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Very Luxurious in a beautiful area

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

6 Bedroom sleeps 12 large modern villa

Situated on the very edge of Mabie Forest,this property offers very comfortable luxury accomodation. Overbells is an unique architectural interesting bespoke property with open country views set in over an acre of secluded gardens. Excellent for families with plenty of kids and adult persuits.Mabie forest has a 'world famous' 7 staines mountain bike trail and with trails for all levels.There are many sign posted walks,an adventure farm park and a play park all within 5 mins walk.

Overbells has uninteruppted panoramic views down over open countryside,on one side in the distance is the river nith and estuary and other over to Dumfries town.Full advantage is taken of these views through a very high valted lounge with double height windows ,a tv gallery lounge also looks down on this area. This is a large spread out property providing very comfortable relaxation areas making it ideal for the extended family or groups.Wood burning stove, leather sofas and a huge sofa in the tv gallery gives plenty of areas to chill.

The main bed room suite, just off the pool room is very private and quiet,with a superking size bed, a very big room, opening out into large whirlpool circular bath area easily sitting a few people! Large 2 person shower with high power body jets. One other bedroom suite, a king, has dressing area large bath 2 person high power body jet, sofa and quality furnishings.

There are further rooms on the first floor, a double room at the end of the large tv area , and a twin room(or superking via zip and link beds) at the other end of the house The family area is presently set out with a kingbed and a single bed ,then through to a linked twin room then through further to a great play room complete with toys etc etc All rooms are very stylish and comfortable.(apart from the play room which is very pink!)

Overbells sits on the edge of Mabie forest a vast area with abundent wild life and many full day treks and shorter well organised and layed out paths. Mountain biking is very popular and there is a hire center and cafe a 2min walk away.Because of the villas location it can be both hectic or quite whatever you choose!


Head out of Dumfries on the A710 and sign posted coast road NewAbbey.Travel for approx 4miles.On a long straight section passing over a narrow bridge at the end of the straight a sign post reads Mabie Forest and Mabie House Hotel.--turn right here and head up towards hotel over a number of speed bumps.Pass the forests park and car park which will be to the right hand side ,keep going up and to the left.(do not turn into the hotel car park)The forest ranger station building and bike shed (shop and bike hire) will now be to your right hand side ,turn sightly left and a sign (no through road)is at the end of a bumpy track ,head up there and overbells is about 300meters along and the 3rd house on the right hand side.Park on the brick pave drive way.

More Details

Mr Donald Thorburn
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Mr Donald Thorburn


I have been interested in properties for many years .

This property is one I had built many years ago .

Designed specifically for the location .

I am local to this area although have travelled a lot .

Mr Donald Thorburn purchased this villa in 2000

Why Mr Donald Thorburn chose Scotland

This is just a superb property

It's spread out so lends itself well to the extended family .

Great views

Great home

What makes this villa unique

This property was my home for about 8 years .

It has been set up ,furnished and decorated as you would expect a home .

It is certainly is not a bland holiday let or cottage .

I am sure you will enjoy staying here and the lovely walks around the Forrest .

Although Overbells is next to mabie forest it is not in the forest ,and in this situation the home has panoramic views towards Dumfries and over towards the Solway estuary .

The property is about three minutes walk along a private road to the great outdoors .

You will enjoy it ..


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Very Luxurious in a beautiful area
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Beautiful place in lovely position near to woods

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house in great location near to woods and coast. Lovely hotel for food two minutes away and near to Dumfries for supermarkets and restaurants. Owners recommendations for eating out very good. House very well equipped and well maintained.Beautiful view from house and lovely garden/sitting out areas. Perfect for large parties of people. We stayed with various family members who all enjoyed their stay. We only stayed for six days which wasn't long enough and would all like to stay at the property again for longer in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Exceeded our expecations

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a long weekend for a family celebration. We found the villa exceeded our expectations, which contributed to a fun weekend. The villa offers spacious accommodation for both adults and children. We found the villa extremely clean, well maintained and well equipped. The children enjoyed all the toys and space to play. The adults enjoyed the space and comfort. We had no problems during our stay and the owner checked in via telephone over the weekend to ensure everything was ok. The walks and the park for the children were within easy walking distance. We enjoyed a great Sunday lunch at the hotel. We will certainly visit again.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there . Great of you guys to find the time to write ,I know you are all busy people . So glad your first visit went so well and happy with your choice of a large villa . Thank you for comments about how clean you found the villa ,we strive hard to maintain this lovely property . Many of our clients visit mabie house hotel and its food and setting is just the best around ,good thing for our clients is that it's only 3 mins to walk . Thanks once again and look forwards to seeing you all back Regards Don
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Brilliant big house - great holiday again!

  • 5 of 5

House is very spacious, comfortable and well equipped. We all had a very relaxing second visit to Overbells and can't wait to go back. The children all loved the gallery and games room and the garden was perfect for running off some energy. Great walks all around.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review . I am glad the property lived up to your expectations once again and the party went well . Yes i would be most pleased to see you all again at overbells Best wishes Don
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Excellent Properly - Brilliant Experience

  • 5 of 5

We booked to stay at overbells on the 25th September for a long weekend has I was getting married on the Saturday at Gretna Green Old Black Smiths Shop. The house was immaculate. Extremely spacious and perfect for what we wanted it for.

We had a mixture of all age group stay at overbells and there was a room to accommodate all so that people could have there own space and time.

