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Kestrel Lodge

(Ref. 989531)

Dumfries, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful lodge in a lovely area."

    Not far from Dumfries where are loads of shops. Lodge was extremely clean , comfortable and cosy. Would recommend it to everyone. Thank you

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2024

  • "Excellent property, well thought out by the owners, had everything we needed and was very comfortable."

    Really enjoyed our stay. Would love to stay again

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2024

  • "As with most properties location is key."

    Kestrel lodge provided us with a perfect place to unwind and the wildlife [mainly birds] was very entertaining.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2024

  • "A lovely log cabin with enclosed outdoor space ideal for dogs and us on sunny days !"

    Light and airy cabin and quiet location. Beautiful countryside with short journey times to various walks. One BIG negative for us was the lack of recycling facilities, but presumably nothing the owners can do about that. A lack of power points in the twin bedded room. ie bedside lamps but no where to plug them in !! In summary a fab holiday cabin.

    Reviewed by Trina4.4May 2024

  • "Cosy, comfy, home from home cottage."

    Great location to explore, especially with our dog.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Apr 2024

  • "The cottage was lovely, thank you."

    Tranquil Waking to birds outside was a lovely way to start the day. Beautiful views and watching the sheep was very calming. Beds were comfortable Kitchen had all you would need. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Mar 2024

  • "Only downside was the weather but it was February."

    Kestrel Lodge had all we needed for a comfortable stay. Dogs made welcome, enclosed garden meant we could open patio doors and let them out. Cafes, places to visit and shops just a drive away. Woodland walk on doorstep. Would recommend and we would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Feb 2024

  • "Beautiful lodge everything we needed was in the lodge."

    Location was very good and very quiet 5-10 mins drive into Dumfries of you needed a shop etc. The lodge was very clean inside a couple of small cosmetic things to be put right but livable as it stands. But we would go back in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Feb 2024

  • "Well appointed cottage in a nice location"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2023

  • "Had everything needed loverly place clean and comfortable carnt wait to return"

    Reviewed by Billie5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is an attractive lodge in a lovely area however, it is tired and in need of an upgrade."

    There was some issues with cleanliness, greasy pans, sticky floors and windows that had not been cleaned inside or out for a long time but the sun shone and the number and variety of birds was amazing.

    Reviewed by Jim2.8Sep 2023

  • "This was our 2nd stay at kestrel lodge and we enjoyed our stay, noticed that the outside wasnt as good and a lot of maintenance needed doing the ramp at front door was loose and coming away from side of lodge,steps from decking was falling apart we had to be careful."

    The weeds where growing everywhere. A nest above the back door meant the droppings where all over the decking which wasnt the nicest to sit beside at patio table, we did try to clean it up but no brush in lodge meant could only clean it a bit. Whoever stayed before us had tramped droppings on carpet just inside the door,it was a bit of a nightmare stepping over the droppings in case we made it worse. The lodge is a bit tired looking but it was comfortable as a base to travel round Dumfries and Galloway.

    Reviewed by Winifred4.7Jun 2023

  • "The lodge is in a beautiful location with easy access to many attractions / walks etc."

    We loved our stay however the lodge could do with a little tlc as the outside decking was rotten and loose in places, and the exterior paint peeling. Inside the carpet was very stained and the chairs worn and stained. Good points the beds were comfy, all utensils provided, TV in lounge and main bedroom with Now TV, plenty of hot water and washer dryer, games, books, dvds, dog treats, bird seed and a welcoming bottle of wine. We were a family of 4 and the lodge had enough space for us though we spent a lot of time outside as the weather was beautiful and the view watching the birds, cows and sheep was relaxing.

    Reviewed by Carole3.4May 2023

  • "Sehr schönes Cottage, ruhige Lage, Top-Einrichtung"

    Reviewed by Johann5.0May 2023

  • "Setting was brilliant force on the decking lots of beautiful birds and lamb's ..."

    Setting was brilliant force on the decking lots of beautiful birds and lamb's gave us visit every morning only downside lock not working on toilet duvet at big thin but hey I'm 70 so feel the cold otherwise great break nice surroundings would definitely come again

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7May 2023

  • "A lovely lodge, beautiful surrounding, calming atmosphere."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Apr 2023

  • "An earlier check-in and mabe an hour later to check out 9oclock is very early oh ..."

    An earlier check-in and mabe an hour later to check out 9oclock is very early oh and a hairdryer I forgot mine dogs n birds well looked after but a bottle of water in fridge for the humans would have been a nice touch

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Oct 2022

  • "No hair dryer."

    Frankly it is bloody ridiculous that a period of 7 and a half hours is needed (9.00am - 4.30pm) to deep clean those premises. A thorough cleaning could be achieved in less than half that time and guests allowed in earlier and to leave later. Until these parameters are changed for holiday properties, we won't be bothering to book again.

    Reviewed by Wilfred4.4Sep 2022

  • "Lodge clean but tired in a lot of places especially outside"

    Reviewed by Carol3.8Sep 2022

  • "Kestrel lodge was a great setting."

