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Craigcaffie Tower

Innermessan, near Stranraer, Wigtownshire
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Pets 1
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This property is part of our Scottish Country Cottages collection

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A wonderful castle tower looking out over its own grounds, making a real romantic getaway location!

Live like a laird in this historic, fairytale Scottish castle which is set within delightful gardens - a simply stunning holiday location! Early in the 16th century, Robert the Bruce gifted the lands of Craigcaffie to his illegitimate son, Neil, Earl of Carrick, from whom the Neilsons were descended. The Neilsons built the castle in 1570, and its hall, now the living room, is an impressive, yet cosy room, with a truly magnificent original inglenook fireplace. With a ‘wee dram’ in your hand, you can just imagine yourself as the laird of the castle! The romance of Craigcaffie Tower will take your breath away, and original features abound, including a barrel vaulted ceiling in the dining room, inglenook fireplaces in the bedrooms (ornamental only), original doors with low doorways, and turnpike stairs with rope handrails. This enchanting castle makes the perfect retreat, hidden away in a peaceful location, yet within walking distance to the coast. If the weather is fine, you can take in the view from the castellated sentry walks that can be accessed from the third floor.
Stranraer is an ideal holiday base: not only can you explore this unspoilt area of Dumfries and Galloway, but you can also reach the rugged Ayrshire coastline or take a day trip to Ireland. This location is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and there are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens. The area boasts many pretty little ports like Sandhead, Portpatrick and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Walking is a delight, whether it is strolling along the clifftop, beaches, hills or forests, and the Southern Upland Way also passes close by. It is also a cyclist’s paradise with the world famous 7Stanes within easy reach. If you prefer shooting or golf, there are many facilities nearby including the course in Stranraer and the county course is just a short drive away. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

Ground Floor: With original, low doorways throughout.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, vaulted ceiling and stone floor.
Utility room: With washer/dryer.
First Floor:
Living room: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, CD player, original beams and wooden floor.
Second Floor:
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bathroom: With bath and toilet.
Third Floor:
Bedroom 2: With twin zip and link beds (can be super kingsize on request).
Bedroom 3: With bunk bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included. Welcome pack. External games room with toilet and undercover seating area. Large enclosed lawned gardens with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. 1¼-acre grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are steep, turnpike staircases with rope handrails between each floor.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Tower
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Unique Cottages
    Unique Cottages

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2019
    What an amazing space to celebrate my husband's 60 th birthday, stepped in history and character . Host were fantastic , warm welcome and their reccomendations for things to do in the area and where to eat was spot on. The grounds where safe for the dogs and to open your curtains and see the rabbits enjoying breakfast in the gardens was lovely . Thank you xx

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2018
    Beautiful place to stay, highly recommend.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2018
    Craigcaffie Tower has so much character and history it's quite an experience staying there. The turnpike stairs, low doorways and stone fireplaces are constant reminders of the Tower's history but it also has all the comforts of a modern home. The extensive private gardens are perfect for outdoor games and relaxing. There's even a small games room with darts and a pool table. We had a warm welcome and guided tour from the owner, John, who did everything possible to help us enjoy our stay. We enjoyed exploring the area, walking, cycling and visiting local gardens and castles.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2018
    Impressive and comfortable property in a really good location. Don't rent it if you don't like spiral staircases! Generally very quiet with lovely big gardens for kids and dog to get exercise. Lovely owner. We had a great time.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2018
    A special place to stay. Wonderful host, beautiful area. We had a fabulous time.

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9.1 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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