Near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire
A fabulous rural holiday retreat that is ideal for families can be found in Scaurbank Cottage, a detached house tucked away down a short drive with easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities, near the village of Thornhill (3 miles) in Dumfries and Galloway.
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: No|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
What was an old cow shed dating back to 1820 has been transformed into a comfy, cosy base for getting out exploring. Those preferring to relax in the warm will find the wood-burning stove in the charming sitting room particularly enticing and a door opens up to the courtyard allowing the sunlight to flood in. The kitchen and dining are combined in a very spacious, partly double height room that encourages meals to be eaten together whilst swapping highlights from the day’s agenda of activities.
A landing runs the full length of the house upstairs with the bedrooms off it at either end. Both of the well presented bedrooms have the added advantage of having their own en suite shower room and, as the house is set into the bank at the rear, they also have doors providing direct access to the garden (one step down).
Parking is behind the owner’s house with pathways that lead to the cottage’s separate, gated garden. The flat, gravelled path is great for transporting luggage or for those with limited mobility or there are rough steps down to the courtyard seating and barbeque.
The terraced, grassed garden is a haven for wildlife with deer and squirrels often popping by. Lots of birds will keep ‘twitchers’ occupied and the courtyard is a peaceful, idyllic spot to listen to them singing away in the trees. The River Scour runs down a steep bank beyond the garden so care should be taken. Interestingly, one of the nearby houses is where blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan invented the first pedal driven bicycle.
A sweet little selection of shops can be found in Thornhill (3 miles) where the outstanding Buccleuch and Queensbury Arms bar/restaurant has an excellent lunch and dinner menu, as well as a beer garden to sit out in on sunny days.
Rounds of golf can be enjoyed at Thornhill Golf Course where the 18 holes are dotted around a very picturesque parkland course. It is the home course of Andrew Coltart who played in the Ryder Cup amongst many other competitions and went on to become a commentator.
If the sweet tooth strikes then there are an array of delicious delights to be found at the Moniaive Chocolatiers in the village whose tartan chocolate is as pretty as it is tasty and makes the perfect souvenir to take back home.
The stunning, historic Drumlanrig Castle (5 miles) may be familiar as it was one of the wonderful filming locations used in the second series of Outlander where it represented Bellhurst Manor. Tours of the interior are available in season and there is an adventure playground within the pretty grounds. Fishing can be arranged on the River Nith or in the stocked lochs on the estate.
Mountain bikers will be thrilled with the choice of two superb 7stanes mountain biking centres in easy reach nearby. Ae Forest (12.5 miles) is known as one of the host venues for the Scottish Downhill Association series and the centre at Dalbeattie (27 miles) has tricky technical sections running over large granite slabs.
Dumfries (16 miles) has all of the shops, pubs and restaurants required and the gorgeous stretch of sandy beach at Southerness is only an hour’s drive away when a day at the seaside beckons.
Local Events and Attractions
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.
Sitting room with wood-burning stove and TV
Kitchen/dining room with electric hob and oven, fridge, washing machine and microwave, etc
Cupboard with freezer
Double bedroom with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Twin bedroom with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin.
Outbuilding with tumble dryer.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
- Cot (excluding linen)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £20 of electricity is INCLUDED with an additional payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £20 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and wood-burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED). Sorry, pets are not accepted. 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).
From 28/05/2022 to 30/05/2022
From 10/06/2022 to 13/06/2022
From 04/06/2022 to 06/06/2022
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|07 May 2022 - 27 May 2022||£650.00|
|28 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022||£695.00|
|04 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||£650.00|
|25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||£695.00|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||£750.00|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||£650.00|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||£550.00|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||£650.00|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||£495.00|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||£695.00|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||£695.00|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||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.