When you think about escaping from the hectic hustle and bustle of daily life, you often envisage a sundrenched beach on a remote, palm tree-covered island in the middle of nowhere, but who really wants to get all the jabs and take the long-haul flights to get there? In actual fact, you really don’t need to do any of this as the British Isles have some wonderful little nooks to escape to if you take the time to look. A wonderful little hidden gem just like this is Ettrick Cottage, run by George and Flora on the beautiful west side of Bute in Scotland. Now yes, it might not be bathed in sunshine all year round, and you might not need to pack your bikini, but what you are guaranteed is a wonderful escape, cozy, welcoming surroundings, and it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump to get there – perfect!
Situated on the wonderfully secluded Isle of Bute in Scotland with stunning sea views across to the mountains of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre, Ettrick cottage really is an idyllic escape. This newly built cottage sits within a huge garden, offering plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings. The cottage itself is very modern in design, with the highest level of insulation as well as under-floor heating throughout to keep your toes toasty on even the coldest of days. The open plan living room with comfy chairs, 32 inch TV, free sat, Bluetooth speakers, DVD player, and wifi opens out through French doors onto your own private patio with lovely wooden garden furniture to relax in and a breathtaking vista – ideal to enjoy with a glass of wine (or two!). The beautiful white gloss kitchen area boasts an oven, hob, microwave, washing machine, fridge, and freezer, as well as all the utensils and crockery you should need. There is a bathroom with a glass-panel shower and complimentary toiletries. And finally, there is the beautiful loft bedroom that you reach via an open staircase that features a very comfortable king-size bed, snugly rug, and bathrobes, as well as stunning views, to wake up to, looking across the bay.
When you arrive at the cottage, you will find a thoughtful start pack kindly put together by George and Flora with tea, coffee, sugar, and cleaning bits – all very handy. And although you are on a self-catering break, if you fancy a night or two away from the kitchen, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, waterfront bistros, and cafes in Bute that are definitely worth a try.
There’s plenty to do on the island, from taking a leisurely walk along the sands of Ettrick Bay, watching the local wildlife (which includes rare red deer and golden eagles!), or getting the adrenaline flowing by going cycling, kayaking, sailing, or fishing. There are also three golf courses on the island if you want to get in a round or two and one of the most fun ways to take in the island is on an open-top bus tour (though these usually only run over the summer months).
So if you fancy a romantic break, an outdoor adventure, or simply a bolthole when city-life all gets too much, then a few days at Ettrick Cottage will have you back on the right track in no time.
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