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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely cosy 4 night stay at Greystones for a relaxed and quiet Christmas."

    The cottage was very comfortable with everything we needed. We loved the woodburning stove and there was plenty of wood to keep us toasty warm. Waking up to the sound of crashing waves was wonderful and having our morning coffee whilst looking out to sea was very relaxing. .....'What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to 'sit' and stare'! Despite the storm we still managed to get out to the Mull of Galloway lighthouse (as you'd recommended) where we enjoyed a lovely walk with great views (without getting wet). Thank you for our stay in your lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely area."

    Very comfortable and well equipped, amazing views.

    Thank you for all your positive comments - so glad you enjoyed Greystones and the surrounding area! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2023

  • "A fantastic clean and comfortable cottage with everything you need, plus more."

    We loved the peace and quiet, sitting listening to the waves. The local area is quiet but a lovely community spirit, very friendly.

    Thank you for this lovely review. Delighted you enjoyed your week at Greystones so much and hope to have you back sometime in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa J5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cosy house."

    Well equipped. Views over the sea with spectacular sunsets. I enjoyed having my breakfast in the back garden.

    Thank you for this review - so glad you all had a good time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Miles5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic view, very quiet and relaxing village."

    Cosy, homely cottage. All together a real find as a get away from it all holiday.

    I'm so glad you were happy with Greystones - thank you for this review! With best wishes, Vivienne. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is the most homely holiday rental I have ever stayed in."

    This charming character property had everything we needed on a practical level; everything in the cottage was both thoughtfully and tastefully appointed. We didn’t use the garden much but it was well kept, the lawn mowed mid week, and there were chairs and a table for use if needed. The bedding and soft furnishings were lovely and the overall impression is of a well loved, well used and well cared for cottage. I very much hope we have the opportunity to stay at Greystones again in the future.

    Thank you so much for this lovely review, it is much appreciated! When we furnished and equipped it, we were hoping for a "home from home" feel to the house (definitely not minimalist!) and finding the right bits of decor gave me a lot of pleasure, so great to hear you loved it! The upper part of the garden is still a work in progress but you do get lovely views from the bench at the top. The weather is often warm and sunny in May and June, so it's a good time to visit, which I hope you will do again! With best wishes, Vivienne Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2023

  • "Really lovely home from home, well equipped and laid out and ideal location for getting out and about."

    Thank you so much! Delighted to hear you were happy with your stay at Greystones. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2023

  • "Thank you Greystones will be our first choice when we revisit, warm cosy and ..."

    Thank you Greystones will be our first choice when we revisit, warm cosy and relaxing with amazing views Perfect for exploring the coast and lovely villages of Galloway handy local shop and cafe great walking Cock inn excellent food and friendly staff Highly recommended Greystones

    So glad you enjoyed your week at Greystones and thank you for the lovely review! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property is deceptively large inside."

    It is comfortable and the views from the front room and upstairs bedroom are amazing. During our week we saw beautiful sunsets, experienced a storm and, explored the area. The house was clean, well equipped and warm. The log burner was a bonus with heat from it permeating throughout the house. The local residents were very friendly and ready to chat.

    Thank you for this great review! The sunsets can be amazing all year round and being so close to the water at high tide a storm can be pretty unforgettable too! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Greystones and hope to see you back again sometime. Best wishes, Vivienne. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2022

  • "Very nice cottage cosy just the width of the road from the sea,very comfortable everything you might need in cottage,nice cafe in village lovely sunsets and very handy for touring the area."

    Very quiet and peaceful if that’s what you want would stay again if in the area

    So glad you enjoyed your 2 week stay at Greystones and thank you for these lovely comments. Hope to see you again sometime! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Sep 2022

  • "Quaint and quirky has the Port William old school charm."

    But too many downsides to this property compared to others in village. Kitchen cluttered and no room for any food or worktop space. Living room fine for 2 or 3 people but no seating for any more as layout again cramped and cluttered. Bedrooms good but did not even unpack as very little storage. Biggest issue is living area is infested with fleas or other biting insects as all left with dozens of bites after stay. No pets allowed so hard to understand! Note left on arrival indicating kitchen drains blocked and use Mr Muscle to unblock if required! A simple cleaning out of plug filter sorted that! Perhaps overall poor cleaning regime? Cleaners at door 10am sharp ushering us out. Not a very inviting or hospitable stay.

