Airds of Kells House - a house that sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms

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5 bedrooms, desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
TV, fireplace, DVD player, table football
Fridge, microwave, oven, dishwasher
Fridge, microwave, oven, dishwasher
5 bedrooms, desk, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Airds of Kells House - a house that sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms

Entire home

Airds of Kells House - a house that sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms

4.0/5 Very good

Entire home

5 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 8

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor space
Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationThreave Castle19 min drive
  • Popular LocationGalloway Activity Centre22 min drive
  • Popular LocationLock Ken27 min drive

Space details

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8
1938 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    1 double bed
Bedroom 3
    1 single bed
    1 sofa bed
Bedroom 4
    1 double bed
Bedroom 5
    2 single beds
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Airds of Kells House - a house that sleeps 10 guests in 5 bedrooms

Family-friendly cottage in Castle Douglas
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

Guest accommodation at this cottage offers fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. This accommodation is furnished with sofa beds and desks. Kitchens offer fridges, microwaves and dishwashers.

Bathrooms include baths or showers. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager




Property amenities


  • Free WiFi


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice maker
  • Freezer


  • 5 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Sofa bed


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Bath or shower
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Library


  • TV
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Table football
  • DVD player
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Furnished patio
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer

Work spaces

  • Desk


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Location highlights

  • In the mountains

Things to do

  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing nearby


  • Sleeps 8
  • Unit size: 1938 sq ft (180 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 22


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

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Airds of Kells House a House That Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Bedrooms

About this area

Castle Douglas

Located in Castle Douglas, this cottage is in the mountains. Clatteringshaws Loch and Galloway Forest Park reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Galloway Activity Centre and Cally Gardens. Make sure you get close to the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Threave Castle - 19 min drive
  • Galloway Activity Centre - 22 min drive
  • Galloway Forest Park - 25 min drive
  • Lock Ken - 27 min drive
  • Threave Garden - 27 min drive

Getting around

  • Glasgow International Airport (GLA) - 96 min drive


  • The Smithy - 9 min drive
  • Lochside - 15 min drive
  • Thistle Inn - 17 min drive

Overall score and ratings


Very good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 1 out of 2 reviews
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Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 2 reviews
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3/5 Okay

Bit vague
Overall we had a lovely time In a lovely house set in a beautiful area. Very well equipped in some areas but lacking in others. A 2 slice toaster is not sufficient to make toast for upto 10people and it took 45 minutes to make toast for 5. Be aware that the 2 buildings are not joined by the upstairs which makes that part of the building somewhat isolated. Fine if it is accommodated by a separate family but not if you're a large family with young children. The living room could do with more seating as it only accommodates comfortable seating for upto 6 people. The large dining room could be put to better use as it was a lovely big room with gorgeous inglenook fireplace. However, we didn't use this room at all and felt it would be better used as a living room due to its size. It was listed as having 2 tvs but there was only 1. It's also listed as having an oven but it doesn't. The only oven is the Raeburn. Enjoyed using this. Be aware that WiFi can only be received in the main part of the house. Outside to the front of the house, the patio area is in desperate need of making safe and not suitable for young children or people with mobility difficulties. This area we did not use due to this.
Stayed 7 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Exceptional family break
We had an amazing time away for my wife's 40th birthday, the property was large enough to allow privacy for our family and friends. We wouldn't hesitate to book again. The Poole's
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2022