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South Milton Cottage

(Ref. 14724)

Stairhaven near Glenluce, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "South Milton is an amazing renovation."

    The property is finished to a really high spec. The downstairs area is very spacious. The kitchen area is massive and very well equipped. The lounge is cosy and comfortable. The utility room has lots of space and a good washing machine and drier. Downstairs shower room is also spacious. Upstairs is also finished to a high spec - but, and i would have given four and half stars here, there is a lack of head room and few places where we could stand up straight. We are not tall people so maybe a point for consideration. The views from the property were great, lots of windows. The location is very good to access Stranraer, Newton Stewart, south end of the forest, Wigtown and Ilse of Whithorn.

    Reviewed by Austin4.7Mar 2024

  • "A highly comfortable cottage with everything catered for."

    A beautiful remote location very close to the sea. Excellent countryside views in all directions.

    Reviewed by Su5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful, well-equipped cottage situated in lovely countryside with coastal walking nearby and other things to do not far away."

    Downstairs is fabulous, comfortable and has great views, but the exceptionally low ceilings upstairs were very difficult to negotiate (and we’re used to sloping ceilings at home!). Disappointed that the huge collection of DVD’s couldn’t be viewed in the lounge and the internet was too slow to support streaming programmes on the Smart TV. [Not sure if Sykes has a policy on provision of consumables, but we've rented many Sykes properties in the last 5 years, and all those with dishwashers have provided tablets & all those with washing machines have provided washing liquid. At South Milton Cottage there was no washing liquid/powder, and given that shops were some distance away, this was a little frustrating - if we'd known in advance we'd have taken some with us] However, overall a lovely property which provided us with a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Sep 2023

  • "Really beautiful cottage, very well equipped, beautiful peaceful setting, immediate response when asking a query from owners, only 3 out of 4 for comfort because if you weren’t quick to remember the low angle of the bedroom ceilings, you hit your head!"

    Overall, perfect.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Aug 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at South Milton Cottage."

    Ideal property for families (we had 2 & 1 year olds, and a baby). Very well equipped kitchen, and great layout. As previous reviews have stated, the low ceilings upstairs are a bit challenging if you’re tall, but we were only up there for sleeping so not a massive issue. Our only problems were that we were unable to put up the cot, and we couldn’t find instructions to turn off the underfloor heating during the hottest week of the year, but then we didn’t ask, so that’s our own fault! Great setting for exploring beaches, gardens and much more. Lovely area.

    Reviewed by Jenni4.4Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful property and lovely location, we had cows in the field keeping us company all week."

    It was a very relaxing break and we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. My only comment would be that the sloping ceilings upstairs make life quite difficult for anyone over 5ft, my husband couldn't get in or out of bed or walk in a straight line without bumping into the slopes! This just added to the fun though and we absolutely loved every minute of our stay.

    Reviewed by Martina5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage is one of the best we have ever stayed in."

    Lovely lounge with comfy chairs and beautiful views of the sunsets, and kitchen large and very well equipped… AND empty cupboards to accommodate your own supplies (so many don’t provide this). Everything was very clean and easy to use (didn’t quite get the hang of the microwave, but hey) Upstairs was also beautifully clean, and beds very comfortable , again making the most of the views. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is an amazing place."

    The place was immaculate and it was very quiet. There is everything you could possibly need and more to make your visit more comfortable and enjoyable I would definitely recommend this cottage for anyone wanting to recharge.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautifully designed and well furnished / equipped cottage in a very quiet location."

    Close to beach and coastal walks. Owners extremely helpful and knowledgeable to help ensure we had an enjoyable stay. Love the idea of providing a telescope so you can stargaze with virtually no light pollution. Very comfortable beds which is always a bonus. We hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was an excellent property which was well-maintained and extremely comfortable."

    It had all the essential equipment and requirements for a holiday cottage and was very clean and welcoming. It had superb views all around and was well-located for visiting both coast and countryside. Would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jan 2023

  • "An absolutely wonderful cottage renovated to an extremely high standard."

    Ian the owner was a superb host. On our arrival was welcome gifts and a card. We have already recommended the cottage to family and friends. We could not have picked a better property. If we are ever in the area again we will.not hesitate to book. Thank you Ian for making our break one to remember.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Jan 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning little escape."

    Everything was exactly as shown in the photos. Pam and Ian were fantastic hosts. I cannot describe enough how beautiful the view is from the living room made even better with the log burning fire. We couldn’t wait to return, even before we had left and were even discussing plans of when to do so during the drive home.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had a great stay at South Milton, great cottage, great location, very well equipped."

