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Sleeps 8 adults
+ 1 children
Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Pets 2 Welcome Region Dumfriesshire Town/village Dumfries

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Closeburn Castle, Dumfries

With its thick walls, studded door and original iron yett, designed to keep marauders at bay, this is one of the most authentic castles you will ever stay in.

Reputed to be one of the oldest inhabited castles in Scotland, the lands were granted to the Kirkpatrick family back in 1232, with the likelihood that the ancient fortalice was built thereafter, though there are conflicting dates of 1180 and 1420, which could make it 12th century or 15th century. Everything about the building is for defence purposes, as it is situated on a rise near a flooded plain, the walls are 10 feet thick and access was by a ladder to a first floor door. On reaching this entrance door, to this day it is still protected by a studded door and iron yett (gate), so please don’t forget your key, as it will be difficult to gain access otherwise! Likewise the addition of covered stairs now takes you to this entrance point and a ladder is no longer required. This massive strong house has survived through the centuries relatively intact and remains with a branch of the Kirkpatrick family, on the Spanish side, whose ancestor married Napoleon III and become the last Empress of France. Links to Scottish royalty have been strong through the centuries starting with Alexander II, Robert the Bruce and Charles I. But it is not just royal links, as Scotland’s national bard, Robbie Burns, is known to have been a frequent visitor.

Entrance is at ground level, which takes you up to the “entrance door” on the first floor. At this level, there is a sitting room, dining room and a modest galley kitchen. On the two floors above you will find the bedrooms and bathrooms. Bear in mind this is not a castle that has been made-over to a luxury standard, and parts are more two star than five star, but what it lacks in modern comforts is more than made up with the history that surrounds you when you choose this as your self-catering castle. This is an ideal base to have a family holiday to discover the Dumfries and Galloway area and step back in time in a genuinely authentic castle.

The sitting room has a beautiful high ceiling and arched windowsThe traditional style dining room with seating for eightThe quirky galley kitchen is snug but adds to the charm of this authentic buildingThere is plenty to explore in this historic holiday homePacked with history, check out the studded door and turnpike stairsMore family history can be found within the pictures

Living Space

Reception rooms

The elegant sitting room is located on the first floor, and is a room with a high ceiling and arched window areas, giving it a striking appearance, though simply furnished. The focal point is the sandstone fireplace with electric fire, surrounded by the comfortable sofas and chairs, and a TV with a DVD player.  There is central heating on this floor only, and the fire is an additional source of heating, though the thick walls retain the heat. The room is full of Kirkpatrick family portraits and armorial and family heirlooms.

Kitchen / Dining

Next door to the sitting room on the first floor is the elegant dining room, with a similar high ceiling and arched windows as well. The dining table and chairs can seat up to 8 people in a traditional manner. There is central heating on this floor only, and the electric fire is an additional source of heating, though the thick walls retain the heat. On the same level, the kitchen is located at the head of the entrance stairs, and is a very modest galley kitchen, with an electric cooker. Space is at a premium and there is room for only one person at a time. There is also very limited storage for dry goods and fridge space, so careful planning for meals will be required on a day-to-day basis.

  • Cooker
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Galley kitchen
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Mobile reception, available on limited networks
O'Donnell bedroom, a spacious twin room with en-suiteEn-suite shower-room for the O'Donnell bedroomEmpress Eugenia bedroom, is comfortable traditional twin roomEn-suite bathroom for bedroom EugeniaKirkpatrick bedroom, following the traditional style and named after the family themselves!Shared bathroom, with bath and shower on the third floorColquhoun bedroom available for two guests, with adjoining shared bathroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 8 + 1

Accommodation is provided for a group of 8 adults and 1 child in 4 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

Second Floor - bedroom name O’Donnell, is a twin bedroom, with two single beds, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; bedroom name Empress Eugenia, is a twin bedroom, with two single beds, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin.

Third floor - bedroom name Kirkpatrick, is a twin bedroom, with two single beds, with joint shared access to the adjoining bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin; bedroom name Colquhoun, is a family bedroom, with three single beds, with joint shared access to the adjoining bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin. (Please note there is no central heating in all the bedrooms, but there is an electric fire, and the bathrooms have a form of heating).

