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The Shoemaker's Cottage: Holidays In Dumfries And Galloway

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Spacious, Charming And Stylish 18th Century Cottage Tastefully Furnished And Decorated

The Cottage is luxuriously furnished and consists of 2 lounges, ideal places to relax following an exhilarating day. 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite. A large bathroom with a separate shower cubicle. A spacious kitchen diner. A large garden. Free WiFi is available. Gas central heating and electricity are included in the rate. Downstairs Lounge: A cosy room with views out onto the garden and river. Comfortably furnished with TV & I POD docking station. Upstairs Lounge: Set in the eaves with its original oak beams and a bay window with stunning views of the river. A very comfortable room. TV, DVD player (selection of DVD's), books and games. Radio/CD player.

Shirley & Jacques Raad
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
26 July, 2017

About Shirley & Jacques Raad

We are Shirley & Jacques, retired professional couple. We live in village in NE England, close to our families. We enjoy holidays, cooking, eating out and walking. One of Shirley hobbies is soft furnishings as you will appreciate when you visit the Cottage.

The Shoemaker's has unique interiors and an extremely well equipped spacious kitchen. A stylish spacious cottage and garden, especially created for that perfect stay.

Shirley & Jacques Raad purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Shirley & Jacques Raad chose Dumfries & Galloway

We holidayed at the Shoemaker's 10 years ago and fell in love with both the charm of the Cottage & garden and the outstanding unspoilt beauty of the area. When were advised that it was for sale we jumped at the chance to buy it.

It is in an ideal location: on the River Cree, two hundred yards from the small town of Newton Stewart.

There are variety of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. A walkers/bikers and star gazers paradise awaits you at Kirroughtree Forest only 2 miles away. The first Dark Sky at Night in Scotland.

There is nothing as relaxing as watching the river whilst sitting in the garden or inside the house.

What makes this cottage unique

Originally the Shoemaker's Cottage, built in 1772, has been painstakingly renovated,retaining its character and original features. It has been described as 'the Tardis by many of our guests. Spacious, but retaining the charm and intimacy of the original structure. We have tried to give it a ' home from home' feel with original paintings and Shirley's soft furnishings.

We also supply extras as toiletries, tea, coffee, washing up liquid, foil/cling film, condiments, jams, sauces that many other cottages leave out. As one of our guests said " after a day out a joy to return to"


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • river
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom: Full bathtub and a separate shower cubicle. Washing machine. Upstairs Bedroom with en-suite and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs Bedroom with en suite: king sized bed with country cottage linens and furnishings. Downstairs bedroom: Double bed. Stylish bedding and pine furniture. Downstairs Twin Room: Designer bed linen and fabrics mixed with traditional oak furniture.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Sorry no pets. Outside: Garden: A beautiful setting. Step out through the patio doors onto a secluded garden with BBQ, furniture and a south facing sun house with CD player and radio. Walk down towards the river to find two more patios with tables and chairs where you can choose to dine alfresco. You may not want to leave!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

The Shoemaker's Cottage: Holidays In Dumfries And Galloway
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

A really interesting house in design and content which also contained all amenities needed to enjoy the holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous - a stunningly beautiful cottage with everything you could want, and more.

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a lovely few days at the fabulous Shoemaker's Cottage - we took a chance and booked after looking at the photos. We were not disappointed!! As soon as we opened the front door we knew we'd made the right choice.

It's immediately obvious a huge amount of care and attention has been lavished on the cottage, with gorgeous decor and very comfy living areas. The accomodation is very clean and spacious, with everything you could wish for. It really is a home from home, but with that extra special something. The weather wasn't good enough for us to spend time in the garden, which is again looked after to the same high standard, with plenty of places to sit and watch the river.

Favourite room? It has to be the amazing upstairs living area with original beams and views across the river. Will we be back? Most definitely. We loved it. Our thanks to the owners for making our break so special.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tracy we are delighted to hear the cottage met your expectations even exceeded them. Our aim is to provide a relaxing enjoyable stay. Also thank you for looking after our cottage. We wondered if you had actually stayed here. It was so neat and tidy. We would love to have you return and thank you once again in supporting the Shoemakers.
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Lovely riverside cottage

  • 5 of 5

Would thoroughly recommend this cottage. Perfect location on the edge of Galloway forest park. The cottage is well laid out and has everything you need. Shirley and Jacques are lovely and very efficient, checking during our stay that we were happy with everything. They also provided extensive information about the area which was very useful.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted the Shoemaker's met your expectations.
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, beautiful cosy and spacious cottage, would definitely return we had an amazing time!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay. Love to see you back
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Charming and wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in the cottage. The property looks tiny from the road but once inside it is extremely spacious and very comfortable and well furnished. Everything you could possibly want is provided for. It is very quiet but close to all the amenities of the town and it has a fabulous location with a lovely garden running down to the river.

The owners Jacques and Shirley were great to deal with and easy to communicate with. Will definitely rent the cottage again when in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A true home from home

  • 5 of 5

Shoemaker's Cottage is just about as far away from the one mug/plate/bowl per guest mentality of some holiday rentals as you can get.

When I say everything is provided, I mean EVERYTHING - from a fully-equipped kitchen complete with all the cooking utensils you could possibly need to a handbag-sized sewing kit. It's like taking over a friend's home, with an invitation to help yourself to anything you find, including tea, coffee, jams and condiments. Dishwasher tablets, washing-up liquid, tea towels and bedding were also provided.

The stylishly-decorated cottage, complete with photographs of the owners' family, stands alongside the bridge leading into Newton Stewart's high street, with a terraced garden - complete with table and chairs on every level - leading down to the river.

Owners Shirley and Jacques are genuinely concerned that guests should enjoy both the cottage and the area, and provide a carefully-compiled tourist guide full of their own tips and recommendations for paces to see and restaurants and cafes to try. This was a boon as the town's tourist office is little more than a rack of leaflets from local businesses.

The couple are a delight to deal with, responding promptly to all communications and even calling us the day after we arrived to ensure that everything was to our satisfaction - and the bond we pre-paid in case of damage was returned within a couple of days of our return. We've been telling all our friends and family what a gem Shoemaker's is, and showing them our own pictures which prove how true to life the pictures on the website are.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The area offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits such as walking, mountain biking, swimming, sailing, fishing, golf, tennis, horse riding and birdwatching. It is also close to a beautiful coastline with a mixture of sandy beaches and rocky shores, rugged hills and pretty fishing harbours.


The Cottage is well positioned for visits to the artist town of Kirkcudbright; Wig town, book town of Scotland; the Galloway Forest Park; the Isle of Whit horn and the Mull of Galloway; Castle Douglas, food town; Stranraer, gateway to Northern Ireland. Turnberry Golf Complex and Ayr are 1hr drive away.

Further Details:

Newton Stewart is set in area of outstanding natural beauty, nestling on the edge of the Galloway Hills in South west Scotland. The Galloway Forest Park has been officially unveiled as the first DARK SKY PARK in the UK.

Newton Stewart offers a good range of shops, supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, cinema, tennis courts, swimming pool, Leisure Centre and golf course. The Cottage is within easy walking distance of all local amenities.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Newton Stewart, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Reductions available for 2 persons
short breaks are available

Please note there is a damage disposit of £ 100 which is refundable
Changeover Day:
Please contact owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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