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Sleeps 6 adults Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 Pets Not accepted Region Dumfriesshire Town/village Dumfries
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Closeburn Castle, Dumfries (208)

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 was designed for defence purposes; situated on a rise near a flooded plain, the walls are 10 feet thick and access was originally by ladder to a first floor door.

To this day the entrance 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! The addition of covered stairs now takes you up to this entrance point and you’ll be pleased to hear 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.

This is not a castle that has been modernised to luxury standard with some parts of the building more two star than five star, but what it lacks in modern comfort more than makes up for in history.

CASTLE TOURS
This castle is let predominantly for self-catering family holidays.  The income the owner generates from holiday letting helps to maintain the cost of running this historic monument. Castle tours generally take 2 hours during which time you’ll be given a full account of its history by the owner. Anyone booking a holiday through us in this historic home will be offered a complimentary tour during their stay. 

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 picturesUp the turnpike stairs

Living Space

Reception rooms

Ground Floor

Entrance is at ground level, which takes you up to the “entrance door” on the first floor.  It is also the level connected to the owners private part of the house, and a screen has been fixed to the wall to provide some privacy. The ground level provides access to the tower for guests. 

First Floor

The sitting room enjoys a high ceiling and arched windows giving it a striking appearance, though simply furnished. The focal point is the sandstone fireplace with electric fire, surrounded by comfortable sofas and chairs, and a TV with a DVD player. The room is full of Kirkpatrick family portraits and armorial and family heirlooms.

Kitchen / Dining

Next to the sitting room on the first floor is the dining room with a similar high ceiling and arched windows. Fireplaces are for decoration only and are no longer in use.  There is central heating 

On the same level, the kitchen is located at the head of the entrance stairs. It is a very small and modest galley kitchen, with electric cooker and microwave. Space is at a premium and there is only room in the kitchen for 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.

Most guests choose to eat out in Thornhill which is only 5 minute drive, as it has a small selection of cafes, restaurants, pubs and take-away establishments.

Infrared heaters have been installed in every room as well as thermodynamic panels for the hot water.

  • Cooker
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Galley kitchen
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
  • TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Mobile reception, available on limited networks
En-suite shower-room for the O'Donnell bedroomO'Donnell Bedroom, spacious twin room with en-suite Empress Eugenia twin bedroomKirkpatrick suite bathroom; bath and shower on the third floor

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 6

Accommodation is provided on the second floor for a group or family of 6 in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1 shower room, as follows:

Second Floor

Bedroom 1: 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 2: 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.

There is central heating in the corridor and both rooms have infrared panels that both work on thermostats maintained at 18 degrees celcisu but that can be adapted for comfort. 

Third floor

Bedroom 3: "Kirkpatrick's Suite" Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and lounge area.  

Please note there is no central heating on this floor but there are infra red panels in the rooms. 

  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Shower Room
 The sweeping drive takes you to the castle, with parking to the sideEn-suite bathroom for Empress Eugenie bedroomKeep an eye out for the neighbouring squirrels and wildlife around the grounds.

Grounds & Surrounds

Set within 20 acres there’s plenty of space to roam and play outside for children and dogs alike. These consist of mixed woodland and wild areas, where roe deer and red squirrels can be seen on a regular basis. There’s a designated parking area to the side of the castle allocated for guest use.

A house adjoins the main castle in which the owner resides and there is likely to be interaction between the owners and guests as the same gate and road are used.  

The guests have their own private  entrance to the castle through the middle door on the side of the tower. The cars need to be parked in front of the tower leaving plenty of space for the owners to access their private entrance at the back of the castle. 

Thornhill is the nearest village/town and has two small supermarkets (Spar and a Co-op) as well as a number of places to eat. The owner will provide guests with a guide on recommended places to eat in and around the area. The city of Dumfries is 14 miles away, where there are many more 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. It’s an ideal base to have a family holiday, discovering the best Dumfries

Conditions

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.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

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

A complimentary castle tour can also be provided if a date & time has been booked & agreed in advance with the owner 

Notes & Warnings

ARRIVAL
Please note that time of arrival is at the earlier time of 3.30pm, whilst time of departure remains at 10am.

COT & HIGHCHAIR
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.

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

WEDDINGS

Weddings are currently not allowed, except for groups of 6 or less who are using the castle on a normal booking basis.

CASTLE TOURS
This castle is let predominantly for self-catering family holidays.  The income the owner generates from holiday letting helps to maintain the cost of running this historic monument. Castle tours generally take 2 hours during which time you’ll be given a full account of its history by the owner.  Anyone booking a holiday through us in this historic home will be offered a complimentary tour during their stay. 

LocationDumfries

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.

Dumfriesshire

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
Caerlaverock Castle is just one of the other castles in the local areaGrey Mare's Tail is a trip into the countryPeter Pan.....in Dumfries

Reviews

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25th August 2018 Excellent 

Nice people, helpful and especial

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25th January 2018  

We had a wonderful stay at Closeburn Castle. We were made very welcome and pleasantly surprised with the facilities. A great property to explore steeped in family history with a fantastic host who showed us around, took us to the top of the castle and filled us in on questions we had about its past. A great base for exploing Dumfries which was comfortable and provided everything we needed for a self-contained stay. A unique experience we will always remember fondly!

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23rd January 2018 Excellent 

We had a wonderful stay at Closeburn Castle. We were made very welcome and pleasantly surprised with the facilities. A great property to explore steeped in family history with a fantastic host who showed us around, took us to the top of the castle and filled us in on questions we had about its past. A great base for exploing Dumfries which was comfortable and provided everything we needed for a self-contained stay. A unique experience we will always remember fondly!

Service rating : We're delighted to hear you found the booking process easy and would high recommend our service. Many thanks for your comments, it was a pleasure helping with your stay and making this as easy as possible for you.


Product : Wow, it sounds like you all had the best time at this historic castle, great to hear you had a warm welcome by the accommodating owners and enjoyed exploring the history and everything on offer here. We hope to be of help again, should you ever wish to return! 

16th July 2017 Bad 

Property was a little overpriced to just sleep there.

Service rating : Thank you for your feedback and notifying us about the dogs, we have contacted the owner about this to ensure all is ok for future guests. Great to hear you had an interesting stay at this unique property!


Product : Thank you for your comments. All rates are agreed with the owners and we do feel this is one of the best value-for-money options for a self catered, castle stay and it would be difficult to find an authentic castle to stay in for less. However many thanks for your feedback which is always reviewed and taken on board.

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