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  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 18
    • 11 bedrooms
    • 4 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £2,275 - £2,275 per week
    • Security Deposit £750 (refundable)
    • Saturday changeover
    • 5:30 PM check in
    • 9:00 AM check out
    • 3 pets welcome (Pets go free)
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 4
    • Facilities

      • Freezer
      • Washing machine
      • Tumble dryer
      • Central heating
      • High chair
      • Wifi
      • Microwave
      • BBQ
      • DVD player
      • TV
      • Enclosed garden
    • Features

      • Wood burning stove
      • Four poster bed
      • Fishing


Only an hours drive from the Scottish Borders, this large family home is to be found in an idyllic setting, overlooking the rolling hills of the Glenkens

This period country home with westerly aspect, sits within the curtilage of an 800 acre estate surrounded by the romanticised undulating hills typical of the Scottish Borders & Southern Scotland.  On the estate, there is a loch and wild brown trout fishing available in season to residents.

Traditionally furnished with large reception rooms designed and built to entertain house parties, it remains very much in use by the family having been handed down over generations. Offering unfussy, comfortable accommodation for large groups of up to 17 guests; particularly three generational families. It boasts an enormous number of reception rooms including a grand hall with billiard table and enormous feature fireplace. All the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the first floor with a selection of doubles, twins and 5 single bedrooms.  

One recent guest described the house as 'spacious, peaceful with excellent amenities and full of character'.  So if you're looking to spend some quality time with friends or family in an historic home in the New Galloway area, this traditional Edwardian sporting lodge might be the perfect fit.

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • Reception Rooms
    The main reception rooms comprise the drawing room, the sitting room, the dining room and a large hall all of which are located at the front of the house and overlook the grounds and hills beyond.  The drawing room has an open fire, sofa, arm chairs and a library; and the less formal sitting room next door also has an open fire, sofa, arm chairs and a TV/DVD player.  At the heart of the house is an impressive large reception hall which is separated between a sitting area around an open fire with an upright piano and an area that houses a billiard table.  At the rear of the building is a playroom which is ideal for children, and a snug bar which is great fun for adults.

    Kitchen & Dining
    The dining room is a formal room with semi-wooden panelled walls, a bay window and dining table which seats up to 18 people.  The kitchen is a large room, which is in two distinct sections, being the kitchen at one end and a dining living space at the other. The U-shaped kitchen section with work-island is a modern refurbished kitchen which is ideal for catering for a house-party. With a traditional AGA alongside an electric cooker and oven, there is plenty of cooking capacity.

    The dining section of the kitchen has a table that can seat up to 10-12 people. There is a larder and utility room next door and additional storage at the back door.

  • The accommodation consists of 11 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms to accommodate a total of 18 guests. All bedrooms are on the first floor. 

    • 4 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 3 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom

    First Floor
    Bed 1| Super king size double with en-suite bathroom, with bath with hand held shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin
    Bed 2| Super king size double with wash hand basin
    Bed 3| Four poster double  with wash hand basin
    Bed 4| Single 
    Bed 5| Single 

    Shared bathroom for Bedrooms 2,3,4 & 5 = Bath with hand held shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bed 6| Twin and wash hand basin
    Bed 7| Twin and wash hand basin; door to wing section

    Shared bathroom for Bedrooms 6 & 7 = bath with hand held shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bed 8| Double 
    Bed 9| Single 
    Bed 10| Single 
    Room 11| Twin; bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.

    Shared bathroom for Bedrooms 8,9,10 and 11 = power shower, sink, w.c.

  • The holiday house is in a rural setting, with a housekeeper’s cottage opposite, a farm and a castle beyond, which is all accessed off the one kilometre long private road. With a large enclosed lawn to the front there is plenty of space available.

    Located 24 miles from Dumfries and 15 miles from Castle Douglas, there is a village store a few miles away, whilst Castle Douglas has a major supermarket. 

    Galloway Forest Park is nearby there is plenty to entertain in the way of activities, including walking, biking and horse riding. Loch Ken offers a range of water sport activities. For those looking for some sites of interest, there are Threave Castle and Cardoness Castle. Bladnoch Distillery is the nearest distillery.

    If you fancied a day's fishing why not contact the Gatehouse and Kirkcudbright Angling Association. They have fishing rights on Lochenbreck and Woodhall, which is roughly a half hours drive from the house.  The GKAA offer day tickets for fly fishing only (including dapping) at Loch Lockenbreck.  You will need to contact them in advance of your stay to check availability and arrange payment.  You will find their contact details on the Visit Kirkcudbright website.  


