Country living at its best, Airds of Kells is a superb holiday base for both family and large group holidays. The spacious accommodation of the 17th century House is situated in its own parkland on the Airds Estate, close to the shores of Loch Ken and is laid out in two parts comprising the main house and a south wing, ensuring space for all and also including a superb dining room with large ingle nook fire place. The terraced front garden provides views to the east and guest have access to the adjoining 3 acres of grounds, note dogs to be kept on leads due to farm stock and wildlife. The house is on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park making it a superb location for star gazing as it is one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the UK.
Local facilities include the Mossdale Village shop which is a small shop selling (importantly ice cream) newspapers and some groceries, the near by Royal Burgh of New Galloway is only a 10 minute drive and provides an excellent community run Deli, good selection of cafes and tea rooms and Inns for eating out. Castle Douglas which is the areas main Market Town is a 20 minute drive with a good range of independent shops,delis, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Outdoor activities are numerous and with the Galloway Forest Park on the doorstep which is deal for biking with easy access to all the 7Stanes trails and walking, so you are spoilt for choice. If you prefer coastal walks the Solway Firth's empty beaches and captivating cliffs are close to hand. A full range of water sports are available at Loch Ken including sailing, canoeing, fishing and the Galloway Activity Centre offers hire and teaching facilities for both land and water based activities. Private course fishing on Loch Ken and Loch Skerrow is available by prior arrangement as well as access to several private trout lochs for Brown and Rainbow Trout.
Galloway is often described as the forgotten gem of Scotland with its wide open spaces numerous lochs, open moorland, forests, beaches as well as great facilities for walking, horse riding and cycling and other outdoor pursuits such as golf, fishing and shooting not to mention the chance to see the 10,000s of wintering geese or the wonderful Red Kites at any time of year and not to mention the chance to see a golden eagle if you are very lucky.
Postcode: DG7 2NJ
Airds of Kells is let weekly Saturday to Saturday, short breaks are welcome between September and Easter.
Security Deposit £150
Accommodation for 10 on three floors; Ground Floor: entrance hall/utility room; Cloakroom with w.c. and wash hand basin; Kitchen and Breakfast room including Rae-burn cooker and 2 ring electric cooker/oven; Main hallway; Sitting room with open fire and 1st basket of logs provide; ; connecting curved passage to south wing; steps down to large Dining room with large ingle nook fire. First floor: Main house: Reception landing with library shelves, desk and seating; Super King Master bedroom; Single Bedroom with additional fold out bed; Bathroom with bath and separate shower; Double Bedroom. South Wing: Rough stones stair to landing; Twin bedroom; Bathroom with bath and separate shower. Second floor Main house: Full length of house gallery bedroom with double bed.
Services: Oil and electric heating * Open fire (logs available at extra cost) * Bed linen & Towels included * Washing Machine * Drier * Dishwasher * Fridge Freezer * Electric cooker and microwave * T.V.(2) and video * HI-FI/CD * Wi-fi * Cot and High chair *Bicycle storage * Enclosed garden with patio furniture * 2 dogs welcome * Ample parking
Extras: £20 per dog/week.
Logs if required £30 per week payable direct to owner