Spacious one bed conversion with beautiful views from the lounge and garden
Graham and Penny
About Graham and Penny
We moved here from Sussex in 2003 so our children could benefit from the space, freedom and safety that this region offers. The move enabled us to fulfil our dream to have enough space to keep livestock and over the years we have kept hens, ducks, sheep and pigs, as well as a large kitchen garden so we were nearly self sufficient. We are still developing the garden as a wildlife haven and the variety of bird life has been appreciated by visitors to the cottage.
Graham and Penny purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Graham and Penny chose Kirkcudbright
We fell in love with this area because of the wonderful light, beautiful countryside and the friendly, welcoming community. Our love for property design led us to convert the barn in a modern style without forgetting its country routes so that others could share the beauty of this area too.
What makes this Cottage unique
The property is a haven of tranquillity, perfect to relax and unwind whilst reading in the bright and airy lounge or watching the birds from the conservatory. The private, sunny patio is perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, overlooking the surrounding fields. Our guests have agreed with this, giving us a high, award winning average rating of 9.7/10 for the last 4 years on Reevoo.
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Peace and quiet
It was perfect!! Such a beautiful cottage, with everything thought of, you could possibly need! Graham & Penny were perfect hosts, along with harvey& ellie, their lovely pooches. So many beautiful beaches close by and so unspoilt too! We will definately be back
Spotlessly clean, beautifully presented accomodation. Extra touches made this a delightful place to stay. Lots of lovely walks round about, minutes from the beach and near by to Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright. Our weeks stay with our dog was so enjoyable.
The perfect peaceful retreat from a busy life!
A peaceful and calm retreat
Our stay in this beautiful property was one of the best ever in self-catering accommodation. It is mercifully free of warning notices, we were given a warm welcome and it is roomy, light and beautifully furnished and equipped. It is very well situated to explore this wonderful part of Scotland. There is plenty of access to wild life, from the birds on the feeders in the garden to the red kites, peregrine falcons and osprey near at hand. We had a wonderful time.
This was our third visit to Swallows. Its very comfortable beautifully decorated and very clean. It has everything you need for a very relaxing stay. A real home from home.The garden is great for the dog and we love watching the birds too! Penny and Graham are the perfect hosts, unobtrusive but there if you need them. Would thoroughly recommend paying this beautiful cottage a visit, you won't be disappointed.
It was great to see you both again and we were so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful area.Swallows is a good place to relax and unwind.We have tried to think of everything needed for a relaxing holiday and thank you for your comments.
The birds are busy nesting and Redpolls, Siskins and Goldfinches have been using the feeders this week,lambs are in the fields and the gardens are beautiful.
Two day break near Kirkcudbright
We spent two days in this lovely cottage in Borgue-Dumfries and Galloway. It was in a lovely quiet location. The cottage was nice and spacious-an open plan kitchen/diner/sitting room with a sun lounge through glass double doors which was lovely and warm and a great spot to watch birds and wildlife. There was milk and a bottle of wine in the fridge and tea bags, coffee etc. Penny and Graham, the owners had left two delicious home made brownies in a tin. The wood burning stove was made up ready to light and the house was spotless. Penny came round and introduced herself and said that they were there next door and if we needed anything just to knock. A very positive experience, nothing bad to say about the property and we would love to stay there again. Thanks
Thank you for your lovely comments and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. The weather was perfect for wildlife photography and we hope you were able to take some fantastic shots.
We look forward to your next stay.
Penny and Graham
Galloway has something for everyone. Miles of rolling countryside and extensive attractive coastline are perfect for hiking and bird watching as well as fishing, golf and cycling. The most challenging peak, The Merrick, is not far away and forms part of the Southern Upland mountain range. The many Forest Parks nestled in the valleys provide more gentle walking and mountain biking opportunities, linking to form the 7 Stanes Mountain Biking route. Kirroughtree Forest Park was also the first official dark sky park in Europe (30 minute drive). By road, the National Cycle Route 7 passes within two miles of the property, linking beautiful coastal scenes with forests and upland moors. A wide range of water sports, including sailing, kayaking and water-skiing, can be found on nearby Loch Ken (a scenic 30 minute drive). One of the longest zip-wires in the country descends from the nearby mountain at Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre (11 minute drive), with archery, segways and clay pigeon shooting also available.
The area has many historical and natural sights too with National Trust properties in Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas, RSPB wood and coastal reserves at Loch Ken, Merse Head and many more. Several gardens are within easy reach, including Castle Kennedy, Logan Botanical and Threave Gardens as are two golf courses and driving range, both within 10 miles. Just across the fields lies the organic ice-cream farm, visitor centre and nature trails (3 miles away).
The historical town of Kirkcudbright has a ruined castle, working harbour, museum and attractive High Street with independent shops and cafes. Known as ‘The Artists’ Town’ it was home to E.A. Hornell and Jessie M. King during the last century and remains popular with artists today. There are summer exhibitions and two permanent art galleries with associated art and crafts shops. A wide range of events are held each year including Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, Spring Fling and Art & Crafts Trail. Local shops, swimming pool and gym are located in Kirkcudbright (11 minute drive), Castle Douglas (20 minutes) and Gatehouse of Fleet (9 minutes).
Slightly further afield is Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town, which hosts a very popular book festival each year.