McMurdoston House Bed & Breakfast

B&B

Coldside Road, Auldgirth, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, DG2 0JX

    Conveniently and peacefully situated between Dumfries (15 minutes) and Thornhill (20 minutes), McMurdoston House offers a perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. A wildlife enthusiast's dream and comfortable too!

     

    WELCOME TO MCMURDOSTON HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST NEAR AULDGIRTH

    Conveniently and peacefully situated between Dumfries (15 minutes) and Thornhill (20 minutes), McMurdoston House offers a perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century.

     Originally dating from 1540 our historic ex-farmhouse was extended in 1922 and now provides comfortable, warm and welcoming accommodation for visitors to this lovely, but largely undiscovered, area of Scotland.

     

    Our two guest bedrooms – one king-sized double and one generously-proportioned twin – are newly decorated in contemporary style, yet also contain original Victorian fireplaces and snug lovingly-restored window shutters. You’ll find generous supplies of tea and coffee-making equipment, some local treats to go with this, a hair-dryer and lovely views from each room.

     

    We have a large family bathroom adjacent to our double room, offering a generous bath, modern shower, plenty of towels and ample complimentary toiletries. A second private shower room with toilet is also available so that all of our guests can enjoy private facilities.

     

    Breakfast is your choice... from full, locally-sourced Scottish, (or English if that’s your thing!), to Continental, with a selection of teas, coffee and juices. If you let us know any dietary requirements you have we’ll do our utmost to accommodate them. We’ll even make you a packed lunch if you give us a couple of days’ notice.

     

    MORE ABOUT MCMURDOSTON

    Meals are served in our atmospheric dining room or in the light-flooded hall, from which you’ll enjoy stunning views of the rolling hills and which provides an excellent opportunity for bird-watchers to indulge themselves. Guests also have exclusive use of a comfortable sitting room, where you can watch Freeview TV and play DVDs. A selection of board games and puzzles is provided and WiFi is available free of charge. A wide supply of reference books, leaflets and maps will enable you to look up any special finds or plan your next day’s trip.

     

    We provide lockable storage for bikes, a drying room for wet clothes and footwear and ample safe parking. You’ll find gorgeous walks from the door, many offering panoramic views, practically any amenity you could wish for in Dumfries (including an ice rink, cinema and a wide variety of restaurants and pubs) and numerous enticing shops and galleries in Thornhill and Castle Douglas.

     

    Finally, to give you a hint of what to expect at McMurdoston, we’ve seen barn and tawny owls, great-spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, yellowhammers, red squirrels, tree-creepers, roe deer, hares and tree sparrows, all from within the 3 acres which surround the house.

      

    A TASTE OF DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

    Many of you’ll be well aware of the abundance of wonderful ways you can enjoy yourselves locally, but in case you’re new to the area, here’s a taste of what to expect.

    The fishing enthusiast is well catered for with top-class fly-fishing available on the River Nith or on one of many local lochs – there’s excellent coarse fishing not far away too. If you’re a cyclist you really are in luck... the famous 7stanes trails are all around us (we’re mid-way between Mabie and Ae) and what’s more, the bike was invented just a pedal-ride away in Keir Mill – well worth a pilgrimage!

    If you prefer to take your exercise on two feet you’ll find hundreds of acres of moorland, challenging hill-walking or wonderfully quiet lanes to explore, or if you’re a golfer you could try out some of the dozens of varied courses within a short drive. You could even take to the sea if you choose, since the varied and very beautiful coastline is only a half hour’s drive away. If nature’s your thing, you can’t fail, with stunning locations to visit, like Threave Castle and its ospreys, the beautiful RSPB reserve at Mersehead or one of the fascinating gardens in this unusually warm part of Scotland (all thanks to the Gulf Stream).

     

    Last but not least, for those more historically-minded, Ellisland – home of Robert Burns – is under 2 miles from McMurdoston, and the stunning castle of Drumlanrig is just a half hour’s drive. Within 30 minutes’ scenic driving you could also be visiting the food town of Castle Douglas, or marvelling at some of the many famous outdoor sculptures to be found locally. Wigtown – a must for the book-enthusiast – is only an hour away.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2014
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    4
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Double
    £35.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Double (Single Occupancy)
    £40.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Twin
    £35.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Twin Room (Single Occupancy)
    £40.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Farm This is an ex-farm-house which is surrounded by fields used for grazing sheep and cattle. Visitors can see all the intriguing goings-on without having to trudge through muddy farm-yards or be woken at dawn by cockerels!

    Children

    • Cot Available Folding basic travel cot for emergencies!

    Facilities

    • No Smoking Permitted

    Location

    • Rural Location This is an unusual place - just 5 minutes drive from the A76, quarter of an hour from Dumfries, and yet a haven of tranquillity the moment you turn off the ignition.

    Special Requirements

    • No Pets Allowed

    Catering

    • Breakfast Available
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and herbal teas available to brew in your own room.

    Domestic

    • Drying Facilities
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Lounge A private sitting room is available for our guests.
    • Private Bathroom
    • Shower One in each private bathroom.
    • Towels Provided

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • DVD Player
    • Garden Our garden is free for you to wander round and sit in - enjoy the wonderful views and watch out for the amazing wildlife.
    • Television A TV/DVD player is available for your exclusive use in your own private sitting room.
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque

    Transport

    • Bike Storage Available
    • Free Parking On-Site

    Road Directions

    By Car

    Take A75 West towards Stranraer. Bypass Dumfries and take A76 North towards Kilmarnock. After nearly 5 miles take the left turn towards Merkland and follow this road gently uphill for a mile and a half. Turn sharp right when you see the sign for McMurdoston and another sharp right into our drive. Go through the blue gate and between the white pillars and park at the front of the house.

     

    From Tourist Information Centre

     

    Turn right out of the Centre and follow signs to the A75. When you reach the A75 at the Cuckoo Bridge roundabout after a mile or so, take the A76 to Kilmarnock. After nearly 5 miles take the left turn towards Merkland and follow this road gently uphill for a mile and a half. Turn sharp right when you see the sign for McMurdoston and another sharp right into our drive. Go through the blue gate and between the white pillars and park at the front of the house.

    Public Transport Directions

    • By Rail  - Trains arrive at Dumfries, via Carlisle. Take a cab, or a bus to the bottom of Coldside Road, where we can meet you
    • By Air  - Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are just over an hour’s drive away
    • By Ferry  - We are approximately75 minutes’ drive from Stranraer

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