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Old Kiln Cottage

(Ref. 1027035)

Kirkbean near New Abbey, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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64 Customer Reviews

  • "What a magical place even in the 2 storms we encountered whilst we were there so much wildlife on your door step, Pamela, Chris and Roxy so friendly."

    Would definitely recommend and the welcome basket very much appreciated, very clean and comfy cottage made the most of the log burner whilst we were there!

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jan 2024

  • "Excellent in all ways."

    The perfect small holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by S J5.0Nov 2023

  • "Perfect break/holiday whatever time of year."

    Nothing can beat this perfect location.

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Pamela went out of her way to get us some information regarding the geese at the RSPB and wetlands."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Oct 2023

  • "Comfortable, clean and tidy, lovely countryside location, peaceful, warm and friendly, hope to return."

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Oct 2023

  • "The drive up to the cottage through the trees was magical and the property did mot disappoint."

    Everything you could need had been thought of and the place was spotless. The welcome basket was much appreciated especially the homemade gin. The garden was amazing and our hosts were welcoming and kind. The rain did not ruin anything and I would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent stay at Kiln cottage."

    Owners very friendly and helpful during our stay. A nice place to relax and enjoy the well looked after estate.

    Reviewed by Henry Mckinnon5.0Sep 2023

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    Beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2023

  • "Just had a lovely 4 day break in this lovely cottage."

    Set in the owners beautiful, peaceful garden. Everything about it was perfect. Would definitely stay here again , if I return to the area.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have had a wonderful week in this beautiful cottage in a stunning area on the Solway Firth."

    The cottage is spotless and equipped with everything you could possibly need. It is in a lovely peaceful setting with wildlife, including deer, in the grounds. The owners who live adjacent to Old Kiln Cottage, were so welcoming and left a lovely basket of goodies which was very thoughtful. We would highly recommend. Brian and Liz (Durham)

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2023

  • "This property offers a peaceful, interesting and special holiday."

    Property was spotless and the owners very helpful but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location with a great garden to walk around."

    Hosts are friendly and welcoming but not intrusive. The cottage is clean and well equipped but also cosy. The welcome pack was very generous and was much appreciated. Thank you for a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "We stayed 8th to 22nd July 2023 and just loved this beautiful cottage inside and out."

    It is clean and comfortable with modern fixtures and fittings throughout and is set in the owner’s extensive grounds amongst mature gardens and woodland. We really enjoyed exploring the grounds and watching the wildlife there - it such a beautiful and quiet setting. Thanks again to Pamela and Chris (and Roxy

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Jul 2023

  • "This was a delightful cottage in such a pretty setting absolutely loved it perfect for us would highly recommend it."

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2023

  • "Old Kiln cottage was in a delighful location adjacent to the owner's house."

    It was lovely to have use of the spacious grounds for a walk in the evening and to access the salt marshes to do some bird watching. The cottage was clean and well presented although storage for food stuff was a bit limited, maybe a couple of shelves in the kitchen area would help. One other suggestion would be a couple of hooks on the back of the bathroom door for bath towels so that you could grab one from the shower without having to get out completely. We would recommend this cottage and stay again the owners were very friendly but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Jun 2023

  • "Our second visit to Old Kiln Cottage because the property is so beautiful."

    It was peaceful with wildlife to see from the window and acres of woodland to explore leading down to a seat overlooking a tidal creek. Perfect!

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "Perfect cottage, perfect location."

    5 stars all round

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very peaceful cottage set in the owner's extensive grounds."

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7May 2023

  • "We had a very comfortable and restful week in idyllic surroundings."

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2023

  • "Could not fault the cottage, the gardens which Pamela and Chris allow guests to wander round are lovely."

    All in all this was a nice quite place to stay. Everything that you need was in the cottage. We found it warm enough not to light the log burner.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great cottage in really nice location."

    Welcome pack was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend. Ideally situated to explore area. Can not fault the place on anything. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Apr 2023

  • "A beautiful, quiet location."

    Stunning cottage with everything you could wish for. The welcome pack was really appreciated. Very tastefully decorated. Thank you to the owners.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2023

  • "A comfortable, well equipped property provided by friendly owners in beautiful surroundings."

