Tower lodge is a distinctive Victorian gate house, situated just off a quiet rural road beside the sea. It benefits from a walled courtyard garden which is both pet proof and private with an outside seating area. The property is constructed over four storeys, each accessed by a steep wooden spiral staircase (NB: the kitchen is on the ground floor and the bathroom on the fourth floor). For those interested in seasonal and locally grown food, a box of seasonal fruit, vegetables and fresh eggs can be provided on arrival by prior arrangement.
House in Auchencairn, Nr. Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Rural Location, Sea Views And Access To Beach Below House, 2 Miles To Nearest Village
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 20, 2019
About Poppy Baggott
The Tower Lodge is part of a family livestock farm run by Sue and Piet Gilroy. The farm is almost self sufficient, with winter fodder grown on site to feed a herd of beef breeding cows and black faced sheep, and fruit and vegetables are grown by Sue in a large walled garden. If you come to stay in the Tower and are interested in looking round the farm, purchasing free range eggs, or fruit and vegetables (in season), then please contact Sue and Piet on 01556640202; similarly if you are keen to try some loch fishing either from the bank or by boat, this can be organised by prior arrangement by calling the above number.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Quirky, but charming property, in a wonderful peaceful setting
We only had a couple of days in the property, however we had a great time, chilling, walking, talking and relaxing.......incredibly quiet and if you are a star gazer, I have never seen so many stars at night. Don’t expect a roaring social life however if you can make your own entertainment, and enjoy each other’s company, this property and the surrounding area would do you nicely.
Victorian Tower Gate Lodge..
We had a very enjoyable Christmas break and were welcomed by the owners who were most helpful. The lodge is quite unusual with its spiral staircase and has some great vantage points for taking in the lovely views. We were looking for somewhere with a cosy, homely feel and I think that this description certainly fits the lodge. The wood burner was very effective delivering more than enough heat and the kitchen was well equipped, we had no problems cooking our Christmas turkey and all of the trimmings! Would certainly book again. Note : This accommodation is on 4 floors so not ideal if you have mobility issues.
A lovely place to stay
The property was a really interesting place to stay , it is unusual, full of character and comfortable. Great views and a perfect base for exploring the area.
Absolutely amazing staying in such unique property!
Just what we needed at the end of our 7 week stay in Scotland. 10 days relaxing, getting fitter by walking up and down the stairs! The owners were incredibly friendly and welcoming. Plenty of walks and places to explore locally.
A quirky, and very comfortable place to stay with great views across Auchencairn Bay
This unusual house reminded me of Buchan: there are 39 steps from kitchen to bathroom. It is a well-appointed house with a really cosy living room when the log burner is fired up. Sue and Piet, and Poppy, were very welcoming and the walled garden at the main house is fascinating.
Walks along the road to the village or to Balcary Point/Bay are lovely and there is much to explore. Just sitting on the rocks on the shore near the house was great when weather permitted, we were lucky it permitted at all in early April. We needed chill time and got it (actually in both senses of the word),
All in all, a comfortable, calm, cosy, characterful, contented castley (?) cottage
Quirky tower with a difference
The quirky tower was over 4 floors with brilliant views from the top 3 floors. Very cosy stay and if you're expecting modern this is not for you. We loved the quirky and fashioned but clean turret. The owners lived nearby and provided horses to ride at a very reasonable price. Hestan island was so nice to visit and interesting guided tour by the tower owner on horseback. Great area for walking but no local pub in Auchencairn. A personal thank you sent to the owner for her making our daughters visit so worthwhile with the personal horse riding guide over sand, land and road. An experience she never has had after riding for 10 years we will be back. Only reason giving a 4 and not a 5 was the water pressure on the electric shower was a bit of a let down.
Special interest holidays:
There are many opportunities for cycling in the area, including the 'seven stanes' route. Sailing is available for enthusiasts, and horse riding for a range of capabilities locally, with riding for the very experienced on site by prior arrangement. Ramblers can enjoy a wealth of scenic walks and over varied terrain. There is an abundance of river, sea and loch fishing locally, with permits available from McCowans in Castle Douglas (01556502009) and Dalbeattie (01556610270) for the River Urr, Dalbeattie Reservoir, Loch Ken and Loch Roan. Loch Mackie is a stocked trout loch which is walking distance from the Tower, fishing here is free from bank or boat, but please contact the Gilroys to arrange. Laird Mannoch is a beautiful local trout loch where boat hire is £30/day, contact Duncan Saunders (07833451341). If you require a guide or gillie or further information call Paul Muir on 07938890250 or The Gilroys on 01556640202.
The beach below the house is approximately 10 metres away and is stoney and tidal. There are also sandy beaches to be found nearby.
Prestwick airport is approximately one hour and a half, while Edinburgh and Glasgow are two hours away. Dumfries train station is 30 minutes away (approx 26 miles) and Lockerbie is approx 50 miles (one hour.) Use of car is essential for this property.
Auchencairn Village is 1 mile away. Food Town of Castle Douglas is 9 miles away. Artists Town of Kirkcudbright is 10 miles away. Book Town of Wigton is one hour away.
Balcary Bay Hotel is situated half a mile away and is easy walking distance for meals. Auchencairn Village is 1 mile away, and also easy walking distance, has a small local shop for necessities, a church and a pub. There are various historical features in the area such as abbeys (Dundrennan), castles(Threave), some beautiful gardens, both private and National Trust.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: Bookings should be made in advance if possible. The first payment instalment will be non-refundable. Changeover Day: Standard change over day is Saturday. However, if a short let has been arranged then this can vary. But entry to the property will be after 3pm and those departing should be away by 11am.