We really hope you have enjoyed your holiday at Westfield. We would appreciate any feedback you have – good or bad!
Simon & Louise Nottage
Westfield is a lovely house in a great location. Nice big kitchen, very well equipped, confortable bedrooms. Loved watching the weather over Kintyre. Good walking, nice beach at Kildonan, meal at The Lighthouse in Pirnmill, gardens at Brodick Castle and history at The Heritage Centre. Recommended.
We had a delightful family holiday on Arran, based in Westfield. The house is next to the water with stunning views of the setting sun. It is a short walk to the beach, and an only slightly longer walk to a shop and a friendly restaurant in Pirnmill. The house is very well equipped and furnished, with the Rayburn in the Kitchen/Dining room giving off a friendly heat. On rainy evenings, we really enjoyed the wood burning stove in the living room. We loved watching all the small birds who visited the feeder just outside the Dining room window.We had a great time exploring Arran, whether taking a (rather strenuous) hike up Goatfell, or exploring King’s Caves. The numerous stone circles and standing stones were fascinating and atmospheric. The tour around Arran distillery was informative and fun, with a very knowledgeable guide. We also learned a lot at a great talk about the geology of Arran at the Arran Heritage Museum, which prompted a couple of our following trips, to see some of the formations he described. All in all, it was a near perfect week.
The house is located in a quiet part of the island with lovely views over the water towards Kintyre. The property is well maintained and equipped and has many pleasant features giving character. It is on the main road but don’t be put off as traffic was light. Dog owners should be aware that the rear garden is not fully secure - adventurous Border Terrier recovered in one piece! We enjoyed wonderful sunsets from the front rooms. We highly recommend Cafe Thyme south of Westfield House and the Sandwich Station in Lochranza. Arran is beautiful and living in Westfield was a pleasure.
All in all: this is a great place to go on holiday We had such a lovely time in Westfield. After many years of staying on the East coast of Arran this was now the first time on the opposite side of the island. We should have done it earlier! It was spring and the house was overlooking a field full of sheep with their newborn lambs and then over the Kilbrannan sound towards Kintyre. The beach is close by and you can have a nice walk to the village of Pirnmill to pick up our Scottish morning rolls. We had great walks around the local coastline but also at Machrie, Lochranza, up to Goat fell and up Glen Sannox and down Glen Rosa. The rhododendrons at Brodick castle were in full bloom.The house is very comfortable with a cosy kitchen inviting you to cook lovely meals and have a chat with the family plunged on the sofa. Upstairs there are some comfortable bedrooms, 3 of which are overlooking the sea. The shower room and the bathroom were top notch. The lounge downstairs is comfortably furnished with some large sofas and a log burner which we made use of. You can buy logs locally or get some driftwood from the beach. Throughout the house you will find some great photographs. Thanks also for the small library including books on wildlife and of course a book with plenty of ideas for walks, some DVDs and a few novels and games in case the weather shouldn't be too kind.
Hi Simon,and Louise,We thought the house was perfect last year ,just got back from another stunning week ,and really impressed with alterations and decorating . stunning !! wild life great.we watched Siskin, Redpoll ,Red squirrel and many more on the feeders out and about we saw otter Golden Eagle 3 different Terns 3 kinds of Divers Cuckoo,fantastic holiday!!! we will be back Bri and Jan
Second time we stayed in this amazing property. Well equipped with everything you would need for a family holiday. An extra shower room added since our last visit which does make a difference if you’re a larger group. The views and walks are lovely and so much quieter than the west side of the island. Had a few nice walks up at Lochranza and also a visit to The Byrne this time. Would recommend booking directly with owner as Tripadviser is not as simple. Party of 5 all ages and plenty of space. So peaceful and a kitchen that would be the envy of most. Highly recommend xx
We had a fantastic family holiday at Westfield in August 2018. The house is spacious, beautifully decorated with great amenities and wonderful views. We are all keen on wildlife and enjoyed watching dolphins from the bedroom window. A two minute walk to a beautiful beach was the icing on the cake. Our kids loved watching the red squirrels on the feeder. We thoroughly recommend this great holiday home.
We have just returned from a blissfully relaxing week in Westfield. The location is stunning, and the house is perfect. It is spacious, super-comfy and clean! It is thoughtfully well -equipped throughout. Literally across the road from the beach, which was usually deserted. Sheep in a paddock opposite, and lots of birds at the bird table every day . My little granddaughter was in her element! ! Although, we weren't lucky enough to see the red squirrel. Lots of lovely places to visit, and also eat out. I can recommend The Lighthouse at Pirnmill, and Fiddlers in Brodick. A wonderfully relaxing holiday, and we will definitely be returning.
We booked Westfield for only 3 nights at the start of an island hopping tour. When we arrived we wished we were staying for at least a week. A beautifully situated house, very well equipped and stunning views from dawn until sunset. The west side of Arran is quieter than the east; once there you don't need to go anywhere busier as the local shop is well stocked and the local restaurant good. Recommend cycling round the island finishing with Arran ice cream and Arran beer from the shop!
