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Country Cottage In Rural Setting, With Good Transport Links

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • 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
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

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 Thornhill

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
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • 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.


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Country Cottage In Rural Setting, With Good Transport Links
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Boggle Dyke with our two dogs. Beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean with everything you need.

Would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this. It was lovely having you to stay! Love to see you back anytime!!
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beautifully restored cosy cottage

  • 4 of 5

Well appointed cottage, immaculately clean, owner very helpful.

Everything we needed was there and in perfect working order. Can confirm previous reviews that the bed is one of the best we have ever encountered in a holiday let!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this! The bed IS amazing isn’t it!! Glad you enjoyed your short stay in a beautiful part of the UK
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Lovely little cottage, very nicely decorated and very clean.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay in this lovely little cottage with nice garden for our dog. Unfortunately the volume of traffic outside the front door was extremely annoying, from about 6.30 in the morning till late evening heavy lorries and tractors passed continuously. I feel Wi-Fi is a necessity and would have paid extra to have this provided. The vent from the boiler is just outside the back door and unfortunately the fumes came into the house giving us both headaches and nausea, feel vent should be moved to the roof. Apart from these niggles we had a lovely few days.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I completely take on board what is said regarding Wi-Fi and am looking into the best way to provide this given the poor mobile signal in the area. However, I am clear in the description of the cottage that this is not currently provided. I'm not able to change the vent for the oil heating since the cottage is listed; This is the first time I've had this comment so will certainly monitor this. I appreciate this was when the back door was open into the garden during the warm weather. The extent of the traffic reported surprises me - I also live on this road and haven't noticed any particular increase over the last few weeks - although it is harvest time and appreciate that if my guests come from very quiet residential areas, the traffic noise will be evident. However, I'm so pleased that regardless of these identified problems you still had a lovely few days.
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A well proportioned wee cottage. Fits the bill. More than enough room for two.

  • 5 of 5

Gleaming, clean cottage. Fantastic bed, just a joy! Great area with lots of dog walks and adventures to be had. And lots of wildlife to be seen. Happy days

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review - I noted from your comments in the visitors' book that you saw an amazing array of wildlife!! It was great having you to stay!
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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: 03-Jun-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: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 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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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

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £25
Damage Deposit £100

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.