    It is great to find a property of such a high standard that has also been well thought out and equipped to make for a really comfortable stay. We were happy to spend time sitting both inside and out as well as preparing and cooking meals some evenings. The grounds offer good bird watching with the chance of added mammals! Typical of this area, a car is pretty much essential with little that can actually be done "from the door", but there are many options within a few miles for walking, cafes, restaurants and sites to visit.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2023

  • "Perfect cottage for us."

    Clean, lovely wood burner and plenty of logs and everything you need for self catering. Really nice owners. Great position for all we wanted to visit in the area. Very playful and entertaining Border Collie! We shall be returning.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a very relaxing comfortable stay in Old Klin cottage."

    There is not a single thing I can think of that could have made it any better! Galloway and the Solway coast is stunningly beautiful in all weather and times of year. We thoroughly enjoyed the walks. What a variety so close together, from hill walking one day to coastal walk the next and then a forest walk! Everyone in the area we met, including our host's were warm and friendly, a special thank you to our host who made us very welcome. Another last thing to mention is the silence. There are not many places where you can find that stillness, and silence....And the stars are so bright. We loved it. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a secluded position."

    Everything is provided including a woodburning stove for those chilly evenings. Many walks nearby including Criffel Hill, Mereshead RSPB reserve and Galloway Forest Park. One week is not enough to see everything in this overlooked area. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was superbly furnished and clean."

    Set in a quiet and remote location it is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the wildlife. Would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage very quiet and cosy, we will be back"

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jan 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a very secluded setting."

    Very well equipped and spotlessly clean.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Nov 2022

  • "Old Kiln Cottage is just perfect."

    The cottage is really well equipped and presented to a very high standard. The owners had left a lovely welcome basket on our arrival. The cottage is set in wonderful, private secluded grounds full of wildlife. It's a wonderful, relaxing retreat - we recharged our batteries. There are loads of sights and places to visit very close by. We loved our stay and would heartily recommend Old Kiln Cottage and will be back ourselves - absolutely can't fault it. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2022

  • "This property is ideal for those who love peace and tranquility especially if mobility is more challenging."

    A gentle stroll in the beautiful grounds with access to a seat overlooking the tidal estuary was lovely. We have booked again for 2023

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "There is a reason we returned to this property for a second time, it is a warm, good sized and spotless cottage with excellent facilities."

    The location is wonderful and peaceful and the hosts are very warm and welcoming, including their lovely dog!

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful little cottage in an idyllic setting, beautiful area."

    Hosts were kind and helpful. Had a great few days. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely hosts, peaceful setting, very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in peaceful surroundings."

    The owners made us feel very welcome as did their gorgeous dog Roxy!

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Jul 2022

  • "We wanted a quiet romantic getaway and this had it all."

    Absolutely stunning cottage. Was immaculately clean with all the amenities you need. Was supplied with a welcome pack that was really appreciated. Beautiful grounds to walk around which was very well kept. The owners, Pamela and Chris were lovely. As was their amazing dog Roxy who was such a character. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very nice place to stay, lovely surroundings."

    Saw loads of wildlife. Owners very nice too.

    Reviewed by K5.0Jul 2022

  • "Delightful property."

    Everything you need for a wonderful stay. Property is immaculately clean and in tip top condition. Hosts are brilliant - there if you want them but they give you complete privacy otherwise. The gardens & grounds are wonderful - the photos do not do them justice. Plenty of places to visit & walk nearby.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent cottage in wanderful surrounding gardens."

    recommend castle douglas town and nearby threve hall national trust gardens for a visit.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7May 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage in a beautiful peaceful setting."

    Great scenery and plenty to see round and about. RSPB Mereshead close by. Plenty of walking routes and unspoilt beaches within a short drive.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0May 2022

  • "Old Kiln Cottage was a perfect holiday home."

    It was equipped with everything needed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. It was immaculate and has been a real joy to stay there. The owners Chris and Pamela were so welcoming and helpful and their welcome pack was lovely. We loved this unspoilt area of the country and would definitely like to return. All in all, a great stay. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2022

  • "Wonderful and location."

