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Offering a choice of self-catering cottages in southwest Scotland


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A warm Yorkshire welcome in the heart of Galloway

 

We first visited Dumfries and Galloway in 2005, after having to cancel a holiday to Croatia at the last moment. We instantly fell in love with the area and the people, and ended up buying our own holiday cottage up here.   Two years later found us moving up from Yorkshire, leaving behind stressful jobs in the Health Service and Social Care to set up our own small guesthouse and holiday rental business, welcoming others to share the beauties of this idyllic retreat.Rockliffe from near Castle Point

Dumfries and Galloway is one of Scotland's  forgotten treasures. While most tourists simply pass it by on their way to the better known Highlands, those in the know recognise it as a tranquil   hideaway,  full of natural beauty and historic interest.   Free from the crowds which marr the more well-trodden pathways further North, the area offers something for everyone, where historic castles and abbeys, many dating from times when Lords of Galloway still asserted their independence from the Scottish throne,  lie betwixt rolling coastal plains and rugged hillsides dotted with remote lochs,  while beautiful coastlines beckon the visitor to stop and while away the hours. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, which washes the Western shores, the region enjoys one of the mildest climates in the UK, reflected in the sub-tropical plants flourishing in many of the area's gardens.

Since the Autumn of 2007, we have been offering self-catering accommodation at 'Forest Edge' ,   Foreste Edge, Dalbeattiea comfortable and well-equipped self-catering cottage for up to 4 people, on the edge of the small town of Dalbeattie. While local facilities are just a short walk away, the cottage enjoys a quiet location, bordering on miles of unspoilt woodland, with views to the surrounding hills,   just 5 minutes drive from delightful seaside villages  such as   Kippford and Rockliffe (known to somWater%27s Edge from Garlieston villagee as the Solway Riviera!), with the Galloway Hills only a short drive to the water%27s Edge, Garliestonnorth-west.  Following the popularity of 'Forest Edge' with visitors, we have just acquired a further property - a luxury two-bedroomed mews house on the harbour at Garlieston, about 10 miles from Wigtown. 'Water's Edge' enjoys sea views and easy access to the beach and coastal pathways.  Both properties offer an excellent base to explore the surrounding area, which is justly popular with cyclists and walkers,  while anglers, birdwatchers and history lovers will all find plenty to interest them in the surrounding areas, while others may prefer just to relax and unwind amidst the beautiful scenery and enjoy the variety of local pubs, restaurants and tearooms.

Dogs are welcome at both locations at a small extra charge.


Croft House, near WigtownUnfortunately, from the end of April 2010 we will no longer be offering bed and breakfast accommodation at Croft House near Wigtown.  We will shortly be moving to our new home near Dalbeattie - please check back for updated contact details.




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