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The Cider Tower , Peace and Quiet With Great Views Of The Countryside

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Luxury & seclusion in a beautiful and traditional house

The cider tower was built as part of a steading in the early 18th century and was originally a windmill used for pressing apples from the local orchard. The whole steading fell into disrepair long ago but was gradually restored in 2002 by the previous owners. The cider tower is a grade b listed building, the renovation winning a prestigious award from the galloway preservation society for the best restoration and preservation project of that year.

Today the cider tower provides very comfortable and peaceful luxury accommodation for two. It is set in beautiful countryside yet only 10 minutes walk into town.

The master bedroom on the ground floor has a magnificent four poster bed with bathroom and utility across the hall.

Upstairs is the fully equipped kitchen and dining area.

Three further steps take you up to the cosy sitting room with minstrels gallery above.

More Details

Owner
Mr and Mrs Alan Johnstone
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
13 October, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Cider Tower is one of the very best places we have holidayed in and as previous guests have already said it all, we just say thank you for providing such a well equipped, comfortable and clean base for us to happily return to after some wonderful days out and about walking, bird watching and just generally enjoying this lovely corner of Scotland

We will be back.
Oct 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Glasgow
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Selkirk Arms Hotel
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Kirkcudbright Golf Club
Nearest Train
28 Miles
Dumfries
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
M74
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Selkirk Arms Hotel
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Dhoon Bay

Out and About

Galloway is known as “Scotland in miniature” and has something for everyone. The area is great for hill and coastal walking, fishing, golf and cycling. The ancient town of Kirkcudbright, a Royal Burgh since 1455, is historically very interesting and has a ruined castle, working harbour, museum and attractive High Street. There are also a number of independent shops and cafes. The town is known as “The Artist’s Town” having been home to EA Hornel, Jessie M King, EA Taylor and their friends in the last century. There are regular summer exhibitions and two permanent art galleries in the town. There is also a comprehensive programme of events throughout the spring and summer. (Link to Kirkcudbright summer festivities).

There are numerous gardens and places of interest within easy reach, including Threave and Logan Botanical Gardens.

You will find local information , maps and guides in The Tower to help you plan your stay. Or you may just want to sit outside on the patio with a glass of wine and admire the view!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Modern bathroom with with and shower over.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Magnificent four poster bed with Laura Ashley bedding.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The cottage contains everything you will need for a comfortable and enjoyable holiday, including: Central heating throughout plus wood flame effect electric stove Two 2 seater settees and chaise up in the gallery King size four poster double bed with Laura Ashley bedding Flat screen TV, DVD and CD player Electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave Utility room with washer/drier Store cupboard essentials ( stock cubes, tea, ground coffee, sugar, condiments, olive oil. Milk and butter will be in the fridge Enough dishwasher tabs and loo rolls for your stay Complimentary toiletries Hair drier Local OS maps, guides and nature books Private sitting area to the front of The Cider Tower with BBQ Welcoming tea tray awaiting your arrival Short break holidays available (except June, July & August)

Reviews

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The Cider Tower , Peace and Quiet With Great Views Of The Countryside
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 29 reviews
5

Round about--perfect !

  • 5 of 5

Quality from floor to ceiling---a simply wonderful time was had here---its charm and style are some of the best we have seen--Patsy & Alan looked after us well ---this is a place to visit and enjoy--it would be difficult not to !----easy walking distance into town

If you are to visit the area --look at this for a peaceful enjoyable venue

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you both had such a lovely time here. I told the girls in the Co-op that you had written a nice review about them in our guest book - they were really chuffed!
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5

Excellent accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location. Friendly town.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

An amazing honeymoon location

  • 5 of 5

A truly magical place... The tower was spotlessly clean and attention to detail was excellent. The four-poster bed was very comfortable, and my wife was very impressed with the fine linen and pillow cases.

This is simply the best self-catering accommodation we have ever stayed in, and makes us wonder if we should remain quiet and keep this gem to ourselves.

Highly recommended for a quiet stay in a wonderful location.

My only gripe...? We were not there long enough !

