Log cabin | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Sleeping up to 6 in 3 bedrooms and fully equipped for self-catering this solid-built pine log cabin is open to let all year round. Warm in winter, ideal for short breaks for walkers, cyclists or for a family Christmas, but with its decked verandas and proximity to the seaside, it is also perfect for a 'bucket & spade' family holiday.
Beautifully situated, it is perfect for catching the sun all day, or watching the sun set over the Galloway hills. And only 10 minutes stroll from the village, with has pubs serving good food, coffees and drinks and coastal walks over National Trust lands to the adjoining village, Rockcliffe, and with stunning views to islands in the bay.
The spacious open plan living room is very comfortably furnished with a dining area and 2 leather sofas and large armchair. Dining table seats 6. High-chair available. Freeview 40" TV, DVD player, CD player/radio, Wi-fi (from February 2014 - please enquire to check).
The kitchen has a full electric cooker & hob with grill, microwave oven, fridge-freezer, toaster, kettle and cafetiere, and is fully equipped for self-catering.
3 bedrooms - one king-size double with en-suite shower-room; 2 twin-bedded rooms; travel cot available. Family bathroom with shower o/bath.
Gas central heating throughout & electric stove-style fire in livingroom.
There are covered verandas on 2 sides, with outside table and 6 chairs. Steps down at 2 ends of the verandas to the garden. Plenty of level grass to kick a ball around, or play with the garden games provided. There is a small roadway around the communal central pond. Gravel path to the parking area (for 2 cars). Sliding doors from the lodge open on to the verandas. Note: the verandas do not have gates so they are open to the garden.
Dogs welcome (2 max) - please see additional charge.
Short breaks available outwith peak seasons. 3-nights +. 2 night stays possible when dates allow - with small supplement
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kippford 1.5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Dumfries 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Birchlea Lodge sleeps 6 - king-sized master with en-suite walk-in shower, and 2 twin bedrooms, and a family bathroom with shower/bath.
A travel cot and high chair are available if required.
Linen is supplied, the beds are made up with duvets and 2 pillows per person, and a throw. There are additional blankets available. A hand towel and bath towel per person are laid out. Each bathroom is supplied with an additional bath sheet, and bath mats. A hairdryer is supplied. Please note: we currently do not have an electric shaving point.
Wi-fi available soon (Feb 2014 - please enquire to check: BT dependent!)
|Further details outdoors|
The lodge is surrounded by its own garden area & has parking for 2 cars adjacent - the lochan area is communal, shared with the other privately owned lodges within Kipp Paddock.
Garden games such as swing ball, badminton, jenga etc are provided. There are usually some children's buckets, spades and fishing nets too!
Saturday changeovers for 7-night rentals (in peak sason). Short breaks (2 night min) are available when dates allow, with flexible start days.
The Dumfries and Galloway region
The South of Scotland is easily accessible from England, and only 2 hours or less from Edinburgh/Glasgow but is relatively peaceful, and has beautiful scenery.
Although only across the border, it has its fair share of Scottish castles & historic sites. Nearby Dumfries was the last home of Robert Burns and the site of some of Robert the Bruce's battles.
Warmed by the gulf stream this area enjoys a mild climate all year round. With beautiful countryside and a south-facing coast looking across to the mountains of the Lake District, it offers many different interests. Birchlea Lodge is situated in Kippford, one of the prettiest villages in Dumfries & Galloway. On the Colvend Coast, this area is sometimes referred to as 'Scotland in minature' as it includes hills, forest, islands, wilderness & rugged coastline but is more easily accessible than the Highlands.
Nearby towns include Castle Douglas, with many interesting independent retailers, boutiques, cafes and its deserved status as Scotland's 'Food Town. The area is particularly famed for its Galloway beef and there are many artisan food producers in Dumfries & Galloway. Kirkcudbright with its historic, quaint harbour & colourful Georgian streets, has a long history as an artists' haven, and has connections with the 'Glasgow Boys',= including E.A. Hornel and 'Glasgow Girl', artist Jessie M King.
Visit the following site to see more: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk
There are many places of interest close by or within a short drive.
Nearby beaches, rock pools, forest trails for walking or cycling, a public launching area for watercraft, a 9-hole golf course, and the reknowned 7Stanes mountain bike trails in Dalbeattie Forest make Kippford a very popular base for exploring further delights in this lovely part of South West Scotland.
Sandy beaches at Sandyhills and Rockcliffe; the RSPB reserve at Mersehead; Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries; organic ice cream farm and adventure visitor centre at Cream O Galloway, nr Gatehouse of Fleet; Kirkcudbright's Galloway Wildlife Reserve and the Red Kite feeding centre at Lauriston are examples of days out.
The local Galloway Forest Park has been awarded the UK's first Dark Sky Park, perfect for star gazing. The night skies when it is clear are stunning in this part of the world.
The nearby towns of Castle Douglas ('Food Town') and Kirkcudbright (Artists' Town') provide interesting shopping opportunities.
World class 7 Stanes Mountain bike tracks in Dalbeattie Forest - only 500 yards from Birchlea. Further 7Stanes sites in nearby Mabie Forest, Glentrool, Kirroughtree and Ae.
Golf courses nearby, 1 across the road. Fishing - sea & fresh water available locally
Ideal days out with the children:
Mabie Park Farm, nr Dumfries - animal paddock & pet handling, indoor &outdoor play incl quad biking
Cream O Galloway, nr Gatehouse of Fleet - organic ice cream from the farm, nature trails, 'flying fox'; 3D adventure maze and climbing areas for children of all ages
Cocoa Bean Company, Twynholm - chocolate factory with workshops, outdoor (incl 'gold panning') & indoor play, cafe & handmade chocolate,
The Galloway Wildlife Park, Kirkcudbright. Close animal encounters in a beautiful countryside environment.
Sailing - check out www.thesyc.com and the Galloway Activity Centre on Loch Ken which offers sessions or longer courses in sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, climbing, laser quest & other fun things to suit all ages
Caerlaverock Castle, Glencaple - Scotland's only triangular castle. With moat
Maps and information are provided to make your stay a pleasure and take in as much as Dumfries & Galloway has to offer.