Cumnock Knowes Country House retreat

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6 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
6 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
Fridge, microwave, oven, hob
6 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
6 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Cumnock Knowes Country House retreat

Entire homePrivate host

Cumnock Knowes Country House retreat

3.5/5 Good

Entire home

6 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 12

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor space
  • Hot tub
  • Barbecue grill

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationGalloway Activity Centre22 min drive
  • Popular LocationGalloway Forest Park27 min drive
  • Popular LocationNew Cumnock Golf Club44 min drive
  • AirportGlasgow (PIK-Prestwick)52 min drive

Space details

6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 12
Bedroom 1
    1 single bed
Bedroom 2
    1 king bed
Bedroom 3
    1 single bed
Bedroom 4
    1 single bed
Bedroom 5
    1 single bed
Bedroom 6
    1 king bed
Bathroom 1
    Combined bath/shower
Bathroom 2
    Combined shower/bath

About this property

Entire place

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

Cumnock Knowes Country House retreat

Family-friendly holiday home in Castle Douglas with hot tub
This spacious, detached country house is located in the Glenkens, the wildest and largest glen in Dumfries & Galloway, set in a landscape shaped by glaciers with rocky ridges and glacial deposits. The area has remained relatively unspoilt, and a wide variety of fantastic wildlife abounds within the spectacular landscape which ranges from mountains and moorland, woodland and forest, punctuated by burns, river, lochs and farmland.

Cumnock Knowes provides a perfect retreat in which to relax and unwind. It is situated in the Galloway Dark Sky Park, which is world renowned for its clear skies, and is one of the best stargazing sites as well as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. 
Dumfries and Galloway is an area hugely popular with walkers and mountain bikers, and the 7Stanes cycling trail at Dalbeattie is within easy reach.

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the area is home to many beautiful gardens, including the National Trust’s Threave Gardens. Whilst in a delightful rural location, the property is an ideal base from which to explore the many little villages and towns in Dumfries and Galloway. Discover the delightful villages of Kippford, Rockcliffe and Sandyhills right on the coast. Castle Douglas, known as the ‘Food Town’ is a short drive away, renowned for its niche shopping and family-run food outlets. Kirkcudbright, known as ‘the artists’ town’, attracts visitors throughout the year who are drawn in by the harbour, the historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed. 
A short drive will take you into Ayrshire, home to the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk with one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, otters and seals; it is also a haven for bird watchers. 
Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit and activities such as riding, racing and golf to enjoy. The many golf courses include the world famous Turnberry course which is close at hand, and which also has a fantastic spa and outdoor centre. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular, and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. 
Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Cairnryan, while Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh are also easily reached for a day out, as is Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, with ferry links to the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae all within easy reach. Cumnock Knowes can accommodate 12 guests in a spacious yet cosy atmosphere.
In conjunction with our other property, we are able to offer a complete package of accommodation and activities to suit young and old and catering for all levels of mobility. Our neighbouring 3 bedroom cottage can accommodate 6 guests so we are now able to accept parties of up to 18 guests. ( driving is required between the properties ) or the cottage can be booked alone if required.
* Hot Tub* We have 2 hot tubs available for guests but please note that these are not included in the house rental and are booked and paid for separately. Our hot tubs are for 8 people each and are situated in our all weather covered area complete with seating and relaxation area. rental prices are per individual tub and are payable over and above the house rental price and will be collected at the property.
Please note - The Hot Tub is subject to weather, minimum temperature and other use conditions.

Guest access
The house offers secure free parking for several cars with a private road accessing the property.
We usually have a meet and greet for guests however on occasions, we may leave the key in a key safe box for self check in. We will advise prior to arrival.

An open fire is available in the lounge. Firewood is not supplied however if you let us know either before on on arrival, we can arrange to have some available for purchase.
The BBQ is a charcoal one as with the fire, charcoal is not supplied. Please let us know if you would like us to supply some and we can have some available for purchase.
Please get in touch with us to book and arrange the hot tubs, logs and any other activity or should you require any further information.

Cumnock Knowes can accommodate 12 guests in a spacious yet cosy atmosphere.

Set within 50 acres, Cumnock Knowes is a perfect getaway for those who enjoy the country and all of the activities this can bring.

In conjunction with our other property, Carminnows Estate, we are able to offer a complete package of accommodation and activities to suit young and old and catering for all levels of mobility.

