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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.
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.
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!