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Millwheel Cottage

Castle Douglas, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1060518)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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Reviews & Ratings

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5 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved the cottage and surrounding area."

    The cottage was clean and comfortable and in a good location for exploring the area. We saw red squirrels in the wood next to the cottage and at Threave Gardens. We also went to see the red kite feeding station nearby and saw deer at Threave Castle. We were a little surprised to hear more traffic on the lane particularly in the early morning, this is obviously partly connected to the nearby farm but could also be because it was the season for sileage to be cut for the winter. I agree with previous comments about the patio which is very small and quite dark. The solution we found was to put the chairs at the front of the cottage which catches the afternoon and evening sun . There is plenty of space there for a table too and could be a solution when the new furniture arrives. But none of this stopped us from having a very enjoyable holiday and we would certainly like to return to the area in the future.

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay near to Castle Douglas and access to walks that our dogs and us thoroughly enjoyed."

    Very interesting building in beautiful surroundings. Another great Sykes holiday !

    Reviewed by KateAug 2021

  • "Millwheel Cottage is in a great location, it's an ideal base for exploring the area both on foot and by car."

    The kitchen is very well equipped and apart from a shortage of worktop & storage space it was fine. Lots of spare tea towels & plenty of dishwasher tabs was a bonus! However, the lounge furniture had seen better days and the description of "plush sofas" does not describe how uncomfortable! One was more like a padded settle and not as shown in the photos. As the weather was so sunny and warm we did not need to spend much time indoors but were looking forward to using the "private rear patio to soak up the views" - this very small flagged area faced north and the view was a wooden fence beside woodland; it was accessible from the dining area via a window at the top of steep carpeted stairs (with a large nail sticking out which cut open my husband's leg). This could not be described as a patio and was unusable. We had chosen Millwheel Cottage as it had some outside space - described on as a "garden". Luckily our well-behaved dog didn't mind being tied up outside with us while we sat outside the front in the parking area to enjoy the views and late afternoon sunshine. A note about the bedrooms - they are spacious with lots of storage. Three out of the 4 beds had cheap uncomfortable mattresses. Why not have Kingsize zip-and-link beds so they can be suitable for couples or singles? The property is on a roadside position and although not busy it carries lots of large, heavy vehicles travelling to the nearby farms. This property would not suit families with small children. I have used Sykes before and would happily return to the properties stayed in so far - but not to Millwheel Cottage.

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2021

  • "Although there was nothing really wrong with the cottage we found two things quite annoying: 1 The state of the outside area."

    Rather than being an attractive patio it was some neglected paving stones furnished with plastic furniture well past its best - a mouldy, dirty white table which would not stand straight and four cobwebby chairs. Serviceable, but not what one would expect when paying over £1000 for the week's stay. It would not take much to make the area more inviting. 2 The lighting. Given the inherent darkness of the building, it would have been nice to have better lighting so that one could read a book after dark - the bedside lamps with their metal shades were particularly annoying, they shed little usable light! In addition we also noticed that there were a significant number of millipedes finding their way into the house - a little unnerving, and one had to watch one's step! We had to struggle to find the black bin bags when we were clearing up - they were not under the sink as advertised. Quite surprised not to find a visitors' book - such things are usually useful in planning places to visit, where to eat etc. On the other hand we appreciated the tea and biscuits and found the cottage perfectly clean and comfortable - apart from the millipedes! The wifi was very welcome. We apologise if any lights were left on: there was a power cut when we left and it was difficult to remember which lights were on or off!

    Thank you for your feedback about Millwheel Cottage, we do appreciate your comments and the time taken to write to us. We are planning work on the patio area and new outdoor furniture has been ordered. We have increased the lumens of the bulbs in the bedrooms for a better level of light. We have reiterated to the cleaning company that black bags need to be left for our customers. Some paper items have been taken out of our cottages to reduce the amount of items that could be handled during the Covid situation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2021

  • "The heating system was inadequate and downstairs the temperature varied between 11 and 16 degrees with all the heating on."

    Granted it was the coldest April for 60 years however the storage heater in the lounge didn’t work and the one in the kitchen didn’t put out an awful lot of heat. The electric fire in the lounge failed to warm the room. Upstairs was okay and the electric heaters provided plenty of heat. Apart from that the cottage was a base for our first visit to an area we really enjoyed, Threave Gardens, Rockcliffe, and the Galloway Forest all provided us with great days out.

    We are sorry that you found the cottage was not warm enough. We have replaced the two heaters and the electric fire. We hope that this has not put you off staying in a NTS property again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelApr 2021

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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.

The property

A quaint, converted 19th century mill, boasting character and charm throughout, Millwheel House can be found in an idyllic position on the outskirts of Castle Douglas in Scotland.

Sitting within a countryside location, this National Trust for Scotland property is wonderfully suited to a family, small group of friends or two couples in pursuit of a relaxing break.

Admire the external beauty of this whitewashed cottage, before stepping inside to find even more character in its beamed ceilings and antique furniture.

Discover a convenient cloakroom as you enter, before heading into the amply equipped kitchen, where you can pour yourself a warming cup of coffee before carrying your conversations through to the living/dining room, where you can catch up after each day of adventure.

Sink into one of the sofas and turn on the television for some light-hearted entertainment, enjoy a film on the DVD player or play your favourite songs on the radio.

Move up to the first floor and discover the two inviting twin bedrooms, offering a lovely space to relax at the end of each day, both served by the bathroom, where you can indulge in a relaxing soak or a hot shower to truly unwind.

Begin the day sitting out on the private patio with your canine companions by your side as you soak in the views across the Slackie Burn that once powered the mill, listening to the flowing stream for an undeniably tranquil start to the day.

With easy access to all the excitement of Dumfries too, there's no better choice than Millwheel Cottage for a memorable stay in Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1060519, together sleeping nine guests.


  • Two twin bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD player, radio 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 patio with furniture and woodland
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.6 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The cottage is located in the village of Rhonehouse, on the edge of Threave Estate
  • Note: There are four steps up from the kitchen and two steps down into the second twin room, please take care
  • Note: Access to the patio can be gained either by the living room up a steep step or alternative route around the building to the back of the property (this is by turning left when you exit the front door)
  • Note: There is a stream beside the cottage, children and pets to be supervised at all times
  • 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

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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!

There is a stream beside the cottage, children and pets to be supervised at all times.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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