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Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland’s south west is a hidden gem of tranquil countryside and uncrowded coastlines and has a natural beauty to match anywhere in the UK. It’s perfect for exploring the abundant beauty of one of Scotland’s most stunning locations where you’ll find open landscapes, fantastic heritage, wonderful food and drink and a wealth of activities and attractions.

The 300 square miles that make up the Galloway Forest are a magnet for walkers and mountain bikers and consist of not only miles of forest but also heather clad moors, tranquil valleys and some 250 lochs; the ideal place for outdoor pursuits and great wildlife. In fact Dumfries and Galloway has four National Nature Reserves where you can see a wide variety of bird life, wildflowers and nature in its natural environments. These are stunningly beautiful open landscapes that help preserve our precious and threatened wild places.

Head for the coast if you’re looking for quiet sandy beaches, here there are three National Scenic Locations extending from the Mull of Galloway towards Cumbria.

The region is steeped in history, for example Caerlaverock Castle’s often turbulent history is reflected in its architecture, with a twin towered gatehouse, moat and battlements, which once made it an imposing sight for invaders but now serves to make it a fantastic family-friendly visitor attraction, with nature trail, children’s adventure park and more.

Drumlanrig Castle is similarly impressive, offering late 17th century Renaissance architecture with the addition of 90,000 beautiful acres to explore in the surrounding area. If you fancy something a little more exotic then the Logan Botanic Garden is something of a warm weather oasis. Located on the south-western tip of Scotland, the region receives a Gulf Stream climate which allows the cultivation of many tropical and semi-tropical plants providing a fantastic day out for visitors.

If all that warm weather leaves you seeking refreshment get along to the intriguingly named Cream o'' Galloway, a fantastic ice cream visitor centre, which is sure to delight the kids. If you have a sweet tooth then you could also include a visit to The CocoaBean Company chocolate factory and visitor centre!

Strong cultural heritage includes its connections with Robert Burns and the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries. This award-winning attraction chronicles the poet’s life and is perfectly suited for an exploration of other attractions linked to one of Scotland’s favourite sons.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Dumfries and Galloway.

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  • Otter View

    Balminnoch near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30163
    This scenic area is Galloway at its best. With mile after mile of stunning scenery, wildlife galore, the beautiful lochs of Loch Ronald, Loch Heron and the Black Loch a mere stone’s throw from Otter View, this cosy retreat is a perfect excuse to explore this undiscovered corner. Situated within a holiday park, guests have access to a heated swimming pool (booked directly with holiday park), golf course, tennis court and communal lawned gardens. There are three lochs within the grounds and many activities are available to book, why not explore the surroundings on a mountain bike or on horseback, enjoy a spot of fishing or try something different with a bit of archery! There are plenty of activities to keep the whole group entertained. The Galloway and Ayrshire coasts are very accessible with the most magical seascapes looking towards Arran and Ailsa Craig. This area remains relatively unmarked by time. The roads are fringed with hedgerows, the beautiful beaches are surprisingly devoid of people and the Galloway Hills are every bit as challenging as some of their loftier neighbours in the north. There are outstanding gardens open to visit at Castle Kennedy, Logan Botanical Garden, and Glenwhan.
    Otter View can be booked with Osprey Nest (CC537186) to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Dining area.

    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared laundry room.Enclosed decked area and furniture. Shared lawned area. Parking (2 cars). Shared heated swimming pool (booked directly with holiday park) with shower and changing facilities. Shared tennis court. Books and games. No smoking. No children under 8 years. NB: 3 steps to shared lawn. 3 lochs in grounds, 165 yards.

  • Nith House

    Annan, Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SAU

    "Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland across the Firth . . . superb cottages in a spectacular setting . . .’’

