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Near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire

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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.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 2/3 Bedrooms: 1
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (3)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

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.

Map & Local

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.

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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 wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, CD player, gas hob and electric cooker, microwave, fridge, deep freeze, etc.
Shower room with WC and wash basin.


Double bedroom with additional single bed and roll-top bath.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by gas central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove. Satellite broadband is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). This is provided for email checking and general web browsing and should not be used for large downloads or high bandwidth applications (such as Skype, YouTube, Netflix, iPlayer/video streaming, etc). 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. A maximum of 3 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (3 large, 3 medium, 3 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. Dogs should be kept downstairs and are not allowed on the soft furnishings. Please also note that 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 calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

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 2018 From 20/12/2018 to 26/12/2018
  • Save 15% New Year 2018 From 29/12/2018 to 04/01/2019

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 3
27 Oct 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 £345.00
20 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018 £485.00
28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 £485.00
06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019 £345.00
09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019 £385.00
06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019 £415.00
27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019 £385.00
11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 £415.00
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 £485.00
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 £415.00
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 £485.00
31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 £415.00
21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 £385.00
12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 £415.00
02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 £345.00
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 £485.00
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 £485.00
06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 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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