Our place

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Whether it’s a relaxed or an intensive retreat, we aim to make it a pleasant stay for you.

Here’s some information and photos of the house and garden, the immediate area (walks), and the extended area (bus/car).

Please get in touch if you have any questions. Thank you.


The house is a converted 19th-century barn, surrounded by a lovely garden and a burn (stream) that flows by the side of the property.

We have two bedrooms available: “sunny” and “woodland”.

The bathroom is shared, and has a shower (but not a bath, sorry!) and a bidet.

Regarding services, there is no TV, but we do have high-speed Wi-Fi (fibre) which is for your use.

Meals are vegetarian or vegan, and as much as possible from local ingredients. Here’s our kitchen at breakfast time:


Our living room:


And the “study”:


Bedroom 1: “sunny”

The “sunny” bedroom receives the morning sun, and gives you an ample view of the garden.


Bedroom 2: “woodland”

The “woodland” bedroom looks towards the trees and the burn (water stream) that are at the back of the house.



Our garden

This is what you first see when you get to the house. The top window is the “sunny” bedroom. The “woodland” bedroom looks to the trees behind the house.

the-barn-wide-fullresHere are two views of the garden:


And here’s the water stream at the back of the house:



The village is Kirkbean. Several walks are possible from the house, including Criffel, the highest mountain in the Scottish lowlands. One mile away there’s the seaside village of Carsethorn, with the Steamboat Inn which is renowned for its good cuisine. John Paul Jones’ museum cottage is also one mile away.

We have maps for you and some times, if you’d like that, we can go for a walk together.


You might want to go to near-by places, by car or bus; there’s a bus stop 100 m away from the house, and we’re on the bus route between Dumfries and Dalbeattie.

There are coastal walks, the Mabie forest (several walks of varied lengths and a very good restaurant), and a nature reserve (birds and walks).

We’re 12 miles from Dumfries, 5 miles from New Abbey, and 10 miles from Loch Arthur.