    Thank you for your review. I was disappointed to see the issues you had with our lovely little property. I have had a strict No Pets policy in place during my 6 years ownership (also No Smoking inside the house!!) so I doubt the insects were fleas but you could have been bitten by midges outside or coming in through open windows. No-one before or since has mentioned this. I'm sorry there wasn't enough seating for folk you invited in. The property has adequate seating in the sitting room for 3 people (+ window seat) and there is a picnic bench seating 8 on the back patio, plus 3 garden chairs. The kitchen "blocked sink issue" was advisory only. This is an old cottage with narrow drainage pipes which can be slow to drain if cooking fat, for example, is poured down. With best wishes Vivienne. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven2.5Jul 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in the picturesque village of Port William in Dumfries and Galloway."

    Accommodation was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a short stay. Beds were comfortable and the wood burner gave off an incredible amount of heat. The window seat in the bedroom was ideal for looking out over the water watching the world go by. A very good location for exploring this part of the country.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2022

  • "Cosy and comfortable cottage."

    Downside was the bathroom which was at the back of the property with very steep stairs to contend with. The view from the upstairs double bedroom was amazing. However the beach was inaccessible and very stony. Overall enjoyed our stay even with the atrocious weather!

    I'm glad you enjoyed your stay despite being there during Storms Dudley and Eunice! I am always happy to make up the downstairs bedroom with 2 single beds. There is a photo on the website of the steep stairs up to the double bedroom. Directly opposite the property is a low sea wall. 200m approximately along the road to the right is "Second Sands", with parking, picnic tables and access on to a stretch of sandy beach (except at high tide) for people and boats. Thank you again for visiting. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Suet Lin4.7Feb 2022

  • "A super cottage in a great location."

    Perfect base to explore the sea fishing opportunities east and west of THE PORT.The pier itself was so handy for short sessions when the weather permitted.Will provide details of venues at a later date from Stairhaven to Monrieth. A REEL FIND!!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jan 2022

  • "Perfect in every way!"

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jan 2022

  • "Wow! Just wonderful - so cosy and comfy."

    Loved the fire - just lit it one night, wonderful. Bed was so comfy - bed sheets so soft! Great kitchen - we stayed in and cooked two nights and everything there that we needed. Just loved our stay - we will re-book soon.

    Reviewed by Annabelle4.7Nov 2021

  • "This little cottage was excellent it had everything you could need for a stay ."

    everything was easy to use the woodburner was all set too with a gd supply of logs and kindling as well . lots of games/puzzles/jigsaw and stuff in case you where stuck for something to do . saved the best bit to last the views absolutely outstanding from upstairs and downstairs on a clear day the views of the mull of galloway are beautiful . fantastic stay and if we decided to come to the area would have no hesitation in staying at greystones again .

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2021

  • "The house is very well equipped with tea towels, kitchen utensils etc."

    ,a clothes line and pegs . The heating, the shower and the cooker were so easy to use. The cottage was lovely and the views and the garden so enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Bernadette5.0Sep 2021

  • "A real home from home, views are outstanding."

    .couldent fault the place !

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jun 2021

  • "Greystones is a comfortable and very well-equipped cottage, and the extra touches like local maps and guide books really helped us make the most of the area."

    The cottage is beautifully decorated - a lovely home to relax in.

    Reviewed by Elspeth5.0Jun 2021

  • "This cottage is a little gem in a lovely village, it is tastefully decorated and we were looking forward to enjoying our stay, however this cott age has not been deep cleaned for covid, thecleaner must clean round things instead of moving them, we found empty lager cans under the sofa and the floors were full of bits, we had to hoover."

    The kitchen and bathroom could also do with a good clean, things were grimy. It may seem we are being petty but with the current situation surely cleanliness is a must, however the lady who owns it was very informative and helpful and may not be aware of the situation if she doesn't visit often.

    Reviewed by Gary2.8May 2021

  • "Overall, I was very happy - the only slight negative was the cottage was not as clean as it could have been."

    Microwave required cleaning internally before use & a couple of other areas in the kitchen & bathroom also required cleaning before use, which was disappointing. That said, overall very much enjoyed my stay.

    Reviewed by Graham3.8May 2021

  • "Very comfy cottage."

    Views from both inside the cottage and the garden were great.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Sep 2020

  • "My concern is often about parking near the property."

