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Country Cottage In Rural Setting, With Good Transport Links

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Thornhill, Nr. Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Sunny, South Facing Garden, With A Children's Playpark Only 50 Yards Away

A totally renovated, listed workers' cottage, dating from the late 1800s. Ideally located only an hour north of the Scotland/England border and a very scenic, 20 minute drive from the M74. Beautifully and tastefully presented, this accommodation provides everything needed for a comfortable, relaxed holiday. No detail has been left out, with fine cotton bedlinen, soft and welcoming bath towels, and a bed described as "the best sleep platform ever".

Alison Oldroyd
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 July, 2017

About Alison Oldroyd

I live only 2 miles away from the cottage in the nearby village of Thornhill with my partner, Andy, and our recent addition, Bonnie - the cockapoo! I retired a couple of years ago from my post as head of faculty in the local FE college and decided to incorporate my love of restoring old properties (our own home started out as a holiday cottage renovation, and we loved it so much we moved in!), with the need to earn some income! We bought Boggle Dyke 3 years ago, from the local Buccleuch Estates, and as you will see from some of the pictures, it was in need of lots of attention! It's a listed building - built in the late 1800s, by the local Duke to house his farm workers. We have completed renovated the cottage, whilst still retaining its character and charm (I hope)

Alison Oldroyd purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Alison Oldroyd chose Dumfries & Galloway

Andy and I bought Boggle Dyke Cottage because we know the area so well, living just 2 miles away in Thornhill. I'd be attracted to it for some time, and having viewed it, we realised it needed so much work to bring it back to life. It's in an ideal location for travelling either north or south, or west through a beautiful National Park to the shores of the West of Scotland, and further, to Ireland. Within minutes you will find yourself off the beaten track and enjoying breathtaking scenery, either in the car or on foot

Its very accessible, and a lovely walk from the shops or pubs of Thornhill. Just as accessible, are the world renowned mountain biking trails within minutes of the cottage, or some fine salmon and trout fishing, available in the nearby river.

What makes this cottage unique

The property has been completely renovated from its 4 walls inwards! All mod cons are provided and the heating and insulation is a welcome improvement on a cold winter's night. Nothing nicer than lighting the log burner, opening the wine, and just chillin'

The superking size bed can be set up as two full size singles - a flexibility we are happy to offer depending on your needs.

Guestbook comments from the owner

superb holiday - cottage lacks nothing

lovely location and great back garden

couldn't have asked for more, and struggled to leave that bed every morning!
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with full sized bath, with mains fed shower over, wc and hand basin
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Superking sized bed, which can be configured as 2 full sized singles if required
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Outside: There is a secluded totally enclosed garden which gets the sun all day, being south facing. Its laid mainly with lawn and patio area, with a lockable shed provided for safe storage of bikes, pushchairs etc. Patio furniture is provided with comfy deckchairs available for those warm sunny evenings! A barbecue is also provided Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels, linen and kitchen towels are provided. The cottage is cleaned prior to occupation and for a week's let will be cleaned on completion. For lets longer than one week, cleaning can be arranged separately.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

Country Cottage In Rural Setting, With Good Transport Links
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 18 reviews

Compact yet wonderfully kitted out. Perfect for us.

  • 5 of 5

Boggle Dyke is a lovely cottage in a very convenient location for exploring the south west of Scotland. After long days spent walking in the forests and local hills it provided the cosiness and comfort required for recharging before the next days activities. Wonderfully kept. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review and for bring such considerate visitors. Looking forward to welcoming you back anytime!
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Cottage for two

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was clean and beautifully presented small and compact with everything catered for comfortable stay in lovely country side..

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Loveley cottage lovingly restored and with first class fixtures and amenities

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed in the cottage for 4 nights accompanied by our cocker spaniel dog. We were looking for some rest and relaxation and some country walks with the dog. We could tell straight away that this cottage has been restored with much love and care by the owners and it is extremely comfortable and has everything that you could possibly need. This is a lovely part of the world and following the owners' recommendations in literature left in the cottage we found some lovely walks and drives and interesting places to visit. There are good shops nearby in Thornhill and the locals are very warm and welcoming in the pubs in Thornhill and are very happy to feed treats to your dog!! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay but need to mention that the property is situated on a road that is busy during the daytime with some quite large goods vehicles passing through and lorries visiting the nearby sawmill. However do not let this put you off as if you are out and about during the day it does not matter and it is quieter in the evening. If the cottage had been set back a little further from the road it would certainly warrant 5 stars for sure. Garden to rear of the property is enclosed and safe to let your dog out even though close to the main road. This is an extremely comfortable and ideal base for exploring this lovely part of Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this! I know what you mean about the traffic but with 2 ft thick walls, it's much quieter in the evening as you say
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An excellent home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay here, this is our second time at the cottage. It has everything you need to make it a comfortable stay with some fantastic walks in the area. We will look forward to returning again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. It's always nice welcoming visitors back to the cottage!
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A little gem of a cottage, ideally proportioned for a couple

  • 5 of 5

First impressions of Boggle Dyke, a one-bedroomed end terraced cottage - very spacious, tastefully renovated and decorated; home-from-home in terms of up-keep, facilities, comfort and cleanliness. The log burner, when lit, added to the ambience of the cottage.

We stayed for short break, not really long enough

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much and for being so understanding.
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Lovely cosy cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here and we enjoyed it all the more for being able to take our dog along too, who settled in right away. It is a great location for walks and is a short drive to some local shops.

The cottage itself was cosy, very clean and well equipped. Yes there is no internet available however we didn't really feel it was necessary for a mini break away. There are also some handy manuals under the TV to look through to help with anything you might need.

We thoroughly enjoyed the cottage and hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. Glad you enjoyed the area and location for walking and relaxing!
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There are many beaches to access from the cottage and the nearest would be around 35-40 minutes driving.


Both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are 1 hour away, with Prestwick airport being approximately 45 minutes distance. Car hire is not essential, since the cottage is on a variety of bus routes, but for any sightseeing etc, in this part of Scotland, a car is usually advised


The nearest village which has a post office, banks, pubs, shops, supermarkets etc is Thornhill - a little under 2 miles away. 20 minutes away, is Dumfries which is the biggest town providing a 24 hour Tesco and other normal high street stores you would expect.

An hour away by car you have the choice of the contrasting cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow

Further Details:

Locally, this area of Scotland is renowned for its natural habitat - whether for birds, other wild life, salmon and trout fishing in the local rivers, or for the more energetic, mountain biking in the 7Stanes world renowned network of cycle tracks, or equally as attractive, road biking on some of the most scenic roads around. Walking is a very popular pastime, and I would be happy to advise on some local and slightly further afield walks available


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Thornhill, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Apr 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
For booking enquiries, please email or all - 50% deposit taken at time of booking, and balance to be paid 4 weeks in advance of holiday. A "damage" deposit of £100 will be taken on arrival, fully returnable on inspection of the property. Rates include all bedlinen and towels, heating and 1st basket of logs for the log burner. Pets very welcome (dogs only please) at no additional charge. Please note that the house is "no smoking"

Changeover Day:
Changeover day would normally be a Saturday, but this could be open to variation. Access to the cottage is after 2 pm with visitors being asked to vacate the cottage, by 10 am on the date of leaving

Notes on prices:
Part-weeks are possible depending on other bookings and are charged as follows:

3 nights or less - 70% of week
4 nights - 80%
5/6 nights - 90%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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