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North Lodge sits within the border of the Lochnaw Castle Estate amid the rolling hills of the Rhins of Galloway. It sits roughly equidistant between the port of Stranraer (6 miles) and the very attractive harbour side village of Portpatrick (7 miles). Originally constructed in the early 1840s as an estate 'gate house' this, once thatched property, has most recently been used as a guest house for specimen hunting anglers wishing to fish the ethereal and mysterious Lochnaw Loch, a mere 100 yards stroll away. Nestled within a coppice of trees and shrubs that are home to a wild variety of bird life and elusive red squirrels, overlooking a paddock containing members of the castle herd of Belted Galloway cattle and, with it's gardens dissected by the loch's gently flowing trout breeding burn, the cottage occupies a very pretty and secluded natural position.
Guests that stay are free to enjoy the historic estate grounds, including the beautiful gardens and woodland walks. Fishing can also be arranged on the loch and guests have access to the estate's sandy beach at nearby Larbrax (10 minute) drive or (40 minute) walk.
For more information on the Lochnaw Castle Experience click here.
The single storey cottage benefits from the following amenities:
Front and rear gardens which are laid to lawn with hedge, shrub and woodland and wildflower borders. The rear garden has a table and chairs. Adjacent secure gated road access to the B7043 - the main Stranraer/Leswalt/Portpatrick Road.
The property benefits from oil fired central heating with wifi access and a telephone for local and emergency falls only. All bedding and towels are provided.
The accommodation comprises entrance porch, hall, lounge, kitchen diner, small utility area, double bedroom, twin bedroom, bathroom with shower and wc/whb.
The property is very simply furnished yet cozy and warm. The lounge has an open fire (an initial supply of logs is provided free of charge) with comfortable sofas and benefits from Freesat TV DVD, CD player and radio.
The kitchen/diner benefits from an electric oven, grill and hob, built in fridge and dishwasher, kitchen sink, toaster and table & chairs with the adjoining small utility area hosting a washing machine/dryer and an additional fridge/freezer.
There is an external 'fishing tackle store' attached to the cottage which has two bait fridges and a barbecue which may be used for the storage of fishing tackle/leisure items.
The Rhins of Galloway stretches 25 miles from north to south and is often referred to as being more like an island than part of the mainland. Home to various small villages the area offers a lot for the visiting tourist, a particular popular attraction is Port Logan and the Logan Fish Pond and Marine Life Centre, home to 50 different species of fish and marine life. For those interested in castles and gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Logan Botanic Gardens “Scotland’s most exotic garden”, Logan House Gardens, Dunskey gardens, Glenwhan and Ardwell Gardens are ideal.
For walkers and to spot the local wildlife the Galloway Forest is a short drive from Kirklauchline cottage with the Forest Walks and waterfalls, Raiders Road, Wild Goat Park, Otter pool, pic nic areas, Red Kite trail and Red Deer Park. For keen walkers Portpatrick is the start of the Southern Upland Way with its breathtaking views of the Galloway coastline. The most southerly point in Scotland can be found at the Mull of Galloway and is home to a spectacular lighthouse, RSPB Reserve, Cafe and visitor centre.
Included in the rent
Good Housekeeping Deposit
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is required at the property.
Guests with Children
Please note the rear garden leads down to a small stream, so guests with young children should not leave them unsupervised.
Two dogs are allowed at the accommodation, a £15.00 weekly charge applies.
North Lodge provided a haven of calm and tranquility in beautiful nature-filled surroundings. The cosy cottage was our base for a week over new year and we spent it exploring the area on foot and tucked inside in the comfortable sitting room in front of the fire. We enjoyed watching the woodland birds and the red squirrel right outside the lodge. High recommended and we hope to return to Lochnaw for another break soon.
The house was a great base in which to visit various places in that part of Scotland. Lots of wildlife to see from the property and lovely walks within the woods.
We really enjoyed our stay at North Lodge, I enjoy Wildlife Photography so was in my element with all the birds and squirrels that came into the garden. The birds went through a full container of nuts a day so be sure to take plenty with you! The cottage itself had everything you would want, it was very well equipt, maybe a more powerful shower but that would be being picky. I would like to have had more information about where we could walk around the grounds. We didn't go far as I felt like I was intruding. Places to see Portpatrick (a must), Port Logan, Lady Bay, Corsewall Lighthouse (lovely lunch in the Hotel) Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Sandhead Bay is a lovely walk. We tried to get to the private beach at Larbrax but sadly the road was flooded at the bottom and my car wouldn't go through and I lost a trainer trying to get around as it was boggy! It looks a really lovely beach if you had a 4x4. Provisions wise, Morrisons and Tesco are in Stranraer where there are also a few good take away', only takes 10 minutes to get there. All in all a lovely quiet place to stay
The cottage is very nice, cosy and has everything you could need for your stay. It is in a lovely private setting and it's great to be able to walk to the Loch and around the grounds of the castle. When going to the private beach it may feel like you've gone wrong but keep going through the gate and follow it round, you have to pass through a farm. The track to the beach is very bumpy, if your car has good ground clearance though you should be fine. Had a lovely stay and saw red squirrels which is a first for us so really pleased.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at North Lodge, a very well appointed dwelling in peaceful surroundings. The beds furnishings were very comfortable. We spent much of our time in the immediate vicinity of North Lodge walking around the Lochnaw Castle estate. We derived great pleasure from viewing the variety of birds on the feeders from the kitchen window, woodpeckers, wheatears (identified only after an internet search) finches, jays and many others. The red squirrels hogging the peanuts were a joy. Further afield we enjoyed the beauty of the surrounding area, the Mull of Galloway is a must. We visited Larbrax beach (we were the only people there) and Wig Bay & Lady Bay. We would definitely visit again.
Excellent location, easy to reach nearby walks and beaches. Quiet and relaxing and all required amenities supplied. Cozy and comfortable cottage.
North Lodge is in a super secluded location on the edge of the estate if you want to get away from it all. Bed and sofas were very comfy. Lovely walks around the estate, could do with a better map marking tracks though. Good location for exploring the local area. We really enjoyed our stay and will stay again in the future. Only minor things but parts of the property could have been a bit cleaner and the water pressure was really low in the kitchen. Bird food was left for the feeders which was a nice touch. Saw red and grey squirrels, and lots of different birds on the feeders.