Living area | Auld Acquaintance Cottage, Holywood, near Dumfries
Exterior | Auld Acquaintance Cottage, Holywood, near Dumfries
Holywood, near Dumfries

Auld Acquaintance Cottage

License or Registration number: DG00523F
  • Sleeps up to 3
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Up to 1 pet allowed
Car parking on site
Enclosed Garden / Patio


out of 5

Romantic riverside cottage on the historic 18th century farm created by Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns.
2 steps to entrance.
All on the Ground Floor:
Open plan living space.
Living area: Freeview Smart TV, Woodburner, Sofa Bed (Flexible Sleeping Only), Patio Doors Leading To Garden...
Dining area.
Kitchen area: Electric Oven, Electric Hob, Microwave, Fridge/Freezer, Dishwasher, Washer Dryer
Bedroom 1: Kingsize (5ft) Bed Ensuite: Cubicle Shower, Toilet
Bedroom 2: Single (3ft) Bed
Shower Room: Walk-In Shower, Heated Towel Rail, Toilet
Air source heat pump central heating (underfloor in most rooms), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Welcome pack.
Enclosed back garden with garden furniture. Bike store. Parking for 2 cars in museum car park. No smoking.
Auld Acquaintance Cottage sits in the heart of Ellisland Farm which was built by Robert Burns in 1788 for his young wife and family. Burns, known affectionately as Rabbie, is the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide for poems and songs including Auld Lang Syne, which was written here. Whilst Ellisland Farm remains much as it was in the 18th century, Auld Acquaintance Cottage was renovated in 2023 into a beautiful holiday retreat in the modern rustic style. The large, open plan living space with its cosy wood burner and beautifully fitted kitchen is a charming room with doors opening onto a garden overlooking the River Nith. The cosy interior includes artisan and antique pieces, with artwork inspired by Burns.
Ellisland is the best place to see nature through the poet’s eyes. Follow woodland paths created by the ploughman poet himself, including where he wrote his famous epic, Tam o’ Shanter. Auld Acquaintance Cottage looks on to the farmhouse built by Burns where you can experience what life would have been like for a rural family in the 18th century. The museum includes an extensive collection of artefacts, memorabilia and manuscripts. Proceeds from Auld Acquaintance Cottage support The Robert Burns Ellisland Trust, the charity which safeguards this precious historic site and its collection.
You are perfectly placed to explore this unspoiled region. Visit the stunning Drumlanrig Castle where you can take a tour of the ’pink palace’ built by the first Duke of Queensberry, or explore miles of beautiful walks and gardens. There are numerous activities for kids, from the adventure playground to ranger-led wildlife walks. You are also just six miles outside the regional market town of Dumfries with its many attractions, including Robert Burns’ favourite establishment, The Globe Inn, now a fine dining restaurant.
The Galloway Forest Park is an amazing place to visit where you can enjoy the rolling glens with breath-taking loch and mountain views. As the UKs first Dark Sky Park, Galloway is one of the darkest places in the UK. Ellisland also has stunning night skies which inspired Burns to write Thou Lingering Star, a moving homage to his lost love, Highland Mary. Beach 19¾ miles.
EPC Rating = C


Cycle Store
Detached Property
Enclosed Garden or Patio
Fishing Nearby
Garden or Patio
Golf nearby
Ground Floor Facilities
Open Fire or Woodburner
Open Plan
Parking - On Site
Pets Allowed
Shower Cubicle
Unique Cottages
Walk In Shower or Bath
Washing Machine
Welcome Pack
Woodburning Stove


Good to know

Check in and check out times

  • Arrive after 15:00
  • Depart before 10:00


  • 1 pet allowed - charges apply

Car parking

  • On-site

What's included?

  • Wifi
  • Electricity
  • Bed linen
  • Towels


  • No smoking, please