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Sleeps 18 adults Bedrooms 11 Bathrooms 4 Pets 3 Welcome Region Kirkcudbrightshire Town/village Castle Douglas
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Period Country House, near Castle Douglas (172)

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 period country home with westerly aspect, sits within the curtilage of an 800 acre estate surrounded by the romanticised undulating hills typical of the Scottish Borders & Southern Scotland.  On the estate, there is a loch and wild brown trout fishing available in season to residents.

Traditionally furnished with large reception rooms designed and built to entertain house parties, it remains very much in use by the family having been handed down over generations. Offering unfussy, comfortable accommodation for large groups of up to 17 guests; particularly three generational families. It boasts an enormous number of reception rooms including a grand hall with billiard table and enormous feature fireplace. All the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the first floor with a selection of doubles, twins and 5 single bedrooms.  

One recent guest described the house as 'spacious, peaceful with excellent amenities and full of character'.  So if you're looking to spend some quality time with friends or family in an historic home in the New Galloway area, this traditional Edwardian sporting lodge might be the perfect fit.

**Review submitted by a repeat guest | Aug 2019**

"We returned to this lovely old house for the following reasons. It's in a delightful setting with easy access to a small fishing loch (not if the bull is running with the herd), woodland walk to waterfalls and a burn for skinny dipping.  Our ages range from 4 to 80 and there was something or some place for everyone, inside and out. Special outdoor places for little people, ideal for creepy-uppy and good walks for the fit and healthy, otherwise a with-drawing room in which to withdraw and a lounge in which to lounge. Our pop-up ukulele band and choir, visitation by aliens and the arrival of Queen Elizabeth I went unremarked by the natives.  Sitting on the terrace quaffing our daily G&T we were rewarded by ever changing views – an idyllic location – peaceful and scenic.  The housekeeper and factor are discreet and very helpful.

If you require a happy family holiday home catering for a variety of tastes coupled with lots of fun and adventure this is the place. However, like all family homes,it has it’s quirkiness – which we thoroughly enjoy!"

Review submitted | Oct 2019

"I am very happy to give positive feedback on our recent holiday.I booked it for a family gathering and am pleased to say that everyone from the 2yr old to those of more senior years had a thoroughly enjoyable time. We lived like lords and ladies. The gardens and grounds were perfect for outdoor activities and there was plenty to entertain us in the house. Although the house is large and roomy it was not cold. As the organiser of the family gathering it was such a welcome relief to arrive at the house and just know it is was going to be perfect the minute I walked in the door."

The large reception hall is very welcomingThe snug area of the grand reception hallSet up the balls and have a game of snookerThe drawing room enjoys great views out to the frontAs well as the drawing room there is this less formal sitting roomThere are always some board games availableThe dining room is beautifully furnishedPerfect for dining and entertaining in authentic styleThe kitchen also houses a dining area and living spaceThe kitchen is modern and well equippedThe old bar is always a popular hauntNot forgetting the playroom of course

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 18 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
  • 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
  • EPC Rating = F
Room 1, the master bedroom is large and bright and has an en-suiteThe en-suite bathroom to bedroom no 1Room 2, has a front view overlooking the hills Bedroom no 3 has a four poster bedBedroom no 6 is a lovely twin bedroomRoom 7, is a single bedroom with an impressive wooden bedBedroom no 8 is a double bedroomOne of the shared bathroomsA selection of luxurious toiletries are provided

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 18

The accommodation consists of 11 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms to accommodate a total of 18 guests. All bedrooms are on the first floor. 

First Floor

Bed 1| Super king size double room, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with hand held shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin

Bed 2| Super king size double room with wash hand basin;

Bed 3| Four poster double room with wash hand basin

Bed 4| Single bedded room 

Bed 5| Single bedded room

Shared bathroom for Bedrooms 2,3,4 & 5 = Bath with hand held shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin

Bed 6| Twin with two single beds and wash hand basin; 

Bed 7| Twin room and wash hand basin; door to wing section;

Shared bathroom for Bedrooms 6 & 7 = bath with hand held shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin

Bed 8| Double bedded room

Bed 9| Single bedded room

Bed 10| Single bedded room

Room 11| Twin with two single beds; bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin.

Shared bathroom for Bedrooms 8,9,10 and 11 = power shower, sink, w.c.

  • 4 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Double Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 2 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 3 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
Relax and enjoy the peace and tranquilityLocated on a 850 acre private estate with great viewsThere is no light pollution in this part of the worldA view from the houseA view of the shared drivewaySpringtime in the woodsThere are some great local walksLooking across to the Glenkens

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.

If you fancied a day's fishing why not contact the Gatehouse and Kirkcudbright Angling Association. They have fishing rights on Lochenbreck and Woodhall, which is roughly a half hours drive from the house.  The GKAA offer day tickets for fly fishing only (including dapping) at Loch Lockenbreck.  You will need to contact them in advance of your stay to check availability and arrange payment.  You will find their contact details on the Visit Kirkcudbright website.  


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. 

Notes & Warnings

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

A housekeeper comes in daily to attend to the fires and works on behalf of the house.

If you're interested in booking this house for your wedding, please note bookings will only be accepted for small events up to the capacity of the house. Anything larger cannot be considered.


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).

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property in a strictly designated area between the back door and the kitchen.  Please ensure you let us or the owner know you plan to bring a dog prior to your arrival as charges will apply and under some circumstances dogs may not be permitted. 

Please be aware that the piano at the property is unused and not tuned on a regular basis, and is more a decorative item than a functional playing piano. Guests are welcome to play the piano, but for those wishing to arrange a musical event, then the provision of a professional keyboard may be more appropriate.

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

There is a basket for logs and a bucket of coal beside each fireplace, which will be full upon your arrival. tEH housekeeper will fill up the log baskets, clean out and re-lay the fireplaces once each day. If you require additional logs during your stay, we have provided an extra supply in the cupboard under the back stairs by the kitchen. Please understand this is your supply for the duration of your stay. If you require more logs or coal than what is supplied, it will be chargeable as follows: £5 per bucket of coal  and £75 to refill the cupboard under the stairs.

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 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
Cardoness Castle is worth a visitWalking near the Solway FirthA visit to Caerlaverock Castle could be on the cardsTaking the road out from Moffat to Selkirk


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