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Peace and tranquillity or fun and frolics – the choice is yours! Dashwood House has it all. With room for 10 (4 doubles and 1 bunk beds) and home-from-home facilities ranging from a fully-fitted kitchen to all the home technology you can handle, this beautiful holiday home, set in idyllic surroundings just a stone’s throw from the Galloway Hills gateway market town of Newton Stewart, is the ideal holiday base.

Walkers, cyclists, anglers, golfers (10 courses including 2 championship nearby), shoppers, diners, cinema goers, photographers, fitness and water sports fanatics, and even those who’d rather just lay about, will be simply spoilt for choice.

Did you know that nearby Galloway Forest has the only park in the UK with Dark Skies status for an unequalled view into the heavens at night? And that iconic horror-film The Wicker man was filmed almost in its entirety around the town? And that Scotland’s “town of books”, Wigtown, said to offer a choice of over a quarter of a million books, is just a short drive up the road?

The pet-friendly house itself is the epitome of town centre convenience combined with the peace and tranquillity of the countryside, from the large garden and lawn (sports equipment available to use), to the private courtyard area for BBQs, the spacious dining kitchen, to the snug where the kids can sneak away to pursue their gaming or on-line social activities (wi-fi throughout the house is included).

And the town is only a two-minute stroll away if you can’t manage without your newspaper!

The design of the house, with its mid-landing separation, makes it ideal for two families to share.

Why add the stress of flying abroad to your honeymoon when there are some stunning honeymoon properties in Scotland. Just imagine no flight delays, just hop in a car or catch a train and arrive at your destination – all stress free!

On the West Coast of Scotland, The Green House is a beautifully designed hideaway for two, perched in a large highlandgarden at Glenelg. With its uninterrupted views over the sea to the Isle of Skye it is an ideal retreat.

From the property you can enjoy a variety of activities from climbing, walking, cycling and fishing to name but a few. All these can be organised locally (and many others too). The owners can organise bespoke adventures at sea allowing you to explore the stretch of coast, anywhere from Ardnamurchan to Applecross, from Kinloch Hourn to the Island of Rhum and include famous pubs, restaurants and hotels, for lunch, dinner or drinks or visit secret beaches, bays and islands for BBQs and picnics. Enjoy the local wildlife with porpoises, seals, basking sharks, dolphins, humpbacks, minke whales, sea-eagles and otters.

Alternatively just relax and read a book on the big deck, hot tub and BBQ heating up, on a warm, sunny evening, a stone’s throw from the sea, a big G&T at your side – you won’t want to leave this paradise.

Another ideal honeymoon destination is Croft 103. This 5 star self catering cottage has stunning open views over Loch Eriboll and the mountains. The property has been created with style and vision combining both traditional and contemporary. Nothing at Croft 103 is off the shelf – from the door handles to the 7ft bed almost everything is handcrafted!

Croft 103 is carbon negative producing more energy than is used through wind and solar generation. Outside the property, the patio has been protected and hand finished in Caithness stone, an ideal place to relax and unwind and enjoy a glass of wine! But to top it all, there is an outside solar tub – the water is piping hot and completely heated from solar power. Just imagine sitting in a deep, piping hot bath, on the loch, secluded under the stars with a glass of bubbly. Sometimes on a clear dark night you can see an Aurora Borealis.

Please be prepared as you will never want to leave! This is a perfect place to stay for a very special break – romance is key at Croft 103!

Often know as the Enchanted Island, Colonsay is one of the most beautiful Hebridean islands. It is small in size yet has a great variety from ancient and cultivated woodlands to peat bogs and raised beaches and tidal flats. The island of Colonsay is situated west of Oban between Mull and Islay and is accessible by ferry. It has outstanding views across the sound of Jura.
Colonsay is known for its white sandy beaches on both coasts with its perfect coves that are ideal for swimming. You might even spot seals and otters on the offshore reefs. The birdlife is also extensive from the magnificent golden eagle and peregrine falcons to the corncrake.

Colonsay also has a unique rough golf course which is cropped by cattle and sheep so challenging and fun at the same time! There is freshwater fishing on an inland loch and excellent sailing and kayaking. Despite the small size of this beautiful island, there is a book shop/publishing house and a brewery on the island. The shop is excellent and should you want the chance to let someone else do the cooking, there is a tea shop and a stylish hotel and restaurant.

The neighbouring island of Oransay is worth a visit. It is linked by a tidal causeway. There you can explore the ancient priory. This is also the location of some of the best oysters.

The pace of life is delightfully slow and  a paradise for cyclists, including children, as there is very little traffic and drivers are very careful of those on two wheels! Have a look at an ideal self-catering property on Colonsay and see if you can’t be tempted!