    Please ensure before requesting to book that your group conforms to whatever the current Scottish guidelines are in relation to multiple households getting together.  The owner will wish to know the make up of your group in terms of number of households, make up of each household (adults, children aged 11 and under, children aged 12 and over) and where each household will be travelling from.  The owner will not approve any hold or booking requests until he is receipt of this information.  For information on the latest Scottish Guidance please see our Covid-19 FAQ page. 

    Any over-occupancy above 17 people, with infants and children, will be subject to additional charges.

    A housekeeper comes in daily to attend to the fires and works on behalf of the house. 

    There is a basket for logs and a bucket of coal beside each fireplace, which will be full upon your arrival. Thehousekeeper will fill up the log baskets, clean out and re-lay the fireplaces once each day. If you require additional logs during your stay, we have provided an extra supply in the cupboard under the back stairs by the kitchen. Please understand this is your supply for the duration of your stay. If you require more logs or coal than what is supplied, it will be chargeable as follows: £5 per bucket of coal  and £75 to refill the cupboard under the stairs.

    If you're interested in booking this house for your wedding, please note bookings will only be accepted for small events up to the capacity of the house. Anything larger cannot be considered.

    WARNING: use of the property for all male or all female gatherings, stag parties, hen parties or the like is strictly forbidden and entry to the property will be refused. In the event such a party is discovered after entry has taken place, the owner reserves the absolute right to repossess the property. Such circumstances will be treated as a cancellation by the holiday-maker and no refund of any monies paid in respect of the booking will be made and the owner will not accept any liability to the holiday-maker as a result of this situation arising (including for example any costs or expenses incurred by the holiday-maker or members of the group due to not being able to occupy the property).

    Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property in strictly designated areas.  Guests are asked not to allow their pets to accompany them whilst using the drawing or dining rooms but they're welcome to accompany their owners when using the main reception room, sitting room and kitchen during the day.  Owners ask that dogs are put to bed in the designated room next to the kitchen at night, which has a door with direct access outside.  

    Please ensure you let us or the owner know you plan to bring a dog prior to your arrival as charges will apply and under some circumstances dogs may not be permitted. 

    There is a private water supply at this property, which is checked and approved on an annual basis by the local authority.

    Owner Caveat on booking weeks in 2021: If the Covid-19 situation were to continue into 2021, the owner may need to reduce all bookings to 6 nights to allow a buffer in between each booking.  Should this become a necessity, all guests will be informed immediately with as much notice as reasonably possible. A better understanding over what will and won't be necessary will become apparent from experience following this season's holidays. 

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Southern Scotland
Nearest shop
2 miles
Nearest supermarket
15 miles
Nearest pub
3 miles
Train Stations
Nearest Train Station
Dumfries 20 miles
Sanquhar 20 miles
Kirkconnel 21 miles


Located on a 850 acre private estate with great views
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The large reception hall is very welcoming
The snug area of the grand reception hall
Set up the balls and have a game of snooker
The drawing room enjoys great views out to the front
As well as the drawing room there is this less formal sitting room
There are always some board games available
The dining room is beautifully furnished
Perfect for dining and entertaining in authentic style
The kitchen also houses a dining area and living space
The kitchen is modern and well equipped
The old bar is always a popular haunt
Not forgetting the playroom of course
Room 1, the master bedroom is large and bright and has an en-suite
The en-suite bathroom to bedroom no 1
Room 2, has a front view overlooking the hills
Bedroom no 3 has a four poster bed
Bedroom no 6 is a lovely twin bedroom
Room 7, is a single bedroom with an impressive wooden bed
Bedroom no 8 is a double bedroom
One of the shared bathrooms
A selection of luxurious toiletries are provided
Relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility
There is no light pollution in this part of the world
A view from the house
A view of the shared driveway
Springtime in the woods
There are some great local walks
Looking across to the Glenkens
Cardoness Castle is worth a visit
Walking near the Solway Firth
A visit to Caerlaverock Castle could be on the cards
Taking the road out from Moffat to Selkirk


05 September 2020
Rated 5 out of 5

This is a huge comfy lovely old house with tonnes of original features such as its fireplaces, complete with modern facilities to holiday home from home. The beds are super comfy for a good night's sleep. The home is well placed to explore the local area and visit the local attractions. We had a great week, we windsurfed, walked, kayaked, laser tagged, grass sledged, made chocolate, golfed, snookered, trampolined, BBQd, dined out, dined in and relaxed in a backdrop of stunning natural beauty. Just what we needed.
The home owners and housekeeper were welcoming and super helpful providing information and ensuring we had the perfect stay.

