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Dumfries and Galloway

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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  • Arden Cottage

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 24785

    This spacious terraced holiday cottage is situated in a picturesque quiet conservation village on the most southerly tip of the Machars Peninsula, 500 yards from the bay and harbour, where swans and herons are regular visitors. Golf, riding, walking and cycling available locally, along with sea fishing and fishing trips from the harbour. Garlieston House, gardens and beach, St Ninian’s Cave and Wigtown are nearby. Visit the Bladnoch Whisky Distillery, Castle Kennedy, Port Patrick and Logan Botanic Gardens, plus the beautiful Galloway Park is within easy reach. Shop 50 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Separate toilet. Additional Z-bed available (for alternative sleeping)

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Edenville

    Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: CC537249
    Enjoying stunning views over Fleet Bay, Edenville is a detached holiday cottage which lies just a short stroll away from a choice of sandy beaches. The panoramic coastal views are simply stunning; Mossyard is amongst one of the most beautiful spots in south west Scotland. Set on a working farm with the beach as the playground, what could be better?
    The charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet is a short drive away and offers a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are many attractions in and around the immediate area including the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, host to one of Europe’s longest zip wires, the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre, Cardoness Castle, Cream of Galloway Activity Centre, to name but a few. The area has numerous walks available from scenic coastal walks to 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 National Trust’s Threave Gardens.
    Close to the Galloway Forest Park and central to five of the 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trails, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Only a short drive away, Kirkcudbright is known as “the artists’ town”, and attracts visitors throughout the year who are drawn in by the harbour, the historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance with alternative ramp access available, is then all on the ground floor, has biomass central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom 1: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels inc. Fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot. Highchair. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times when on the farm. Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: Seafront location.

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  • Cairndoon Steading

    Whithorn near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: CC537155
    Cairndoon Steading is a lovely attached steading and gives the perfect excuse for a relaxing holiday in this secret little corner of Scotland which soon becomes addictive! Almost every window in the steading offers a  living gallery capturing the Galloway Hills, the sea and open countryside. From a stunning coastline peppered with some lovely beaches away from the madding crowd to the patch work countryside criss crossed by dry stone walls. Galloway has been relatively untouched for many decades and this adds to the charm of the area. Cairndoon Steading has been beautifully restored from its lowly beginnings and is now a most charming home from home with every detail enhancing your stay from the oak lintels and original exterior stonework to open plan living space and luxurious and spacious bathrooms. The accommodation is conveniently accessible to those with disabilities. It provides a superb base for cyclists and hikers and those wishing to explore the area, with many activities and seriously good food on offer here.

    Ground Floor: This lovely steading is on two floors, heated by oil fed under floor heating on the ground floor, oil fed radiators in the first floor bedrooms and electric under floor heating in the first floor en suite facilities and comprises;
    Open plan Sitting/Dining and Kitchen: This light and spacious room has lovely views from every window. Bi-fold patio doors lead directly onto the garden for al fresco dining or just drinking in the amazing sunsets here. TV with free sat. Single span modular staircase with child friendly safety bars in-built leads to the first floor.
    Kitchen: With electric fan assisted oven, solid plate electric hob, fridge with ice box and microwave
    Utility Room; With washing machine and dishwasher
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds and lovely views over the garden and countryside and sea beyond
    Shower Room; With spacious shower enclosure, WC and wash basin. Heated towel rail and shaver point.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed with lovely sea and rural views. En suite spacious shower enclosure, WC and wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views across rolling farmland towards the sea. En suite with spacious shower enclosure, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Large garden area with patio. Disabled access. Off road parking for 3 cars. Internet access available.

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  • Glen View

    Dunscore, nr. Dumfries

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UYW


    Peacefully situated within Dunscore Glen, this detached holiday property, furnished and equipped to an excellent standard, offers panoramic views over open countryside. Nestling in the heart of the Dumfriesshire countryside, there is extensive walking throughout the shared 300-acre grounds and the opportunity to watch deer, birds of prey and owls in their natural surroundings. Local attractions include Drumlanrig Castle, the home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and has a superb art collection, beautiful gardens and extensive country park. Nearby is Thornhill with shops, hotels and an 18-hole golf course, Mabie Farm Park with quad bikes, trampolines and astro turf slides. Dumfries, dating back 800 years, has connections with the poet Robert Burns, and activities include Camera Obscura, cinemas, skating and swimming. Further south is the remote triangular-shaped Caerlaverock Castle which dates back to 1270, with its mighty gatehouse and moat, and a nearby nature reserve. Amongst the protected salt marsh and mud flats there are many well-situated birdwatchers’ hides, which offer the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare natterjack toad or one of the thousands of barnacle geese which return in the winter. The nearby Galloway Forest Park is famed for off-road cycling and walking with the Seven Stanes and National Cycle Network also passing nearby. Watersports available at Loch Ken. The Solway Coast has many varied towns with art, craft and antique shops. Throughout this whole area there are great opportunities for walking, golfing and riding. Shop 3 miles.

