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Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill

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The Coach House, Durhamhill
Tranquil hillside setting of the Coach House
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6 bedrooms
6 bathrooms
16 guests
2 nights minimum
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Bathed in natural light, with blazing woodburners and underfloor heating as well as panoramic views of the stunning Galloway countryside, this high spec, recently-converted coach house is specially designed for large groups to live in the lap of luxury. The games building/mini cinema provides entertainment in any weather. Friendly llamas, cats and hens. The house is approximately 30 minutes drive from the glorious Solway coast. The games room is another converted coach house and has table football, table tennis, small air-hockey, and chess table. It converts into a cinema to enjoy wine, woodburner & popcorn. The house easily sleeps 12 people in 6 bedrooms . For 2 more guests, a sliding partition between the bunk & twin room can be opened, to allow the use of 2 extra beds, 2'6'' wi...Bathed in natural light, with blazing woodburners and underfloor heating as well as panoramic views of the stunning Galloway countryside, this high spec, recently-converted coach house is specially designed for large groups to live in the lap of luxury. The games building/mini cinema provides entertainment in any weather. Friendly llamas, cats and hens. The house is approximately 30 minutes drive from the glorious Solway coast. The games room is another converted coach house and has table football, table tennis, small air-hockey, and chess table. It converts into a cinema to enjoy wine, woodburner & popcorn. The house easily sleeps 12 people in 6 bedrooms . For 2 more guests, a sliding partition between the bunk & twin room can be opened, to allow the use of 2 extra beds, 2'6'' wide, (limited floor space), and there are 2 sofabeds , One in each open plan sitting/dining area (small doubles - suitable for one adult or 2 children each). The huge oak dining table seats 16. There are 6 bath/shower rooms, including the 3 en-suites. Underfloor heating adds to the comfort. Two open plan kitchen/dining/sitting rooms each seat 6 or 8 people comfortably in sitting room part and have woodburner, flat screen TV & dvd player with surround sound. The house can be divided into two separate units for Mon to Frid rentals outwith school holidays, each with 3 bedrooms, and sleeping 6 (+1/2 on guest beds/sofabed) for individual rental - contact owner for prices. The east end, incorporating the new extension with its wildflower meadow roof running into the top garden, has one upstairs bedroom with kingsized bed and ensuite wetroom. A ground floor room has twin beds with zip and link mattresses to form a super-kingsized bed, and en-suite. Another ground floor room has a small double (4 ft wide) bed. There is a shared bathroom on the ground floor & big open plan kitchen/dining/seating room with huge glass windows/sliding doors, and a generous oak table. There is a 4ft wide sofabed in the sitting area (suitable for one adult/ 2 childeren). The west end has 3 upstairs bedrooms - en-suite double bedroom, twin room & bunk room (sliding partition between the twin & bunk room allows room for 2 extra guest beds, with limited floor space, or the sofa bed on this side could be used for 1 adult/2 children. There is a shared bathroom upstairs and a downstairs shower room as well as the open plan kitchen/dining/ sitting room. There is a huge arched glass doorway, through which the horses & carriages once passed. The bunk beds are hand-built & sturdy with 3ft wide mattresses, suitable for adults or children. The gardens have 2 stone barbecues, fresh herbs & a giant stone horseshoe seating area at the top level with magnificent views to the hills as well as the wildflower meadow roof. It has some steep slopes and drops, and there are livestock in the surrounding fields, so young children need supervision. There are plenty of private seating places & a big outdoor table & chairs, with barbecue & herb garden, at each end. Another building houses the laundry with drying facilities and secure storage for equipment or motorcycles. Cyclists, walkers, fishermen, hikers & motorcyclists particularly appreciate these facilities. It feels as if the Galloway countryside is all your own to explore, as it is still relatively undiscovered by tourists. It is like a 'miniature Scotland' with hills, lochs, rivers, woodland, great beaches and a milder climate than the east side of the country. Outdoor activities are numerous, including watersports, fishing, hiking, several golf courses, the famous 7-Stanes Mountain Bike trails, Galloway Activity Centre & Laggan outdoors with the longest zip-wire in Scotland. Along with many other activities & places to visit, children can visit the Chocolate Factory, ring a bell for the ferryman to row them to Threave Castle and peer into the scary dungeon, visit Mabie Farm Park, feed our friendly llamas and hens & take Annie the llama for a walk, help collect eggs & pick vegetables in season. In good weather, Alan offers motorcycle sidecar trips. The house is near the village of Kirkpatrick Durham, a conservation village, where many artists reside. Castle Douglas, renowned as 'The Food Town', is 5 miles away, with many independent shops & two supermarkets.The nearest pub serving food (kids eat free) is 1.5 miles away, in the village of Springholm. We offer residential courses in writing, photography and art with very experienced & encouraging tutors. The house and games room/studio are available for hire by people wishing to run their own courses. Cot, highchair, stair guard, fireguards, linen, towels and logs are all provided free. We minimise the use of chemicals in the house and it should be suitable for most sufferers of Multi-Chemical Sensitivity (please call beforehand). Two downstairs bedrooms & bath/shower rooms make the house suitable for people with walking difficulties. Please call us to enquire about suitability for wheelchairs. Alan & Juliet enjoy a challenge so, if you have any unusual requests, be it special needs or simply wanting to know the best place to fish, you are welcome to contact us. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Please contact owner before booking hen/stag parties or 18 - 21yo birthday parties. These need discussion before confirmation Hen,stag parties are generally welcome (higher damage deposit). Sorry, no groups made up solely of 22 year-olds and younger. Number of guests is limited to max 14 without prior agreement. Children are very welcome to stay, sorry no dogs. Check-in is generally after 4.30 pm and check-out is by 10am but this may be flexible by prior arrangement (depends on other bookings).
Bathrooms
3 Full baths, 3 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Manager
Juliet Caird (Property Manager Juliet Caird)
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2013
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just returned from a 4 night stay at the lovely Coach House with my family!. Juliet & Alan were lovely and kept the kids entertained with the Llama feeding/walking and sidecar rides!.. The house was modern & clean and had everything we needed, 2 fully...More

