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Esk Apartment Ref: SAW

"Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland across the Firth . . . superb cottages in a spectacular setting . . .’’

In three acres of glorious garden grounds, surrounded by lakes of water lilies, splendid trees, flowering shrubs and woodland drives, the splendid cottages at Kinmount Castle are only a few miles from the sandy shoreline, which sweeps westwards to yachting harbours and bird reserves. This meticulous, architect-designed conversion has transformed the Victorian servants’ wing of magnificent Kinmount House into a delightful courtyard cluster of eight holiday cottages, seven of which we feature here, which retain a wealth of original features and details, and possess tremendous atmosphere and charm, which makes it an ideal marquee wedding venue with ballroom included. They enjoy shared use of outstanding facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool, which has been sensitively incorporated into one side of the courtyard. Open daily all year round, the pool has full changing facilities, and its building also houses a sauna, sunbed, cardio gym and games room with pool table. The cottages themselves have been luxuriously appointed; the master bedrooms have four-poster beds, the kitchens are lavishly equipped and the utmost care has been taken over the choice of fabrics and furnishings. Alongside the gracious main house, they are set around the attractive courtyard with patio and barbecue areas – and an extensive grassed area offers plenty of space to relax, as well as an equipped play space for children. From the cottages, there is immediate access to the grounds where azaleas and rhododendrons are a pageant of colour in the summer. With lakes in front of the house, it is a fitting setting for properties of the finest quality, which boast views over shimmering waters to the Lakeland Hills across the Solway Firth.
Kinmount Castle has access to exclusive salmon beats on the Rivers Annan and Nith including the famous Barjarg beat that boasts a salmon catch of 67 lb, in 1812, by well-known poacher, Jock Wallace, and confirmed by the Earl of the home. More up to date catches are now giving an average of 59 salmon and 160 sea trout in a a season along this two mile beat. One to one fishing tuition can also be arranged for novices. Prices at cost – dependant on the time of year.
Just 2 miles from the cottages is Powfoot, created in the 1790s as a sea-bathing resort by one of the owners of Kinmount House. Set above a beach, it has an excellent golf course, one of several along this coast. About a mile further on, the river at the redstone town of Annan is famous for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, and there are pleasant walks along both banks. The town boasts a choice of restaurants and pubs, as well as a sports centre. At Ecclefechan (6 miles) Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace is to be found, containing a collection of relics and letters. Rammerscales (8 miles) is a Georgian house linked with Flora MacDonald. Along the coast at Caerlaverock (8 miles), 13,000 acres of salt-marsh and foreshore have been designated a National Nature Reserve; barnacle, pink-footed and greylag geese feeding on the saltings in Autumn and Winter make this one of the most notable bird sanctuaries in Britain. Overlooking the reserve from a wooded mound are the striking red sandstone ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, dating from the 13th century and besieged many times during the Border wars.
In the parish church at Ruthwell, the Ruthwell cross is a most impressive example of 7th-century stone carving, inscribed with verses from The Dream of the Rood. Dumfries (13 miles) is renowned for its Burns museum, and has a fine golf course. Further west are quaint fishing villages and the rugged beauty of the Galloway Hills. The area offers opportunities for sailing, water sports and riding, and the nearby towns offer good shopping and a variety of inns and eating places. Shops 3 miles.

All on ground floor. Spacious sitting room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Split-level, open-plan kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft pine four-poster bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity and gas central heating £15 per week
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV (Teletext)
  • DVD
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared grounds with furniture and picnic area
  • Children’s play area incorporated into a giant horse chestnut tree with slide and swings
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool – open daily 9 am to 8 pm, all year round
  • Games room with pool table
  • Cardio gym
  • Coin-operated upright sunbed
  • Sauna
  • NB: Lakes in castle grounds

