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“What a gem!”
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Isla Cottage
Ranked #6 of 13 Castle Douglas B&B and Inns
Ayrshire, Iowa
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“What a gem!”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We chose this wonderful B and B due to its location for a business meeting and what a treat it was. We arrived later in the evening which wasn't a problem and were given a very warm and informative welcome. The room was very comfortable and very clean. Caroline and Stewart have created a real home from home and every tiny detail thoroughly thought through down to the small information cards offering toothbrushes and wifi code. In the ensuite good quality toiletries were supplied and luxurious towels provided. The bed was very comfortable and both my husband and I slept well with plenty of bedding and pillows. Breakfast was a feast and nothing was too much trouble. The homemade preserves and Caroline's passion for local produce provided an education as to what Dumfries and Galloway had to offer. I defy anyone to find fault with this delightful B and B.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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winks2010, Owner at Isla Cottage, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Delighted you enjoyed your stay at Isla Cottage and everything was to your satisfaction. We are really pleased with your kind comments about our Bed and Breakfast. Many of our guests use our visitors book but few tend to go as far as Tripadvisor so thank you so much for that. We hope you will visit us again sometime soon and sample some more of our local produce!
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Doncaster
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Caroline and Stuart made us very welcome, the rooms are very well equipped to a very high standard. Top notch beverage tray with filter coffee and nice biscuits and fresh milk as well. Lovely bathroom, comfy bed with good quality bed linen. Smashing views over the countryside.
The food was amazing, all the breakfast items were carefully made and locally sourced from excellent producers. The preserves were out of this world, the meats and fish were lovely.free range eggs, two kinds of sausage, premium local bacon I'll stop there although there is lots more. Lots of information is available.there is a proper pub nearby. Don't be put off by the roadside location, you barely notice it, the rooms are at the back. There is parking and it is easy to find. Caroline and Stuart go to so much trouble they should win an award. I am sure we will be returning.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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winks2010, Owner at Isla Cottage, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
It requires some effort but mainly a great deal of thought writing a review on tripadvisor and you have covered everything that we feel is important to our guests - thank you so much for taking the time to do a review. Stewart and I are delighted with your comments and pleased you had a wonderful weekend both at Isla Cottage and sampling the delights of Flavour Fortnight in this lovely part of Dumfries and Galloway. We look forward to seeing you all again sometime soon.
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Bude, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

What a welcome we received at Isla Cottage - we were made to feel very at home by Caroline & Stewart who treasted us s if we were old friends, despite just having met for the first time!! Our room was lovely, very comfortable and with a stunning view. Breakfast was superb. Thank you Carolkine & Stewart for making us feel so welcome and we hope to be back again in August for a bit longer next time.

Can also thoroughly recommend The Grapes pub next door - again very welcoming and the food was excellent and great value.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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winks2010, Owner at Isla Cottage, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful comments - we do try to make our guests feel very welcome and a little pampered, that is how we like to be treated when we stay in other B&B's when on holiday. So glad you felt we achieved this and I shall pass your good comments on to the Grapes village Pub too. Look forward to seeing you again in August.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

My son and I stayed at this excellent B&B on our way to a wedding reception. From the road it looks deceptively small but once inside it's very spacious. Our twin-bedded room was a very good size with a large shower room ensuite. Also a TV, sofa, and excellent range of free tea/coffee/hot choolate/herbal tea. Both beds had heated blankets, masses of pillows and duvets. Breakfast was comprehensive with superb locally sourced food, particularly excellent bacon, black pudding and marmalade and porridge.
There are plenty of books around, a residents' lounge and a large pleasant garden. The owners, Caroline and Stewart made us very welcome indeed and we would definitely go back again. Worth every penny.

Room Tip: Our twin room was perfect
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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winks2010, Owner at Isla Cottage, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review on TripAdvisor for Isla Cottage your efforts are greatly appreciated. It is always interesting to hear what our guests have to say and confirms the wonderful comments given to us verbally. We hope you will stay with us again in the near future and our kind regards to both.
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

We stayed 2 nights and booked both rooms for single occupancy, but it was like having a private suite as we had the whole of the upstairs to ourselves. The rooms were really roomy and beautifully appointed and the bathrooms were like something out of ideal homes. We felt immediately at home and Caroline and Stewart made us very welcome. The breakfast was delicious with everything you could want and all locally sourced ingredients. I shall definitely use Isla Cottage again and already look forward to my visit.

Nicky Cruickshank (staying there with my nephew to visit family)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Germany
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We were only with Caroline and Stewart for one night but would have loved to stay longer if possible. The degree of attention to detail meant that we never needed to ask for anything because it was already there! Great cups of coffee and baked treats, a HUGE selection at breakfast for all tastes, a complementary drink in the evening, immaculate en suite shower and handmade soap, comfortable bed and plenty of pillows, a home away from home!
If we are ever in the area again, we will not hesitate to get in touch. Thanks for such a great stay and all the travel recommendations you gave us!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bath
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

My son and I spent two very comfortable nights at Isla Cottage. Caroline and Stewart made us feel relaxed and welcome and were able to answer a number of queries we had about the area.
Our breakfasts were delicious and it was interesting to read about all the locally-sourced food we were eating.
I had been a little concerned about possible traffic noise, before we arrived, but my worries were totally dismissed - the bedrooms are at the back of the house and overlook the beautiful countryside so traffic noise is barely noticable.....and the bed was so comfortable I had no trouble in getting off to sleep!
The presence of their beautiful cat, Lucy, completed the homely, relaxing atmosphere!

Room Tip: Both bedrooms - ensuite - are equally spacious.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Isla Cottage
Address: Main Street A75 | Springholm, Castle Douglas DG7 3LP, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Castle Douglas
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Castle Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Isla Cottage 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit Scotland graded 4 star B&B. Isla Cottage is situated in the village of Springholm on the main A75 between Dumfries and Castle Douglas. Bedrooms are upstairs, spacious, comfortable, ensuite with wonderful garden and countryside views. Just a few minutes by car from Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright and Dumfries towns. Springholm village has a pub/restaurant and a shop with other eating places close by. Ideally placed for visiting bird reserves (red kite trail), gardens, walks, golf courses, mountain bike trails and many other visitor attractions which Dumfries & Galloway has to offer. Guests are made welcome on arrival with tea/coffee served in china and a little "something" home made! ... more   less 
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