Customer Reviews

Please let us know if you have enjoyed your stay at Sandford. Thank you!

Ciara & Macy

We went to Brodick castle, Auchrannie, squirrel spotting, the beach, Arran Farm Show and walking. :) 

August 2017

Claire, Martin & George with Cooper and Harvey

Thank you Yvonne and Sam. The cottage is lovely and what a view! The red deer at Lochranza are amazing and red squirrels in the garden. Had great meals at the Stags Pavilion and the Lighthouse restaurant. We hope to return soon.

July 2017

Ray & Avril

We did local beach walks. Great day at Kildonnan watching the seals and toured the island. We saw a roadside old graveyard at Catacol and interesting geological finds on the beach We had an excellent time watching the birds and squirrels at the feeding station on teh garden shed. Never tired of the views from the upstairs windows and appreciated the welcome pack of biscuits and wine. First time we have holidayed on this side of the island and we are so glad we experienced it. Garden perfect for views, well pleaseed with Sandford. 

June 2017

Lesley, Tom, Midge & Tara

Yet another terrific week here at Sandford! Had a fabulous time, walking eating, watching wildlife and generally chilling out. Weather again has been just terrific! This holiday house has everything you could need and more - just wonderful - roll on September.

May 2017

Vaughan & Sarah Roberts

Lovely house in outstanding position. Nicely appointed and cosy touches. A week of sunshine, hope to return. Thanks for leaving fire ready.

May 2017

Jan, Hector & Laddie

We walked and walked the lovely countryside of Arran. Loved seeing the lambs and the cheeky squirrel who liked to visit. See you soon x.

April 2017

Gillian, Andrews, Kelsey, Connie, Roxy and Bonnie

We did Glenashdale waterfalls, King's cave and coastal walk. We saw a deer, seals, our friendly red squirrel and Kelsey and her tadpoles! This is our second vist to Sandford cottage. A stunning cottage with a fabulous view. Everything you could wish for in a holiday. We love Arran and will definately be back to Sandford very soon. Thank you YVonne, Sam, Ciara and Macy for a lovely stay.

April 2017

Jaysen & Kris Young

This is a brilliant cottage with a lovely view. There is always something new to explore, you never get bored. We saw loads of birds (Barn Owls, Golden Eagles and buzzards.) Lovely cottage equipped with everything you need. Woth the movies and teh fire it's amazing. You just sink into teh neds and you can have a really comy night. Cosy cottage. We never had to worry about heat as it was always warm. Great view and it was a really good stay 10/10. Would stay here again. Nana says 'thanks very much!'.

April 2017

Sue, Graham and Poppy the dog

We walked, ate great food at the Lighthouse and just relaxed. Thank you for the stay in your beautiful cottage. We loved Arran and hope to be back.

March 2017

Janet and Johnnie

Walked along the beach at Blackwaterfoot. Watched some curuous seals and saw two shell duscks. The cottage is lovely, homely and welcoming and so tastfully put together. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay thank you so much Yvonne & Sam.

March 2017

John, Anne & Willow and Halle the dogs

Went to Machrie Moor stone circles, Blackwaterfoot and woodland walk. Experienced beautiful landscapes, rainbows and red squirrels. It was peaceful and tranquil. Thank you for allowing us to share your beuatiful cottage for a little while.  Wonderful whirlpool bath, compfy bed and all the thoughtful little touches. 

March 2017

Jan, Hector & Laddie the dog

Fed squirrels at average cost of £3 on nuts!!! Also saw stag, eagle, herron, cormoronts. Great time had. :)

January 2017

Angela. Bob Mim & Oli

Great to have the beach at the bottom of the drive. Enjoyed our trip to Arran Aromatics, stocked up on our supplies. We had a full trip around the island and the scenery was lovely. There was a warm welcome to a super cottage which is tastefully done with personal touches. Thanking you so much Yvonne and Sam for a great weekend


November 2016

Ron, Pam, Marguerite and Stephen

We toured the island - beautiful scenery. Fantastic cottage, we didn't want to leave. Thank you Sam and Yvonne for sharing your home,

September 2016

John, Sarah and Harry


We went segwaying, gorge walking, rock climbing, rock pooling, swimming, golfing, archery and walking (phew I'm exhausted after all that and I'm only typing it! :) -Yvonne x) We found the grave of the only man murdered on Arran, the Doctors bath, red and white toadstools, Pirnmill Church and lots and lots of new adventures. Arran is our favourite place in the world -  a little piece of paradise. We will be back ... thank you for sharing your home with us xx

August 2016

Maria, Scott, Holly and Lucy

We went on lovely walks to Kings Cave and other wonderful places. Had lovely beach days, thank you!


