Spectacular setting for wildlife, this cottage is a gem, with its own tranquil gardens and woodland on a hillside near Cardoness Castle, with walks directly from the door. Little Boreland, a late 18th century listed farmhouse, is full of character and has caught the eye of many passing artists. It is an ideal holiday retreat for all ages from which to explore the beautiful, unspoilt Fleet Valley National Scenic Area. It is within a short stroll of the conservation town of Gatehouse of Fleet, with shops, cafés, restaurants, local arts and crafts, and the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre.
In 1951, Glencairn Balfour Paul saw the house from the road and fell in love with it. His brother Ian, a keen bird watcher and elder of the Kirk, lived there for twenty years from 1990, following which other family members now maintain the house and its grounds through holiday lets. Many people have depicted the house and adjoining wood, including early 20th century local artists such as A R Sturrock and A M Hotchkis. The Balfour Pauls found Little Boreland just magical.
There are sandy beaches and rocky coves along the coast while the hillier countryside is good for walking. Nearby the Galloway Forest Park, known for its starlit dark skies, has excellent cycle paths. There is so much to see and do with castles, prehistoric sites and specialist gardens, thanks to Galloways’ mild climate. Activities for children include the Cream o’ Galloway adventure playground, with its celebrated ice cream, or the Laggan outdoor centre with its zip wire. There are ample opportunities for fishing, horse riding and golf. Nearby are many attractive towns: Kirkcudbright, the artists’ town offering boat trips and art and craft shops; Castle Douglas, Scotland’s food town with many specialist shops and nearby Threave Castle and Gardens; Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town, and Creetown featuring the Gem Rock Museum. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.
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Living room: With open fire, Freesat TV, DVD player and DAB radio.
Dining room: With open fire.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
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Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
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Bedroom 3: With single bed.
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Beams and sloping ceilings throughout.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds and Velux window.
Oil central heating, electricity (£25 per week Oct-Mar), bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and fuel for open fires included. Travel cot and highchair.
Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking. No smoking. Please note: Please note: Bedroom 3 is also accessible through bedroom 2. There is an unfenced pond and stream, 20 yards away.
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