Wren's Nest: Elegant Romance on Seaside Estate


Entire cottage hosted by Dunskey

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bathroom
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Among birdsong and scrambling blooms, Wren's Nest is calming splendor on a pleasure ground of a 2000 acre coastal estate. The bedroom has a superking bed and bathroom with rain shower. The living room leads to a large garden, with an outdoor bathtub under the camellia tree. Underfloor heating turns it into a lovenest, which perhaps William Wordsworth described, "Among the dwellings framed by birds/ In field or forest with nice care,/ Is none that with the little Wren's/ In snugness may compare."

The space
Meticulously restored to the Dunskey's signature exceptional standards, Wren's Nest is a lodge so special that you are guaranteed to be swept off your feet. The lodge tucked next to the heritage vegetable garden at Dunskey, thus maximising views of the ancient woodland and flowers climbing on the stone wall. Enter the lodge through the historic cobblestone courtyard, and note how the compassionate renovation has preserved the lodge's quirkiness while sidestepping conventionality.

A sumptuous pink velvet sofa takes the stage in the living room, underneath a rice-paper Japanese screen of soaring birds over an idyllic loch. Chrome wall lights brighten the room with diffused warmth across the walls the color of blushing roses. The back door opens to the spacious garden, where in the gentle breeze, the pale velvet cornflower curtains sway sweetly. Another olive velvet chaise lounge provides the perfect spot for tucking into a good book, beneath the large recessed windows that looks out to the courtyard. On the walls, you'll find Dunskey's curated arts and artefacts, from feather-and-shell objets to a restored architectural frieze.

The sweet kitchen on the ground floor is fully equipped with quite possibly everything you need for your holiday. Painted in a matte jade shade and decorated with Dunskey's collection of botanical prints, the kitchen also has enough space for a sweet dining spot by the window, looking to the courtyard's pillars. 
Upstairs, the bedroom and bathroom occupies the entire floor. Here you'll find an incredible mother-of-pearl headboard and a super king size bed, Plenty of storage is available in the bedroom with large hidden drawers in the bed divan, and two charming chest of drawers. An additional Eames chair is available in the bedroom for any night-time inspired reading. 

One of the best things about Wren's Nest, of course, is its spacious garden with a paved patio where you can dine all meals alfresco. The outdoor bathtub is a wonderful addition to those sunset evenings with some lanterns (included in your lodge!) and a chilled bottle of prosecco. 

Where you'll sleep

1 king bed

What this place offers

Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Washing machine
Patio or balcony

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Where you’ll be

Portpatrick, Scotland, United Kingdom

You're not simply staying in a Castle Estate: you are staying on one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Dunskey Estate boasts two waterfalls, two lochs, and three beaches, with the most magnificent walks along the craggy Scottish coastline. This pleasure ground will be completely yours to explored, including a private walled garden and a maze. You will have the time of your life, I promise.

The walled garden with its glass house is a romantic and peaceful retreat on the estate. Two lochs nestle into the hills and rhododendron banks. Wander along the glen walk past a rushing waterfall, and a babbling brook, to the two beaches to spot dolphins and seals. Dunskey Golf Course and the picturesque Portpatrick Harbour is two minutes away. Fishing expeditions from the beaches or on our two lochs are available.

Portpatrick Village has a public tennis court, putting green, golf course, beaches, and many restaurants. It is a very family-friendly destination.

Hosted by Dunskey

  1. Joined in September 2013
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We are a small but mighty team with our hearts set on sharing with you the most glorious hidden gem in this rural corner of Scotland: Dunskey, a 2000-acre estate by the sea, where world-class heritage meets modern splendour, surrounded by secret gardens and endless wonders.

Everything we do is rooted in our three values: compassion, innovation, and transformation. We strongly believe that the first steps towards spectacular hospitality is taking care of our team and environments. Here, you'll meet the incredible Dunskey stewards who sincerely wish to share with you the joy, beauty, and warmth in all that we do. Most significantly, you will find extraordinary thoughtfulness in every moment of your journey here.

We are also a feministic company with a laser focus on sustainability. We use re-fillable products wherever possible. Our heating system is nearly at 100% sourced from renewable energy. We compost 100% of our food waste, and our water comes from a fresh spring. We continuously strive to do more and do better.

Our ongoing other projects include policy advocacy in immigration and anti-human trafficking, working on turning out the votes in America and fighting against voter suppression laws. Seeking social and racial justice is a constant, though sometimes painful, anchor in our lives. We would like everyone to read the two novels, The Overstory, by Richard Powers, and, Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. When not heartened by the possibility of collective action to address climate change, we like to cook a ton-load of Vietnamese beef noodle soup and plot the next magic mushroom trail on the Estate.
We are a small but mighty team with our hearts set on sharing with you the most glorious hidden gem in this rural corner of Scotland: Dunskey, a 2000-acre estate by the sea, where…

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House rules

Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 10:00
Not suitable for children (2-12 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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