Kirkbride Old Steading - Gelston, Castle Douglas

Code: KI04ST

Holiday property description

In search of somewhere for rest and relaxation? Interested in getting out and about? In either case you will find that this converted steading is the ideal base. This cosy cottage is set in beautiful countryside halfway between the splendid independent shops of Castle Douglas, known locally as 'The Food Town' and the Artists Town of Kirkcudbright, with its busy harbour and fishing fleet.   In a peaceful though not remote location, easily accessed, and well situated for exploring Galloway's hills, forests and interesting coast on foot, on a bike or by car. There is an ample private garden, occasionally overlooked by sheep!

There are plentiful opportunities to explore the local area including the historic Broughton House & Garden in Kirkcudbright which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.   Leisure pursuits in the area include plentiful golfing opportunities including 18 hole courses at Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright with many other 18 hole and 9 hole golf courses available nearby including the  Links Championship course at Southerness. The Forestry Commission 7Stanes  Mountain Bike Trails are located throughout the region with the nearest being at Dalbeattie Forest about a 20 minute drive away a little further afield are the trails in the Galloway Forest Park (Britain's first designated Dark Sky Park). There are plethoras of walking opportunities within a short drive including beach, cliff top, forrest and for those who seek something more strenuous, hill walks.  Course and sea fishing are readily available throughout the area. 

In autumn and winter large numbers of the Svalbard population of barnacle geese arrive at the RSPB Mersehead Reserve on the Solway Coast giving an unrivalled chance to see these amazing birds and other winter visitors - more information at : .  The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Centre at Caerlaverock, near Dumfries is also well worth a visit. 

For the young at heart (and not so young) a visit to Cream O'Galloway should be considered with its adventure playground for all ages, farm tours, ice cream (you can have a go at making your own), pond dipping and wildlife walks are just a taster of what is available.  The Cocoa Bean Factory is a must for all young chocoholics, where chocolate workshops are held daily, indoor and outdoor play areas, a cafe and a shop are on offer. For older children and adults, Galloway Activity Centre offers many water based activities including Sailing and Kayaking, land based activities are also offered. Laggan Outdoor offers activities including one of the longest Zip Wires in Europe, Segway Adventure tours, Mountain Balling and Clay Pigeon Shooting to name a few. 

Post Code: DG7 1SU 

For parties of 2 or less a 25% discount will be applied to any full week booked (exclusive of any other offer)

Short breaks are welcome outside High & Peak periods
Damage Deposit £150

Visitors Comments 

June 2018

"Heavenly two weeks in this lovely cottage - warm and welcoming, peace and sunshine. A 'must see': splendid new gallery in Kirkcudbright Town Hall." W and C Greenwell, Sunderland.

June 2017

"We had a fantastic weekend. We could not fault the place. The boys aged 4 and 10 loved the jacuzzi and said they wanted to live here forever, to be honest we do too. The beds were very comfortable, we didn't want to get out. The fireplace was gorgeous." Fraser, Amanda, Mark and Zak, East Kilbride.

June 2017

"Just right for our family, with plenty of space for everyone. Lazy mornings and great places to visit. Threave Castle and Rockcliffe beach were the highlights. Saw the buck, doe and fawn a couple of times, early morning, crossing the single track road. Am sure we'll be back." Dyson, Jonas and Falaga's families. Bradford and Middlesborough

Accommodation for 6 on one floor: Large Lounge/Dining room with multi-fuel stove; Kitchen/breakfast room; Rear lobby; Shower room; Three steps up to corridor leading to 1 Double; 2 Twins; Bathroom.

 Services: Oil central heating * Multi fuel stove with fuel provided * Bed linen is provided, but NOT towels (these can be hired from the Caretaker at an additional charge) * Washing machine * Dishwasher * Fridge freezer * Electric cooker and Microwave * Phone for incoming, local and emergency calls *  T.V with DVD player * Cot and High chair  * Parking * Enclosed garden with furniture and BBQ * NO SMOKING * NO PETS * Shops and eating out 5 miles *

For additional accommodation Kirkbride House KI12ST (sleeps 10) is next door.

Special Note:  

1. The cottage is on a working farm so care must be taken around farm machinery and stock.   

2. The cottage is let on a strictly no pets allowed policy   




How to find us

Kirkbride Old Steading
Gelston, Castle Douglas
Dumfries & Galloway

Kirkbride Old Steading - Gelston, Castle Douglas

Code: KI04ST

Please note that the above map is used to indicate the general location of the holiday property. As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

External Features

Sea View

Water view

Walk to Pub

Walk to Shops

Mountain View

Beach walk




Bicycle Storage



Garden Furniture

Garden Enclosed



Wheelchair Access

Internal Features

Open fire


High Chair


CD Player

DVD Player

Colour TV






Wash Machine

Bed Linen Cost Incl

Heating Cost Incl

Tumble Dryer

Sky TV



Sofa Beds 0

Single Beds 4

Double Beds 1

Showers 1

Bathrooms 2



Kirkbride Old Steading Reviews

5 star review

Well equipped cottage, cosy and comfortable, welcoming atmosphere and lovely peaceful garden - an oasis of calm.

Beautiful countryside with many interesting towns and quiet roads to drive on.
Mrs Greenwell
2 weeks ago
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4 star review

Very nice cottage. Spacious, comfortable and "far from the madden". Fits into this beautiful area, perfectly. We will return.
1 month ago
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5 star review

Great cottage. Very spacious, although decor is a little dated it was clean and had all the facilities you need, plus the space was amazing. Although in the country side ( which is what I wanted ) on a sheep farm, everything you could need is nearby and it’s a perfect base for exploring the area. We hope to come Back soon. Would highly recommend.
Brady, Wirral
1 month ago
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5 star review

very pleasant and comfortable accomodation. Very peaceful and beautiful area
1 month ago
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