Whitefarland is the perfect place to escape from the city, and Westfield is a home from home with everything you might want or need. Spotless, tastefully decorated, comfortable beds, and the location is a dream. The view over the sea is beautiful and the evening sky is spectacular! The lounge window is like a moving painting. It’s a beautiful drive to and from Brodick. Nearby are Machrie standing stones which are well worth a visit. Whitefarland beach is lovely. The coastline is stunning, Kings Cave being worth a visit. If you fancy a pamper Auchrannie Spa in Brodick is the place to go. We are vegan and Arran is surprisingly well catered for in that respect. Westfield’s kitchen is thoughtfully stocked should you forget anything. There is also a local shop in Pirnmill which is friendly and well stocked. The Old Byre nearby hosts a great eatery: Cafe Thyme, which is fantastic, vegan or not. Great play area for kids too. I would not hesitate to recommend Westfield for a family holiday, and hope to return with mine.
Thank you for a wonderful stay in Arran. So relaxing from the moment we arrived and very well stocked with essentials like washing up liquid, cling film etc! The nearby beach was beautiful with vast stretches of sand when the tide was out. Thanks again for a lovely stay!
Excellent Holiday Home We have been using cottages for 20 years and this was one of the best equipped houses we have stayed in. Beds comfortable, furniture quality but lived in and suitable for a family. Everything you could need was there. 5 minutes walk to the beach. Garden not suitable for the very young or old but nice seated area at the side of the house that gets the sun. They even had lots of basic supplies should you forget anything - we had to use some of the flour as the shop had no bread 2 days in a row so do bring your supplies, we went lots of nice walks up to the Lochan ( very steep). Machrie standing stones and along the coast. We normally go to Whiting Bay/Kildonan but think we might be converted to this side of the island much quieter and very beautiful. Would definitely recommend this property. The Raeburn gives amazing heat even at low temperature and hot water all day and plenty for a bath no need to use the Immersion heater. There were 5 of us and lots of space for everyone. Seems expensive but when you take off the deposit it’s on a par with similar properties and definitely at the top of the range for comfort slept like a log! The bath room is upstairs so might be an issue for the very young or old. There are stair safety gates excellent for keeping your dog downstairs also! Hope to return and thanks xx
Probably the cleanest, most tastefully decorated and best provided cottage we've stayed in on Arran. The kitchen was a joy to cook in. Five of us stayed on a freezing cold Easter week. The house was beautifully warm - once we'd sussed the oil rayburn. The stove in the lounge was a bonus. Sharing a single bathroom between 5 took a little organisation, but we managed. Had worried that we'd be troubled by traffic - as the main road around the island goes past the front door - but hardly heard or saw a thing, more tractors and buses than cars. Sunsets from front spectacular - and lovely to see the newborn lambs in the field opposite. Even saw a seal in the bay one morning. Shop and restaurant in the village more than met our needs. A true escape from cares and tribulations. A haven of peace.
Stayed 2 September. Lovely, well equipped house in beautiful location . Enjoyed our stay . Kept entertained on rainy days by the antics of the little birds at the feeding station outside kitchen window . Also a red squirrel visited us . Would recommend.
This is a lovely self-catering house. We've used many in the past and this is near the top of the list in terms of a. location (perfect views over the Mull of Kintyre) b. equipment (pretty well everything you could want in the kitchen) and c. comfort. It feels more like we're borrowing a home, rather than using an off-the-shelf cottage from one of the bigger companies. Highly recommended.
Thanks for letting us use your delightful cottage for the week. I never knew Pirnmill had such a great beach. The food in the local restaurant is fantastic – and you can bring your own booze, brilliant! I think you have the balance absolutely correct. Too many places in Arran crucially for us cannot accommodate our dog. I think you have a niche product and wouldn’t change anything, the large space in the living room and kitchen is perfect for families and dog-loving people who just want to kick back and relax.
Lovely house great location views fantastic . Great location for cycling walking ,sight seeing .Lovely spacious accommodation .Shall definitely return .
We did have a very enjoyable week and we were most touched by your kind gift of flowers and wine. The house was very comfortable and we immediately felt at home there. The island was like a blend of the Lake District (Cumbria) and The Dales (Yorkshire) which we both love and we were lucky with the weather so Jeff could play golf and we could explore the little villages and just pootle along the beaches looking for treasure! The house is charming and very well equipped. I have never used a Rayburn before but found it very handy (warming up scones - perfect!) We bought home-cooked frozen meals so once defrosted, bang it in the oven and it slowly warmed right through. Exploring island - delightful. interesting geology. Spotted otter out in front of house. Trip to Kintyre Peninsula. All in all our first experience of Arran and Westfield has been a very enjoyable one. Thank you very much. - Pat. Lovely cottage & location. Thoughtfully appointed throughout. Will extol its virtues to our friends. - Jeff.
