Hello dog friends,
On our way to N. Ireland for Christmas, we stopped for the night at the dog friendly Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel. This unique hotel is only about a half hour drive from the port of Cairnryan where we was to catch the ferry to N. Ireland the next day so it was a perfect place to break the long journey (we had travelled up from Nottinghamshire – a LONG way for a little dog like me!).
Still, the journey was worth it when we got to the Lighthouse! As we drove out of Stranraer and along the loch, it got wilder and wilder as if we were in the middle of nowhere. A bumpy drive down a twisty lane led to the Lighthouse and boy oh boy did that please Hum! She was squealing with delight at the views of the rugged coastline, the crashing waves, the setting sun and the lighthouse itself. She sounded like Craig Revel-Horwood on a good day with lots of cries of ‘A-Maz-Ing’ and ‘Fab-U-Lous’ but at least she was happy!
So Hum was in her element with the location, Glenn was in awe of it all – coming from India and then Australia, he had never been anywhere like it and I, well I just wanted to get out of the car and run free in the wind and have fun!
Corsewall Lighthouse is a unique place to stay. It is still a working lighthouse and you can see the beams of light at night but the hotel is in the main lighthouse building and other small buildings surrounding it.
We got a great welcome at reception from Pamela (who owns the hotel along with her mother). In fact Pamela gave me the biggest lot of fussing and said she wanted to take me home with her ‘cos I is so cute.
Pamela showed us all the places I could and couldn’t go as a dog and there were plenty of places where I was welcome including a lovely little lounge and the conservatory. Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant so I couldn’t go for dinner with Glenn & Hum but Pamela did say they could set up a table in the lounge as they had done that before and Hum said that would be great for breakfast.
We had the Lighthouse Suite (a 2 minute walk from the lighthouse ) which was a little house really, with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, dining area, and comfy lounge in the conservatory which overlooked the lighthouse in one direction and the coastline in the other and from where Hum got her fix of sunset views! She took lots of photos and said how spectacular it was and who needed a sunset villa in the Maldives (her dream location apparently) when you had your very own sunset house here in Scotland.
Two of the Suites at Corsewall Lighthouse are dog friendly and of similar size and both with large conservatories but Hum reckoned ours had the best views!
There is nothing provided for dogs so you need to bring your own bed, blanket, bowls, toys etc. but there is lots of space and comfy sofas and such-like and you are allowed to stay in your little house when the humans go for dinner.
For the humans, the Lighthouse Suite was well equipped with tea & coffee facilities, Scottish Shortbread, toiletries in the bathroom, a great shower, fluffy bath robes and all round comfort. Hum & Glenn settled in famously saying it was most homely and they ensconced themselves in the conservatory to watch the ships go by.
After a trip to the lounge in the hotel part for refreshments, it was back to our house for Hum & Glenn to enjoy the sunset view and for me to enjoy the comfy sofa. A real home from home we all agreed!
There were a few improvements Hum said could be made such as having power points closer to mirrors and having a dressing table for doing hair & make-up (both sadly lacking). Hum did manage to sit on the bed and dry her hair using the big wardrobe mirrors but it was not ideal for her. And in the morning Hum did a lot of muttering as there was not much room for her TONS of make up in the bathroom and the mirror in the bathroom misted up so she took ages to get sorted!
The other thing Hum noted was that the kitchen is big but only equipped with tea & coffee making facilities – even though there was an oven and a hob, you couldn’t actually cook anything as there were no pots and pans….At this point Hum started redesigning the whole suite in her mind to make it more user friendly and give it a super luxury feel rather than just homely. She said with a bit of tweaking it could be a super duper honeymoon venue (she seems to have weddings on the brain these days ever since she and Glenn got engaged).
Corsewall Lighthouse to me however is just a lovely welcoming place to stay and genuinely friendly and comfortable so Hum should leave it alone I think!
The food is excellent at the Lighthouse with lots of locally sourced ingredients. Hum and Glenn brought me a ‘doggy bag’ from their dinner and it was delicious – especially the rack of lamb – I had all the bones! Hum said they had a 5 course meal and both of them were properly stuffed but happy when they returned to our little house.
I got to sample breakfast as they had set up a nice table in the lounge for us all and I must say it was a difficult choice between the full breakfast or the locally smoked kippers. In the end I had a bit of everything and it was extremely good!
SO – overall verdict:
Amazing location and unique. Great views. Isolated but Hum and Glenn loved that and it was a joy to be somewhere so peaceful (they both said). Food really, really good and local sourcing a real plus. Rooms a bit dated and more homely than luxurious but very comfortable. Everyone extremely friendly and accommodating to me as a dog. Would I recommend? Absolutely!