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Ivy Bank

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Thornhill, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • comfortable (11)
  • stay (9)
  • cottage (9)
  • lovely (8)
  • well (7)
  • equipped (7)

24 Customer Reviews

  • "Very clean and comfortable."

    A bit tight in the kitchen at times but manageable. Exterior of front entrance needs re - painting and guttering needs clearing out. Would certainly recommend to my friends.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Apr 2024

  • "Ivybank is everything I thought and hoped it would be."

    Cottage feel but plenty of space and very comfortable. Totally relaxing and everything on hand in the lovely village of Thornhill. Great place to stay.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable, and was well equipped."

    Location was very good and car parking excellent. The only issue we had was with the upstairs bathroom toilet flush which inconsistent.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Dec 2023

  • "A wonderful second stay at Ivy Bank."

    Super warm and comfortable with everything we needed and more for a lovely week. So peaceful and we love having both the countryside and the amenities all right on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Camilla4.7Oct 2023

  • "Disappointly dirty with a very unsafe turn on the staircase resulting on my son having to sleep downstairs on your sofa; he was visibly terrified of falling down the stairs."

    I am sorry to hear that you found our beautiful house disappointingly dirty; we have employed the same housekeepers for the last three years and at no time have we ever had a comment of this nature (as you can clearly see from our previous reviews) As for the unsafe staircase which is clearly pictured on the website, we have two young children who regularly stay at the property who seem to have no issue on running up and down the stair case. We have have many guests of all ages from 8 to 80, none of whom have had an issue with the stairs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine1.3Sep 2023

  • "Firstly I’d like to say this is one of the nicest properties we have stayed in and we have used Sykes many many times."

    I’m being really picky when I say there are just a few tiny things that would have made this wonderful cottage absolutely perfect in every way. A floor mat is needed for the back door as you walk into the cottage. If it’s wet outside it’s very slippy on the kitchen tiled floor when you walk in. You need somewhere to hang your coats, there is a distinct lack of hanging hooks for coats and towels for that matter upstairs and down. You need to rearrange your plates and bowls, lots of chips in these because you have them placed in drawers on their side? Your umbrellas are all broken. We found a pair of dirty socks from the previous occupants in one of the upstairs linen baskets. The towel situation was bizarre when we arrived, we had one bath sheet each which in all honesty felt damp and was not soft, however, this was remedied very quickly with a phone call to the owners who within an hour had someone bring lots and lots of towels. It sounds like there was lots of things wrong but I am being super picky and when you offset the many many fabulous things about the cottage like, the fire being set up ready for just a match to light it when we arrived, the books, games, dvd’s, the sheer array of crockery, pans, etc, little things like condiments, salt, tea bags etc being left. A designated parking space. The fact it has two downstairs rooms with TV’s which are state of the art, (my 11 year old was thrilled). As I said this is one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in and I would not hesitate to come back and stay for longer and recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Laurissa4.7Oct 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at Ivy Bank."

    There was lots of space for us, my parents and our two dogs. We made use of the wood burner most nights. The beds were very comfortable with great quality bedding and the whole house is decorated beautifully and very well equipped. Lots of lovely walks from the doorstep and Thornhill itself has several cafes, pubs and shops just a few steps away. Nights were very peaceful and our dogs settled no problem. Very much a home from home. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Camilla5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely village."

    Really well equipped and furnished to a high standard. Plenty of room and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely gorgeous property with all the creature comforts you could think of, including things like foil and sandwich bags and cupboard essentials."

    The owner was very friendly (even though we arrived early) and welcoming. We would happily stay here again and so would our cat!

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very confortable, perfect stay in Thornhill"

    Reviewed by Baudoux5.0Apr 2022

  • "Third time staying at this property - that alone speaks for itself."

    Excellent stay again with my family and I. We love going to the Ivybank

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Ivybank is a beautiful traditional country cottage."

    The owners had decorated the cottage for Christmas which was a lovely touch. They had also left us some lovely goodies. They contacted us before we arrived and during our stay to see if we needed any help. The house was warm when we arrived and there was a basket of logs for the log burner. It was a fabulous cottage and we had the best time. We would definitely recommend Ivybank and we will definitely return.

    Thankyou for your lovely feedback! We hope to have you stay again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at this very comfortable & warm home, there is an enclosed garden to the rear."

    ..perfect for a little pooch...will def take her with us next time!

