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Shinnel House

Southern Scotland
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
8 Guests
No Dogs

This beautifully positioned house sits within its own extensive and well-maintained wildlife garden and provides spacious accommodation for up to 8 people. The peaceful garden with riverside strolls beside Shinnel Water is shared with the owner who lives in an adjacent cottage. The ground floor features a sitting and dining room as well as conservatory, affording a larger party space to breathe before coming together as a family in the evenings. Big windows make for bright rooms and look out onto large expanses of lawn, a pond and small river (both unfenced), mature shrubs, a vegetable patch and terrace area with seating. Although you may be tempted to stay in all day and explore the garden, the surrounding area does not disappoint!
The culture and history of Scotland can be discovered and enjoyed at many local sites, one of which is Drumlanrig Castle with its beautiful gardens and famous art collection. The highest village in Scotland at Wanlockhead with its sister village of Leadhills is nearby and is the home of Scotland’s Lead mining museum. The nearby village of Moniaive, a finalist in the 2018 Scottish Culture Awards, is well worth a visit and hosts regular events including a Folk Festival, Comic Festival and Horse Show. Local town of Thornhill has a range of shops, pubs, and cafes.
The area gives an unrivalled cross section of life from days gone by through the industrial revolution to modern life; however, one thing that has not changed is the tranquil beauty that greets all who venture into Southern Scotland. Solway coast and Galloway Forest Park are within easy reach.
Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the many activities available on the door step, including walks and cycle routes with mountain bike tracks for all abilities, being geographically central for many of the 7Stanes mountain bike trails (Ae Forest, Mabie, and others), golf, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, and horse riding.

Short breaks accepted throughout the year.
Damage Deposit - £150

Guest Comments:-

" We have all really enjoyed our time at Shinnel. The rooms were incredibly spacious and the beds comfortable. When we needed to feed many a hungry mouth we congregated around the table and tucked in. On the final night we set the fire alight, and enjoyed our time in the living room. I think I speak for all of us when I say that all would love to come back again.! p.s. River is refreshing for a dip" The Murgatroyd Family Stayed July 2019

"Thank you for a wonderful stay. This was well worth the drive from London and Glasgow. The house is beautiful and had all we needed to fell at home and relaxed. Thank you for the welcome pack which had all the basics to start us off, this was much appreciated. The river, forest and paths are beautiful and refreshing. You truly have a place that is heaven." Weeks & Clyde Family, August 2019

" We have had a wonderful stay and the space is amazing. We made full use of the log burner which is fab! The gardens are beautiful and we were lucky enough to enjoy it in the sunshine. Nothing was too much bother and we were made to feel very welcome." The Kane & Gillespie family, stayed August 2019

Accommodation for up to 8 people across two floors: Ground floor comprised of entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen, dining room, conservatory, garden room, Double bedroom with zip n’ link beds, bathroom with over-bath shower, utility room.
First floor – Double bedroom, Family room with 2 singles plus 2 additional trundle beds, shower room
Services: Oil Central heating and electricity included * Multi-fuel stove with initial supply of logs* Washing machine & tumble drier * Electric oven and hob * Microwave * Fridge freezer * Dishwasher * Cot & Highchair available on request * TV with freeview * Patio with garden furniture * BBQ * Garden shared with owner * Bicycle Storage * Bed linen & towels provided * Parking for 3 cars * Sorry, no dogs * No smoking in house or grounds

PLEASE NOTE – The garden is not enclosed and features an UNFENCED pond and river. Small children should be supervised.

Key Features

  • Open Fire/Stove - Multi fuel stove in Sitting Room with initial supply of logs
  • Garden - Not enclosed, shared with owner
  • Bicycle Storage - Undercover and bike wash available

Interior Features

  • Bathrooms - downstairs bathroom with shower over bath, upstairs shower room
  • Showers - one shower over bath, one walk in shower
  • Double Beds
  • Twin Bedrooms - twin with 2 pull out trundle beds
  • Bed Linen Cost Incl
  • Towels Cost Incl
  • Cot
  • High Chair
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV
  • Heating Cost Incl
  • Open Fire/Stove Cost Incl - Multi fuel stove initial supply of logs only

External Features

  • Garden Furniture
  • Parking - 3 cars
  • Bbq

Local Experiences and Activities

  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Woodland walks
  • Wildlife trails
  • Hill walking

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Damage Deposit for care of property

All holiday-makers booking a holiday are required to pay either a Damage Deposit, £150 or as noted in the property listing details, or Damage Deposit waiver of £18, whichever is selected is required to be paid with the balance payment of the holiday. Where selected the Damage Deposit will be held by Discover Scotland to be applied against the reasonable costs of repairs, replacement or additional cleaning of furnishings, kitchen equipment, crockery, glass, bedding and towels damaged or soiled other than by normal wear and tear during the holiday. The Damage Deposit, less any reasonable charges, will be returned within 14 days of the departure date. Where any costs exceed the Damage Deposit the holiday-maker will pay such excess as notified to them by Discover Scotland within 14 days of notification. Where the holiday-maker has agreed to pay the Damage Deposit Waiver the Damage Deposit is not payable. This amount is non-refundable. If the cost of any damage or breakages exceeds the applicable Damage Deposit value for the property, then the holiday-maker will be liable for any additional costs. Any such excess will be notified to them by Discover Scotland and due for payment within 14 days of notification.

All bookings require either a refundable Damage Deposit £150 or as per the property details or £18 non refundable Damage Deposit Waiver.
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