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The Stables, sleeping 14 is a combination of the 17th Century stable yard cottages belonging to Arbigland House, Grooms and Coachmans, which have been upgraded and modernised to ensure a wonderful holiday. Listed Grade B by Historic Scotland the refurbishment and modernisation have ensured that original character and architectural features have been retained and complement the neighbouring Adams style Arbigland House (Historic Scotland Grade A) with its historic links to the Scottish Enlightenment and American Independence. Conjoined, they make the perfect location for a multi-generational holiday, perhaps a small family reunion or friendly get together and with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, there is room for everyone and no queue for the toilet! The 2 kitchens allow for more preparation space but there is still enough seating within the kitchen of Coachmans Cottage for everyone to sit and eat together.
The grounds of Arbigland House are famed for their spring displays of azaleas and rhododendrons and guests have full access to the gardens with paths that lead to a "private" sandy beach; while wandering through the woodlands keep a weather eye for the native red squirrels! The beach on the Solway will instantly give you that happy beachcomber’s feeling with the sound of the sea and call of the curlew together with wonderful views across the waters to the Lake District hills. The location is a perfect base for exploring Scotland's hidden south western corner and accommodate a total of 14. By prior arrangement it is possible to provide a catering package for guests so that you may really sit back and enjoy your holiday. The famous Southerness Links golf course is close by, together with other less testing courses. A trip to Southerness is also worthwhile for its historic lighthouse which is occasionally opened to allow visitors to climb and see the view. There are marvellous opportunities for other recreational pursuits including wildlife and bird watching with the RSPB Mersehead Reserve just a few miles along the coast. The Reserve is spectacular in winter and spring with thousands of geese and other over wintering wildfowl present. In the summer it is also worth a visit with pleasant walks through the Reserve’s woodlands down to the beach. The RSPB staff run wildlife events throughout the year including dawn walks, pond dipping, and badger watching.
South West Scotland has numerous historic sites to explore including Arbigland House itself (by prior arrangement with the owners) and the neighbouring John Paul Jones Cottage, being the birthplace of the founder of the American Navy. Other notable sites include Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey together with one of the oldest Corn Mills, both maintained by Historic Scotland and the world's oldest Camera Obscura at Dumfries Museum. Connections with Burns can be explored in Dumfries, at Arbigland itself and other villages including Ellisland Farm at Holywood where Burns lived and wrote for a number of years.
Cycling and walking are particularly well catered for with numerous coastal paths and Forestry Commission Woodlands trails including the 7Stanes Mountain Bike Routes which have been laid out across the region. The closest of these are in Dalbeattie and Mabie Woods, both of which provide superb and spectacular settings for quiet walks or testing strenuous mountain biking routes.
Postcode DG2 8BQ
Short breaks are welcome throughout the year
Damage Deposit £300
Accommodation at Coachmans Cottage: Sleeping 10 in 4 bedrooms over two floors: Ground Floor: Entrance Hallway with step down to Sitting room; Sitting room with open fire; Kitchen with range cooker and currently allowing dining up to 10 with an additional breakfast bar for 4; King size bedroom with Zip & Link beds which can become a twin (please let us know your preference on booking); Shower room with toilet. First Floor: Landing; Double bedroom with 5' bed and en suite bathroom; Double bedroom; Family room with 2 Double beds or 4 singles (please let us know your preference on booking); Bathroom
Accommodation at Grooms Cottage: Sleeping 3 + 1 in 2 bedrooms over two floors: Ground Floor: Entrance Hallway; Open living area comprising sitting room with wood burning stove and single sofa bed; Kitchen and dining area; Utility room with washer/dryer. First Floor: Landing; Double bedroom; Bathroom; Single bedroom
Facilities: Central heating & electricity included * Bed linen & towels provided * Washer/drier* Large Fridge/Freezer (separate at Grooms Cottage) * Microwave * Wifi * TV * DVD Player * Open fire with initial basket of logs supplied (wood burning stove at Grooms Cottage) * Courtyard and 24 acre shared garden with lake and beach * Garden furniture * Parking * Cot and highchair available on request * 4 dogs welcome.
EXTRAS: £20 per dog/week