    The owners Pam and Ian were extremely helpful when we had a slight glitch! Fabulous holiday.

    Reviewed by Joanna4.7Nov 2022

  • "An absolute fantastic stay at a wonderful cottage."

    You could not wish for a more perfect place to stay whilst on holiday, perfectly located to explore all that Dumfries and Galloway areas have to offer. The cottage is superbly equipped and extremely comfortable and allows to completely relax and unwind. Fantastic views both early mornings and as the sun sets. Great communication form the owners and really easy to find. We will certainly be looking to come back again and will be recommending to our friends and family.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2022

  • "Well equipped, beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    Second visit here and will hopefully return. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Dec 2021

  • "Very comfortable and clean, and very well equipped."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage in a great location every thing you need for a fantastic holiday."

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful property in a stunning location, great communication from the owners who were quick to respond when we had a question."

    Very clean and well equipped with all that was needed to make the stay comfortable, also the MOST comfortable bed we have ever had in a holiday cottage. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, loads to see and do in the local area and the scenery is to die for! Thanks for a wonderful stay, highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was scrupulously clean, very welcome and reassuring in the current pandemic."

    It’s also very well equipped and a lot of thought has gone into furnishings. Wonderful peaceful location with lots of things to do in the local environs. The downside to this cottage is the heating. We have stayed in a lot of self catering cottages over the years but never stayed in a cottage where you cannot control the heating. Everything is password protected and controlled remotely by the owners. We had a particular problem with upstairs routinely being 23/24 degrees which was too hot and the lounge ranged from 15-18 which wasn’t ideal on an evening when you want to relax and read or watch television. In fairness to the owners there seems to be a problem with the underfloor heating downstairs which needs remedying. We were given access to unlimited wood for the stove. Felt a little shortchanged as this wasn’t one of the cheapest cottages in the area.

    Reviewed by Adrian4.4Nov 2021

  • "We had an absolutely amazing stay at South Milton Cottage, the location was perfect!"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2021

  • "Probably the best place we have stayed in; hope to return."

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "The setting, high quality of finish in cottage, downstairs layout, sunsets, wildlife, very helpful owner, easy to find, convenient access to places of interest in Galloway and the coast."

    Evening walk into Stairhaven.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2021

  • "We all loved the design of the kitchen and living room which created a wonderful sense of space and light."

    We were warm as toast with the underfloor heating. It rained nearly every day but the children were comfortable and content to be in the cottage. Our day out to the Kirroughtree mountain bike centre was the best ever antidote to Covid.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage had everything needed and the sitting room was a real sun trap - and yes there was actually sunshine as well."

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage in beautiful, peaceful location equipped with everything we needed."

    Great walks and beaches on the doorstep. Saw deer behind the cottage every day and also dolphins and seals off the coast nearby. Would highly recommend and love to revisit.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a great break."

    The accommodation was fantastic. Will certainly recommend to our friends

    Reviewed by George5.0Dec 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a quiet and peaceful location with lovely views all round, nicely situated for visiting places of interest, Castle Kennedy gardens, Galloway forest, Mull of Galloway, Portpatrick, Stranraer just a 20 minute drive away."

    The cottage was well equipped and very spacious and a bottle of wine waiting for us when we arrived, a nice touch. would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Philip4.1Sep 2019

  • "Owner was very good and responded quickly when I phoned as we had no towels on arrival."

    It got sorted and they arrived at 9pm. Otherwise very well equipped, clean & comfortable cottage. Enjoyed our stay and visiting the area - Thank you!

    Reviewed by Zena5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a very remote location!"

    Beautiful scenery wherever you look. The cottage was very well equipped, it has everything you need and the bonus of a bottle of Red! Comfy beds with plenty of light and space. Our daughter loved the low ceilings in the front bedroom with the stunning views. Only a couple of negatives from us would be, the property is "dog free" yet there was alot of black dog hair throughout the property! All in all we had a wonderful time and enjoyed some great quality family time together. Thank you :)

    Reviewed by Joanna3.8May 2019

  • "2 South Milton Cottages was very comfortable, spacious, bright, and clean, with all the facilities we required."

    It's location was great for exploring the area and I wouldn't hesitate to revisit or to recommend.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is our 3rd stay at the cottage."

    We love it. It’s like a home from home.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Mar 2019

  • "Very nice cottage."

    Spacious, warm, comfortable beds. Location is amazing, very quiet area.

