THE COTTAGE AND ACCOMMODATION
The front door of Lichen leads into a hallway giving direct access to the 3 bedrooms, the Lounge, the bathroom and the additional separate toilet.
However, the back door is the most used entrance to Lichen Cottage and leads into the Utility room. This is perfect for dogs and children and to remove outdoor wear. This room then leads into the kitchen diner, with stunning views out over Carrick Shore to the Galloway Hills beyond. From the kitchen you enter the lounge and beyond the hallway, bedrooms and bathrooms. Each room has electric heaters. The cottage is well insulated and double glazed, it gets warm very quickly even in mid winter.
THE LOUNGE – with amazing sea views to the South West through the large window and over Carrick shore to the Galloway Hills through the smaller window, the lounge is flooded with light. The focal point is the log burning stove, to provide a cosy atmosphere and warmth after a day outdoors. There is ample seating on sofas and chairs. For your entertainment there is a sky box, television and blue ray DVD player. Also there is a selection of books, puzzles and games.
THE BATHROOM – is fitted with toilet, sink, deep bath and walk in shower. There is also a separate toilet and hand wash basin.
THE BEDROOMS – There are three bedrooms at Lichen Cottage which can provide a variety of accommodation requirements
Seaview – is a beautiful Double with as the name suggests the most fabulous view out over the sea. In Seaview there is plenty of room for a cot.
Pebble – is a wonderfully comfortable twin room with views North West out over the garden.
Driftwood – can be either a cosy twin room with comfortable large beds or these can be zipped together to form a spacious luxourius superkingsize bed. Views from driftwood are over the garden and up the shrub lined drive to the North.
All bedrooms are warm and comfortable with a cosy duvet and two pillows per person. For really cold nights, if you like to sleep with the heating off, for extra comfort blankets can be found in the cupboards. There is plenty of drawer storage and hanging space in the hallway and Seaview.
THE KITCHEN – A modern and well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, single oven, 4 ring ceramic hob, toaster, coffee maker, kettle and fridge. (a freezer is located in the utility room). Ample cutlery, crockery and glasses are provided along with cooking utensils. There are saucepans and frying pans.
In the kitchen, you will find the famous Lichen Teapot and tray prepared for your arrival!
THE UTILITY ROOM – situated in the utility room is a small freezer and washing machine.
THE GARAGE – The garage provides space to store bikes if required, and a dry space to maintain bikes as well.
The garden is large and secluded, surrounded by a dry stone wall with no ponds so very suitable for children and pets. Areas of lawn surround the cottage. Over the garden wall you will find the beach on two sides to the South and West, to the East is a pretty area of wilderness woodland giving privacy and an attraction to wildlife. At the end of the flowering shrub lined driveway beyond the gate to the North is the access to Lichen from the lane.
A gate leads to a secret path which takes you through a wild area of the garden to a private area of rocky and grass foreshore and then down onto the sands of Carrick.
The immediate area around Lichen is known as Carrick shore, a unique, beautiful and protected area. Carrick shore is a sheltered sandy bay with rocky outcrops projecting either side and a small burn (stream) meandering down the middle. It is a perfect place for swimming, kayaking or sailing. You can fish from the rocks, climb the rocks, explore the rock pools, build sandcastles, play and walk on the beach.
Lichen and the wider Carrick shore is a haven for wildlife so if you enjoy watching wildlife then Lichen is the place to be. You can watch deer playing on Carrick shore or drinking from the burn. If you walk quietly to the shore on a warm sunny day even in March, then you can watch Adders basking in the warmth of the sun. Disturb them and they will slither away to their rock pile homes. If you are lucky you can see an Otter hunting and playing. Observe the garden wall and watch the little mice climbing about. Look even closer for insects and minibeasts.
Look up to the skies to watch birds, in the spring look for geese and swans. The bushes are filled with nesting birds – the dawn chorus mixed with the sound of the sea is a great thing to wake to!