Sometimes, when the stresses and strains of everyday life simply become too much, you feel that you really do have to get away from it all. If you are looking for the ultimate place to chill, then Dunploddin, near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire in the south-west of Scotland, is the very place.
|Sleeps: 2/3||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (3)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
To reach it, you follow a tiny ribbon of road which you can see winding ahead of you into the hills along the Scaur Water, until (just when you are beginning to feel you are the last people on earth and wondering if there really is anything up there at all), you see the distant cottage, in a picturesque setting beside a tumbling stream, with the shepherd's house as its only neighbour. Here, you will wake up to the song of the birds, the bleating of the sheep and the splash of the water.
Dunploddin was once a byre and still retains its whitewashed, stone exterior. You may be wondering what you are coming to as you drive up to the door, but we believe that the interior cannot fail to surprise and delight. It has been converted not just with skill and flair, but also with wit and humour and the interior is as smart and modern as its exterior is traditional - surely the best of both worlds!
The open plan living area, with its mirror black units in the kitchen and log burning stove in the seating area is cleverly designed to make the most of the available space and is both comfortable and attractive. A state-of-the-art shower room (in what was once the piggery!) completes the downstairs accommodation.
You then take the spiral staircase from the living area up to the bedroom, where more surprises await. Here, there is a double bed and additional single bed (just in case the two of you can't manage to escape on your own) and - still in the bedroom - a free-standing, roll-top bath, where you can soak away any aches and pains.
Relaxing is not the only choice here - the Southern Upland Way passes along the far side of the stream, so Dunploddin (the reason for the name becomes clear) makes an excellent place to strike out along this famous trail to the east or the west.
There are lots of other waymarked walks in the surrounding hills, where you may spot a rich array of wildlife. Bird lovers will fare particularly well here, with kestrels, peregrines, oyster catchers and herons all in evidence. Keep a special eye out, too, for red kites, recently introduced in Dumfries and Galloway and doing well there.
There are two miniature Shetland ponies by the cottage that love children and time can be spent grooming them, caring for them and cuddling them. There are also horses, so riding is available (by arrangement) and the local hens provide delicious free-range eggs.
While the freezer in the kitchen makes it quite possible just to 'hole up' in Dunploddin and scarcely see another soul, a 20 minute drive will bring you back to civilisation.
The nearest village is Penpont (12 miles) with Thornhill (all facilities, golf course) just 2 miles further. Nearby Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate offers biking trails and excellent fishing. Further afield you can explore the Solway coast or the Galloway Forest Park.
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Open plan Sitting/dining room/kitchen with TV/DVD, CD player, gas cooker, microwave, fridge, deep freeze, etc.
Room with shower, WC and wash basin.
Double bedroom with additional single bed and roll-top bath.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by gas central heating (INCLUDED) and log burning stove (one basket of logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to fair usage policy). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. Dogs are welcome, but should be kept downstairs and are not allowed on the soft furnishings. Please note there are free roaming sheep and cattle near the cottage so dogs should be kept on a lead if not used to farm animals. The garden area is open plan and not fenced in so care must be taken by the stream. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- Save 15% - Christmas 2016 From 19/12/2016 to 27/12/2016
- Save 10% - New Year! From 27/12/2016 to 03/01/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 3|
|29 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016||£325.00|
|20 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016||£450.00|
|28 Dec 2016 - 05 Jan 2017||£450.00|
|05 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017||£325.00|
|11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017||£365.00|
|18 Feb 2017 - 03 Mar 2017||£325.00|
|04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017||£365.00|
|08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017||£395.00|
|22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017||£365.00|
|06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017||£395.00|
|27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017||£450.00|
|03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||£395.00|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£450.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017||£395.00|
|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£365.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£395.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£325.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£450.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 05 Jan 2018||£450.00|
|06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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Fantastic! Beautiful place & amazing cottage. We loved it.
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Nice touches and very helpful
Not a problem with anything. Have already recommended to family and friends
This cottage is a little gem surrounded by stunning views and country side there are lots of lovely walks. The cottage i...Read More