When going away in the winter months there is always that worry that you will be travelling to an out of season ghost town. However, this was not the case on my recent trip to Birdcage Cottage.

In spite of their size, Kingsand and Cawsand villages are actually hives of activity so they’re perfect for winter adventure. With plenty of spots for those brave enough to take on cold water swimming, stunning coastal walks and friendly local pubs, once you are parked up there is no reason to leave.

The cottage is a real home from home. Whether you are visiting to explore the local area or want a cosy weekend by the fire, Birdcage cottage is the place to stay. Located on the road into the village you are just a few minutes’ walk from everything you could need.

For those of you who (like us) love to treat yourselves to good food and drink on your holiday, you need to pop into The Stores, Kingsand. Not only do they serve cakes, pastries and fresh coffee, they have a deli counter with an array of fabulous goodies. To top it off, they also sell wonderful homewares and gifts, so a real little treasure trove for anyone who stumbles upon it.


Of course, we had to try out the nearby pubs on our trip. The Halfway House Inn and The Rising Sun are both a short walk from the cottage and are worth a visit.

We decided to go to The Halfway House Inn for dinner on the Friday of our arrival, they had a big open fire going in the main bar area, which was a lovely welcome in from the cold. It’s a dog friendly pub, so it’s a get place to grab a drink and some good food with your furry friends.

After a Saturday morning of exploring and a stop for a drink and a natter with the landlord at The Rising Sun, we decided that an afternoon of watching the Six Nations in front of the fire was just what we needed. We took full advantage of the percolator and made a proper coffee, just so we could try out our new mugs bought from The Stores earlier that day. Coffee brewing, log burner fired up, rugby on the TV and homemade bread in the oven, we were set for the rest of the day.

We had a lovely few days staying at Birdcage Cottage. It really was the perfect winter break.

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