Luxury Holiday Homes in South West Scotland. At the end of one of South West Scotland’s most stunning coastal driveways, rests Owl Cote & The Bird’s Nest, 2 luxury holiday homes on the beautiful shores of Carrick Bay, Gatehouse of Fleet in South West Scotland. Owl Cote has been beautifully “refreshed” with new carpets, repainted, new linens throughout and some wonderful new furniture. A true home from home.
Carrick Shore enjoys an amazing rural setting as well as providing a romantic hideaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Located just 3 miles from Gatehouset, the safe Carrick shore is a place of unspoilt natural beauty boasting a picturesque sandy beach. This haven of peace and tranquillity reflects in its way the overall beauty and charm of the area.
There are numerous beautiful walks to be had at the beach and around Carrick shore and visitors can also enjoy swimming, sailing, windsurfing or canoeing in the bay. Those less energetic can relax and enjoy the peace, meet up with friends and have a barbecue.
Enjoy reading a fantastic write up about Owl Cote in the Scottish lifestyle magazine Dumfries & Galloway Life.
What a Wonderful find Owl Cote is! We have been visiting this area for years but this was the first time in Carrick. Looking forward to coming back in 2019!
Glenn & Elaine & Ollie & Dudley the dogs!
29th September 2018
An amazing house in an absolutely stunning location. We enjoyed lots of forest walks with 2 teenagers!! Had a lovely night by the wood burning fire watching the waves soar along the beach.
A much needed family time enjoyed by all.
22nd September 2018
Another great week at Owl Cote, quiet without all the kids, but we managed !!! Saidie (the cockapoo!) enjoyed chasing the rabbits and swimming in the sea.
A lovely chillax end to the summer !
Millen & McKinnes Families & Sadie the Woof!
18th August 2018
Our 4th visit to Owl Cote but many more years visiting Carrick. Weather has been fantastic and Carrick at its best! Lots of BBQ’s and walks on the beach and even a swim.
Carrick is such a brilliant place with so many family memories. We will be back!
Bryant Family and Dogs
July 7th 2018
A wonderful place to wind down and relax. It is our 9th holiday to Carrick shore and it wont be our last. Owl Cote has been very comfortable and inviting. We’ve re-connected as a family and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you for sharing this place for us all to enjoy. The weather has been wonderful – crisp, sunny and ideal for long walks. The fire has been our friend at night!
21st November 2018
Johnson Family & Bertie the Yorkie
Well – this was a beautiful surprise as we needed to get away from it all, and recharge. We REALLY did this here and what a stunning, restful and homely place to try and forget the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. It was our first time but it was our Sister and her Husband’s 5th visit. We will be back without a doubt. Thank
Sandiford & Marsden Families
3rd November 2018
Despite mixed weather and as its November, its much cooler than the Summer – but we totally snoozed and rested and totally relaxed at Owl Cote.
I live near Stirling and usually head North = but Owl Cote will entice me back South for the Winter!
Yvonne & Ian
21st November 2017
Our 3rd visit and not our last. We love this place and already have created many wonderful memories of time spent together – and with our family.
Looking forward to returning and enjoying the view, and the lemon drizzle cake with the wine!
Karen & Andy – Manchester
30th September 2017
Beautiful house in great location. Really enjoyed the stay (despite the rain at times!). Found local restaurants very good in both Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse.
Charlie and Moira
26th September 2017
Great place to chill – or to just see more of the area.
The Smith Family – Derbyshire
16th September 2017
Very special place with great company. Delicious food and a stunning landscape. A real break and Thank You!
Julia & Eddie – Kingston Upon Thames
16th September 2017
Endless Sunshine, surrounded by family and friends. BBQ on the beach and paradise on your doorstep
Why would you want to be anywhere else!
Moulton & Sadler Families
June 29th 2018
Kids, dogs and adults have all enjoyed this beautiful secluded spot. Lots of walks, runs and biking followed by glorious fish and chips – and the amazing sunsets!
Just what the soul needed, thank you for letting us share your beautiful spot.
