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Large Holiday Cottage: Kirkconnell House - Dumfries, Scotland.
Enjoying a tranquil, private setting surrounded by parkland and woodland, Kirkconnell House dates from the early 16th century and was inhabited by the Maxwell Clan for over eight hundred years.
Near to the attractive village of New Abbey with its costume museum, ruined Sweetheart Abbey, corn mill, tea shop and two pubs, this large house is ideal for holidays.
This is a marvellous and unique location for your family or group holiday, or for a gathering of friends. Dumfries is a small, well-served town and its surrounding area offers a large variety of activities and experiences for all ages, including fishing, riding, and bird watching, golf, and Forest Mountain biking and walking.
There are extensive views from most windows across an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Pele Tower attached to this large house is the location of the games room. The old chapel to the side of this large house offers its own private access and is occupied by the house owners for part of the week.
In spring the flowers are at their best with spring bulbs, rhododendrons and spectacular azaleas.
At Kirkconnell we would like you to feel that you have taken a step back in time. Experience the peace and tranquillity of a large country house whilst enjoying some more modern day comforts. There are no telephones, computers or clocks in this large house and mobile reception can be erratic. This large house offers a welcoming relaxed atmosphere with no precious antiques to worry about. Anyway come on in and have a look around.
Entering by the front door the main staircase is ahead of you. To the right is the panelled room which is very warm and cosy especially with the log fire roaring on a winters evening. To the left is the lounge with Television/video /D.V.D and Free view. The next left takes you through to the large scullery with washing machine, drier, ironing board and space for wet boots and clothes.
In the other direction is a corridor from which you enter the oak beamed modern kitchen through what was the front door back in the 1600's. There are two upright freezers, two fridges, a dishwasher, ceramic hob, two ovens, a microwave combination oven, two electric kettles, large toaster and a wide range of pots and pans. There are ample glasses, cutlery and crockery plus other things such as cake tins, zester. The smoke detectors are monitored and work on carbon dioxide detection so you can burn the toast without setting them off but please do not smoke next to them for prolonged periods.
The last reception room is the dining room with two tables, a hot plate and a hostess trolley. It is also home to a very large bookcase which offers local information, jigsaws, and games and of course books.
The downstairs bathroom is large and offers a walk in shower in one corner and a bath in another. It is handily located at the foot of the back stairway.
Although described as first floor the levels vary depending on the differing construction dates of various parts.
Going up the main staircase you emerge on the gallery corridor so called because portraits used to be hung there. Turning right takes you into the 13th century Pele Tower which houses the games room with pool table, dartboard (bring your own darts) and table tennis . There have been many changes to this room over the last 800 years and since the walls are not plastered these are easy to spot. The most obvious is the large doorway that used to be the entrance before the stone spiral stairwell was built around 1430. The rest of the Pele Tower consists of vaulted animal quarters below with unusual crosshair gun slings whilst above are two more floors, access to the battlements and then a small Cape House on top of the stairwell.
Back in the main house you reach a bedroom with a super king sized bed and a goose down duvet (all the other duvets are non feather). Like the majority of the bedrooms it gets the early morning sun and enjoys a magnificent view across open parkland towards the River Nith. Next door is a bright and cheery twin bedroom with a bookcase of novels. Across the corridor and down a couple of steps is the main bathroom decorated in blue and gold. It offers a large cast iron bath in the centre.
Further on in the older part of this large house is a twin en-suite to your right and then from the landing to your left, at the top of the back stairs, are two more bedrooms which both overlook the courtyard. The one on the right is a twin en-suite whilst the other is a single.
The back stairs have a shallow tread and give good access to the downstairs bathroom and walk in shower.
Behind what looks like a cupboard door between the two en-suite bedrooms a steep flight of stairs takes you to the attic room. It offers a totally different feel to the rest of this large house. Its exposed beams, wooden floor and skylights give it a modern, minimalist look. This room offers a wash hand basin to the left of which is a view through to the old roof space with its numbered trusses and wooden pegs.
On the gallery corridor a more normal flight of stairs opposite the main bathroom leads to a suite of rooms. There are two spacious bedrooms, a twin and a double, with a cot room between them which also has a fire escape. Painted in a traditional Georgian green these rooms are very calming and can feel quite cut off from the rest of this large house.
Heating and Hot Water
This large house is fully centrally heated with at least one radiator in every room most of which are the large old fashioned cast style. The boiler house and the main control panel are set away from the main house and oil deliveries are on a three week top up basis. All the radiators have a thermostatic valve whilst there's a main thermostat located in the dining room. The boiler also heats the hot water. The hot water tank is located on the first floor in a cupboard at the top of the back stairway. If you find that the water temperature is too hot then you can adjust the control on the hot water cylinder. In summer the hot water can be boosted with an immersion or it can be heated from the boiler independent of the radiators.
There is one large open fire with a free supply of logs.
All oil and electricity is free.
We do not allow any pets in this large house so people with fur allergies should be fine. Only one duvet offers goose down all the rest are non feather. We also ask visitors to refrain from smoking beyond the ground floor.
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