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The Terns

Southern Scotland
2 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom
4 Guests
1 Dogs

We are delighted to welcome The Terns to our portfolio

The Terns is a beautifully-presented former fisherman's cottage in the pretty riverside village of Glencaple just south of Dumfries, it is ideal for a family holiday and has all modern conveniences and the cottage itself is the ground floor of an traditional over and under cottage style found in some areas. Step into the entrance hall and on to a welcoming open-plan sitting room, the ideal place to relax with loved ones, complete with wood stove style gas fire, for an extra bit of warmth, and a cosy but stylish dining area, the perfect place for gathering for a lovely home-cooked meal, or to plan the day's events. The kitchen, which is bright and modern, wonderfully appointed at the rear of the property, with a range of appliances and spacious worktops for preparation. Down the hall are two bedrooms: one King-size and one twin, with a separate family shower room. The bedrooms have a range of contemporary furniture to store your personal items. Outside has an enclosed patio area with furniture and an enclosed, spacious lawned garden, perfect for letting your pet stretch their legs. There is roadside parking available directly outside the property.
The cottage dates from the 1800's when Glencaple was a busy fishing village and port for bringing in supplies to Dumfries. The local tradition of haaf netters wadding in to the River Nith to catch salmon continues and is facinating to watch; local tradition is for the fishers to draw straws and the person with the short straw gets to choose where to stand in the line. Well worth watching out for as it contiues in all weathers, for as you can see from the photo.
Glencaple is ideally placed for enjoying the fabulous countryside, with many riverside nature walks right on the doorstep. The picturesque village boasts spectacular views over the River Nith Estuary, and on to Criffel, the highest hill in the area. Best experienced from a seat in The Boathouse restaurant and shop, you can enjoy this vista whilst treating yourself to Afternoon Tea at the same time. What better way to while away the hours! Not only do The Boathouse serve Afternoon Tea, but a bistro style menu is also available up until 4pm. Priding themselves on fresh, local, seasonal produce whenever possible and specialising in vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-specific dietary requirements, it's a great option for the whole family. If tasty pub grub is what you prefer however, The Nith Hotel serve award winning bar meals, with a take away option in place, and all just a 3 minute walk from the Hoose.
Nearby Caerlaverock with it's famous triangular castle is also home to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust bird sanctuary and, if birds are your thing, slightly further down the coast is Mersehead RSPB reserve, which boasts a number of wildlife hides, the occasional otter, beautiful beach walks and a visitors centre. Both reserves are well worth a visit, as well as the sandy beaches of Portling, Sandyhills, Southerness and Powillimount, especially if you have a dog in tow. Other activities in the area include mountain biking at Dalbeattie (as well as Forest of Ae and Kirroughtree if you wish to explore slightly further afield,) and walking, with the newly laid path up Criffel (the highest hill in the area) proving very popular.
If history and culture are of more interest to you, slightly further afield is Drumlanrig Castle, with its grand landscaped garden, woodland walks, craft workshops and boutiques. Alternatively, why not take a trip up the Nith Valley to discover Ellisland Farm which was worked by Scotland's Baird, Rabbie Burns, Crawick Multiverse which has recently been created by landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks, Dumfries Museum, home to the world's oldest working Camera Obscura, or Moat Brae, inspiration behind the children's classic Peter Pan by J M Barrie. Recently renovated and opened to the public the house is a museum and national centre for children's literature, with an educational discovery garden featuring a tea room and art installations.

Let weekly Saturday - Saturday, short breaks welcome between November and Easter excluding February Half Term holiday.
Damage Deposit £150

Accommodation for 4 on one floor:
Ground Floor: Spacious Sitting/Dining room; Kitchen; Shower room; King size bedroom; Twin bedroom.
Services: Electric heating * Washing machine * Fridge * Freezer * Electric cooker and Microwave* TV and DVD player * CD player * Wifi * Bed linen and towels provided * Cot and High chair* Free parking adjacent * Garden * patio area with furniture.* Shop and Eating out 1.5 miles * 1 dog welcome

Extras: Dogs £20 per dog/week

Testimonials :

August 2021
Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed staying at The Terns, the property was beautifully presented with modern fixtures and fittings throughout. We found Glencaple to be a charming place to stay with lovely views over the river Nith just at the end of the street. It was also a great place to explore further afield locations and whilst there we visited Edinburgh (only 2 hours away) and the Lake District. We would no hesitation in recommending the property to other families and couples a like."

Sep 2020 "with the town of Dumfries 4 miles away, a perfect venue for exploring South West Scotland. Cottage decorated to a high standard with all facilities with patio and large enclosed garden. If you are looking for a tranquil spot to spend your break this is it. "

Aug 2020 "Nice garden and paved area and the cottage is situated in the middle of Glencaple . Only complaint was the very small fridge which wasn't sufficient for 3 people for the week."

Nov 2019 ouldn't recommend it highly enough and we will certainly return asap. The kitchen is small as shown in the photo, but adequate enough for 1 or 2 persons to cook and the kitchen is fully stocked with every utensil you may require. Lovely large garden for the dog to stretch. Bedrooms were gorgeous with extremely comfortable beds. Powerful shower. Tastefully decorated throughout. Living room so very, very cosy, comfortable couches, lovely gas fire and the fact there is a (low) wall outside the front of the property is a bonus I would say as you don't have neighbours opposite looking in. Boathouse recommended for an evening's dinner, but you need to book in advance.... Underfloor heating kept us very warm... the only thing I could recommend is to provide some easy to follow instructions on how to turn the heating down or off altogether. We had a fabulous long weekend.... lived it so much j wanted to stay an extra night! Thank you Maria "

Aug 2019 "the owner is very helpful and knows the area well and told us some lovely places to visit.would recommend this cottage and area to anyone. will definitely return. "


Key Features

  • Pets Allowed - 1
  • Internet
  • Garden

Interior Features

  • Bathrooms
  • Showers
  • King Size Bed
  • Twin Bedrooms
  • Single Beds
  • Bed Linen Cost Incl
  • Towels Cost Incl
  • Cot
  • High Chair
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • TV
  • Dvd Player
  • CD Player
  • Heating Cost Incl

External Features

  • Garden Enclosed
  • Garden Furniture
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Parking
  • Bbq
  • Walk To Pub
  • Walk To Shops

Local Experiences and Activities

  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Woodland walks
  • Wildlife trails
  • Hill walking
  • Mountain View
  • Sailing/water sports

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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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