Pend House & The Precinct House

Dumfries & Galloway

Rich history with modern comforts in impeccably restored National Trust houses in a Scottish conservation area. Bird-rich beaches are close


2 places


Sleeping from 3 – 4


Remember an age when wealthy Scots slept in four-posters, bathed (not often) in roll top tubs and boasted coats of arms. In medieval times, Pend House was gatehouse to Whithorn Priory; Precinct House is younger – only Georgian! On a street of pre-1820s dwellings in a conservation town near Scotland’s bird-rich southwest coast, the two houses have been impeccably restored by Julia, with help from historians and archaeologists. In Pend’s spacious, wood-panelled, low-beamed living room are tapestries, a wood-burner, a mannequin in body armour, period antiques and quality reproductions; up squiggly stairs, cabin beds and a romantic four-poster. Low windows glow by day, an electric fire by night. The kitchen is tiny (one cook only) but you dine at a big oak table or out in a walled courtyard in the evening sun. In Precinct House – Georgian, top to toe – you cook in the old byre and eat under a glass roof; a grandfather clock chimes and gas lamps light the way up to a vintage four-poster and single cabin bed. Under period authenticity lie modern comforts, from underfloor heating to DVDs artfully concealed in antiques.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • 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


  • 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

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Short breaks available.


Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £250
Short breaks £210-£260.
1 House for 3
From £852 beds4 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From £852 beds3 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Julia Muir Watt

  • Local cycling routes abound on quiet roads.
  • Whithorn's ecclesiastical site has existed from 397 AD, the earliest in Scotland.
  • Nearby Wigtown has a literary Festival in late September. Whithorn's Iron Age roundhouse is the newest award winning attraction in the South of Scotland.
  • Ospreys, peregrines, and even a Golden Eagle, have been sighted locally.
  • Sandy beaches at Garlieston, Monreith and Port William: shallow tides make them suitable for children.
  • Cliff walk from St Ninian's Cave, through the bluebell wood in spring, is ancient and atmospheric