New Abbey village is a historic village, located within a conservation area, within a national and regional scenic area. The Village won, best small village in Scotland 2012. It is truly a fantastic place to stay.
The cottage it's self is located in the heart of the village in the picturesque cobbled square.
The cottage is a grade c listed building and was totally restored in 2013/14. The house has been finished to a high standard, with a new kitchen, wet room, central heating, open fire and tasteful decoration throughout. The cottage has a main hall that leads to a double bedroom, single bedroom, wet room, kitchen/dinner and living room combined.
The double room has a king sized zip and link bed that can be split into two single beds if required. Ideal for family's and party's of 4 single people who may wish their own bed.
Parking is provided within the square in front of the cottage.
Externally there is a brick built storage shed with a robust secure door, ideal for storing bikes. Bike stand and clothes hose down facilities, washing machine and associated drying area is also provided within the outbuilding.
The garden to the property is not behind the cottage, it lies down a short path to the side of the property, it is lovely and private and has the historic sweetheart abbey wall running along the eastern boundary of the garden, which it is southerly facing. The patio and associated furniture are located in the bottom corner of the garden to take full advantage of the shelter provided by the walls and capture the sun at the same time.
There is a quiet country pub and a shop within the square, together with an award winning cafe just 300metres from the cottage, perfect for those who don't want to cook. The village shop is well stocked and you are able to get everything you need, including a nice bottle of wine.
There are numerous walks that start from the square, ranging from gentle walks around woodlands and along the estuary, to the more demanding walks up to waterloo monument and Criffel, a hump-backed hill that at 1871 feet above sea level, it is the highest for miles around. Mabie forest walks and mountain bike tracks (one of the seven stanes) are within cycling distance of the cottage.
New abbey really is a beautiful village, the famous corn-mill within the village is the main view from the living room of the cottage.
On the edge of the village is the intriguing Sweetheart Abbey, the ruined Sweetheart Abbey, founded by Lady Devorgilla in 1273 to commemorate the death of her husband John Balliol. On her death she was laid next to her husband's embalmed heart and the monks named the abbey in memory of her.
Also within the village is a doctors surgery, small play park, football pitch, antique shop, Shambellie walled garden and associated walks as displayed in our photo gallery.
The village is on a main bus route, ideal for catching a bus to go for a night out in Dumfries. Little Italy, Casa Mia, Hullabaloo, and Cavens are excellent places to eat.
There is also an award winning links golf course and beach located at Southerness, which is approximately 7 miles from the cottage. The coast is approximately 3 miles from the cottage and is peppered with beautiful beaches, some are stoney others have miles of golden sand. Best Sandy Beach is called Sandyhills approx 9 miles from the cottage.
This cottage is ideally situated for couples, families, groups of mountain bikers, walkers, bird watchers, golfers and beach lovers.
Once you arrive in New Abbey, you really would not need to get back into your car, until you are ready to go home again.
We are a family run business and have very high standards, please read our reviews for our established holiday property, listed as Burnbrae Mill. You will see that we provide the best service possible and look after our guest, we want everyone's holiday to be perfect.
I have lived in Dumfries and Galloway all my life and i have put together a information pack full of local tips. I have added post codes to the information pack to help you find your way around, if you have a sat nav, we have also put some maps and walking guides in the house to make life easier.
Linen, towels, oil central heating, electric, washing up clothes, dish washer tablets, fairy and soap is provided at no additional cost.
Coal for the fire can be purchased from the shop.
If requested a cot and high chair can be provided free of charge, bedding for the cot must be provided by the guests.
No Smoking is permitted within the cottage.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southerness 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Prestwick, Glasgow International and Edinburgh 100 km, Nearest railway: Dumfries 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Bunk Beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Discover the history and beauty of Dumfries & Galloway and you'll find lush green forests and sandy shores which have inspired great men and women. Visit the castles and historic spots to learn more of days gone by, while taking in the breathtaking views. Discover coastal communities, the highest village in Britain and towns dedicated to food, books and art.
Dumfries, known as 'the queen of the south' is the capital of Dumfries & Galloway. Make a stop at this historic market town, famed for its connections with Scotland's famous poet, Robert Burns. Situated on the wide banks of the River Nith, this lively town is only a short distance inland from the Solway Firth.
