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Stable Retreat

Dumfries, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1012106)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage Lovely setting Well equipped Warm and cosy Great shower Owners very friendly and approachable What more could you ask for!"

    Reviewed by DavinaApr 2022

  • "Lovely stay in the Stable Retreat."

    A cosy, warm cottage in a beautiful location with everything we needed. Thank you Peter and Angela.

    Mairi, Thank you for you lovely feedback, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Angela & Pete Property Owner

    Reviewed by MairiFeb 2022

  • "Great location with friendly host."

    Gill & Chris, Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are really glad you enjoyed your cycling holiday and the weather stayed good for you. Hope to see you again. Angela & Pete Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristopherJan 2022

  • "The Stables is a beautiful and comfortable space, set in a fantastic location, with both Dumfries and nature walks nearby."

    The flat is very well equipped for cooking, and we also loved the powerful shower, the nice beds, towels and bedding. Angela and Pete are great hosts, kind, helpful and easy to contact. We will certainly come back.

    Thank you Pascale for you kind feed back. It was so lovely having you Alan and Elie staying with us over the Christmas holidays and we really do hope you come to stay again. Angela & Pete Property Owner

    Reviewed by PascaleDec 2021

  • "A really nice place to stay to enjoy such wonderful countryside, (especially in autumn)."

    We will certainly plan another visit. David P.

    Reviewed by HaroldOct 2021

  • "Lovely, well presented cottage in a beautiful, quiet location."

    Owners are very helpful too.

    Reviewed by CarolAug 2021

  • "It is a very comfortable cottage, quiet and private and excellent for young families."

    Reviewed by SeamusJul 2021

  • "The setting was perfect."

    So relaxing with woodland walks and wildlife at the door yet lots of activities and places to visit within a short drive ( Galloway Activity Centre, Castle Douglas, Gem Rock Museum, Dumfries, Caerlaverock to name a few). The cottage was very comfortable with everything we needed, with the added bonus of the tennis court. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and could not fault anything at all. The hosts Angela and Pete could not have been more helpful from the thoughtful gift of wine, flowers and chocolates, providing advice on local walks, offering the use of their BBQ and also being lovely when I misplaced the key!

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2021

  • "I can’t recommend Stable Retreat highly enough."

    It certainly lives up to its name. The cottage itself was beautiful with all the amenities you could need and located in the most peaceful of settings, perfect for spotting squirrels, deer, rabbits and birds. Owners, Peter and Angela were extremely hospitable and always readily available to help with any queries we had. The location is ideal as you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere but only a ten minute drive and you’re in the centre of Dumfries with a number of a shops and restaurants etc. There is also so much to see and do in the surrounding areas, we only scratched the surface in a week. This place is most definitely worth a visit and we will most certainly be heading back to stay in the future.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2021

  • "The cottage is very different as it’s a part of what was the outbuildings of a large house no longer standing."

    It’s a lovely place to stay and ideally located for the Dumfries area of Scotland. The large forest area behind the cottage is all open to explore so great for your dog but do look out for ticks as common. The cottage does have stairs from the door up to a landing and then down from the landing to the kitchen area does.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "Pro's: Location is beautiful."

    Soot the dog is gorgeous. Parking space. Wildlife seen from the window. Nice hot showers. Clean bedding. Con's: Dirty cutlery and crockery. Generally tired throughout - could use re-decoration throughout. Glass door on bathroom! - no one wants to be able to see someone sitting on the loo! Blunt kitchen knives - makes hacking through dinner prep a challenge. No secure garden if you wanted to take a dog. There is table and chairs outside but this is in the shade and in the car parking space. Can't open windows very wide to let in fresh air. For me - the lack of out door space to relax in in disappointing. Would especially be so in the summer months. Would be nice if info on the local area was provided - walks from the doorstep etc No lockable bike storage - just the space in the vestibule which meant clambering over the bikes if you're wanting to go out. No welcome pack - even though this is mentioned in the visitor book.

    Reviewed by SallyMay 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful location with wooded walks at your door."

    Very comfortable, great bed, powerful shower and well equipped kitchen with space for proper meal prep. Easy reach for shopping in Dumfries. Highly recommended for couples and families.

    Reviewed by ElizabethApr 2021

  • "The Stable retreat was an absolutely wonderful experience."

    From the lovely and comfortable housing, to the supremely friendly hosts, to the tranquil woods behind we had a most wonderful time there. This is a place I would absolutely return to and would recommend to anyone who needs a place to say in the Dumfries area.

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2020

  • "Stable Retreat is a unique and comfortable apartment situated in beautiful rural surroundings just outside Dumfries."

    The apartment was clean, well-equipped and the owners very helpful. We had a lovely relaxing break there and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by AlexOct 2020

  • "A very lovely property across two and a half floors."

    Very secluded and unbelievably quiet - the ideal place to relax and unwind but only ten minutes from the centre of Dumfries. One living/dining/kitchen area is plenty big enough for four people, one large double bedroom and a perfectly adequate second room with two single beds. Everything you need is provided and the accomodation is spotlessly clean. Set in the grounds of a demolished country house, the neighbours are not noticeable at all. Friendly hosts in Peter and Angela and definitely somewhere we can heartily recommend. We will be back before too long!