August 2016

Mike, Lindsay, Jack (age 5) and Tex the dog

We went to Brodick Castle, had some lovely walks. We went for a seaside stroll evry morning, ate loads, went to the Balmichael Centre and the family fun day at Lochranza. We did the Mogabout tour (highly recommended), played crazy golf, went shopping and much more! We saw golden eagles, squirrels, peacocks, rabbits, seals, Rudolph and his wife! Spectacular waterfalls and rainbows - everything was amazing. This house is like a home from home - so wonderful and well equipped, these are the things that matter when you have a 5 year old terror! Amazing, just amazing! Thank you Yvonne, Sam and Dianne xxx

July 2016

Margaret and Stephen

We made good use of the seating area. We saw the Waverley docked at Lochranza, it sailed past Pirnmill on Thursday. We saw brown hares and squirrels in the garden. Dolphins in the bay, early morning walks on the beach. We saw a submarine at Kildonan. We ate lunch at Machrie Bay and the food at the Lighthouse was great.


July 2016

Kenny and Carol

We fished and walked our dog. The perfect house, you can't fault it for anything. You have definitely put lots of thought into this! We'll be back. You have a perfect holiday cottage and had everything to welcome us. We loved it so much, well done indeed.


July 2016

Jan, Hector & Laddie the dog

We watched squirrels, bats and deer. We've been eating and drinking fine Arran food. Visited the Distillery. We've enjoyed everything! :)

June 2016

Steve and Gail & Rhea

Walked every day, including Goatfell. Lovely cottage and great base. Beautiful cottage with different views around every corner. 


June 2016

Carol, Murray & Bethany

We visited Brodick Castle, Kings Caves, the standing stones and the museum. We saw seals, a basking shark, red squirrels and lots of birds. A lovely house for a base. Great scenery, lovely peaceful place, great to wind down. Loved it!


June 2016

Rachael, Graham, Isabella (age 6) & toys Candy & co

A sunny week. just delightful! We played crazy golf, cycled and barbequed on the beach. We watched seal and Bella swam in the sea! A wonderful heavenly week, thank you! x

May 2016

Janet and Andy


We watched hen harriers, otters, red squirrels and deer. We took a boat trip to Ailsa Craig , climbed Goatfell and ate lots of lovely food! 

May 2016

Lesley and Tom, Midge & Tara

Absolutely gorgeous weather! We did loys of eating, walking the dogs,. Enjoyed the wildlife ... deer, owls, gannets, seals. We went to Kings Cave and I heard a cuckoo for the first time ever! Spotted an oystercatcher's nest. This wee house has absolutely everything you could possible need - beautiful house in a beautiful setting! We'll be back, looking forward to September already! (Even if it rains!) Great food at Cafe Thyme and the Stag Pavillion ... Lochranza Hotel does the best steak pie!


May 2016

Maggie and Meg

We loved walking on the beaches and watching the wildlife, squirrels, lambs, birds and deer. We ate cakes at Machrie Tea Rooms and loved Lochranza for the walks and scenery. The cosy, happy house we stayed in felt very comfortable.Lovely food at the Lighthouse, Coast at Whiting Bay and the Drift Inn at Lamlash. Machrei standing stones were awsome and enchanting. We had a wonderful time and will definitely be back ... thank you!

April 2016

Margaret, Stephen and Henry

We walked to Machrie Moor standing stones, went to Lochranza Distillery. We ate at the Old Byre and the Lighthouse Restaurant. We saw hen harriers on the Srting ROad, sky;arks at the standing stones, gannets feeding at Pirnmill, squirrels behind the house and deer at Lochranza. We kept cosy and warm, the woodburning stove was great. Lovely seaside touches in the cottage. Thanks for allowing us to use your lovely home, looking forward to coming back in July.


