a perfect host.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2019

  • "This is a delightful peaceful cottage with beautiful walks around it, ideal for summer, however can imagine in colder months could be cold, owner does have electric heaters and plenty of these but you will have to pay extra on the electric meter for them although 7 pound is put in meter on arrival, as she so rightly says this is to prevent heaters being left on when there is no need however property only has 2 storage heaters."

    All in all I would definitely return in the summer months,

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Aug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and garden."

    Great with a dog, but would have liked a little more information on where it was acceptable to walk the dog. Well equipped and comforable.

    Reviewed by C4.4Jul 2019

  • "We had a fantastic holiday, the owner is very friendly but leaves you alone just introduces herself and thats it, we were comfortable and had every home from home comfort."

    the gardens and summer house made the most of the outside space. very dog friendly, we are most definately booking again for next year, we want to explore more of this beautiful part of scotland

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "Had a wonderful time at Rose Cottage, had everything you need for a peaceful relaxing holiday."

    Lots of wildlife to watch, pheasants, red squirrels, deer, jay, woodpecker and lots of other garden birds. There is a lovely summer house to sit in too.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0May 2019

  • "The peace and quiet at this cottage is unbelievable."

    The log burner brilliant.The owner on hand if needed.Very central to this part of Scotland.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Apr 2019

  • "No night lights, obtrusive noises or traffic jams to spoil the ambience of the cottage."

    No hesitation in recommending this little Gem for a peaceful break in a beautiful part of Southern Scotland, I will be re-booking later in the year.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Mar 2019

  • "Cottage lovely with a very friendly owner."

    Garden and wooded area fantastic for children and dogs.Area was fantastic. Amazing wildlife, red squirrels and pheasants regular visitors to the garden.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2019

  • "Lovely garden."

    .not enclosed but never said it would be and was great---wood right beside you and owner had lots of bird feeders and water for the birds of which were plenty.Roe deer about and red squirrels.Lovely walks and places to visit---facilities which we liked ---dog walks ,lovely ports and harbours and garden centres --local one and one in Minnigaff and Port Logan and Castle Kennedy ---lots more.Met the owner who was lovely---Wood burning stove was great---after walking the dog during the day lovely to put on at night.Everything you would need for a chill out week.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Sep 2018

  • "Brilliant cottage, nice owner left us a bottle of lovely wine."

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2018

  • "Great place to stay for the whole family brilliant place to get back to nature plenty of walks great beeches."

    Lovely setting with woods nature reserves and stunning views. The cottages was lovely and you are made to fill very welcome. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Jul 2018

  • "Please note that the coin meter is for all electric except storage heaters."

    Also a mobile phone signal is possible.Hope to go for another visit to this property.

    Reviewed by Leslie4.4Apr 2018

  • "Rose Cottage is a wonderful, pet friendly place to escape."

    Arriving to a roaring log fire was the perfect start to a relaxing week. There was an Abundance of wildlife in the tranquil garden and woodland surroundings and plenty of countryside and coastal walks nearby.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday and enjoyed the wonderful location and the peace and quiet (no mobile signal - bliss!"

    ) Cottage very cosy and comfortable and had all we needed. Our dog loved the garden and wood and the local walks.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2017

  • "Great location, private and peaceful."

    Perfect place for dog walking and some fantastic local places to visit

    Reviewed by Chris4.8Dec 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating throughout and a woodburner stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Bed linen inc. in rent please bring own towels and tea towels
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden to rear with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 6 miles
  • Note: Due to a stream running through the front garden, ensure children are supervised at all times
  • Note: There is no mobile signal at this cottage
  • Note: Bookings cannot start on a Saturday

The property

Stranraer 6 miles.

Charming stone-built detached former gamekeeper's cottage, superbly situated on a country estate near Stranraer in Wigtownshire in Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway region.

Surrounded by a large garden, this cottage is ideal for a family or a couple seeking a haven of tranquillity while exploring this diverse part of Scotland.

All ground floor, there are two cosy bedrooms and the accommodation is completed by a kitchen and a sitting room with a welcoming woodburner.

Outside is a large garden to the rear with a patio and is the perfect place to relax with a drink in the tranquil atmosphere and plan your activities.

The garden also attracts red squirrels, roe deer and a wide variety of birds.

Sitting in the country estate of Lochnaw Castle, the property is surrounded by delightful woodland walks, whilst fishing is available at Kirkland Fishery in the nearby village of Leswalt.

Stranraer is six miles to the east and is a bustling town in its own right on the shores of Loch Ryan.

This is a delightful cottage in a wonderful country setting which can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Owner may be willing to accept 2x small dogs, so long as it is requested via calling Sykes to confirm with them.

EPC Rating: Band E

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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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Bookings cannot start on a Saturday

Please note: The property comes with a GHB of £100.

Owner may be willing to accept 2x small dogs, so long as it is requested via calling Sykes to confirm with them.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas