A Wee Calf at Gavinburn

A Wee Calf

(For our non-scottish readers, this is a play on our words to suggest ‘a week off at Gavinburn’).

The last few guests we have had staying have all arrived after recommendations from their friends or family. This is the best way our business can grow and it’s great, after less than three years of trading, we are seeing many of our guests returning two or three times a year. If you’ve stayed, please spread the word and you can earn yourself a discount on your next self-catering visit!

August will see the two year anniversary of opening our two new cottages, which took us up to five cottages on site. This has allowed us to accommodate slightly larger groups, like wedding parties but still retain the peaceful and relaxing nature of Gavinburn. We even had a bridal party drop by between the church and reception venue just to take their official wedding photos at Gavinburn and show off the view to the other guests who had to stay elsewhere. We are also finding a lot of visitors who usually stay in hotels are favouring us, as staying in a self-catering cottage offers them far more space and freedom. They are also still near Glasgow city centre but can escape to the countryside on their doorstep.

We are also learning to master the power of social media through our facebook and twitter pages. It’s a great way for our guests to find out what’s going on at Gavinburn and to catch some special offers, so please like us on facebook or follow us on twitter.

In the local village of Old Kilpatrick we are pleased to welcome a new café. It’s called the Glen Café and can be found on Dumbarton Road, under the Erskine Bridge. It’s ideal for grabbing a hearty fry-up Scottish breakfast or a coffee and any kind of filled roll for lunch and like the cottages it’s also got free wi-fi!

We have recently had this lovely review on trip advisor from Australian guests who stayed at Gavinburn Cottages last week. We always appreciate when guests take time to write about their stay. The first thing we do when we get into a vacated cottage is run to the visitor book and check for comments and thankfully, everything’s been highly positive and encouraging!

“Magnificent setting – relaxation superb”

We had a wonderful 10 days using Gavinburn as our base to explore south west Scotland. We had to drag ourselves away from the cottage and its extended views from our windows. Train station just 5 minutes away from where you can go to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Fort William and Mallaig. We did ferry trips to Arran, Bute, Mull and Iona plus day trips to Stirling, Troon, Loch Ness. The local hotel The Ettrick served great meals and publican and staff exceptional.

We hope to enlarge photo from our bedroom to put on our window at home – lambs frolicking, highland cattle, Clyde River, gorse in full flower, daffodils and bluebells galore. Great walking from back of cottages. Need I say we are looking forward to a return visit.

Room Tip: Each self contained cottage is exceptional

“Like Returning Home”

Fireplace with Log-burning Stove

One of our recent guests at Gavinburn (GM Macman on TripAdvisor) left us another perfect five star review:

This was my 2nd stay here – the first 10 months earlier in Spring, this visit in winter. It was as if I’d never left, as if I’d come back home to Scotland. Owners Alex and Leigh-Anne maintain the highest quality of excellence here and I found this to be as true on my second visit as on my first.

I stayed again in the smallest of the 5 cottages, the single bedroom Glenmorangie. All the cottages are completely and fully equipped. But what sells this place is the view – set in the Old Kilpatrick Hills above the River Clyde – it is incomparable.

Using Gavinburn as a base I’ve easily visited Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Bute, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Ayrshire. It’s well situated for exploring but offers such a great retreat away from it all if you want to just chill in the beauty of Scotland. I had friends from Glasgow visit this time and even they were blown away by the views. There is no place in Scotland I would rather stay!

See the review on TripAdvisor here.

Self Catering Cottages Open for Bookings

Gavinburn Cottages refurbishment is nearing completion and we are now taking bookings. We’ve set our self catering cottages price tariffs at a very affordable level to celebrate our opening. You can find all the information you need to select and book your self catering cottages with details of all the facilities, activities, attractions and services on offer to all our guests right here on our new website.

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