South West Scotland
Jarbruck Lodge is a traditional Victorian detached house which has been immaculately restored to its original grandeur and was once the home of the paymaster for a large estate.
It stands in its own large private gardens, with a newly planted orchard, close to a quiet country road in the midst of beautiful countryside beside the conservation village of Moniaive in Dumfriesshire, just 14 miles from Dumfries itself. In this peaceful setting the house seems to be in a different world, yet it is less than two hours from either Glasgow or Edinburgh and within easy reach of the M74.
This is a treasured second home. There are no close neighbours yet it is not isolated and any activity attracts the attention of the cows and sheep in the adjacent fields. Inside, the style is traditional but with all the comfort and convenience of modern living. The oil-fired central heating underpins open fires and wood burning stoves. Two sitting rooms, a large kitchen-dining room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms provide generous accommodatio. A flag-stoned terrace in the gardens is reached through half-glazed stable doors. Here, you can enjoy morning coffee in the sun with maybe a visit from woodpeckers or even red squirrels stopping off for breakfast. The village of Moniaive is about two miles from the house and makes an enjoyable walk or cycle ride. It has a well stocked general store, a post office, a gift and craft shop and three different restaurants.
The south-west region of Scotland has long been a well-kept secret and at Jarbruck Lodge you are in an ideal position to discover all its hidden charms. Woodland paths lead into the hills behind the house and here you may catch a glimpse of red squirrels or watch buzzards in the heavens above. Keen walkers may wish to try out The Southern Upland Way which is easily accessible from the village. At the Galloway Sailing Centre at Loch Ken (25 minutes) tuition is available in all water sports and if mountain biking is your sport then the nearby Forests of Ae and Dalbeattie offer spectacular trails. There are plenty of possibilities for fishing in the countryside around the lodge. The river Nith is famous for its long salmon season and in the lochs of the nearby Drumlanrig Estate you can indulge in rainbow and brown trout fishing amidst wonderful scenery. Tuition and ghillie services are available.
Lovers of nature will be enthralled by this environment. There are several major attractions including the Red Kite trail, a 25 mile round road trip with view points specifically designed to offer the best chance of viewing these superb birds now successfully re-introduced to the Galloway countryside. The Mersehead nature reserve, near Dumfries, is yet another opportunity to observe a broad range of wildlife at different times of the year – lapwings, snipe, barnacle geese, skylarks, dragonflies, natterjack toads and butterflies.
The market town of Castle Douglas has built up a reputation as a gourmet centre for local produce and is a 'must-visit' for lovers of good food. The area is also home to the internationally celebrated artist, Andrew Goldsworthy, who lives locally and draws inspiration from the Galloway Hills. His project, Striding Arches, is not far from the cottage and is an interesting and inspiring sight.
The superb beaches of the Solway coast are about 45 minutes from the lodge. Caerlaverock Castle and Sweetheart Abbey are well worth a visit while there. A few miles from the lodge stands historic Drumlanrig Castle, home to an amazing art collection as well as a museum, shop and restaurant. Here, too, mountain bikes are for hire to explore the miles of trails in the grounds. Gardeners are not forgotten: there are National Trust gardens at Threave (27m) and Logan Botanic Gardens, 14 miles from Stranraer.
Bed linen, towels, heating and electricity are all included. One starter basket of logs will be available in the winter months. One well behaved dog is welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted within the house. A refundable householder's deposit will be required.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting room with open fire
- TV room with wood burning stove and TV/DVD
- Kitchen/dining room with wood burning stove, fridge-freezer, tumble drier, washing machine and dishwasher etc.
- Lounge with open fire
- Shower room with WC and wash basin
- Double bedroom with king-size bed
- Twin bedroom
- Bedroom with double bed and one single bed
- Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin