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
3 / 13  Relax by the fire
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
11 / 13  Nearby views
12 / 13  View towards the property
13 / 13  Visitor to the garden

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.

This wonderful well-presented spacious 18th century detached cottage, is nestled in a peaceful, tranquil setting on the edge of the Galloway dark sky park. Refurbished in the summer of 2016, but still retains many period features and charm.  Located in a beautiful rural area, on the outskirts of the village of Colmonell, in the pretty Stinchar valley. Within easy reach to the picturesque seaside town of Ballantrae. The spectacular Ayrshire coastline and countryside is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with numerous country tracks and coastal trails to explore, ideal for cyclists, walkers, mountain bikers and hikers. Golfers are also well catered for with an array of local courses and the championship courses of Turnberry and Troon close at hand. You can also enjoy a scenic boat trip round the beautiful Ailsa Craig Island, or catch the ferry to Ireland, from the nearby port of Cairnryan.

Entering the single-storey cottage you will find the well-equipped kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.  From the kitchen you enter the cosy lounge with TV/DVD, iPod dock and feature fire place and multi fuel stove (first basket of logs and bucket of coal included).  Next to the lounge is the king-size bedroom with its wood burner (first fire-log included).  The bathroom has a shower over bath and WC.

There is an enclosed front and rear garden, with seating areas and BBQ it is a wildlife lovers paradise with birds and red squirrels often visiting the secluded garden.   At the front of the cottage there is ample off-road parking.

Any property identified with increased accessibility may have different levels of provision, it is therefore advisable you contact us before you book to ensure the property meets your specific needs and requirements.

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.

Based on 37 guest ratings

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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

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 relax...read...walk 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

Reviewed by Terry 8th September 2018

Loved the cottage and its winderfully remote location. The walks were magnificent. Loved every minute of our time there.

Reviewed by Irene 1st September 2018

Lovely location.Cottage is great and had everything you needed. Beautiful part of Scotland.

Reviewed by Pamela 21st July 2018

Fantastic cottage very peaceful surroundings ideal for walking your dog lovely welcome pack cottages has everything you would need for a relaxing break

Reviewed by Katy 14th July 2018

Fantastic holiday!! The cottage was beautiful; modern, clean, tidy with everything you need and in a beautiful location. Amber (the dog) thoroughly enjoyed the river - we even saw a stag in the river one morning! Very close to the beach and local shops, very friendly hosts (with a wonderful welcome package!). Would highly recommend and we will be bRead moreack. Hide

Reviewed by Kathleen 7th July 2018

In a beautiful location with lots of local walks and we enjoyed watching the wildlife eg pheasants, squirrels and plenty of birds in the garden. Everything was supplied that you could possibly want or need, with several little surprises thrown in that was very appreciated. We were very fortunate with the weather so managed to get out and about. TheRead morere was lots of information about everything you would need to know in an emergency and all the nearby attractions. Would fully recommend 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


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