The wedding took place at Gretna Green and we head back to the house for photos in the garden as the view from the house was absolutely stunning.

Once the photographs had been taken we went to Mabie House Hotel for the wedding meal, which is in walking distance of Overbells. (If your planning on staying, plan a visit to Mabie House, the food it amazing).

We had a drive down to the coast on the Sunday and all the family had a meal at the Steam Boat, again lovely food.

I can't begin to express how nice and relaxing the whole weekend was and I think most of this was to do with the location and accommodation. Not only can you relax in a lovely house where you can listen to background music with surround sound or play pool or sit out in the lovely gardens, you can also enjoy and explore Dumfries which is a beautiful place.

The booking process was very laid back and there was no pressure from Donald's side of things which made everything run smoothly.

We will definately be revisiting overbells in the near future, hopefully around Christmas time next time.

I would highly recommend

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Charlotte Hi and thanks for finding time for this review .. in your now busy married life . It's very much appreciated . Glad you found Overbells provided that perfect place to celebrate your wedding . Gretna is so close and you are not the first to make use of the location . I will pass your comments onto Sam and the staff at Mabie House Hotel . The hotel feeds many of my clients only being 3 min walk away ,and great for anybody that wants a glass of wine or two (no driving required ) Anyway so my very best wishes to you both and look forwards to seeing you all up again soon . Regards Don
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Large, comfortable and beautifully situated house

  • 5 of 5

We found Overbells to be the ideal location for a family group of three generations. The property is deceptively large with spacious and very comfortable accommodation. The number and size of the rooms means that the full party can spend convivial days and evenings together when desired but if you are feeling in a less gregarious mood it is always possible to retreat to another room to read or watch "Pointless" on one of the many TVs! The location of the property is exceptional, with beautiful views over the Nith valley. There are so many places to go and things to see, both nearby and further afield, that a week is barely enough to scratch the surface. On the other hand, Overbells is such a pleasant place to be that you would not feel at all deprived if the weather confined you to the house for a day. We all had a very enjoyable and relaxing time and will certainly return. Thank you Don!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Owner's Response: Hi all What a great write up Thanks for your time and thought through comments . But the good thing is you will all have to come back to experience again . Many thanks Don
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  • 5 of 5

It's an amazing experience for everyone, I went with 10adults 2kids Don cater for all are needs and I can't wait to go AGAIN.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Glasgow or Prestwick
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Mabie House Hotel
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Mabie House Hotel
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Mabie is situated close to the solway coast and the historic town of Dumfries,and is an excellent base for exploring the visitor attractions that are on offer. Overbells main attraction to outdoor lovers is the forest which has numerous posted walks of varying levels,mountain bike trails including the famous 7 stains,there skills and free ride areas with a bike hire and cafe shop, please see link below.

A very well run large farm park is also 5mins away,great fun for all the family with tea room ,slides,go -karts animal paddocks and much more see the second link below. Beaches of the solway coast and a championship course are 15mins drive away. The town of Dumfries is a 10 min drive with some quality and family restaunts and shops easily accessable.


Rates & Availability

Dumfries Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb mid week nights
Feb 3 2017 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
March or 3 nights ?
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter late days
Apr 23 2017 - Apr 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
May bank hol (Friday )Change.
Apr 29 2017 - May 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
May or 3 nights ?
May 2 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early summer or 3 nights ?
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Pre peak
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Friday change over
Jun 26 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak summer sat to sat
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sept much reduced or3 nights ?
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
October or 3 nights ?
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov or 3 nights ?
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas week sold out again
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
New year
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Logs water heat $58
Pet Fee $58

Call me on 07803242390 and get yourself a deal,dependant on time of year and demand .

( Weekly rentals can start to suit client needs.)
Generally Friday change overs
Where a week price is indicated usually out of peak time we can accommodate a shorter stay and priced according.

Short breaks ...YES
Weekends ..YES
Off season is November December and January £550 .
Other times of year might be possible and are charged depending on time ,however we would not expect to book anything other than full weeks in summer season .
Clients are asked to vacate (by )10 am for cleaning.
Out of summer ie not july or August there is a £48 charge for water ,heating ,and cut hardwood logs for the clearview wood burn lounge stove .
This is a charge to all bookings .
There is also a refundable bond for small breakages and any additional cleaning .
Any damages over this amount would be charged separately .

By cheque or bank direct transfer ,Internet banking .
This must be paid ,absolute minimum ,6 weeks prior .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Dumfries Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub , very large
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms have seperate shower unit.Two of the ensuites have two person size showers complete with body jets etc.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , very large
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , large
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , or superking with zip and link
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , family area
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , Note this is bonus bedroom located off the family bedroom.
  • Family area( listed as bedrooms 5 and 6 )this has 3 linked rooms, laid out laid out -family bedroom with a double bed and a single bed with room for cot or z-bed.The adjoining room is set out as a twin(the cot can go in this room if desired.Both these rooms have ample storage areas The room then leads through to the kids play room ,table football /kids build up train set ,kids dressing up items ,soft toys dvds and videos etc.This is not an extra bedroom.! In all this property provides good ample accomodation to sleep 12 including children/infants. Towels /bedding /all are provided for 12 people. No number greater than 12 will be accepted unless prior correspondance is carried out with the owners at time of booking.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
There is good parking on a block pave area for 5 cars .Other parking is available close by (three min walk) There is no parking off brick area as this is a right of access to a neighbouring property! Pets will be considered by individual applications!

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