Little Boreland

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

Lovely bird and wildlife filled gardens, open fires, hill walks... A tranquil retreat for all ages near the sandy beaches of Galloway


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 9


Come for fantastic wildlife, a whitewashed 1780 farmhouse and your own wooded hillside, a few minutes’ drive from the Solway Firth: the setting is timeless, tranquil and marvellous for walks, hide-and-seek and barbecues; woodland paths, a burn trickling into a pond, abundant birds, deer and red squirrels. Sunlight streams through blue-framed windows into simple, cosy sitting and dining rooms, and into the gothic porch where there are field glasses waiting to view the busy bird table and the countryside that extends south to the coast. When the sun drops you can gather around a 10-seater oak table, or by an open fire; owls hoot and the starry skies are magnificent. Upstairs bedrooms (including two tucked into the attic) are filled with pictures and books; quiet spaces to recharge your batteries before the next day’s adventures. Step out to glorious hills above or Cardoness Castle round the corner; it’s a 10-minute walk to good pubs and shops in Gatehouse of Fleet and a drive to nearby pristine beaches and coves, lochs, artistic Kirkcudbright and walks in Galloway Forest Park.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Fuel, electricity and linen included in the price. 20% discount for couples. Off peak short breaks & discounts available. Outhouse for bike storage.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £60
Weekly price
from £417
1 House for 9
From £605 bedrooms


This is a wonderful, comfortable house. There is everything you could possibly want for a relaxing stay, with a wide range of reading material. The area is beautiful with a wealth of things to do. I could've stayed for a month, in fact, I wish I could, and still have plenty to explore. The area is ideal for walking, birdwatching, and all outdoor pursuits as well as for anyone with an interest in the arts, history, food and all things Scottish.

Helen, Bedford

A wonderful location in a beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland. This was our second visit to Little Boreland and we loved it even more than the first time. The house is secluded, well equipped and cosy and in an ideal location for spotting wildlife and visiting the many interesting and beautiful places in the surrounding area. Great for walking, cycling, birdwatching, the coast and beaches, book shops and art galleries in nearby towns and more. A lovely holiday with glorious weather.

Sue, Bedford

This was our second visit to Little Boreland. It is a very well equipped and comfortable house in a lovely area of Scotland. Relaxing and watching the birds in the garden was a constant delight.

Sue, Kendal

This was our third stay at Little Borland which says something about how much we enjoy our stays there. The house itself is wonderful, full of character, warm and welcoming. The birds from the surrounding woodland were a constant treat, and we saw red squirrels in the garden, and deer in the nearby fields. Galloway is an historic part of Scotland, with ancient burial chambers, castles and abbeys; lovely woodlands, beautiful gardens, and little sandy bays and beaches; and the nearby towns like Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright, and Cree have galleries and museums well worth a visit.

Peter, Swansea

Little Boreland is a real home from home & a great place to have a relaxing family holiday. The main plus points are: - Well located, just off A75 & 1/2 mile from local shops. - Well equipped & warm - very cosy especially with some logs on the fire. - Set in its own private grounds in woods overlooking the countryside. - Front porch / sun room for reading / watch wildlife (birds / squirrel). - Great for children to explore. - Walks / beaches close by + wet weather attractions like the Chocolate Factory. We've been to lots of holiday cottages across Scotland & Little Boreland tops the lot :)

Jamie, Lancashire

Little Boreland is a magical place - a much loved family house, comfortable and well equipped. Surrounded by woods, the visiting wildlife included red squirrels, deer, bats and numerous birds. A wonderful location near to beaches, standing stones, gardens, ancient woods and pretty harbour towns - we finished the week with a list still remaining to come back and do next time! A very special place which is clearly cherished by many.

Beccy, Nottingham

Highly recommended!!! Set in beautiful landscape, this place has everything you need and more. A beautiful cottage with its own wildlife like red squirrels and numerous species of birds. The cottage was very clean and well equipped. The rooms are spacious and homely. Books to read including local literature, DVDs, a few games and a radio. Has its very own stream running through and walks from your door step. It's within walking distance of Gatehouse of Fleet and a short drive away from the beautiful town of Kirkcudbright. It's also handy to do the Wicker Man tour for those who love the film.

Claire, Rotherham

Yes. We really love Little Boreland. The setting is just wondrous. Even rainy days mean a jaunt round Castle Douglas and its shops, or a visit to a castle or some caves. You are never short of a destination. Last October we had a wee Barbecue on one of the old WW2 Mulberry Harbour floats on the shore at Garlieston and then topped the day off with a wonderful Indian Meal at the Jewel In The Crown in Castle Douglas. .. Galloway is very well served with great fishing. I like to catch fish (Trout mostly) and fill my freezer with delicious, lean fillets...Galloway is the place!"


This was a wonderful place to stay. Tranquil surroundings and great views of red deer, and birds and the red squirrel which visited every day at 7.00a.m. The accommodation was comfortable and clean and we lacked nothing. I would go back any time and not change a thing, we loved it!


Yet another wonderful stay at Boreland. We saw 24 different species of birds. with lots of young.The deer visited around teatime and late evening. Young Squirrels feeding each day . My daughters friend says it's like our second home and never wants to leave. Just relaxing in the garden at the end of the day watching the wildlife is everything. If the Glasgow Girls Art Exhibition is still on in Kirkcudbright it's worth a visit.


We had a fantastic time at Little Boreland. The cottage is absolutely delightful with enough to keep you occupied even if you didn't step outside for a week.We saw deer and red squirrel, the weather was warm and sunny so we could sit outside enjoying the peace and quiet, watching the birds.The cottage was equipped with everything you might need.We much enjoyed the walks around the immediate area. Gatehouse of Fleet too is lovely;we had a good evening listening to Folk music at the Mill where we enjoyed coffee and cake by the riverside terrace during the day. Most of all we loved the property.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ann Collett-White

  • · A short walk behind Little Boreland leads to Trusty’s Hill with its rare Pictish rock engravings while from the Rutherford Monument on the hill opposite, on many a clear day you can gaze across the Solway Firth to the Isle of Man.
  • · Relax over coffee in our sunroom porch watching the many birds through the pretty gothic windows. A perfect spot for reading, writing, drawing. In May the ancient wood is carpeted in bluebells; in winter snowdrops abound at the doorstep.
  • · Discover the local history in the Mill on the Fleet Visitor and Exhibition Centre or browse the huge second hand book shop. Visit Galloway for its many festivals - wildlife, walking, the arts and the autumn 10 day Wigtown Book Festival.
  • · Don’t miss Galloway Lodge with its renowned local preserves or the Kiosk for local crafts and a kilt maker in action. Nearby Cally Gardens specialist perennial plant nursery offers a treasure trove of unusual varieties.
  • · Mossyard and Cardoness are favourite beaches for swimming or rocky coves. Nearby is the fantastic Laggan Outdoor Centre. Further west are two smokeries, Creetown gem museum and Cairnholy’s neolithic standing stones with fine views over Wigtown Bay.
  • · Threave Gardens, open all year, and the magically sited moated castle reached by boat are a must. Scenic drives along coastal roads lead to Kirkcudbright harbour or over hills to the old Gatehouse station and spectacular viaduct, all accessible by bike.