    In three acres of glorious garden grounds, surrounded by lakes of water lilies, splendid trees, flowering shrubs and woodland drives, the splendid cottages at Kinmount Castle are only a few miles from the sandy shoreline, which sweeps westwards to yachting harbours and bird reserves. This meticulous, architect-designed conversion has transformed the Victorian servants’ wing of magnificent Kinmount House into a delightful courtyard cluster of eight holiday cottages, seven of which we feature here, which retain a wealth of original features and details, and possess tremendous atmosphere and charm, which makes it an ideal marquee wedding venue with ballroom included. They enjoy shared use of outstanding facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool, which has been sensitively incorporated into one side of the courtyard. Open daily all year round, the pool has full changing facilities, and its building also houses a sauna, sunbed, cardio gym and games room with pool table. The cottages themselves have been luxuriously appointed; the master bedrooms have four-poster beds, the kitchens are lavishly equipped and the utmost care has been taken over the choice of fabrics and furnishings. Alongside the gracious main house, they are set around the attractive courtyard with patio and barbecue areas – and an extensive grassed area offers plenty of space to relax. From the cottages, there is immediate access to the grounds where azaleas and rhododendrons are a pageant of colour in the summer. With lakes in front of the house, it is a fitting setting for properties of the finest quality, which boast views over shimmering waters to the Lakeland Hills across the Solway Firth.
    Kinmount Castle has access to exclusive salmon beats on the Rivers Annan and Nith including the famous Barjarg beat that boasts a salmon catch of 67 lb, in 1812, by well-known poacher, Jock Wallace, and confirmed by the Earl of the home. More up to date catches are now giving an average of 59 salmon and 160 sea trout in a a season along this two mile beat. One to one fishing tuition can also be arranged for novices. Prices at cost – dependant on the time of year.
    Just 2 miles from the cottages is Powfoot, created in the 1790s as a sea-bathing resort by one of the owners of Kinmount House. Set above a beach, it has an excellent golf course, one of several along this coast. About a mile further on, the river at the redstone town of Annan is famous for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, and there are pleasant walks along both banks. The town boasts a choice of restaurants and pubs, as well as a sports centre. At Ecclefechan (6 miles) Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace is to be found, containing a collection of relics and letters. Rammerscales (8 miles) is a Georgian house linked with Flora MacDonald. Along the coast at Caerlaverock (8 miles), 13,000 acres of salt-marsh and foreshore have been designated a National Nature Reserve; barnacle, pink-footed and greylag geese feeding on the saltings in Autumn and Winter make this one of the most notable bird sanctuaries in Britain. Overlooking the reserve from a wooded mound are the striking red sandstone ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, dating from the 13th century and besieged many times during the Border wars.
    In the parish church at Ruthwell, the Ruthwell cross is a most impressive example of 7th-century stone carving, inscribed with verses from The Dream of the Rood. Dumfries (13 miles) is renowned for its Burns museum, and has a fine golf course. Further west are quaint fishing villages and the rugged beauty of the Galloway Hills. The area offers opportunities for sailing, water sports and riding, and the nearby towns offer good shopping and a variety of inns and eating places. Shops 3 miles.

    Spacious, open-plan sitting/dining room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Well-equipped kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft pine four-poster bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity and gas central heating £15 per week

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD 
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • Shared grounds with furniture and picnic area
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool – open daily 9 am to 8 pm, all year round
    • Games room with pool table
    • Cardio gym
    • Coin-operated upright sunbed
    • Sauna
    • NB: Lakes in grounds

  • Bridgend Cottage East

    Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537191
    On a scenic road from Southerness to Dalbeattie through the quiet village of Caulkerbush, this semi-detached period property with traditional black/white frontage offers a fantastic quirky renovation as a holiday base. The cottage is situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country, and is ideal to explore local history, with castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins, or the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Carlisle, cosmopolitan Glasgow and the North Lake District are easily reachable.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and briefly comprises:
    Lounge: with multi-fuel burner, 32" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player and playstation.
    Dining room: with wood burner.
    Galley-style kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, freezer, washing machine and original features.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with Victorian four poster bed.
    Bedroom 2: with king size bed.
    Shower room: with heated towel rail and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Initial basket of logs provided for the wood burner and multi-fuel burner. One pet welcome. Welcome pack provided. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking for 2 cars. Please note there is a drop in the garden.

  • Bardristane Forge

    Nr. Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S66

    With fine, uninterrupted sea views from every room and located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this detached, traditional 1895 cottage was originally home to the local blacksmith. It has been furnished with comfort and style. Situated close to Gatehouse of Fleet and within 5 minutes’ drive of sandy beaches. At the edge of UK’s first Dark Sky Park for stargazing and sunsets and central to 7 stanes mountain biking centres. Within easy reach of Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas and with golf courses, castles, gardens and waterfalls, hill, forest and coastal walks, bird and wildlife-watching, fishing, sailing, horse-riding and tennis. Shop 5 miles.

