Dumfries & Galloway

show paged results

Blue Door, Broughton House

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 7
  • 4
  • Dogs allowed
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. Read More >
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 7 - 2 twin, 1 double (with ensuite wash basin and WC), 1 single

  • 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.
< Hide

show full details & prices

Faldarroch Farm, Port William

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 5
  • 2
  • Not allowed
This small Victorian dairy farm dates back to a time when agriculture was undergoing nationwide changes in order to feed a growing population. A beautifully preserved farm cottage forms the centrepiece among outbuildings, a byre, steading and calf shed. Faldarroch is also now part of the Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Schemes and has a drying room for wet clothes and storage for bikes/outdoor boots and clothing. Read More >
The open-plan farm kitchen is warmed by an original working range, a Victorian iron four-poster bed lies at the centre of the master bedroom, and outdoors, as the land rolls down to the sea, wildlife such as red squirrels abound.
 
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!
 
Accommodation details

  • 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

  • Paddock


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.


< Hide

show full details & prices

Gate Lodge, Threave Estate

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 5
  • 3
  • Not allowed
This rosy 19th century sandstone lodge guards the entrance to the Threave Estate, with a perfect view onto Threave's famous gardens that bloom with daffodils in the spring. The Housekeeper to the Gordon family once lived here. Now it's a fantastic base for families to escape to a haven of wildlife and baronial splendour. Read More >
The lodge has views over the glassy surface of Carlingwark Loch, while an open fire and a garden (not enclosed) with patio furniture make it comfortable and cosy both inside and out.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 5 - 1 twin (first floor), 1 double (ground floor), 1 single (first floor)

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Separate dining room

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Additional WC with shower and wash basin

  • Oil-fired central heating/hot water

  • Large unenclosed garden

  • Parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E49

 
For larger groups, Millwheel and Granary Cottages can be booked, each sleeping 4.
 
About Threave Estate
Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
 
About the area
Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
 
Things to do

  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

 
Getting there
Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.
< Hide

show full details & prices

Granary Cottage, Threave Estate

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Granary Cottage forms one half of the old Kelton Mill, a 19th century water mill used to process corn during the years when the Solway area was a hub of industry. The old mill's character has been preserved with a broad open-plan feel, high-beamed ceilings and country-style furniture. Read More >
It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. After WWII, it became a farm store, and was later used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would have once powered the mill.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins

  • Sitting room

  • Large open-plan kitchen with dining area

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • Separate WC

  • Walled patio

  • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Car parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F35

 
We welcome families with children to Granary Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
 
For larger groups, Millwheel Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
 
About Threave Estate
Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
 
About the area
Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
 
Things to do

  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

 
Getting there
Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.
< Hide

show full details & prices

Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII. Read More >
It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)

  • Sitting room with dining area

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath

  • WC

  • Woodland area at rear of property

  • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available

  • Immersion water heating

  • Car parking available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: F27

 
We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.
 
For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.
 
About Threave Estate
Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.
 
About the area
Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.
 
Things to do

  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.

  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.

  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.

  
Getting there
Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas. < Hide

show full details & prices

Port Donnel Cottage, Rockcliffe

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
At the end of a small private road, this secluded bright white cottage looks out onto the winding water of the Urr estuary. The garden leads to a pebble beach. Read More >
It's no surprise that Port Donnel is one of our most popular holiday cottages. Rockcliffe village is part of the Trust's 109 acre nature reserve of coastline, fringed with wild flowers, sailing villages and a bird sanctuary.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 5 - 1 twin, 1 double (can be made twin on request), 1 single

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Dining room

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • WC with wash basin

  • Oil-fired central heating, also heats water

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: E50

  •  
    We regret to inform you that the fire at the property is no longer in use
 
About Rockcliffe
Rockcliffe forms part of the Trust's conservation area, a sweep of coastline that runs along the shores of the Solway Firth. Painted white villages such as Rockcliffe itself and Kippford line the seafront. Inland, the shore gives way to patches of ancient woodland and wildflower meadows. A network of trails weaves through the area, including the Jubilee Path between Rockcliffe and Kippford.
 
About the area
Colvend village is about a mile away where you'll find a post office, general store, farm shop and golf course as well as a new Tourist Information office. Seven miles further is the country town of Dalbeattie, once famous in the early 19th century for its mills and granite industry. As well as shops for stocking up there's also a museum featuring an exhibition on Titanic's First Officer Murdoch, a local from the town.
 
Things to do

  • Pay a visit to Kirkcudbright, the 'artists' town', a short drive away. Visit the rose-pink 18th century Broughton House, once home to Glasgow Boys artist E A Hornel, and stock up on fresh fish for tea.

  • Rough Island, a bird sanctuary also owned by the Trust, can be reached on foot at low tide. There you'll see oystercatchers and ringed plovers - but please leave dogs behind!

  • Tee off on one of the area's 30 golf courses. Portpatrick's 9-hole course is close to the ruined Dunskey Castle which juts on a promontory out to sea.

 
Getting there
Rockcliffe is 7 miles S of Dalbeattie, off the A710. < Hide

show full details & prices

The Pend, Whithorn

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
History is built into the walls of this 16th-century lime-washed gatehouse to the Priory at Whithorn. A magnificent dark wood four-poster bed rests at the centre of its master bedroom, 17th-century windows open out onto the street, and a smoking peat fire warms the lounge. Read More >
The Priory next door once housed the relics of St Ninian, a local missionary, bishop and mystic healer who died around 431AD. Medieval Kings and Queens travelled to Whithorn to pray at his bones, seeking either cures or salvation.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin with 6ft box beds

  • Large sitting/dining room with working fireplace (bag of fuel provided)

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower attachment

  • Family room

  • Small paved courtyard with garden furniture and barbeque

  • Under-floor oil-fired central heating

  • Internet access in adjacent Visitor Centre

  • Off-road parking is available

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: E39

 
The Pend has some doorways below standard height. The master bedroom's 17th-century windows open directly on to the street below and may not be suitable for young children.
 
...Our guests said...
"A few quiet days in the Shire over Half Term. By and large we retraced our steps from ( many ) previous visits : trying to spot all of the crosses in St Ninian's Cave; enjoying the snowdrops in the woods at Galloway House; book browsing in Wigtown, and watching wildflowl at the hide by the harbour... As always the local produce is so good that we hardly had anything that was not sourced with D&G" (Mr. Welfare,Director of English Heritage, York)
"A wonderful and special place for our holiday. We've never been to the area before, and your welcome and the beauty of this cottage were a gift to us...And peat fires every night" (Mr. and Mrs. Chapman, Pittsburgh, PA )
"The Pend is just fabulous, every conceivable thing is here ( including a beautiful Christmas tree and festive table decorations) all carefully thought about." ( McNaught Family, Edinburgh)
 
About Whithorn
The Pend lies at the heart of the Outstanding Conservation Area of Whithorn, one of Scotland's oldest settlements and once the seat of Celtic Christianity.
 
Visiting Whithorn Priory you will join a long line of Royal pilgrims, from Edward II of England through to Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. 15th century pilgrims from Europe were required to obtain a badge from the priory as proof of their visit - the precursor to today's passports. The ruins of the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and its adjacent crypts are only an echo of the grand structure that would once have stood.
 
Whithorn is famed for its outstanding local produce and is at most three miles in any direction from the sea. At nearby Garlieston the shallow sandy beach is very suitable for toddlers and young children, since there is no deep water.
 
About the area
Whithorn lies at the south end of the Machars, or 'plains of Galloway', a peninsula surrounded by sea on three sides and, rich dairy farm country on the fourth.
 
Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the surrounding countryside is an archaeological treasure trove. Ten miles away, Wigtown, Scotland's new Book Town, is home to a variety of bookshops and hosts a literary festival in September, as well as fairs and regular markets.
 
Things to do

  • Pull on your hiking boots and head to the Southern Uplands, half an hour's drive away, for some challenging hill walking.

  • 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.

  • Rock and harbour fishing, golf and off-road driving for the adventurous are available nearby.

 
Getting there
To reach Whithorn, turn south at the Newton Stewart roundabout on the A714 following signs to Whithorn.
< Hide

show full details & prices

The Precinct House, Whithorn

Offer available
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 3
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Two centuries younger than its next door neighbour The Pend, Precinct House echoes back to a time when Whithorn's medieval streets were being refashioned in the Scottish Georgian vernacular style. The house is made up of two buildings joined together by a glass atrium, perfect for sunny indoor dining. Read More >
The name refers to an early monastic precinct, which was divided up to make the gardens of later houses. Period fire grates, Georgian furniture and a magnificent four-poster bed create a faithful reconstruction of the house as it originally stood.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey
  • Sleeps 3 - 1 double, 1 small single with compact box bed
  • Sitting room
  • Glass-roofed dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Shower room
  • Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture and barbeque
  • Free wifi (telephone calls up to one hour also free)
  • Under floor oil-fired central heating
  • Open fire - 1 bag of fuel provided
  • Parking available on the front street
  • Public transport accessible
  • EPC Rating: E40

 
About Whithorn
The Precinct House lies at the heart of the Outstanding Conservation Area of Whithorn, one of Scotland's oldest settlements and once the seat of Celtic Christianity.
 
Visiting Whithorn Priory you will join a long line of Royal pilgrims, from Edward II of England through to Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. 15th century pilgrims from Europe were required to obtain a badge from the priory as proof of their visit - the precursor to today's passports. The ruins of the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and its adjacent crypts are only an echo of the grand structure that would once have stood.
 
Whithorn is famed for its outstanding local produce and is at most three miles in any direction from the sea. At nearby Garlieston the shallow sandy beach is very suitable for toddlers and young children, since there is no deep water.
 
About the area
Whithorn lies at the south end of the Machars, or 'plains of Galloway', a peninsula surrounded by sea on three sides and, rich dairy farm country on the fourth.
 
Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the surrounding countryside is an archaeological treasure trove. Ten miles away, Wigtown, Scotland's new Book Town, is home to a variety of bookshops and hosts a literary festival in September, as well as fairs and regular markets.
 
Things to do

  • Pull on your hiking boots and head to the Southern Uplands, half an hour's drive away, for some challenging hill walking.
  • 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.
  • Rock and harbour fishing, golf and off-road driving for the adventurous are available nearby.
 
Getting there
To reach Whithorn, turn south at the Newton Stewart roundabout on the A714 following signs to Whithorn. < Hide

show full details & prices

show paged results