Vacation Home Old School House
Shinnel Glen, Tynron, Thornhill, DG3 4LE, United Kingdom –
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The Old School House is an extremely comfortable traditional Scottish house, with two lovely sitting rooms, open fires, a wood fired Esse, views of the hills or the river from every window, and abundant wildlife. There are three charming double bedrooms, and a full size curtained box bed - which is the one everyone wants to sleep in Totally quiet, with amazingly dark starry nights, and no light pollution at all. The garden is enclosed by dry stone walls and the river borders the wild garden to one side, where you can sit by the fire pit enjoying the river as the light fades on a summer's evening. The house is up a no through glen, with wonderful views of the surrounding hills where you can walk, or bike, all day without seeing anyone - only wildlife. Or if you prefer just curl up with a book from the well stocked library in the house. Drumlanrig Castle, the beautiful pink stone 17th century seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch is only 15 minutes away, and is one of many local attractions, as well as music, art and book festivals.
Rachel and Grahame, who have been friends for over 40 years, own the house jointly. Rachel grew up in Scotland and now lives in Dorset, where she runs a farm with pedigree sheep and horses, as well as a B&B from a wing of the farmhouse. She also paints, writes and sews and many of the items in the Old School House have been made by her. She likes to go to the house when she can, to walk in the hills, spend time in the garden and catch up with old friends. Grahame is an architect, specialising in rammed earth buildings, and he has worked extensively in Afghanistan, Morocco and Spain. He now lives mainly in Spain and sometimes in Berlin. He comes to the house when he can to build up the dry stone walls, split logs and enjoy the hills. Rachel and Grahame came across the house one day when on a walk. It was in a sad state of neglect, but as the had renovated houses together before they happily took it on. It is now full of colour, books and pictures and many little touches which set it apart from the usual holiday let. They both love cooking so the kitchen is very well equipped and the wood fired Esse is an extra bonus and fun to cook on - it makes excellent bread!
Languages spoken: English
Closest Landmarks *
Drumlanrig Castle3.8 miles
Dumfries and County Golf Club13.7 miles
Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club13.8 miles
Annandale Water Services16.8 miles
Restaurants & Markets *
Watsons, Moniaive Supermarket4 miles
Buccleuch Arms Restaurant7 miles
Thomas Tosh Cafe/Bar7 miles
Co-op Thornhill Supermarket7 miles
Closest Airports *
Glasgow Prestwick Airport35.4 miles
Glasgow Airport50.2 miles
Edinburgh Airport53.7 miles
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Free! Free public parking is available on site (reservation is needed).
Free! WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Freedom to eat when you want
- High chair
- Dining table
- Coffee machine
- Cleaning products
- Electric kettle
- Washing machine
- Extra long beds (> 6.5 ft)
- Body soap
- Bathtub or shower
- Private bathroom
Space for everyone to be together
- Dining area
- Sitting area
Media & Technology
Fun for everyone under one roof
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Feather pillow
- Socket near the bed
- Hardwood or parquet floors
- Tile/Marble floor
- Private entrance
- Interconnecting room(s) available
- Ironing facilities
Free! Pets are allowed. No extra charges.
Sit back and relax
- Outdoor fireplace
- Outdoor dining area
- Outdoor furniture
- BBQ facilities
Food & Drink
- Tea/Coffee maker
- Water sports facilities (on site)
Outdoor & View
Enjoy the view
- River view
- Garden view
Entertainment & Family Services
- Books, DVDs or music for children
- Board games/puzzles
- Smoke-free property
- Non-smoking rooms
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Children & Beds
Children are welcome
No cribs are available
No extra beds are available
The minimum age for check-in is 21
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Smoking is not allowed.
Parties/events are not allowed
Free! Pets are allowed. No extra charges.