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Sleeps 9 adults Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 3 Pets 2 Welcome Region Kirkcudbrightshire Town/village Castle Douglas
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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 traditional country kitchen with dining area, 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.

The Great Hall is located on the first floorThe sitting room with open fire is a comfortable roomThe well equipped kitchen is on the ground floorAnother angle of the kitchenThe dining area of the kitchen is ideal for up to 10 people

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 a beautiful traditional country kitchen with dining area. The kitchen has 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
  • 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
  • EPC Rating = F
Room no 1, is a nice double room on the first floorThe stylish Master bedroom on the second floorAnother view of the Master double roomMaster bedroom with en-suiteFamily room, with bunk bed, great for children!The shared shower room is located on the second floorTwin bedroom on the third 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

Bedroom 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
Bedroom 2, master bedroom, with king size double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin;
Bedroom 3, with bunk beds;
Shared shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin.

Castle Third floor
Bedroom 4, twin bedroom, with two single beds;
Bedroom 5, single bedroom


  • 1 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Shower Room
 This Scottish Tower House is located in the South West of ScotlandThe Maclellan and Gordon crestsThere are amazing views over the GlenkensThere is a shared driveway that takes you to the castleThere is plenty to enjoy inside and outside the castleBeautiful views from the gardenLooking out from the annexe A 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.


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

Notes & Warnings

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.

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.

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor only of this property in a designated area in the kitchen.

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

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

The fireplaces in the Great Hall can be used. There is a basket for logs beside the fireplace which will be full upon your arrival. If you require more wood, the person to contact is in the Visitor Information Manual and the charge will be approximately £10 per basket.

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. 


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


Feefo is an independent feedback service used by Scotts Castle Holidays to give you an opportunity to see how other guests feel about this property.

7th June 2019 Excellent 

This house is perfect for our group when we make our annual visit, 14 people has been our largest group, we faced no challenges and enjoyed our stay immensely. It is a very cosy and comfortable house of generous size, exactly as the photos show. We would not hesitate to recommend it!

Service rating : Thanks for the feedback
Product : Pleased to hear you had another great time and we look forward to welcoming you back again next year.

18th March 2019 Excellent 

The property was well prepared and all in order, warm on arrival (and this was February). The castle is cleverly designed inside with comfortable cooking and eating, arrangements, the great hall made a super place for the family to relax together, and the bedrooms and bathrooms provided all wee expected and needed.

Service rating : Thanks for your feedback, we look forward to welcoming you back in the future
Product : Sounds like you had a great time at the castle, I'll make sure the owner receives your feedback.

29th July 2018 Great 

Lovely spacious old property, but had to do a bit of our own cleaning (eg the garden furniture was filthy, but we cleaned it up, and the barbecue was too dirty for us to use. (Obviously the owners didn't expect the weather in Scotland to be that good that we could sit outside soaking up the sun all day!) The housekeeper was very friendly and polite.

Service rating : So glad we were able to help. The bond is held for a full 7 days (although we are always happy to ask owners for an early return) unfortunately we have no control over the receiving banks processing time, apologies this took a little longer than usual.
Product : Thanks for leaving feedback, the housekeeper would have been happy to deal with these small items for you, but I'll pass the comments on so they can ensure they're not missed again. Look forward to welcoming you back to Scotts in the future

11th June 2018 Excellent 

A delightful house but now needs some fairly extensive repairs. This fact did not in any way detract from our enjoyment. It has first class facilities and very helpful caretaking staff in a cottage across the lane

Service rating : Thank you!

Product : The owners will be delighted to hear you enjoyed yourselves. Their caretakers really do bend over backwards to help guests which makes all the difference we find. They'll both appreciate your kind words which we'll be sure to pass on.

8th June 2018 Excellent 

We've been holidaying in Scotland for 30 consecutive years and without doubt Barscobe House is the best property we have stayed in - spacious, peaceful/quiet, excellent amenities and full of character (not to mention the full size snooker table). We were a party of 11; the dining kitchen was of decent size for us all, as was the dining room, add 2 lounges/sitting rooms, large entrance hall & 11 bedrooms and you're set for an excellent holiday. The recent addition of a shower room was a great boost. All in all, excellent accommodation with a very helpful housekeeper who welcomed us on arrival, showed us around and was always available to help. The fact we had no rain (or midges) helped make our holiday, but I would recommend Barscobe House if you're a large party looking for special accommodation in the New Galloway area and don't mind having to use transport whenever you leave the property (it's the best part of a mile to the nearest road).

Service rating : Thanks so much, we look forward to welcoming you back in Scotts
Product : Sounds like you had a super time, I've passed your comments onto the owner, who I'm sure will be glad you had such an enjoyable trip, until next time...

12th April 2018 Excellent 

Great house and website doesn't do it justice

Service rating : Always a pleasure helping customers with their holiday bookings, particularly returning guests! 
Product : Delighted you had a good holiday. I've taken on board your comments over more images showing the areas above the main lounge and other areas and will see if we can get more added to the website. Nice to hear you thought the bedrooms were all a great size and there was plenty of room with the two smaller lounges and main area downstairs for the whole group to enjoy without feeling you were on top of each other.  Hopefully we might welcome you back another time! 

10th January 2018 Excellent 

Amazing property with everything we needed

Service rating : Thanks so much for your review, we are delighted to hear you thought our service was excellent. We would be more than happy to help in the future should you be tempted back and look forward to hearing from you again.

Product : The owners will be delighted to hear these comments, it is wonderful to hear you found the Castle amazing and well equipped. If we can tempt you with a return visit, don’t forget to claim your loyalty discount next time. Thanks once again for you lovely review.

31st August 2017 Excellent 

Barscobe House was the perfect place for a family get-together. We had a great time exploring the area.

Service rating : Many thanks for your feedback, we're thrilled you found our service efficient and team courteous. We'd love to be of help again in the future, please don't hesitate to re contact us. 

Product : Thank you for your comments. So pleased to hear you had a great time at this wonderful country house. Sounds like it suited your celebratory trip perfectly! We hope to welcome you back again in the future... 

21st August 2017 Excellent 

Amazing house and grounds for a large family group, very well equipped and space to spread out and relax

Service rating : Thank you for your kind words in this review of our service.

Product : I’m glad to hear your family had a great time relaxing at this amazing house and its grounds. Thank you again for your review. We offer a loyalty discount if we can tempt you back in the future, T&C’s apply.

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.

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.

12th August 2015 Excellent 

This house was absolutely fantastic we would like to rent this property again in the future and the children didn't want to leave' so relaxing and gardens beautiful and snooker table was a big hit as we all enjoy this very much.

Service rating : Glad you found our service excellent and it sounds as though the housekeeper was always to hand if you needed anything, which is great!
Product : Thank you for your comments, we would be delighted to help again when you would like to re book, don't forget about your loyalty discount next time too! Sounds like you have some fabulous memories to take away with you and the property/grounds were enjoyed by all generations!

31st December 2014 Excellent 

Housekeeping was excellent we were very well looked after. Nice place will recommend it to friends.

Thank you for your excellent feedback. Since placing your booking, we have launched our new website which we hope you enjoy! We are also updating our photographs too, which is a work in progress.

So pleased to hear you all had a nice holiday, we hope we can be of help again in the future. Please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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