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Beach Lodge is located in a secluded shoreline location overlooking Labrax Bay. The house a former Bathing Lodge was built in 1785 and is listed, and now extensively renovated, offers a fabulous base for a relaxing holiday, and is equally suitable for a small or large family or for a group of friends. Traditional in style Beach Lodge retains many original features and much of its character, and would be considered to offer one of the best locations for a self catering holiday in the Portpatrick area.
The accommodation is on two levels, and throughout the property is tastefully decorated and furnished, the majority of the rooms enjoying sea and garden views. Accommodation on the lower level is given over to the main living areas, and comprises of a large sun room which enjoys views to the rear of the property and over the patio area. A well equipped kitchen, a traditional style sitting room complete with a multi fuel stove, comfortable sofas and the TV, and a second sitting room which has a real fire, this can also be used as a bedroom with the use of a sofa bed. The twin bedroom is located off the sun lounge and benefits from an en-suite bathroom. Further facilities on this level include a small utility room and cloakroom.
On the upper level, two further bedrooms are located and both have traditional coombed ceilings and feature fireplaces. The master bedroom enjoys a shoreline view, and the second bedroom enjoys views to the garden. Further facilities on this level include two bathrooms, which both have baths with showers over, thus ensuring that Beach Lodge has all the requirements to meet the demands of a large family or group.
Outside the property has an enclosed garden, and a beautiful patio area complete with a charcoal barbecue. The garden to the front is laid with grass and offers a safe environment for children to play or for the pet owner. The property is surrounded on three sides by the hillside ensuring that the lodge is private, allowing you to relax and enjoy the sound of the sea, and the views across to Ireland in the west. The beach itself is just a few minutes’ walk away and due to its location you will normally find it quiet and secluded. The beach provides a perfect place to walk your dog, and the bay itself is popular with windsurfers.
The nearest towns to the property would be either Stranraer or Portpatrick and both offer a good range of facilities. Stranraer being the larger offers a range of shops, including a large supermarket and a Tourist Information Centre. The village of Portpatrick is very scenic, and the main facilities can be found around the pretty harbour.
If you are looking for a smaller property in this area or if Beach Lodge is booked, Shore Cottage is situated in the vicinity and also is pet friendly, we also now have Stable Cottage which is located closeby.
Beach Lodge is part of the Lochnaw Castle Estate and guests are free to visit and explore, for more information on the Lochnaw Castle Experience click here.
Facilities - Ground Floor
Facilities - First Floor
Included in the rent
Two pets are welcome at the property, however all pets must be kept off the furniture, and are not allowed in the bedrooms.
Good Housekeeping Deposit
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £150.00 is required at this property.
Access to the Property
Access to this property is by an unmade track, and is unsuitable for vehicles with low ground clearance. A 4 x 4 vehicle is therefore highly recommended. Please ask at the time of booking for more information and advice.
Overall a great stay! Stunning location and property. Two gripes however ...firstly as we booked for a December stay we thought it rather mean to be supplied with 1 basket of logs (they lasted 1 evening) it was a round trip of 1hr to buy enough for our stay. The other point is the instructions to the cottage. We arrived in the dark and therefore instructions like....'when you see the sea' or 'left after a grey cottage gable end' was useless at 11pm at night! We think there should be mile/minute markers on the directions. Two of our group became very distressed as we took several wrong turns.
Only saw other people using the beach 1-2 times throughout the week. As quiet as we had hoped for. House was warm and our dogs enjoyed the open spaces, off leash. Suggest you do need an SUV type vehicle (not necessarily 4x4), with higher ground clearance. Would have struggled with an ordinary car ( we used a VW Tiguan)
The location of the beach lodge is fabulous we needed a remote base due to our youngest of 5 being an autistic child. It was special to be able to walk about 100yds to the beach and have the ability to allow the children and the dogs to run free and explore the beach and rock pools whilst the lodge also allowed for a relaxing time due to its walled garden giving us a safe play space. Remember to take garden and beach toys with you if you are going there with children. The patio was secluded and shielded from the wind downside of this is there is no view at the rear of the property just the view of the bank covered in bracken. We were warned about not walking near the bracken due to ticks present. A few other points to be aware of on the beach at the time we were there a large number of lions mane jellyfish were washed up and a member of the public close by us got a nasty sting, The beach was rarely deserted we saw many other beach goers, fishermen fishing from the beach, a local guy turned up with a van and let 20 dogs out for a run and also one night saw wild campers in two large tents who left their rubbish behind when they left the next day. Most evenings the heard of cows come down to the field between the house and the beach to roam and on the last night were very aggressive towards my Husband as he was walking the dogs back from the beach about 40 of them came stampeding over and I had to go to pick him and the dogs up in the car to be able to get them back to the house safely. It may be because they have calves with the herd but please be aware of this if you have dogs it felt very frightening. As mentioned in most reviews the drive is very rough and much worse than we expected. It made us only want to make essential journeys so we didn't explore the area. The email confirmation recommends the use of a 4x4 and we would certainly endorse this as essential. I loved finding out about the history of the beach lodge the fact that it is listed by Historic Scotland as a building of historic interest and was built in 1789 the twin bedroom at the rear was originally the servants quarters. Lots of the character features remain curved walls, flagstone floors some original fireplaces windows with shutters etc. Overall we had a great time and would like to return especially if the worst part of the drive was to be improved.