The Simpson Family & Woof
18th February 2018
Oh Yes! – Better than the Doctor ordered: cleared heads of worry and stress. Weather superb and wildlife galore. All happy hearts and minds.
Rob, Jane and Meg
14th March 2018
Unbelievable weather – 25 degrees but the sea was still freezing!!! Owl Cote is a magical house and an amazing place .
Owl be back!
The Service Family
2nd June 2018
Fabulous as always – blessed by the weather. Love Carrick – such a special place.
Smith & Sayers Families (7th Visit!!)
19th May 2018
28th April 2018
Another beautiful stay in Carrick. Plenty of wildlife (Badger, deer, rabbits, migrating geese) and many more.
A wonderful catch up with friends in the area: great walks on the beach and plenty of fabulous weather!
Marion, Mark, Mollie and Steph (& Betty the Dog!)
7th April 2018
What an amazing break we have had. Too short and we will be back certainly.
Thank you for the wine and cake! Much appreciated.
Jes and Jean – Cumbria
1st June 2018
Had a lovely sunny break in The Birds Nest. So peaceful and relaxing. Love the furnishings and style of the studio.
Everything made for a relaxing holiday and we would love to come back again! Thank you.
Holly and Ruaraidh – Glasgow
7th May 2018
We have just had an amazing holiday in this beautiful cottage. Fantastic country, great weather and the Wine and Cake was much appreciated. Thank you!
Adele & Wayne – Hartlepool
16th June 2018
Have known this area for many many years, and it never fails to disappoint.
Birds Nest a perfect place to enjoy it all from, even when its cold outside – cozy as toast inside!
Loved it and will be back!
What a hidden gem! Super for a mini break by the sea. Had everything I needed
Charged the batteries and cant wait to return.
Thankyou! Nicky F
Beautiful House in a great location. We really enjoyed the stay despite rain at times! Local restaurants very good.
Charlie & Moira
25th September 2017
A very special visit. Great company, delicious food and stunning landscape.
a real break!
Julia and Eddie O
16th September 2017
Mixed weather and as its November, much cooler than Summer of course, but Blissful Rest sums up how a stay at Owl Cote made us feel.
Usually we head North of Stirling for a short break.. but Owl Cote will entice us back South for the Winter!
Yvonne & Ian
21st November 2017
Our 3rd visit and not our last. We love this place and already have created many wonderful memories
of time spent together and with our family. Looking forward to returning and enjoying the views!
Karen & Andy & Family
26th September 2017
What a wonderful start to 2018. This is truly Heaven on Earth. Thank you . Loved every minute.
Mrs A Kelly
28 January 2018
Bracing walks, beautiful views and a warm luxurious house – what more could anyone ask for? Perfect!
Mrs F Lee
27 January 2018
A welcome return to the Birds Nest, and this time with my Sister Sarah. A weekend full of memories.
30th August 2017
A beautiful cosy cottage for two in a beautiful place. This is our 4th visit to Carrick,. Thank you.
J & B Armitage
25th August 2017
A really cozy nook. Very enjoyable and hopefully we may be able to return some day in the future.
Marlene & Barry
12th August 2017
We had a lovely 3 days at The Bird’s Nest. Beautiful place to stay – a little gem!
Keith & Tina E
1st August 2017
A very special week with mixed weather but who cares when you come “home” to the Birds Nest! A brilliant base for exploring places half familiar and seeing family at Mossyard. Many thanks.
Rebecca, Mike and Sprout!
26th August 2016
Three days of bliss, loved every inch of the cottage. Visited Whithorn Observatory – good and quirky! Beautiful dark skies. Raiders road recommended. Many thanks.
Janet, David & Edward
17th August 2016
Another wonderful stay at Carrick – this time in the Birds Nest which was wonderful. Thanks so much! Perfect!
Ian Mc K
6th August 2016
The Birds Nest was exactly what we needed. A great place to chill out and get away from it! A great place to cycle and thrilled to find the track from Sandside to Gatehouse. We will be back.
Martyn & Carol D.