    Living room, wood-burning stove and rugs on tiled floor. Garden/dining room, vaulted ceiling, wood-burning stove and rugs on quarry-tiled floor. Large fitted kitchen with stone tiled floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two steps up to double and twin bedrooms.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car); roadside parking (for 1 car)
    • Natural spring water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steps in garden

  • Valley View

    near Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537234
    Situated on a working farm, Valley View was originally the stables housing the working Clydesdales on the farm. Nestled in the Girthon Valley and surrounded by some of the best scenery in Galloway, with great walks, both woodland and coastal. Galloway has 200 miles of beautiful coastline, wild mountains and moorland, pretty towns and charming villages. The area also offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, be it visiting the local ice cream factory, Cream O’ Galloway at Sandgreen, CocoaBean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm or why not visit Laggan Outdoors, which has one of the longest zip wires in Europe. There are many exciting and beautiful cycle paths straight from your door or try the world famous 7Stanes challenge. There is an abundance of local lochs and rivers if fishing is preferred! There is something for everyone in this beautiful unspoilt corner of Scotland. The cottage is only a few minutes drive from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet which offers a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are many attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre and Cardoness Castle.

    Valley View can be booked together with The Stable (CC537233), Middle Byre (CC537236) and The Barn (CC537235) to accommodate up to 20 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 27" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in twin beds (for children).

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Ellenslea

    Carsphairn near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537063
    Ellenslea is a lovely cosy cottage with the most beautiful views of the Galloway Hills from virtually every window and so you can plan your day’s walking next to the wood burning stove!Carsphairn lies in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway and is situated on the tourist route from Gretna to Ayr. It is one of six villages that make up this stunning area known as Glenkens. The village also has its own Heritage Centre which is open seasonally and there you can discover all about the area.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With multi fuel stove, free view TV, DVD, video and stereo system
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine enjoying lovely views over the garden to open farmland and hills beyond.
    Bedroom 1: With small (4ft) double bed

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed boasting fabulous views of the Galloway Hills
    Bathroom: A spacious room with bath, separate shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels includedPatio and lawn with garden furniture. Storage for bicycles etc. On street parking.

  • Esk Apartment

    Annan, Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SAW

    "Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland across the Firth . . . superb cottages in a spectacular setting . . .’’

    In three acres of glorious garden grounds, surrounded by lakes of water lilies, splendid trees, flowering shrubs and woodland drives, the splendid cottages at Kinmount Castle are only a few miles from the sandy shoreline, which sweeps westwards to yachting harbours and bird reserves. This meticulous, architect-designed conversion has transformed the Victorian servants’ wing of magnificent Kinmount House into a delightful courtyard cluster of eight holiday cottages, seven of which we feature here, which retain a wealth of original features and details, and possess tremendous atmosphere and charm, which makes it an ideal marquee wedding venue with ballroom included. They enjoy shared use of outstanding facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool, which has been sensitively incorporated into one side of the courtyard. Open daily all year round, the pool has full changing facilities, and its building also houses a sauna, sunbed, cardio gym and games room with pool table. The cottages themselves have been luxuriously appointed; the master bedrooms have four-poster beds, the kitchens are lavishly equipped and the utmost care has been taken over the choice of fabrics and furnishings. Alongside the gracious main house, they are set around the attractive courtyard with patio and barbecue areas – and an extensive grassed area offers plenty of space to relax. From the cottages, there is immediate access to the grounds where azaleas and rhododendrons are a pageant of colour in the summer. With lakes in front of the house, it is a fitting setting for properties of the finest quality, which boast views over shimmering waters to the Lakeland Hills across the Solway Firth.
    Kinmount Castle has access to exclusive salmon beats on the Rivers Annan and Nith including the famous Barjarg beat that boasts a salmon catch of 67 lb, in 1812, by well-known poacher, Jock Wallace, and confirmed by the Earl of the home. More up to date catches are now giving an average of 59 salmon and 160 sea trout in a a season along this two mile beat. One to one fishing tuition can also be arranged for novices. Prices at cost – dependant on the time of year.
    Just 2 miles from the cottages is Powfoot, created in the 1790s as a sea-bathing resort by one of the owners of Kinmount House. Set above a beach, it has an excellent golf course, one of several along this coast. About a mile further on, the river at the redstone town of Annan is famous for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, and there are pleasant walks along both banks. The town boasts a choice of restaurants and pubs, as well as a sports centre. At Ecclefechan (6 miles) Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace is to be found, containing a collection of relics and letters. Rammerscales (8 miles) is a Georgian house linked with Flora MacDonald. Along the coast at Caerlaverock (8 miles), 13,000 acres of salt-marsh and foreshore have been designated a National Nature Reserve; barnacle, pink-footed and greylag geese feeding on the saltings in Autumn and Winter make this one of the most notable bird sanctuaries in Britain. Overlooking the reserve from a wooded mound are the striking red sandstone ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, dating from the 13th century and besieged many times during the Border wars.
    In the parish church at Ruthwell, the Ruthwell cross is a most impressive example of 7th-century stone carving, inscribed with verses from The Dream of the Rood. Dumfries (13 miles) is renowned for its Burns museum, and has a fine golf course. Further west are quaint fishing villages and the rugged beauty of the Galloway Hills. The area offers opportunities for sailing, water sports and riding, and the nearby towns offer good shopping and a variety of inns and eating places. Shops 3 miles.

