Dumfries and Galloway
The pretty market town of Newton Stewart is just 25 miles from Stranraer in 'Bonnie Galloway' in the south-west corner or Scotland. In an oasis of calm and seclusion, yet just yards from the town centre, Appletree Cottage is a wonderful discovery. The owners have made a magnificent conversion of an old steading with a view to making it their own retirement home; in the meantime, however, privileged holiday makers are also being given the chance to share in its delights.
The house is beautifully appointed and full of character, with an open plan living area with patio doors to the garden, a downstairs bed room and en suite shower room (all very suitable for those of limited mobility). A spiral staircase leads up from the living area to a very large bedroom with super king-size bed, en suite bathroom and a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden.
... Which is another particular attraction, walled, unoverlooked, totally secluded, with space for parking two or more cars, two patio areas (furniture, barbecue) and a newly planted apple orchard. (Help yourself to fruit in season!)
Newton Stewart is the 'gateway' to the hills and forests of Galloway. Mountain biking trails are nationally recognised as being one of the very best. Nearby, there is golf, fishing, riding, water sports plus award-winning gardens making Newton Stewart the ideal holiday destination. Our 2011 visitors' comment on the diverse wildlife including red squirresl and red kites. There is now a 24-mile Galloway Kite Trail round Loch Ken, where it is almost always possible to see some of these magnificent birds. The trail can be tackled by car or cycle, wiith walks, viewpoints and a feeding station. Near Newton Stewart, too, is the RSPB Bird Reserve at the Wood of Cree. Those seeking other thrills will find that Gatehouse of Fleet has the longest zipwire in the UK, while this is also one of the best places in the UK for watching the stars at night!
The beaches round Luce Bay will delight the younger members of the party. And for a spot of foreign travel, look no further! Ferries to Ireland leave from Stranraer and Cairnryan and are ideal for a day trip over the water. There are some very special shopper's deals to be had on fares at various times of the year.
Heating is by gas CH and electric stove (included). Bed linen and towels are included. Sorry, no pets or smoking within the property.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Open plan living area with TV/DVD, mini hi-fi, microwave and dishwasher etc. Patio doors to garden
- Twin bedroom with en suite shower room. Cupboard in shower room housing washer-drier.
- Double bedroom (super kingsize) with Juliet balcony and en suite bathroom with Bath/Shower