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The Castle At Craignair

Castle Douglas (5mls E), Dumfries and Galloway
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Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / wood burner
Hot tub
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Escape to this enchanting, historic, 850-year-old Scottish Castle
  • Step back in time and enjoy a roaring fire in the drawing room
  • Beautiful garden and grounds to explore with a private hot tub
Property code: 89498

This impressive castle, sleeping ten guests and up to two dogs across five bedrooms, is steeped in history. The property has been beautifully maintained and retains many original features, giving it a sense of grandeur and style. Set in its own grounds and 1 mile from the little village of Dalbeattie, in the Urr Valley, it is perfect for a large family or group of friends who want some time and space away from hectic lives in historic and attractive surroundings.

The rooms within this remarkable castle are dashing and atmospheric, retaining many original features such as open fireplaces, exposed beams, colourfully painted walls, and ornately framed pictures that create an authentic and homely feel. This property is living history at its best and includes an option to book the formal banqueting or dining hall for a special occasion.

With its striking period features, the wood-panelled hallway leads you to the wooden staircase to the first floor. On the ground floor, the stone floors and thick tapestry curtains take you into the elaborately decorated drawing room with panelled walls and a huge feature fireplace with an open fire. This room feels almost ethereal, and here you can enjoy time together relaxing on the sofas and easy chairs.

A stone spiral staircase takes you up to a bedroom believed to have once hosted Mary Queen of Scots and beautifully adorned with a king-size four-poster bed. This floor also boasts a bathroom with a beautiful claw-foot bath, perfect for a long soak.

Head up the spiral staircase to the second floor and you will find a second bedroom with a double four-poster bed, printed wallpaper and hanging tapestries. On the top floor, is a double bedroom. Additionally, adjoining the castle and accessed externally are two fully refurbished, king-size bedrooms with tartan decor and furnishings in keeping with the rest of the castle.

Across the courtyard, there is a separate building housing a commercial-style kitchen. Please let us know if you would like to arrange catering as this can be done through the owners. There is also a magnificent banquet hall, with a fire, exposed beams, and stone walls, for you to enjoy a special dinner together; we can book this with the owners before your stay.

The property is set within grounds and gardens with lawns, sunken gardens and a river walk. After a busy day exploring, you can unwind in a private hot tub overlooking the garden. Enjoy sitting out on the patio area for early morning coffee or take your favourite tipple of the evening and watch the stars come out.

  • 5 bedrooms – 1 double four-poster bed, 1 king four-poster bed and 2 king-size rooms and 1 double
  •  3 bathrooms – 2 en-suite bathrooms with shower and WC, 1 family bathroom in tower with bath, shower and WC, and 1 WC on top floor
  • Kitchen with oil-fired Aga, microwave and fridge/freeze
  • TV in lounge if required
  • Private hot tub in grounds
  • Lovely garden and grounds with lawn, sunken garden, river walk and patio area
  • Private parking for 8 cars
  • Pubs, shops, and cafe just over 1 mile away
  • There is a formal dining/banquet hall which can be booked through the owners and catering can also be arrange
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £500 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £50. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

The glorious Solway Coast is less than 10 miles to the south, with some gorgeous, secluded beaches and rugged coastline to explore. Known as the Granite Town, nearby Dalbeattie (2 miles) has plenty of friendly places to eat and drink. Local attractions include Colvend Golf Club, Almorness Point, Threave Castle and Threave Garden, all within 10 miles. Known as the Food Town of Scotland, Castle Douglas is just 6 miles away, or you can head to Galloway Forest Park (17 miles) for woodland walks, mountain biking and nature spotting.

Gavin Grant

This property is personally managed by Gavin.


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Reviewed by Walton 28th March 2024

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A remarkable and unique location. I rented the castle for a long weekend to celebrate my 50th birthday with my family. We had a wonderful, memorable time. I particularly loved cooking on the Aga, meals in the green room, and sitting in front of the fire in the sitting room. Lots of atmosphere and history and interesting things to look at - and no sRead moreign of any ghosts! Hide

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