    Quiet and perfect for walking and exploring the outer was a draw back but otherwise brilliant none the less.Would stay again.thanks .Barrie and Elaine..StHelens Merseyside.

    Reviewed by Barrie5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Kestral lodge it was clean and comfortable which had all we required for our stay."

    But unfortunately the exterior did not match what was portrayed on your website.Decking that was in need of repair and painting , cracked and wobbly step from the decking. wood holding gate latch loose, Birds nest (Swallow/Swift ) under eaves at apex of roof right above the patio opening door with bird droppings down onto the decking and onto one of the chairs. As for the view well I would have needed a periscope to see over the overgrown hedge .The exterior of the lodge is in need of a lot of TLC. But we enjoyed our stay at Kestral lodge but would have been nice if exterior had matched the pictures on the website,

    Reviewed by James4.1Jul 2022

  • "A lovely, cosy, comfortable little cabin with beautiful surroundings and entertaining animal and bird neighbours."

    We wanted to live in it

    Reviewed by Rod5.0Jun 2022

  • "A very good lodge which was very comfortable with excellent views over fields with sheep and lambs, cows and calves and plenty of woldlife."

    There are many walks nearby as well and the lovely town of Dalbettie and the city of Dumfries very near - an excellent position. The shower did not work (or we could not work out how to work it. The 4:30pm entrance and 9:00am departure were complications in arriving and , more so, departing.

    Reviewed by David4.4May 2022

  • "Kestrel Lodge is in a very quiet, peaceful, beautiful location, very rural."

    The lodge has everything you will need for a wonderful stay. There are not any shops near to the lodge so I would advise doing a food shop on your way to the lodge.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7May 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday at kestrel lodge."

    Very well equipped and safe for the dog as enclosed. Many homely touches . Would book again. Just wish there were recycle bins at the site.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely lodge a little cold when we got there and no instructions for turning on ..."

    Lovely lodge a little cold when we got there and no instructions for turning on fire but owner got back to us very quickly lovely girl After that it was a lovely stay superb location friendly neighbours lovely walks would come again x

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Feb 2022

  • "Lovely and clean."

    Has everything you need for a break away. Nice walks around and short drive to dumfries I would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Dec 2021

  • "Lovely warm cosy stay."

    We were very happy with the place and it has a nice view. It was very clean - many thanks for that. Fantastic weather helped. Please remove the reference to a bus stop in the instructions on how to find the place - there isn't one!

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Nov 2021

  • "Very compact would not recommend for 4 adults"

    Reviewed by David2.8Oct 2021

  • "Loved everything!"

    Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Aug 2021

  • "Quiet small site, no amenities on site, but the lodge was well equipped."

    All you needed was nearby, along with the beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by Joyce4.4Jun 2021

  • "Our stay was everything we hoped for, specifically in these times."

    Quiet, cosy, tranquil, beautiful walks and views and the lodge was very well equipped, it had everything we needed. Booking of the lodge was very straight-forward and the information about the lodge, i.e. directions, how to gain entry, etc was very easily relayed to us and easy to follow. No requirement to contact anyone with any queries, issues, etc.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Oct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kestrel Lodge and would return in the future to continue to explore this lovely part of Scotland."

    The lodge was very comfortable and we were kept entertained by the regular visitors at the bird feeder, it was lovely to see a nuthatch one evening. The farm shop at Beeswing had everything we needed for the week and the cafe was a great place for coffee and cake out in the sunshine. The break was just what we were wanting and we felt that the owner had made the lodge as safe as possible.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "The lodge was lovely and everything we needed was provided!"

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Aug 2020

  • "The pictures don't do the place justice."

    It's just spot on. We needed a peaceful, relaxing break after several months of lockdown and it delivered in every way. The outside seating area looks onto a field full of sheep and cows. Listening to them along with a plethora of birds from the hedgerow was just perfect. The accomodation was outstanding. Every need was catered for and it felt like home from home. We can't wait to come back!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2020

  • "The picture does not truly show the lovely views from the kitchen and lounge."

    The lodge overlooks a field with sheep and cows and there are numerous types of birds that can be viewed from the comfort of the lodge.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had a lovely time, the lodge had everything we needed, we received good communication re arrival / directions etc The enclosed garden area is ideal for."

    The dog.

    Reviewed by Janey4.7Jul 2020

  • "The lodge is in the most idea place, if you want to totally chill out."

    You can either sit on decking and watch the cows/sheep in the field, who’s antics make you smile. Or watch all the wonderful birds just sitting on the hedge and bushes..or if you fancy being energetic there’s the walks all around. We had a good few days of rain, but there’s still lots to see through the patio doors...TV.....never watched it....too busy looking out!! Because of coved 19 we were wary to go self catering, but we need not have worried, all precautions had been taken by owners, the lodge was immaculate, and so welcoming, we need not have worried. Can’t wait to revisit.

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0Jul 2020

  • "Everything you need is catered for."

