Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill
House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
This high spec, newly-converted coach house is specially designed for big groups of friends or families to live in the lap of luxury while enjoying activities in any weather. Big games room/cinema, huge dining table, cosy woodburners, friendly llamas and hens. The ecofriendly house sits in the heart of Galloway countryside, approximately 30 minutes drive from the fantastic Solway coast. The massive sliding glass doors give far-reaching views to the hills & bathe the house in natural light & warmth. The games room/ cinema is another converted coach house and has table football, table tennis, small air-hockey, and chess table. It converts into a cinema to enjoy wine, woodburner & popcorn. See our video of the place on our website.
Short breaks - please contact owner for price.
Late availability reduced rates between 22nd and 29th June and between 7th and 18th July 2014.
The house sleeps 12 people in 6 bedrooms . A sliding partition between the bunk & twin room can be opened, to allow the use of 2 extra guest beds, 2'6'' wide, (limited floor space), and we offer additional accommodation in the main house or a Bedouin tent. The huge oak dining table seats 14 (+2). There are 6 bath/shower rooms, including the en-suites. Underfloor heating & two woodburners add to the comfort.
The house can be divided into two separate units, each with 3 bedrooms, and sleeping 6 (+2 on guest beds/sofabed) for individual rental (see pricing for 8 people). Two open plan kitchen/dining/sitting rooms each seat 6 or 8 people comfortably in sitting room part and have woodburner and flat screen TV & dvd player with surround sound - contact owner for prices.
The east wing, incorporating the new extension with its wildflower meadow roof running into the top garden, has one upstairs bedroom with kingsized bed and ensuite wetroom. A ground floor room has twin beds with zip and link mattresses, and en-suite. Another ground floor room has a small double (4 ft wide) bed. There is a shared bathroom on the ground floor & big open plan kitchen/dining/seating room with huge glass windows/sliding doors, and a generous oak table. There is a 4ft wide sofabed in the sitting area.
The west wing has 3 upstairs bedrooms - en-suite double bedroom, twin room & bunk room (sliding partition between the twin & bunk room allows room for 2 extra guest beds, with limited floor space). There is a shared bathroom upstairs and downstairs shower room, & an open plan kitchen/dining/ sitting room. There is a huge arched glass doorway, through which the horses & carriages once passed. The bunk beds are hand-built & sturdy with 3ft wide mattresses, suitable for adults or children.
The garden has 2 stone barbecues, fresh herbs & a giant stone horseshoe seating area at the top level with magnificent views to the hills as well as the wildflower meadow roof. It has some steep slopes and drops, and there are livestock in the surrounding fields, so young children need supervision. The garden is not subdivided as this would spoil it but there are plenty of private seating places for each wing & a big outdoor table & chairs, with barbecue & herb garden, at each end
Another building houses the laundry with extensive drying facilities, secure storage for equipment or motorcycles, extra freezer & sink. Cyclists, walkers, fishermen, hikers & motorcyclists particularly appreciate these facilities.The Scottish Junior Cycling team uses the accommodation regularly for their weekend training.
It feels as if the surrounding countryside is all your own to explore, as it is still undiscovered by the tourism industry. Outdoor activities are numerous, including watersports, fishing, hiking, several golf courses, the famous 7-Stanes Mountain Bike trails and Laggan outdoors with the longest zip-wire in Scotland.
Along with many other activities & places to visit, children can visit the Chocolate Factory, ring a bell for the ferryman to row them to Threave Castle and peer into the scary dungeon, visit Mabie Farm Park, feed our friendly llamas and hens & take Lettie the llama for a walk, help collect eggs & pick vegetables in season, Alan offers motorcycle sidecar trips to people of any age.
The house is near the village of Kirkpatrick Durham, a conservation village, where many artists reside.
Castle Douglas, renowned as 'The Food Town', is 5 miles away, with many independent shops & two supermarkets.The nearest pub serving food is 1.5 miles away, in the village of Springholm.
We offer residential courses in creative writing, art, craft, songwriting & storytelling, with very experienced & enthusiastic tutors.
The house and games room/studio are available for hire by people wishing to run their own courses.
Cot, highchair, stair guard, fireguards, linen, and logs are all provided free.
We minimise the use of chemicals in the house and it should be suitable for most sufferers of Multi-Chemical Sensitivity (please call beforehand). Two downstairs bedrooms & bath/shower rooms make the house suitable for people with assisited walking difficulties. Unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchairs. Alan & Juliet enjoy a challenge so, if you have any unusual requests, be it special needs or simply wanting to know the best place to fish, you are welcome to contact us.
Note on availability calendar for people wishing to rent half the house (3 bedrooms - sleeps 6 +2)- if half the house has been booked, the property is marked as unavailable on the calendar, so please enquire with owner about availability.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rockcliffe 22 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow, Prestwick, Edinburgh or Newcastle (Manche 157 km, Nearest railway: Dumfries 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Dumfries and Galloway region
The south-west corner of Scotland has landscape just as magnificant and varied as the rest of Scotland, and is generally a little warmer as it is in/close to the Gulf Stream. We often have refreshing days of sunshine in spring, warm summers, winters of vibrant orange and browns as the trees change their leaves, with some spectacular sunsets over the hills. In winter, you sometimes wake up to the hush of a thick snowy carpet, covering fences, rooves and perching precariously on the top of branches. This is perfect for woodland walks followed by warm mulled wine around the woodburner. There is also some rain here, which is why our vegetation is so lush and our livestock industry flourishes, and, of course, why we have our large games room which converts to a cosy mini cinema.
As well as its spectacular & varied landscape, Galloway has the benefit of being much less well-trodden by the mass tourist industry than some parts of the Highlands or the English Lake District. We have hills to climb, sea & lochs for swimming, fishing or sailing, rivers to canoe down, miles of empty sandy beaches to play on, rugged clifftop paths & woodland to explore. The Solway coast has pretty harbours with fishing/scalloping boats and Kippford is nearby, with a selection of interesting sailing boats.
Wildlife abounds, Galloway being one of the remaining fortresses of the red squirrel as well as having an increasing population of otters, red kites and oprey. Many acres of nature reserves ensure the conservation of these wild species as well assisting us to observe them. This is a haven for bird & wildlife watchers. The Galloway National Park now has recognised Dark Sky Status, being a world-renowned place for star gazers.
The region is steeped in history, with many castles and ancient monuments to explore.
The region has a large artists' community, Kirkcudbright being known as the Artists' Town. In late May each year, over 90 well-known artists open their studios to the public, in the Spring Fling. This is a great chance to view & collect some unique & fascinating artwork at this festival and enjoy a ceilidh (Scottish country dance) on the last night.. Our local village, Kirkpatrick Durham, has many artists and musicians and it houses several of the open studios during the Spring Fling.
The 'book town' of Wigtown, is a fantastic place to spend a day browsing, and hosts a book festival each Autumn, this year from 27th September until 5th October.
A big celebration of the birthday of Robert (Rabbie) Burns, Scotland's most famous poet, is held in late January each year, in Dumfries, where he was born & spent much of his life.
There is a plentiful supply of local produce and people involved in this sector have teamed up to form 'Savour the Flavour', which holds a popular festival of food in May and October.
The area, is easy to reach (much easier than the Scottish Highlands), several airports being about 2 hours drive away, Dumfries being just over 4 hours by train from London, 1 hour from Glasgow and two from Edinburgh. A daytrip from the Coachhouse, to Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, with its own big castle, can easily be arranged.
Outdoor sports are numerous, the 7-stanes Mountain Bike Trails having thousands of visitors each year from brave cyclists. There are many golf courses. Nearby Loch Ken has a watersports centre. Pony trekking on the beach is available. Laggan outdoors, not for the faint-hearted, has archery, clay pigeon shooting, grassboarding, bouncing down the hill in a giant rubber ball & the longest zip wire in Scotland. We specialise in offering unique modes of transport - Alan offers motorcycle sidecar tours & friends offer electric bicycle hire or a trip through the countryside in a horse drawn carriage. To complete your holiday, a vintage car can be hired from the nearby village of Crocketford.
We have many castles to explore & imagine their ancient stories.