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation, beautifully furnished, clean and tidy throughout."

    Beautiful rural setting, a great base from which to explore the area . Loved our evening walks down the private road ,catching sight of the wild deer and red squirrel. A truly relaxing place.

    Reviewed by RuthSep 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation ."

    Very welcoming hosts. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by LynnSep 2020

  • "We had a fantastic stay and the owners could not have been any more helpful."

    The place was very comfortable and felt like home from home for us, our 2 young kids and the dog. It had a lot of character and was in beautiful surroundings. Perfect getaway and definitely recommened it.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2020

  • "Unique and Quirky property which was spotless throughout."

    Lovely isolated location. Owners went out of way to make sure all needs catered for. Their dog Soot was a particular hit with our son. Enjoyed exploring surrounding area and would definitely consider a return visit.

    Reviewed by FayAug 2020

  • "We were delighted to discover scenic cycle routes right on the doorstep."

    The apartment is a relaxing retreat in a beautiful area.

    Reviewed by LornaAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, cozy but not too small plenty of space for our 11, 15 year old, us and our dog."

    Home from home with stunning countryside views!

    Reviewed by DonnaFeb 2020

  • "Great welcoming pack and the owners could not do enough for us."

    Very enjoyable stay in beautiful surroundings. Great base to return to after our outdoor activities.

    Reviewed by GaryDec 2019

  • "The stable retreat was beautifully decorated with everything we needed and lovely forest views out the living area windows."

    A very peaceful, yet central location for exploring the area. Unfortunately we didn’t get to explore the woods right behind the property, so we will need to come back to do so another time!

    Reviewed by KateOct 2019

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms of first floor: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin beds
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Biomass central heating
  • Oven and hobs, microwave, fridge, washing machine, rotary washing line, TV, DVD player, and WiFi
  • Heating and electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Gravelled seating area
  • Lockable bike storage
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop 6 miles, Pub/Restaurant 7.4 miles
  • Tennis court available on request
  • Note: There is a steep drop by the rotary washing line
  • Note: You cannot access the property via the fire exit
  • Note: Due to the stairs, not suitable for toddlers

The property

Stable Retreat is a striking, comfortable getaway for those who want to chill and relax, for the more energetic who want to explore local towns and historic places, go for walks in the forest and countryside, or the sports enthusiast, looking for mountain bike parks, kayaking, fishing or golf.

Stable Retreat is part of Newtonairds House, a magnificent building, converted from the original stable block.

The property is in an idyllic setting, nestled on the edge of the woods easily accessible from your front door, surrounded by nature, red squirrels, deer, dairy cows, sheep etc.

You can follow the tracks, walk through the fields or venture into the dense forest.

It poses as a perfect property for a small family or group of friends wanting to enjoy a self-catered stay in picturesque Southwest Scotland - You won’t be disappointed with the peaceful, beautiful and relaxing location.

The property offers a quirky and stylish layout, an eclectic mix of furniture beautifully presented in a cosy, colourful and modern way.

The open plan kitchen and living area is compact and well laid out.

Kitchen: Clean white, functional and classic.

Dining/living area: Two-seater sofa and two comfortable leather chairs ideal to relax and unwind while soaking up the view of the trees from the windows, captivating whatever the season or the weather.

The biomass heating system makes this a cosy property.

The bathroom is on a landing half way up the stairs: very clean, with plenty of hot water for soaking after long walks or muddy activities.

Both bedrooms are on the first floor, stylishly presented, with quality bed linen, sheets and towels - Bedroom 1: King-size bed, plenty of hanging space and storage, view of a stunning monkey puzzle tree - Bedroom 2: Twin comfortable single beds, hanging and storage.

For the more active there is a Tennis Court onsite available on request at no extra charge.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Five out of the 7 Stanes mountain bike centres lie within Dumfries and Galloway including: Mabie Forest 12 miles, Beginner to experienced riders.

Forest of Ae 17 miles, Dalbeatie 18 miles, renowned for its granite slabs and technical trails - There are also mountain bike trails at Drumlanrig Castle 17 miles.

WATERSPORTS: The area is good for whitewater, sea and flatwater kayaking.

FISHING: River Nith and Cairn Water (permits required) and various stocked trout lochs.

GOLF: Set within a great golfing area, with many different courses.


Dumfries: 8 miles, largest town in Dumfries and Galloway with many visitor attractions including a Museum, and Robert Burn’s house.

Galloway Forest: The UK’s first dark sky park, offers 300 square miles of wild beauty as magical by day as it is by night.

Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, 29 miles.

Moniaive: 11 miles, has been named best overall small village in the ‘Nithsdale in Bloom’ competition 5 years in a row 2006-2011.

The village is also home to various festivals, and has an exceptional Italian restaurant.

Thornhill: 14 miles, a vibrant town with lots of interesting shops to browse.

Castle Douglas: 16 miles, 18th century market town, that is also a designated food town, with over 50 business selling food and drink.

Kirkcudbright: 25 miles, is a harbour town on the Solway, popular with artists.

It’s an attractive town with a colourful blend of medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings.

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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.

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