In the paddock, beyond the walled garden, there is newly excavated wildlife pond, with a burn tumbling in and out, which you can cross using the two wooden bridges. Planting of this area is a long term project, but water-loving plants and trees are gradually being introduced to populate the banks and brown trout will make an appearance as the vegetation grows up. Local birds, including herons, wagtails and swallows are already making use of the pond. Sit on one of the handy boulders on the banks in summer and watch the dragonflies!
- Sleeps 4/5 - 1 double, 1 twin (family room) with box beds, 1 single
- Open-plan farm kitchen with sitting area, range and wood-burning stove
- Eco-friendly insulation and heating
- Wood-pellet boiler
- Solar electricity
- Bathroom with roll-top bath and shower over
- Family room
- Stove in master bedroom
- Barn for storing bicycles and outdoor clothing
About the area
Two miles away the fishing village of Port William wraps round the coast of Luce Bay, looking across to the Mull of Galloway. It's thought that a Christian settlement was founded in the area not long after St Ninian came to Scotland, however in the 17th and 18th centuries it became better known as a hotbed of smuggling. Safe beaches, glorious sunsets, and rare wildlife make this part of The Machars coast a blissful holiday haven.
Things to do
- The Galloway Forest Park is home to the UK's first Dark-Sky Park, a hotspot for stargazing, due to its pitch black unpolluted skies.
- Whithorn is less than half an hour's drive away. Join Robert the Bruce, King James IV, Mary Queen of Scots and a long line of Royal visitors who travelled to the now-ruined 12th century monastery that once housed the relics of St Ninian.
- Stand at Scotland's southernmost tip at Mull of Galloway, looking across the sea to Ireland and the Isle of Man. After Easter 2013 you'll be able to climb the lighthouse tower, built by Robert Louis Stevenson's grandfather. Keep an eye out for seabirds; the area is part of an RSPB reserve.