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South Milton Cottage

Stairhaven near Glenluce, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 14724)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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28 Customer Reviews

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

    Second visit here and will hopefully return. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by TracyDec 2021

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

    Reviewed by JulieDec 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 JamesNov 2021

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

    Reviewed by RonaldNov 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 AdrianNov 2021

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

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2021

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

    Reviewed by JohnSep 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 DavidJun 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 PamOct 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 BenjaminOct 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 SimonAug 2020

  • "We had a great break."

    The accommodation was fantastic. Will certainly recommend to our friends

    Reviewed by GeorgeDec 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 PhilipSep 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 ZenaJun 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 JoannaMay 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 KennethApr 2019

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

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

    Reviewed by DonnaMar 2019

  • "Very nice cottage."

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

    Reviewed by TeofilDec 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 KateOct 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 CatherineAug 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 LynneJun 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 HeatherJun 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 DianneJun 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 LynneSep 2017

  • "Overall Excellent holiday in every department."

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

    Reviewed by KathleenSep 2017

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

    It suited our needs fully!

    Reviewed by TraceyApr 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 JohnOct 2016

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

    We should have booked for 2 weeks instead of one.

    Reviewed by BrendaSep 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.

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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.

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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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