WAS
NOW
£281-£881
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Enjoying wonderful panoramic views across the golf course towards the sea, these beautifully presented apartments (refs 29968, 29969, 29970, 29971, 29972, 29973, 29974, 29975, 29976 and 29977) , on a complex with 24 apartments, make an ideal base for exploring the many delights this area has to offer. Just a few minutes’ walk from the James Braid designed links course and the unspoilt sandy beach, the apartments are furnished and equipped to a very good standard, to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive range of leisure facilities at the nearby Royal Marine Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Also available, are a wide range of beauty treatments from the in-house therapists. Brora is a super base for visiting this unspoilt part of the Highlands – take a trip to the stunning Orkney Islands, Inverness, ‘the Highland capital’, Loch Ness and the Moray Coast. Amongst the many activities available are a range of activities, including mountain biking, sea and river fishing and hillwalking to name but a few. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing views. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.
Please note: All properties have a sea view from the living room, some properties also have a sea view from the bedroom. These properties are allocated on arrival and they can be either on the ground, first or second floor (lift available to each floor).

All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Sonos music system. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of hotel’s shared indoor, heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, max depth 1.12m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities, open 7:30am-8:30pm daily, all year. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£595-£895
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Enjoying wonderful panoramic views across the golf course towards the sea, these beautifully presented apartments (refs 29968, 29969, 29970, 29971, 29972, 29973, 29974, 29975, 29976 and 29977) , on a complex with 24 apartments, make an ideal base for exploring the many delights this area has to offer. Just a few minutes’ walk from the James Braid designed links course and the unspoilt sandy beach, the apartments are furnished and equipped to a very good standard, to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive range of leisure facilities at the nearby Royal Marine Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Also available, are a wide range of beauty treatments from the in-house therapists. Brora is a super base for visiting this unspoilt part of the Highlands – take a trip to the stunning Orkney Islands, Inverness, ‘the Highland capital’, Loch Ness and the Moray Coast. Amongst the many activities available are a range of activities, including mountain biking, sea and river fishing and hillwalking to name but a few. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing views. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.
Please note: All properties have a sea view from the living room, some properties also have a sea view from the bedroom. These properties are allocated on arrival and they can be either on the ground, first or second floor (lift available to each floor).

All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Sonos music system. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of hotel’s shared indoor, heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, max depth 1.12m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities, open 7:30am-8:30pm daily, all year. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£595-£895
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Eland Ref: UEB

"Close to sandy beaches and picturesque villages – with golf at St Andrews nearby . . ."

Ideal for family gatherings, special occasions, select weddings or corporate events, Pitcairlie House can accommodate up to 21 guests in five delightful properties (all graded Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ and awarded the Green Tourism Silver Award) - each apartment being entirely individual and self-contained. All five splendid holiday properties enjoy shared use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool and sauna - they all have an internal access to the swimming pool (except Kudu UED, reached along the verandah).
They are set in a lovely rural situation, 3 miles south of Newburgh on the Firth of Tay, and 18 miles from Perth, in a 120-acre wildlife haven of woods, streams and rolling hills. Eland (UEB, sleeps 6), Sable (UEC, sleeps 4), Kudu (UED, sleeps 4), The Garden Apartment (UEE, sleeps 3) have been formed within a large Victorian wing of the owners’ 16th-century country mansion, while the Lodge (SBK, sleeps 4) is set on the edge of woodland by the end of the drive. Just 2 miles away is the attractive village of Auchtermuchty, while medieval Falkland with its historic palace is only 2 miles farther on. Both villages offer a selection of shops, inns and restaurants. Shops 2 miles.

This property is close to Gleneagles where the 2014 Ryder Cup took place, come and play a round of golf all year round on this world-renowned course.

Created from the original drawing room of the house, Eland is an extremely spacious apartment, elegantly furnished to the Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ standard, with beautiful wooden flooring and delightful views over the grounds and surrounding countryside. It has internal access to the swimming pool. Accessed from the ground floor with stairs to first floor: Spacious, open-plan sitting/dining room and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity and gas central heating included
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo
  • Microwave
  • Shared use of laundry room with washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone by meter reading
  • Shared grounds of 120 acres
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (23ft x 12ft) and sauna available all year round
  • Natural spring water supply
  • Hamper by arrangement
  • NB: Small unfenced lake

WAS
NOW
£408-£1060
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Heated indoor swimming pool
Shared gardens with furniture and play area

This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

In the main house. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional single available on request.