    All on ground floor. 2 steps to spacious sitting room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. 2 steps to open-plan kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft pine four-poster bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity and gas central heating £15 per week

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD 
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • Shared grounds with furniture and picnic area
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool – open daily 9 am to 8 pm, all year round
    • Games room with pool table
    • Cardio gym
    • Coin-operated upright sunbed
    • Sauna
    • NB: Lakes in grounds

  • Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn A

    Port William

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27144

    Ideal touring base

    Situated in Port William with views over Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway, these spacious semi-detached holiday cottages (refs 27144 and 27145) have been renovated to a very good standard and maintain many original features. The gardens, complete with animal sculptures, have direct access to the beach. Fine sandy beaches can be found at Second Sands and to the south of Monreith. Rock pools on the beach are a haven for children searching for sea creatures. On adjacent land otters and badgers are no strangers. Minke whales, turtles, seabirds, porpoise, seals and dolphins have been seen in the Bay. Explore the beautiful Galloway Hills or the Solway coastline. Visit the distillery at Bladnoch, or explore Wigtown. Cycling, horse riding, golf, sailing and diving available in the area. NB: Cottages can be linked to sleep up to 11 guests. Shop and pub 55 yards, restaurant in village.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with patio doors, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room/kitchen. Oak floor throughout.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Private patio.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Burn and sea 25 yards.

  • Conheath Gatelodge

    Glencaple, Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SCB


    Peacefully set with panoramic views over countryside to the Nith Estuary, these detached, single-storey holiday cottages have their own garden and have been furnished and equipped to the STB’s ‘4 Star’ standard. Conheath Gatelodge is a traditional Georgian cottage with many original features, whilst Martha’s Shore Cottage was an original fisherman’s cottage dating back to 1700 - generations of Martha’s artistic family lived here and her father was the stone mason for the farm estate, and cut stone for the owner’s farmhouse. There are lovely riverside walks from the door with abundant birds and wildlife to spot. There are many quiet roads ideal for cycling, and excellent wildfowl salt-marshes surrounding Caerlaverock Castle, 3 miles away. Solway Firth is easily accessible. Dumfries, 3 miles, has good shopping, restaurants, cinema and sports facilities. Sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages, castles and nature reserves within easy reach. Shop/P.O. and good village pub ½ mile.

    Delightful and cosy Georgian lodge cottage. Hallway with step. Sitting room with open fire. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Washer/dryer

    • Open fire or wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Full oil central heating and electricity included (October-March £20per week)
    • Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Properties are close to the estuary

  • High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre

    Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 25984

    In a peaceful countryside setting these three traditional stone built holiday cottages, formerly a small croft, are situated only 1 mile from the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright, made up of beautifully painted houses of assorted architecture – including Georgian villas and Victorian town houses. Known as the artist’s town, there are numerous art galleries, antique shops, museums and cafés, the harbour and the impressive ruins of MacLellans Castle. There are many festivals including Scottish Nights, historic walks, a jazz festival, the Wickerman Festival and a spectacular tattoo festival. There are various walks available, from scenic coastal walks to marked forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT), historical sites and castles to explore. The Solway Coast has many extensive sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore, with many traditional fishing villages and harbour ports. Close to the Galloway Forest Park, and central to five of the 7 Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating (£15 per week, £10 per short break October-March).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer (in shared utility room). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Seaview

    Portpatrick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537183
    Boasting superb views across the North Channel towards the Irish coastline, this lovely light and airy property sits in an elevated position above Portpatrick, the jewel in Dumfries and Galloway’s crown!