  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Family Room With Three Single Beds With Shared Bathroom
 The sweeping drive takes you to the castle, with parking to the sideWith walls 10 feet thick, no wonder this tower is still standing...20 acres of grounds surround this castle, with Dumfries just 14 miles awayKeep an eye out for the neighbouring squirrels and wildlife around the grounds.

Grounds & Surrounds

Set within 20 acres of grounds, the castle adjoins to the house that the owner lives in, and they are in residence throughout. A designated parking area to the side of the castle is allocated for use, with access to the grounds. These consist of mixed woodland and wild areas, where roe deer and red squirrels can be seen on a regular basis. The city of Dumfries is 14 miles away, where there are many supermarkets, hotels and pubs. This area is perfect for walkers with the Southern Upland Way in the vicinity. Dumfries and Galloway is a beautiful part of Scotland and a trip to the fifth highest waterfall in the UK, Grey Mare’s Tail is essential. Castles to visit in this area include Threave Castle, Cardoness Castle and Drumlanrig Castle.


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity and heating are included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

Weddings are currently not allowed, except for groups of 8 or less who are using the castle on a normal booking basis.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting these items so these are put one out for you on arrival.

This property does not allow stag or hen groups, unless consulted with in advance.

A housekeeper may come in on a a daily basis to work on behalf of the house.


Dumfries is the main market town for this part of the world and houses everything from B&Q to MacDonalds. With a variety of supermarkets, retail shopping and garden centres, there is something for everyone. For those looking to soak up the local heritage, Dumfries is famed for its connections with Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns, and his home and museum are worth a look in. However, for a younger audience they may know Dumfries as the home-town of Calvin Harris, the DJ and musician. Dumfries also sees itself as the birthplace of Peter Pan, as JM Barrie was educated here, and there is a statue in the town indicating this. Geographically, this south west section of Scotland has a climate that experiences cool summers and mild winters, with less snow than the rest of Scotland. A moderate temperature throughout the year in fact.


The border county of Dumfriesshire offers a diversity of landscapes, from valley to summit, coast to forest, the range of scenes to explore would suit everyone. In the north of the county, near the historical spa town of Moffat, the Devils Beef Tub is a worth trip for hikers. The deep dramatic hollow, formed at the base of four hills is one of the two sources for the River Annan, which runs south through the county to join the Firth of Solway at the town of Annan. The Ae forest is one of the largest in Britain and is home to one of the 7Stane bike trails, a collection of 7 specially designed mountain biking centres dotted throughout the borders. For those looking to soak up the local heritage, the historical country town of Dumfries is famed for its connections with the bard Robert Burns, and his home and museum are worth a look in. On the English border is Gretna Green, the marriage capital of the UK, historically where young English couples eloped to marry, the town still witnesses thousands of marriages every year! The magnificent stately home at Drumlanrig Castle is a fantastic family day out, the house is an exemplary display of renaissance history, the beautiful garden and grounds must be explored, and the kids will be entertained for hours in the adventure playground. For something a little different for the kids, why not step back in time at Dino Park in Carrutherstown! 

Dumfries and Galloway

From shores to hills, Dumfries and Galloway is an area of magnificent landscapes, and natural beauty, and a paradise for walkers and cyclists, thanks to the rolling hills, and verdant forests. 200 miles of coastline offer beautiful beaches and seaside towns, and thanks to the Gulf Stream, a unique climate here, a perfect setting for a beach holiday. 

Southern Scotland

Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.   

Area Dumfriesshire Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 3 miles Nearest supermarket 14 miles Nearest pub 3 miles
Nearest Airport
Carlisle 49 miles
Prestwick 50 miles
Nearest Train Station
Dumfries 14 miles
There is much to see and do in Dumfries and GallowayCaerlaverock Castle is just one of the other castles in the local areaAny Disney fanatics will enjoy this one DumfriesGrey Mare's Nature reserve is a must visit, with the fifth highest waterfall in the UK - Grey Mares Tail


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