Great communication and information.

14 February 2020
Rated 5 out of 5

We all had a fantastic time staying in this House, lovely big rooms, open fires, huge kitchen, plenty space to enjoy time together or go off and have some quiet time.

Glad to hear you had a great time.

Helpful, friendly staff, easy booking on line, easy payment options if required. Lovely property, comprehensive directions and guidelines. easy arrival and key hand over. made to feel very welcome and felt you were quite at home.

Thanks for your feedback and we're looking forward to helping you with your next booking

21 October 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

Excellent accommodation for a large family get together. Suited all ages from 2 year olds in the playroom to those who just wanted a wee hideaway for that after dinner snooze. Spacious and cosy house, excellently equipped. Drinks on the terrace and game of croquet, walks in the estate, game of snooker and peaceful setting to enjoy the scenery.

So pleased to hear you all had a good time. It goes without saying you'd be most welcome back!

The staff at Scotts Castles dealt with my queries in an efficient and friendly manner. I would recommend Scotts Castles with confidence.

Thanks so much.

06 October 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

I am very happy to give positive feedback on our recent holiday.I booked it for a family gathering and am pleased to say that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time. We lived like lords and ladies. The gardens and grounds were perfect for outdoor activities and there was plenty to entertain us in the house. Although the house is large and roomy it was not cold. As the organiser of the family gathering it was such a welcome relief to arrive at the house and just know it is was going to be perfect the minute I walked in the door.

We've used Scotts Castle Holidays more than once and the staff have always been very friendly and helpful, going the extra mile to answer questions and queries.

16 September 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

It feels very homely while being grand at the same time. Housekeeping staff were brilliant. We really liked being able to have a chat each day and ask any questions about the house and locality- it definitely added to the enjoyment of the place

The staff were brilliant

24 August 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

We returned to this lovely old house for the following reasons. It's in a delightful setting with easy access to a small fishing loch (not if the bull is running with the herd), woodland walk to waterfalls and a burn for skinny dipping. Our ages range from 4 to 80 and there was something or some place for everyone, inside and out. Special outdoor places for little people, ideal for creepy-uppy and good walks for the fit and healthy, otherwise a with-drawing room in which to withdraw and a lounge in which to lounge. Our pop-up ukulele band and choir, visitation by aliens and the arrival of Queen Elizabeth I went unremarked by the natives. Sitting on the terrace quaffing our daily G&T we were rewarded by ever changing views – an idyllic location – peaceful and scenic. The housekeeper and factor are discreet and very helpful.

If you require a happy family holiday home catering for a variety of tastes coupled with lots of fun and adventure this is the place. However, like all family homes, it has its quirkiness – which we thoroughly enjoy!

Excellent Service

15 July 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

This house was absolutely fantastic we would like to rent this property again in the future and the children didn't want to leave' so relaxing and gardens beautiful and snooker table was a big hit as we all enjoy this very much

Booking process was simple and staff were very helpful

08 June 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

We've been holidaying in Scotland for 30 consecutive years and without doubt this is the best property we have stayed in - spacious, peaceful/quiet, excellent amenities and full of character (not to mention the full size snooker table). We were a party of 11; the dining kitchen was of decent size for us all, as was the dining room, add 2 lounges/sitting rooms, large entrance hall & 11 bedrooms and you're set for an excellent holiday. The recent addition of a shower room was a great boost. All in all, excellent accommodation with a very helpful housekeeper who welcomed us on arrival, showed us around and was always available to help. The fact we had no rain (or midges) helped make our holiday, but I would recommend this place if you're a large party looking for special accommodation in the New Galloway area and don't mind having to use transport whenever you leave the property (it's the best part of a mile to the nearest road).

Excellent assistance from the bookings team. Very happy with the experience overall both the house and the team at Scotts Castle Holidays

20 May 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

We had a wonderful time staying here. The gardens and grounds are stunning and the house itself is full of character and charm. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped and the bedrooms are all beautifully decorated and have a lovely homely feel to them, despite the grandeur of the house

The bookings team were very helpful and I will definitely use them again.

19 June 2018
Rated 4 out of 5

A delightful house but now needs some fairly extensive repairs. This fact did not in any way detract from our enjoyment. It has first class facilities and very helpful caretaking staff in a cottage across the lane.

Clear instructions and details on the house. would use them again.

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