4.4★ Very good Sykes rating Sleeps 8 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 2 Pets No Show on map Features Broadband / WiFi Open fire Off road parking Garden / Patio Dishwasher Washing machine Cot available Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities 7 Customer Reviews "A fantastically spacious house in a gorgeous location." Lots of lovely walks on the doorstep and a river at the end of the garden that we enjoyed splashing and swimming in (a bit tricky to access at the house but easier with a short drive down the valley). The house had everything we needed and the garden was just brilliant for the children in our party - they spent most of the week outside. Would definitely recommend the property to people who want peace and quiet in the Scottish countryside. Reviewed by HannahMay 2022 "Most generous and accommodating host, sharing personal artefacts and increasing warmth in house for our two new borns." Reviewed by JohnFeb 2022 "It is just like the photos beautiful old comfortable peaceful lovely table ..." It is just like the photos beautiful old comfortable peaceful lovely table outside for quite morning coffee watching the world wakwake up x Reviewed by StevenSep 2021 "The house was in an ideal setting and we felt at peace immediately we arrived." The house was exactly as described, and key collection was well described and simple. We would recommend this location to anyone looking for a peaceful break away. Reviewed by KevinSep 2021 "Before our holiday was due I read the information thoroughly." I knew that there was a large double oven in the kitchen. I was aware that the TV was "streamed". Our family have had previous experience with a Sykes Cottage property about three years ago, where, when we arrived, the dirty laundry (bedding) from the previous week was in the bath and there was no clean bedding to put onto the beds. We also had trouble at another previous property because we were given the wrong keycode and had great difficulty contacting anyone but finally managed to get help via a restaurant about two miles away. We are very much aware that Sykes Cottages are not available for problems on Saturdays but thought that we would make this our last try with them because we booked approx six weeks before our trip and did not want to spend too much time searching for somewhere. With all of the above in mind, I rang Sykes Cottages and told the person I was speaking to, a male whose name I cannot remember, all of my concerns. He assured me that there would be instructions for the oven in the kitchen. He further assured me that the TV would work normally and that streaming was just a method that they used in the property. I checked again with him if I needed to do anything, (not being overly technologically minded), and he was adamant that it would not be a problem, that when we switched on the TV, the programmes would be on as usual. Given that several England world cup qualifier matches were on TV while we were there, this was important to us. He reassured me that the owner would send the keycode and the beds would be ready for our stay. Oh how wrong this was. As many of you will be aware, (except us), you have to "stream" via an app on a smart phone or tablet then connect it to the TV. We had no TV for the whole week. When we arrived we tried the keycode over and over - no success. We texted and rang the number we had been given for the owner. No joy, she was in the Pyrranese or somewhere on the continent and could not receive our frantic calls. We stupidly tried Sykes Cottages, I say stupidly because of previous experiences with Sykes Cottages. Absolutely no response whatsoever - why would there be - it was only Saturday, one would think that Saturday would be the busiest turn around day of the week for a business renting out holiday lettings. We were about to turn around to go home when I walked down the country lane and knocked on the door of the only house nearby. This was so lucky. The neighbour was SO helpful and within an hour someone came with a key. It later transpired that the owner had given us the wrong key code. I have wondered if we would have had our money returned if we had gone home because we would have had no proof that we had travelled to the house and couldn't get in. I very much doubt it. Once inside the house, we encountered the problems with the TV and the fact that the only instruction are not to wear shoes inside the house. None for the appliances such as oven, washing machine, drier, dishwasher, etc., The beds were made up but two were so high that two of us could not climb up them without a pair of ladders so opted for the others. These were just the opposite and very close to the floor. The pillows look plump and fluffy but as soon as you put your head on them, your head sinks like into marshmallow and the sides of the pillow almost suffocates you. The toilet in the en-suite in one of the bedroom was unusable due to blocking a couple of times (which we sorted). One of the doors (first bedroom to the right) really, really sticks when closed and the person staying in this room had to leave the door ajar or shout to someone else to open the door - not appropriate in the middle of the night. The taps on both bathroom sinks opened "the wrong way" and one of them was so loose that the whole tap jiggled about while being used. Thinking that they had turned the tap off, one of us had wrongly turned the tap on full until someone else used the bathroom. The walled veg/fruit garden is very wild and overgrown and is a potential dangerous hazard for inquisitive young minds. In fact, another instruction related to a tryptic work of art in the piano room. Apparently, the glass could not be touched and a small table had been placed in front of it so that it would not be touched. I could well see children climbing onto the table and they would not be mindful whether or not they touched the art work. The stairs are wide at the bottom and would present dangers to toddlers and young children without a stair gate, (didn't see one). The house was cold for the first night but we were so tired we just put plenty of clothes on at bed time. The person who had the key came back the next day to show someone around another part of the building and we asked about the heating. Apparrently, it was set twice a day and we had to turn the radiators on so that we would get heat on those two occasions. After that, we were either very cold or very hot. Not a good system