Thornleigh is a lovely Arts and Crafts house with a fabulous location in Kippford; right on the water. We know the village so were really looking forward to our stay. The house itself is obviously a family home; well-worn furniture and carpets, so we went expecting comfortable rather than swish.
Unfortunately our stay got off to an unpromising start; the house was cold when we arrived, and it became quickly clear that it wasn't very clean; the bathrooms and the kitchen in particular needed much more attention; surfaces and cupboard doors were greasy, food cupboards with crumbs and spills, freezer compartment mouldy and the floor sticky and dirty. It's never great to start a holiday with cleaning, and disappointing to keen cooks to be put off by a grubby kitchen.
A few other things that came up; duvets on both double beds were inadequate for the weather (we visited at Easter, and live in Scotland, so are very used to the weather); one was half of a 2-part all seasons quilt, the other I think was just thinned with age. The shower in the family bathroom was a tiny dribble; we all had to use the ensuite bathroom. Many of the pots and pans should have been binned a years ago; cooked-on grease isn't good.
I emailed about the duvets after our first night, Cathy responded quickly, but couldn't offer anything other than a suggestion that we use blankets on top of our duvets and keep the heating on. I also emailed after our stay about the cleaning, again Cathy responded quickly. She said she hadn't had complaints before, but I saw the shower and (un)cleanliness of the house noted in the visitors book earlier this year.
I understand the difficulties of running a house from a distance, but I can't help feeling that for this kind of price (we paid £670 for 5 nights), you need to get the basics right. Two new duvets, a few new pans and a very thorough clean would have solved most of our issues at a cost of a couple of hundred pounds. Some new towels (all were clean, but some very aged) and a useful second shower would be very worthwhile investments too.
We did have a lovely trip to Kippford, and settled into the house after we had cleaned and worked out how to pile the beds with a patchwork of smaller duvets and blankets. The small sitting room in particular is a lovely space, with working fireplace and great views. Cathy was kind enough to let us bring our two house cats with us, which was a real help. So this is a reluctantly mixed review.
We had a great, long weekend in this marvellous house. Ideal for a leisurely break with friends. Loved the decor, The local pub was friendly and welcoming , It was a great location for exploring the surrounding area including Kirkudbright and Wigtown. We would all love to have a return visit.
A superb location with stunning sea views and idylic local walks within the National Trust of Scotland's land. This spacious comfortable house has real character.
We particularly appreciated the Arts and Crafts style furniture and the artwork on the walls. The property felt like a well loved family home rather than a show house; It didn't matter to me that the kitchen wasn't all modern and matching because that added to the properties quirkiness and charm. This house provided the perfect base for us to spend time with family and friends. The owner was quick to respond to my emails, friendly and helpful.
Tip for other people renting this property-take wood and coal for the fire with you as there was none there. Or buy it enroute from the garage in Dalbeatie. We left the house clean and tidy and with a fire made up for the next guests
We would definately consider a return visit. Thank you for the pretty vase of colourful tulips on our arrival.
We very much enjoyed our stay and were delighted with the house. It was true to its description and met all our needs and very good value for our budget. Thank you