Glenelg village is a collection of largely white-painted properties set around Glenelg Bay which has stunning views west across the Kyle Rhea to the mountains of eastern Skye. Glenelg has long been the gateway to Skye until the road from Inverness reached Kyle of Lochalsh in 1819. Today there is still a seasonal Glenelg ferry that carries a few cars across the water. The local area is reknowned for its spectacular scenery from Loch Hourn and Britain’s last great wilderness Knoydart, to the legendary hikers’ challenge of the Five Sisters of Kintail.

Glenelg itself has the beautiful The Glenelg Inn which serves delicious food, and stunning accommodation. There is also a shop and post office in the village. Any budding historians will enjoy a visit to the Bernera Barracks, just to the north of Glenelg. They were built in the aftermath of the 1715 Jacobite uprising the Government and were completed in 1723. The barracks can be viewed at reasonably close quarters, but are fenced off for safety reasons.

If you want to explore Glenelg and the surrounding area for longer, have look at Creagan Mhor, an outstanding self-catering property just a mile from the village of Glenelg. This renovated church manse stands proudly at the top of the Sound of Sleite The house looks down the Sound with breathtaking views of Skye, Gavin Maxwell’s Sandaig, Eigg, Rhum and Ardnamurchan point. There are outstanding vistas from every window in the property. Set in nearly an acre of garden, there is a path that leads you straight onto the beach where you have the chance of spotting dolphins, porpoises, seals and even golden eagles.

Merry Christmas to all of you from WhichCottage.com. We hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy the festive cheer with family and friends.

As a Christmas gift, we’re offering FREE advertising for all holiday cottage owners on our brand new, bespoke late availability cottage site Late-availability-cottages.com. This site is dedicated solely to last minute cottages across the UK.

This promotion ends today so be sure to take advantage of it – just enter code xmasspecial at the sign up page to secure your free advertising!

Merry Christmas!

The WhichCottage.com team

We have an exclusive offer available to holiday cottage owners – free advertising on late-availability-cottages.com, our newest project dedicated exclusively to late availability cottages throughout the UK.

The site is dedicated only to last minute self-catering holiday deals – the search function allows holiday-makers to find the property and location they want at the click of a button.

Owners on the site are able to set a number of variables including discount, whether pets are allowed, number of bedrooms, broadband and many more to make the listing as attractive as possible.

Until Christmas day, holiday cottage owners can list their properties on the site FREE of charge, increasing their exposure and connecting them directly with relevant users. Merry Christmas!

Winter’s here, and that means the temperature has plummeted! Home owners and businesses are always being given advice on keeping their properties in top condition over winter and avoiding any disasters. For holiday cottage owners, this advice is just as important; a burst pipe can cause months of missed bookings and loss of earnings – can you afford for this to happen?

Follow these five tips to help ensure your holiday cottage will emerge from the winter in top shape:

  • Protect against frost: frozen pipes can burst and expel water throughout the building, ruining its structural integrity and making significant repairs unavoidable. Maintain the heating at a low temperature when your property is vacant to keep the pipes from freezing. If you do discover a frozen pipe, the safest method to thaw it out is with hot water – simply wrap a towel round the pipe and pour over hot water, using a bucket to catch the run-off.
  • Prune high trees: winter winds can quickly fell a tree, which can cause structural damage. Prune the biggest trees yourself, or hire a tree surgeon, to prevent this happening. Also remove damaged or broken branches as these can easily snap off and be carried by the wind. Be especially careful if using a chainsaw.
  • Inspect roof tiles: broken or damaged water tiles can let water enter the roof, leading to a range of problems including mould. Loose tiles are also at risk of being blown off, causing damage to property and creating a hazard for people standing nearby.
  • Clear drains: clogged drains can fill with water and overflow, particularly when the rains get heavier. Clear all drains of leaves and debris and ensure drainage systems are operating efficiently.
  • Plug any leaks: check all appliances for leaks and plug them – in unattended properties water can pool and cause mould and fungus which can eat into wood and also make the home smell, hardly a selling point when it comes to bookings.

Good luck keeping your property secure over winter! If you own a holiday cottage and are looking for bookings over the festive season, log onto our new website Late-availability-cottages.com, a site exclusively dedicated to last minute cottage rentals. Cottage owners are able to list their properties, and offer a discount where applicable, while holiday-makers can use the simple and powerful search functionality to find a perfect break in the UK.

For a limited time only, we are offering holiday cottage owners throughout the UK FREE advertising on our newest project, Late-availability-cottages.com.

