Ferndale Studio Cottage
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Ferndale Studio lies at the end of the quiet conservation village of Durisdeer, at the feet of the Lowther hills where endless beautiful walks begin a few yards from the front door.
Ferndale provides comfortable studio accommodation for one or two people and is ideal for anyone who is looking for a quiet space in a wonderful part of Scotland or who wants to take advantage of the many outdoor pursuits the region has to offer.
The self-contained studio cottage has a spacious maple-floored room with a full length picture window which has views to the garden, the historic churchyard and the hills.
Muddy boots, bike storage and wet clothes are not a problem at Ferndale. This is the great outdoors, after all, and we want guests to treat the place as home.
There is a comfortable double bed, and an Ikea mini-kitchen - equipped with sink, two-ring cooker, microwave and fridge. In the bathroom is a three-piece suite with an electric Mira shower over the bath. Oil-fired central heating; LCD TV with FreeSat and free Wi-Fi.
The garden, situated just above the Carron Water, overlooks the beautiful 18th century church, historic churchyard and the hills. The lawn is cut in the shape of a labyrinth, an ancient form of decoration used for meditation.
There are golf courses nearby, including the world's highest course in Wanlockhead, and the Nith Valley is a popular place for fishermen, mountain bikers, hill walkers, history and art enthusiasts. Field sports are enjoyed on the moors and woodlands on Drumlanrig Estate.
The village of Thornhill is a few miles away and offers a wide and varied range of good quality shops, services and places to eat and drink as well as some great historical places of interest and art trails.
******* A WORD ABOUT PETS *******
Ferndale welcomes dogs and their owners but asks that, if you are bringing your pet along on holiday, please be a responsible owner and consider future guests.
Please don't allow your dogs to sit or lie on the soft furnishings unless you are bringing your own covers to protect the materials and keep them fresh and clean.
Please clear up any mess your dog makes in the garden or in the house.
Please keep your dog on a lead when walking through the open countryside. Ferndale sits in the middle of hillfarm land where sheep, cattle and wild goats roam freely.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow International 98 km, Nearest railway: Sanquhar 15 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Dumfries and Galloway region
Just over the Border, from Carlisle, Dumfries and Galloway is one of Scotland's best kept secrets.
Rolling hillsides, wild rivers, deep forests, dramatic glens and a beautiful varied seascape cover 6,426 square kilometres of natural, unspoiled beauty.
Home to a wealth of artists and craftmakers, writers, musicians and artisans, this beautiful, largely untainted, region has provided inspiration for talented people over the centuries and continues today in its popular art, music and food festivals.
Rich in history and culture, there are many places of historical interest for the sightseer to explore and experience, including ancient castles, the stone remains of early man, crumbling abbeys, historical houses, national parks, museums, galleries, history trails and many other places which have made their own unique stamp on world history throughout the ages.
For the more active, the region hosts a wide variety of sporting activities, including some great river and sea fishing, field sports, golf (28 courses), mountain biking, walking, hill climbing, water sports and swimming.
Of particular interest to the more intrepid is the Southern Upland Way, which cuts a ragged path across the region from Portpatrick to Moffat; and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails offer some of the world's best mountain biking to people of all abilities.
The Galloway Forest's Dark Sky status provides an opportunity for stargazers to experience the spectacular splendour of the universe from the quiet of the woods, while the Solway Firth showcases a diverse seascape from rocky cliffs to sweeping, sandy beaches.
Shopping and family entertainment are easily accessible from the many towns and villages scattered across Dumfries and Galloway: all boasting a unique charm and unforgettable experience.
Summertime is gala time and many of the towns and villages throughout the region hold their centuries-old spirited pageants that involve the entire community and a warm welcome to guests is always at the top of the agenda.
Dumfries and Galloway is also a rich larder of natural organic foods and there are many restaurants, cafés and tearooms that include fresh local produce in their wide and varied menus.
The village of Durisdeer lies above the Carron Water and at the feet of the Lowther Hills in the tranquil and beautiful area of Nithsdale.
Here the River Nith cuts a wide and dramatic path through the hills on its journey to the Solway and is a haven for fishermen, field sport enthusiasts, hill walkers, mountain bikers or anyone wishing to get away for some peace and quiet in an inspirational setting.
The village itself forms part of the Buccleuch and Queensberry duchy and is dominated by an ancient parish church built in 1720.
Inside the churchyard is the last resting place of several prominent Covenanters, and includes the Marty's grave of Daniel McMichael, shot dead in 1665 for 'praying unto God and not to men'.
Adjoining the church is the Queensberry Aisle, burial place of the dukes, and an awe-inspiring sculptured marble monument by Jan van Nost to the second Duke (1662-1711) and Mary, his duchess.