30th July 2016
Thank you so much for a wonderful few days in a beautiful retreat. So comfortable and relaxing: we will be back!
Graham & Kate W
8th July 2016
This is our 5th visit and as always, Owl Cote and Carrick shore never fails to please us. …. Thursday evening at the Masonic Arms in Gatehouse was brill with the live music. Thanks again.
Ian and Jo S/ Richard & Emma S.
21st May 2016
Lovely quiet stay…our first time staying at Owl Cote but not the last! Very special place. Nice house, very fully equipped. Wonderful wild flowers and butterflies. Recommend visiting Dumfries House.
Howell & Wendy H
23rd June 2016
Our second visit to Owl Cote. Peace and tranquility and the sound of waves crashing on the shore – a perfect cocktail for recharging batteries. Long walks with the dogs around Carrick.. 2 BBQ’s and lots of wine and food!
Tricia, Jamie & Kirsty B.
and 2 dogs!
2nd July 2016
We had a great time at Owl Cote. We went swimming in the sea – Granny went the furthest! We also built sandcastles and had a lot of fun cycling. We hope to return next year.
Philbin and Smith Families
16th July 2016
Had a lovely relaxing holiday at Carrick. Lots of swimming and playing in the kayak. We hope to return to Owl Cote in the future.
The Holt Family
30th July 2016
Best holiday ever and sunshine Sunday through to Thursday!
Janette, Richard, Leon, Samuel & Anna
20th August 2016
Our first stay at this beautiful cottage – a home from home! Decorated to a very high standard, beautiful views from the glass balcony and had an amazing break with lovely family. If available, will be booking again next year.
Andy W. & Family (and Maisey Aged 2!)
10th September 2016
Another beautiful visit. Weather beautiful. Great bike riding, beach walking and just chilling! Thank you again for a wonderful week!
Marion, Mark, Martina & Stephanie
This is our second visit: our first was just Andy and I on our Mini Honeymoon – back in October 2013. It was wonderful to return with our family. The stay was beyond everyone’s expectations. We hibernated and re-charged. Once again your home was our home and we will return. Thank you!
Andy, Karen and Olivia
First of all, thanks to our Daughter and Son-in-law for bringing us to this wonderful place. Owl Cote is gorgeous and such a wonderful house, perfect in every way and so peaceful. Have been able to chill out and enjoy our family’s company – lovely to see our granddaughter. Such beautiful scenery – wonderful skyline and walks by the beaches. Would love to come again. Have left you one of our colourings – of an Owl!! Thank you.
Pauline & Frank S
We came to Owl Cote to get away from the hustle and bustle and celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. It is a very special place. We did so many things in four days and still found time to relax! Fantastic sunset at Threve Castle, bird watching at Loch Ken, a wonderful, if tiring long walk from Loch Trool up to Loch Enoch and a walk on the beach. Would love to return and bring our children! Thank you.
John and Helen A.
A wonderfully relaxing long weekend at Bird’s Nest. Weather wild, wet and windy, but who cares! Superb, cosy get away from it all cottage. All done to such a high standard, both Birds Nest and Owl Cote are a credit to the owners – two beautiful properties in a location we love.
Liam, Sandra and Ivy the dog!
Visited sometime in March…no… April…!! Can’t really remember the date – which says it all! Just 3 nights in this lovely Bird’s Nest wonderfully decorated and so clean! Thank you for the lovely welcome to this little piece of paradise. Beautiful walks by the sea, relaxing time by the fire, moules marrinerre picked up in the morning.. we don’t want to leave! A Big Thank you!
Annie and Micky
This stunning house was the perfect start to 2016. Peaceful and star-filled skies and Galloway has such amazing scenery. Loved every moment of the stay. Long hill and beach walks, delicious food and unbelievable sunny weather.
Thank you Owl Cote.
Amanda S.Stayed January 2016
A beautiful house in a stunning location and we finally made it! Have loved the views and the sunsets even on the cold wet days! We have climbed Cairnsmore of Fleet (stunning views from the summit) and cycled around Clatteringshaws Loch.
