Castle/ Manor House near New Abbey, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Set In The Heart Of The Countryside Yet Only 10 Mins From Dumfries
A spacious 9 bedroom country house. 45mins from M6. Preston 2 hours. Log fire and full central heating. Ideal for family gatherings, reunions, golfers etc. Excellent for mountain bikers/cyclists especially 7 Stanes enthusiasts. Children welcome. There is a large enclosed courtyard and also grassed area away from the house for ball games plus pool table, table tennis and darts(optional). Mabie Farm Park is less than 5 mins away whilst beaches are 15 mins down the road. There is a large carriage circle plus parking for 20+ cars. The local area has plenty of walks which start from the house or the picturesque, historic village of New Abbey with its pub, shop, tea shop, corn mill & Sweetheart Abbey.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely Character Property
Yes, two extra showers are planned and should be installed early in 2018. This is intended to include an extra bathroom hence bringing the total to five.
We were so glad that the weather on New Years Eve was mild, clear & calm so that the guests were able to enjoy their fireworks outside rather than watching through the front windows.
About the Owner
About Pat Counsell
After two years in Australia we set up a nursery in England and soon decided to seek out a peaceful and beautiful area in which to live and work.
We always appreciate the immediate area with its varied and interesting landscapes. Sea, river, green fields, woods and hills all change with the seasons as does the wildlife. The other bonus is the dark sky for looking at the stars.
Looking after such an old house is a wonderful challenge especially as nothing happened from the Boer War until we bought it.
We live about 400 yards away by the river and run a wholesale, commercial nursery in the old walled garden which together with the house rental largely funds the works on the estate.
Pat Counsell purchased this castle in 2001
Why Pat Counsell chose Dumfries & Galloway
After a few years looking at places from Wales to Ayrshire it took just one visit for us to decide to buy this house, in such a beautiful area and which retained so many original features.
We loved the history of the Pele Tower which dates from 1370 and particularly the story of the second son from Caerlaverock Castle marrying Janet de Kirkconnell in 1430.
It was only afterwards that we discovered the connections to Burns and the '45 uprising.
What makes this castle unique
Large rooms allow 18 people to spread themselves whilst thick walls mean that sound is deadened. Sitting in the panelled room cuts you off from the world.
Outside the extensive walled courtyard (it had a wedding marquee in it in 2014) is a real sun trap. In fact most years we host at least one wedding due to the lovely setting and nobody is put off by the ghosts - we are told that they are friendly!
(2 traveller reviews)
Lovely Character Property
We are coming to the end of a very enjoyable New Year Break - our group of 14 friends have holidayed away at New Year for over 20 years and this is one of the nicest well equipped houses we have stayed in. The owner is very welcoming and helpful. We have all had a wonderful stay I a very beautiful house that is full of character in beautiful grounds. An extra shower or two would be a welcome addition but other than that the house was perfect.
Wonderful house in an amazing place
All members of our party were impressed with this place including our device dependent young people. The drive from the main road is two miles down a virtually deserted country lane with passing places if you encounter the occasional deer (which we did!). This place has history and a tangible atmosphere as soon as you arrive. It has lots of cubby holes, corridors and stairways. The owners have spent their money in the right places and purchased good mattresses, quality bedding and equipped the place with things way beyond what you might expect. Each room has a character and atmosphere of its own (the photographs do not do it justice). The courtyard garden is really lovely. It’s large but secure so helpful if you have small children. I saw so many different birds including Red Kites and Herons as well as deer and lots of rabbits. The land surrounding the house moves from highly manicured lawns through to areas that are more reminiscent of the secret garden with very old trees, overgrown archways and little tumbled down outbuildings. Within easy reach there are quaint small villages, large towns, grand castles, almost deserted beaches and beautiful landscapes to explore. Cycling and walking trails are good. We were impressed by the owners willingness to assist one of our party who had restricted mobility and the downstairs walk in shower was really helpful. Will always remember waking up early one morning and witnessing the mist roll over the fields at dawn.
From the Owner
“After a few years looking at places from Wales to Ayrshire it took just one visit for us to decide to buy this house, in such a beautiful area and which retained so many original features. We loved the history of the Pele Tower which dates from 1370 and particularly the story of the second son from Caerlaverock Castle marrying Janet de Kirkconnell in 1430. It was only afterwards that we discovered the connections to Burns and the '45 uprising.”
Activity and Interests
The nearest beach is just under 15 minutes driving time and can be accessed via the village of Carsethorn with its foreshore side pub - The Steamboat
Slightly further west is the gently sloping Sandyhills Bay and then Rockcliffe with its shingle beach on the estuary of the Urr.
Edinburgh Airport is just under 2 hours driving time as are Glasgow Airport and Newcastle Airport.
Prestwick Airport is about 90 minutes away.
Car hire/use of a car is recommended.
There are regular ferries to Northern Ireland from Stranraer which is about 90 miles away and there are two buses a day to Belfast and also to London.
