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  • The Cottage Characterful 18th-century stone-built holiday home with a waterwheel | The Cottage, Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries
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  • The Cottage Characterful 18th-century stone-built holiday home with a waterwheel | The Cottage, Glenmidge, Auldgirth, near Dumfries
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    The Cottage

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    Property ref: S83459

    • Bedrooms 1

    • Sleeps 2

    • Baths 1

    • Pets 2

    • Wifi Yes

    • Reviews (17)

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    About this property

    With a wonderful countryside backdrop and abundant wildlife, this stone-built cottage is especially perfect for cyclists, being close to a number of 7stanes trails.
    Ground Floor:
    Step to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 32" Sky TV (basic package) and wooden floor.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, shower seat, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack and doggy extras.
    Small enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Wildlife garden with bird hide and seating (shared with owner). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a stream, pond and waterwheel in the garden, 20 yards away.
    Sympathetically renovated, this 18th-century stone-built cottage has its own waterwheel and lies at the edge of the small hamlet of Glenmidge. Semi-detached, it lies next to the owner’s home by the Glenmidge Burn, where the odd glimpse of an otter can be seen. Surrounded by hills and forest, the area has abundant wildlife including roe deer, foxes, badgers, tawny and barn owls, buzzards and red kites. There are trail paths for walking, running and mountain biking on the doorstep, but there are also flat routes and quiet country roads along the valley (maps are available in the cottage).
    Less than a mile away up the glen stands the remains of the Lag Tower, which was built by the wealthy Grierson family in the 15th century and was last occupied by Sir Robert Grierson towards the end of the 17th century. He was best remembered as a notorious persecutor of the covenanters, and his headstone is in a local graveyard.
    Situated on the Kirkpatrick Macmillan Cycle Trail, the cottage is only 5 miles away from the old Courthill Smiddy at Keir, where Kirkpatrick Macmillan invented the first pedal-driven bicycle in the world. A replica is in the museum 3 miles further on at the 17th-century Drumlanrig Castle at Thornhill. Open to the public, the castle has one hundred and twenty rooms, seventeen turrets and four towers, and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. As well as beautiful grounds and river walks, it boasts one of the 7stanes cycle centres, with the Ae Forest close by.
    Dalswinton Loch is 4 miles away with lovely walks, and there is a replica of the first paddle-driven steam boat in the world which made its first journey on the loch. The famous poet, Robert Burns, was one of the first passengers on board; he lived and worked the farm at Ellisland, where he wrote Auld Lang Syne and Tam o’ Shanter. Ellisland Farm is a museum and visitor centre, 3 miles away.
    There are several golf courses to choose from in the area: Thornhill is 7 miles, and Dumfries is 9 miles, and both offer shops and plenty of restaurants and pubs. The highest golf course in Scotland is at Leadhills, near Wanlockhead, which is also the highest village in Scotland. Lying 17 miles away, it is famous for the mining of gold and lead, and you can visit the mining museum there. The River Nith and the River Cairn are both about 2 miles away in opposite directions, both being famous for salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout fishing. Day and season tickets are available to visitors. Each fisherman is permitted to keep two salmon per season. Loch fishing for trout and course fish are also available nearby. Beach 22 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Accommodation

    Barbecue
    Fuel and Power Included
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Garden / Patio
    Golf nearby
    Highchair
    Pets – no charge
    Rural Location
    Satellite TV
    Television
    Decorated at Christmas
    WiFi
    Bed Linen & Towels Included
    Short Breaks All Year
    Cot Available
    Washing Machine
    Pet Friendly
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    All En-suite
    Open Plan
    Accessible Cottages
    Bath/Shower Seat
    Parking - On Site
    Customers Choice
    Shower Cubicle
    Quirky Exterior
    More Than Dog Friendly
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    Local amenities

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    • The Co-operative Food
      5.5 miles
    • McDonald's
      7.5 miles
    • Currys PC World
      7.5 miles
    • Tesco
      7.5 miles
    • Costa Coffee
      8 miles
    • Drumlanrig Castle
      8 miles
    • Dumfries Ice Bowl
      8 miles
    • Cavens Arms
      8.5 miles
    • The Robert the Bruce (Wetherspoon)
      8.5 miles
    • Starbucks
      8.5 miles

    Reviews (17)