Jill Rowlands: Stayed October 2015
We had wonderful weather and enjoyed long walks – and the Galloway ice cream! We have been visitors to Carrick Shore for many years and have only just discovered this house! It was perfect and we loved watching the sunsets so we have taken too many photos! Can not wait to be back and thank you.
Mr and Mrs Quinn. Stayed October 2015
It was our first visit in Owl Cote. We had a very lovely time here in this very well equipped cottage. Everything was perfect, including the mixed weather. We enjoyed strolling along the beach, the beautiful view from the balcony, having breakfast on the terrace.
Owl Cote is a very peaceful place.
Brigit and Martin from Germany. Stayed August 2015
Great to be back for another Carrick family beach holiday with out own private retreat!
F & D Linlithgow. Stayed July 2015
We have had one of the most relaxing holidays ever! The Birds Nest plus Carrick really does equal happiness.
Linda and Keith H. Stayed September 2015
Great location close to our friends, so perfect for a girl’s weekend on the beach.
Very comfy beds!
John and Helen. Stayed: 20 September 2015
Had a brilliant time in the Birds Nest – very cosy weekend for two. Very well equipped, great scenery. We will be back sometime soon for an escape!
Keep up the good work.
Steve and Helen. December 2015
Very cozy and loved every second of being here. Star gazing was totally amazing lying on the bed with the velux windows open – very romantic.
Thank you for such an amazing place to stay – will be back again.
Ria – Visited 14th December 2015
Third year running for us at Owl Cote and a fantastic week.Swam in the sea, cycled to Cream O’Galloway. ….We all look forward to returning next year!
The Philbin & Smith Families.
First visit back to Carrick after the sale of our Carrick holiday home of 25 years…. had a lovely relaxing week at Owl Cote. Topend luxury throughout. Wonderful garden with some lovely plants. Ate, drank and walked a lot as well as watched Wimbledon! Will be back next year and looking forward to to it already. Thank you.
Tricia, Kirsty, Jamie, Inca & Bailey July 2015
Thank you for the peace, the views, and the comfort.
Jackie, Paul, Alex and Nana
Another fantastic week at Carrick. Owl Cote is wonderful…We have enjoyed, Boules, rugby on the beach, sing songs, bike rides, Carrick’s Got Talent!! Eating and drinking like Lords.. can’t wait to return. Thank you! Robinson family
Fantastic location – so beautiful and quiet! Very cosy accommodation and very clean too! Our first holiday with our one year old son – treasured memories. Thank you!
Words are not enough! A glorious and sumptuous boutique style bedroom suite with all the mod cons. So warm, cosy & comfortable. And location, location, location – you wouldn’t wish to be in a more idyllic & beautiful place, so much to do and see. Quiet and peaceful with endless, stunning walks & lots of great burns/villages to visit. And the food at all the local eateries, fresh, homemade & delicious. You couldn’t wish for more. I’ll be back!!
Delighted to be the first guests at The Bird’s Nest. Wonderful idea to extend the accommodation at Owl Cote so that the whole family can stay – We have had the best family holiday ever.
A wonderful place to stay, explore and return too. We have seen wonderful wildlife and sunsets! The balcony provides wonderful views and time for silent reflection……all in all and again wonderful.
We have had a lovely stay here. The house is so comfortable & cosy & a great place to relax. We’ve all recharged our batteries during a very restful stay. We’ll definitely be back.
Thank you Vicky and Ian for letting us stay at Owl Cote, we have had a lovely time here, fab views from the balcony over Carrick Bay, such a restful place to escape too. We very much hope to return soon and will tell our friends.
A little piece of luxury mixed with beautiful views. A wonderful place to relax and spend time with friends.
A lovely holiday home – lovely views – will visit again when the children are older – thank you for the lovely warm welcome.
Owl Cote you have delivered every time! You have clearly thought through everything a family needs to have a wonderful holiday. We have discovered a remarkable place and are already planning our return.
Thanks again, we have had another great holiday at Carrick.
Love the new decor, looking forward to next year.