The Cottage at Waulkmill ref: UK31109

Westerkirk, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Romantic Getaways 
  • Rural Location 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • All En-suite 
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Quirky Interior 
  • Unique Cottages 


Six miles from the burgh of Langholm, this cottage has been lovingly put together with careful attention to detail. With a warm welcoming atmosphere from the outset, as you explore it just keeps getting better. Originally a water mill, this 19th-century, stone-built retreat is set in an idyllic location amid rolling countryside, dotted with beautiful rivers and streams. You can walk for miles without seeing anyone except the sheep with their lambs, creating the perfect countryside getaway for couples, whatever the time of year.
You enter through the sun room equipped with art materials and an easel, which continues through the sunny entrance hall and onto a truly fully equipped kitchen, where the smell of homemade bread will greet you, if you are early enough! As well as the usual mod cons, there is also a coffee maker with grinder, juicer, bread machine, fondue, slow cooker and more. The welcome pack has eggs from true free ranging hens, along with other treats and something for your furry friends! The large open-plan living area is really something special, with a sumptuous sofa, leather recliner and a one-of-a-kind cottage craft dining table. Exposed stonework and a cathedral beam ceiling bring an enchanting feel to the interior. Settle down with the wood burner ablaze and take it all in. Follow the spiral staircase up to the galleried bedroom, featuring an aromatherapy diffuser and Velux windows which you can open up to watch the sky above and hear the calming sounds of the river flowing nearby from the extra large kingsize bed dressed in luxury linen. A separate dressing area leads onto an en-suite with a spa bath, fully equipped with washing toiletries, massage oils and toys, including rubber ducks! Emerge from the tub to Egyptian cotton bath sheets and spa dressing gowns and slippers. Even the downstairs toilet has been given its own unique character.
Hills and fields grace the outside, ideal for a stroll, or let the dog run around in the enclosed garden, whilst you relax on the seating area of your choice to watch the birds. In the evening, fire up the barbecue or the chiminea, enjoy the fairy lights dotted about or light the outdoor candles while you snuggle up in blankets provided and listen to the babble of the river. There are four seating areas in the garden and a pond. There is also a secret path! Find it and explore the river, which is available for fishing if you fancy a go. There is a good selection of games, books and DVDs etc. Make sure you explore everywhere as there are hidden toys and surprises. The owners also have friendly dogs themselves, and have tried to think of everything to ensure that your stay is truly magical.
Langholm hosts festivals for music, food and arts, and the annual Common Riding draws many visitors. There is also a 9-hole golf course in Langholm and the Buccleuch Theatre holds performances and events. Within easy reach lies Lockerbie, home to a good selection of bars, restaurants, recreational and shopping facilities, as well as a jazz festival. A short drive from Langholm in the River Esk Valley is the Kagyu Samye Ling, the first Tibetan Buddhist centre established in the west. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Open plan living space: With stone floor.
Living area: With wood burner, 32" Sky TV (full package), DVD player, a selection of DVDs, books and games, and beams.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, slow cooker, coffee machine, dishwasher and washing machine.
Sun room.
Separate toilet.
Spiral stairs to...

First floor

Bedroom: Galleried with kingsize bed, dressing room, Velux windows and en-suite with spa bath, walk-in shower, toilet and low ceiling.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Doggy extras.


Enclosed garden with patios, garden furniture, fire pit, chiminea and BBQ. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    6 miles
  • Distance
    6 miles
  • Restaurant
    6 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    6 miles
  • Railway station distance
    16 miles
  • Lake
    40 miles

About the local area

The unspoilt beauty of this south west corner of Scotland is the perfect antidote to the hurly burly of modern life. Here there are deserted beaches, magnificent forests, rugged moors and beautiful lochs, all unblemished and untouched by tourism. But Dumfries and Galloway is not only perfect for chilled-out holidays, if you want a bit more action you can also find a range of activities and sports, from walking and cycling to golf and fishing.

To the west of the region is the quiet market town of Newton Stewart on the banks of the River Cree. This is a popular area for walkers and cyclists with open rolling countryside and close by to the Galloway Forest Park. In contrast with gentle scenery of the Solway Firth the Galloway Hills to the north has beautiful moors, mountains, lakes and rivers, with at its heart the Galloway Forest Park, some 150,000 acres of forest land with waymarked trails that are ideal for trekking and cyclists.

Formal gardens and country parks can be found throughout this area, the foremost of which is Threave Garden and Castle just south of Castle Douglas along the shores of Loch Carlingwark, renowned for its horticultural gardens and woodland covering some sixty acres. To the north of the town Loch Ken provides for more strenuous activities such as waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing.

To the south are the sandy coves and estuarine mudflats of the Solway Firth. The charming coastal resort of Kirckcudbright sits half way along the coast and was once a busy shipping port but now has a more tranquil atmosphere. Further east The Colvend coast has some lovely stretches of coastline and coastal villages providing moorings for visiting yachts and boat hire.

Inland on the River Nith, Dumfries is the regions largest town and a great base from which to explore the whole area. The town is also renowned for its associations with Robert Burns who spent the last five years of his life here.

Things to do nearby

River Urr

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.

The Machars Cycling Routes
The Machars Cycling Routes

These routes make up a collection of quiet roads which allow you to experience the local moorland, sea and wildlife from the area whilst taking in a little local heritage on the way.

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle

Set in vast woodland, Drumlanrig Castle really is a stunning place to go riding.

Drumlanrig Castle

Commissioned in 1691 by William Douglas, Drumlanrig Castle is set in a magnificent 90,000 acres of land including a Country Park and Victorian Garden.

Moffat Fishery

The flyfishing on offer at the Moffat Fishery is second to none with its peaceful location in the rolling Scottish Borders.

Loch Ken

Loch Ken is located in the heart of Dee Valley and has historically been a thriving area for Pike with the famous Kenmure pike caught back in 1798 being said to weigh in at a huge 72lbs.

Galloway Activity Centre

Offering sailing, windsurfing and a whole host of other water bourne activities.

7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails
7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails

For riders of all ability and confidence the 7 Stanes are a series of mountain bike trail centres around the South of Scotland. The centres offer all different kinds of trails from woodland routes to rapid downhill.

Buittle Reservoir

Between Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas, Buittle Reservoir is well stocked monthly bringing you fantastic trout fishing.

River Bladnoch and Tarf Water

Well renowned for its spring salmon fishery, the River Bladnoch also has a good amount of summer salmon making fishing on here a real treat.

River Cree

The River Cree rises from Loch moan before taking its path through woodland and moors before joining the sea near Newton Stewart.

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