Longshot Cottage

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway
Self-catering


This deeply peaceful retreat will soothe the soul; come to walk, bike, sail then back to a roaring fire and good book. A sublime spot

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

The
Experience

This forgotten corner of Scotland is blissfully empty – red squirrels, buzzards, kites and otters are its reclusive residents. Among the hills and forests is a farm run by Richard and Mas; going one step further than organic they practice bio-dynamic farming: their 450 acres flourish naturally, there are orchids, mushrooms, and ancient woodland providing pasture for their cattle and sheep. You stay in a carefully revived 100-year-old cottage: floors are locally-sourced oak, the kitchen uses recycled slate, the insulation is sheep’s wool. And an adjoining stable is a beamed sun lounge with doors to the large grassy garden. Drink in the views from the open porch while swallows flit in and out of the eaves. Both carpeted bedrooms are cosy and comfy with stunning vistas, one is en suite. You get two living rooms with plenty of lounging space and a wood-burner with a basket of logs. There are basics in the kitchen, bikes to borrow, a well-stocked bookcase, local art on the walls. It is almost eerily peaceful here – people come to write and read, or to bike and sail. Balm for the soul.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By11am
Booking restrictions
Two extra bed settees available at no extra cost.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £490
1 Cottage for 4
From £1003 beds2 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Mas Smyth & Richard Cunningham

  • Amazing sunsets from the cottage - long, long views towards the hills and mountains. And well done in getting here - it's not called the "Hidden Road" for nothing!
  • Galloway Activity Centre, on the shores of Loch Ken, has a cheerful cafe; and you can go kayaking, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, wind-surfing, archery as well as have your cake and eat it!
  • Check out Kitty's tea room in New Galloway if you want an old fashioned scrumptious treat; tiered plates overflowing with fancy bakes, and cake-names to make you giggle.
  • There is proper high-street shopping in Castle Douglas - home-grown delis, competing chocolate shops, authentic craft galleries, home-interior shops and quirky antiques, and everyone seems so friendly ... no neon-signs or double-yellow lines here
  • We love going down to the Solway coast, where the sunlight glistens on the mudflats, and the seabirds cry hauntingly like you half remember from your youth. Have a pub supper while you watch the tide come in.
  • The castles got ruined hundreds of years ago - there are dozens to explore, and lots of mysteries. Cairnholy is exceptional - standing stones in secret alignments, what do they mean?For good reason, this region is designated a UNESCO Biosphere.