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Thomas Carlyle Cottage, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway


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Thomas Carlyle Cottage is situated in the beautiful rolling countryside of Nithsdale, steeped in history both natural and physical. The cottage is named after the famous Scottish historian, essayist and satirical writer Thomas Carlyle. It was at Templand that Carlyle married Jane Welsh in 1826 and he described the view from the garden as �the finest in Scotland�.

The cottage is one of six luxury properties set around a landscaped courtyard and enjoying fine views. The River Nith runs through the heart of the valley with the Southern Uplands to the north and the dramatic Solway Coast to the south. There are quiet country roads ideal for exploring on foot or by bicycle.

Half a mile away is the 18th century village of Thornhill which is an ideal place to spend a relaxing afternoon shopping and exploring the friendly craft shops and boutiques. Other interesting villages in the vicinity include Wanlockhead, Scotland�s highest village, and its neighbour Leadhills which owes its existence to lead mining. At Wanlockhead, tourists can now take a journey back in time and there are even sessions available in the summer when you can try your hand at panning for gold.

The beautiful countryside of Dumfries and Galloway has numerous attractions and throughout history has been home to many artists from Robert Burns to the more recent arrival of Andy Goldworthy whose environmental scultpures can be seen around the area. There are three castles close by, Closeburn Castle, Morton Castle and the famous Drumlanrig Castle which houses an interesting art collection with works by Holbein, Rembrandt and da Vinci. Other attractions worth visiting include Threave Gardens near Castle Douglas,belonging to the Scottish National Trust, and the Glenkiln Sculpture Park which sits amidst breathtaking scenery.

  • Sleeps - 4 +1
  • Bedrooms - 2 (2 x twin, sofa bed in sitting room)
  • Bathroom - 2 (1 bathroom, 1 ensuite shower room)
  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble drier
  • Microwave
  • TV, DVD, video, stereo
  • Full central heating (green) biomass boiler
  • Landscaped courtyard and gardens with picnic area
  • Garden furniture and barbeque
  • Children's play area
  • Games room with pool and table tennis
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • 14ft netted trampoline
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Pets by prior arrangement
  • Thornhill - half a mile
  • Airports - Glasgow and Edinburgh approx 70 miles
  • Station - Dumfries 13 miles
  • Pubs and restaurants - half a mile
  • Walking and cycling
  • Free cycle hire
  • Golf course - 1 mile
  • Fishing - half a mile
  • Horse riding - 1 mile
  • Ice rink, cinema, bingo - Dumfries 13 miles
  • Public swimming pool - Dumfries 13 miles
  • Mountain biking in the Forest of Ae
  • Drumlanrig Castle
  • Glenkiln Sculpture Park
  • Solway Coast

Thomas Carlyle cottage is designed to sleep 4 in two twin rooms with room for 1 extra on the sofa camp bed. The cottage comprises a hall, a spacious living room /dining room with well equipped kitchen. There is a ground floor twin bedroom and a family bathroom. Upstairs is a twin gallery bedroom overlooking the livingroom and also an ensuite shower room with WC. It is all very well appointed and equipped for a happy family holiday!

Outside is a patio and garden area with garden furniture and a barbeque. Visitors are able to make full use of all the on site facilities which include a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, games room with pool and table tennis, free cycle hire, laundry room, children's play area and trampoline.

FROM THE NORTH - Entering Thornhill on A76 turn right at stone monument (in centre of village) into West Morton Street. Follow road out of the village (road narrows and goes downhill) to the small crossroads at the bottom. Go straight across and up the hill and turn left into Templands Cottages drive.

FROM THE SOUTH - From A75 outside Dumfries take A76 north (Kilmarnock road) for approx 12 miles to Closeburn. Through village and in 1 mile turn left onto B731 (Signed Penpoint/Monaive). After quarter mile turn left at small crossroads, go up the hill and left again into Templands Cottages drive.

What's included:
Heating - Biomass heating system (green) - is included in the price.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
Use of all the facilities (swimming pool, cycle hire, games room) is included.
Pets are welcome by prior arrangement and are included in the price.

Cost and availability.
The cottage is rented out all year.
Change over day is a Saturday with check in at 3pm, check out by 10am.
Short breaks (minimum 3 nights) are available out of season.
To enquire about this luxury self catering cottage near Dumfries, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.

Templand Mains, Templand Cottages, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway DG3 5AB Scotland

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