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“Delightful stay at Dundrum cottage” 5 of 5 stars
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Kirkbride Farm, Port Logan DG9 9NP, Scotland   |  
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“Delightful stay at Dundrum cottage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

We have recently returned from a wonderful, relaxing week at the 5 star Dundrum cottage.

The cottage has a large ‘L’ shaped hallway which leads to the 4 bedrooms (2 en-suite), a large luxury bathroom with a bidet and double-ended spa bath, lounge and kitchen.

The kitchen is large with high quality cabinets and appliances (including a microwave, dishwasher and even a wine chiller). There is also a huge table that seats 10. Adjoining this is a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

The living room is large and has big leather sofas and a 42" plasma TV with Sky TV which the children loved. There is also a woodburner with plenty of logs. Leading from the lounge is the sun room which was relaxing with a music system with iPod connection plus stunning views.

They had thought about everything you could need to make your stay comfortable, such as iron and ironing board, spare bulbs and batteries, fire lighters, washing capsules, dishwashing tablets, cleaning products etc.

The champagne, chocolates and fresh flowers in the hall and living room were a nice touch.

From the moment we arrived we felt very comfortable and the owners (Aileen and Matthew) really do make you feel welcome. We took up Matthew’s offer of a 4x4 tour of their farm to see the cattle and wild boar and it really was great fun and very interesting. They also asked if the children would like to come down to the farm and watch the calves being fed. They thought this was great and were encouraged to get actively involved. Matthew even provided us all with fishing gear to use on his pond which we did, although we didn't catch anything we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves trying.

The views from every window in the cottage were breathtaking, with views of Port Logan Bay from the kitchen window and views of Luce Bay from the living room you could easily sit for hours watching those stunning views.

Outside there was a patio and seating area, a barbecue and a garden swing which was lovely to sit on and watch the sunset.

The area surrounding Port Logan was lovely, Portpatrick and Drummore picturesque. Culzean castle was well worth a visit and the guided tour really interesting. There is a swimming pool in Stranraer (Ryan centre) which the boys enjoyed.

Although Aileen and Matthew were very busy people, they went out of their way to make us feel very comfortable and we never felt like we were getting in the way and they actually seemed to enjoy the fact that we had taken an interest in their way of life on the farm.

This cottage is 5 star in every way possible and we really were disappointed to be going home!

  • Liked — Overall high quality feel to everything in and around the cottage
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

We have just returned from the most wonderful week ever at the best self catering accommodation we have been to in Scotland (or anywhere else for that matter)

We have a young baby and set about looking for child friendly accommodation in South West Scotland. Over the last few years we have been to many self catering cottages on the west coast of Scotland including Loch Sunart, Loch Fyne, Loch Sween, Loch Caolisport, Fort William & Oban. Previously we have had mixed results and in all honesty the scenery normally out shined the accommodation which ranged from pleasant to shabby and down right grotty! After several days searching the internet we chanced upon Kirkbride Farm Cottages website

The pictures on the website looked great, the modern contemporary cottage had been awarded a 5 star rating (I believe the first in Scotland) so we checked availability, booked and set off with great anticipation

When we arrived we contacted the owner to let her know we had arrived and were met by Aileen who was very friendly and welcoming. We were completely blown away by the cottage which was absolutely stunning!

The cottage is spacious (sleeps upto 9) and contemporary and sits in its own grounds nestled in the side of a hill that provides fantastic vistas over the rolling hills of the South Rhins peninsular with the sea at either side.

Inside the cottage was lavish and tastefully presented, incorporating modern design, large well appointed Oak kitchen, sumptuous en-suite bedrooms, wood floors, leather sofas, plasma TV, wood-burning stove, sky TV with movies and DVD etc, luscious family bathroom with jacuzzi spa bath with underwater lighting. The crowning glory was a sun room conservatory to the rear with panoramic views over the countryside between Port Logan and Luce Bay

To the rear of the cottage there is a garden with wildflowers, patio, swing, seating and barbeque for use by guests.

The local area and surrounding countryside is lush and the roads were peaceful with several charming villages in the vicinity(Port Logan Hotel - great food warm welcome 1 mile). The cottage forms part of a large farm with its own trout ponds, rare cattle and wild boar, all of which we had access to as guests of Aileen and Matt

Good points:
- Everything (no seriously!)
- Spectacular scenery
- Heavenly sunsets from the garden, kitchen and conservatory
- Unadulterated luxury of the cottage
- Local flora and fauna
- Evening walks to the beach watching the deer and wild boar,
- Catching clonking great trout in the tarn,
- Personal touches (fresh flowers, champagne & chocolates) from lovely generous hosts who genuinely couldnt do enough for you.

Bad points:
- Somewhere this good will undoubtedly be booked up indefinitely once the word is spread
- We had to come home when the week was up

Overall - Leagues ahead of the competition, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect first holiday as a family and the bar is well and truly set for the future!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — We had to come home when the week was over
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Kirkbride Farm, Port Logan DG9 9NP, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Mull of Galloway > Port Logan
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Port Logan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The first Five star self-catering properties in Dumfries and Galloway with fantastic sea views, situated in the heart of a dairy farm with,large fishing ponds, ancient woodland and superb countryside walks. The Dundrum and Inchmalloch have four bedrooms, two with en suite. The Millwheel is a three bedroom one with en suite and a open plan living space.The Cotthouse is a cosy two bedroom cottage all with sea views. ... more   less 

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