The railway station in Dumfries is about 10 minutes drive whilst the one in Carlisle is just under an hour.
New Abbey is under 5 minutes by car.
Dumfries is about 10 minutes.
Carlisle is nearly 60 minutes drive to the centre.
Central Edinburgh is around 2 hours whilst Glasgow is little more than 90 minutes via the M74.
The village shop is well stocked and opens every day.
The Cottage Tea Shop in New Abbey has an excellent reputation.
Castle Douglas is known as 'the food town' with a good range of independent shops and Sulwaith Brewery.
Guests have used Tesco Direct and ASDA for home deliveries.
Dumfries has Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons and 3 Tesco stores.
There is a choice of ice cream producers in the area with Cream o' Galloway being the best known probably because of its children's activities.
Caerlaverock Castle is a unique triangular castle with Threave and Drumlanrig slightly further afield.
Mersehead RSPB is 20 minutes west of us whilst Caerlaverock Bird Reserve is just across the river. The RSPB also owns some of the merse land 400 yards away from the house.
Kirkconnell Flow is a protected raised bog on the old estate road within walking distance with some carnivorous plants and assorted wildlife.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
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A provisional booking will be accepted however a deposit of £400 must be made within 7 days for it to be confirmed. Balance is due 6 weeks before arrival date.
Payments can be made by cheque in pounds sterling.
We are very flexible on start dates although we prefer 7+ nights to start or finish on a Saturday.
If we have back to back bookings then the earliest arrival time is 4pm although bags can be left earlier by prior arrangement.
Departure time is 10am.
Notes on prices:
All prices include all heating costs and a supply of firewood for the open fire as well as all the bed linen.
Any event beyond a straightforward holiday may incur a surcharge negotiable at the time of booking. This includes weddings, parties, filming and functions all of which have taken place over the last few years.
There is a £400 deposit payment required to secure the booking with the balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival. This can be paid by cheque. Bank transfers may be accepted after you have spoken to the owner.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
From the Owner
“Large rooms allow 18 people to spread themselves whilst thick walls mean that sound is deadened. Sitting in the panelled room cuts you off from the world. Outside the extensive walled courtyard (it had a wedding marquee in it in 2014) is a real sun trap. In fact most years we host at least one wedding due to the lovely setting and nobody is put off by the ghosts - we are told that they are friendly!”
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer ...
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Game Room ...
- Games ...
- Music Library
- Ping Pong Table
- Pool Table
- Television ...
- Toys ...
- Video Games ...
- Video Library
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- ice skating
- mountain biking
- 450 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
- Bathroom One - central cast iron bath, wc, bidet & hand basin Bathroom Two - en-suite to Bedroom Two Bathroom Three - en-suite to Bedroom Three Bathroom Four - ground floor with bath, wc, walkin shower & hand basin
- 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Bedroom 6
- Bedroom 7
- Bedroom 8
- Bedroom 9
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 18 (9 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom One - super king double bed Bedroom Two - twin beds Bedroom Three - double bed Bedroom Four - twin beds Bedroom Five - double bed Bedroom Six - 3 single beds Bedroom Seven - double bed Bedroom Eight - single bed Bedroom Nine - twin beds
- Golf ...
- Max. occupancy: 18
- children welcome
- Notes on accommodation: Spread across three floors there are 4 staircases. The main wide,sweeping staircase has a large landing with a bookcase, the old servants stairs have wide, shallow treads, the stairs to the third floor rooms are slightly steeper with a rope instead of a rail, meanwhile there are steep, narrow steps up to the attic double room with washbasin which used to be the governesses room which has a viewing panel through to the inner roof area with its trusses and wooden peg construction. The small single room can be linked to a double and/or a twin room to make a family suite on the third floor at the front of the house with a cot also available which could replace the single bed or go in either the twin or double. There is a large bookcase across the entire end wall of the dining room which apart from books and magazines also has plenty of jigsaws plus games. There is also a Jenga set in the scullery. There is a further bookcase in the triple room. Outside: There is a 3000 square foot courtyard accessed internally from the kitchen, the scullery and the wood/bike store. It has been used on a number of occasions for wedding parties. All the doors to it can be closed to stop toddlers straying. In it there is a covered verandah, a pergola enveloped in wisteria, a couple of grassy areas, a sandstone patio and an old well-head. There are a number of wooden tables, benches and chairs to cater for at least 18 guests. Utility Room: Washing machine Drying machine Sink Large radiator Ironing board and iron Clothes horses. Bottle recycling. Large adjoining log store/bike store Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen included Tea towels included Bring your own hand and bath towels For 2 week stays we offer a change of linen and cleaning if required. Other: Games Room attached to 1st Floor corridor but located in the 14th Century Tower with very thick walls. It has a pool table, a table tennis table and a darts board. n.b. Due to safety concerns we no longer supply the darts.