Where else can you fish for salmon right in the town centre, choose between four golf courses, find out about the life of Robert Burns, and visit the amazing Camera Obscura, one of only three working in Britain?
Discover the Caerlaverock Experience, to the east along the Solway Coast Heritage Trail, which consists of an amazing triangular castle and nature walk, Wildlife and Wetlands Centre and National Nature Reserve.
There is a rich mixture of landscapes that changes dramatically from the rolling farmland, sandy coves and estuarine mudflats of the coastline to the glassy lochs, wooded hills and bare, rounded peaks of the Galloway Hills to the north. Visit the charming town of Kirkcudbright (pronounced 'kir-coo-bree'), halfway along the marshy Solway coastline. Once a bustling port thronged with sailing ships and subsequently an artists' retreat, Kirkcudbright is now a tranquil, well-preserved little 18th- and early 19th-century town with a rich artistic heritage that's easy and enjoyable to explore.
The Colvend coast, some ten miles from New Abbey and is probably one of the finest stretches of coastline along what is known as the 'Scottish Riviera'. Kippford is a tiny lively yachting centre strung out along the east bank of the Urr estuary. At low tide you can walk over the Rough Firth causeway to Rough Island, a humpy 20-acre bird sanctuary owned by the National Trust for Scotlandand home to colonies of terns and oystercatchers.
Contrasting with the essentially gentle landscape of the Solway coast is the brooding presence of the Galloway Hills to the north whose beautiful moors, mountains, lakes and rivers centre on the 150,000-acre Galloway Forest Park. Few people actually live here but the park is a major draw for hikers and mountain bikers, who are both well catered for with lots of trails clearly marked out. Newton Stewart and New Galloway are ideal bases for exploring the park.
In addition to the Forest Park, the area is dotted with formal gardens and country parks that are perfect for day trips. Foremost amongst these is Threave Garden and Castle, the premier horticultural sight in Dumfries and Galloway. Threve is a pleasant mile or so's walk or cycle south of Castle Douglas, along the shores of Loch Carlingwark. The garden features a magnificent spread of flowers and woodland covering more than sixty acres.
Loch Ken, which runs between New Galloway and Castle Douglas, is a haven for the watersports fans, with waterskiing, powerboating, rowing, sailing, windsurfing, angling, birdwatching and more on offer. The loch's wooded banks are particularly stunning in autumn.
Heading out west from dumfries, just 8 miles along the Solway Coast Heritage Trail lies the pretty conservation village of New Abbey. The imposing Sweetheart Abbey is one of the highlight attractions in the region. The village is also home to a saw mill, two hotels, village shop and a coffee shop which offers excellent scones and refreshments.
Also situated in the pretty village of New Abbey and under the care of Historic Scotland is a three-storey whitewashed mill building, built towards the end of the 18th century by the Stewarts of nearby Shambellie House. However, it is thought that it reaches back much later than that, perhaps to as early as the late 13th century, when the Cistercian monks established their monastery of Dulce Cor ('Sweet Heart' ) at the far end of the village; today the mill is still known locally as 'Monks' Mill'.
The mill is still in full working order and on most summer day visitors can see it run as it would have all of those years ago. However, on days when water is in short supply, or when the mill is not running, you can still see the mill in action through the Historic Scotland video production 'The Miller's Tale'.
Shambellie walled gardens, together with numerous walks starting from the heart of the village are available for all to enjoy. , Mabie mountain bike track, part of the 7 stanes is only 3,19 miles away from the cottage. Dalbeattie and Ae mountain bike tracks are close by, the cottage is ideally placed to visit all.
Mabie Farm Park offers over 5,000 square feet of indoor play area and represents a fantastic day out for the whole family and is located and Caerlaverock is a National Nature Reserve with great birdwatching and walking opportunities again within three miles from the cottage.
Southerness beach and the award wining Links Golf Course are located approximately 4 miles of the cottage.
The Colvend coast, is approximately ten miles from New Abbey and is probably one of the finest stretches of coastline along what is known as the 'Scottish Riviera'. Kippford is a small lively yachting centre located on the east bank of the Urr estuary. At low tide you can walk over the Rough Firth causeway to Rough Island, a bird sanctuary owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is home to colonies of terns and oystercatchers
Horse riding can be found at barend which is a stones throw from sandyhills beach.