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Balmaghie House,STB Grading :
Balmaghie Mansion House is set in 200 acres of Woodland Deer Park and is a family-run guest house. We provide traditional home cooking and a visitors' lounge with open log fires. All rooms are centrally heated
This accommodation consists of a cottage and a flat. The flat is part of the house, the cottage (South Lodge) is in the grounds. The flat sleeps 2 - 3 (twin bedrooms and third in living room), has an open fire and electric heaters. The flat has a fully-equipped kitchen/dinette, with refrigerator, electric cooker, microwave, and a bathroom. The cottage has four bedrooms, a lounge/dining room, a kitchen, and a bathroom. The kitchen has a microwave, electric cooker, clothes washing machine and a fridge-freezer. The bathroom has a shower. The cottage is centrally heated by electric storage heaters and has electric water heating. Both flat and cottage have televisions.
Approach to South Lodge
South Lodge from Lawn
Balmaghie House is conveniently sited for those wishing to visit Galloway Forest Park, The Machars, Kirkcudbright & Gatehouse and Dalbeattie & Castle Douglas. The attractions near Balmaghie House are summarised below.
The extensive grounds of Balmaghie House offer many opportunities for guests. A childrens' playground, picnic tables and nature trails, are just a few of the possibilities on offer.
Bridge over Burn
Bluebell Woods at Dawn
Woodland & Burn
Balmaghie House is well-sited to take advantage of the tourist attractions around Loch Ken. Nearby Laurieston Forest has just one of several forest walks in this area. Loch Ken itself, - with its remarkable hydro-electric scheme, - offers scope for bird-watchers, fishermen, and water sports. The Galloway Sailing Centre is just 10 miles north on the A713, and offers a wide range of water sports and boating activities.
An excellent Forest Drive - the 'Raider's Road' - runs from Mossdale on the A762 up to the Queen's Way near Clatteringshaws Dam. The stone and pools at the Otter Pool halfway along the Raider's Road offers an excellent picnic facility for all ages. The Queen's Way on the A712 from New Galloway to Newton Stewart has a Deer Museum, the Goat Park and a Wild Deer Reserve. The birthplace and monument to the scholar Alexander Murray can also be visited, and the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall is rich in wild flowers. Walkers can enjoy the Southern Upland Way near St.John's Town of Dalry, as well as the various marked walks in the Galloway Forest Park.
Castle Douglas is just 5 miles to the south west. This town's most famous attraction is probably Threave Castle, built on an island by the Black Douglas Earl Archibald the Grim. The town also has Carlingwark Loch and the National Trust's Threave Gardens. Kirkcudbright, 10 miles to the south, is another attractive town, a small harbour town with McLellan's Castle, two museum, a well-developed artists' colony and a Wildlife Park.
Whilst every care is taken to ensure that the details shown in this brochure are correct, we cannot accept responsibility for errors contained herein or the results thereof.
Balmaghie Mansion House is reached from the A713 Castle Douglas to Crossmichael road. At Townhead of Greenlaw, turn onto the B795 towards Laurieston, crossing the bridge at Glenlochar beside the hydro-electric barrage. Fork left and continue for a further mile and a half until you reach the lodge at the third entrance on the right-hand side of the road. Turn beside the lodge and continue up the driveway for about half a mile until you reach a left turn to the House itself.
A map of Dumfries and Galloway can be found in the Where We Are page.
|Low season (Nov-Feb)||£ 180 p.w.||£ 105 p.w.|
|March-April||£ 250 p.w.||£ 120 p.w.|
|May-June||£ 300 p.w.||£ 150 p.w.|
|July-August||£ 350 p.w.||£ 175 p.w.|
|September||£ 300 p.w.||£ 150 p.w.|
|October||£ 250 p.w.||£ 120 p.w.|
Electricity is extra and guests must bring their own bed-linen and towels.
There is a good Co-op supermarket in Castle Douglas and a small shop in Crossmichael.
To obtain further details of how to book and to obtain conditions of letting, please write to or phone Mrs. Vera E. Hillock.
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Quality Farmhouse Holidays website started 17th February 1999.
Last updated 10th March 2003.