We had a fantastic stay, the cottage has so much more than the average holiday let and we could easily bake a cake for the first birthday of one of our number. The views are beautiful and lots of kid accessible walks and activities on the island
Just wanted to say thank you, Westfield is a fantastic house in a most beautiful location. We were very impressed with the standard of the house and how well equipped it is, it is the perfect holiday home. We were lucky enough to have the little red squirrel visit us most days as well as a wide variety of small birds some of which such as the Red Poll we hadn't seen before. Even our teenage daughters have fallen completely in love with the Isle of Arran, so many beautiful places, amazing walks, an abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery, we were all very reluctant to leave, it really is a very special place.
We had a really enjoyable family holiday at Westfield. The property is well equipped with lots of character. The views of the sea and sunsets are beautiful and with only a short 3 minute walk to the beach there is plenty to keep adults and children occupied. We will definitely be going back!
Wonderful sea views and a three minute walk to the beach. Westfield is very comfortable and full of character but what we liked the most were the wonderful sea views. Mealtimes were a pleasure as we watched little fishing boats and the ever-changing Kintyre Peninsular. A three minute walk took us to the beach for a short stroll or we could follow the Arran coastal path over fascinating rock formations. A drive of ten or fifteen minutes took us to a wide range of walks - remote lochans, the King's Cave and the Fairy Dell. After a day in the fresh air it was lovely to get the wood burning stove going and relax . The house was really comfortable and attractive - wish I had a kitchen like that! Oh, and the head chef recommends a slow pot roast in the Rayburn! Wildlife notes: loads of seals, stags locking antlers on the golf course, an eagle being mobbed by ravens and possible otter footprints on the beach. A neighbour says he often sees otters in the field in front of the house. And two red squirrels in the back garden.
Our stay at Westfield was fantastic! We had mixed weather but plenty to do! When we arrived, we stopped off at the Co-op on the way to get food for the weekend. We spent our first night enjoying the lovely sea views and sunsets through the window in the lounge - which was extra cosy with the log burner. The first morning, we took our bikes out and had a good ride around the island, starting off in the lovely sunshine but later, getting caught out in some bad weather! We found ourselves at a lovely pub called the Black Grouse- the people were very kind and welcoming given the soggy state we were in! We got back to the cottage which was still toasty from the night before- enjoyed a lovely hot shower in the beautifully decorated bathroom and heated up some soup and rolls in the Rayburn and dried our clothes on the rack hanging above. The kitchen was well stocked and quirky- we were able to play our music on the iPod docking station whilst enjoying our well-deserved soup! The beds are comfortable and cosy- hot water bottles and extra bedding were available if needed and all rooms had beautiful views of the island. The house may be situated on the 'main' road, but in the whole weekend we were there, about 3 cars must have passed the house! The road is narrow which means cars that do come past aren't going very fast. By the edge of the beach across from the cottage, there's a small park for children to play on swings and enjoy beach combing- we found some lovely shells and ended up having a walk right across the beach front. The cottage itself is cosy and welcoming- full of character and is everything you need for a relaxing break! It is stocked with necessary kitchen appliances and for days when the weather is not at it's best, plenty of dvd's available to watch on a big tv! We made use of pretty much everything in the cottage and even baked a cake as we were staying during Easter. Would definitely come again- already looking for dates to go back and would highly recommend!
Our visit to Westfield exceeded all expectations. Louise and Simon have provided every possible comfort, the cottage is beautifully furnished and with oodles of character. Westfield had been prepared carefully for our arrival: the Rayburn was lit, the larder stocked with essentials, wine and chocolates on the table, logs by the wood burner, tea and coffee, herbs and spices... everything you could possibly need. As regular explorers of the island themselves, Louise and Simon are very knowledgeable about activities and places to visit. When we booked we were provided not only with lots of information about walks, cycle routes, beaches, tourist spots etc. but also advice about where to spot otters/ seals/ deer/ red squirrels; the best place to eat lobster (Creele’rs!) and where to go horse riding. Whatever your particular interest, do ask Louise and Simon and they will be able to help. We stayed at Westfield for a week and filled each day with a different activity, yet still found time to relax in beautiful surroundings. As our holiday came to an end we knew we wanted to return to explore further. The island is so beautiful and to see it in different seasons is now on our ‘to do ‘list in the future. To return to Westfield will feel like returning to see an old friend. Thank you so much Louise and Simon. You have created a real haven to feed the senses and the soul. Jane and David Cole, Macclesfield
To Louise and Simon, Just a wee note to say a HUGE thank you for sharing Westfield with us. We had a super holiday - the cottage and island are fantastic! You've made it a very special place to spend some quality time. We look forward to getting back for another holiday! Beth, Jamie, Freddie and Theo Beazley