for people staying there who should be able to control the heating to suit their needs. The house was spotlessly clean. It is interesting and quaint seems a wrong word but is unusual if slightly charming. The kitchen was very well stocked with anything that could be needed. I really enjoyed the peace and quiet and the remoteness of the house and it is VERY remote. In fact the directions given in the email are useless. It says to follow a long wall to the end. I would like to point out that we counted at least five long walls within the locality. The turning is well hidden and a very detailed map should be provided as the Sat Nav said we were at the destination at least three miles away from the house. We drove around Tynron area several times, (at least four), trying various enrances after "a long wall" but finally knocked on a door to ask. The lady told us how to get there. We later realised, when we drove past this person's house that we were five miles away when we had knocked on her door. There are very few amenities locally, a pub and a store in Moniaive and other facilities in Thornhill but we took our own games, past times etc and ate in the house every night. Now for the positives; the house was very clean and charming in its own way. The kitchen is extremely well stocked. Watch the wing mirrors if going into or out of the gates. Reviewed by KathleenSep 2021 "Beautiful house and grounds in a lovely setting." Thank you Tricia for being such a welcoming host and letting us enjoy Milnton. Reviewed by JimAug 2021 "Great peaceful country location, lovely old house, rich with art work and history in a small village community that is welcoming and very friendly." There were some problems with the boiler but that did not impact our stay and the owner went out of her way to ensure that we were not impacted by some work that was required. She kept in touch and always checked if and when we would be in and if it was ok for have someone come round to do a little work. From this and the nice email from the owner it was very clear that she wanted to ensure we enjoyed our stay, which we did … very much. Reviewed by PeterJul 2021 Show more Summary Five bedrooms: 3 x doubles, 2 x singles Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC Bathroom with bath, basin and WC Kitchen/diner Utility Dining room Sitting room with woodburning stovr Oil central heating and woodburning stoves gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, piano, WiFi, selection of books Fuel and power inc. in rent Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Cot available Off-road parking for five cars Large gardens with lawns, furniture and decking with seating Sorry, no pets and no smoking Shop and pub 2.7 miles Note: TV is for streaming only Note: no shoes allowed in the property Please Note: Owners studio is situated on the property grounds and may stay during the year Please note that charging electrical vehicles is not accepted The property Moniaive 2.7 miles. Nestled in luscious grounds and gardens is this detached, cultural country home, ideal for large gatherings, Milnton is great for a rural Scottish adventure. After an adventure-filled day, wander through the large walled garden which hold fishing rights to the nearby river, as well as a lovely decking area with a table for alfresco dining on a summer's day. Step inside and be wowed by the regal interior, boasting themes of character through high ceilings, chandelier and antique-style furnishings. Spend evenings indoors with your loved ones and let the chef of the group take charge in the well-equipped kitchen, rustling up hearty meals for the whole party which can be enjoyed casually in this room with a woodburning stove, or set the table for a more formal affair in the beautiful dining room, complete with a piano and library. Join together in the spacious sitting room as you catch up over drinks at dusk, or cosy up for a family film night in front of the TV. Also on the ground floor is a handy utility room, great for longer stays. Head upstairs where five inviting bedrooms await, comprising three double rooms and two singles, all are nicely decorated with ample storage, offering a flexible sleeping arrangement for all types of groups. Serving the rooms are two sumptuous bathrooms, giving guests the option to decide between a relaxing evening bubble bath with a glass of wine, or a refreshing morning rinse in the overhead shower. The area surrounding the property is a tranquil haven for those wanting some peace and quiet, from here you can enjoy a gentle stroll alongside the flowing river or venture further out onto the distant fields. Shops, food and amenities can be found at the villages of Moniaive and Thornhill, both rest on either side of the property and provide well-stocked shops and pubs to keep you fed and entertained. Visit local attractions nearby including the historic Drumlanrig Castle which dates back to the 17th century through impressive architecture, or travel along the Nith Valley where you'll find the grounds of Capenoch Estate and a unique experience as you meet the Nith Valley Alpacas. Alternatively, spend a day exploring the seaside towns and villages along the of Galloway coast where you can take the kids for a day at the beach before enjoying a bite to eat at one of the many cafés, pubs and restaurants. With access to the Galloway Forest Park further afield, Milnton is a dreamy dwelling from which to explore Dumfries. Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200. View on map About the location MONIAIVE Thornhill 9 miles; Dumfries 17 miles. Moniaive means ‘Hill of Streams’ in Gaelic, and the village itself occupies a wonderful location at the meeting of the three glens of Craigdarroch, Dalwhat and Castlefairn. Although planned by a local landowner in the 17th century, Moniaive has a history dating back to the 10th century, and the medieval street layout is still evident. The village has been dubbed ‘One of the coolest in Scotland’ by The Times, and today it is a bustling, thriving centre with a range of facilities including a fabulous Italian restaurant. There are many events throughout the year including the Moniaive Gala and festivals for beer, bluegrass and folk music. In the hills surrounding the village are the Striding Arches, a series of Andy Goldsworthy sculptures set in the landscape. Visiting these also offers some delightful walking in the spectacular scenery. This is a wonderful village for a holiday in Scotland.