Spacious cottage in beautiful surroundings. Really enjoyed our very relaxing stay at Helensdale. 5 Adults and 2 dogs and there was still plenty of room. The cottage is so spacious you don't feel like you are on top of each other and has everything you would ever need. Plenty of beaches close by and stunning sunsets. Mull of Galloway just a short drive which has a lovely gift shop and cafe. If you want to feel well rested then this is the place for you.
If you like being in the middle of nowhere - which we and our dog do - then this is for you. Practicalities first - the house was well equipped, very comfortable, very warm, plenty of hot water and extremely spacious with good Wi-Fi connection and a secure garden. Thoughtful touches were the biscuits, maps and info of the area left out. Elspeth and her husband both popped in to check all was OK which was reassuring. Eating out was not problematic exactly but there was not a huge choice - we tended to go to Portpatrick or ate in - again, not an issue as long as this is not an important part of your holiday. I would advise bringing staple food items with you; there's also plenty of freezer space if required.
The surrounding countryside is stunning - however, we did see it in glorious weather! Seals in the bay immediately below the house, hares, deer, cattle, sheep and a myriad of birds in the garden and hedgerows - what's not to like?! We found plenty to do varying from local gardens, red kite watching, beach walks and the Mull of Galloway lighthouse. All in all a very enjoyable week away in a beautiful and friendly part of the country.
Stayed at Helensdale for a week with family. The cottage was spotless and much bigger than the pictures looked. The scenery was beautiful although there were minimal walks that we found, it was my perfect relaxation holiday. We enjoyed watching the seals in the nearby shore and binoculars were provided too. All the necessities were in the cottage, cooking equipment, towels, hand wash etc. The owner was brilliant and replied to any questions we had and also called round to make sure we were ok with everything. This is the perfect getaway for someone who wants to relax and spend quality family time together. If I could live at Helensdale permanently, I would think twice. Would definitely visit again!!
The whole of the area is a slower pace of life, the local people are very friendly. Countryside is colourful and abundant wildlife. The cottage is very comfortable with all that is required for a prefect relaxing holiday.
Elspeth and her husband ensure the cottage is maintained to a high standard for your arrival.
this was our 2nd stay at Helensdale,the cottage itself is very well equipped and very clean and comfortable and met all our requirements. the views in all directions give a sense of peace and quiet and we felt very relaxed during our stay, a truly a beautiful cottage in beautiful surroundings.
Culzean Castle about 47 miles away is worth visit, as is the scenic walk along the cliffs to Dunskey Castle from Port Patrick, which also has a quiet little harbour.
There are also a number of gardens close by that are worth a visit Not forgetting the mull of Galloway Lighthouse,Scotlands most Southerly point