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The Smithy - Dumfries And Galloway

Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 3
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Working farm
Towels included
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Pretty little cottage in the Galloway Hills
  • Fantastic walking country
  • 8 miles from Loch Ken for water sports and fishing
  • In a dark sky park for night-time stargazing
  • Lovely garden with great views
  • Can be booked with another property for more space
Property code: CA371

An attractive cottage for couples and small families to enjoy exploring the Galloway countryside.

Set in the wild Glenkens of Galloway, this characterful one-bedroom cottage is part of Bartaggart Farm, two properties perfectly located for outdoor lovers and peace seekers alike. By day, you can take in the splendour of the Galloway hills from this romantic retreat full of rustic charm, and stargaze under the unspoilt dark skies by night. For adventure, indulge in all manner of water sports on nearby Loch Ken, 5 miles, where you could also try your hand at climbing, archery and more.

The single-level converted cottage is adjacent to the farmhouse and has a tastefully decorated country feel throughout. Homely wooden fittings perfectly complement your rural surroundings, accenting neutral tones for a light-filled interior. Every room has an idyllic, private view of the leafy garden or the stunning expanse of countryside outside the property’s front door.

Enter up a ramp into the property and entrance hall, with a large cupboard storing the handy washing machine with the boiler. Ahead is the charming, well-equipped compact kitchen, with everything you could need to cook a romantic meal or rustle up some family home favourites. At the back of the cottage is the cosy double bedroom and a modern shower room. Relax by the TV in the spacious lounge, which can also accommodate two guests on its comfy sofa bed. There is ample dining space for four, making this cottage a great rural getaway for small groups or families, as well as a sanctuary for two.

Out through the French doors of the lounge is the pretty garden, with a large walled courtyard and those stunning views. You might decide on a refreshing al fresco picnic and drinks on the lawn of the private garden, taking in the fresh air stirring through the trees.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 double bedroom and a double sofa bed in the lounge sleeping 2+2
  • 1 shower room
  • Electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine
  • 3 miles from the nearest shop
  • Highchair
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • 3 dogs welcome
  • This property is adjacent to the farmhouse

The rolling fields and hills surrounding the steading make it a haven for nature lovers; walkers and cyclists will find plenty of trails nearby, as well as excellent areas for spotting wildlife. A range of stunning views from burns to rivers to woodlands to mountains are not too far away, and neither are the captivating villages with their excellent amenities.

Visit the Galloway Red Kite Trail and local feeding station at Castle Douglas (12 miles) to get up close to these magnificent rare birds, while the Red Deer Range, adjacent to Galloway's Wild Goat Park offers more arresting mountain views and stunning wildlife. Nearby (18 miles from the cottage) is the breathtaking scenery of Doach Wood with its towering trees reaching up to 130 feet. And of course there is Loch Ken, where rowing, sailing, mountain biking, climbing, zip wiring, and lots more will make for an exhilarating getaway.

While a local grocery shop is 3 miles away at Balmaclellan, if you should decide to sample civilization on your break, New Galloway (5 miles) features the Catstrand, an Arts centre, cinema and live music venue. You can sample local produce in its range of restaurants and lovely tearooms, or stock up at its shops and post office. Castle Douglas (15 miles) offers supermarkets, restaurants and gift shops.

Carol Gall

This property is personally managed by Carol.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Claire 29th August 2020

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Reviewed by Tamzin 25th July 2020

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Beautiful tranquil location. The cottage was clean and well equipped. The garden was lovely and secure for our 3 dogs. Hosts friendly and helpful. Each evening we walked up the driveway and never tired of the view of the Galloway hills beyond Lock Ken. We stood listening to the nearby brook and the wind - no traffic noise!! Overhead red kites soareRead mored and on the ground were wildflowers everywhere. If you enjoy nature, walking and feeling the breeze on your face then this is a perfect spot. Hide

Reviewed by Simon 5th January 2020

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Reviewed by Mrs Booth August 2019

Lovely cottage. Well equipped with a lovely enclosed garden for the dog. Exceptionally clean The cottage is a bit remote but if you don't mind driving lots of lovely places to visit. About 3 and a half miles to the nearest small village with a small shop. It's very well stocked. Sue left us some welcome groceries which was lovely. The roads near thRead moree cottage are in quite poor condition so watch out for potholes especially if it's raining as some are quite deep. But honestly a lovely place for a nice relaxing week Hide

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