Cumnock Knowes Holiday 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

Overview of Cumnock Knowes Holiday retreat

Entire homePrivate host

Cumnock Knowes Holiday retreat

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire home

6 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 12

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Outdoor space
  • Hot tub
  • Barbecue grill
  • Fireplace
Castle Douglas, Scotland

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationGalloway Forest Park20 min drive
  • Popular LocationGalloway Activity Centre23 min drive
  • Popular LocationNew Cumnock Golf Club45 min drive
  • AirportGlasgow (PIK-Prestwick)54 min drive

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 Holiday 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.
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 basis
* Hot Tub* We have 2 hot tub hydro spas available for guests but please note that these are not included in the house rental and are booked and paid for separately. Our hydro spas are for 6 people each and are situated in our all weather covered 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.

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 offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and a hairdryer.
Recreational amenities at the holiday home include a spa tub.

Property manager

Alistair Elder


English, Russian

Property amenities


  • Hot tub


  • WiFi available


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Spices
  • Paper towels
  • Toaster


  • 6 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


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

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Garden


  • Washing machine


  • 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

  • Iron/ironing board

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 12
  • Unit size: 21539 sq ft (2001 sq m)

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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 fire extinguisher, 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.

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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 Clatteringshaws Loch and Lock Ken.

What's nearby

  • Galloway Forest Park - 20 min drive
  • Galloway Activity Centre - 23 min drive
  • Lock Ken - 28 min drive
  • Blairquhan Castle - 43 min drive
  • New Cumnock Golf Club - 45 min drive

Getting around

  • New Cumnock Station - 29 min drive
  • Glasgow International Airport (GLA) - 75 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Is Cumnock Knowes Holiday retreat pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

What time is check-in at Cumnock Knowes Holiday retreat?

Check-in begins at 3:00 PM.

What time is check-out at Cumnock Knowes Holiday retreat?

Checkout is at 10:00 AM.

Where is Cumnock Knowes Holiday retreat located?

Set in Castle Douglas, this family-friendly holiday home is within 20 mi (32 km) of Clatteringshaws Loch, Galloway Activity Centre and Lock Ken. Galloway Forest Park and New Cumnock Golf Club are also within 25 miles (40 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 2 out of 2 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

lovely stay
an amazing weekend getaway
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2020

5/5 Excellent

Fantastic New Year's Break
A group of 8 of us stayed at the house for two nights over hogmanay. The house is enormous, was well equipped with everything that we needed and was spotlessly clean. The beds were incredibly comfy, and we also really enjoyed having a proper log fire. Tatiana and Alistair were very friendly and helpful, and answered any messages promptly. The setting of the property was remote and beautiful, with lovely walks nearby. Unfortunately the hot tub wasn't working while we were there, and the showers had very poor water pressure. Otherwise, we all really enjoyed our break and would definitely stay again.
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2018