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The Rookery: Scottish holiday cottage, beautiful garden, award-winning interiors



Updated: 18-Sep-2016
Sleeps 4 (1 twin; 1 double). Short breaks available from October to March

The Rookery boasts stunning, mature landscaped and woodland gardens. This spacious holiday cottage attached to the owner’s house offers a peaceful retreat which is also within walking range of the town centre. One of the owners is an interior designer, and the stylish yet comfortable interior reflects this.

Excellent evening meals are available in the main house, making use of local produce and vegetables from the garden in season. In winter, guests can make use of the open fire - logs come free. And there is full wifi throughout the property.

Changeover day is Saturday - though we can sometimes be flexible in the winter season, depending on demand.

The area is perfect for garden lovers, for walkers, cyclists, golfers, birdwatchers, or for those who just want to spend time on the beach.

Kirkcudbright, known as The Artist’s Town - the St. Ives of the North - hosts a wealth of coffee shops and art galleries and the impressive ruins of MacLellans Castle. There are many festivals throughout the year, including Scottish Nights, historic walks, a jazz festival, The Wickerman Festival and a spectacular Tattoo festival. The area is also renowned for its plant nurseries and botanical gardens. Unspoilt beaches 15 minutes drive.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the Owner

The owners of The Rookery are Laurence and Jennifer Bristow-Smith. Laurence retired from his post as British Consul General in Milan, Italy, in 2011 and his wife, Jennifer is an artist and interior designer who runs Starched and Crumpled, a successful online business selling antique textiles and haberdashery. After globetrotting for most of our lives, we bought Glenholme in autumn 2007. The Rookery was was formerly the laundry and Victorian servants quarters, attached to the main house of Glenholme, where we live. Our B&B venture - Glenholme Country House opened in April 2011. Laurence is an accomplished cook, and we offer dinner (3 course, changing daily menu with fresh, local ingredients) to our all our guests, those staying at The Rookery as well as our B & B guests, at weekends and most weekdays.

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Speaks English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin

Guestbook comments from the owner

We won a Gold Award from Scottish Country Cottages in 2009 - 100% positive feedback from our guests during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

The Rookery will feature in BBC Homes & Antiques magazine in 2011, and our own house won "Best Country House Renovation" - awarded by the British interior design magazine "Period Living" in October 2010. The Rookery and Glenholme Country House (our new B & B venture) were both chosen to appear in Alastair Sawday's "Special Places to stay for Garden Lovers", published in April 2011). Feature articles on The Rookery and Glenholme Country House have appeared in BBC Homes & Antiques, Dumfries & Galloway Life, Woman & Home, Homes & Interiors Scotland, House & Garden (German Edition) and The Edible Garden.
May 2010
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From the Owner

Kirkcudbright is a delightful community - known as the St. Ives of the north. Many artists were drawn to the town at the beginning of the 1900s - the quality of light here is extraordinary. It has a real vintage, old fashioned feel - Britain as it was fifty years ago. It is one of the few places in the UK where you can still have a stunning beach to yourself in the summer! We have great local shops - butchers, bakers, fish shop etc, and wonderful local produce, such as Scottish beef, lovely local scallops, warm smoked salmon, and the prize winning Criffel cheese, made by the Loch Arthur community. Walking, bird-watching, riding, cycling (7 stanes mountain biking close by) are just a few of the outdoor activities on offer.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Prestwick at 50 Miles Nearest Train : Dumfries at 24 Miles Nearest Beach : The Dhoon at 2 Miles Car: necessary


Good beaches within 10 minutes drive. The closest is The Dhoon (sandy beach). Others include Brighouse Bay, Ross Bay, Sandhill and Cardonness (all sandy).

Walking distance to the River Dee and estuary - 20 minutes walk (one mile) into Kirkcudbright along the riverside.


Closest airport is Glasgow Prestwick (1 and a half hours drive).

Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle are all 2 and a half hours drive from Kirkcudbright.


1 mile to Kirkcudbright centre. 8 miles to Castle Douglas.

