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Sleeps 12 adults Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 4 Pets 2 Welcome Region Kirkcudbrightshire Town/village Castle Douglas
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Elegant Georgian Rectory, near Castle Douglas (211)

Positioned in the heart of Southern Scotland this beautiful Georgian Rectory (or Scottish manse) serves as a wonderfully large holiday home for groups looking for self-catering family holidays in Scotland. Located on the edge of Galloway Forest Park, known affectionately as the ‘highlands of the lowlands’ it’s a fantastic spot to explore some of the most breathtaking scenery this region has to offer.

Originally the seat of a Presbyterian Minister, this elegant and beautifully presented country home has been sympathetically restored with period furniture, hosting features including original woodwork, fireplaces and ceiling cornicing.

Due to its remoteness, Galloway Forest Park has been awarded the status of Dark Sky Park in terms of stargazing potential. If you don't often get the chance to see a truly dark sky at night, you'll be in for a treat. 

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Living Space

Reception rooms

A light and spacious entrance hall with polished wood floors and wide balustrade staircase leading up to a wide first floor landing.  The main reception rooms lead off on either side; the drawing room is of good proportion and high ceiling with open fire and floor to ceiling sash windows overlooking well-tended lawns.  The second less formal reception room is a favourite with the children, with comfortable sofas and armchairs, a woodburner stove, games chest and Sky TV.  The three piece exotic prints in this room hint at the owners’ travels to far flung places and make a good conversation piece on travel and natural habitats in other countries.  The wood panelled study is a space for quiet reflection and offers desk space & comfortable leather chairs, ideal for getting started on that book you’d always said you’ll write. 

Kitchen / Dining

The kitchen is a large, airy space with a spotlessly clean electric companion aga with gas range perfectly suited to cooking for a group of twelve.  Shaker style cabinets provide plenty of storage space, there’s a Downton Abbey style double butler sink and the copper worktops are frankly a dream to prep food on. All in all this kitchen is a lovely space to prepare meals.  There’s an adjoining breakfast room with large farmhouse table and bench seats and a door leads directly out into the garden.  

  • Aga
  • BBQ
  • Cots, 2
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Garden Furniture
  • Garden, enclosed
  • High chair
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Stairgates
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV, Sky
  • Washing Machine
  • Central Heating, Oil fired
  • Parking, Private
  • Wifi
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Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12

All bedrooms are located on the first and second floors, in 6 double/twin bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Guests sleeping on the second floor double bedroom must be able-bodied and over the age of 16 years old due to the potential requirement that fire evacuation may be via rope ladder from the roof.

First Floor:
Bedroom 1: Double bed; shared bathroom with bedroom 2; bath and hand-held shower, w.c & wash hand basin
Bedroom 2: Double bed; shared bathroom with bedroom 1 with bath and hand-held shower, w.c & wash hand basin
Bedroom 3: Twin bed; shared bathroom with bedroom 4 with bath and hand-held shower, w.c & wash hand basin
Bedroom 4: Twin bed; shared bathroom with bedroom 3 with bath and hand-held shower, w.c & wash hand basin
Bedroom 5: Master bedroom with kingsize bed; en suite shower room, w.c & wash hand basin

Second Floor:
Bedroom 6: Large double bedroom. Shower room, w.c & wash hand basin

Accessibility Warning: Guests sleeping on the second floor double bedroom must be able-bodied and over the age of 16 years old due to the potential requirement that fire evacuation may be via rope ladder from the roof.

  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 King Sized Double Room With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Double Bedroom With Private Shower Room
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Grounds & Surrounds

This period home sits within a 20 acre curtilage of well-tended lawns, bordered by shrubs including rhododendron and camellia. A large walled kitchen garden with vegetable patches and espaliered fruit trees is a lovely sheltered position to sit and enjoy the hill views glimpsed beyond the top of the century’s old stone walls. Plenty of space for children and dogs to roam in comparative freedom and privacy.

Beyond the large lawned area at the front of the house is a river just beyond where the property has access to its own fishing beat for wild brown trout (a guide can be arranged so please enquire at the point of booking if you're interested). There is garden furniture, a BBQ and plenty of outside storage (by arrangement) for sporting groups of all kinds. There’s plenty of parking both front and rear of the house.