We visited Beach Lodge with 3 generations of our family and dogs. The house and it's position is truly special. We had a wonderful week never leaving the house and the beach. The house is so comfy and everything is there to accommodate 8 people perfectly. The enclosed garden was safe for children and dogs to run and play freely and only a two minute walk to the beach. The road is a minor consideration because when you get past it the reward is one of the most memorable holidays. So much so our grandchildren cried when we left and we will be returning.
This is our second visit to Beach Lodge, a little piece of paradise. The house is spacious but cozy. Three living areas and just enough tech to keep in touch with the rest of the world if you have to; Freesat TV, and basic broadband with wi-fi over much of the house. Six plus a dog had really relaxing stay, amazing walks down the beach towards Killantringan or the opposite direction up to where it's gets pretty rocky and the sand runs out. Back to the house for meals, sitting out the back cooking up a barbeque or in the sun room watching the kestrels above the hillside and the cows come down to the front meadow for a bit of evening grazing. Being tucked down a rough track keeps most day trippers at bay. Been up and down here in a fully loaded car with no issue so don't let the road put you off. Portpatrick is just 15 minutes away with some good pubs and restaurants. Stranraer about 25 minutes away with a good choice of shops and supermarkets. We just stocked up for the week and enjoyed the seclusion. Barely saw another person all week. The directions are a bit misleading, the postcode is DG9 0RR; a what3words location is ///stands.enclosing.wonderfully.
This location is unreal, it's like nothing I've ever experienced. It's got such a secluded private beach and a walled garden. Went with another couple and our dogs and had a wonderful time. Would love to go back in the summer. The lodge is starting to look a bit tired, and could do with a bit of a freshen up but don't let that put you off. I'd love to live in a location like this!!
Fantastic location, have been many times before. Feel I must mention a couple of things ie. bin situation don't like the idea of taking bags of rubbish up to the bins in my car. No where to store bin bags outside, didn't want to leave outside at night because wildlife ripping the bags.Drive very bad does not encourage you to take bags up making a special journey and when you have four people and a dog in the car don't want smelly bags of rubbish on the seats. When we used to come years ago there was a bin outside the property which was emptied by the owner on change over day. Drive way very bad also cows with calf's in paddock a bit dodgy walking through to the beach with a dog, on a lead I might add cows charged a couple of times and paddock smelly and flies due to cow muck.
A truly fantastic setting, privacy, seclusion, quiet, and often sole use of the beach. The track to the cottage and the television are honestly described on the website! I did contact Wilderness Cottages about several trades/handy person jobs that need completing at the property, and the need for additional kitchen equipment, and after speaking to the owners, they have confirmed these will be looked at speedily. Hopefully future visitors will benefit from these repairs and replacements, and when rectified this property would fully deserve a 5 star rating (but for now it gets 4 stars).
This is our 3rd visit to the lodge, we always go in November each year when it is most deserted, 4 adults and a dog. The house is large, very comfortable and cosy with all facilities required for a comfortable stay with the option of a web fire if required. There is a basic tv provided with freesat/Freeview if required and a basic BT broadband for emails etc. Just step outside and the beach, coastline and isaolation are there in abundance to enjoy each and every day as the wind and weather change from one extreme to another. It is a 20 minute drive to Stranraer for supplies but with a bit of planning and taking a weeks supply you can maintain isolation if that's what you want. A brilliant place to stay.
