This Visit Scotland 3 star graded cottage has a swimming pool (available May to Sept additional charge applies) & tennis court available by prior arrangement with the owners and access to the footpaths over the owner's farm (Kirkland) there is also easy access to the Forestry Commission Dalbeattie Woodlands which has attractive walks and also mountain bike trails. Dalbeattie Woodlands form part of the 7Stane Forestry Commission Mountain Biking Trails and the other trails are all within easy reach.
Rockcliffe is a short walk from the cottage and has an attractive beach and further access to cliff walks or the Jubilee Path leading to the busy sailing village of Kippford. The local area has plentiful opportunities for outdoor pursuits.
Kirkland Farm is managed by Clive and Faith Sinclair with the intention of promoting wildlife and a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Surveys of the farm have been made covering: birds, flowers, Dragon Flies, and of three extant sites of archaeological interest. Copies of these surveys are placed in Tumbling Bank.
Kirkland and Torbay hills are characterised by SNH as 'Lowland Heath', and contain a rich mosaic of different habitats. There are 7 different kinds of orchids on these hills (frog, fragrant, greater butterfly, early purple, common spotted, heath spotted and northern marsh), two kinds of heather, as well as blaeberries. In June, the hills are covered with bluebells.
There are six small woodland plantations on the farm, which have been stocked with native hard wood species of tree.
On the 14th of April, 8 Swallows arrive from South Africa. On the 16th of September it's time to go south again. We usually count about 35 on the way out.
On the farm, there is a vibrant population of Roe Deer, as well as badgers, foxes, voles, field mice, hares and lizards. And otters call in at certain times of the year.
The farm is host to a fold of Highland Cows, and a flock of Romney Sheep. Romney sheep are renowned for the quality of their wool and good meat.
There are horses on the farm. Oscar is the oldest.
We can provide stabling for guests with horses, and offer access to more than 30 cross country jumps, the menage, and we can advise on the hundreds of miles of near traffic free hacking all accessible from our farm. Coarse fishing (perch and pike) can be organised on the farm's waters, there is a £20 charge for a permit which entitles you to fish as much as you wish during your stay.
Kirkland Farm, Kirkland Farmhouse, and Tumbling Bank have a mains electrical supply but one which is supplemented by renewable generation units: a 5KW Wind Turbine, and Solar panels.
POSTCODE: DG5 4QE
Short breaks are welcome outwith High & Peak periods
Damage Deposit £150
Accommodation for 4 over two floors: Ground floor; Large hallway; Open plan Living room/Dining room/Kitchen; Bathroom; Twin bedroom. First Floor: Twin bedroom with ensuite toilet & wash basin, accessed by an external stone stair.
Services: Electric central heating * Bed linen provided (please bring your own towels) * Electric cooker * Fridge with freezer box * Microwave * Variable mobile phone reception * Wifi * TV with DVD Player and use of Netflix and Youtube * Parking for 2 family sized cars, but NOT suitable for Motorhomes* Small garden with patio, furniture and BBQ * Bicycle storage * Dogs welcome * Drying can be made available * Use of Swimming Pool &Tennis Court by prior arrangement with the owners * Coarse fishing with boat hire available by prior arrangement (details provided on booking)
EXTRAS: £20 charge per dog per week. £20 charge for use of pool. £20 charge for fishing permit
PLEASE NOTE: Twin bedroom is accessed by an external stone stair, potentially not suitable for young children. The Swimming Pool is available 1st June - 31st August subject to the air temperature being 15 degrees or above. If you wish to use the pool during your stay there is a charge of £20 payable direct to the owner to help towards heating & cleaning costs. Fishing permits £20 p/p payable direct to owner