Coach House East Wing
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Great for group or family holidays in the glorious Galloway countryside, with pet llamas. Luxury accommodation in a listed Coach House. Well-equipped studio with table tennis, table football, air hockey, converts to a cosy cinema. Secure storage for boats, bicycles, waterproofs etc. with laundry and drying room.
The building is eco-friendly. The East Wing, half of the Coach House, with 3 bedrooms, incorporates a new extension with a magnificent wildflower meadow roof running into the top garden. Large sliding doors & windows run the length of the open plan area and downstairs bedroom, giving panoramic views to the hills. They open to the outdoor dining area, a sheltered sun trap with a big stone barbecue and organic herb bed.
There is 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/sitting room with woodburner and a generous oak table. There is a 4ft wide sofabed in the sitting area.
Within half hour's drive of the beaches & coves of the Solway coast. Many outdoor activities available, including hill climbing, fishing watersports, the famous 7-stanes mountain bike trails, many golf courses, Laggan Outdoors with adventures for big children/adults, ruined castles to explore, wildlife to watch, Mabie Farm Park, Cream 'o' Galloway ice cream makers & adventure playground and the Chocolate Factory at Twynholm. The Henry Moor Statue trail at Glenkiln has statues to seek out in fantastic countryside. Children can take a llama for a walk and help collect eggs. Motorcycle sidecar adventures, hire of electric bicycles or a vintage car can be arranged.
The East Wing is separated internally from the West Wing ( advert no 477875) by a secure sound proof door. This can be opened to allow bigger groups of up to 14 to reside together in the whole Coach House with a total of 6 bedrooms (advert no. 389761 - see this advert for link to our website with video). There is one big garden, not subdivided. Each side has its own private area, with large garden table, chairs, barbecue & herb garden. There are some steep slopes and drops in the garden, and livestock in the neighbouring fields, so small children need to be supervised.
The games room/cinema & laundry/drying room/store are shared with occupants of the West Wing, if present. There is a large flat-screen TV in each house, with surround sound and good selection of DVDs.There are radio alarms with ipod docking stations in the bedrooms.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rockckliffe 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 120 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, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared 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 as 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. Children love visiting Threave Castle on an island - you have to ring a bell to call the ferryman, and you need a torch to peer into the scarey dungeon.
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.. Durhyamhill Coach House's 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 writers & 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 often offers free meals for children and offers a free lift home for people who would like a few glasses of wine with their meal.
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24 Sep 2013
We were a 3 generation family with kids 9,12,15,17 yrs old. Juliet and Alan our hosts were welcoming, friendly, helpful and did much to ensure our comfort and successful visit. The children enjoyed c… More
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