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Sleeps 9 adults Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 3 Pets Not accepted Region Kirkcudbrightshire Town/village Castle Douglas

Scottish Tower House, near Castle Douglas (309)

Step back in time in this seventeenth century tower house, where you can be lord (or lady) of all you survey in your very own Scottish castle for a week or weekend.

Built as a fortified Laird’s house, to an L-plan design, this impressive stand-alone seventeenth century tower house is located in a rolling countryside setting with outstanding views across the Glenkens. Particular castle-like features include the winding turnpike stairs, walls that are four foot thick and the large Inglenook fireplace in the first floor Great Hall. Over the door is a panel bearing the arms of MacLellan and Gordon, with the date of 1648, when the tower house was built. The annexe section was added at a later date.

On entering at ground floor level is the beautiful modernised kitchen with dining area, with under-floor heating, making this room the hub of the castle. On the first floor, there is the Great Hall, with inglenook fireplace and open fire, comfortable seating and a TV. The bedrooms and bathrooms can be found elsewhere, with one on the first floor of the annexe section, whilst the rest of the accommodation is located on the second and third floors of the castle section. There is parking available to the side and rear of the castle. Weddings are currently not allowed, except for groups of 9 who are using the castle on a normal booking basis. This is an ideal base to have a family holiday to discover Dumfries and Galloway area and be part of the history of this castle.

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The kitchen is modern and well equippedThere is a choice of cooking appliancesThe Great Hall is located on the first floor

Living Space

Reception rooms

The drawing room, with an Inglenook open fire and views to the front, is a large expansive room, with a selection of comfortable sofas and chairs. Located on the first floor, this room would have been the Great Hall and provides a large space for the group to relax in. With a wooden floor and  beamed low ceiling there is an authentic atmosphere of bygone times, whilst today’s modern needs are catered for with a TV and a broadband connection.

Kitchen / Dining

At ground level is the modernised kitchen and dining area, which has under-floor heating. In effect it is a traditional country kitchen with an AGA and an electric oven, grill and hob for the cooking requirements, with a microwave, large fridge freezer and dishwasher. There is a table which can seat up to 10 people comfortably, allowing for fine feasts or simple suppers in some style.

Beyond the covered rear porch in the annexe section, there is a utility area with a washing machine and tumble dryer available.

  • Aga
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Garden Furniture
  • Heating, Central
  • Heating, underfloor
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Views, stunning
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Castle, stunning
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Garden
En-suite bathroom to the Master bedroomThe shared shower room is located on the second floor

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 9

Accommodation is provided for a group of 9 adults in 5 bedrooms, with 1 bathroom and 2 shower rooms, as follows:

Annexe First Floor – room no 1, double bedroom, with king size double bed, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Castle Second Floor – room no 2, master bedroom, with king size double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin; room no 3, family bedroom, with bunk beds for 2 people; shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Castle Third Floor – room no 4, twin bedroom, with two single beds; room no 5, single bedroom, with a single bed.

  • 1 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Bunk Bedroom With Shared Bathroom
This Scottish Tower House is located in the South West of ScotlandThe Maclellan and Gordon crestsThe L-plan castle with the annexe to the foreThere are amazing views over the GlenkensThere is a shared driveway that takes you to the castleThere are ample grounds and estate to exploreThere is plenty to enjoy inside and outside the castleLooking out from the annexe The view from the gardenA view of the shared drivewayA wintry scene in the Glenkens

Grounds & Surrounds

The castle is located in a rural setting, near a farm and some additional houses, which are all accessed off the one kilometre long private road. Surrounded by grounds and some lawn, there is plenty of space available here and on the private estate. 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.

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, with an initial supply of logs available for the open fire.

Notes & Warnings

INTERNET ACCESS |Unlimited use, with best coverage available at ground floor level.

Please note that the castle walls are 4 foot thick and can cause difficulties in reception with Broadband and mobile phone usage. Mobile phone coverage is limited.

