Holiday House Details
The Nook
Castle Douglas
(14 reviews)
From £220 per week
Sleeps 4
1 bedroom
1 double, 1 double sofa

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 24 Jun 2017Fri 08 Sep 2017£330£100
Sat 09 Sep 2017Fri 22 Sep 2017£300£90
Sat 23 Sep 2017Fri 06 Oct 2017£280£85
Sat 07 Oct 2017Fri 27 Oct 2017£280£85
Sat 28 Oct 2017Fri 10 Nov 2017£240£75
Sat 11 Nov 2017Wed 20 Dec 2017£220£70
Thu 21 Dec 2017Wed 27 Dec 2017£320£100
Thu 28 Dec 2017Wed 03 Jan 2018£325£100
Thu 04 Jan 2018Fri 05 Jan 2018£220£70
Sat 06 Jan 2018Fri 09 Feb 2018£220£70
Sat 10 Feb 2018Fri 23 Mar 2018£240£75
Sat 24 Mar 2018Fri 13 Apr 2018£300£90
Sat 14 Apr 2018Fri 25 May 2018£280£85
Sat 26 May 2018Fri 01 Jun 2018£300£90
Sat 02 Jun 2018Fri 22 Jun 2018£300£90
Sat 23 Jun 2018Fri 07 Sep 2018£330£100
Sat 08 Sep 2018Fri 21 Sep 2018£300£90
Sat 22 Sep 2018Fri 05 Oct 2018£280£85
Sat 06 Oct 2018Fri 26 Oct 2018£280£85
Sat 27 Oct 2018Fri 09 Nov 2018£240£75
Sat 10 Nov 2018Thu 20 Dec 2018£220£70
Fri 21 Dec 2018Thu 27 Dec 2018£320£100
Fri 28 Dec 2018Thu 03 Jan 2019£325£100
Fri 04 Jan 2019Fri 08 Feb 2019£220£70
Sat 09 Feb 2019Fri 05 Apr 2019£240£75
Sat 06 Apr 2019Fri 26 Apr 2019£300£90
Sat 27 Apr 2019Fri 24 May 2019£280£85
Sat 25 May 2019Fri 31 May 2019£300£90
Sat 01 Jun 2019Fri 21 Jun 2019£300£90
Sat 22 Jun 2019Fri 06 Sep 2019£330£100
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£300£90
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£280£85
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£280£85
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£240£75
Sat 09 Nov 2019Fri 20 Dec 2019£220£70
Sat 21 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£320£100
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£325£100


Set within stunning countryside in the heart of The Glenkens and the Galloway Hills, Bartaggart Farm offers two self catering holiday cottages as part of the recent steading conversion, which has been carried out sympathetically to blend into the surroundings.

This is the perfect location for an outdoor holiday with super walks, bridal paths and is also in close proximity to Loch Ken where there is a hive of activity. You can have a go at all types of water sports, archery, quad biking and much more. The 7 Stanes world class mountain bike trails are within driving distance at Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Ae, Dalbeattie and Mabie - Scotland’s Biking heaven. But this remote setting is also ideal for a peaceful holiday to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Enjoy some of the darkest skies in Europe and try a bit of star gazing. Wildlife enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice from The Red Kite Trail and Red Deer Range to Osprey viewing at Wigtown (Scotland’s Book Town) and Ken-Dee marshes nature reserve. Nearby New Galloway offers shops, restaurants and The Catstrand, a contemporary arts and visitor centre which features a year round programme of theatre, music, comedy, storytelling, workshops, exhibitions and film.

This recently converted white holiday cottage forming part of the steading sleeps two guests in the comfortable and bright double bedroom and two more, if required on the double sofa bed in the spacious lounge. The modern dining/kitchen with white units, is very well equipped with an electric oven and grill, microwave and washing machine and has the lovely views to the rear of the property. French doors from the lounge take you into the lawned garden where you can relax and enjoy great views of the surrounding hills.

Also available The Smithy sleeps 2 (+2).



A ramp to the front door which takes you into the modern dining/kitchen with washing machine, electric oven & grill, microwave and window with views to the rear. The spacious lounge has a double sofa bed and French doors to the garden. The double bedroom is off the lounge and next to the bathroom. Centrally heated.