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Living room: with Freeview TV/DVD, electric coal-effect fire and seaviews.
    Dining room: with sea views.
    Kitchen: with slate floors, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed, TV and sea views.
    Bedroom 2: with double bed and sea views.
    Bathroom: with bath, shower cubicle and WC.

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and stairgate available. Iron and ironing board available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack provided. One pet welcome by prior arrangement.Medium lawned garden with courtyard, furniture and BBQ. On street parking two cars. Lockable shed available for bikes and equipment. NB: 2 steps in garden.

  • Liddle Apartment

    Annan, Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SAX

    "Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland across the Firth . . . superb cottages in a spectacular setting . . .’’

    In three acres of glorious garden grounds, surrounded by lakes of water lilies, splendid trees, flowering shrubs and woodland drives, the splendid cottages at Kinmount Castle are only a few miles from the sandy shoreline, which sweeps westwards to yachting harbours and bird reserves. This meticulous, architect-designed conversion has transformed the Victorian servants’ wing of magnificent Kinmount House into a delightful courtyard cluster of eight holiday cottages, seven of which we feature here, which retain a wealth of original features and details, and possess tremendous atmosphere and charm, which makes it an ideal marquee wedding venue with ballroom included. They enjoy shared use of outstanding facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool, which has been sensitively incorporated into one side of the courtyard. Open daily all year round, the pool has full changing facilities, and its building also houses a sauna, sunbed, cardio gym and games room with pool table. The cottages themselves have been luxuriously appointed; the master bedrooms have four-poster beds, the kitchens are lavishly equipped and the utmost care has been taken over the choice of fabrics and furnishings. Alongside the gracious main house, they are set around the attractive courtyard with patio and barbecue areas – and an extensive grassed area offers plenty of space to relax. From the cottages, there is immediate access to the grounds where azaleas and rhododendrons are a pageant of colour in the summer. With lakes in front of the house, it is a fitting setting for properties of the finest quality, which boast views over shimmering waters to the Lakeland Hills across the Solway Firth.
    Kinmount Castle has access to exclusive salmon beats on the Rivers Annan and Nith including the famous Barjarg beat that boasts a salmon catch of 67 lb, in 1812, by well-known poacher, Jock Wallace, and confirmed by the Earl of the home. More up to date catches are now giving an average of 59 salmon and 160 sea trout in a a season along this two mile beat. One to one fishing tuition can also be arranged for novices. Prices at cost – dependant on the time of year.
    Just 2 miles from the cottages is Powfoot, created in the 1790s as a sea-bathing resort by one of the owners of Kinmount House. Set above a beach, it has an excellent golf course, one of several along this coast. About a mile further on, the river at the redstone town of Annan is famous for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, and there are pleasant walks along both banks. The town boasts a choice of restaurants and pubs, as well as a sports centre. At Ecclefechan (6 miles) Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace is to be found, containing a collection of relics and letters. Rammerscales (8 miles) is a Georgian house linked with Flora MacDonald. Along the coast at Caerlaverock (8 miles), 13,000 acres of salt-marsh and foreshore have been designated a National Nature Reserve; barnacle, pink-footed and greylag geese feeding on the saltings in Autumn and Winter make this one of the most notable bird sanctuaries in Britain. Overlooking the reserve from a wooded mound are the striking red sandstone ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, dating from the 13th century and besieged many times during the Border wars.
    In the parish church at Ruthwell, the Ruthwell cross is a most impressive example of 7th-century stone carving, inscribed with verses from The Dream of the Rood. Dumfries (13 miles) is renowned for its Burns museum, and has a fine golf course. Further west are quaint fishing villages and the rugged beauty of the Galloway Hills. The area offers opportunities for sailing, water sports and riding, and the nearby towns offer good shopping and a variety of inns and eating places. Shops 3 miles.

    All on first floor. Spacious sitting room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire and lovely views of lake. 2 steps to open-plan kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft pine four-poster bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity and gas central heating £15 per week

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD 
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • Shared grounds with furniture and picnic area
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool – open daily 9 am to 8 pm, all year round
    • Games room with pool table
    • Cardio gym
    • Coin-operated upright sunbed
    • Sauna
    • NB: Lakes in grounds