Cot on request. Fridge/freezer.

All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£210-£611
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Heated indoor swimming pool
Shared gardens with furniture and play area

This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

In the main house. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional single available on request.

Cot on request. Fridge/freezer.

All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£234-£768
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Heated indoor swimming pool
Shared gardens with furniture and play area

This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

In Coach House Court. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 steps up to 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cot on request. Fridge/freezer. Internet access on request.

All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£228-£658
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Ash Lodge Ref: B5898

Use of indoor heated swimming pool and sauna

Surrounded by parkland and countryside, several steps lead to this privately-owned lodge which overlooks the park’s loch. Within a holiday complex, which consists of approximately 70 lodges, it is just 400 yards from Sandyhills, one of the finest beaches along this unspoilt coast. A modern and comfortable holiday base; overlooking a golf course; watch a wealth of wildlife from the balcony, or, enjoy the varied facilities this park has to offer. Enjoy the benefits of an on-site indoor heated swimming pool (at extra cost), bar, restaurant and a riding centre, which provides lessons and trekking. Play a round of golf at the 18-hole course at Colvend, or go sailing from Kippford. Enjoy walking or mountain biking in Dalbeattie Forest or traverse the Jubilee Path between Kippford and Rockcliffe. Visit Sweet Heart Abbey, Drumcoltran Tower or New Abbey Watermill. Sea fishing available all along the extensive coastline. Dumfries, 20 miles, home to Robert Burns in his later years, is well worth visiting for its many modern amenities and range of historical sites. Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright are also accessible. Fishing on site in the loch. Pub 300 yards.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio door. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite toilet, 1 twin with additional bunk (top bed for child), additional single and patio doors. Access to double bedroom is through the twin bedroom.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Use of payphone. Shared parkland. Two balconies. Parking. Use of indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.9m x 1.8m) £30 per week, £15 per short break poa

WAS
NOW
£308-£1096
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Enjoying wonderful panoramic views across the golf course towards the sea, these beautifully presented apartments (refs 29968, 29969, 29970, 29971, 29972, 29973, 29974, 29975, 29976 and 29977) , on a complex with 24 apartments, make an ideal base for exploring the many delights this area has to offer. Just a few minutes’ walk from the James Braid designed links course and the unspoilt sandy beach, the apartments are furnished and equipped to a very good standard, to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive range of leisure facilities at the nearby Royal Marine Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Also available, are a wide range of beauty treatments from the in-house therapists. Brora is a super base for visiting this unspoilt part of the Highlands – take a trip to the stunning Orkney Islands, Inverness, ‘the Highland capital’, Loch Ness and the Moray Coast. Amongst the many activities available are a range of activities, including mountain biking, sea and river fishing and hillwalking to name but a few. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing views. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.
Please note: All properties have a sea view from the living room, some properties also have a sea view from the bedroom. These properties are allocated on arrival and they can be either on the ground, first or second floor (lift available to each floor).

All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Sonos music system. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of hotel’s shared indoor, heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, max depth 1.12m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities, open 7:30am-8:30pm daily, all year. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£595-£895
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Enjoying wonderful panoramic views across the golf course towards the sea, these beautifully presented apartments (refs 29968, 29969, 29970, 29971, 29972, 29973, 29974, 29975, 29976 and 29977) , on a complex with 24 apartments, make an ideal base for exploring the many delights this area has to offer. Just a few minutes’ walk from the James Braid designed links course and the unspoilt sandy beach, the apartments are furnished and equipped to a very good standard, to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive range of leisure facilities at the nearby Royal Marine Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Also available, are a wide range of beauty treatments from the in-house therapists. Brora is a super base for visiting this unspoilt part of the Highlands – take a trip to the stunning Orkney Islands, Inverness, ‘the Highland capital’, Loch Ness and the Moray Coast. Amongst the many activities available are a range of activities, including mountain biking, sea and river fishing and hillwalking to name but a few. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing views. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.
Please note: All properties have a sea view from the living room, some properties also have a sea view from the bedroom. These properties are allocated on arrival and they can be either on the ground, first or second floor (lift available to each floor).