  • Electric cooker
  • Electricity included
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge freezer
  • High Chair
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave
  • TVs with Freeview
  • Washing machine
  • 3 Pets only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet
  • Reviews

    (14 reviews)
    The Nook reviews
    Had a great time
    Mrs Williams - March 2017
    Lovely cottage and nice people dogs loved it but took a while to find and had to ask people for directions only signed one way
    Ms Gilmour - December 2016
    A lovely cottage with everything you could need and a small enclosed garden for Harvey and Bonnie to run around in. We were blessed with wonderful weather and took advantage of visiting many scenic locations including Sandy Hills, St Ninian's Cave and up to Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland to do a spot of gold panning. My only slight grip in this beautifully remote and what should be a peaceful location was the intermittent noise from a very loud water pump running in the store room. I hope the owner sorts that out quickly.
    Owners Response: "Thank you very much, I’m glad you enjoyed your stay at The Nook. We have sorted out the ‘workings’ of the toilet and we have re decorated (January 2016) I hope to see you again"
    Mr Ayres - June 2016
    The Nook is a lovely cottage in the middle of nowhere. We found it very restful and saw lots of birds and wildlife. We really enjoyed the red deer centre in the nearby Galloway Forest. The cottage was comfortable and warm, and the owners made us feel welcome. The toilet was a little difficult to flush and the paintwork a little worn but these issues didn't spoil our enjoyment. We would definitely go again.
    Mrs Pollock - September 2015
    Just what I needed - a quiet stay in a tranquil location. The cottage was well presented and comfortable and the owner provided a 'welcome pack', which was much appreciated.The nearest village shop is a short drive away and supermarkets are in Castle Douglas or Kirkcudbright, a half hour or so drive. I was unfamiliar with the area so spent time exploring. There's plenty for the outdoor enthusiast nearby - the cottage is close to Galloway Forest Park - but the history and culture of the area provide a wealth of alternatives for wet weather or more relaxing days out. Loved the Gem and Rock Museum in Creetown, Kirkcudbright's 'Artists' Town' venues and walks at Clatteringshaws Loch (and afternoon tea at the visitor centre!). The Smithy Tearoom in New Galloway has good food for lunches or a coffee and a bite. All in all, a great stay but not for anyone wanting night life on the doorstep - unless you mean bats in the garden and stars overhead!
    Ms Snowdon - July 2015
    A really well equipped cottage, nice and clean. The cottage is in a lovely spot and a really nice place to stay.
    Mr Kenyon - November 2014
    3 star for the cottage, was beautifully presented and was in a lovely quiet location, albeit for us to get to the destinations we wanted there was a lot of travelling. Although having said that. Was very disappointed that there was no wifi connection. Please change your advertising as this was one of the reasons we booked and wouldn't have booked if we had known. Very disappointed.
    Owners Response: "Thank you for your comments, there is a WIFI connection but the internet connection is very intermittent due to location and weather can also affect it so will look into getting a booster for this so in the meantime asked this to be taken off the website."
    Mr Jones - July 2014
    The Nook is well off main roads in a lovely peaceful location; superb for nature lovers. It's a small, cosy cottage and was spotlessly clean on our arrival. The fenced in garden was perfect for dogs or small children. Our host, Sue, was friendly and helpful and provided us with a wonderful welcome pack on arrival. We found the whole area wonderful for bird life and for castles, but particularly enjoyed Threave castle,which you have to take a boat out to, and the amazing gardens at Threave House.
    Mrs Doorly - May 2014
    We've stayed 4 nights at the Nook. House is very nice, everything you need is available. House is in middle of nothing, if you prefer more urban activity be aware that you will not find it nearby. We've enjoyed the quietness and nature around the Nook. Although it's said that free wifi is available, none of our computers/telephones were able to catch the wireless network inside the house. Only outside and close to the owners house it's possible to use the free wifi. In January this is not a perfect solution. Therefor we've graded the house with 4 stars instead of 5. KR Tjerk
    Owners Response: "Dear Mr. Tjerk, Thank you so much for your review of the Nook, I’m so sorry about the wi-fi, it is being attended to – we’re trying a booster pack from Timico wireless, hopefully that will make a big difference and it will be sorted out. I hope you had a good trip back home and we’d love to see you again in the future."
    Mr Coehoorn - January 2014
    The Nook was a perfect cottage for two. We really enjoyed the peaceful setting, the friendliness of the owner and Billy the dog and the location. We hiked up hills, round lochs and along the coast, wandered through ruined castles and abbeys and sampled the local brews. I would highly recommend this place to anyone and, who knows, we may be back to visit again next time we are in the UK.
    Mrs Shaw - October 2013
    1st of all we came in Scotland from ITALY by car and it was a fantastic trip for us, almost a challenge, you know, driving to the left for many miles, 1st time. Anyway the welcome at the Nook and the impact of the land was Fantastic! friendly people and more than we can imagine, this hills and nature very quiet. Of course being the 1st time in Scotland we concentrate on Dumfries and Galloways, visiting from west to east, with two daytrips in Edinburgh (amazing)and Glasgow(elegant). Galloway forest park is very wild and we like all the entire region, but the best was Mull of Galloway,so I send you the photos of that amazing land. Something else to say ? the Sulwath Brewers in CAstle Douglas need a visit (nice people, very tasty beer) and the Crown Hotel in Portpatrick was the best pub and restaurant of the entire holydays). Sure we'll come back in this wonderful land, Italian promise ! I Only I apologise that UK not own € for us poor continental european it will be better, but anyway how the Bank could carry on???? Lovely, Lombardi STefano from Varese, ITALY
    Owners Response: "Thank you very much Mr. & Mrs. Lombardi and family.  I hope you had a good trip home and we'd love to see you back again soon."
    Mr Lombardi - August 2012
    Whist the location is excellent if you want an out of the way cottage, the Accomodation is let down by the standard of finishing in kitchen and bathroom, particularly the bathroom, which was not of an acceptable standard in this price range. Extremely disappointed that towels and bed linen were not change during our two week stay, also problems with heating/ water. The proprietor lacks some basic customer care skills. Other minor issues which cause irritation and could be easily fixed, included the provision of only one tea-towel and the lack of a clothes airer indoors. (it rained for most of the fortnight)
    Owners Response: "I am confused by these comments - standard of finish in bathroom & kitchen?     re the change of linen & towels - the bed linen & towels are changed at the end of each stay, no one else has ever had a problem with this, if these guests had required their bed linen and towels to be changed half way through their stay, they could have asked me and I would have done it for them.  The heating and hot water are set on a timer to come on twice a day - when the guests arrived I explained to (and showed) them how to work the boiler & set the heating/hot water to constant if they'd like.  When they arrived, I went through everything with them, explained that we live here aswell and we are always around if they need us and to just ask, as they didn't I assumed everything was ok. All other reviews we've had have been great and I am a bit saddened by this review as I do my best to make sure everyone coming to The Nook, The Smithy and Bartaggart Farmhouse have a very enjoyable home from home holiday."
    Dr Macleod - June 2012
    We had a fab week staying at The Nook. The owners were very friendly, especially Billy the dog, and left us a lovely welcome pack. Not far from Loch Ken where we enjoyed the Red Kites and highly recommend the feeding station at Bellymack Farm. Also, the pub in nearby Corsock comes highly recommended, especially the food. The cottage was warm and has everything you could want for your stay.
    Miss Holton - October 2011
    Cottage was very comfortable in a nice area. Owners very friendly and welcoming everything about thh cottage was good.
    Mr Kenyon - September 2011