April 2016

Peter & Catherine

Loved the cottage! Toured the island, visited lots of craft centres. Saw seals. Went to Brodick Castle and Lochranza and the Lighthouse Restaurant.

April 2016

Lizzie, Gareth, Harry & Lucy

We went to Kings Cave, Machries stone circles, kayaking, running and visited the Lighthouse Restaurant. It is a wonderful cottage thst had everything we needed. Thank you!

April 2016

Nik & Brenda

We had a lovely stay, great house, lovely people. We walked to Kings Cave and to Lochranza, saw seals and red deer. We will be back. 

March 2016

Moira, Keith, Alfie & Jade

Sandford is a beautiful cottage, we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and are sad to leave. 

February 2016

George, Christina and Blue

We walked up Glen Sannox, visited Lochranza Castle, lunched at the Catacol Bay Hotel and relaxed. Arran is a stunningly beautiful island with wonderful scenery, friendly people and very varied wildlife, had a glimpse of a seal. Sandford is a beautiful cottage and a lovely place to stay. We'll definitely be back .... when its warmer.

February 2016

Ciara & Isabella, age 10 & 5

We did lots of beach walks and went swimming at the Auchrannie. We saw lots of brids in the sea and some very big waves. We saw lots of squirrels in the garden. We love everything about this cottage, especially being by the sea.

December 2015

Kelly and partner & Tom and Misty the greyhounds - Liverpool

I can't tell you how much we love this cottage! Its so beautiful and all the little touches are amazing. We are loving the woodburner, Tom and Misty the greyhounds both have spots in front of it. Its so so lovely and in this weather I'm not sad to be missing the outside! You have designed it so amazing, it is stunning and very welcoming! Thank you for having us! x

November 2015

Ashley & Mark - West Yorkshire

Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely house, it is beautiful. Perfect location. Lamlash, Lochranza, Blackwaterfoot and Kings Cave well worth a visit. Dogs loved it, many thanks.


November 2015

Keith, Maggie, Callum & Dylan - Yorkshire

Sandford is a great place. We have had a fab holiday in your very comfortable house. Arran is spot on for bikes, walks, wildlife, water, beaches .... Thanks very much to Dianne (Our fab caretaker! -Yvonne x) for showing us how to go on with the fishing .... we just need a return trip now to do the things we didn't get a chance to do on this visit. Many thanks 


October 2015

Dafne & Alix - Berkshire

What a wonderful stay on a lovely cottage. The little touches to find on arrival were nice too, especially the wine! ;) We've had amazing weather, sunshine every day. Summit Goatfell and cycled round the island. Seen red squirrels, seals, deer, bats and barn owls, and Alix's favourite Golden Eagle. We now have a week in the Lake District and can only hope for a place as nice as this and the weather to follow!! :)


October 2015

Jean, Sheila, Jane & Cheryl - Glasgow

4 days for 4 old girlfriends to have a wee holiday together on Arran in (mostly!) lovely October weather. We really like the house - it's well decorated, well appointed with a clever use of space. We love the comfy beds and the woodburning stove. 


October 2015

Lesley & Thomas - Fife


Had a fabulous fortnight here at Sandford! A beautiful house in a beautiful  setting! September in Arran and the sun was shining - gorgeous! Squirrels, owls, seals, deer and basking sharks - even an otter this year! Terrific food at Cafe Thyme and Stag Pavillion (book there). All in all a fabulous time had by Tom and I and our 2 spaniels!! 

September 2015

Roger & Connie - Yorkshire

Picked the right week for weather with some misty mornings but bright, sunny afternoons. Walked, cycled, golfed (Shiskine gets top marks, Corrie Gold Club for friendly welcome) but didn't swim! Saw 33 species of bird so far. Path from Laggan Cottage (past Cock of Arran) over the hills to Lochranza is wonderful but getting there over the shore path from Lochranza takes longer than anticipated. Footpath from beach (below Shiskine /Blackwaterfoot) to Kings Cave is easy to walk and has lots of features including great views of the cliff face of the Doon.Sandford is a lovely cottage, well equipped - especially for kitchen, cooking stuff. Fresh garden flowers on the table when we arrived is a great touch - thanks Dianne (our fab caretaker! - Yvonne x) Red squirrels in front of the house is a change to our grey version in York! 