    It is in its own private woodland, and is very peaceful. Lots of wildlife on your doorstep, the sea only a minutes drive away. The cottage itself is spotless and well equipped and the owners are lovely people.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely week's stay at Old Kiln Cottage."

    The owners Pamela and Chris were very welcoming, as was their lovely dog Roxy, who came to visit us whenever we returned to the cottage. Felt very at home, the cottage and grounds were lovely, with plenty of wildlife to see. Was a great base for exploring the local area around the Solway Coast, and further afield too. Would love to return, and will definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "This cottage is a little gem in wonderful surroundings."

    The cottage was exceptionally well equipped, spotlessly clean and much thought had gone into providing everything needed for a peaceful holiday. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a little hidden gem!"

    Would definitely recommend this little cottage on the outskirts of Dumfries. It is decorated to a very high standard with everything you need. Will definitely go back in the future.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a great little cottage, in an amazing location."

    The owners are superb and the care they have shown in the cottage is the same as the care they show personally to guests.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely country cottage, perfectly presented & generously equipped Owners very welcoming & friendly Ideal location for exploring Dumfries & Galloway."

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent property, beautiful location, a kind and thoughtful welcome basket from our hosts … even the wet weather couldn’t dampen our spirits!"

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2022

  • "Old Kiln Cottage was just the right size for 2 people and was warm, comfortable and well equipped."

    The decor was lovely and there was a great welcome pack with seasonal treats including delicious home made sloe gin. The cottage was quiet, well away from the road and handy for walking and exploring the beautiful Solway coast.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely property, compact and bijou."

    Great guard dog who loves to play and the owners were friendly and helpful. Quite remote so is more of a bolt hole but lots of lovely countryside and beaches to explore. Would recommend a stay.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Dec 2021

  • "Very clean and tidy, beautiful location with nice gardens lots to do nearby, forests and beaches very close, Chris and Pamela very helpful, lots of wildlife around, will definitely be going back."

    Reviewed by David4.4Oct 2021

  • "A very well presented cottage."

    The owners have gone the extra mile to make our stay extremely homely. All in all the whole property is outstanding.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2021

  • "Old Kiln Cottage is set in beautiful countryside, ideal for exploring the area."

    We enjoyed the peace and quiet, cleanliness and comfort. 10/10 Thank you, Pamela.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had no rain for a full week,it was magic."

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "From the moment we saw Old Kiln Cottage we felt at home."

    Chris and Pamela had thought of everything and everything about the cottage was of high quality and perfect taste. I had rung before our arrival and Chris had made sure we had a lightweight duvet. This is a very important part of a holiday as in the past I have had to buy a suitable one. The grounds and facilities are superb and we had a chum to walk with (their lovely dog Roxy). We had the company of deer, bats and cows at our bathroom window in the morning. The views on our evening walks were amazing, and once again the owners came up trumps and sorted out a BBQ stand for us to enjoy a fabulous steak from the butcher in Castle Douglas. What more can we ask for? Scenery, good weather and 1st class accommodation. We will return.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2021

  • "The owners have created a beautiful cottage in the rural setting of their home."

    It is so peaceful, no sounds, just cows and fallow dear roaming in the adjacent fields. Tranquility at its finest. don’t take my word for it, book a stay yourself and see.

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Aug 2021

  • "Excellent setting for solitude , peace and quiet."

    Suited us for a definite chill out and also the owners were very nice and helpful .

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Aug 2021

  • "A really delightful cottage situated in extensive, well maintained, natural grounds."

    It is very small but very well planned and equipped and we never felt cramped. The bay window where the dining table is situated is a delight and gives the impression of lots of space. The provision of Netflix is a splendid feature and, with minimal cost, is something which all rental property owners should consider for those wet and windy evenings. We have two points to raise which would eliminate any reservations: 1) a non slip mat in the shower and 2) if there are no planning objections, a traffic mirror opposite the exit from the drive would be beneficial - visibility is limited by a bend a short distance away to the right and traffic can appear very quickly.

    Reviewed by William5.0Aug 2021

  • "Excellent cottage in idyllic peaceful location - just what was needed in these somewhat difficult times"

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2021

  • "A really great place,quiet with lovely grounds and the facilities were excellent."

