House in Auchencairn, Nr. Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Rural Location, Sea Views And Access To Beach Below House, 2 Miles To Nearest Village
About Poppy Baggott
The Tower Lodge is part of a family livestock farm run by Sue and Piet Gilroy. The farm is almost self sufficient, with winter fodder grown on site to feed a herd of beef breeding cows and black faced sheep, and fruit and vegetables are grown by Sue in a large walled garden. If you come to stay in the Tower and are interested in looking round the farm, purchasing free range eggs, or fruit and vegetables (in season), then please contact Sue and Piet on 01556640202; similarly if you are keen to try some loch fishing either from the bank or by boat, this can be organised by prior arrangement by calling the above number.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Beautiful accommodation in a beautiful spot
We loved staying here. Our children loved staying in a 'castle', and playing hide and seek with their toys in the nooks and crannies. The bay is beautiful, and the tower is right on the edge of the sea. Our first day we stayed in and made roast dinner with veg from our veg box and apple crumble with the apples, plus custard from the fresh eggs supplied by Sue. The log burner is super cosy, especially with a glass of banoffee rum purchased from the Boathouse Restaurant in Glencaple. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Once in a lifetime
Lots of spiral stairs up and down, internet connection not great, a few niggles here and there but overall a great experience and probably once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to stay in a property like this, quirky, cosy and different but, above all, very homely. We would especially recommend ordering the box of fresh produce from Sue at the main house.
Tower lodge Auchencairn
A stay to remember. Quirky tower lodge, full of old charm. Plenty of kitchen utensils. Very secure and safe walled garden for pets- ours loved it. Even has fresh raspberries. The home grown fruit veg basket is recommended along with the free range eggs. Pete n sue from the main house are very welcoming . Plenty hot water and good shower. Beautiful views from the lodge, lovely walks, seas great for a dip too. Very peaceful place. Any calories gained in the kitchen are used on the stairs- bathrooms on the top floor. Recommended to all, (not very young or infirm) due to the stairs . Loved our time here.
Lovely little week away here x
Really enjoyed the stay, would highly recommend the hotel restaurant less than a mile away.
Fresh produce available to purchase, the eggs reminded me of my childhood, and the strawberries are to die for.
Got plenty of exercise here as is on 4 floors. (The dogs found it fun too, even one got dizzy!)
We will be returning, as its idylic.
Charming, quirky property in fantastic coastal location
Great little base to explore this unspoilt, lovely area of Scotland. Has all the facilities you'll need, kitchen is well equipped and beds are comfy. Well stocked with logs for the wood-burner and the enclosed garden is great for dogs. Poppy and Sue were really friendly and helpful with finding pony trekking for family. Great views, beaches and coastal walks nearby and very quiet and private.
Unusual building in lovely setting.
We enjoyed our stay here very much. Its a most unusual and unique building! The setting was beautiful overlooking the estuary, very peaceful. Plenty of excellent walking within easy access.
Only slight moan about property details as listed... Bed linen is provided but at extra cost and there is no dishwasher as mentioned on list of amenities.
Special interest holidays:
There are many opportunities for cycling in the area, including the 'seven stanes' route. Sailing is available for enthusiasts, and horse riding for a range of capabilities locally, with riding for the very experienced on site by prior arrangement. Ramblers can enjoy a wealth of scenic walks and over varied terrain. There is an abundance of river, sea and loch fishing locally, with permits available from McCowans in Castle Douglas (01556502009) and Dalbeattie (01556610270) for the River Urr, Dalbeattie Reservoir, Loch Ken and Loch Roan. Loch Mackie is a stocked trout loch which is walking distance from the Tower, fishing here is free from bank or boat, but please contact the Gilroys to arrange. Laird Mannoch is a beautiful local trout loch where boat hire is £30/day, contact Duncan Saunders (07833451341). If you require a guide or gillie or further information call Paul Muir on 07938890250 or The Gilroys on 01556640202.
The beach below the house is approximately 10 metres away and is stoney and tidal. There are also sandy beaches to be found nearby.
Prestwick airport is approximately one hour and a half, while Edinburgh and Glasgow are two hours away. Dumfries train station is 30 minutes away (approx 26 miles) and Lockerbie is approx 50 miles (one hour.) Use of car is essential for this property.
Auchencairn Village is 1 mile away. Food Town of Castle Douglas is 9 miles away. Artists Town of Kirkcudbright is 10 miles away. Book Town of Wigton is one hour away.
Balcary Bay Hotel is situated half a mile away and is easy walking distance for meals. Auchencairn Village is 1 mile away, and also easy walking distance, has a small local shop for necessities, a church and a pub. There are various historical features in the area such as abbeys (Dundrennan), castles(Threave), some beautiful gardens, both private and National Trust.