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The Precinct House

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


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Four-poster Bed Four poster bed
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "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 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

  • "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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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.

Enter the property to find it has been lovingly restored, whilst maintaining much of its character and history, with underfloor heating throughout helping to retain a cosy feel.

The sitting room is complete with a bay window, woodburning stove and a choice of Georgian furniture to settle down onto.

The lovely sun room has a glass ceiling and exposed stone walls, and provides a wonderful space to relax with a good back and enjoy some quiet time, while the kitchen/diner has attractive oak beams, a Belfast sink that looks out onto the sun room and a dining table to gather around to enjoy home-cooked meals.

The shower room provides a place for you to get ready each morning, while upstairs are the two bedrooms, a single and a fantastic master bedroom with king-size four-poster bed.

Outside there is roadside parking available, plus a rear enclosed garden with a patio and furniture, ideal for enjoying a morning coffee or an alfresco dinner.

The Priory next door to the property once housed the relics of St Ninian, who died around 431AD, while Whithorn itself is an Outstanding Conservation Area and one of Scotland's oldest settlements, home to Scotland's first Christian church, built by St Ninian in 397 AD.

Visit Whithorn Priory and follow the route taken by many medieval pilgrims who would visit St Ninian’s shrine, which can be found at the east end of the church, as well as carved stone displays and the Whithorn Story Visitor Centre and head to St Ninian's Cave on the coast, an isolated cave that was thought to be a hideaway for the saint.

There are shops and pubs within a mile of the property, while the Galloway House Gardens botanical garden is within easy reach.

Explore The Machars peninsula, packed with quaint villages, stunning coastal walks amidst rugged coastline, idyllic harbours and lovely sandy beaches.

Head to Wigtown, the national book town of Scotland, filled with French-style architecture, quirky shops, bookshops and tearooms, holding many festivals throughout the year.

Venture north towards the Galloway Forest Park, and enjoy scenic walking and cycling trails through the largest forest in the UK and Scotland's first Dark Sky Park, which also makes it one of the best places to stargaze in Europe.

A fantastic, historical property well-placed for discovering this fascinating part of Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1046834 & 1044477, together sleeping 12 guests.


  • 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

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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
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