    I would really recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2021

  • "This cottage is a little gem for those seeking peace and quiet in a rural setting in private woodland with lovely gardens."

    The owners have ensured they provide visitors with all you need for a relaxing holiday. Immaculately clean and well furnished. We had a wonderful time!

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage wasbeautifuland well equipped had a lovely break"

    Reviewed by I5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in the country."

    Beautiful setting. Great area to visit.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0May 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week in "Old Kiln" cottage."

    Beautiful throughout and the attention to detail was second to none. Exceptionally clean which allowed us to relax even more. We were given a plentiful supply of fuel for the wood burner which was more than capable of heating the cottage. Appliances and equipment were of high quality. A lovely welcome basket greeted us including a few pods for the Nespresso coffee machine to get us started. The grounds were absolutely gorgeous and we really enjoyed our evening stroll. Anyone who wants to spend a holiday here will not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2021

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  • All ground-floor
  • One king-size bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, TV, 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
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4.4 miles, pub 1.8 miles

The property

New Abbey 4.5 miles.

A romantic retreat awaits you and your partner at Old Kiln Cottage, an intimate holiday home enveloped by tranquil farmlands and sitting in 11 acres of scenic woodlands.

A large sweeping driveway brings you to the front of a lovely stone bungalow, situated next to the owner's house with a lovely large lawn, benefiting from your own private patio where you can relax on the outdoor seating to delight in a morning coffee made from the complimentary coffee maker, among fresh country air and scenic views.

After a long day of exploring, settle down into the open-plan living space, a stylish room with gorgeous wooden floors and bright bay window looking out to the front.

Prepare a delicious meal for two in the kitchen, equipped with an oven, hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.

Open a bottle of red and dine on the intimate dining table, resting in front of the large bay window, enjoying each other's company before making your way over to the lounge area.

Decide on a film as you cuddle up on the couch on a cold winter's night, letting the woodburning stove create a toasty ambiance.

Retire to the charming king-size bedroom after a fun-filled day, featuring pretty decór, and bedside lamps for getting stuck into a book first thing in the morning.

A large walk-in shower awaits you for a refreshing rinse, offering spectacular views of the far-reaching coastline, a welcome landscape for a fresh wake up call.

This delightful cottage is buried in the surrounding verdant fields of Kirkbean village, a quaint corner of far-reaching fields, rich farmlands, and views of rolling mountains, with a rustic country pub, The Steamboat Inn not too far away.

New Abbey is just a short drive away where you can browse the local shop to pick up any essentials you might need for a self-catered trip away.

Enjoy a day of adventure at Criffel Hill, a fantastic spot for hikers and ramblers at 569m tall, reaching the top will be worth it for the breathtaking views of the Nith Estuary.

Explore RSPB Mersehead nature reserve for an exciting day of running around the rugged wetlands and saltmarshes, or spot rare lapwings and skylarks as you bird-watch during the enchanting springtime, or discover the town of Dalbattie, home to a scenic woodland valley among the beautiful Urr water, a place where you can cycle through the lovely Plantain Loch area.

In reach is the bustling market town of Dumfries, stroll round the town and take in the delightful scenery, dine out in one of the riverside restaurants, soak in the local culture at the Dumfries Museum and the Robert Burns House, before spending an exciting afternoon at Dalscone Farm Fun theme park.

Old Kiln Cottage is the perfect base for a quiet escape with your other half, with easy access to gorgeous attractions for nature lovers.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00129-F

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About the location


Dumfries 5 miles.

The quiet village of New Abbey is dominated by the peak of Criffel, which at 570 metres, offers excellent walking and superb views over south western Scotland and the Lake District. The history of the village is represented in Sweetheart Abbey, a Cistercian abbey dating from 1273. A watermill makes an attractive backdrop for the village which has a shop, a coffee shop and two hotels. The River Nith runs nearby and offers excellent fishing. Dumfries lies 8 miles to the north. A market town and former royal burgh, Dumfries, nicknamed Queen of the South, dates from Roman times and is split into two by the River Nith running into the Solway Firth. With its many restaurants, bars, cafes and museums, as well as walking, biking and fishing in the nearby Galloway Hills and forests, there is something for everyone in this beautiful area of south west Scotland.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas