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Scaurbrae Cottage ref: 537105

Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Sleeps 4/64/6
Parkingoff road for 2 carsGardenpartially enclosed
2 person discountNoFire/WoodburnerYes
SmokingNoInternet accessYes


This lovely stone-built, light-filled and spacious cottage has delightful pastoral views from every window. Nestled in a quiet rural corner of the Cairn Valley, with the benefit of delightful walks in every direction, yet only 15 minutes from Dumfries and 30 minutes from the lovely beaches and coves of the Solway coast. This charming property is just the ticket for that much dreamed of carefree and relaxing holiday- the perfect spot to unwind and recharge batteries.
The cottage is a haven for wildlife, regular visitors to the garden include red squirrels, deer, woodpeckers, nuthatch and many more.  Red Kites and Buzzards frequently soar in the skies above.  Scaurbrae has no light pollution so the clear night skies are amazing.  Over 150 years ago this lovely cottage would have been home to one of the many estate workers employed to work on the Speddoch Estate. It has now been lovingly restored offering every modern comfort whilst retaining a charming rustic feel. There are so many delightful attractions it would be impossible to mention them all. These are all beautifully packaged within this relatively undiscovered and temperate county with some 200 miles of stunning coastline to the south and west.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

 The property has a new eco friendly full central heating system and comprises:
Entrance hall: with under-stairs storage cupboard
Lounge:  with wood burning stove, TV, DVD player and sofa bed (for +1 (no extra charge, bed linen supplied request on booking)
Kitchen / diner: with electric fan oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge / freezer and slim-line dishwasher
Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

First floor

Bedroom 1:  with double bed and lovely views over garden and open countryside
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds and lovely open views of the garden and countryside beyond. ( An additional z bed is available for this room, no extra charge, bedding supplied please request on booking.
Annexe:  for extra storage.


All fuel, bed linen and towels included.  Wi-fi connection. Full size Cot and High chair.


Partially enclosed garden mainly laid to lawn and includes garden furniture, secure storage within annex for outdoor equipment, maximum of two well-behaved pets welcome. Shared use of owner's laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer.  Owners are happy to accept a delivery from a major supermarket prior to arrival. Open views from both property and garden. Off-road parking for two cars.
Please note there is an Access Statement available for this property. If required please call 01228 406721.

Nearest townDumfriesShops7 Miles
Distance9.5 MilesRestaurant7 Miles
Nearest railway stationDumfriesPub2 Miles
Distance10 MilesLake

About the local area

The Twelve Apostles Stone Circle is just down the road and is the largest stone circle on mainland Scotland.       Despite the name, only eleven stones remain. Close by is a walk with a difference, set around a sculpture park affording lovely views of Glenkiln Reservoir. There are pieces by Rodin, Henry Moore and Sir Jacob Epstein, collected since 1951 by the local landowner Sir William Keswick and placed in a completely natural environment.
The lovely little town of Thornill with its wide streets lined with 100-year-old lime trees was developed in the 18th century as an estate village for Drumlanrig Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.   The castle is a fine example of 17th century renaissance architecture.  Savour the flavours of Castle Douglas, known locally as the ‘Food Town', with its lovely choice of shops and visit Threave Castle where the custodian rows visitors across to the island amongst the swans. The picturesque Artists' Town of Kirkcudbright is well worth a visit. Here you can watch the fishermen unload their catch; explore the wynds and ancient Tollbooth on the historic High Street. During the year there is a huge programme of events from Spring Fling where local artists' open their studios to music festivals, exhibitions and local traditions. The annual Riding of The Marches is an exciting event and the brolly parade at Kirkcudbright's jazz festival is a colourful extravaganza. The Galloway Forest Park, now officially classified as one of the very few places left in the world where it is possible to see a clear night sky, is the largest in the UK and is affectionately known as the ‘highlands of the lowlands' and boasts three hundred square miles of wild beauty just waiting to be explored. The walking in this area is second to none. Visitors are strongly advised to bring their walking boots and discover some of the finest walks like the Merrick which rises above Loch Trool and the Rhins of Kells, a stunning ridge walk.  The county is also home to some of the best mountain biking on offer, five of the seven internationally regarded 7Stanes biking venues are located within an easy drive.  For those mere mortals who prefer to feel the comfort of solid ground beneath their feet, the venues also extend a warm welcome to walkers!
The Cairn Water is on the doorstep and fishing permits can be arranged. Sea fishing in the area is also of the highest quality. Golfers are also well catered for with a range of courses on offer including the championship standard course at Southerness.

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What our customers say about Scaurbrae Cottage

A delightful well equipped cottage in a lovely location, close to Dumfries but falls into another world. Saw Red squirrels for the first time! Enjoyed ourselves in Dumfries and Ellisland with Burn's life and poetry we would like to come back

The cottage is lovely and cosy and quiet- thank you I will miss Maisie! I really enjoyed my holiday, the house is lovely.((The children!)

Fantastic idyllic get away from it all. Cottage just excellent. Surroundings, wildlife, bird life impressive -saw our first woodpecker! The best farm park where you get to feed the animals, Mabie, a must do especially for kids(Mirren)

Fantastic few days in your lovely cottage. Just what we hoped for. Thank you for advice on places to visit and meals out. The shortbread was scrumptious! Hope to return-Loved it!

Robbie & Paula Jardine -

Thank you for another wonderful stay - cottage was as always just perfect for our needs. Children had fun making dens and playing the stream. We enjoyed sitting out in the amazing Spring sunshine. What more could we have wished for.

Brilliant cottage, real home from home.Excellent week ,including the weather. We hope to return someday. Thank you Derek and Carole for your hospitality

Relaxing, tranquil, amazing! Enjoyed this holiday so much, Will be back!

Great walking and cycling, just what we needed. Fantastic cottage, lovely proprietors,5 Star! Happy New Year 2015

We all have enjoyed our visit to the cottage. Once again there has been great festivities and wonderful views. Hopefully we will be back for our fourth time!

Lisa & Nick Emily & Neil -

We had a wonderful stay, the location was great for biking, just what we wanted. The cottage was perfect for our little lot (4 adults, 2 dogs). The dogs settled here very well and it was so lovely to stay somewhere where dogs were very welcomed. The ho

Darren, Linda,  Abigail & Jethro -

A lovely week in a beautiful cottage. Thanks for everything. Would definitely recommend to others and use again when back in the area.

Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location.

Dave & Angie & Family -

Had a lovely stay, thank you Carole and Derek for a lovely cottage with everything we needed. A peaceful and relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. Lovely.

The Lamont Family -

Returned to celebrate my 70th Birthday. Lots of happy memories and after this week new ones created. Thank you for all your help and a very warm welcome.

The Ball Family -

This was our first time to stay in a cottage such as this, I didn’t really expect to enjoy it so much. I am more of a hotel person, what a pleasant surprise!! Absolutely wonderful, will be back. Thank you for our lovely stay, we are so grateful we were able to spend our holiday in your picturesque cottage.

The Blower Family -

We had a lovely week and were particularly lucky with the weather. Our 2 boys had a great time at Mabie Farm Park. Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory and at Drumlanrig Castle Adventure playground. Thank you Carol and Derek for being so welcoming and providing the boys with play equipment for the garden.

Alex & Carole -

Lovely cottage in a great location. Thanks for the friendly welcome. The new eco heating system kept the cottage warm and comfortable. Thanks

Bill Caldwell -

Excellent cottage in very peaceful surroundings. Made very welcome. Enjoyed exploring the area and hope to return.

Jane & Thomas -

Thank you so much for an enjoyable stay over New Year. You were very welcoming a helped us a lot during our stay. We will definitely be returning.