    Reviewed by Teofil5.0Dec 2018

  • "Really lovely cottage, clean and comfortable."

    Very handy folder of useful information and a box of leaflets for local walks and things to do. Nice touches made us feel welcome, such as the bottle of wine and the fire was laid ready. There was a supply of wood which lasted us several evenings. Kitchen was well equiped. A previous review mentioned the ceiling heights - they are very low but only upstairs in the bedrooms so it's only an issue when you're going to bed. The ceilings are high in the downstairs living areas, so my 6ft 5 husband was fine.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2018

  • "Beautiful, rural cottage a few minutes walk to a beach and stunning coastline."

    Property was immaculate and we all commented that it was very spacious (Tardis Like) and had a good layout for a family group. Like previous hirers due to the nature of the cottage and ceiling height up anyone taller than 6ft would struggle. All in all a fabulous cottage and would use again also loved the fact that there was no wifi and patchy mobile reception!

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2018

  • "House great peace and quiet."

    Second time there. Every thing we needed .Plenty of places to visit. Did not get to Ireland as weather too hot but enjoyed ourselves.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.4Jun 2018

  • "We had some very difficult communication with Sykes leading up to the holiday where I felt there was no grace at all for the situation that we found ourselves in."

    Probably you can see that from documentation of previous communication. That apart, the holiday itself was good.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7Jun 2018

  • "The property and location were stunning, wildlife, quiet beaches all close by ."

    Definitely a place to unwind and relax would definitely recommend .

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Jun 2018

  • "House was great."

    Lots of space,lovely views.Good outside seating.Peaceful setting.10 out of 10 Hope to go back.Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.8Sep 2017

  • "Overall Excellent holiday in every department."

    Didn't really want to leave. Many thanks kath and Jon .

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was fantastic, great location, well equipped."

    It suited our needs fully!

    Reviewed by Tracey4.4Apr 2017

  • "The only comment I would make is that you need to be very careful upstairs not to bang your head."

    In all other respects the cottage was excellent.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2016

  • "Loved everything about the cottage, location etc."

    We should have booked for 2 weeks instead of one.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Sep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburner and French doors to the rear garden
  • Front sun room (seats 2).
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor and woodburner in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, iPod dock, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Wifi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden to rear with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Coast 10 mins walk
  • Note: This property has a spiral staircase and there are sloping ceilings in the bedrooms and bathroom
  • Note: There is limited mobile phone coverage at this property.

The property

A stunningly-presented detached cottage in the hamlet of Stairhaven, superbly located near the coast on The Machars peninsula in Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway region.

Appointed to an exceptional standard throughout, this Stairhaven cottage is ideal for families or friends who wish to enjoy time together in one of the most varied and beautiful parts of the country.

With panoramic views of the surrounding countryside towards the coast, this Dumfries and Galloway cottage has three bedrooms, including a king-size double with a Juliet balcony and views of the sea beyond.

The spacious open plan living area at this Stairhaven cottage exudes quality and style with a well-equipped, fitted kitchen, complete with central island, a dining area with glass panelled doors that can be retracted to incorporate the lovely sitting room, which benefits from a woodburner and French doors to the rear patio.

Outside this cottage in Stairhaven is a rear patio area and lawn with open views across the surrounding fields.

The coast is just a short distance from this Dumfries and Galloway cottage and the wide expanse of Luce Bay opens up.

Why not visit the stunning gardens of Castle Kennedy and Glenwhan, or take the Stairhaven Coastal Circuit, which offers views to the Isle of Man and the Mull of Galloway, and a chance to spot grey seals.

A wonderful Stairhaven cottage with something for everyone.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-01511-P

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About the location


Glenluce 2 miles; Port William 9 miles; Newton Stewart 17 miles.

The small hamlet of Stairhaven, near Glenluce, once famous for smuggling, sits on the east side of Luce Bay in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland. This tranquil spot has an abundance of wildlife and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Stairhaven is within easy reach of the Galloway Forest, which offers walking and cycling, including the well know 7stanes cycle trail. The forest is also home to the Dark Sky Park, where you can see the night sky in all its glory. There are a number of golf courses close by, including the County 18 hole true links course, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. Fishing in the area is first class with opportunities to enjoy both loch and sea fishing, plus the River Luce is popular for salmon and trout fishing. Take a day trip to Belfast from the local ferry port, or stroll along the sandy beaches at Sandhead or Monreith, or simply just sit and read in Wigtown – Scotland’s famous book town. This beautiful part of the country has something for everyone.