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Dec 2021

  • "Had a lovely week here with 4 teenagers."

    The cottage is comfortable and cosy with enough space for you all to relax in the evenings. A perfect base to visit plenty of things in the area. We visited Culzean Castle in Ayr, Grey Mares Tail waterfall near Moffat, Ullswater in the Lake District as well as a few things closer to the cottage. We had a slight issue with the boiler one morning but the owners had someone out to fix it within a couple of hours and were very helpful. I would not hesitate to stay here again if I were to return to the area.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely property."

    Very comfortable and well equipped. Also Thornhill is a very friendly small town.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "Second stay at the Ivy Bank and it did not disappoint."

    Excellent facilities and able to relax and chill along with days trips out and about around D&G I am sure we will be back again in the future

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fabulous time had by the whole party who ranged in age from 19 to 50."

    By far the best equipped cottage I've ever stayed in. Owners contacted me on arrival by text to ensure we had arrived safely and all was to our expectation and offered any help or assistance. Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Laura4.4Jul 2021

  • "Do not think deep clean was carried out."

    Food left in fridge and freezer, medicines left in a bottom drawer in the kitchen. Should mention the busy road it is on. Nice property, but snug badly smelling of dogs and damp, unusable for us.

    Reviewed by Rose4.1Jun 2021

  • "Absolutely fabulous accommodation- the photos don't do it justice."

    The weather wasn't great so it was great to have a lovely cosy home to return to. I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2020

  • "Wonderful place to relax and very comfortable."

    Will be back

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage in a very friendly village."

    Surrounded by stunning scenery this cottage is well equipped and really homely. The owners were incredibly friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage is beautifully decorated, very clean and situated in a wonderful village."

    We didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2020

  • "Amazingly well furnished and equipped house, which made for an extremely relaxing holiday."

    We didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Sep 2020

  • "Very comfortable."

    Plenty of rooms and heating, which we needed in August. Can't beat the weather.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Aug 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin, and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug
  • Oil central heating and wood burning stove
  • Electric range oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, wine cooler
  • TVs, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed patio with seating and barbecue
  • One well behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 miles

The property

Found in southern Scotland within the charming village of Thornhill, a quiet street away from the centre, is this marvellous semi-detached cottage, Ivy Bank.

Built at the turn of the 20th century, this house contains a surprisingly spacious layout making it perfect for a family or group of six.

Take in the quaint, stone exterior before heading inside; discover a contemporary style throughout the property with vibrant pops of colour.

Enjoy the stylish surroundings of the sitting room sat atop the fabulous, grey corner sofa, opposite the jade-green wall where the woodburning stove can crackle in the background as you watch a film with your loved ones.

Terracotta tiles and a long bench dining table help to create a modern take on a farmhouse kitchen/diner, with a large electric range cooker at your fingertips to cook some excellent dishes during your self-catered stay.

Find a peaceful retreat within the snug room, whether you want to watch some TV, take an afternoon nap on the long corner sofa, or get lost in a book.

Completing the ground floor is the glossy shared bathroom holding a bath with a rainfall shower over offering a sumptuous spot to freshen up in.

Get settled into one of the bedrooms and unpack your things, with the pretty twin bedroom with matching bedding being a great choice for the little ones beneath the quirky slanted ceilings.

Further along are two double bedrooms, with the master enjoying its own en-suite shower room, along with all benefitting from plenty of storage space for your things.

Sit out in your enclosed yard and in the warmer weather make use of the barbecue to have a fantastic summer afternoon, let your canine companion sneak a sausage from the barbecue while you all tuck in at the outdoor seating.

Talk a trip in to the village and enjoy a spot of golf or fishing to pass the day.

Visit one of Britain's grandest castles, Drumlanrig Castle, offering a chance to see one of the finest examples of 17th century architecture with your own eyes, and marvel at an internationally renowned art collection.

Wander along the Nith Valley to discover the area, or take a walk with a difference with Nith Valley Alpacas and travel along with a new furry friend around the grounds of Capenoch Estate.

Spend a day trip in Ayr further north on the coast discovering its many attractions like Ayr Beach, 16th century Ayr Racecourse, and the fabulous array of restaurants, cafés and pubs that sit among this riverside town.

As well as being close to Galloway Forest Park for a range of outdoor adventures, Ivy Bank is a wonderful touring base for southern Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band F

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas