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Sleeps 17 adults Bedrooms 11 Bathrooms 4 Pets 3 Welcome Region Kirkcudbrightshire Town/village Castle Douglas

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Barscobe House, near Castle Douglas

Only an hours drive from the Scottish Borders, this large family home is to be found in an idyllic setting, overlooking the rolling hills of the Glenkens..

This large family home, with a westerly aspect, has its own enclosed garden and is the focal point on the 800 acre private estate in a secluded country setting of farmland and rolling hills. Furnished in a traditional country house style as a family home, the property offers comfortable accommodation for a group of up to 17 guests. With a large reception hall with billiard table, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, play room, snug bar and a country style kitchen with breakfasting area, there is plenty of room for everyone. All the bedrooms and bathrooms are to be found on the first floor and are a selection of double, twins and 5 single bedrooms.

A housekeeper comes in daily to attend to the fires and works on behalf of the house. On the private estate, there is a loch and wild brown trout fishing is available in season to residents. Please note that weddings can only be for the capacity of the house’s accommodation. This is an ideal holiday house, with an old fashioned Edwardian air, for family holidays as well as those with an interest in a selection of activities in the area. Please note the returnable good housekeeping deposit is £750.

Barscobe House near Castle Douglas, self catering holidays in ScotlandThere is a full size billiard table in the reception hallThe snug area of the grand reception hallThere is room for even the largest group to spread out in this large holiday house in ScotlandSink back into a comfy armchair in front of the open fire As well as the hall and drawing room there is this less formal sitting roomThe dining room can seat 6 to 14 people in formal styleThe kitchen has a dining and living space at one endThe refurbished kitchen is modern and ideal for catering for a house-partyAt the rear of the house is a play room well stocked with toysEspecially for grown ups! The snug comes complete with open fire, bar and dart board

Living Space

Reception rooms

The main reception rooms comprise the drawing room, the sitting room, the dining room and a large hall all of which are located at the front of the house and overlook the grounds and hills beyond. The drawing room has an open fire, sofa, arm chairs and a library; and the less formal sitting room next door also has an open fire, sofa, arm chairs and a TV/DVD player. At the heart of the house is an impressive large reception hall which is separated between a sitting area around an open fire with an upright piano and an area that houses a billiard table. At the rear of the building is a playroom which is ideal for children, and a snug bar which is great fun for adults.

Kitchen / Dining

The dining room is a formal room with semi-wooden panelled walls, a bay window and dining table which seats up to 17 people. The kitchen is a large room, which is in two distinct sections, being the kitchen at one end and a dining living space at the other. The U-shaped kitchen section with work-island is a modern refurbished kitchen which is ideal for catering for a house-party. With a traditional AGA alongside an electric cooker and oven, there is plenty of cooking capacity. The dining section of the kitchen has a table that can seat up to 10-12 people. There is a larder and utility room next door and additional storage at the back door.

  • Aga
  • BBQ
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Board Games
  • Croquet Set
  • Dishwasher, 2
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Freezer
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Garden, enclosed
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Lift
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Oven, double, hob, electric
  • Piano, Upright
  • Playroom
  • Shooting, Game, local
  • Snooker Room
  • Telephone, Honesty System
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Views, stunning
  • Walking, woodland
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
  • Wooded area
  • Well equipped kitchen
Room 1, the master bedroom is large and bright and has an en-suiteRoom 2, has a front view overlooking the hills Room 3, is a four poster double bedroomOne of the three shared bathrooms in the houseRoom 6, is a twin-bedded roomRoom 7, is a single bedroom with an impressive wooden bedRoom 8, is a lovely double bedroom

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 17

First floor – Room 1, master bedroom, with super king size double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; Room 2, double room, with super king size double bed with wash hand basin; bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; Room 3, double room with four poster double bed with wash hand basin; Room 4, single room with single bed; Room 5, single room with single bed; Room 6, twin room with two single beds and wash hand basin; bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; Room 7, single room, with single bed and wash hand basin; door to wing section; Room 8, double room with double bed; Room 9, single room with single bed; Room 10, single room with single bed; Room 11,  twin room with two single beds; bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.

  • 5 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
 This large holiday home is located on a 850 acre private estate in Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandThe front of the house offers a pleasant garden and great views across to the hillsA view from the houseA view over the loch

Grounds & Surrounds

The holiday house is in a rural setting, with a housekeeper’s cottage opposite, a farm and a castle beyond, which is all accessed off the one kilometre long private road. With a large enclosed lawn to the front there is plenty of space available. 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.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 3 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, with initial supply of logs included within the rental. (Please note additional towels for use as beach towels for water activities on Loch Ken are not provided).

Whilst this property can supply a highchair, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival. Please note that a lift can be made available to any elderly or infirm guests on request, but otherwise this is not available.

Notes & Warnings

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property in a strictly designated area between the back door and the kitchen.

Any over-occupancy above 17 people, with infants and children, will be subject to additional charges. 

WARNING: use of the property for all male or all female gatherings, stag parties, hen parties or the like is strictly forbidden and entry to the property will be refused. In the event such a party is discovered after entry has taken place, the owner reserves the absolute right to repossess the property. Such circumstances will be treated as a cancellation by the holiday-maker and no refund of any monies paid in respect of the booking will be made and the owner will not accept any liability to the holiday-maker as a result of this situation arising (including for example any costs or expenses incurred by the holiday-maker or members of the group due to not being able to occupy the property).

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 Private Estate Nearest shop 2 miles Nearest supermarket 15 miles Nearest pub 3 miles
Nearest Airport
Prestwick 39 miles
Glasgow 69 miles
Nearest Train Station
Dumfries 24 miles
The loch in the hillsHoliday house in Scotland located in beautiful landscapesAny Disney fanatics will enjoy this one ...There is much to see and do in The Scottish Borders

Reviews

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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.

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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