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A beacon of mild on the rugged Galloway coast

© Staying in a lighthouse, gives a exclusive experience to the hotel.

Established in amazing scenery on the North Rhins of Galloway shut to Stranraer and the rather port of Portpatrick, Corsewall Lighthouse Resort is set in the old keepers’ accommodation about the Corsewall lighthouse tower, intended by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of the novelist and portion of the Stevenson Lighthouse dynasty.

This spot is large on landscapes, which is why it was one particular of the places for the Gerard Butler/Peter Mullan psychological thriller drama The Vanishing, but the environment and welcome awaiting are a ton more relaxed than in the film.

a castle on a hill with St. Mary's Lighthouse in the background

© Corsewall Lighthouse Resort, where new owner are wanting ahead to reopening right after lockdown.

New homeowners Helen Mason and John Harris have been smitten when they very first established foot in the for sale hotel very last calendar year and aim to “keep what is particular although updating”, honouring superb bookings and looking ahead to welcoming company right after the present lockdown.

“Our first plan was to operate every little thing for a 12 months as it was, but lockdown has specified us the chance to begin painting and get to grips with issues at the rear of the scenes,” suggests Helen, while so far the problem has been “to concentrate on the work and quit hunting at the scenery”.

a room filled with furniture and a window

© The Ailsa Home has wonderful views of the sea, with Ailsa Craig in the distance.

As effectively as becoming a special and historic location to keep, with the possibility of future excursions of the lighthouse being explored by the few, the hotel is situated in an region teeming with wildlife, deer, seals, birds and an once in a while sighted household of sea otters. It is the ideal spot for photographers such as John whose operate will hang all over the resort, whilst it is also perfect for exploring South West Scotland.

Covid safeguards

The resort is presently shut but at the time open, added cleaning of all rooms is in spot amongst stays and extra gentle furnishings eliminated. There is social distancing and a one way program in general public spots, in addition added cleansing and sanitising stations.

Price range or boutique?

Boutique but exceptional – how lots of inns have their own lighthouse tower?

Space Company

a person standing in front of a building

© Helen Mason and John Harris, new house owners of the Corsewall Lighthouse Lodge.

There are 6 rooms in the lodge, a person with non-public balcony. A neutral palette sets off John’s photography and rooms are easily furnished but as section of the authentic lighthouse keepers’ lodging, place is sometimes at a premium in the smaller sized rooms. All but just one have ensuite showers and the other has a close by non-public bathroom. The external structures are typically converted from the first outbuildings and have far more room and typically superior sea views – in the household there is a lighthouse tower in the way! There is free of charge wifi in the principal hotel making.

a bedroom with a bed and a window

© The Ailsa Room has remarkable views of the sea, with Ailsa Craig in the length.

Wining and Eating

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With chef Andrew Downie presiding in excess of the kitchen area the 5-system dinner features starters this kind of as goats cheese and red onion tartlet, locally smoked salmon and duck and prime Galloway beef fillet with whisky, mushroom, peppercorn, red wine and tomato reduction, followed by Ecclefechan Tart or Scottish cheeses.

a large building

© Some of the rooms in the major making have outside access, from which to take pleasure in the breathtaking coas…

The dinner, mattress and breakfast offer involves a 5 system evening meal and there is in-area dining accessible.

A entire Scottish breakfast is involved in the price tag and smoked salmon is constantly accessible.

The resort also welcomes fall-in attendees for treats in the lounge place or exterior.

Truly worth Getting Out of Bed For

Stunning surroundings to take a look at commences right outside the hotel with the iron age fort of Dunskirkloch in the resort grounds, and walks along the rugged shoreline with sights of Ailsa Craig. Even more afield there is golfing at Stranraer Golfing Club or Dunskey Golf Club at Portpatrick, and Logan Botanic Yard is an oasis of unique specimens that make for a enjoyable afternoon’s stroll. Sea fishing is advised from the rocky shoreline or by boat from Portpatrick.

Round off the day’s exertions with a calm evening sampling the ideal of regional food around a leisurely five system evening meal ahead of heading off to mattress in a site wherever the sounds of the city are changed by the wind and waves.

Minor Extras

John and Helen reside on internet site and are normally on hand to give assistance on how to get the very best from the space. John is a skilled photographer and you can e-book a photographic stroll with him to find out how to get the best out of your digital camera and the nearby surroundings. (Anything at all from a cellular cellular phone to DSLR is welcome, as are finish novices).

There are canine welcoming dining locations accessible.

Guestbook Remarks

A terrific position for weddings or compact groups to rejoice in an atmospheric location with wonderful views alongside the coastline.

Costs Rooms from £160 for meal, mattress and breakfast for two.

Handle, Corsewall Lighthouse Lodge, Corsewall Point, Kirkcolm, Stranraer DG9 0QG (01776 853220,

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