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.
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.
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).
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. Anyone visiting this part of Southern Scotland will be able to enjoy looking into the vast expanse of the Milky Way, standing where our ancestors once stood under a spectacular universe of galaxies and stars.
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)