So thank you for making our honeymoon so magical

Davie and Linda

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you both had such a lovely time and enjoyed visiting your old home town. Alan was only sorry he did not get the chance to pop up to see you!
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Lovely holiday home but was disappointed with cleanliness

  • 2 of 5

On arrival we found a note saying the owner would be up with some tea towels but actually had to wait 2 days for them to arrive, not great really and had to dry with kitchen roll. I left a feedback letter with regards to some issues but no one has got back to me to discuss these, so I will post them here, the cleanliness in the kitchen was terrible there was food spillage down the cupboards and fridge it looked like egg yolk, and the cooker door was so greasy I wrote my name in it! There was crumbs in the cutlery drawer and was generally not clean. The rest of the property was ok. Now for the bed! However beautiful it looks it needs a mattress this isn't up for debate I don't have a bad back but after a week sleeping there I couldn't walk and got to the point I dreaded going to bed, the springs are coming through so bad I had to double fold the spare duvet just so I could get some sleep, I thought someone might have called me to discuss my issues but they haven't and time was running out for me to put a review

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr and Mrs Hudson I am so sorry to read your review and will address your concerns with honesty. My husband and I called up the day after your arrival to do our usual "meet and greet" and bring tea towels. We met your husband and checked with him that everything was ok. He was happy that you both had all that you needed and did not raise any concerns. I did read your note when I went to clean the cottage the following weekend but did not call you as, by then , you had gone home. We always make a point of saying that our contact number is at the front of the guest book if there are any problems. There was no mention of any problems with cleanliness when we met your husband and you did not contact us during the week. As I clean the property myself each week with my cleaning lady, I know that all was well when I left the property earlier on your day of arrival. Cleanliness is top priority and each week I wipe out the cupboards, drawers, cooker and the fridge. We have done a number of self catering holidays ourselves over the years and know how yucky it is to see crumbs etc that are not of your own making! There are several minor marks on some of the cupboard doors where they have been banged into the door handle of the adjacent cupboards making indents into the varnish. This is not dirty - it is just wear and tear and does not detract from the appearance of the kitchen. Again, previous guests have regularly commented that this is the cleanest accommodation they have stayed in. To address the bed issue- we have previously had comments from guests about how well they have slept in the four poster bed. We have checked with our subsequent guests if they have been comfortable. There has been a resounding "Yes"" to that question from both sets of guests who have stayed after you. We had actually checked the mattress a couple of weeks before your arrival for comfort ourselves and did not find a problem. I am sorry if I forgot to bring up the tea towels until the day after your arrival but we do supply tea, coffee, filter coffee, milk, butter, all condiments, kitchen roll, loo rolls, soap/shampoo, dishwasher tablets, laundry detergent and washing up liquid plus all towels and linen. There is also a tea tray with fresh cake on arrival. Interestingly, after your stay we did have to spend an extra hour cleaning all your dogs' hair off the rugs and we have had to replace the Laura Ashley duvet cover as it was so covered in dog hair/ paw marks!
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5

Excellent location and unusual property

  • 5 of 5

Great location for exploring Dumfries and Galloway. Lovely property for two! Well equipped and lovely welcome from the owners- all the basics included so only needed to buy the food. Nice places to eat out in Kirkcudbright. Definitely recommend as an unusual property to stay in.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you had a lovely time!
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5

Fabulous lodgings in a lovely town

  • 5 of 5

One of the most unique, comfortable and cleanest places I have ever rented. The photos do not do the lodgings justice. Tastefully decorated and very comfortable. Patsy and Alan are wonderful hostess and host, had delicious cake and tea set up on our arrival, willing to assist us with anything we might have questions about.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kirkcudbright, Scotland

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
From
£75
£355
 
 
Nov & Dec. 2017 (check notes)
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£285
 
 
January 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£295
 
 
February 2018
1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£295
 
 
March 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£355
 
 
April 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
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£75
£395
 
 
May 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£435
 
 
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£465
for 7 nights
£465
 
 
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£495
for 7 nights
£495
 
 
August 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£495
for 7 nights
£495
 
 
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£445
 
 
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£355
 
 
November 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£295
 
 
December 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
£295
 
 
Christmas 2018
23 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£170
for 2 nights
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£85
£350
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
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£75
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Christmas 2016 £325
Hogmanay 2016 £325
Christmas 2017 £325
Hogmanay 2017 £325
Please just get in touch for prices for short breaks -2/ 3 nights minimum - except July, August

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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