The remains of the Roman road, which once passed through the village as a direct route from Nithsdale to Clydesdale, can still be seen as well as can a Roman fort, located about a mile up the Well Path (popular with hill walkers) to the north-east of the village. Here the defensive ditch and rampart are clearly visible.
Six miles away from this peaceful rural haven lies the Ducal village of Thornhill. Set on either side of the village cross, the Pegasus emblem of the Buccleuch and Queensberrys, is a range of shops, pubs and restaurants which all offer excellent fare and wares at reasonable prices. Thornhill also has a good golf course.
Another two miles away is Penpont, home to international artist Andy Goldsworthy and once the home of African explorer Joseph Thomson. There are a number of Goldsworthy's sculptures around the vicinity and there is now a Joseph Thomson museum in the village.
Further along the Moniaive road, and dominating the horizon, is Tynron Doon, the site of an early Iron Age hill fort which was used by the Romans as an outpost.
Dumfries, the region's capital and 'Queen of the South', lies just 16 miles south of Thornhill and provides all retail and nourishment needs. Steeped in history, the town was where Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, lived and died as well as where Robert the Bruce and his men put paid to the royal ambitions of The Red Comyn.
JM Barry got his inspiration for his celebrated children's character Peter Pan here and the town continues to inspire historians, artists, writers, artisans and travellers.
There are many places of interest in Dumfries, including the museum and camera obscurer, an aviation museum, Robert Burn's house, mausoleum and favourite 'howffs', as well as Scotland's oldest working theatre, the Theatre Royal, which is also a favourite haunt of the town's regular ghost tour.
Head north out of Durisdeer for a couple of miles and you will come to the 17th century seat of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Drumlanrig Castle provides a varied day for visitors inside its 90,000 acre estate, with a wide range of walks and mountain bike trails, workshops and shops in the stable yard, a tearoom, stunning landscaped gardens, tours, field sports and a chance to see one of the country's most prestigious art collections.
Further north along the River Nith is the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar which, until recently, boasted the world's oldest post office. Here visitors will find a wealth of local shops, eateries and pubs along the high street, the closest train station to Durisdeer, and the impressive ruins of a 15th century castle.
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20 Oct 2014
"Fantastic Little Retreat"
This is a fantastic place and just what you need to unwind and relax. I believe it is used as an art studio by some of the locals too so you know its well decorated. Durisdeer is near Thornhill and at… More
Thanks so much for your lovely words. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay at Ferndale and always try to take comments on board.
As an update, we will soon be refurbishing the bathroom and now have a DVD player for our guests to enjoy.
27 Sep 2014
"Beautiful Village in a great setting"
Excellent and relaxing break, the cottage was clean and well placed at the foot of the Lowther Hills in a beautiful tiny village. The village is small and there are no facilities such as village shop … More
15 Sep 2014
We are just back home in Edinburgh after a very chilled long weekend at the Ferndale Studio Cottage. What a lovely secluded rural retreat and less than a two hour drive from home. An ingeniously des… More
6 Sep 2014
"heavenly peace and quiet"
Great place to stay, so peaceful and quiet. A welcome break from the chaos of life.So much wildlife lots of red kites, stoats and even a hare sat outside the cottage- also the friendly local cat.Perfe… More
11 Aug 2014
"Complete Chill Time."
My friend and I stayed here with my dog. The cottage is lovely. As soon as we walked in the porch and hung up our jackets and outdoor clothes we opened the main door. Straight away you feel at peace… More
1 Aug 2014
"Cosy cottage in stunning location"
We stayed in Ferndale for four wonderful nights in the historic hamlet of Durisdeer. We were met by the owner, Anne, who displays some of her lovely artwork in the cottage. Anne gave us both a short t… More
5 May 2014
"A tranquil haven in a beautiful setting."
Spent a couple of nights here and wished we could stay an awful lot longer. The studio is comfortable and well equipped and the garden, complete with grass landscape sculpture, is beautiful. Anne, th… More
22 Mar 2014
"Staying at Ferndale is one of my most favourite things to do"
My husband and I have stayed here on a number of occasions and I always feel a sense of peace after each visit. Anne and Steve are so friendly and helpful, and the accommodation is comfortable and in… More
22 Mar 2014
"We loved the quiet, peaceful setting and the attention to detail in this colourful, creative accommodation."
We had a five day break in Ferndale Studio in August 2013. The weather was a bit grey and wet but we were warm and snug - and the bed was extraordinarily comfy! We loved the fold-away kitchen which h… More
21 Mar 2014
"Quiet nights,short walks and a sketch-book full of ideas."
I had used Ferndale Studio for workshops so when I heard Anne and Steve were turning it into a holiday let we gave ourselves an autumn week just to chill out and let the builders get on with destroyin… More
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