    In this case I needn’t have worried. There was plenty of space. The directions were good and we had no difficulty finding our cottage. The views from the upstairs windows are brilliant. We had a good view of the sunset and, later in the week, of the rough seas. Very impressive! Wigtown is the Scottish book town and we got quite a few bargains. Parking in the town is ample. We had a good holiday.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was very comfortable, and the fire was amazing!"

    We had a lovely time there even if we had a bit of a drive to get anywhere. We managed to visit Castle Kennedy, Belfast (to see the Titanic Exhibition), and the Mull of Galloway. There is a fantastic Italian Restaurant in Sorle. Such a surprise.

    Reviewed by Beverley4.7Sep 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at Greystones Cottage, the owner was very friendly and informative, the cottage was cosy, and it was the perfect location to relax and unwind and watch the seabirds on the shore and the magnificent sunsets."

    We also had wall to wall sunshine, every single day, which made our holiday complete.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2019

  • "A very peaceful cottage that helped us to unwind as soon as we arrived."

    The markdown in comfort was only because of the sofas in the lounge which we found a little uncomfortable for us personally. The seating in the bedroom was a smashing idea. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was on the sea front with fantastic views."

    It was very well equipped and comfortable with a lovely garden. The cottage was ideally located to explore the area of Galloway.. We left feeling relaxed and refreshed.

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage has a lovely open outlook to sea and a lovely upstairs bag window to watch the world to by"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor with 2 single beds, 1 x family room with double and single bed
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • TV with freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Roadside parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed back garden with lawned area, patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, cafe 0.5 miles
  • Please note: stairs are steeper than average up to the main bedroom
  • Please take care

The property

Greystones Holiday Cottage is a beachfront terrace located in the Dumfries and Galloway village of Port William.

This charming accommodation enjoys beautiful views across Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway, the southernmost tip of Scotland.

It is ideal for a small family or couple looking to get away-from-it-all and experience a rejuvenating holiday by the sea.

A cosy sitting room awaits your arrival after a bracing walk along the waterfront.

Kick off your shoes in the porchway and snuggle up on the sofa in front of the charming woodburning stove, which adds character to the room.

If nothing takes your fancy on TV, simply take in the views of the rocky shores directly across the road.

The galley-style kitchen boasts an electric cooker, so you can rustle up one of your home recipes and dine together at the table in the living room.

The ground floor also plays host to a single bedroom, with views out to the rear garden.

And at the top of the staircase is the family bedroom, with exposed beams and opportunity to catch the orange sun setting for another day, so long as the weather will allow.

Port William has a small harbour, where you can enjoy some commercial and recreational fishing.

There is also a general store, Post Office and within three miles is a golf course.There is also a licenced Cafe.

Stroll along the waterfront and stop off for lunch or a glass of wine at the scenic harbourside café.

Further afield, you have Galloway Forest Park offering dramatic scenery, a Red Deer Range as well the Wild Goat Park.

With a beautiful, unspoilt coastline, perfect for walking and cycling as well as birdwatching and an array of other outdoor activities, Greystones Holiday Cottage is the ideal getaway for a seaside break.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band F

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00249-F

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About the location


Wigtown 10 miles; Newton Stewart 17 miles.

Dating from the end of the eighteenth century, the fishing village of Port William sits on the east side of Luce Bay on the Machars peninsula in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland. There is much history in the area from early Christian sites through to more recent smuggling activities. The picturesque harbour that dates from the 18th century offers sea angling and is ideal for sailors too. There is a statue of a bronze otter erected in memory of Gavin Maxwell, author of ‘Ring of Bright Water’. His family home, Monreith House, is nearby and Maxwell used to exercise his otter on the beach below the house. Oscar Kokoschka, one of the twentieth century’s best known expressionist painters, spent time here during the Second World War. Today Port William is an attractive fishing village within easy reach of sandy beaches, a 9 hole links course just 2 miles away, walking and cycling in the Galloway hills and the cafés and shops of Wigtown, designated as Scotland’s first Book Town. Carnival Week is traditionally held in the first week in August with a wealth of events and attractions. Nature lovers will be drawn to the many nature reserves in the area as well as the childhood home of Gavin Maxwell at Elrig, just along the coast.

Please note: stairs are steeper than average up to the main bedroom. Please take care.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season