The Byre Self Catering Cottage
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Enjoy a peaceful break at The Byre self catering cottage, set on our organic working farm amid the stunning scenery of Dumfries and Galloway. A warm friendly welcome awaits you with underfloor heating and a wood/ coal burning stove.
The Byre comprises of a family room, an ensuite double room and an ensuite twin room, with extra capacity available on the sofa bed in the studio. Each bedroom has a wardrobe, dressing table, bedside cabinet, towel rail and digital television. Beds are made up for your arrival and towels and additional bedding are provided.
There is a modern open plan kitchen, dining and living room with French doors which open onto the patio with picnic table, allowing you to choose to eat inside or out. The fully fitted kitchen is designed to meet all your needs with a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer combined, microwave, electric oven and hob, toaster, fridge and small freezer.
Explore the farm on our farm walk and take the opportunity to meet all the farm animals including the Belted Galloways, sheep, chickens, ducks and horses. Between the months of March and June it is lambing time on the farm and guests are welcome to help feed the lambs. The Byre is ideally situated within Dumfries and Galloway for easy access to local attractions. There is lots to do in the area including walking, fishing, mountain biking, golfing and horse riding. In addition come and see local castles, art, gardens, wildlife and museums.
The Byre is classified as a Category 1 Disabled Access property under the National Accessibility Scheme.
Prices include linen, electricity and fuel for the underfloor heating and wood/ coal burning stove.
Open all year round.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southerness 32 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||16 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow Airport 140 km, Nearest railway: Dumfries Train Station 19 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
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room|
|Utilities||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 (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Dumfries and Galloway region
Dumfries and Galloway is a lovely place to visit. It has a mild climate and could be described as Scotland in miniature. The countryside comprises of an attractive patchwork quilt of fields with rolling hills and dry stone dykes (walls). The region is well known for it's wildlife, castles, walking, golf, art and good food, and has lots to offer to couples, families and large groups. The Byre self catering cottage is situated on Low Kirkbride Farm, an organic working farm in Nithsdale, and is ideally located for easy access to all the attractions across the region.
The quiet and tranquil nature of the scenic area is superb for walking. We have a walking leaflet with a series of seven walks, varying in difficulty and length, which start from the cottage door. The quiet roads are also superb for cyclists.
The unspoilt nature of the area is ideal for a variety of wildlife species to thrive. In the countryside surrounding the cottage you can spot red squirrels, roe deer, buzzards and red kites. We are close to the Dark Skies Galloway Forest Park and therefore the cottage is ideally located for star gazing. There are plenty of nature reserves in the area too, the Wildlife and Wetland Trust at Caerlaverock and RSPB Mersehead are close by. Esk Rigg at Lockerbie is the best place to be guaranteed to see red squirrels and the Red Kite Trail at Laurieston, where the kites are fed every day at two o'clock, is a must see.
There is lots to do in the area for families. Drumlanrig Castle is a fun day out for the whole family with a beautiful stately castle, adventure playground, and walking and cycling routes through the forest. At Cream O' Galloway, where delicious ice cream is made, you can watch the cows being milked, climb up the viewing tower or zoom down the flying fox.
Locally, Thornhill is an attractive town with free parking and lovely independent shops including the 101, Tag and Voila for fashion; Thomas Tosh and Memories for gifts; and A Taste of Galloway and John G Renicks Butcher for great locally produced foods.
Ellisland Farm, home of the famous poet Robert Burns, is a popular museum nearby where Burns wrote some of his best known poems including Tam O' Shanter. Here you can enjoy the peaceful setting, guided tours and riverside walk. In Dumfries you can also visit his house which is now a museum and also the Robert Burns Centre.
There are several local golf courses (Thornhill and Sanquhar) and links courses (Powfoot and Southerness) nearby. The cottage is 4km from the River Nith, one of Scotland's most productive rivers, where salmon and sea trout can be caught. The 7Stanes mountain biking trails are also easily accessible from the cottage.
Kirkcudbright is the regions artists town where many of the Glasgow Boys lived and worked in the early twentieth century, today it is a thriving art community with several galleries and shops. In the immediate vicinity, Lucianne Lassalle's studio at Wallaceton offers classes throughout the year. The Spring Fling, held on the last weekend in May, covers the length and breadth of the region and is Scotland's leading visual art and craft open studio event.
There are several regional festivals, including the Newton Stewart Walking Festival in May, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival also in May, The Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival in June, the Wickerman Festival in July, and the Lockerbie Jazz Festival in September.
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