NEAREST VILLAGE
The small local village of Carsphain situated on the Galloway Tourist Route is within walking distance of the house. This small parish is home to the Carsphain Heritage Centre open daily across the summer. Visitors from around the world are helped with personal research into their family history and the exhibitions held at the centre are informative and interesting. Guests will be able to enjoy a leisurely drink in the local tea-room which has an attractive terrace overlooking the Galloway Hills and there are a host of walks and attractions nearby including the wonders of the Galloway Forest Park. There’s also a playground in the village which would be a real hit for visiting families with young children.

NEAREST TOWN

St John’s Town of Dalry is a 10 mile drive where guests will be able to find a few more amenities. The town has a post office, local shop, 24 hour garage and other useful services. Dalry comes from the Gaelic ‘meadow of the king’ and is reputed to have been on the pilgrim’s route between Edinburgh and Whitorn.
Castle Douglas and Ayr are both ½ hour by car and Ayr has a train station with regular services running to Glasgow. Day trips into Edinburgh and Glasgow can easily be accommodated (Glasgow is 1 and 1/4 hours by car and Edinburgh 2 hours).

FOOD SHOPPING
The nearest large supermarkets can be found in Ayr (Morrisons - 24 miles) or Castle Douglas (Tesco - 27 miles) and Tesco provide home delivery services if you wished to organise your food & drink deliveries in advance.


IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO NEARBY

The award winning Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is 10 miles away and would be well worth a visit, although they must be pre-booked due to the nature of the site. 

Galloway Activity Centre on Loch Ken

Riding and kayaking at nearby Craigengillan Estate

The Gem Rock Museum

The Village of Moniaive produces a variety of music and comedy festivals

Visit Threave Castle on the outskirts of Castle Douglas (on the Galloway Tourist Route)

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 6:00pm 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 central heating.  A starter pack of logs is supplied. Thereafter an unlimited supply of hard wood is available for £20 and by arrangement with the caretaker prior to arrival.

Notes & Warnings

Fishing

The house has a beat on the river for wild brown trout included in the rental. Please confirm your intentions to fish at the point of booking. 

Accessibility Warning

Guests sleeping on the second floor double bedroom must be able-bodied and over the age of 16 years old due to the potential requirement that fire evacuation may be via rope ladder from the roof.

Check In Time

Guest arrival time at this property is 6pm.

EPC Rating: E

LocationCastle Douglas

The 18th Century market town of Castle Douglas is located in Kirkcudbrightshire, in Dumfries and Galloway. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the town is a designated Food Town, with a large number of local businesses producing local food and drink. To the south of the town, Carlingwark Loch offers an attractive spot to picnic or stroll, and if you are after a bit of activity, boating and sailing is also available. Out to the west, dramatically positioned on an island on the River Dee, Threave Castle is worth a visit. A short walk takes you to the shore, and a bell summons the ferry to take you across to the island! Threave Gardens and Estate is also a beautiful stop, with some lovely garden features and trails to enjoy. The estate is a wildfowl reserve and Threave Wetlands are a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest. The town also offers an attractive 9 hole golf course. 

Kirkcudbrightshire

One of the former counties of Dumfries and Galloway, Kirkcudbrightshire stretches across the Solway coast from Dumfries to Creetown on the River Cree, and encompasses a vast range of the Galloway Forest Park to the north. Found on the Solway coast, Kirkcudbright is an attractive harbour town. Popular with artists, there are a great number of galleries to be found here. The magnificent ruins of the MacLellan Castle can be found near the harbour, the townhouse and former family home tell of a historical Scottish lifestyle within its walls. Nearby Broughton House, former home to a celebrated artist, displays an impressive collection of art and furniture, and has a fantastic Japanese Garden to explore. The town of Castle Douglas is a thriving market town. Here you will find plenty of local produce to sample. The nearby Calingwark Loch offers boating and sailing, and is a lovely spot for a fair weather picnic! To entertain the kids, take a trip to Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park, showcasing an extensive range of native and exotic animals within its 27 acres. For a bit of action, Dalbeattie Forest is home to a 7Stanes mountain biking route, and there are plenty of other opportunities for hiking, cycling and horse riding in this area.   

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 Kirkcudbrightshire Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 1 miles Nearest supermarket 10 miles Nearest pub 10 miles
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