It's a great challenge to find the statues, hidden in the countryside, on The Henry Moore Sculpture Trail at Glenkiln, one of the most picturesque corners of our land, just a few miles from here. A beautiful drive through the hills from the sculpture trail takes you to the Green Tea Room, serving delicious organic food in the country village of Moniaive
Children can always be entertained, with Mabie Farm Park, the Cream O'Galloway, with its own dairy farm & ice cream factory, the Chocolate Factory being just a few of the places of great interest to them. The llamas are very kind to children and, in exchange for carrots, Lettie can be led around the field. Children can help collect eggs.
We run our own courses in creative writing, photography,arts, crafts, songwriting & storytelling, employing inspirational local wtriters & artists (details on website) where people learn a lot, have great fun & meet new friends.
Castle Douglas, 5 miles away, is known as 'the food town' with many independent food shops as well as two supermarkets.
There are some excellent pubs and restaurants in the area, many serving local produce. One of our favorites is the Laurie Arms at the Haugh of Urr. The landlord of our 'local', 'The Grapes' at Springholm, kindly offers a free lift home for people who would like a few glasses of wine with their meal.
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30 Apr 2014
"An amazing Wedding!"
A huge thank you to Juliet and Alan for being the perfect hosts. We have just had the first Wedding at The Coach House - an intimate, family ceremony in the stone horseshoe. From our very first contac… More
Thank you for the extremely kind review, Mr and Mrs Harris! We were delighted that you wanted to have your wedding here and felt very honoured to be invited to the ceremony - it was truly brilliant, and we were relieved that the sun came out for you. We enjoyed meeting your families and doing gardening and stuff with the kids and pleased that you liked the canvas honeymoon suite. You are most welcome to come back for your anniversaries.
27 Apr 2014
"Fabulous weekend in a beautiful setting!"
Thank you so much for a fantastic weekend, Coachhouse at Durhamhill was a beautiful setting for Jennifer and Lawrence's wedding. Owners Alan and Juliet went above and beyond with everything from … More
Thank you so much for the kind comments. We were over the moon when Jen said she wanted to get married at Durhamhill, and pleased to know that Lawrence liked it too when he eventually saw it! We were also delighted to be invited to the ceremony - it was fantastic and truly unique. You are all most welcome to come back soon, with the imminent new batch of children - I hope they are as adventurous, brave with animals (from slugs to llamas) and keen on gardening as the current bunch.
21 Apr 2014
"Perfect place for entertaining, relaxing, and escaping the day job!"
Well designed, great use of interior space, tastefully decorated, all mod cons, and log burners - very comfortable, well equipped. We were a group of 9 and we had plenty of space to hang out and rela… More
Thank you for the lovely review. It was a real pleasure having you all to stay in the Coach House. We look forward to seeing you again!
2 Apr 2014
"The most amazing place."
We can't say enough about this place, it's absolutely wonderful.
We booked in for a relaxing getaway for my daughters 18th Birthday and were overjoyed when we arrived and found the coach house exactly like its photographs. The building is stunningly laid out, beautifully furnished and state of the art, the kids were especially impressed with the surround sound and blu-ray players, while I loved the relaxing lighting under the baths. we also enjoyed the log burners and the cosy atmosphere in the house at night.
Juliet and Alan were the most welcoming and gracious hosts, we couldn't ask for nicer more accommodating people, they were happy to help us any time and had answers to all our questions.
We can't gush enough over Juliet's Llamas, who we were delighted to feed carrots to and take pictures of and her naughty chickens who roamed freely around the property. The games room was fantastically equipped and we thoroughly enjoyed it. My son was thrilled to ride in Alan's Motorbike and side-car and insists that it is the best way to see the countryside. We visited nearby Town; Castle Douglas which was a treat with lots of little shops and cafes. We also dined and drank in 'The Grapes' Pub in Springholm, the landlord was very welcoming and we had a lovely night there with the, very, friendly locals.
The coach house's surroundings are serene and beautiful and in all we had a fantastic time! We most certainly would go back and we would recommend it to anyone.
25 Nov 2013
A fantastic weekend in an amazing house. It is so well equipped and finished to an extremely high standard. There was nothing that we were short of. Juliet & Allan have thought of absolutely everything.
We were a group of 3 families with 6 adults and 5 children ranging from 2-7 years old and all had a brilliant weekend.
The Llama walking and feeding were the highlight for the kids, they were thrilled to be able to help with this. Oh, and the bath tap in the ceiling!
We hope to be back.
12 Jul 2013
"Perfect! Beautiful house, surroundings and plenty to do."
We stayed at the Coach House for a weekend in June, group of 12 adults, all friends from school - and all 24 from Newcastle Upon Tyne. It was absolutely perfect for us, plenty bathrooms, beautiful bed… More
17 May 2013
"This place is a gem, great property, countryside, llamas, pubs, things to do, helpfull owner - We had a magic time"
This recently converted eco house is situated in lovely countryside, and a great base for enjoying or exploring the area. The coach house itself is very smart, lots of oak, and lovely furniture. It is… More
10 May 2013
"What a find, will definitely be back"
I honestly don't know where to start. What a fantastic place and brilliant 3 days we spent at the Coachhouse Durhamhill. From the moment we arrived Alan could not have been more helpful. He showed us round the property with such a look of pride from the fantastic job they have down renovating this old Coachhouse into a 5 Star holiday location, inside and out. We were a large party of 6 adults and 7 children ranging from 5 to 11yo. The kids lover the place and Juliet loved taking them out morning and night to feed the Llamas. The tree swing, barbeque, stone sitting area, games room with TT and air-hockey, which doubles as a cinema room with "State or the Art" sound system, to match the one in the Coachhouse, are all the brainchild of our superb host Alan. The house itself is brand new and has every mod con you can think off, Alan & Julier have missed nothing from the quyality and number of bathrooms to the range of games and films on offer. I especially liked my sidecar trip through the countryside! The only problme I have is being able to re book next year once everyone has read the reviews!
7 May 2013
"absolutely perfect !!"
Cannot fault this property at all.Everything has been expertly thought out.It is a large coach house which has been renevated to an extremely high standard and can be rented as either the whole house … More
3 May 2013
"Ideal base for a large family group holiday"
We went as a group of 10; 2 grandparents and 2 families each with 2 boys aged from 6 to 2. The accommodation, facilities and location couldn't have been better. We had booked both interlinked houses which had 6 bedrooms,3 ensuite shower rooms, a further 2 modern and fully equipped bathrooms as well as 2 large dining/living areas ,each with comfortable settees, wood burning stoves and (in the larger house) a dining table which would comfortably seat 14. Each house was fully equipped with modern appliances – including large TV's and a massive supply of DVD's as well as games and good information about the surrounding area. The complex is an architect designed restoration of 200 year old coach houses. Everything was of a very high standard which greatly added to the enjoyment of the holiday.
In addition to the living area there is a separate very well equipped coach house which serves as a games room and cinema. Whilst we enjoyed using the facilities (table tennis/air hockey/chess/wood burning stove and cinema) there was so much of interest in the area that we used it less than anticipated. We had very good weather, I imagine that if it was raining all the time, the games room would be invaluable.
Juliet and Alan, who let out the coach house, were extremely helpful and got the balance right between being friendly and allowing us space. When we needed their helps they quickly resolved any issues effectively. One of the highlights of the holiday for the children was helping Juliet feed the llamas and taking them for a walk.
The views from the massive picture windows were picturesque (of the Galloway Hills) and the stars in the night sky (turn off all the lights) are stunning. There was more than enough to see and do within a half hour radius. Our favourites included - Mabie Farm Park; The Cocoa Bean Factory: Glen Kiln Sculpture Park/Trail: Threave Gardens+ Castle: The Red Kite Feeding Centre: Cream of Galloway Ice Cream Factory; Contrasting beaches and walks at Kippford and Mossyard; KenDee marshes and RSPB reserve: Art history at Kirkudbright: Seven Stanes Mountain Bike Trails. If the children had been older there are also a couple of very good Adventure Centres at KenDee and Laggan. There were probably many more activities we didn't have time to fit in.
I can thoroughly recommend this place for family groups wanting a country/coastal holiday. The week before, it had been successfully used (according to the Visitors Book ) by a group of writers who had used the other coach house for their group sessions.
Nearest towns – Castle Douglas 10 - 15 minutes; Dumfries – 20 – 25 minutes. Nearest shop + pub –Springholm 5 minutes. The small village of Kirkpatrick Durham is a 5 minute walk away.
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