September 2015

Julian, Nicky & Sasha the dog - Lincolnshire

An amazing week, cottage is fantastic and ideal location. Fully equipped for everything you could want or need. Great to see red squirrels in the garden and a hige amount of wild birds. Seen red deer, dolphins and eagles. Weather was really good and we enjoyed getting out and about. Managed Goatfell on Monday and then paid for it for the rest of the week! Thank you Dianne (our fab caretaker! - Yvonne x) for making us so welcome. We will be back soon.


August 2015

Sophie (age 9), and the Smith clan - North Yorkshire

I had an amazing time in Arran. I have been to the standing stones and am writing a story about them. We saw lots of red squirrels and lots of seals. The sunset on the first night was amazing!! The food in The Lighthouse was great. We went to the beach everyday and one night we had a barbeque there. We went horse riding, it was amazing!! (Thank you for your comments Sophie, glad you had a good time - Yvonnne x) 


August 2015

Ciara (age 9), Mum, Dad & Grandma - North Yorkshire

I had a great time as usual. I helped do up the house with a lot of fun visits to Arran. (Ciara is our daughter and has been coming to Arran since she was 5 weeks old - Yvonne x)


August 2015

Eva (8 Years), Mum & Dad and Pickles & Stanley the dogs - Nottinghamshire

Fab time, lovely weather. The food was brilliant at Cafe Thyme and The Lighthouse. Lots of red squirrels in the garden and on the bird feeder. Seen a few seals at Lochranza and red deer. Thank you! (Thank you for the lovely drawing and the pebble message you left for us at Sandford Eva! - the drawing is in the guest book for others to see - Yvonne x)


August 2015

Emma, Andy, Linden & Rowan - Suffolk


A wonderful wee cottage which kept us warm and cosy. Great local beach and food at The Lighthouse. A wonderful break on this beautiful island. Squirrels were a joy as was the walking and the sea kayaking. So much to see, not enough time to see it all. Will have to come back!!


August 2015

Gordon & Linda - Aberdeenshire

Beautiful island. beautiful setting. Cottage cosy and relaxing. Had a great time exploring, but not enough time for everything, we will need to come back! The Lighthouse restaurant serves excellent food. Squirrels were very entertaining. Brodick Castle gardens are well worth a visit - stunning! Weather was very good to us - only one really bad day. Machrie Moor also worth visiting: still so much to do!! Thank you xx


August 2015

Chris, Sheryl and children - Co Durham

Thank you for allowing us to use your beautiful cottage, it has made a fabulous base for us to explore Arran. We have had terrible weather but still have had a fantastic time. The red squirrels in the garden have been a joy to watch and the log fire has kept us lovely and cosy and helped us dry out! (In July!) We have seen buzzards, hen harriers, red deer and seals, the boys have been really impressed and have loved the beach, even in the rain! Hubby impressed with the distillery and the tasters! Thank you.


July 2015

Andy & Janet - Cheshire

Lovely cottage in a fantastic location. Saw otters, seals, hen harriers, hares, red deer, harbour porpoises and red squirrels all within a couple of miles from the cottage. Can recommend The Lighthouse restaurant for a meal. The trip to the Holy Island from Lamlash was lovely. Many fantastic walks. Tip - watch the numerous birds and red squirrels feeding from the porch. Will be back!! 

July 2015

David, Angela, Heather & Jasper - Bedfordshire

Perfect sanctuary from the hussle and bustle of normal life! We played on the beach for hours and well into the evening (does it ever get dark here??) We climbed Goatfell mid week and the weather was with us and we were rewarded with a breathtaking view of the island and beyond. The seals came up to the shore to watch the children play! We spotted the red squirrels out of the upstairs window. We arrived to a spotlessly clean, well equipped cottage and fudge and buscuits! Thank you xxxx 


July 2015

Ray, Sue, Peter & Heather - West Sussex

A lovely week in a beautiful setting. Like Roman Abramovich, we too like Lochranza, the distillery and the red deer stags on the golf course there. The red squirrels have been very entertaining. Nice food in The Lighthouse. Thank you


July 2015

Sarah, Lee & Tina the dog - South Wales

A great week, the cottage is lovely and Dianne is very, very helpful. Some lovely walks and food. A beautiful location with some amazing sunsets. Our first visit to Arran and we will definitely be back to explore more!!