Date of stay: September 2020
Thank lilmisssun
Reviewed 18 July 2020 via mobile

We had a great time staying at the coach house. The house was beautiful and had amazing views. Games/cinema room was a bonus. The kids loved feeding and walking the llamas and the owners couldn't be more helpful. Can't wait to go back again!!!!

Date of stay: July 2020
Thank Klm8803
Reviewed 1 December 2019

This is an amazing place for a family getaway. Clean, tidy and a great size. Alan and Juliet are great hosts, and the llamas!! Highly recommended.

Date of stay: November 2019
Thank Iainoco
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Myself and my family (7 adults and 4 kids) had the most amazing time here. Such stunning surroundings and so peaceful, and an absolutely gorgeous house. The hosts Juliet and Alan were so so accommodating and friendly, they welcomed us, showed us round and then...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank a_pickford82
Juliet C, VR Owner at Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review. Alan enjoyed playing his guitar with you but is in awe of your drumming and singing abilities. Also thank you for being such enthusiastic guests. The number of adventures you packed into one short holiday was impressive! We look...More

Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

12 of us stayed at the coachhouse for 3 nights for a 40th birthday party, this is a wonderful property with wonderful owners. Juliet was very accommodating and nothing was a problem for her. She took the kids to see the Lamas and even take...More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank lukerobson1
Juliet C, VR Owner at Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Great, thank you. Come back to see us and the llamas soon!

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Have just attended a writing course at this property and couldn't recommend it highly enough. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you could possibly need. My bedroom (at the end of the East wing) was gorgeous. Huge comfy bed and lovely shower room. Cosy...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank FelicityDumfries
Juliet C, VR Owner at Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review. Alan and I were delighted to meet you and your eukalele and we are so pleased you enjoyed the writing course and liked the place. You are most welcome to come back to visit us any time.

Reviewed 15 January 2018

The Coach House is really well appointed with plenty space for a large family group. It is clean, comfortable and modern with hosts who genuinely want you to enjoy your stay in their premises. The games room converts to mini cinema which is fantastic for...More

Date of stay: January 2018
Thank Mokisho
Juliet C, VR Owner at Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

We were very pleased to have you to stay in the Coach House and that you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for the good review and please come back soon!

Reviewed 6 November 2017

We stayed here in early November for a family celebration, as a group of 13. The house is superb more than enough room for everyone to fit in, with two sitting rooms both with wood burners and two very well equipped kitchens. The bedrooms are...More

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank fifiq
Juliet C, VR Owner at Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for the very detailed and kind review. We are pleased you had a good time and would be very pleased to see you again.

Reviewed 4 September 2017

We stayed Monday to Friday as a group of 14 to celebrate my parents 70th wedding anniversary. Smashing place to stay and enough separate space for everyone. The age range was 89 to 6 and we all had fun - especially movie nights in the...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank Maureen2911
Juliet C, VR Owner at Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Thank you for the lovely review. It was a great honour to have the 70th wedding anniversary celebration here, and fun to mess about outside with the younger generation.and the animals. We are pleased you enjoyed yourselves.

Reviewed 12 August 2017

A lovely house, comfortable, clean, modern. Wonderful views. Peaceful location. Great base to explore the area. Juliet and Alan are a lovely welcoming generous couple. Feeding the Llamas and the trailer ride were a real highlight for the kids.More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank Lorna S
Juliet C, VR Owner at Coachhouse (the), Durhamhill, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for the great review. It was a pleasure to have your clan to stay. As the clan is normally even bigger than this year's number, we have a real incentive to try to complete the works on our own house quickly, to fit...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Grill
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Game Room
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Parking
Patio
Ping Pong Table
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
Outdoor sports are numerous, the 7-stanes Mountain Bike Trails having thousands of visitors each year from brave cyclists. There are many golf courses. Nearby Loch Ken has a watersports centre. Pony trekking on the beach is available. Laggan outdoors, not for the faint-hearted, has archery, clay pigeon shooting, grassboarding, bouncing down the hill in a giant rubber ball & the longest zip wire in Scotland. Alan offers motorcycle sidecar toursvintage car can be hired from the nearby village of Crocketford. We have many castles to explore imagine their ancient stories. Its a great challenge to find the statues, hidden in the countryside, on The Henry Moore Sculpture Trail at Glenkiln, one of the most picturesque corners of our land, just a few miles from here. A beautiful drive throug...
Getting around
The nearest station is Dumfries (16 miles away). The nearest town is Castle Douglas (5 miles). While there are nice walks from the doorstep, we would recommend a car/motorcycle/bicycle for exploring the larger area.
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