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    This property is covered by our Holiday Protection Scheme.

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

    There is no charge for this holiday protection – it is included in the cost of your holiday. Please note that the protection does not apply to holidays in our properties with codes beginning with P (usually castles, mansions and lodges).

    Deposits may be transferred to a different date for a holiday at the same property within 12 months of the original holiday date, subject to availability, but not, however, for a different property. If the new booking is at a higher rate the tenant must pay the extra cost. No refund will be made if the new date is at a lower rate.

    1. Death, accidental bodily injury, or illness (excluding pre-existing or chronic illness/conditions, or illness arising through epidemics or pandemics)
    a) the Proposer and/or persons with whom he/she has arranged to travel.
    b) any close relative or business associate of the Proposer or of any person with whom he/she has arranged to travel or arranged to meet at the specified holiday establishment. We will require appropriate documentary evidence of illness or bodily injury from a registered medical practitioner. This evidence must state that the Proposer is unfit to travel.

    2. Jury service, witness call or unemployment through redundancy of the Proposer after the date of booking and prior to the commencement date of the holiday.

    3. Fire or theft which is the subject of an insurance claim at the Insured’s main residence or business premises within seven days before commencement of the holiday.

    4. Occupational postings not contemplated at the time the holiday is booked.

    5. Cancellation or curtailment of scheduled transport services due to strikes, riots or civil commotion, but limited to the cost of alternative transport up to £50 per person for the outward journey only.

    But not, however:

    1. Disinclination to travel.

    2. Failure of public or private transport.

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    4. Pregnancy unless problems occur which prevent the person travelling. A  verification must be signed by a registered medical practitioner to this effect

    5. Any loss which is otherwise insured.

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