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The Vital Spark

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Log Cabin / Lodge
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Unique coastal chalet for four
  • Outside utility room with washing facilities, ideal for drying wetsuits and muddy boots
  • 300 metres to beautiful Carrick Beach
  • 2 miles from Tourist Centre with award-winning ice cream, 5.5 miles to nearest town
  • International Dark Sky Galloway Forest Park just 10.5 miles away
  • Sea views from French doors in open-plan living space
Property code: CA375

Coastal camping without the fuss, this unique chalet accommodation offers an authentic rural break without having to give up your home-from-home luxuries. Enjoy this internationally renowned star-gazing spot, as well as the best of rural Galloway.

Hidden on the beautiful Galloway coast, this delightful two-bedroom chalet offers a relaxed holiday that families will love. Set in its own grounds, your home away from home is within a complex of beach houses with magnificent sandy views.

Set on a single level, the lodge is a fantastic social space. Designed in a cabin style with wooden panels, you’ll feel worlds away from everything, although you’ll be happy to find a convenience store just 1 mile away in nearby Sandgreen.

Three steps take you up to the entrance of your holiday home, through which you’ll find yourself in the open-plan kitchen/lounge/diner, where large French doors make the most of the wonderful views and let the outside in. Snuggle up in the lounge area in front of your latest must-watch TV show, enjoying a well-earned rest after a busy day exploring the unique rural area. When you’re ready for sleep, retire to the two comfortable and cosy bedrooms with picture windows, so you can wake up to the countryside each morning. The chalet also has a family bathroom, while the master bedroom boasts an en-suite bathroom.

From the lounge, head out onto the large decked veranda. Here you’ll discover the perfect place to spot local wildlife, soak up views of the bay, and enjoy a delicious al fresco dinner. When night falls, Galloway is one of the world’s best spots for stargazing, so grab an evening drink and find your favourite constellation. Outside parking is available for two cars. The beach at Galloway is just 100 metres from your holiday home, so you can enjoy swimming, sailing, windsurfing and canoeing all on your doorstep.


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

  • 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite with WC and bath, 1 shower room with WC and stand-alone shower
  • Large fridge/freezer, electric hob and fan oven, microwave
  • TV with Freeview and radio
  • Outdoor utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Telephone for incoming calls only
  • Electricity included
  • Electric heating
  • Please note the property does not have Wi-Fi access
  • 1 dog welcome
  • On-site parking for 2 cars
  • General store 1 mile away, local pub 6 miles
  • Property accessible via a rough, off-road track - guests must use caution when using this road

It will come as no surprise that this area is one of unspoilt natural beauty. Unearth some of Scotland's best scenery, which helps make it a haven of peace and tranquillity for visitors and locals alike. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picturesque local beaches, with Sandgreen (1 mile), Knockbrex (1.5 miles) and Wigtown Bay (9.5 miles) all close by.


For a slightly less remote trip, head to Gatehouse of Fleet (5 miles), where you will find a range of excellent restaurants and pubs for some scran as well as shops to explore.


Get your adrenaline pumping at Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre (8 miles) as you zoom down one of Europe's longest zip wires, taking in the view as you hurl downhill at up to 45mph! Or enjoy a family day on solid ground at Cream o' Galloway (2.5 miles), where kids will delight in the slides, rides and woodland playground, but mostly at the delicious local ice cream.


Golf enthusiasts, meanwhile, will be thrilled to discover the golf course at Cally Palace Hotel (6 miles), so don't forget your clubs. The 18-hole parkland, which boasts wonderful views of nearby Cardoness Castle and the Fleet Estuary, is now open to non-residents.


This property is personally managed by Carol.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by lynn 13th March 2020

Had a lovely time at the vital spark. Cosey and comfy with the perfect view. Perfect for that relaxing break. Fantastic walks nearby for the dog too. We will definitely be back.

Reviewed by Owen 7th March 2020

Living area very smart and comfortable. Bedrooms nice, bathrooms not too bad. Lovely decking area outside with views of the sea. Everything we needed was there.

Reviewed by Susan 27th February 2020

Lovely cosy cottage, 1 min walk to an amazing empty beach, which you can view from the living room too. Very peaceful and relaxing place to be in.

Reviewed by Deborah 31st January 2020

A lovely warm comfortable place, views are great being next to the beech is great.

Reviewed by Moira 12th October 2019

A beautiful cabin set in such a beautiful tranquil location . We have been going to Carrick for over 40 years now & its truly relaxing & ideal for a getaway from a busy lifestyle.

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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.

From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

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With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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