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The Smithy - Castle Douglas

Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 3
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Working farm
Towels included
Highchair available
7 more

At a glance

  • Pretty little cottage in the Galloway Hills
  • Fantastic walking country
  • 8 miles from Loch Ken for water sports and fishing
  • In a dark sky park for night-time stargazing
  • Lovely garden with great views
  • Can be booked with another property for more space
Property code: CA371

An attractive cottage for couples and small families to enjoy exploring the Galloway countryside.

The cottage is set on farmland and surrounded by the Galloway Hills, making it the perfect base for walkers and anyone looking for an active break. Loch Ken is 8 miles away, ideal for water sports and various other activities including quad biking. The area is part of a dark sky park, making it ideal for stargazers and wildlife watchers. The nearest shop is 3 miles away in the village of Bartaggart. New Galloway, 5 miles away has a good choice of pubs and restaurants and a visitor's centre with a year-round arts programme. Castle Douglas, known for its food scene, is 15 miles away. It can be booked with The Nook, which offers two to four more sleeping spaces.

Inside, the accommodation is arrange across one floor. The spacious lounge-diner has a large sofa, which converts to a bed, TV, a dining table and French doors to the garden. This lovely social space is a great place to spend cosy evenings as well as to relax over breakfast or lunch. The kitchen is compact but kitted-out with everything you'll need to cook up tasty meals, including an electric cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave. The washing machine is in a cupboard in the hallway. There is a double bedroom to the back of the house, and a shower room next to the bedroom.

Outside, a pretty enclosed garden with a lawn and patio offers fantastic views out over the surrounding countryside. It makes a great place to enjoy breakfast on a sunny morning or an evening drink. There is a driveway to the front with ample parking space.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 double bedroom and a double sofa bed in the lounge sleeping 2+2
  • 1 shower room
  • Electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine
  • 3 miles from the nearest shop
  • Highchair
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • This property is adjacent to the farmhouse

The rolling fields and hills surrounding the steading make it a haven for nature lovers; walkers and cyclists will find plenty of trails nearby, as well as excellent areas for spotting wildlife. A range of stunning views from burns to rivers to woodlands to mountains are not too far away, and neither are the captivating villages with their excellent amenities.

Visit the Galloway Red Kite Trail and local feeding station at Castle Douglas (12 miles) to get up close to these magnificent rare birds, while the Red Deer Range, adjacent to Galloway's Wild Goat Park offers more arresting mountain views and stunning wildlife. Nearby (18 miles from the cottage) is the breathtaking scenery of Doach Wood with its towering trees reaching up to 130 feet. And of course there is Loch Ken, where rowing, sailing, mountain biking, climbing, zip wiring, and lots more will make for an exhilarating getaway.

While a local grocery shop is 3 miles away at Balmaclellan, if you should decide to sample civilization on your break, New Galloway (5 miles) features the Catstrand, an Arts centre, cinema and live music venue. You can sample local produce in its range of restaurants and lovely tearooms, or stock up at its shops and post office. Castle Douglas (15 miles) offers supermarkets, restaurants and gift shops.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mrs Booth August 2019

Lovely cottage. Well equipped with a lovely enclosed garden for the dog. Exceptionally clean The cottage is a bit remote but if you don't mind driving lots of lovely places to visit. About 3 and a half miles to the nearest small village with a small shop. It's very well stocked. Sue left us some welcome groceries which was lovely. The roads near thRead moree cottage are in quite poor condition so watch out for potholes especially if it's raining as some are quite deep. But honestly a lovely place for a nice relaxing week Hide


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