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

Whilst this property can supply a 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.

Weddings are currently not allowed, except for groups of 9 who are using the castle on a normal booking basis.

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 2 miles Nearest supermarket 15 miles Nearest pub 3.5 miles
Nearest Airport
Prestwick 39 miles
Nearest Train Station
Dumfries 24 miles
Cardoness Castle is worth a visitA visit to Caerlaverock Castle could be on the cardsWalking near the Solway FirthVisit the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall

Reviews

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16th February 2017 Excellent 

First class property a bit tired in places, but the experience was not diminished in any way. Actually thought that by putting double beds in and changing the dining table, the property accommodate 22 people.

Service rating : Many thanks for the feedback for our service, apologies the owners of this property were away themselves the week leading up to your stay but we’re glad we managed to catch up with them for you before the holiday to finalise the arrangements for a few extra ‘non-standard’ requests your party had raised.


Product : Thanks so much, glad to hear you rated the property as excellent and we hope you all have lots of great memories from the get together.

15th September 2016 Great 

Family reunion for 15 at Barscobe House, south west Scotland in August 2016. Very large house on a neat and well maintained estate. Wonderful space both inside and out. Great for our group with the large catering kitchen with two oven Aga and single oven electric cooker (no auto timer), loads of freezer and fridge storage and masses of cutlery, crockery and glasses. Two dishwashers, two washing machines, drying room and tumble drier all excellent.11 bedrooms so masses of space upstairs. Family home - feels like family have just left (actually true in our case) with all their family photos on display etc and interesting memorabilia around.4 bathrooms but only one has a wall mounted shower with screen - the rest have hand held shower attachments to taps and no screens.But loads of hot water. House is clearly heated by wood fires in winter season - not necessary in August but the lingering smell of smoke pervades the central hall and is on the fabrics - not easy for those with breathing issues as this is a house where the windows by and large (even in the toilets where there is no fan assisted ventilation) have been sealed up. We found 2 that would open. Some items of furniture are well worn in some cases with stuffing visible at the front of occasional chairs for example.In the light of our experience if we were ever to revisit we would take detailed dated photographic records of the state of all the furniture throughout the house on arrival and detail all concerns at this stage with the housekeeper to avoid a GHD wrangle subsequently. The furniture available on the outside patio area which would have been very useful in our week as it was really hot and sunny was frankly decrepit .Dog information indicates access to ground floor areas but in reality on arrival the 20 Rules of Barscobe that greet you on arrival at the kitchen entrance limit this to dogs only in the back scullery and kitchen/service corridor area. Great holiday much enjoyed by all the family; just about gets a "good" rating from us because of the location, estate and space and equipment aspects but we felt for the price needs attention in respect of some aspects of furnishing and plumbing provision.

Service rating : Many thanks for taking the time to submit a review for your stay at Barscobe House. So nice to hear you found our team helpful & efficient and that we were able to assist after the holiday to bring a satisfactory conclusion following your discussions with the owner of the house.


Product : Thanks so much for your additional comments which are very much appreciated and we are very glad to hear that your family had a wonderful time and hope you have lots of happy memories from the holiday.

9th September 2016 Excellent 

Barscobe house was superb and we had a great holiday . The owners were really obliging and helpful.

Service rating : Thanks so much, it was great to help with your holiday plans and we hope you have lots of happy memories from the get together. 

Product : Many thanks for the excellent feedback, we agree this is a beautiful house and the lovely owners are very welcoming and helpful.

9th June 2016 Excellent 

We had a wonderful time staying at Barscobe house. 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.

Service rating : Thank you so much for the lovely comments, glad we were able to help with your holiday plans for a memorable get together!

Product : Many thanks for your feedback and we are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic holiday, we bet you have many special memories to hold onto! It sounds like Barscobe House was just what you wanted and needed for such a special break.

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