Immaculately refurbished self-catering cottage (sleeps 8, 4 or 2)
Located right next door to the Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Course – a short stroll from the 1st tee, in the charming coastal village of Portpatrick – Cedar Lodge offers magnificent sea views across the Irish Sea.
Ideal for families and golfing groups alike, Cedar Lodge has four bedrooms, all with en suites, and sleeps 8 people. A wooden lodge, the house is decorated in a New England clapper board style externally, whilst inside it has the same stylish interiors as our existing Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages. It is only a five minute walk from the seafront and the centre of Portpatrick.
As with all our Dumfries and Galloway holiday cottages, the lodge has been completely refurbished from top to toe. Inside, our Portpatrick holiday house has a large open plan kitchen, sitting and dining room with a wall of French doors, which open onto a large deck, which offers amazing sea views. In the spacious sitting room area, there’s a corner sofa, three armchairs around the electric wood burning style stove and a 40″ smart television.
The kitchen is well equipped with a double oven, dishwasher, gas hob, fridge-freezer and washing machine – all the appliances are Neff. It has a good range of glasses, cutlery, Port Meirion plates, pots and pans, oven to tableware, knives, utensils etc. There’s an antique restored pine dining table in the dining area, which seats 8 comfortably and a couple of bar stools for chatting up the chef when they are preparing supper!
This luxury Portpatrick holiday cottage has four bedrooms, three of which can either be super king size doubles or twins – depending on your requirements – and all have en suite shower rooms. The fourth bedroom has a bunk bed and an en suite bathroom. As with all our cottages the beds have thick feather filled duvets and pillows, crisp white linen and large fluffy bath sheets and hand towels for each guest.
Colours throughout the house are calming and it is furnished with an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furniture. Outside Cedar Lodge has a flood lit timber deck with a picnic table and a hard wood garden seat – you’ll find it’s a wonderful spot to enjoy a drink and take in the view.
Cedar Lodge has an enclosed garden, possibly not entirely dog proof though, with a lawn, mature shrubs and car parking space for three cars.
Portpatrick is a charming and pretty small fishing port, with a lovely sandy beach and harbour as the focal point of the village. There are a good number of restaurants, cafes and pubs along the waterfront including Campbells – one of our favourite restaurants, the Crown, which has a good reputation for good pub grub, the Waterfront, the Fernhill, Portpatrick Golf Club and the Port Pantry – which does lunches, tea, coffee and irresistible cakes. There’s a well stocked village shop and post office, in addition to a bakers and a number of gift shops. A farmers’ market, packed full of wonderful local produce, is held in the village hall once a month. The village also has a putting green, children’s play park and tennis court.
Cedar Lodge is right next door to the Portpatrick Dunskey golf course so it’s ideally located if you are playing a round or two of golf in south west Scotland. The Club has two courses – the Dunskey, which is an 18 hole, 5913 yard Par 70 course and provides a good challenge for golfers of different standards, while the Dinvin, a 9 hole, Par 3 course well suited to families. If you do take your eye of the ball, both courses have the most amazing views across to the Isle of Man, the Mountains of Mourne in Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre. Visitors are made very welcome.
There are other good courses nearby – Stranraer Golf Club, Wigtownshire Golf Course and St Medan Golf Course near Port William – which made the headlines in 2014 as the most southerly golf club when the Ryder Cup played a flying visit as part of its ‘Four Corners of Scotland’ tour before the event teed off at Gleneagles. To round off a golf trip to the south west in style, the championship course at Turnberry is only an hour’s drive up the coast.
There are lots of walks right on your doorstep – a pretty walk across the golf course takes you into the Dunskey Estate, which has pretty woodland walks and beautifully restored walled garden to visit. There’s a hedge maze designed to fox children and grownups of all ages. The tea room is worth a refuelling visit as on sunny days you can sit outside sheltered by the walled garden – it’s a real sun trap.
Portpatrick sits at the gateway to the Southern Upland Way. From our Portpatrick holiday accommodation you can join the route on the cliffs above the harbour and walk along the coast, enjoying beautiful views over the sea to Ireland and passing tempting sandy beaches including Laird’s Bay and Killantringan. The first leg is just over 13 miles and takes you inland to Castle Kennedy. After having completed that, there are nine sections to complete the challenge to reach Cockburnspath on the east coast, near Berwick upon Tweed.
Of course, you don’t have to complete the full 13 or so miles and one lovely circular walk, which you can do with children, is to go as far as Killantringan Lighthouse and then walk back along the quiet road (B738) into Portpatrick.
The Portpatrick area really is spoilt for sandy beaches. There’s the beach at the harbour – which is perfect for picnics, paddling and small children armed with buckets and spades. There are also lots of rocks tucked away at the far end of the beach, which have fascinating rock pools and are ideal for budding climbers. If you want to take a picnic and explore just outside Portpatrick, a short walk along the cliffs will bring you to Laird’s Bay also known as Sandeel Bay. It’s a wonderfully sheltered cove with a large sandy beach, waterfall and cave.
Killantringan Bay is a short drive outside Portpatrick. Overlooked by a Robert Stevenson lighthouse, it is accessed down a grassy hill and few rocks to climb over – which put off the masses. Make sure you work out when low tide is as if you hit the right spot you have a massive expanse of sand to enjoy, plus a cave and a little stream – ideal for children who love to create dams.
Slightly further afield at Sandhead, there is another huge sandy bay. As with all beaches in Wigtownshire you’ll only find a handful of other families there too – so you’ll almost have the beach to yourself. The best thing about Sandhead is when the tide comes in, the sand warms up the sea, so swimming is a distinct possibility, even for wimps!
The Portpatrick holiday house is equipped with WiFi, a smart television, a Freeview Box with recording facilities, a DVD player, a radio with an iPod docking station, a selection of board games, books and classic films. The beds come with super thick, feather-filled duvets and pillows, all linen and large fluffy towels. The kitchen has a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, gas hob and electric double oven. We provide a welcome pack for guests on arrival including a jar of our incredibly edible, home-made Corsewall cookies, milk, jam, butter, tea, coffee and fresh flowers from the garden (when in season). You’ll find the cottage is well stocked with the general basics too from washing up liquid and bin bags to washing powder and loo paper. Cedar Lodge has its own private garden including garden furniture. Cots and high chairs are available on request.