“A tranquil retreat between the river and the sea...”
These traditional holiday cottages have all been tastefully modernised and furnished. They are situated along a quiet country lane, backed by farmland with south-facing views over the beautiful River Stinchar and the surrounding South Ayrshire countryside. The cottages are all within several hundred yards of one another near the seaside village of Ballantrae with its maritime climate of early springs and mild autumns. Castlehill and neighbouring Windyknowe both provide very spacious, high standard accommodation suitable for larger parties - both have superb large kitchen/dining-rooms for entertaining, they overlook the river and are set within sheltered landscaped gardens. High Mains Cottage stands alone and is set back from the lane. Stinchar Cottage is at the edge of the village in a lovely position between two bridges and with a riverside garden.
With marked river, woodland, seaside and farm walks direct from the door, the properties are situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s long distance walking route, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines of the British Isles. The coastline is crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of Ailsa Craig and the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde. The area is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals and is a haven for bird watchers on the moors and estuary. Ballantrae has a network of paths, two public tennis courts and the attractive harbour, the beach, pub, shop and several cafes are all within walking distance of the properties. Fly fishing may be available by prior arrangement.
Inland there are gardens and castles to visit, the Galloway Forest Park, racing at Ayr and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and together with its surrounding country park is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Castle Kennedy and Glenwhan are just two of the wonderful west coast gardens nearby. The championship golf courses of Turnberry and Troon are within easy reach but there are numerous smaller and friendly courses within the area. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr, a traditional seaside town and birthplace of Robbie Burns. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Shops within 1 mile.
- Open fire - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail locally
- Elec, bed linen and towels inc
- Easy walking access (3 steps in ref UZW)
Three steps to entrance. Living/dining room with open fire and kitchen area. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with double shower and toilet. Separate toilet. Ladder stairs to first floor: Open gallery with two single beds (for +2, unsuitable for the elderly or children under 8).
- Full gas CH inc (Oct-Apr £20 pw)
- Freeview TV
- Large garden with furniture
- Parking (for 2 cars)
Customer Reviews of Stinchar Cottage,Ballantrae , sleeps 4
1st comment: Absolutely loved the cottage, really good location for local amenities and also lots of walks. The cottage is near main road so could hear lorries when in garden, but this wasn’t noticeable inside. Cottage was very well provisioned and the log fire is wonderful. The nearby woodland walk is amazing, as was the coastal path. Please note for all walks appropriate footwear is needed. Would definitely go back. March 2012.
2nd comment: Really relaxing with log fires and deer wandering into the garden. Local pub does good food and Rhins of Galloway well worth exploring. Can’t wait to go back! June 2011.
3rd comment: Cottage very good for walks, river & coastal. More attention required with regard to equipment eg pasta bowls, steamer, CD player, satellite tv. April 2011.
4th comment: We have had four holidays in this wonderful and charming cottage. There is nothing adverse to say about it and the owner welcomes us with wine and flowers on every occasion. Sept 2010.
5th comment: It was probably the best holiday accommodation in which we have ever stayed. It was comfortable, easy to manage, attractive, clean and well equipped. We were greeted with a welcome note, sweet peas in a vase and a bottle of wine and the owner called by to see whether the TV was O.K. as the previous guest had complained about it. It was fine. Sept 2010.
6th comment: Nice open plan main area with good natural light from windows both sides. Good position just at the edge of the town. Comfortable atmosphere. Aug 2010.
7th comment: The cottage was very pretty and in a beautiful setting. July 2010.
8th comment: Excellent location to explore the south west of Scotland. The cottage itself was fantastic with everything needed for a very comfortable stay. The decor and furnishings were tasteful and in good condition, and the cottage was lovely and warm. It was easy to self cater or eat locally, and we particularly liked an evening stroll on the river bank at the bottom of the garden. Salmon jumped out of the water; we saw an otter and a deer plus lots of birds so a true wildlife spectacle. A very enjoyable holiday. May 2010.
9th comment: A cosy, comfortable, well equipped cottage. March 2010.
10th comment: Very comfortable, nice location. Well equipped. Helpful info provided. Nov 2009.
11th Comment Great holiday cottage, ideal if you have a dog, separate area with sink, area for hanging wet coats 7 boots, and toilet. Can dry the dog there before going into main area. Comfy, clean and cosy, loved the fire for burning logs. Great welcome, bottle of wine and flowers with note. Oct 2009.
12th Comment Lovely cottage, well maintained and clean. Could do with a better lock on the front door. Sept 2009.
13th Comment A superb cottage in a wonderful location. We have stayed in many many cottages over the years but we found stinchar cottage to be one of the very best experiences we have enjoyed. The garden leading down to the river was truly relaxing and peaceful, we loved the cottage and we loved the beautiful scenery all around the area. Aug 2009.
14th Comment Good location, beach and shops within walking distance, good food available in the village. June 2009.
15th Comment A comfortable and attractive cottage for a base to explore this appealing part of Scotland. Oct 2008.
16th Comment Excellent property - clean and well maintained. Sept 2008.
17th Comment The local people were very friendly. The area was unspoilt. No traffic on the roads and interesting things to do within a short drive. July 2008.
18th Comment A really lovely cottage for a couple. June 2007.
19th Comment Just what we wanted - home from home. March 2007.
20th Comment A very well thought out and equipped cottage - plenty of wooden coathangers were a bonus! Lovely garden. June 2007.