The Flying School

Self Catering

Kelham Brae, Burnhead, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, DG3 4AD

    Named after the swallows which once nested and learned to fly inside the space before it was renovated,and now nest outside.

    This 200 year old church has been lovingly converted to offer you luxurious accommodation and a perfect base for exploring the region. The Flying School has a lovely open plan sitting room, complete with satellite TV and a cosy wood burning stove, which leads into a stylish and fully equipped kitchen. There are beautiful wooden floors throughout and a handmade oak staircase which leads to two stylishly decorated and furnished bedrooms, which have floor to ceiling arched windows offering you lovely views over the rolling countryside and surrounding area. The master bedroom has a modern en suite with an exhilarating power shower and the main bathroom has a large bath with mood lighting - perfect for enjoying a relaxing soak after adventurous days.

    Outside, a large patio and seating area overlooks the 3-acre paddock where the owners' friendly sheep and chickens live and ducks swim on the winding burn. The chickens lay delicious free-range eggs which you can enjoy for your breakfast!
    The Flying School is an ideal place to base yourselves for a relaxing break where you choose the pace of your holiday. Nearby, Thornhill is a haven for shopping with exclusive shops and boutiques while a variety of excellent restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs provide plenty of choice for eating out. Drumlanrig Castle with its fabulous mountain biking and walking routes is only 3 miles away and in summer, the castle's adventure playground and beautiful gardens offer a great day out. Here you can also enjoy Land Rover tours, architectural tours, and bicycle museum, hire bikes or browse the workshops in the courtyard. 

    Slightly further afield you will find the Solway Coast. Its beautiful beaches and stunning coastline is perfect for horse riding, cycling, walking and leisurely drives along the quiet roads. As you tour around keep your eyes peeled for Andy Galsworthy's magnificent outdoor sculpture project, the Striding Arches.

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

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    The Flying School

    from £370 to £570 per week. Short breaks, minimum 2 nights from £140.

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


    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Rural Location


    • Parking
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking


    • Kitchen
    • Freezer
    • Lounge
    • Laundry Facilities on Complex
    • Iron Available
    • Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
    • Linen Provided
    • Electric Cooker
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Dishwasher
    • Shower
    • Private Bathroom
    • WC EnSuite
    • Fridge
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Towels Provided
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Hairdryer Available

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player
    • Hi-Fi
    • CD Player
    • Television
    • Garden
    • Satellite / Cable TV

    Special Requirements

    • Families
    • Single Travellers
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non smokers
    • Groups Welcome
    • Business Travellers

    Road Directions

    Off A76 from Dumfries to Thornhill. Turn left before Thornhill after the Riding School at the Sign for Penpont & Moniaive on the A702, follow the road to the end and at the T junction turn left, over the wee hump backed bridge and half a mile later there is a road sign for a sharp left hand bend - slow down and on your right hand side is a red telephone box - turn sharp right and we are the third on e on your left hand side. Parking is available in front of the Church

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