June 2015

Kate & Friends - Cumbria

Fantastic week in a brilliant holiday cottage with great friends. Hills for the boys, cafes for the girls and beaches for the babies and the dogs! House was everything we hoped and more. Great selection of board games and beautiful furnishings. We will be sure to recommend Arran and Sandford!


June 2015

Paul & Fiona & Miko the dog - Cheshire

A very enjoyable relaxing stay. Otter spotted in Pirnmill, early morning on an incoming tide. Seals at Lamlash down the Hospital Road. A pair of eagles seen from the path to Loch na Davie from Lochranza. Pair of red squirrels in the garden, one much darker than the other. Best cakes at Machrie Bay Tearooms (We agree with that! - Yvonne x) Creelers in Brodick good for seafood, Thyme Cafe at the Byre visitor centre and obvioulsy The Lighthouse all enjyed. Thanks.


June 2015

Mary, Duncan & Isabella - West Yorkshire

What a lovely holiday home in very beautiful surroundings. We've loved exploring Arran, from walking, to all the different beaches. Our 4 year old daughter has loved her blue and white holiday home and wants to come back. (Our daughter loves it too! - Yvonne x) All you cou;d ever need is supplied. Thank you!


June 2015

John & Julie, Barry & Jayne - Birmingham and Abergavenny

A lovely comfortable cottage in a beautiful location. We enjoyed seeing the squirrels nearby and gannets diving. Splendid local walks without moving the car and very convenient to have a shop and a restaurant so close! Above all - it's just wonderfully peaceful here!

May 2015

Nick & Jill - Dumfries and Galloway

What a great house! Loved everything. The island is amazing. Saw the seals at Kildonan, porpoise at North Sannox, red squirrels in the garden and lots of great walking. Had good meals next door at The Lighthouse, Catacol Hotel (there and back on the bus!), chinese in Brodick and cakes at Lochranza. Still plenty to do so we will need to come back! Thanks for a lovely holiday home. 

May 2015

Rosalind, John & Islay the Scottie dog - North Yorkshire

Wonderful cottage, warm, comfortable and everything you could possibly need! Catacol Hotel very dog friendly and good food. Thank you so much to Dianne (our fab caretaker! - Yvonne x) for the lovely biscuits and all her hardwork.

May 2015

Carla, Graham & Cookie - Derbyshire

Thank you for the loan of your lovely house. Very comfortabe - lovely peaceful spot. Enjoyed the hares and the red squirrels. Watched seals basking and 4 otters playing and feeding in the sea at Kildonan shore. Thanks! :) 


May 2015

Margaret & Stephen - North Yorkshire

You have turned this house into a lovely seaside home, well done! We have really enjoyed our time here, and exploring the island. It has been a fairly chilled out week. We have had good food at The Byre and The Lighthouse. Enjoyed watching the squirrels in the woods behind Sandford. The weather - snow, hail, rain then sunshine! 

April 2015

Sheena, Duncan, Cat & Dodger - Lanarkshire

Beautiful house in a lovely location.  Everything you can hope for. Had a wonderful holiday and saw lots, a photographers dream. Something to see in every part of Arran. 

April 2015

Dean & Alison - Leceistershire

We have been extremely fortunate with the weather, glorious sunshine every day which means we have seen the island at its best. What a lovely house! In a nice quiet location, very comfortable and a lot of thought and care put into what hoidaymakers need. Thank you Yvonne and Sam. Walking highlights include Glen Sannox, Coire Fhinion Lochan, Kings Cave, Machrie Stones and Glenashdale Falls. Food highlights include The Sandwich Shop at Lochranza and The Lighthouse on the doorstep who were kind enough to arrange take away fish and chips - highly recommended and you can take your own booze with no corkage. We saw red deer walking freely in Lochranza and red squirrels in the garden. A fab holiday in a great loacation with a splendid cottage, we look forward to a return, thanks again 

April 2015