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Rhins of Galloway (Cairnryan)

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Address: Cairnryan / Nr Stranraer / DG9 8QU Scotland

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      02.07.2008 22:51
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      IF YOU EVER GO ACROOS THE SEA TO IRELAND - STAY HERE

      A couple of months ago my husband, myself and two friends decided to take a trip to Belfast for the weekend. The ferry we were travelling on was leaving from Stranraer, in the South West Scotland, at 9 am.

      We decided to stay in a B & B in the Stranraer area, so that we were bright and early to catch our ferry. This saved us from leaving home in the middle of the night for a three hour drive to Stranraer.

      I had heard of the Rhins of Galloway from a work friend, so I phoned and managed to get our rooms booked for the night we wanted.

      We found this guest house on the main road between Cairnryan and Stranraer. It is a beautiful, white, two storey building that stands in over an acre of lawned gardens.

      Although there are plenty of parking spaces at the front of the guest house, the car park is rather uneven and bumpy.

      We entered the building by going up three stairs and onto a walkway which stretched the full length of the building. There were various plants and trees dotted along the walkway.

      Before we had the opportunity to open the main door, it was opened for us from the inside. The man who opened the door told us his name was John and he showed us in to the main foyer.

      John turned out to be one of the two owners. He checked us in very quickly and showed us to our rooms. The rooms are all on the groud floor. The hallways are beautifully decorated and have a mixture of antiques and contemporary furniture.

      Our room was large, bright and airy. The floor was carpeted and the walls were painted. There were several contemporary pictures on the walls.

      We had a large double bed with lovely modern bed linen. There was a wardrobe with plenty of hangers, a chest of drawers, a rack for our suitcase, a widescreen television with sky channels and two very comfy armchairs with a small table in between.

      There was a tray with tea and coffee making facilities and some really nice biscuits. A nice touch was the bottles of water.

      The ensuite bathroom was also large and airy. There was a toilet, wash basin and bath with an overhead high pressure shower. The entire bathroom was tiled. There were nice little bars of soap, sachets of shampoo and a shower cap.

      Our room had double glazing and central heating. Everything was spotlessly clean. There were bath towels and hand towels folded neatly on our bed.

      Our room did not have a telephone but I did not find this to be a problem. We both had our mobiles with us.

      We had arranged to met our friends in the lounge. The were equally impressed with their room.

      The lounge was also furnished with both antique and contemporary furniture. There were leather chairs and sofas grouped round lovely antique tables. The lighting was just right.


      The co-owner, whose name was Paul came in and introduced himself. As we had been told before we arrived, the guest house was not licenced, but Paul asked if we had brought our own drinks. Of course we had, so off he went and returned with a tray of glasses and an ice bucket.

      Paul gave us the names of the best eating places, all within two miles of the guest house. He also told us that he was the chef and he did all the breakfast cooking.

      We arrived back at the guest house around 10.30pm and went into the lounge. There were othere guests there, but we spotted our drinks bottles and a fresh tray with glasses and an ice bucket waiting for us at the table we had been previously sitting at.

      In the lounge there was a great selection of games and puzzles and a bookcase containing at least 100 books.

      After a great night's sleep, we headed to the dining room for breakfast. This large room was also stunning. There are large windows overlooking the shingle beach and Loch Ryan.

      We helped ourselves to fruit juice and cereals. Within minutes of us arriving in the dining room we had tea, coffee and toast on our table. Then came the cooked breakfast. It was fit for a King and the presentation was excellent. If you did not want a cooked breakfast there were plenty of alternatives. They also did a vegetarian breakfast.

      During our stay Paul and John told us that they had bought the place in 2004 after moving up from England. Since then they had been renovating the entire building.

      Work is still going on in othe parts of the building. At present there is:

      Twin room x 2
      Double room x 2
      Single room x 2
      Family room x 2

      There is also a garden flat which sleeps five.

      The prices are:

      Single room is £40 per night
      Double room is £31 per person per night
      Twin Room is £31 per person per night

      A child aged 0 - 4 years is £8
      Achild aged 5 -10 years is£16
      Achild aged11-15 years is £24

      All the above prices includes breakfast.

      Check in time is from 1.30pm
      Check out time is 10.30am.

      The owners could not have been more helpful but they were not intrusive. They seemed to have a great knowledge of the surrounding area. We wished we were staying for a few days. We do intend to go back in the future.

      All in all what is classed as a three star guest house has all the makings of a four star hotel. We could find fault with absolutely nothing.

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