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Blue Door

Kirkcudbright, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1060516)



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5 Customer Review(s)

  • “We loved the cottage and its historic setting and furnishings - the 'feeding bamboo to the panda' vase was delightful but our visit was overshadowed by the number of reminders that we had to leave the cottage all clean and tidy as we had found it.”

    My understanding for a 'holiday' cottage is that the cleaning is factored into the cost and you get back a cottage which has been occupied by 2 adults and a dog for a week. I would of course not leave a mess for anyone-else to clear up but did not expect to finish with a major clean. In the event we managed to do all the Covid requirements but ran out of time (9.30am) to hoover, dust and sweep floors. Sorry about the food items I left but that was due to the stress of trying to deal with other ...

    My understanding for a 'holiday' cottage is that the cleaning is factored into the cost and you get back a cottage which has been occupied by 2 adults and a dog for a week. I would of course not leave a mess for anyone-else to clear up but did not expect to finish with a major clean. In the event we managed to do all the Covid requirements but ran out of time (9.30am) to hoover, dust and sweep floors. Sorry about the food items I left but that was due to the stress of trying to deal with other matters. Maybe we just have to accept that another 'holiday cottage' stay is not for us.

    - Ms Harthill, September 2021

National Trust For Scotland

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The property

Resting within the culture-rich town of Kirkcudbright, close to the spectacular grounds of the National Trust for Scotland's Broughton House, is this characterful terraced cottage, Blue Door.

Offering accommodation for up to six guests, it makes a delightful choice for friends and families seeking a unique getaway to Scotland.

Formerly the home of stained glass artist E A Taylor and his wife, illustrator Jessie M King, you can expect to find plenty of unique artistic delights throughout the property.

Find the cottage tucked away down a quaint close, its name reflective of its entrance, where you will be welcomed into the hallway before stepping into the inviting kitchen/diner for a warming cup of tea.

Gather around the table and discuss an exciting itinerary for your stay, the surrounding units offering a charming farmhouse feel, as well as hosting a good range of appliances to assist you during your stay, including a dishwasher and a washer/dryer.

Move through into the sitting room, flicking on the electric fire in the winter months, and settle down onto the sofas, admiring the artwork on the walls that displays the creations of artists who have lived and worked in the area.

Also on the ground floor, you can find a convenient wet room, ideally placed for freshening up after a day of rambling, while the first floor will bring you to the family bathroom, where you can choose from a shower or a relaxing soak.

Find two of the bedrooms on the first floor, a double with its own en-suite cloakroom facilities and a twin, while the second floor hosts the final twin bedroom beneath the sloped ceilings of the cottage.

The property benefits from a private lawned garden, where you can sit out and enjoy your morning coffee, taking in the views across the town as your canine companions stretch their legs.

The grounds of Broughton House lie within easy reach; its Japanese inspired garden is a true delight at any time of year, with a blend of Eastern and Western horticulture, while the house itself was once the Edwardian home and studio of Scottish artist E A Hornel, now presenting visitors with collections of art, ceramics, furniture and literature.

Be sure to explore the wonder of Kirkcudbright; hosting generations of painters, craft makers and artisans, it still boasts a rich cultural scene with excitement around every corner.

The town is home to a variety of shops, where you can pick up gifts for your loved ones back home, along with tempting eateries and delightful pubs.

Visit attractions such as the Stewartry Museum, as well as the picturesque park, swimming pool and tranquil marina, while the summer months boast even more entertainment, with a four-day Arts and Crafts Trail and Jazz Festival, a weekly Scottish night with pipe band and dancing, weekly town tours, farmer’s markets, a vintage car rally and so much more.

Walkers will delight in exploring the nearby Galloway Forest Park, as well as Barhill Wood, the perfect walking route for wildlife watchers, and the five-mile walk to the charming village of Dundrennan.

Here you will discover the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, along with hill walking opportunities at Screel Hill and mountain adventures at Cairnsmore.

For those wanting to explore further afield, Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace can be found in the modest village of Ecclefechan; owned by the National Trust for Scotland, this historic gem houses objects and artefacts from the historian’s life, with books and reference texts of his wonderful workings.

Another nearby National Trust for Scotland delight can be found in the form of the Threave Garden & Estate, home to immaculate gardens boasting a plethora of wildlife, accompanied by an osprey platform where you can spot the soaring ospreys and even red kites and peregrine falcons, there’s plenty here to see, as well as the unique attraction of Scotland’s only Bat Reserve, making the perfect day out for the nature lover.

In reach of Newton Stewart and Dumfries too, there is so much adventure to uncover at Blue Door.


  • Three storey terraced cottage
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x second floor twin
  • Ground floor wet room with walk in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Gas central heating and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, Wifi, radio, DVD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Free roadside parking outside Greengate Close
  • Private lawned garden at the bottom of the close
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 miles
  • Note: Internal steps and narrow, winding staircases, please take care
  • Note: Some limited headspace when stepping into the first floor bathroom's bath and in the second floor bedroom, please mind your head
  • 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


Dumfries 25 miles.

The historic and picturesque town of Kirkcudbright sits on the banks of the River Dee on the north Solway coast. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455 this small port town has always been supported by a busy fishing trade and is home to a blue flag marina. Behind this working harbour, its wide streets and pastel-coloured houses, a mix of Georgian and Victorian town houses make for a very attractive town centre. Particular places of interest are the Tolbooth Museum, Broughton House and Gardens (National Trust for Scotland), the Stewartry Museum, MacLellan's Castle, and the newly refurbished town Art Gallery. Kirkcudbright is also known as the 'Artists' Town'. From the 1870s onwards the town has both produced and attracted a wide range of talented artists and crafts people, and there is a fine collection of art galleries and arts and crafts shops. If you want your holiday to include some breaks from cooking you will find plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from, including the historic Selkirk Arms Hotel, and, near the harbour, Polar Bites, a very good fish restaurant as well as being a takeaway. Throughout the summer the town organises a wide range of activities including the four day Arts and Crafts Trail, four-day Jazz Festival, a weekly Scottish night with pipe band and dancing (especially for children), weekly town tours, farmers markets, a vintage car rally... the list is endless. Visitors can also use the town's swimming pool, bowling club, golf club and tennis courts. Further afield there is the Galloway Activity Centre on beautiful Loch Ken, which offers a range of water sports, and the Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre which includes a zipwire - suitable for all ages! Perhaps best of all are the opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, or just driving along the coasts and in the hills and valleys in some of Scotland's loveliest unspoilt scenery.

No WIFI, 3 storey, free parking is available on the street outside Greengate Close

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas