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Victorian Tower Gate Lodge

Bedrooms 2
Property type house


About the property

House in Auchencairn, Nr. Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Rural Location, Sea Views And Access To Beach Below House, 2 Miles To Nearest Village

Tower lodge is a distinctive Victorian gate house, situated just off a quiet rural road beside the sea. It benefits from a walled courtyard garden which is both pet proof and private with an outside seating area. The property is constructed over four storeys, each accessed by a steep wooden spiral staircase (NB: the kitchen is on the ground floor and the bathroom on the fourth floor). For those interested in seasonal and locally grown food, a box of seasonal fruit, vegetables and fresh eggs can be provided on arrival by prior arrangement.

Property Manager
Poppy Baggott
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About Poppy Baggott

The Tower Lodge is part of a family livestock farm run by Sue and Piet Gilroy. The farm is almost self sufficient, with winter fodder grown on site to feed a herd of beef breeding cows and black faced sheep, and fruit and vegetables are grown by Sue in a large walled garden.

If you come to stay in the Tower and are interested in looking round the farm, purchasing free range eggs, or fruit and vegetables (in season), then please contact Sue and Piet on 01556640202; similarly if you are keen to try some loch fishing either from the bank or by boat, this can be organised by prior arrangement by calling the above number.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Dumfries and Galloway around the Scotland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The bathroom is situated on the second floor; comprises bath, WC, wash hand basin, and shower over bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is situated on the first floor, with double bed, and wash hand basin, and outstanding sea views. Bedroom 2 is a narrow garret room with twin beds situated on the second floor, and views over native Scottish woodland.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The property is all run on electricity, water heated by an immersion heater. Woodburner in Sitting room. Outside: There is off road parking for two cars at the rear of the property. There is a pet proof private walled courtyard garden on the lower ground floor level. There is immediate access across the quiet road which runs past the house, to a typical Scottish west coast tidal stoney beach. A BBQ and outside furniture are available. Utility Room: Utility space with flagstone floor is located under stairs on lower ground floor, contains all cleaning utensils, tumble dryer and window onto courtyard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned prior to every letting. Towels and linen are not included, but can be arranged at extra cost (£30.) Duvets and pillows tea towels and bathmats are provided. Other: Hallway is situated on the ground floor adjacent to the sitting room. Access to outside off road parking for two cars.


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Victorian Tower Gate Lodge
average rating of 4.3125 based on 16 reviews

Absolutely amazing staying in such unique property!

  • 5 of 5

Just what we needed at the end of our 7 week stay in Scotland. 10 days relaxing, getting fitter by walking up and down the stairs! The owners were incredibly friendly and welcoming. Plenty of walks and places to explore locally.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A quirky, and very comfortable place to stay with great views across Auchencairn Bay

  • 5 of 5

This unusual house reminded me of Buchan: there are 39 steps from kitchen to bathroom. It is a well-appointed house with a really cosy living room when the log burner is fired up. Sue and Piet, and Poppy, were very welcoming and the walled garden at the main house is fascinating.

Walks along the road to the village or to Balcary Point/Bay are lovely and there is much to explore. Just sitting on the rocks on the shore near the house was great when weather permitted, we were lucky it permitted at all in early April. We needed chill time and got it (actually in both senses of the word),

All in all, a comfortable, calm, cosy, characterful, contented castley (?) cottage

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quirky tower with a difference

  • 4 of 5

The quirky tower was over 4 floors with brilliant views from the top 3 floors. Very cosy stay and if you're expecting modern this is not for you. We loved the quirky and fashioned but clean turret. The owners lived nearby and provided horses to ride at a very reasonable price. Hestan island was so nice to visit and interesting guided tour by the tower owner on horseback. Great area for walking but no local pub in Auchencairn. A personal thank you sent to the owner for her making our daughters visit so worthwhile with the personal horse riding guide over sand, land and road. An experience she never has had after riding for 10 years we will be back. Only reason giving a 4 and not a 5 was the water pressure on the electric shower was a bit of a let down.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely house with character

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time the owners were very helpful

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning and peaceful location with great sea views and everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the location of this historic holiday property. It’s comfortable and We didn’t need to light a fire as the heating kept the place warm. (October) Everything you need is provided to make for a really pleasant stay!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely location. Everything you need for a chilled self catering holiday.

  • 4 of 5

First impressions absolutely loved it!

There is a problem with damp throughout the property but probably due to age of building.

Garden perfect for our little dog, very secure.

The bay has stunning views and there are some really good walks in the area.

We wanted somewhere to chill out and this was perfect.

Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
66.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Balcary Hotel
Nearest Ferry
64 Miles
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Castle Douglas
Nearest Train
24 Miles
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Balcary Hotel
Nearest Ski
98 Miles
Hillend Edinburgh
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
the shore in front of the house
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

There are many opportunities for cycling in the area, including the 'seven stanes' route. Sailing is available for enthusiasts, and horse riding for a range of capabilities locally, with riding for the very experienced on site by prior arrangement. Ramblers can enjoy a wealth of scenic walks and over varied terrain. There is an abundance of river, sea and loch fishing locally, with permits available from McCowans in Castle Douglas (01556502009) and Dalbeattie (01556610270) for the River Urr, Dalbeattie Reservoir, Loch Ken and Loch Roan. Loch Mackie is a stocked trout loch which is walking distance from the Tower, fishing here is free from bank or boat, but please contact the Gilroys to arrange. Laird Mannoch is a beautiful local trout loch where boat hire is £30/day, contact Duncan Saunders (07833451341). If you require a guide or gillie or further information call Paul Muir on 07938890250 or The Gilroys on 01556640202.


The beach below the house is approximately 10 metres away and is stoney and tidal. There are also sandy beaches to be found nearby.


Prestwick airport is approximately one hour and a half, while Edinburgh and Glasgow are two hours away. Dumfries train station is 30 minutes away (approx 26 miles) and Lockerbie is approx 50 miles (one hour.) Use of car is essential for this property.


Auchencairn Village is 1 mile away. Food Town of Castle Douglas is 9 miles away. Artists Town of Kirkcudbright is 10 miles away. Book Town of Wigton is one hour away.

Further Details:

Balcary Bay Hotel is situated half a mile away and is easy walking distance for meals. Auchencairn Village is 1 mile away, and also easy walking distance, has a small local shop for necessities, a church and a pub. There are various historical features in the area such as abbeys (Dundrennan), castles(Threave), some beautiful gardens, both private and National Trust.


Prices & Availability

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Booking Notes:
Bookings should be made in advance if possible. Full payment will be expected to confirm the booking, and this will be non-refundable.

Changeover Day:
Standard change over day is Saturday. However, if a short let has been arranged then this can vary. But entry to the property will be after 3pm and those departing should be away by 11am.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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