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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2 / 13  Lounge with multi fuel stove which provides heating and hot water
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4 / 13  Relax and unwind enjoy the views from your doorstep
5 / 13  Kitchen/diner
6 / 13  Kitchen looks out onto the garden
7 / 13  Double bedroom with woodburner
8 / 13  Bathroom with shower over bath
9 / 13  View towards the property
10 / 13  Seating area in 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 Lucy.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 20 guest ratings

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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

Reviewed by Mike 13th April 2019

Beautiful, secluded cottage with amazing nature all around. The garden is full of birds and the surrounding landscape is beautiful. Very thoughtful hosts, who provided a little welcome package for us and the dog. And the electric blankets are a stroke of genius!

Reviewed by Alison 30th March 2019

Absolutely worth a visit, lots of great walks and beaches to explore. You need to be fit to keep the heating going but the peace and tranquility make up for that. Could have stayed for two weeks easily.

Reviewed by Steve 23rd March 2019

Lovely cottage well appointed and stocked and lovely setting lots of peace and quiet and abundance of wildlife , plenty of walks from Cottage and things to do in the area

Reviewed by Douglas 9th March 2019

Professor's cottage was well presented with good decoration, very clean and well equipped. We were also presented with a lovely welcome pack which included delicious homemade jam. The location of the cottage was ideal, peaceful with a scenic outlook with red and grey squirrels and birds of prey for wildlife entertainment.

Reviewed by Julia 25th February 2019

A beautiful little cottage in a private location, fabulously presented and well equipped. A wonderful welcome pack including fresh eggs, and a few scottish treats were waiting for us, as was Joy who showed us around the cottage then left us to it. Cleanliness of everything in the property was spot on. Garden full of wildlife, red and grey squirrelsRead more, stoat, pheasant, tits, finches and siskin. Dark skies for stargazing on clear nights. Walks from the doorstep. Definitely would return and recommend Hide

Reviewed by Tracy 12th February 2019

Lovely cottage with everything you need, very dog friendly and a lovely welcome basket. Cottage owners were only a call away if we needed them

Reviewed by Adrian 29th December 2018

Warm and welcoming place to stay. We were at cottage over New Year with intention to the dog, so this place was perfect!

Reviewed by Anthony 22nd December 2018

Idyllic location, lovely cottage. Best way to spend Christmas for us. The dog loved it

Reviewed by Mark 24th November 2018

A great little cottage hidden away down a farm road has everything you would need for a week or more. It's wonderfully remote and well away from the crowds. There are great walks for both the lazy or energetic and the garden is completely secure to leave the do in. The local towns are just close enough to get provisions if needed. Lovely place, wilRead morel definitely go again. Hide

Reviewed by Paul 17th November 2018

Fantastic, very well presented and appointed. Decor is fresh and clean, the whole property was immaculate when we arrived. There was a lovely welcome basket including a treat for Norman the dog!!. The area is beautiful and great for days out, whether touring or walking. We are going back again either next year or the following one. This cottage is Read moreperfect for two and one pet, very quiet and secure location. The farm before the cottage is pleasant and they are very helpful in wood supply, Great! Hide

Reviewed by Carl 3rd November 2018

This a well equipped cottage in a beautiful peaceful location. We came with the dogs to escape the noisy fireworks on bonfire night. Not a sound except for the stream alongside, gushing down to the river. A walkers paradise. No vehicles except for the farmer on his quad bike. A fabulous place. Thoughtful welcome basket as well.

Reviewed by FIona 13th October 2018

Quiet location, ideal for couple on walking/hiking holiday. Coal fire on in the evening also heats radiators in rooms. Need to use electric heaters until fire is well established. Good pressure in over bath shower. Garden over grown on our visit, very long grass. Not safe for water loving dogs as nothing to prevent them entering the burn running atRead more side of property! Had to travel in car to allow dog off lead. Welcome basket, eggs and treats for dog all of which were appreciated. 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
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