Welcome to Idle Hour Holidays!  

Offering a choice of self-catering holiday cottages in southwest Scotland

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A warm Yorkshire welcome in the heart of Galloway

Late Availability offer - 20% off holidays during  May 2013 .....
3, 4, 5 or 7 night breaks available,  flexible start dates
**Plus an extra 5% off 7 night stays**

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',   a comfortable and well-equipped self-Forest Edge, Summer 2011catering 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 added a further property at the start of the 2010 season - a luxury two-bedroomed mews house on the harbour at Garlieston, about 10 miles from Wigtown in the Galloway Machars. '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. 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.

We regret we are currently unable to accept payment by Debit or Credit Card

Apologies if you were looking for B&B accommodation, but we are no longer able to offer this service.

Coming Up around the Region
          Wild Goose Chase - check out the breeding wildfowl across the region, including WWT Caerlaverock, RSPB Mersehead, Wigtown Bay
          & Loch Ryan
          Wild Spring Festival - various locations across the region;  29th March to end May
          D&G Arts Festival (incorporating 'Spring Fling') - music, drama and visual arts across the region; 4th May to 2nd June

We will offer you an extra £25 off any 7 night stay when you mention one of these events, or £15 off a short break. 
Does NOT apply where 20% discount already applied.

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 Meet the owners

D&G on the TV

Follow this link to see the recent 'Antiques Road Trip' around the Dumfries area, including a visit to Ruthwell's Savings Bank Museum and to Gretna's Blacksmith's shop. 

Check out this BBC News item on the Wild Spring Festival across the region.

Please visit our gift shop!

In October 2012, we opened Idlehour Gifts, situated within the King's Arm's Hotel on Dalbeattie High Street,  stocking a range of candles, soaps and toiletries (including Yankee Candles and Rose & Co bath products) together with chocolates from local chocolatiers the Cocoa Bean Company, greetings cards (including images from local photographer Phil McMenemy), photo frames, mirrors and other giftwares. Be sure to visit us for something special to take home to friends and family - or just a little treat for yourselves! Guests at either of our two properties enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases over £10



Save, save, save!

Welcome to 2013!

Savings when you stay with us to take part in local wildlife and arts events.

See 'Special Offers' for full details of all late availability and early booking discounts  


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