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Victorian Tower Gate Lodge

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Updated: 11-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

House in Auchencairn, Nr. Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Rural Location, Sea Views And Access To Beach Below House, 2 Miles To Nearest Village

Tower lodge is a distinctive Victorian gate house, situated just off a quiet rural road beside the sea. It benefits from a walled courtyard garden which is both pet proof and private with an outside seating area. The property is constructed over four storeys, each accessed by a steep wooden spiral staircase (NB: the kitchen is on the ground floor and the bathroom on the fourth floor). For those interested in seasonal and locally grown food, a box of seasonal fruit, vegetables and fresh eggs can be provided on arrival by prior arrangement.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Poppy Baggott
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
11 January, 2017

About Poppy Baggott

The Tower Lodge is part of a family livestock farm run by Sue and Piet Gilroy. The farm is almost self sufficient, with winter fodder grown on site to feed a herd of beef breeding cows and black faced sheep, and fruit and vegetables are grown by Sue in a large walled garden.

If you come to stay in the Tower and are interested in looking round the farm, purchasing free range eggs, or fruit and vegetables (in season), then please contact Sue and Piet on 01556640202; similarly if you are keen to try some loch fishing either from the bank or by boat, this can be organised by prior arrangement by calling the above number.

7 Reviews

3.7/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


A great memory

  • 5 of 5

Our stay as a family of four at the tower was wonderful. After a busy summer we were looking for a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy local hospitality. We found the area exceeded our expectations. From the gracious, knowledgeable guidance from our hosts to the friendly interactions with the locals we found a wealth of wonderful pubs, shops and interesting sites and trails to explore. The seaside Tower gave us breathtaking views of the bay each morning, and the comfortable sitting area, adequate kitchen and winding stairs to quiet beds gave us reason to smile every day upon our return. It’s definitely a place to enjoy a unique, quaint Scotland experience along a quiet, dead end road that we would highly recommend. We’d love to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location but property in need of a lot of TLC

  • 2 of 5

Great location and lovely building but in need of a lot of TLC. The gatehouse smells of damp when you go in–it really needs background heating on all the time. We did eventually brave the storage heaters– they were not switched on when we arrived and the ones in the lounge and kitchen both looked as though they should have been condemned, but they do actually work.

There is active woodworm (killed over 20 woodworm beetles on the first day). Lovely spiral staircase but a couple of the stair treads feel very spongy (woodworm?) and we half expected to go through one every time we went up and down.

The fresh flowers are a nice touch but the place is badly in need of redecorating and a good clean – superficially it was okay but there were lots of old cobwebs that hadn’t been removed, wallpaper coming away from walls, staining on walls from leaks (and I don’t have unrealistic expectations from an old property – this is actually the ‘newest’ property, and unfortunately most badly presented property, I’ve stayed in over the last couple of years). Décor is always personal, but there has been no attempt to decorate in keeping with the period. Once you are inside, you wouldn’t know you were in such an interesting building.

In the bathroom there is a lovely large sink and a modern heated towel rail (could do with a timer fitting though) however, the area around the bath has to be the worst I’ve ever seen in a property I’m paying to stay in – mould around the tiles and bath, dripping bath taps, stained carpet. A blind or curtain at the bathroom window is also needed as you are overlooked by anyone coming down the main driveway.

In the main bedroom, the wardrobe needs attaching to the wall as a matter of urgency–when trying to take clothes out it will topple forward on to you. Definitely don’t let children use the wardrobe unsupervised.

The owners really need to live in the property for a couple of weeks – perhaps then they will realise the amount of work that needs to be done. The property deserves good quality renovation –if the shoddy repointing on the outside of the gatehouse (as seen from the lane) is anything to go by, there is a shameful lack of care about the building.

Overall, a lovely location and well positioned for exploring Dumfries and Galloway. It’s great to be able to sit in bed and look out over the estuary, to go for evening walks down to the shore, but please, show some care towards the building and to those of us who are paying to holiday here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Needs a full overall

  • 2 of 5

Property and location are second to none, but feel interior is in need of a full refurbishment.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magical stay

  • 4 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay at the Tower with fabulous weather and stunning surroundings. We had our two daughters and dog with us. We all loved the cosy sitting room and the dog had the freedom of the large enclosed garden. Our bedroom was very comfortable and the girls loved their garret room. With an amazing beach on our doorstep and lots of good walks leaving from the Tower we had a really relaxing and chilled stay. Despite being off the beaten track we could be in Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas or Dalbeattie within 20 minutes of leaving the Tower. Not for the unfit with the bathroom on the fourth floor but making your way up and down the spiral staircase was all part of the fun of staying in the Tower. We loved our basket of fresh produce on arrival and ate veg none of us had ever had before. we'll definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Homely and perfectly located