A Collins -

Scaurbrae Cottage is absolutely delightful, beautifully appointed and in a gorgeous country location. The owners could not have been more helpful and the addition of some very thoughtful little extras for our arrival, made our stay even more special. We would highly recommend this property to our family and friends.

G Stephenson -

Very enjoyable stay at a well presented and equipped cottage and garden.

R Johnson -

The property inside and out is extremely well maintained and located in a very peaceful setting.The wildlife in the garden and the pony are a delight.

L Beveridge -

A lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings.

G Beckett -

The property was in a lovely spot, beautifully presented and very comfortable. The owners were very friendly and helpful without being instrusive. The home made bread and biscuits and bread on arrival were a lovely touch. We will defnitely return to this property.

A.S Farmer -

The welcome was lovely. The property was very comfortable and clean with everything you could need when spending a week in a home from home. The owners were very accommmodating and always friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend the property!

D S Melvin -

Lovely accommodation in a fantastic setting

J Dudgeon -

it looked lovely in the brouchure and i was not disapointed

E Eelbeck -

The Cottage and contents were more than we expected, beautifully furnished, the surronding area was also wonderfull and peacefull and we recieved a very warm and helpfull reception not only on our arrival but thoughout our holiday, would certainly recconmend this to others and hopefully we can return again, if they ever have any vacancies,! this is certainly not a place to be missed.

A Pearce -

The directions were easy to follow but we missed a road turning due to very tricky small signs. The cottage was fantastic , we couldn't have asked for better The location was so peaceful and it ouzed charm. first class accommodation. The owners were fantastic and the homely touches of fresh baked bread and biscuits were most appreciated

C Proctor -

Beautiful, the cottage was perfect, I don't know of anything which could have improved the cottage or the beautiful well kept gardens.

J May -

The nicest cottage we have stayed in, very well equipped

J Latimer -

The best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. The owners are friendly and welcoming, leaving you to enjoy the location, but always happy to help if needed. As a holiday cottage for a toddler, it is home from home, with a new full sized cot, fire guard, stair gate and plug protectors.

J Nicolson -

A beautiful property and a very warm welcome. Fantastic!! We will be back. Thanks for everything.

C Lennox -

The property was outstanding and the owners very helpful indeed we have already planned a return trip.

Brenda Byrne -

Great holiday, mainly due to great weather and Carol & Derek. Upon arrival we were greeted with freshly baked bread, short bread and half a dozen eggs. Found Carol & Derek to be great hosts and although they live on the same grounds you only saw them if you wanted to see them, basically you were left to enjoy your holiday and there if you needed advice on local knowledge. All round 9 out of 10. Good to have been tucked into bed with coco and biscuits, lol. Many thanks for a great holiday Carol.

H Ahmad -

We were absolutely delighted with our choice and will definitely be returning. It provided the perfect springboard for the start of our holiday in a part of Scotland where there was so much to see and do. The owners were so helpful and kind, the home baked shortbread and bread was a real hit! Despite mixed weather we had a fabulous time and were able to find plenty of places to go with the children.

J Vine -

We spent a lovely week in the South of Scotland in this delightful cottage with the most beautiful garden and a resident Shetland pony, Maisie. The owners Carole and Derek are very kind and accommodating nothing is too much trouble for them. The cottage has everything provided, all of the finest quality. There are plenty of soft towels in each bedroom and the bathroom, hot water bottles in each bedroom, extremely comfy beds and lovely country views from every window. The lounge has two very comfortable sofas, a large flat screen TV and the kitchen has all utensils to cook anything your heart desires. Carole's taste and loving touches are everywhere. We felt very welcome and on arrival were delighted to find fresh homemade bread and shortbread, the best I have ever tasted. Carole popped in with scones for morning tea one day which was very kind. It was a really restful week.

