The Lodge is homely, warm and spacious, well provisioned (for adults, children, dogs and babies!) and despite the road being the other side of the drive - very quiet. Freedom to wander most of the estate is a big plus point. You have your own garden front and back (mainly grass with shrubs and trees) and views over part of the walled garden, which has been newly set with fruit trees. The estate is an on-going labour of love.
The gardens were dog proof (collie size) and plenty big enough for playing ball away from the lodge. The woods over the road are full of paths - handy walking for rainy days, Jock's wood on the estate is young and great for a stroll. The river has a huge tidal range - it's worth going to see at different times of day.
The area is fabulous for family outdoor activities. There are so many rivers locally with estuaries and sandy beaches, valleys covered in forestry and small towns with local character. You'll always have some where new to go and something new to do.
There is a great community shop, cafe/restaurant and a pub serving food in the village of Palnackie, just over half a mile away.
On the personal side, your landlady is friendly, helpful and a keen gardener. There are hens and you may be lucky enough to find they are laying. There files of walks, activities and recommendations for local eateries in the lodge - very handy for planning a day out. The book shelves are full of all sorts of books and a handful of DVDs (including my favourite, Cinema Paradiso).
There were six in our party (grandparent, parents, teenagers, and a dog). We all so want to come back. Even the kids were happy to be Wifi free (although it was being installed whilst we were there). We just need more holidays from work and school. x.
I've now stayed at Kirkennan Lodge twice in the last 8 months (Oct 15 and June 16) with various members of my family and we've had two magical holidays. The owners couldn't have tried harder to make this a great place to stay and even provided fresh eggs and vegetables from the garden on arrival.
The setting is absolutely stunning with the Lodge located in its own self-contained gardens (great for kids and dogs) which are in turn set at the edge of a larger estate comprising extensive woodland, many mature specimen trees, a walled vegetable garden and masses of rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs.
The house itself is very spacious and sleeps 7. The owners have thought of just about everything in terms of equipment with a kitchen that includes both a washing machine and dishwasher, satellite tv in the lounge and a small library of books, dvds and local guides - there's even a bbq and a table football table in the garage. The only thing missing is Wi-Fi but frankly this is more of a blessing than a curse if you are looking to get away from it all for a few days. Oil fired central heating, a wood fire and modern double glazing means the cottage should be warm and cosy whatever time of year you visit. The décor is a little tired in places but everything was clean, tidy and very comfortable with plenty of living space.
Its worth noting that the Lodge has both downstairs bedrooms and a downstairs bathroom.
I have to be honest that we were very lucky with the weather on both occasions - this meant plenty of trips to the local sandy beaches of Rockcliffe, Kippford and Auchencairn and walks in the nearby forests. In terms of towns Kirkcubright in particular, with its focus on arts and crafts, was worth a visit. Clearly if the weather had been bad we may have come away with a slightly different impression.
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