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Dumfries House Lodge

Dumfries House Lodge

 

Welcome To Dumfries House Lodge.

Stay only a few metres from Dumfries House itself in one of our twenty two 5 Star en-suite guest rooms or alternatively try one of our luxury Self Catering cottages.

 

Sitting on the edge of 2,000 acres of the Dumfries House Estate and only a few hundred metres from Dumfries House itself, Dumfries House Lodge is an exclusive 5 star country Guest House offering luxury accommodation. Built in 1750 and in use a few years prior to the completion of Dumfries House, the ‘Garden Cottage’ as it was known in the 18th century, became the Factor’s house and remained so for over 200 years. We encourage our guests to think of their stay as a home-from-home and to make good use of our facilities during their stay. You will have free and open access to our sitting rooms, dining room and garden area throughout your stay.

Craigengillan Estate

“Where natures magic grows”

Nestled deep within the grounds of Craigengillan Estate sit two beautifully restored cottages.

The cottages named ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Find Me Out’ sit peacefully in a sunny woodland glade by the banks of the rushing Glessel burn.

Whether you want somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or provide the perfect environment to celebrate that special moment, whatever the reason, we are sure our self service cottages will be perfect.

Find Me Out cottage has a double bedroom, bed can be split into two singles, a living room with a cosy log fire and sofa bed that sleeps two and a traditional kitchen, complete with a working Aga. A secure fenced garden for the dogs to play in, or the children to play safely in.

Forget Me Not, thatched cottage has a double bedroom upstairs, that can be split into two singles,(with option of extra bed), a double bedroom downstairs with a log fire, (with the option of another bed in there too). The kitchen/living room is complete with working aga. Has a sofa bed that can accommodate another two. Shower toilet downstairs, and bathroom upstairs. Secure fenced garden to the rear of the property that allows dogs and children to play safely.

Outdoors, there are a wide variety of things to see and do during your stay. From the Ness Glen gorge walk, to some fishing and outdoor activities, we have something for everyone.

Also don’t forget we also have Glamping Pods

Our comfortable and cosy pods are fully equipped for self catering and can sleep up to four people.

One has a double bed with two singles that convert as daytime seating. and the other four singles (Bedding is not provided)

They each have a self contained toilet and shower. They have basic cooking with a hob, microwave and kettle.  Or you could barbecue and toast marshmallows on our outside firepit.

One of our pods is wheelchair friendly so those with reduced mobility can also enjoy the glamping experience.

They are pet friendly and you can also bring your horse on holiday with you and enjoy the 70 miles of off road hacking in beautiful surroundings that the estate offers.

 

Dumfries House

You wouldn’t think it to look at it now, with its tranquil grounds and elegant drawing rooms, but the fate of one of Scotland’s grandest country houses hung in the balance not so long ago. Designed by venerated 18th century architects the Adams brothers, Dumfries House – once the playground of Britain’s richest landowners, the Marquesses of Bute – faced an uncertain future in 2007, while all of its cultural riches risked being divided up and sold off.

A royal intervention at the eleventh hour brought the drama to an end – but also marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for one of the UK’s true gems. In a bid to avoid calamity with the scattering of a precious cultural treasure trove, Prince Charles brought together heritage bodies and benefactors under the auspices of the newly-founded Dumfries House Trust to purchase the estate, stopping truckloads of furnishings in their tracks en route to Christie’s auction house in London.

Dumfries House has a fascinating history with the artefacts inside a testament to its long and chequered past. Built in the 1750s for William Crichton Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and furnished with original Chippendale furniture delivered straight from the celebrated master cabinetmaker’s workshop, the house is something of a time capsule.

Following its acquisition by the consortium led by the HRH Princes of Wales, the estate re-opened in 2008 following a painstaking restoration. The crowning glory of the restoration remains the magnificent collection of some 50 pieces of Chippendale’s work, preserved examples of Britain’s finest ever craftsmanship saved for the nation and visitors to Scotland to enjoy for centuries to come.

Beautiful when catching the sunlight, the baronial pile is a marvel both inside and out, with each of its beautifully appointed rooms giving up the secrets of the Earls of Dumfries and later the Bute family who once called Dumfries House home.

While the mansion house is itself a huge draw, the sprawling 2,000-acre estate that envelopes it has taken on a lifeforce of its own, becoming one of the nerve centres for the important philanthropic work of the Prince’s Foundation. Nestled amongst the expansive woodland, the outbuildings provide a home for an outpost of the Royal Drawing School, which offers residencies to talented young artists, as well as an engineering school and a hospitality school, all of which have been a boon to the regeneration of the local area.

A crucial part of the renaissance of the estate is, of course, Dumfries House Lodge, luxury accommodation occupying the factor’s former house which dates back to 1750. A charming bolthole within easy reach of Scotland’s Central Belt, the lodge has become somewhat of a sought-after rural retreat for couples looking to escape the jolt of city life.

Designed to be a home away from home, thanks in part to its welcoming cottage feel, the impressively large, airy rooms have been sensitively decorated with floral patterns and pastel shades as well as specifically selected antique furniture. Most of the 22 en-suite rooms open out onto a courtyard, with the blissful sound of the burn and the chorus of birds emanating from the woodland beyond. There are also two self-catering cottages on the property, ideal for families looking for a weekend getaway in the lowland countryside.

With trails and pathways snaking through acres of woodland, there are hours of entertainment to be had for people of all ages. While children will make a beeline for the adventure playground and oriental maze, the green-fingered amongst you will be drawn by the siren call of the Queen Elizabeth walled garden. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the estate, it was a flagship project of the extensive restoration of the estate which saw a five-acre derelict site transformed into a stunning walled garden replete with new terraces and greenhouses.

The produce grown in abundance in the furrows and beds of the garden are not just to look at. As if to emphasise the self-sufficiency of this entrepreneurial powerhouse, the vegetables are harvested and used at the estate’s Woodlands Restaurant, one of the its crowning glories. Using all locally sourced ingredients, the dishes that leave the pass of this fine dining establishment offer a reimagining of Scottish cuisine – and a taste of the fruits of labour that have seen the estate’s fortunes change for the better.

 

Blackstone Clydesdales

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DIG-a-Day Experience

 

Our aim at the farm is to share our passion and knowledge of our Clydesdale Heavy Horses with you. The Blackstone centre was established to secure a way to care for our growing Scottish rare breed family, to give you a chance to experience the Clydesdale horse magic, learn about their lives on the farm and witness first hand these magnificent animals, so the Clydesdale Experience was born.

Without you and visitors like you helping along the way, by participating and spreading our Clydesdale Horse magic, Blackstone would not be able to support all our beautiful Clydesdales and farm animals in their forever home.

Your Experience is tailored to you, using your time to work, ride or drive our Clydesdale Heavy Horses. Try your hand at washing, grooming, mucking out, tacking up, bareback riding, herding on horseback, walking and feeding the animals.

Interacting with our Clydesdales, Heilan Coos, Alpaca’s and Mischievous Donkey while meeting the farm animals giving you an insight into their daily routine and lives.

This is your experience and will vary depending on your choices, skills, requirements, weather and the farms needs.

 

 

 

Fun DIGGER Experience from DIG-a-Day

Experience the fun and exhilaration with all types of excavators, learn about their uses, and feel first hand the excitement of the digger

With all types of excavators from Mini to 22 Ton muck shifters, this is you chance to operate and dig with these big beasties.

This Excavator driving experience utilizes Mini to 22Tton Excavators, and Tractors. You will be able to operate diggers, dig holes and live out those childhood fantasies!

Discover your SWC300

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