All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Sonos music system. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of hotel’s shared indoor, heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, max depth 1.12m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities, open 7:30am-8:30pm daily, all year. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£595-£895
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Heated indoor swimming pool
Shared gardens with furniture and play area

This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

In the main house. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms, one double (6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional single available on request.

Cot on request. Fridge/freezer.

All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£234-£749
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Cree House Ref: SAZ

"Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland across the Firth . . . superb cottages in a spectacular setting . . .’’

In three acres of glorious garden grounds, surrounded by lakes of water lilies, splendid trees, flowering shrubs and woodland drives, the splendid cottages at Kinmount Castle are only a few miles from the sandy shoreline, which sweeps westwards to yachting harbours and bird reserves. This meticulous, architect-designed conversion has transformed the Victorian servants’ wing of magnificent Kinmount House into a delightful courtyard cluster of eight holiday cottages, seven of which we feature here, which retain a wealth of original features and details, and possess tremendous atmosphere and charm, which makes it an ideal marquee wedding venue with ballroom included. They enjoy shared use of outstanding facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool, which has been sensitively incorporated into one side of the courtyard. Open daily all year round, the pool has full changing facilities, and its building also houses a sauna, sunbed, cardio gym and games room with pool table. The cottages themselves have been luxuriously appointed; the master bedrooms have four-poster beds, the kitchens are lavishly equipped and the utmost care has been taken over the choice of fabrics and furnishings. Alongside the gracious main house, they are set around the attractive courtyard with patio and barbecue areas – and an extensive grassed area offers plenty of space to relax, as well as an equipped play space for children. From the cottages, there is immediate access to the grounds where azaleas and rhododendrons are a pageant of colour in the summer. With lakes in front of the house, it is a fitting setting for properties of the finest quality, which boast views over shimmering waters to the Lakeland Hills across the Solway Firth.
Kinmount Castle has access to exclusive salmon beats on the Rivers Annan and Nith including the famous Barjarg beat that boasts a salmon catch of 67 lb, in 1812, by well-known poacher, Jock Wallace, and confirmed by the Earl of the home. More up to date catches are now giving an average of 59 salmon and 160 sea trout in a a season along this two mile beat. One to one fishing tuition can also be arranged for novices. Prices at cost – dependant on the time of year.
Just 2 miles from the cottages is Powfoot, created in the 1790s as a sea-bathing resort by one of the owners of Kinmount House. Set above a beach, it has an excellent golf course, one of several along this coast. About a mile further on, the river at the redstone town of Annan is famous for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, and there are pleasant walks along both banks. The town boasts a choice of restaurants and pubs, as well as a sports centre. At Ecclefechan (6 miles) Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace is to be found, containing a collection of relics and letters. Rammerscales (8 miles) is a Georgian house linked with Flora MacDonald. Along the coast at Caerlaverock (8 miles), 13,000 acres of salt-marsh and foreshore have been designated a National Nature Reserve; barnacle, pink-footed and greylag geese feeding on the saltings in Autumn and Winter make this one of the most notable bird sanctuaries in Britain. Overlooking the reserve from a wooded mound are the striking red sandstone ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, dating from the 13th century and besieged many times during the Border wars.
In the parish church at Ruthwell, the Ruthwell cross is a most impressive example of 7th-century stone carving, inscribed with verses from The Dream of the Rood. Dumfries (13 miles) is renowned for its Burns museum, and has a fine golf course. Further west are quaint fishing villages and the rugged beauty of the Galloway Hills. The area offers opportunities for sailing, water sports and riding, and the nearby towns offer good shopping and a variety of inns and eating places. Shops 3 miles.

Spacious sitting room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Open-plan kitchen/dining room. Utility room off kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft pine four-poster bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity and gas central heating £20 per week

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD 
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared grounds with furniture and picnic area
  • Children’s play area incorporated into a giant horse chestnut tree with slide and swings
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool – open daily 9 am to 8 pm, all year round
  • Games room with pool table
  • Cardio gym
  • Coin-operated upright sunbed
  • Sauna
  • NB: Lakes in grounds

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