Myself and husband had a weeks holiday at Beach Lodge, last month. Nice house and location. The only problem we had was with the beds - all were the same. I have a back and associated problems, so I was the most affected. Managed to cushion the bed a bit with an old sleeping bag we had but I still didn't sleep well. The state of the mattresses might not bother some or younger bones but a decent mattresses is a basic requirement especially at the price one pays when only two of you. Also, saw the old scratch marks where poor dogs had been locked in which included a small room (toilet). Dog shouldn't be left, especially if the people concerned are just going for a meal or whatever. It's not fair on the dogs or the property re damage. We never leave our dogs like that. Other than the present bed situation, we did enjoy our stay and can recommend this holiday property and location - our dogs agree!
Wilderness Cottages Replied...
Dear Mrs Fletcher, Thank you for your review and feedback on Beach Lodge. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We will pass on your comments to the owners of the property regarding the matresses. We do stress to all guests that pets are not to be left alone in properties however as you can appreciate some guests sadly choose to ignore this. Kind regards, The Wilderness Cottages team
Absolutely loved the cottage and the breathtaking situation. Had a truly lovely holiday. A little constructive criticism - instructions for the heating, cooker etc would have been useful and where to get more logs from. That was all it lacked - an information folder - I guess. Thanks for a great holiday though.
This is the second year we have been to Beach Lodge in November and once again we had a very enjoyable 'chill' break. We love the isolation and the almost 'private beach' on which we take the dog 3 or 4 times per day come rain, shine or even snow. The accommodation is excellent with ample room for everyone to relax, on this occasion we were 4 with another couple joining us for 3 days, plenty of room. Plenty of wildlife to see, deer in front of the house, sea otters, rabbits and the odd fox. I would thoroughly recommend the lodge to people who want to get away from it all and really chill out.
Wonderful Place to stay unique just a few yards to the beach. Stay very well organised just a little bit of paint would be necessary here and there. We are looking forward to coming back again.
We had a fantastic stay at Beach Lodge. It is so secluded and is located in a beautiful setting set back from the beach. Our 2 dalmatians were in their element and loved the beach. We saw our neighbours who were staying at Shore Cottage a few times other than that we saw no one else. We had the beach to ourselves. Check the tide times before you go. There were only 2 of us staying so we closed the doors of the rooms that we weren't using. On a clear night the stars are amazing. We saw such an abundance of wild life, deer, foxes, hares and of course the farm animals. We had 4 deer in the garden the day we left. The only negative comments that I would make are that some of the furnishings are a bit tired and could be doing with being updated, settee covers could be doing with a wash and it also wasn't as clean as I expected (bathrooms and bedrooms spotless) but none of this would stop me from returning we had a great time. The track down to the cottage isn't suitable for low suspension cars as we found out but with slow careful driving its managable.
Beautiful cottage everything in it you could need. Location amazing,beach was fantastic,did not meet anyone for a week. Peace and quiet brilliant!!
We stayed at Beach Lodge for a week from 15th to 22nd October. It was perfect! A beautiful house tucked away in the bay with a huge expanse of sandy beach and not a soul in sight. We had a lovely sunny break taking in the sights of the Rhins and on the one day of rain were happy to sit indoors relaxing and only venturing as far as the beach for a walk with the dogs. A lovely restful week in a lovely location!
We had a great stay at beach lodge with the dog. Didn't see one person all week and had the beach to ourselves! Love the fact it was full of essentials when we got there. Would recommend to all. Hopefully we will return in the future. Thanks for a fantastic break.
Perfect solitude and very well equiped cottage. Driveway down to cottage could do with some maintenance but would not stop me going again
We rented this secluded home as a group including children in February. The postcode takes you to the turning before, so just make sure you drive past here until you see the junction with the Labrador farm on one side and a sign for meikle labrax on the other. The road is rickety but well worth the ride. An absolutely amazing location. The house was warm and welcoming. We walked to the lighthouse (7 miles but well worth it) We loved it as a complete getaway and will def return!!
What a place! Truly fantastic - superb location and so well presented great place to get away and relax! Only negatives if I had to say any - no wifi - but then if you are getting away why would you need it - and the council could do with cleaning the beach in only one area due to washed ashore rubbish! Note no negatives for the property or location as were superb! As for the rubbish this is not noticeable and the surroundings could not be better! Thank you
WONDERFUL LOCATION, BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. THE ACCOMMODATION WAS EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE AND THE DOGS ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE BEACH! SAW PORPOSE IN THE BAY - WONDERFUL!