This brand new site is dedicated solely to last minute holiday cottages and directly connects owners and their target audience. The search interface is simple and powerful and features properties across the country.

To take advantage of free advertising, enter code xmasspecial when you sign up – this offer is limited and will expire on December 25.

You may also want to take a look at our tips to help you get Christmas cottage bookings to help you keep your property full over the festive season!

Many families and couples look to get away over Christmas and New Year for a festive holiday cottage break

The festive period is one of the busiest for holiday cottage owners, but sometimes a late cancellation can leave your cottage potentially unoccupied over Christmas and New Year. Thankfully, last minute bookings are popular and common among holiday-makers, making it easy for you to secure a new booking. If you’re searching for last minute bookings at the moment, these five tips will help you maximise your chances.

Go the extra mile – little extras can really appeal to people looking for a special treat over the festive period. Make the most of your cottage’s unique selling points and consider including something extra special to attract custom. For example, open fires are very popular over Christmas – they fit in with the festive occasion and provide a real ‘home away from home’ comfort. Why not chuck in a bundle of firewood on last minute bookings? Families will love the ‘ye olde’ appeal. Or, if you are renting to couples, include champagne and chocolates on arrival. There are many different ways to go the extra mile.

Reduce the price – last minute bookings typically offer discounts on standard rates to entice holiday-makers. Bear in mind that this is standard practice over the festive season so if you’re not prepared to offer a discount, you may find your cottage passed over in favour of cheaper breaks. The discount doesn’t have to substantial but should incentivise the deal. If you really can’t offer a discount, then freebies will help sell your cottage, such as champagne or a fully-stocked fridge.

Flexibility is key – holiday-makers looking for a last minute cottage bargain may have specific needs, and you may lose out on business if your terms and conditions are too strict. For example, if you have a three bedroom cottage you are unlikely to rent to couples most of the year as this would be uneconomical for both parties. However, during the festive season you may wish to offer a discount to couples if you are struggling to find bookings for all three bedrooms, opening up your target market and increasing the chance of taking a booking. Perhaps you’d also like to explicitly state you allow New Year’s Eve fireworks, as uncertainty over these may turn off potential customers.

Optimise your site for late availability bookings – holiday-makers searching for last minute cottage bookings are likely to type very specific searches into Google, and by not optimising your site for these searches you could be missing out on relevant traffic. In addition, being listed on holiday cottage booking sites is beneficial throughout the year, but dedicated late availability sites will be more useful during the festive season as potential customers are likely to visit these sites ahead of general booking portals. Make sure you are listed on these sites to take advantage of last minute holiday cottage rentals.

Help with festive arrangements – many people who get away for Christmas or New Year are looking for a break away from home, but others want to experience the festive season in a new part of the country. As such, they need to find somewhere that can cater to their needs i.e. provide Christmas or New Year’s events and perhaps local transport to get them back to the cottage if they don’t drive, or aren’t hiring a car. As an expert on the local area, you can provide this information in detail on your cottage site, as reassurance that your property is a good choice for the festive period. Consider what information your potential customers may want and provide this, such as which supermarkets will deliver over Christmas.


Holiday cottage owners looking to get the most of last minute cottage bookings over the festive period can now sign up for FREE advertising on our new online portal, Late Availability Cottages. Enter code xmasspecial at the checkout to take advantage of this limited offer, which expires on December 25.

Did you realise that East Lothian has over 20 golf courses both links and inland, including the famous Muirfield Links where The Open is sometimes held? So if you’re looking for a golfing holiday, it’s an ideal place to go. The area also boasts sweeping sandy beaches on the east coast of Scotland and wide open spaces and views of the Lammermuir Hills.

A new addition to Which Cottage is 5 star rated Winton Cottage which is situated in the grounds of Winton House, one of Scotland’s most beautiful stately homes. The property, sleeping 10-12 in luxury self-catering accommodation, is ideal for a group holiday or family holiday as there is so much to do close by from excellent fishing to sailing, horse riding and hill walking. If you fancy a day at the races, Musselburgh Racecourse has a full calendar of events and a day at the races is enjoyed by many guests. You can also enjoy Scotland’s famous Whisky as Glenkinchie Distillery is just on the doorstep and offers tours and tastings. There is also the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, not to mention the city of Edinburgh itself.

On the Estate itself, the owners are happy to arrange a multitude of activities from clay pigeon shooting to whisky/champagne tasting, and even Highland Games (guests should book in advance). This luxury holiday house offers the finest accommodation for an idyllic holiday in Scotland. You’ll just have to book for 2 weeks as there’s so much to do!