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Gate Lodge

Castle Douglas, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1060519)

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer washer/dryer, TV, radio, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Ample off road parking
  • Private rear lawn and gravelled area with furniture (not enclosed)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.6 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Cot bedding is not provided
  • Note: Should you wish to use the fire, please buy fuel from a local petrol station
  • Note: Restricted headroom entering the shower room and at the top of the staircase, please mind your head
  • Note: Narrow, winding staircase, please take care
  • Note: As this property rests at the entrance of the estate, some noise is to be expected
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

A 19th century sandstone lodge, guarding the entrance of the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Estate, Gate Lodge offers a traditional holiday home for a group of five seeking a scenic base in Scotland.

Boasting views onto the garden that blooms with daffodils in the spring, it makes a spectacular choice for an idyllic escape.

Once home to the housekeeper of the Gordon family, the cottage now provides a superb space to enjoy a piece of baronial splendour.

Enter the property on the ground floor and discover the beautiful social spaces, made up of a sitting room with a rustic open fire, encompassed by traditional furnishings where you can relax; a kitchen hosting a good range of appliances and utensils; and a formal dining room where you can enjoy quality time together over a homemade meal.

Also on the ground floor rests a bathroom and a shower room, giving you a choice of either a bath or shower to begin the day, as well as the master double bedroom.

Take the winding staircase to the first floor to find the final two bedrooms, a twin and a single, wonderfully suited to a variety of group needs, with each bedroom offering a unique, traditional interior.

Soak up your surroundings in the mornings in your own private garden, observing the red squirrels and nuthatches that regularly visit, before exploring the wider grounds of the Threave Estate.

A truly special holiday home, choose Gate Lodge for your escape to Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1060518, together sleeping nine guests.

Threave Gardens Cottages

Two unique holiday cottages resting amongst the wonder of the National Trust for Scotland's Threave Garden & Estate, Gate Lodge and Millwheel Cottage provide an exceptional stay for a group of nine seeking to explore the excitement of Scotland. Both of the cottages exude traditional style, presenting characterful features throughout that represent their historic past, while also hosting all of the contemporary amenities you could need to enjoy a week-long stay. The properties sit in an extremely desirable position, amidst natural beauty and wonderful wildlife, with an osprey platform and a bat reserve too, they offer a truly unique experience at any time of the year. As well as the beautiful Victorian era gardens, you can find a visitor centre, café, shop and a nature reserve all within walking distance of your front door, so you'll never have to venture far to find excitement. The centre of the local town of Castle Douglas rests slightly further afield; known as the 'Food Town', it's sure to offer something for all your cuisine needs, with a wide variety of food shops, pubs and restaurants to choose from, plus a selection of shops to while away the hours in. Loch Ken is worth a visit for keen birdwatchers, home to the official Red Kite trail, as well as being within easy reach of the Galloway Activity Centre for even more adventure! Venture towards the beautiful Galloway Hills, or enjoy a day in the riverside town of Kirkcudbright, known locally as the artists’ town, and discover the Stewartry Museum, a picturesque marina and the impressive National Trust for Scotland owned Broughton House & Garden, once the Edwardian home and studio of Scottish artist E A Hornel, you can expect to find a plethora of beautiful paintings accompanied by an equally impressive garden boasting a beautiful blend of Eastern and Western horticulture. Further afield is the village of Ecclefechan, Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace, where you can visit the home of this prolific writer and social commentator, constructed by Carlyle’s father and uncle, definitely well-worth a visit. For a memorable stay in Scotland, choose the Threave Garden Cottages.


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2 Customer Review(s)

  • Mrs Booth

    “Lovely lodge - homely and quirky - did miss an upstairs toilet as we had to use the twin bedroom.”

    Generous central heating with constant hot water and a good shower. Would definitely stay again.

    Generous central heating with constant hot water and a good shower. Would definitely stay again.

    - Mrs Booth, May 2021

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About the location


Dalbeattie 6 miles; Kirkcudbright 9.5 miles; Dumfries 18 miles.

The attractive country town of Castle Douglas is nestled in the southwest of Scotland, in the Dumfries and Galloway region. Castle Douglas is known locally as the 'Food Town', playing host to a large selection of independent food shops, as well as a range of wonderful pubs and restaurants. The town provides access to the picturesque Solway Coast, with its miles of beautiful beaches and scattering of pretty fishing villages. Carlingwark Loch lies just south of the town, a large, freshwater lake, great for coarse fishing and sailing. Enthusiasts of water sports need look no further than Loch Ken and The Galloway Activity Centre. It offers sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, kayaking, canoeing, and a wobbly water park. Less than half an hour’s drive on the A713, it is an ideal place for a family or groups. Hop aboard a boat and venture to Threave Castle, perched on an island in the River Dee, and explore its glorious gardens elsewhere on the estate, open to the public all year round. Dumfries and Galloway is an area renowned for its outdoor activities including bird watching, mountain biking, fishing, star-gazing and golfing. Practise your swing on the 18-hole golf course situated in the grounds of the former 18th Century country mansion, Cally Palace. Pull on your walking boots and go hiking across west Scotland’s inspiring landscape, or sail along its wonderful coastline. Whatever you fancy for your holiday in Scotland, Castle Douglas is the perfect base for experiencing it all!

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