Blue Door, Broughton House

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  • Dumfries & Galloway
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Beamed ceilings and pale walls set off this cosy artists' retreat, which stands on the same cobbled wynd on which stained-glass artist E A Taylor and his wife, illustrator Jessie M King used to live. Kirkcudbright is known at 'The Artists Town' having hosted generations of painters, craftmakers and artisans, a culture still thriving today.
The cottage has its own private garden at the bottom of the close with views across the dolls-house rooftops of this distinctive picturesque town.
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by all major networks which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas. 
Accommodation details

  • 3 storey

  • Sleeps 6 - 2 twin, 1 double (with ensuite wash basin and WC)

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Wet room with WC

  • Bathroom with bath and shower

  • Gas central heating

  • EPC Rating: D66

Public transport accessible. Free parking is available on the street outside Greengate Close.
About Blue Door
The Blue Door is one of several cottages in historic Greengate Close and the cottages are still referred to by their original names, which relate to the colour of their doors, such as "Yellow Door", "Red Door" and "Blue Door".
Greengate House and these cottages were owned in the first half of the 20th century by Glasgow Girl artist Jessie M King and her husband, artist E A Taylor. Jessie M King would invite her woman artist friends and students to come and stay and use the Blue Door as lodging/studio space.
About Broughton House
At the heart of Kirkcudbright stand the peachy-pink walls of 18th-century Broughton House & Garden, a Trust property that was home to 'Glasgow Boys' artist E A Hornel, from 1901 to 1933. As well as Hornel's delicate Japanese-influenced paintings the museum houses a major Robert Burns collection.
About Kirkcudbright
Dorothy L Sayers once said, "In Kirkcudbright one either fishes or paints....". The Royal Burgh, established in 1455, lies on an estuary of the River Dee, making it as famous for its catches as for its art. Fresh fish is available Tuesday to Saturday from the Fresh Fish Shop just off the Harbour Square. Close by, Dhoon's sandy beach is a perfect place for children to paddle.
Things to do

  • Take a wander down the High Street to numbers 115 & 117, which have been called 'the closest approximation to a dolls' house you are ever likely to see in real life'.

  • Rockcliffe village is just over 20 miles away. Here you'll find swathes of pebbled coastlines, a bird sanctuary and the Mote of Mark, the ruined court of a Dark Ages chieftan.

  • A visit to nearby Threave estate will keep you busy for the whole day. This baronial house has its own sculpture garden and nature reserve, famous as a hotspot for spying bats.

Getting there
Kirkcudbright is located off the A711 and A755. Dumfries is 28 miles away and Castle Douglas 9 miles.
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Green Tourism Award

Green Tourism Award - Silver

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