    It's just as good for a winter break as a summer holiday. It's been our second visit this year, and I'm sure we'll be back next year.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Dec 2019

  • "Loved Kestral Cottage."

    It is in a quiet area, comoact accommodation but adequate for tge average family. Situated just outside Dumfries it offers calm and relaxing holiday a chance to get away but close enough to various attractions so as.not to be boring. Very clean and well kept beds were comfortable and tge cottage was warm. Will probably book again for next year.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Nov 2019

  • "Fabulous! Lovely sized, well equipped, very peaceful even when the local wildlife tries peeking through the hedge to you."

    Highly recommend if you’ve a dog as enclosed garden.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2019

  • "Everything you need is there to make your stay as comfortable as possible."

    The site was as central as it could be for visiting castles, ruins, beaches, and so much more. The garden has a cow field adjacent to it. Even though we come from a fairly rural town, we all were kept entertained by them. We'll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2019

  • "The accommodation was clean well equipped and welcoming."

    Close to Dumfries and other local sites. I would recommend this cottage to others as a place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside.

    Reviewed by Alexander4.7Aug 2019

  • "The lodge and location are great."

    we really enjoyed our stay. The only thing I had to do was move the microwave off the fridge onto the work surface as my 5' wife had trouble reaching it and she forgot her high heels

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron with ironing board, TV with Freeview, a selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Front decking area
  • BBQ available
  • Two well-behaved pets are welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5.6 miles and pub 5.3 miles
  • There is a £300 Good Housekeeping Bond on this property.

The property

Kestrel Lodge is an excellent lodge, situated a ten minute drive away from Dumfries, in the stunning countryside of Dumfries and Galloway.

The lodge is on a good plot with views across to countryside fields and woodland.

With private and quiet surroundings offering ample storage for outdoor equipment.

The front door leads into a spacious hallway, where you can kick off you boots and coats and step into the open-plan living space.

The lounge is a small area, with a sofa and two chairs situated around the TV.

A place where you can relax after a long day sightseeing.

Adjacent to this is a cosy sitting area with seating for four people.

Gather around and enjoy a lovely family meal, or take advantage of the provided books and use this as a quiet space to read.

The kitchen has ample preparation space for making a delicious home cooked meal, with all the appliances you could need on-hand.

Towards the rear of the lodge are two bedrooms: one double and one twin, ideal for small families or a group of friends.

With a family bathroom offering a bath and shower over, so you can prepare for your day in style.

There is a set of patio doors in the sitting room which lead out to a decking area with a view of the countryside and plenty of wildlife to watch.

Binoculars provided for keen birdwatchers.

Sit out and enjoy the morning countryside air with a cup of tea and watch the sunrise.

This is also a great place for stargazing on a clear night with a hot cocoa as there is little light pollution.

Kestrel Lodge is in an ideal location with three of the 7-stanes mountain bike tracks easily accessible from the lodge (you can store your bikes in the shed or some sites offer bike rental), Mabie is just a 10 minutes drive, Dalbeattie is a 14 minutes drive and Ae is 18 minutes drive.

Caerlaverock Castle, a beautiful 13th century castle with a surrounding moat and cafe serving tasty treats and The Solway Coast a beautiful scenic coastline are both only a 25 minute drive away.

A whisky distillery that offers tours, an outdoor activity centre which is host to one of Europes longest zip wires and Mabie Farm Park, a family fun farm park with lots of activities for both the young and old including donkey rides, pet feeding and go karts are all nearby.

The location is also home to many beautiful walking and cycling routes.

Dumfries town centre has a range of local shops for browsing, and pubs and restaurants for fine food along with a large shopping centre and supermarkets for all your grocery needs.

There is also a Tourist Information Centre with very helpful staff to help you enjoy your holiday.

Kestrel Lodge is the perfect property for a peaceful holiday in the countryside amongst nature but is close enough to all local amenities.

EPC Rating: Band E

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Castle Douglas 18 miles; Gretna 30 miles; Kirkcudbright 40 miles; Lake District National Park 50 miles;

Known as the Queen of the South, Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh and is the largest town in south west Scotland. It lies close to the mouth of the River Nith as it opens into the Solway Firth. Its origins are mysterious and are believed to involve at various times the ancient Romans, St Ninian and there is evidence of King Arthur having fought battles in the area. It is also held that Malcolm Canmore and William the Conqueror met here in the 11th century and William Wallace pursued the English through the surrounding Nith valley 200 years later. Robert the Bruce killed his rival John Comyn in the Greyfriars Kirk in Dumfries and Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed in the town for a few days in the mid 18th century and the poet Robert Burns moved to Dumfries in 1791 and staying until his death five years later. Today Dumfries is a bustling popular town with much to offer the visitor. Its location makes it ideal for exploring the coastline with its sandy beaches and rocky inlets to the Galloway Hills and Ae forest offering superb walking and cycling on the famous 7 stanes trails. Visit stunning Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve or indulge in some high octane excitement with the Scottish Rally based in Dumfries each summer.

There is a £300 GHB on this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas