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The Precinct House

Whithorn, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1046834)



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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Four poster bed
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Everything you need in an historic building."

    Including fridge & a freezer not mentioned in listing and not shown in photos. Sofa is needing replaced soon but still OK. Sleeps 3 upstairs but take note toilet and shower is downstairs.

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2022

  • "Satisfied returning residents."

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2022

  • "We were very pleased with the cottage which excelled our expectations."

    It was superbly equipped and it was delightful to find the conveniences of a dishwasher and washing machine tucked behind period features. It is in a wonderful location for a quiet and relaxing break.

    Reviewed by SueJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, really quirky it was like stepping back in time but with all the modern day comforts."

    Location is great for visiting the Galloway national park which is absolutely stunning.

    Reviewed by GailJun 2022

  • "Adorable cosy cottage."

    We loved our stay in Whithorn and in this cottage. Highly to recommend.

    Reviewed by SabineMay 2022

  • "Lovely, individual house, extremely cosy, comfortable and well appointed."

    Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by SandraApr 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning house we really enjoyed our stay I was nervous coming away ..."

    Absolutely stunning house we really enjoyed our stay I was nervous coming away with a six week old but baby Angus loved it too my dad has a house in Whithorn so we are frequent visitors we would definitely stay here again just gorgeous thankyou

    Reviewed by LaraApr 2022

  • "Such an interesting place."

    Stepping back in time but with all the mod cons carefully hidden. Warm and comfortable.

    Reviewed by AnthonyApr 2022

  • "This is a truly unique property that combines sympathetic, period, high quality refurbishment with excellent (concealed) modern facilities."

    It is surprisingly spacious for a couple or for a couple plus one, and warm. It is well placed for the shops within historic Whithorn and an ideal base for exploring the Machars. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2022

  • "A lovely traditional cottage, we really loved the rooms and the location."

    Reviewed by AndrewJan 2022

  • "A stunning cottage in a cheerful and friendly village."

    Lots to do close by. The cottage was very clean and all steps had been taken to make it COVID safe. I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JenniferJan 2022

  • "Excellent facilities, loved the underfloor heating."

    Like stepping back in time to our childhoods (we are both OAPs)… Managed a few walks between showers and wind. St Ninian’s cave especially memorable. We hope to come back in the future, hopefully when the museum and local attractions are open again… Jane Grieve

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2021

  • "The welcome pack provided, was greatly appreciated."

    The information folder on the accommodation and the local bus timetable, was accurate and very useful. The warmth and ambience of Precinct House, added to the enjoyment of our holiday. A greatful thank you to the caretaker and the National Trust, for this property and preservation of an excellent place of heritage.

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2021

  • "Because of your booking mistake my daughter had to leave a day early so lm out 110 pounds its,was extremely stressful especially as l sent her away to for a break after loosing her baby."

    ..l will not use or recommend your site again and wish for a refund...as l tried to phone it took me 40 minutes to get through...

    Reviewed by SamanthaOct 2021

  • "The property not only looked beautiful it was also very well equipped."

    And what a privilege to be able to park in front of the front door! There was just one glitch on arrival. The heating did not appear to be working, nor did the lights in the kitchen. We immediately called the owner who, just as immediately, came to the rescue. She and my husband checked the fusebox and corrected the problem.The lack of underfloor heating seemed to be due to a well-meaning person turning the thermostat too low.

    Reviewed by IsabelOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely fortnight at The Precinct House in September 21."

    Amazing history in the area and the museum is an absolute must. This is a lovely cottage and we enjoyed our stay however, I do think you need to update the sofa and chair. They look wonderful in the photos but really are not very comfortable or practical. We stayed 2wks and it really tainted our stay in the end as they were so uncomfortable. Other than this, it's a lovely place to stay. Would I recommend? Absolutely, I would!

    Reviewed by DawnSep 2021

  • "A beautifully appointed cottage in the centre of a great community."