    Step to entrance. Beamed spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling and well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Utility. Sun room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and walk-in wardrobe. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity and full oil underfloor central heating (ground floor only), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Combi microwave oven/grill
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi (by dongle)
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Shared 300-acre natural unspoilt woodland
    • Ample parking
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Unfenced pond in woodland

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  • Cairnsmore Cottage

    Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537269
    Cairnsmore Cottage was originally the dairy man’s cottage on this working farm. Adjacent to Galloway View (CC537210), Cairnsmore Cottage also enjoys an elevated position with lovely countryside and sea views.

    Whilst in a beautiful rural location the property is only a mile from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet offering a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are numerous attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre, Cardoness Castle and popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, which is host to one of Europe’s longest zip wires. Only a short drive away is Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists’ town’, which attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, the historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular tattoo, an event not to be missed.

    Close by there are delightful beaches and numerous walks available, from scenic coastal walks to forest trails, not to mention sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports - something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT). Close to the Galloway Forest Park and central to five of the 7Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With super king size zip and link bed (which can be made to twin beds – please advise when booking).
    Bedroom 3: With king size bed and en-suite with bath, walk-in shower and WC.
    Shower room: With walk-in shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Criffel Lodge

    Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537083
    This Scandinavian style lodge is the perfect tranquil location for a visit to Dumfries and Galloway.  It is on the edge of a nine hole golf course and driving range, overlooking the River Dee Valley near Tongland, 3 miles from the artists town of Kirkcudbright.  The lodge is surrounded by farmland, and is home to the famous Belted Galloway cattle.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Living Room:With Free view TV, DVD and WI-Fi
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
    Bedroom 1: With full size bunk beds and view across open fields
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views across open fields
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Dressing Room/ Play Room
    Bedroom 3: With double bed, settee and views across the golf course

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Pets welcome. Decked verandah with open natural garden. Ramp access for wheelchairs. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • The Cottage

    Garlieston, Newton Stewart

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SRRF


    Situated in the charming village of Garlieston and only 200 yards from a sandy beach, this holiday cottage, one of a row, has many original features and provides an ideal base from which to explore the Solway coastline with rocky coves and picturesque villages. The cottage is full of history and oozes character. The owner is a member of Clan Hannay, and there are a number of features throughout the cottage reflecting that family connection, including tartan in the twin bedroom and local ancestor portraits in the dining room. The clan’s seat is at Sorbie Tower, which is nearby and well worth a visit.Other activities include fishing, sailing and golf. Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town, and Whithorn’s historic dig are nearby, while Newton Stewart has a good range of shops, a cinema and swimming pool. Shop and pub 250 yards.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room with wood-burning stove and feature stone wall. Well-equipped kitchen. Sun room with door and steps down to garden. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Separate toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors. First floor: Double bedroom with feature fireplace, wooden floor and sea views. Twin bedroom with sea views. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full ‘Econ 7’ central heating (October-April £25per week)
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking
    • No
      smoking

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  • Hawthorn Cottage

    Southerness near Dumfries

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SYYQ
    On a quiet coastal road at Southerness, this period, single-storey holiday property looks out to the sea and Scotland’s second oldest lighthouse. The cottage is set in a stunning position and enjoys uninterrupted views of the sea. Situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country, this is an ideal location from which to explore 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. There are also two golf courses within a few miles of the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has underfloor oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with wood burner, Freeview TV and Blu-ray player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Conservatory: With coastal views.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, wood burner, sea views and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and sea views.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and sea views.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Internet access. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Sea frontage 20 yards.

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  • Hill Cottage

    Port Logan near Stranraer

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537194
    This lovely, spacious, well presented house is idyllically placed on the stunning peninsula known as The Rhins of Galloway, the most westerly point in the south west corner of Scotland, and ensures a relaxing and uplifting holiday break. The Rhins offers stunning views across the North Channel to Ireland and over Luce Bay. The peninsula is also rich in wildlife and is a wonderful destination for getting away from it all and leaving the hustle and bustle of modern life far behind. A gentle stroll down the lane from the property will take visitors to Port Logan, a charming coastal village.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with gas fire and Freeview TV.
    Dining room/kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave/oven/grill combination, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite wet room with WC.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed, dressing area and French doors.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot & Highchair available. Welcome pack. Wi-Fi.Large, enclosed, landscaped garden with terrace, patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 4 cars.

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  • Arden Cottage

    Twynholm by Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537076
    Arden Cottage in the heart of Galloway is the perfect getaway to explore this undiscovered but accessible corner of Scotland. The cottage is beautifully appointed with every comfort designed to make your stay as comfortable and cosy as possible. Twynholm is well located for exploring the area which really does have something to suit every taste whatever age. The village was home to Formula One Driver David Coulthard and the eponymous museum is a great testament to his success from trophies and race suits to the actual cars David raced. Whilst you are there call in to the Pitstop Diner! The Chocolate Factory is just down the road producing hand crafted chocolates. They offer workshops to adults and children where you can immerse yourself in sheer chocolate heaven!
    There are indoor and outdoor play areas The  area is becoming popular with mountain bikers as we host the 7Stanes which offers seriously challenging and world renowned biking at various stunning venues across the region. For those who like less challenging cycling we have mile after mile of quiet sleepy roads edged by colourful hedgerows. Laggan Outdoor are hosts to the UK’s longest zip wire spanning 820 metres. Situated in Castle Douglas this fantastic outdoor adventure centre is within easy reach of Arden Cottage providing activites such as mountain biking, grass sledging and clay pigeon shooting!
    Everywhere you look you will see evidence of our temperate climate, from exotic gardens displaying plants from the South Seas, to flourishing palm trees. Dumfries and Galloway is home to a myriad of amazing birds that make the Solway their home after their flights from the frozen north and the RSPB site at Mersehead is one of the best sites to watch them. For golfers there is a choice of around 30 courses across the country from Championship courses to beautiful courses by the sea.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV and DVD player - a lovely light and airy room
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1; With double bed and bunk beds. 4 steps from the hallway lead to this spacious family room with two windows affording pleasant views.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair available on request.Partially enclosed grounds. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Hillcrest

    Kirkpatrick Durham near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: CC537268
    Hillcrest is a lovely spacious holiday cottage with delightful gardens which enjoy some stunning sunsets with views towards Screel and the Bengairn Hills in the distance. Immaculately presented both inside and out, the cottage and gardens are ideal for a relaxing holiday in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. Ideally placed for sightseeing, the area is a haven for all that is outdoors. Enjoy biking on quiet byways or 7Stanes Trails, and with sailing, swimming, fishing, riding, golf, boat trips and water sports all close by, there is something for everyone. Known for its landscape and wildlife, the area is home to deer, otters, bats, ospreys, red kites and geese which may be seen, and there are RSPB reserves to visit. Try country sports including fly fishing and deer stalking, with numerous walks available, from scenic coastal walks to forest trails. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT). Take a drive to the Galloway Forest Park, Scotland’s largest forest park and the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, one of only four in the western world, or why not just sit in the delightful garden and gaze up at the stars!

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Sun room.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Pet welcome-to be kept on lead. No smoking.

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  • West Mains Cottage

    Kirkinner, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: W43377


    This pretty, detached holiday cottage is set amidst rolling farmland in this very scenic area, with lovely beaches, challenging hills and some of the best cycling around. West Mains Cottage is by the Royal Burgh of Wigtown, home to Scotland’s very own national book town, which has become a much-loved institution. It is a must for lover of literacy and is graced by many a famous author, offering lectures and book signings. Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest local nature reserve in Britain. Migrating Solway Geese and the wetland native birds make this an ornithologist’s dream. Newton Stewart is known as the ’Gateway to the Galloway Hills’. These hills are not as lofty as their northern neighbours but are equally challenging. With names like Rig of the Jarkness, the ranges of the Awful Hand and Dungeon, these could be straight out of a Harry Potter tale! The Rhins of Galloway is the most westerly peninsula in Galloway, and at its tip is the Mull of Galloway, with its stunning views and lighthouse. Throughout this peninsula, there are secluded bays, beautiful sandy beaches and superb fishing opportunities. The jewel in the crown of this area is Portpatrick, whose name refers to the legend that St Patrick crossed the North Channel in a single leap. On a clear day you can almost reach out and touch Ireland. Beach 6 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Steps to second living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen with beams and patio door. 1 step to 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip & link, can be 6ft double on request). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Partial Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in garden. There are 2 steps leading from the living room to the hallway.

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