Further Details:

Recommended shops for antiques, books and clothes in the area:

The Antique Shop (St. Mary Street, Kirkcudbright): lovely selection of antique, vintage and contemporary homeware

Osbornes (High Street, Kirkcudbright): interesting pieces can be found here occasionally.

Millars (Castle Street, Kirkcudbright): great selection of vintage postcards and quirky 1930s ceramics.

Designs (King Street, Castle Douglas; contemporary crafts and gallery + coffees/lunches in basement.

Home Hardware (King Street, Castle Douglas): everything for the home from paint to coffee cups and gardening supplies.

Homes and Antiques (King Street, Castle Douglas): antique and modern pieces for the home.

Country House Interiors (King Street, Castle Douglas): textiles for contemporary interiors.

Anwoth Books: (Gatehouse of Fleet; fantastic second hand bookshop at The Mill on the Fleet. Enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch by the river here too.

Pleat (St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright): lovely clothes and accessories – some great vintage clothing too.

Other useful everyday shops in the centre of Kirkcudbright

Newsagent – Thomson’s. 23 St. Cuthbert Street. 5am – 7pm

Boots, 9 St. Cuthbert Street. Open 9am – 5pm Monday-Saturday.

Post Office, Harbour Square. Open 9am – 5.30pm, Mon. – Friday, and 9am – 12.30 on Saturdays.

Bookshop: Solway Books (new and second-hand books), St. Cuthbert Street. Open 9am – 5pm, Monday-Saturday.

Supersave (everything from batteries to dog baskets), St. Cuthbert Street. Open 9am – 5pm, Monday-Saturday.

There is a larger supermarket (Tesco) in Castle Douglas.

Castle Douglas is known as “The Food Town”, and has a range of interesting food shops that sell local produce-

Health Centre

Kirkcudbright Health Centre, St. Mary’s Place. Telephone 01557 330755. Open Monday-Thursday 8am – 6pm. Friday 8am – 5pm. Outside these opening times you call the same number, and you will be directed to the NHS 24 hour service.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 October - 22 December 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 December - 5 January 2017
22 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 January 2017 - 1 April 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 April 2017 - 27 May 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 1 July 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 July 2017 - 2 September 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 September - 28 October 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 October - 16 December 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 December - 5 January 2018
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We take a 50% deposit on booking: bank transfer, cheque or Paypal (attracts surcharge). The remaining 50% to be paid by bank transfer, debit card or cheque on arrival. If the booking is made within 6 weeks of arrival, the full amount is to be paid on booking.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays. Please plan to arrive between 3 and 6pm.
Short breaks (4 days minimum) available during the low season (November to March, excluding the Christmas and New Year weeks) Please enquire.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Prices for 4 day breaks during the low season on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 18-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

This area is particularly renowned for its mild climate, and there are many interesting botanical gardens and nurseries in the area. The stunning gardens surrounding the Rookery bear witness to the wealth of plants that thrive in this climate, and guests may enjoy visiting local nurseries as well as relaxing in the garden of Glenholme itself.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bedroom 1: adjoining private bathroom with bath (shower over bath) tiled floor, double sink. Bedroom 2: ensuite shower room, tiled floor, single basin.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, 1st floor: 5ft. double with own bathroom. Double aspect windows, light and airy. Vintage textiles used - Durham quilt on bed. Bedroom 2, gound floor: twin with ensuite shower room, bright and airy. Antique linen textiles.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: We do not provide any equipment for babies or young children. There is an unfenced pond on the property - toddlers beware. We don't allow pets, so if you are allergic, rest assured you will find no animal hairs lurking! Our bedding is all pure cotton and the carpets pure wool (tiles in the bathrooms and kitchen). Outside: Stunning mature, landscaped garden with pond, vegetable plot, orchard, herbaceous borders etc. Guests have access to the whole garden but have their own private area with outdoor furniture and barbecue. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedding (duvets and duvet covers) are provided. The Rookery is cleaned once a week. We do not provide swimming towels.

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