Dunskey Estate - Saltwater Chronicles

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway
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£200 - £300
per night
£1400 - £2100
per week

Wake to ocean views, breakfast overlooking the sea and a beach stroll in the afternoon from this smart lodge on the Dunskey Estate


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£200 - £300 per night

£1400 - £2100 per week

The Experience

This nicely renovated 1850 lodge perched on the clifftop is an easy stroll to a deserted beach with rugged coastal paths reaching in both directions. Secluded and private, it is one of a handful on a nature-filled 2000-acre estate where you can get stuck into many activities – or retreat down woodland paths.

A plain exterior opens to a colourful maximalist style: opulent beds, cushions and throws, a mix of antique and new furniture. You get a neat open-plan kitchen, books to browse, a TV for rainy days. In balmier times eat supper on the deck with nothing but sea views to charm your senses. If you fancy a night off, homemade frozen meals prepared by the estate chefs can be arranged.

Row on the lochs, wander the botanic gardens, get lost in the maze then return for a barbecue around the fire pit and a late-night soak in the outdoor bath as stars appear.

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We think you'll love

  • Warm summer evenings enjoying long lazy suppers out on the deck – you'll feel like you're on the edge of the world with your own private beach
  • Tucking into your generous welcome hamper and enjoying unlimited logs for the fire pit
  • Spotting red deer, otters, badgers, foxes and birds of prey around the estate
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You should know

  • There may be guests staying in other lodges or the main house
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead to protect the wildlife
  • It's a winding road to get here – but worth it!


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £200
Weekly price
from £1400
1 Lodge for 6
From £2004 beds3 bedrooms


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


What a treat to soak up the peace and beauty of an age-old Scottish estate. From the lodge you have views down to the sea and better still – drinks on the clifftop decking. You have a beach and coastal path on your doorstep and enough activities that you'd barely feel the need to leave.

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The neighbourhood

All yours are two waterfalls, two lochs and three beaches, fishing can be arranged and the walks along the coastline are sublime. Rhododendrons surround the lochs, you can take a glen walk past the waterfall and brook to the beaches for dolphin and seal spotting. Dunskey Golf Course and Portpatrick Harbour are two minutes away.

Local points of interest from Anne Tristine Nguyen

  • Perched atop the Estate's fairy glen, where bluebells cloak the ground like scented eiderdown, and the Scottish cragged coastline soars into the wide open skies, this maximalist lodge may awaken you to your own soulful chronicles.
  • Begin the journey via a secluded, tree-lined path to the edge of the beach, whereupon an acre of enclosed wild garden and woodland will greet you. Manicured lawn and matured woodland are all yours relish, including a handwoven hammock under beech tree.
  • The piece de resistance is the spectacular and lighted private dock that nestles into the hillside, casting a magnificent view of the wild sea, endless sunsets, and the forever green rolling hills.
  • Two secluded beaches are steps away from this lodge. Port Mora, or Sandeel Bay, features a tranquil cove with sandy beach and a murmuring waterfall. At low tide, venture far out on the sand and discover aquatic life, including urchins, eels, and starfish.
  • To the west, Port Kale has two sheltered pebble beaches and small rock formations, where hours can be spent stone-skipping, clambering and collecting seaglass. Our resident seal, whose full name is Tidal Serge the Dunskey Seal of Approval bobs about.
  • When the tide is out, be sure to wade to the rocks and harvest pepperdulse seaweed, which tastes like oceanic truffles!


Anne Tristine Nguyen

You are looked after by a small, dedicated team who want to share with you this glorious hidden gem. Everything they do is rooted in their three values: compassion, innovation and transformation. The dedication to sustainability here is paramount with nearly 100% of their energy renewable, the composting of 100% of their food waste and water from a fresh spring.