View of the property
Lounge with multi fuel stove which provides heating and hot water
Relax by the fire
Relax and unwind enjoy the views from your doorstep
Kitchen looks out onto the garden
Double bedroom with woodburner
Bathroom with shower over bath
View towards the property
Seating area in the garden
Nearby views
View towards the property
Visitor to the garden
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Professors Cottage

Ballantrae (5.5mls NE), Ayrshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Perfect rural location for walkers and cyclists
  • Ideal romantic retreat to get away from it all
  • On the edge of the Galloway Dark Sky Park great place for star gazing
  • Situated in the beautiful Strinchar Valley
  • Great location to explore the Ayrshire coast
  • Close to the world renowned golf courses of Troon and Turnberry
Property code: 45713

This wonderful period detached cottage, is nestled in a tranquil rural setting amid the stunning scenery of the Stinchar Valley. Within easy reach to beautiful sandy beaches and all local amenities.

Located in a beautiful rural area, this wonderfully spacious 18th-century one-bedroom cottage is situated on the outskirts of the peaceful village of Colmonell. For couples seeking a rural retreat, there are walks from the front door for countryside walks along quiet lanes and bridleways. Enjoy riverbank walks through the Strinchar Valley or climb to the top of Knockdolian Hill (4 miles) for panoramic views across the whole valley. You’re not completely cut off from the outside world though, the coastal village of Ballantrae (7 miles) offers shops, restaurants and welcoming pubs.

Your single-storey white-washed cottage in the Strinchar Valley has a charming traditional feel with rich tones and wood burner. Surrounded by open countryside, enjoy views of the gardens and hills from many of the rooms. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy watching the red squirrels and wild birds that frequent the garden.

Step through the front door of your cosy cottage and you will find spacious accommodation, tastefully decorated in warm tones. Prepare hearty meals in the generous kitchen where you can dine with views of the pretty garden. Relax in the inviting lounge where plump sofas wait for you to snuggle up in them and enjoy the countryside views. Unwind in the gentle heat from the wood burner with a dram of whiskey. When it’s time for bed, your king-size bedroom is a restful space here you can drift off to sleep as the embers glow in the wood burner.

Sit in your enclosed garden and watch the wildlife as you sip your morning coffee. In the evening, light the BBQ for an al fresco meal before lying back and watching the stars in the clear skies above.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 king size bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Kitchen -  electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Electric and central heating provided by wood burner included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 1 dog welcome not permitted in the bedroom
  • Dog crate is available
  • Shops and beach 5 miles away, pub 1.5 miles away
  • Arrival: 4pm

The area surrounding the cottage is a haven for nature lovers, with walks through the stunning Strinchar Valley and along the river looking for herons, hares and even the occasional otter.

Ballantrae (7 miles) has a small supermarket and a choice of bars and restaurants. Step onto the Ayrshire Coastal Path for a day spent walking the spectacular coastline or stroll up to the ruined Ardstinchar Castle for stunning views along the estuary. Enjoy a shoreline stroll along the 2-miles of sandy beach at Ballantrae or head out of the village to discover the cannibals' cave at the rugged Sawney Bean's Beach (5 miles).

Hop onboard a pleasure cruise from Girvan Harbour (11.5 miles) to Ailsa Craig Island, home to the third largest colony of gannets in Britain, as well as puffins, guillemots and razor bills. Spot seals and porpoises as you journey across the waves to the island. Visit the Stumpy Tower, originally the town jail and now home to 4 floors of exhibits and artwork.

Take the time to explore the Galloway Forest Park (20 miles) for woodland walks, challenging mountain bike trails and lochside meanders. Take the scenic route from Glentrool to Loch Trool (22 miles) and discover one of the Bruce's Stones on the edge of the loch. The Forest Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK where you can see over 7000 stars and planets visible to the naked eye. Stop at one of the three visitor centres or find your favourite viewing point observe the firmament.

This property is personally managed by Gavin.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Kate 14th March 2020

Absolutely wonderful holiday! The cottage is beautiful, cosy and in a perfect location for exploring the surrounding area. The owners couldn't have done more to make us feel welcome, and even left a welcome basket with some local treats, and some fresh eggs from their hens! I really feel like they thought of everything. There is a bird feeding statRead moreion in the garden and loads of different birds use it, and there is a lovely bird book to identify them. I definitely intend to return! Hide

Reviewed by Paul 7th December 2019

This was the 2nd time to Professors cottage for us and again it was brilliant, the location,position and feeling inside is just fantastic. We would love to see it in the summer, but as we have a holiday home in Wales we spend our time there. I love the log burner, and the lounge is very cosy on a windy/stormy night like we just had. Norman the dog Read moreloves it, he was free to be in the garden on his own and he loved the stream and wooded area to ferret around in. The visitor book says it all 5stars Hide

Reviewed by Donna 14th November 2019

Already booked again! Professors Cottage is absolutely perfect! Looking for a romantic getaway with all of the comforts of home and more then this is the place for you! The cottage is situated in the most beautiful surroundings, perfect if you like exploring. Owners clearly take pride in their beautiful home, every detail has been attended to, evenRead more provided doggy towels! Our dog loved his welcome pack as did we. Local eggs and homemade jam were a treat. Thank you, what a thoughtful gesture. Hide

Reviewed by Kate 26th October 2019

A fantastic cosy hideaway perfect for two. The welcome pack was a lovely touch, including a biscuit for the dog. Warm, cosy nights in front of the wood burner was great. Quiet and remote location ideal for walks in the hills.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 19th October 2019

Great cottage with everything you could need in a fantastic location. What more could you ask for?

Reviewed by Barry 31st August 2019

The hosts were exceptional. The welcome pack was best we have had included the dog too.

Reviewed by Susan 3rd August 2019

If you need to unwind & say hello to nature this is the place to go. The cottage has everything you could want for your comfort and is set in a wonderful location with lots of walks if you so wish

Reviewed by George 8th June 2019

Absolutely fantastic cottage and location would return one day

Reviewed by Tracy 25th May 2019

if you want a very relaxing holiday this is the place away from it all an total peace and quiet apart from the birds. great location and beautiful views to the fields beyond. great place to unwind and spot some wildlife. if you lucky the red squirrel will come and say hello along with pheasants a woodpecker and the local cows. i spotted an otter atRead more the rivers edge and a fawn how perfect can i buy it please ??? Hide

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View of the property
Lounge with multi fuel stove which provides heating and hot water
Relax by the fire
Relax and unwind enjoy the views from your doorstep
Kitchen looks out onto the garden
Double bedroom with woodburner
Bathroom with shower over bath
View towards the property
Seating area in the garden
Nearby views
Show 1 moreView towards the property


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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