J Cameron -

The cottage was lovely, very tasteful, well-equipped and had everything we needed. It was obvious great care had been taken to make it look so nice, it was like a picture in a Sunday supplement. The owners Carole and Derek are warm and welcoming people and left us bread and shortbread made by Carole and fresh eggs and fresh flowers in the house. They are so thoughtful and filled the bird feeder every day so we could watch the woodpeckers and finches and other birds in their beautiful garden. Their wee Shetland pony Maisie was a delight. The wood burning stove was a lovely feature which just made the cottage perfect. We are already making plans to return here, we thought it was first class.

R Robson -

The property was wonderful - excellent condition and very clean. The on-site owners were very welcoming with home made bread and shortcake and fresh flowers etc - and then very helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Lovely part of the country with beautiful walks and lots to do. We will be back.

Sharon Wilson -

This is a delightful cottage with all you could need and more provided for. The owners are very kind and accomadating and nothing is too much trouble for them. They are a constant source of information and advice. We felt very welcome and on arrival were delighted to find fresh homemade bread, shortbread, eggs etc. It was truly a home from home and we would highly recommend it.

H Kinloch -

The cottage was absolutely lovely, as is the garden and surrounding areas. There’s so much to do locally, with lots of nice little villages like Thornhill nearby. It was also really nice to have the owners in the same place. Carol was full of good advice about what to do and where to go and she bakes the best bread I’ve ever tasted! We will definitely be back later this year.

M Button -

The property is excellently maintained and offered a very cosy and comfortable place to stay after our daily outings.

H Hudson -

The property was an excellent choice, really well-equipped and in a lovely, homely style. Baby equipment was provided, which was a welcome addition.

P Wilson -

The property is in a quiet peaceful area and the owners were very helpful. A lovely welcome pack awaited me on my arrival which was fortunate since I had forgotten to bring any bread or eggs!

Maria Mawson -

The owners really went the extra mile to make it special, with a welcome tray, loads of towels, fully equipped kitchen with stuff like washing up liquid and kitchen towels that we've often had to provide ourselves in other properties.

R Wilson -

An immaculate, clean and newly furnished holiday cottage in a lovely peaceful location, surrounded by wildlife. The children loved seeing the pony in the adjacent field and watching the red squirrel coming to collect nuts just outside the front door. The owners were very friendly and helpful.

C Oniell -

The owners were absolutely fab and couldn't do enough for us, but also respected our privacy. The welcome package was a wonderful idea especially as the bread and shortbread were home made - it made us feel very special. We felt so at home at the cottage and the lovely garden was an added bonus - esp for our wee dog. Being 10/15 mins from Dumfries was a big plus too. I give this property (& Carole & Derek) 5 stars. One suggestion: a good big sign on the road out to the right of the property:property was hard to find. We wish them well. Carol xx

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At 35 miles long, the River Urr has plenty of good sights to fish on. Again salmon and trout are common here but the river is one of only three in Scotland which allows fishing until the end of November.

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The KM Cycle Trail

Named after the creater of the pedal bicycle, Kirkpatrick Macmillan the KM Cycle Trail was made to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the bicycle in 1990.

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Drumlanrig Castle to Burnmouth

This walk has some stunning views on route, taking you through the woodland surrounding Drumlanrig Castle whilst also giving you chance to explore its gardens.

Galloway Forest Park

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What our customers say

May 2015

A delightful well equipped cottage in a lovely location, close to Dumfries but falls into another world. Saw Red squirrels for the first time! Enjoyed ourselves in Dumfries and Ellisland with Burn's life and poetry we would like to come back

April 2015

The cottage is lovely and cosy and quiet- thank you I will miss Maisie! I really enjoyed my holiday, the house is lovely.((The children!)

April 2015

Fantastic idyllic get away from it all. Cottage just excellent. Surroundings, wildlife, bird life impressive -saw our first woodpecker! The best farm park where you get to feed the animals, Mabie, a must do especially for kids(Mirren)

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