    There were fresh flowers and a welcome tray for arrival, with little luxuries like coffee bags and grounds too, and a peat fire all made up - very thoughtful. The style and furnishings in the cottage are really something special - we loved it. The only things to change are in the listing - we didn't know that there was a DVD player, plus a washer/dryer available in the cottage! Unexpected bonuses.

    Reviewed by GillianAug 2021

  • "Great cottage, great setting."

    Loved every minute of our stay. Couldn't fault it.

    Reviewed by HazelJul 2021

  • "A beautifully maintained characterful cottage."

    Well equipped and spotlessly clean. We enjoyed staying in Whithorn and loved the surrounding area: great coastal walks, interesting history and good places to eat.

    Reviewed by CyrilJul 2021

  • "The property was as listed but did not mention that there was a dishwasher and washing machine/- both a bonus."

    Some lovely beaches and scenic drives on quiet roads. The sunshine was another bonus.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2021

  • "This cottage is so unique and quirky."

    Loved it. All mod cons and the cleanest most welcoming accommodation. The staff who look after it should be warmly thanked. They do a brilliant role. Cafe next door do fab baking too. Would we come back ….you bet we would.

    Reviewed by IsabellaJun 2021

  • "Really well appointed holiday let and although it is in a small village and there is no garden as such there is a pleasant yard with plants and a pergola to sit in good weather."

    Whithorn sadly lacks a pub or a restaurant but does have a good fish and chip shop and it also sells home made ice cream, situated just a few doors away. The surrounding area is beautiful and careful research indicates some nice places to eat. A highlight was the stylish Cafe Melba at Bladnoch Distillery on the outskirts of Wigtown. The Crafty Distillery at Newton Stewart is also worth a visit. The Pheasant at Sorbie is very good and much better than the overrated Steam Packet Inn at Isle of Whithorn where the waiting staff were rather unwelcoming and the food did not live to to its description, although it is beautifully situated.

    Reviewed by JessicaJun 2021

  • "All mod cons within a beautifully restored Georgian setting."

    A lovely peaceful hideaway on the Machar peninsular. There was plenty to see and do and the weather was beautiful.

    Reviewed by Susan JaneMay 2021

  • "Quaint and warm property."

    Bed comfy. Kitchen and shower-room fine. One reasonably comfortable armchair, but chaise-longue very low and difficult to get up from. All other chairs wooden and not comfy at all. With the exception of the sun-room when the sun did shine, I found it very dark with no decent lights making it difficult to read/do crossword.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2021

  • "The cottage was quaint and cosy had a fabulous time loved the open fire and four poster bed will definitely be back"

    Reviewed by KathyDec 2020

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  • 2 bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Sun room
  • Oil fired central heating with underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, radio, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Free roadside parking
  • Enclosed rear garden with a patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 miles

The property

This Georgian-style property can be found in the centre of the former Royal burgh of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Precinct House is a National Trust for Scotland property in an excellent, central location for a couple or small family to discover the Machars, nearby coast and Galloway Forest Park.

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About the location


Castlewigg 2 miles; Wigtown 10.5 miles; Newton Stewart 17 miles.

The former Royal Burgh of Whithorn on the Machars Peninsula in Dumfries and Galloway is renowned for having the first recorded Christian church is Scotland. Built by St Ninian around 397, the site of the Candida Casa, or White/Shining House, is now home to the parish church. The area of Whithorn is rich in history and is also home to a medieval priory and an archaeological site. The distinctive shape of Whithorn, with its spacious central area and narrow entrance-ways of elegant Georgian houses, displays its medieval heritage. The Machars and Rhins of Galloway are also home to spectacular gardens, a result of the Gulf Stream and mild climate. Logan Botanic Gardens, the Aldouran Wetland and the spectacular gardens of Castle Kennedy are all a must see. To the north of the Machars are the Galloway Hills, offering walking to all levels as well as world class mountain biking. Golf, fishing and wildlife spotting are well catered for and the sandy beaches of Monrieth, Garleston, and along the whole of Luce Bay will delight any visitor.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas