Westfield is very comfortable and full of character but what we liked the most were the wonderful sea views. Mealtimes were a pleasure as we watched little fishing boats and the ever-changing Kintyre Peninsular. A three minute walk took us to the beach for a short stroll or we could follow the Arran coastal path over fascinating rock formations. A drive of ten or fifteen minutes took us to a wide range of walks - remote lochans, the King's Cave and the Fairy Dell. After a day in the fresh air it was lovely to get the wood burning stove going and relax . The house was really comfortable and attractive - wish I had a kitchen like that!
Oh, and the head chef recommends a slow pot roast in the Rayburn!
Wildlife notes: loads of seals, stags locking antlers on the golf course, an eagle being mobbed by ravens and possible otter footprints on the beach. A neighbour says he often sees otters in the field in front of the house. And two red squirrels in the back garden.
We had a fantastic week on Arran! We stayed in Westfield which was, quite frankly, disappointing. If you are holidaying with toddlers I would think twice about this cottage. It is right on the road (& I mean on the road) & the back garden is very steep & can only be accessed via a side door in the living room. The welcome pack was a bottle of red wine & some chocolates which isn't much use when you have children and for over £1000 a week was very surprising! Also, given the amount this cottage costs I was very surprised to note that it looks as if it has been given a quick lick of paint to spruce up what actually is quite a dated cottage, there were still walls unfinished with poly filler on them!!! The shower was shocking & very temperamental! If you're a party of adults bear in mind there is only 1 bathroom and no downstairs loo! The kitchen however is very well stocked! All in all disappointing given the price. The marketing of this property is very good, it isn't quite what it appears. I most definitely wouldn't recommend this cottage to those with young children! Arran on the other hand is fantastic with bundles of things to do for everyone!!