    Ian ‐ 12 Jan 2020
    "We had a wonderful week over Christmas at The Cottage. The owners had made a real effort to make the place feel seasonally festive and they'd decorated it beautifully.The area is very scenic with plenty of walks to take advantage of yet still only a short drive to Dumfries to take advantage of the shops/facilities there.The property was presented to a very high standard and contained all the necessities for an enjoyable and comfortable stay.Would love to come back in the summer months as the weather was as you'd expect in December, quite wet and misty.Rosamund and Frank were excellent hosts and couldn't do enough for us. Rosamund even popped in on Xmas day to check that their grandchildren weren't making too much noise from next door (they weren't).Would recommend this cottage to anyone."
    Jane ‐ 29 Oct 2019
    "This is a lovely cottage. The hosts left an array of snacks for humans and dogs. Dog blanket, towel and bowl. Bottle of Prosecco in the fridge. Quite isolated so no local amenities but a lot to do only a drive away"
    John ‐ 6 Oct 2019
    "Beautiful little cottage set in a hamlet. The cottage is well equipped with all the basics. The owners (Frank and Rosemund) were more than welcoming, leaving a nice welcome pack for both human and doggy. There are really nice walks local, and the sky at night is amazing.The only downside we encountered was we found the mattress to be a little soft for our liking.We really enjoyed our stay here and look forward to visiting again"
    Tonita ‐ 5 Oct 2019
    "We couldn't have wished for a nicer place, everything we needed was there and the owners more than happy to help with anything else. For a relaxing holiday this is a must, and the dogs were left little treats, and a very nice welcome basket."
    Christine ‐ 2 Oct 2019
    "We loved the Cottage. We just have one small suggestion. It would have been more comfortable with a new mattress as the one on the bed is not very comfortable and a King Sized Duvet. We are taller than average and one Double Duvet did not cover us both comfortably.At home we always have a duvet one size larger than the bed.It was lovely apart from not sleeping too well as uncomfortable. The walks are fabulous round about and the air quality is lovely - soft and clean."
    Rosemarie ‐ 16 Sep 2019
    "This has to be in the best cottage we have stayed in, and we have done a few. Owners are friendly (amazing) nothing too much trouble.Cottage location wonderful, peaceful and tranquil. Exceptional clean, everything you could possible want. Dog friendly. Even dog dish’s ,towels, treats. Welcome basket for us. Home from home.Really didn’t want to leave. Wild life, stream, BBQ, sun beds. And will be going back.Area is stunning too."
    JOHN ‐ 24 Aug 2019
    "We had a brilliant time very remote very quiet so relaxing...rosamund and Frank are lovely people helped with anything...if you want peace and quiet beautiful place to stay ...shops about 7 miles away not a problem at all...we loved it"
    Luciana ‐ 14 Aug 2019
    "Excellent stay"
    Jackie ‐ 29 Jul 2019
    "We loved our stay at The Cottage. Beautiful and peaceful location and a super base from which to explore the local area. We received a very warm welcome from the owners and nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely go back and highly recommend."
    Laura ‐ 29 Jun 2019
    "Lovely place and great hosts, would highly recommend."
    Jeremy ‐ 17 Jun 2019
    "We were made very welcome from the start, with a pack with fruit and lots of goodies, plus a bottle of wine. We used the cottage a base for exploring local attractions an we highly recommend it."
    Joe ‐ 3 Jun 2019
    "Highly recommended, beautiful cottage in the middle of nowhere. Owners live next door, friendly and personable. I’m sure we’ll return to this little gem."
    Sue ‐ 17 May 2019
    "Enjoyed the cottage break very much Rosamund was very helpful. Cleanliness was second to none , thought the welcome basket, bottle of Prosecco and doggie treats were such a lovely touch"
    Mrs Kerry ‐ 27 Apr 2019
    "It was a very tranquil location. Rose and Frank were the most hospitable people. Very genuine and thoughtful. We will be going again and would recommend it if you like nature. The dog was made very welcome too."
    Chris ‐ 12 Apr 2019
    "A lovely cottage, quiet, surrounded by countryside and wildlife. Friendly hosts who did all they could to make your stay as good as possible. Will definitely go again"
    Jacqueline ‐ 30 Mar 2019
    "Lovely cottage with lovely surroundings. Rosalinda & Frank excellent hosts and very welcoming. Our two-year-old cocker spaniel Kenzie had a ball - she was very unhappy when we started packing up to come home ?Look forward to returning there again. Highly recommend The Cottage - very deserved awards."
    Tony ‐ 23 Feb 2019
    "We had a wonderful weekend at this really lovely cottage. Frank and Rosamund were excellent. They could not do enough for us. They even looked after our young dog whilst we went out to eat. Cannot recommend this place enough. Loved every minute. Thanks"

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