Family Retreat in Scottish Borders

Enjoy a family holiday in the Scottish countryside.

We really wanted to feature a house this month that encompasses everything that makes a family holiday home special. Whether you are planning short break or a longer stay it makes everything more idyllic when you have a lovely place to stay which not only looks and feels nice, but is very livable and caters for your social and lifestyle needs.

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, countryside location

Kirkton House, located near Arkleton in Dumfries and Galloway, is a splendid large family home set amongst 3 acres of beautiful garden. Surrounded by the majestic Eskdale countryside the home provides that perfect private retreat we all hope for when planning time away with our loved ones. During the recent renovations the owners really wanted to focus on the comfort of its future guests and set it up to welcome everyone, so it wont come as a surprise to you that its interior caters for all occasions and ages. Let’s have a look inside shall we?

Downstairs you have a lovely selection of sociable rooms including a large open plan kitchen, a lovely bright conservatory with a dining and sitting area, a large inner hall, a cosy sitting room with open fire, a formal dining room and a large drawing room. And that’s just the ground floor! There are two upper levels both boasting the most beautiful bedrooms one could dream of, but we’ll focus on the downstairs first.

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, kitchenScottish borders, Kirkton House, kitchen and sunroom

When you enter into the kitchen you will feel like all your Christmases have come at once, especially if you are the keen cook of the party. It is a large and spacious room connecting on to the conservatory which welcomes in a lot of natural light. It’s colour palette of creams, charcoals and whites marry beautifully with the light tiled flooring and soft marble worktops. The Island in the middle lends itself well to breakfast time and those moments where you need a quick snack and the little cubby in the corner offers more space to prepare/store your food and can hide the post dinner washing up nicely! The three oven Aga provides natural warmth to the room as it boils, steams and roasts food to perfection, and the gas hob offers an alternative cooking method for those less familiar. The room is kitted out with everything you are going to need from large fridges to bread makers to coffee machines – just perfect! 

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, cooker in the kitchenScottish borders, Kirkton House, enjoy a morning coffee

For day time the conservatory offers a lovely place to enjoy your breakfast or a spot of afternoon tea. Views out over the garden can be enjoyed through the large windows and French doors helping you appreciate all the wildlife like garden birds, climbing squirrels and if you are really lucky you might spot a badger or two. Large enough to fit 10, the lovely large dining table can be filled with food and laughter and of course the two big armchairs offer a quiet corner for reading books and relaxing.

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, sunroomScottish borders, Kirkton House, sunroom with view of garden

Now as mentioned before, there are two sitting rooms so let’s start with the less formal. I say less formal, but to be honest it’s still pretty fancy! The gorgeous oak floor that runs the bottom of the house extends to this lovely living space, but the plush blue carpet which the sofas sit on offers that softer fluffier feel underfoot. This is a lovely bright space and the large sash windows allow lots of Summer light in giving lovely views across the garden. Closing the wool curtains at night will keep in plenty of warmth and the TV complete with SKY and DVD player will mean you have plenty of entertainment in the evenings. This is a lovely spot to relax with a coffee or play one of the ample board games that comes with the house.

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, sitting room

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, sitting room

The more formal sitting room offers a quieter space – a digital detox zone if you like – to enjoy a nice book, a good chat or a mature beverage before dinner. There is also a wall mounted TV in here for those moments when you want one. The wood-burning stove can be lit to make the atmosphere cosy and warm and time can just pass as you relax and unwind amongst luxury furnishings, chandelier lamps and beautiful artwork.

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, hallway

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, sitting room 2

Linking the rooms on the ground floor is a lovely big hallway which can have second use as a playroom. It is spacious and big leaving plenty of space to move about and play. As mentioned before the house suits all ages so toys, board games, DVD’s and even books are all provided meaning there is plenty to keep everyone entertained. The hidden book den on the top floor will fill the kids with excitement when discovered as any cubby-den filled with books and cushions would!!

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, spacious hallway

Off the hallway is the large formal dining room where long meal times can be spent chatting and catching up over good home cooked food. The cushioned seats are extremely comfortable, and being close to the staircase you can easily keep an eye on those children sleeping peacefully upstairs. Talking of the staircase…let’s take a look upstairs.

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, countryside location

We have four bedrooms upstairs: 1 super king ensuite bedroom, 1 kingsize ensuite bedroom, 1 kingsize bedroom and 1 double bedroom. These bedrooms are all decorated beautifully with soft tones throughout, hints of colour coming in through the throw cushions, cosy blankets and artwork. The beds are all different in their frame, wooden, metal and padded fabric headboards. The carpets throughout are plush and luxurious keeping the feet cosy at night time and the furniture ranges from antique to the more modern piece. The ensuite bathrooms consist of baths and showers, everything gleaming and sparkling inviting you in to a bit of luxury. The crispest of linen and the fluffiest of towels are provided for you making the packing process a little bit easier (and lighter!).

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, double bedroomScottish borders, Kirkton House, double bedroomScottish borders, Kirkton House, double bedroomScottish borders, Kirkton House, bathroom

On this floor also is a separate family bathroom which has a wonderful large walk in shower, bath, loo and sink. It’s always good to have plenty of bathrooms – it minimizes the chance of bath time queues. If we continue up we come to the top floor of the house which has two twin bedrooms. These could be called the kids rooms as they are decorated in a slightly more playful way, however the single beds are still lovely and big so they would easily suit adults too. Sitting opposite each other, across a lovely carpeted landing, they are the perfect bedrooms for younger members but also couples with children as they both have an extra pull out ¾ bed which is really handy.. There is also a toddler bed/cot available for babies. What makes this floor even better is the hidden den in the hallway cupboard. Open up the double doors and you will find a cubby hole complete with mattress cushion, pillows and a bookcase filled with stories – any bookworms dream!

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, twin bedroomScottish borders, Kirkton House, twin bedroom

I am sure you will have seen from these photos that this house is no less than perfect. Perfect in terms of location, layout, practicality and welcome. Great care and attention has been taken to ensure a memorable home from home self catering holiday and it’s all the thoughtful extras that make it so homely and welcoming. Being set in its own garden means the children can run freely through all the flowers and lawns and discover the trickling burn and all sorts of nature. It is also a perfect base to discover all the history and magic that the area of Dumfries and Galloway in the Scottish Borders has to offer.

Scottish borders, Kirkton House, gardenScottish borders, Kirkton House, garden lights

If you want to find out more about this self catering holiday home why not check out a video that was made on it by a vlogger we had to stay recently. ‘This Mama Life’ loved her stay there recently and her video features a lovely tour of it. View it here.


We hope you have enjoyed this feature. You can also view the house on our website HERE. It sleeps 8, the rents start at £1,350 for the week and short breaks are welcome. If you have any questions you can always call us on 01738 451 610. 

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