  • 4 of 5

Lovely quiet position, waves lapping on the shore were the first thing we heard in the morning. Comfortable accommodation from the well equipped kitchen to the oh so comfy reclining sofas. Absolutely safe escape proof garden even for Houdini dogs. Spiral stairs provide excellent exercise but not for the very young or the very old. The whole surrounding area is beautiful, walks were quiet and unspoiled from cliff walks to ones that started in Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright which were both lovely places to spend time. Homely, comfortable, clean and perfectly located for a relaxing break

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The good; It's a beautiful well maintained gate house in some stunning scenery the people are friendly the beach is so close you can smell the sea air.

The bad; communication could be better from the owners.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Prestwick at 66.2 Miles Nearest Barpub : Balcary Hotel at 0.25 Miles Nearest Ferry : Stranraer at 64 Miles Nearest Golf : Castle Douglas at 11 Miles Nearest Train : Dumfries at 24 Miles Nearest Motorway : M74 at 45 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Balcary Hotel at 0.25 Miles Nearest Ski : Hillend Edinburgh at 98 Miles Nearest Beach : the shore in front of the house at 15 Metres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

There are many opportunities for cycling in the area, including the 'seven stanes' route. Sailing is available for enthusiasts, and horse riding for a range of capabilities locally, with riding for the very experienced on site by prior arrangement. Ramblers can enjoy a wealth of scenic walks and over varied terrain. There is an abundance of river, sea and loch fishing locally, with permits available from McCowans in Castle Douglas (01556502009) and Dalbeattie (01556610270) for the River Urr, Dalbeattie Reservoir, Loch Ken and Loch Roan. Loch Mackie is a stocked trout loch which is walking distance from the Tower, fishing here is free from bank or boat, but please contact the Gilroys to arrange. Laird Mannoch is a beautiful local trout loch where boat hire is £30/day, contact Duncan Saunders (07833451341). If you require a guide or gillie or further information call Paul Muir on 07938890250 or The Gilroys on 01556640202.


The beach below the house is approximately 10 metres away and is stoney and tidal. There are also sandy beaches to be found nearby.


Prestwick airport is approximately one hour and a half, while Edinburgh and Glasgow are two hours away. Dumfries train station is 30 minutes away (approx 26 miles) and Lockerbie is approx 50 miles (one hour.) Use of car is essential for this property.


Auchencairn Village is 1 mile away. Food Town of Castle Douglas is 9 miles away. Artists Town of Kirkcudbright is 10 miles away. Book Town of Wigton is one hour away.

Further Details:

Balcary Bay Hotel is situated half a mile away and is easy walking distance for meals. Auchencairn Village is 1 mile away, and also easy walking distance, has a small local shop for necessities, a church and a pub. There are various historical features in the area such as abbeys (Dundrennan), castles(Threave), some beautiful gardens, both private and National Trust.

Prices and Availability

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11 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
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1 May 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
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1 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Bookings should be made in advance if possible. Full payment will be expected to confirm the booking, and this will be non-refundable.

Changeover Day:
Standard change over day is Saturday. However, if a short let has been arranged then this can vary. But entry to the property will be after 3pm and those departing should be away by 11am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom is situated on the second floor; comprises bath, WC, wash hand basin, and shower over bath.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is situated on the first floor, with double bed, and wash hand basin, and outstanding sea views. Bedroom 2 is a narrow garret room with twin beds situated on the second floor, and views over native Scottish woodland.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is all run on electricity, water heated by an immersion heater. Woodburner in Sitting room. Outside: There is off road parking for two cars at the rear of the property. There is a pet proof private walled courtyard garden on the lower ground floor level. There is immediate access across the quiet road which runs past the house, to a typical Scottish west coast tidal stoney beach. A BBQ and outside furniture are available. Utility Room: Utility space with flagstone floor is located under stairs on lower ground floor, contains all cleaning utensils, tumble dryer and window onto courtyard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned prior to every letting. Towels and linen are not included, but can be arranged at extra cost (£30.) Duvets and pillows tea towels and bathmats are provided. Other: Hallway is situated on the ground floor adjacent to the sitting room. Access to outside off road parking for two cars.

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