Guest Book Comments – Owl Cote & The Bird’s Nest

Owl Cote & The Bird's Nest

Luxury Holiday Homes in South West Scotland

Guestbook Comments, Owl Cote & The Birds Nest  – We appreciate our guests taking the time to give us feedback on our accommodation.  Below are just a few of the wonderful comments that have been left in our guestbook by our guests.

1st time to Carrick

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!


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.

Duffy Family

Another Great week!

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!

4th Visit to Owl Cote

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


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!

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


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


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


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


Great place to chill – or to just see more of the area.


The Smith Family – Derbyshire

Very Special Place

Very special place with great company. Delicious food and a stunning landscape. A real break and Thank You!

Julia & Eddie – Kingston Upon Thames


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


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


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


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


Fabulous as always – blessed by the weather. Love Carrick – such a special place.

Smith & Sayers Families (7th Visit!!)





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!)

Amazing Break.

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


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


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

A Special Place

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!

Fiona M


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

Beautiful House in a great location. We really enjoyed the stay despite rain at times! Local restaurants very good.

Charlie & Moira

Stunning Landscape

A very special visit. Great company, delicious food and stunning landscape.

a real break!

Julia and Eddie O

Blissful rest

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

Many Wonderful Memories

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

Heaven on Earth

What a wonderful start to 2018. This is truly Heaven on Earth. Thank you . Loved every minute.

Mrs A Kelly

Beautiful views

Bracing walks, beautiful views and a warm luxurious house – what more could anyone ask for? Perfect!

Mrs F Lee

A Welcome Return

A welcome return to the Birds Nest, and this time with my Sister Sarah. A weekend full of memories.

Vicki J

We Will Be Back!

A beautiful cosy cottage for two in a beautiful place. This is our 4th visit to Carrick,. Thank you.

J & B Armitage

Beautiful Cozy Nook

A really cozy nook. Very enjoyable and hopefully we may be able to return some day in the future.

Marlene & Barry

A Little Gem

We had a lovely 3 days at The Bird’s Nest.  Beautiful place to stay – a little gem!

Keith & Tina E

A very special week

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!

Three days of bliss

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

Recharged our batteries!

Another wonderful stay at Carrick – this time in the Birds Nest which was wonderful. Thanks so much!  Perfect!

Ian Mc K

Exactly what we needed!

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.

Beautiful Retreat

Thank you so much for a wonderful few days in a beautiful retreat.  So comfortable and relaxing:  we will be back!

Graham & Kate W

5th visit… Never fails to please!

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.

First stay… but not the last!

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

Peace and tranquility

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!

Cycling, Swimming and Sandcastles!

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

Playing in the Kayak

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


Best Holiday Ever!

Best holiday ever and sunshine Sunday through to Thursday!

Janette, Richard, Leon, Samuel & Anna

Home from Home

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!)

Great Bike Riding!

Another beautiful visit. Weather beautiful. Great bike riding, beach walking and just chilling! Thank you again for a wonderful week!

Marion, Mark, Martina & Stephanie

Beyond Everyone’s Expectations!

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

Perfect in Every Way

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

20th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

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.

Wild, Wet & Windy.. but who cares!

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!

Relaxing time by the fire

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

Perfect start to 2016

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.


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


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


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.


Great to be back for another Carrick family beach holiday with out own private retreat!

F & D Linlithgow.


We have had one of the most relaxing holidays ever!  The Birds Nest plus Carrick really does equal happiness.

Linda and Keith H.


Great location close to our friends, so perfect for a girl’s weekend on the beach.

Very comfy beds!

John and Helen.

Very Cozy Weekend For Two!

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.


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.


Third Year Running!

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.

Wonderful Garden

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

Thank you!

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

Vicki, Mark & Little Arthur

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!

Anna Morgan

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!!

Sheila & Derek Smith

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.

Mr & Mrs Sayers

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.

The Styles-Dey Family

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.

J & K Penny

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.

Dr Shah & Friends

A little piece of luxury mixed with beautiful views. A wonderful place to relax and spend time with friends.

Kate, Andy, Finlay and Georgia

A lovely holiday home – lovely views – will visit again when the children are older – thank you for the lovely warm welcome.

Helen & Johnny

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.

Thank you.

The Richardson Family

Thanks again, we have had another great holiday at Carrick.
Love the new decor, looking forward to next year.