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Shiel Cottage

Thornhill, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1061046)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Ground floor bedroom

Reviews & Ratings

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "Cosy cottage in a Wonderful location."

    Great dark night skies.

    Reviewed by PhilipMar 2022

  • "A warm and cosy cottage in a beautiful remote rural setting."

    Reviewed by RogerFeb 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay in October in this wonderful remote,cosy cottage."

    Very comfortable and well equipped with a lovely big garden surrounding the cottage. One negative though which I relayed to Sykes who, in turn, relayed to the owner: I was told by Sykes a couple of days prior to our arrival that a new wood-burning stove was due to be installed on the Monday at 10am. That was all I was told, no details about arrangements for access for the workmen. I waited in on the day to let them in, they had to return following day at 10am to complete the job but they were late. I had to take our hired bikes back by a certain time the same day. As I could not leave the cottage till the workmen returned, I incurred extra expense from the bike hire place which the owner, at my request, reimbursed but with no apology! To date I have received zero acknowledgement from the owner for the inconvenience of having to stay in - it goes without saying that it is not the role of someone holidaying in a cottage to help out in such a situation! Plans obviously should have been made by the owner to minimise any inconvenience caused and I am upset about the owner's lack of courtesy.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "Great cottage in a lovely area."

    The scenery is great and the area is really quiet and peaceful. Close to Drumlanrig castle and some good walks in the region. The cottage has a good, enclosed dog friendly garden. We had deer, foxes, rabbits and pheasants visit the garden during our week, along with lots of birds for the seeds. Great stay and hope to return.

    Reviewed by JasonSep 2021

  • "Lovely house great area."

    Really quiet and peaceful.

    Reviewed by TimAug 2021

  • "Toilet not working (One day without a working toilet) One bed not fully made up (caretaker brought later, which we made up) Drive to the cottage, rough not suitable for low or sports cars Single track road for about 7 miles (Be careful some massive potholes) One toilet roll No first aid kit No dishwash soap, small milk etc on arrival Cottage is very nice with the exception of the fake deers head Views from the cottage are stunning Nature and wildlife around the cottage plentiful Fantastic location."

    Bring some midge repellent in the summer months Nice garden with lovely old trees to wander around, could do with a outdoor seating area Nice friendly gardener, very helpful

    Reviewed by EileenJul 2021

  • "Sheik Cottage is a wonderfully equipped holiday home in a remote and peaceful location far from the nearest neighbours or village."

    The cottage is surrounded by stunning views in all directions. Sheil cottage exceeded our expectations - everything seemed new and the owners had made a real effort to equip it to a very high standard. Lovely diffusers and quality items throughout We used it as a base to walk each day in the unspoilt countryside. You need to be well organised here as the nearest shop is a good 90 minutes round trip so bring everything with you. We arrived to find NO toilet roll or hand soap - thankfully we had brought these with us. Little touches were evident - bird feeders in the garden attracted a large variety of birds. The gardens were immaculate but maybe an outdoor table would add to this? We worked out that there was wifi and how to get hot water but maybe some helpful instructions could be left for users of the cottage? Overall a well equipped cottage in a stunning remote location in the heart of nature. Would highly recommend to those who want to escape the madding crowd and want total peace and isolation. Would give it 10/10 David and Claire (and Marley the border terriër)

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "Only problem was having to travel 3 miles to get a signal on phone so could use the internet"

    Reviewed by DarrenJun 2021

  • "The cottage and location was absolutely wonderful, took a while to work out the under floor heating in the kitchen."

    Disappointed no WiFi had to travel 3 miles to get a 4G signal on the phone to plan for the days activities. But if you want total seclusion with no technology, it’s perfect. But does need WiFi. Otherwise we had a wonderful stay. Managed to get out and about even had a resident male pheasant to wake us early.

    Reviewed by DarrenJun 2021

  • "The cottage is very well equipped and extremely comfortable."

    However, as another review has mentioned, the underfloor heating in the kitchen does not seem to be working. And the wood burner smoked and set off the fire alarms. But an idyllic spot if you enjoy remoteness and beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by EileenMay 2021

  • "The area is stunning and the cottage is set in a magical location, very quiet and peaceful, which was just what we wanted."

    The interior of the cottage is fitted out to a high standard, it was both warm and comfortable. The obsessive decorative theme focussing on deer and antlers in every room isn't really my thing, but I expect some people think it adds some degree of authenticity. I think it would be useful to provide a bit more information on arrival about using the facilities - we got a little bit confused in the first day or two about the water controls - I'm guessing the cottage has a borehole system, with a control panel on the wall, and also the underfloor heating controls seemed a bit erratic. We met the cleaner / gardener later in the week and she was really friendly. But really enjoyed our stay and we are already thinking about making a booking for next year at the same cottage , possibly for two weeks this time.

    Reviewed by TimothyMay 2021

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  • All ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, hand held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating in kitchen/diner and bathroom and woodburning stove
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, WiFi, TV with free channels
  • Selection of complimentary organic ishga body wash/shampoo/conditioner - pleas do not remove the bottles
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawned garden with seating
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 12.8 miles, pub 12.9 miles
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm
  • Note: Dogs only allowed in the kitchen/diner and the living room and not in the bedrooms
  • Please advise to take 4G simcard or pay as you go card as you can now get reception on the track road but not at the house at present
  • It is advisable to download google off line maps on your phone or tablet as helpful having the information without internet connection in the area
  • Note: Property is a remote location and accessed via a track which can become in passable during the winter months
  • Note: property has its own water supply via a bore hole.

The property

Thornhill 12.7 miles.

Enjoying a remote location, which is 45 minutes away from the nearest village, up a one-way track is this character stone bungalow, Shiel Cottage.

Detached and resting within complete...

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Dumfries 15 miles; Ayr 42 miles; Glasgow 66 miles.

The quiet village of Thornhill is in the Mid Nithsdale area of Dumfries and Galloway in southern Scotland, and is an ideal place for a relaxing break. Surrounded by wonderful scenery and the low hills of Carsphairn and Lowther, there are plenty of opportunities to walk and cycle these ancient hills. In the centre of Thornhill village is a column supporting a majestic winged horse, which is the emblem of the Dukes of Queensberry who own the surrounding land and also the magnificent Drumlanrig Castle. Set on an 80,000 acre estate comprising a country park and Victorian gardens, Drumlanrig Castle is regarded as one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and also boasts an internationally renowned art collection. Thornhill’s location means that it is ideal for a day trip to the seaside at Ayr or a day’s shopping and sightseeing in cosmopolitan Glasgow.

Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £200.