We are able to offer – Accommodation on a self-catering, or assisted board basis with our own dedicated cook to look after all guests. Packed lunches and all meals can be prepared as required.

Trout fishing on our own river stretch and professional fly tuition if required

Trout fishing on our own stocked lochan and again with or without tuition

Deer stalking, accompanied by a professional stalker to give you the best possible experience.

DSC Level 1 and 2 training with professional stalkers and tutors. DSC level 2 accompanied stalks and witness.

Land to Larder – an experience in stalking from the land through the full process of hunting, butchery and processing with the end result being delicious fresh venison and game.

Safe handling of firearms, gun familiarity and range shooting

Clay pigeon shooting, Archery, rough shooting, walked up shooting, duck flighting at our various flight ponds.

For our guests who like a more gentle activity, we also provide – accompanied quad bike tours and sightseeing of the estate. Accompanied Deer and wildlife photography stalks both day and night. Access to over 800 acres of some of the most beautiful countryside in southern Scotland for general walks and sightseeing.

Fly tying classes and Spey casting tuition. Gentle Yoga classes for all ages.

we would be delighted for anyone to get in touch with us directly should they require any further information.

Please follow us on our Facebook page– Cumnock Knowes – for full details on all services, activities and news.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cumnock Knowes.

Guest accommodation at this holiday home offers fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens or kitchenettes offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.

Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit and hairdryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

Recreational amenities at the holiday home include a spa tub.

Property manager

Alistair Elder


English, Russian

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Hot tub


  • WiFi available


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Spices
  • Toaster


  • 6 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Combined shower/bath
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Hairdryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Wood stove


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Games
  • Stereo

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Chef
  • Iron/ironing board

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 12

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


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 not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession). EU consumer law relating to professional hosts will not apply to your booking. However, the Book with Confidence Guarantee and the cancellation policy set by the private host will cover your booking.
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
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
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.

Property is also known as

Cumnock Knowes Retreat Douglas
Cumnock Knowes Country House Retreat Castle Douglas
Cumnock Knowes Country House Retreat Private vacation home

About this area

Castle Douglas

This holiday home is located in Castle Douglas. Galloway Activity Centre is a local attraction and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Galloway Forest Park and Clatteringshaws Loch.

What's nearby

  • Galloway Activity Centre - 22 min drive
  • Galloway Forest Park - 27 min drive
  • Lock Ken - 27 min drive
  • Blairquhan Castle - 41 min drive
  • New Cumnock Golf Club - 44 min drive

Getting around

  • New Cumnock Station - 28 min drive
  • Glasgow International Airport (GLA) - 74 min drive

Overall score and ratings



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3/5 Okay

Idillic location but needs some updates
I booked this home for my husbands 30th surprise. The house is ideal for gatherings as there is no one for miles to disturb. This property can be seen from the road and looks amazing. Unfortunately some of the party struggled to sleep due to the bedding having a strong smell. Other than the bedding the house is clean. I booked this home as it had a hot tub which didnt work which we we only found out on arrival and also a bbq which we then found out when we were there you needed coal which we couldnt obtain any within an hours drive. Although we enjoyed our stay I wouldn't stay again.
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2019

4/5 Good

Cumnock Knowes how to impress!
Love love love! Dec-2018: Stayed for 2-nts with the family (6 adults and 5 (all under 9yrs) children) and loved the location, space and freedom that Cumnock Knowes afforded us. You can't miss the property as it stands proud on the horizon as you drive south, out of Carsphairn. The woodland that has been removed from around the house would have offered some protection from the elements, but the views from every window were fantastic - hopefully replanting is in the plans for the future. The house is very well appointed and we did not need for anything. Bed were unbelievably comfortable. However if we were to be (hyper) critical...... * only have access to 1x shower for the 11-off us meant the morning 'get ready' was a bit of a slow burner (the 10am check-out was a bit of a challenge!!). Some of the rooms do appear to have en-suites (we think), but they were locked. * def need some larger wine glasses in the cupboards. * knives need sharpened (pet hate) We'd planned a walk into the cafe in the village, but there was no route 'off road' and the terrain along the river wasn't suitable for the kids (or grandparents). The cafe however was great and the owners were very friendly, offering a great menu considering the size and (apparent) small footfall. We'd definitely go back to Cumnock Knowes (and for more than 2nts next time). A+++. Highly recommended.
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2018