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The Waterhouse

1 Stockarton Cottage Gelston Rd, Kirkcudbright DG6 4XS Scotland
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The Waterhouse retreat is a haven of peace set in beautiful rural south west Scotland. It is only minutes away from stunning coastline and secluded beaches and the jewel of the South, the Artist's town and fishing port of Kirkcudbright. The Waterhouse gardens have a unique romantic ambiance and are a popular venue for special events like honeymoons, romantic getaways and anniversaries.The secluded natural setting and privacy of The Waterhouse is ideal for naturist visitors, who are welcome here. Naturism is entirely optional and non-naturist guests are equally welcome. The accommodation consists of 3 unique, luxury lodges, available to rent separately or together for larger groups up to 10 persons.Evening meals are available, with the owners, in the cottage kitchen/diner on request. Garden vegetables in season.Gardens open under the Scottish Garden Scheme. Open 23 June 2013 - 1pm to 5pm THE WATERHOUSE LODGE AND THE BOATHOUSEThe Waterhouse is a hand crafted, eco, wooden hideaway, nestling gently in an acre of densely planted cottage garden, heavily scented with roses, buddleia and honeysuckle. The Waterhouse gardens are a wildlife sanctuary teaming with an abundance of bird species. The Waterhouse Lodge has a spacious, south facing, glass fronted sunroom and a sun deck which overhangs a large pond. A lower deck contains a private HOT TUB, heated and used all year round - a winter treat for watching the clearest skies in Britain, as well as a relaxing summer's evening.Sleeps 4, in 1 double and 1 bunk room.The Boathouse is a smaller, self contained, fully equipped, wooden Wigwam, which can be booked alongside the Waterhouse as an additional living/sleeping space for larger group holidays. The Boathouse is not available for separate rental.Sleeps 2, in 1 double bed.AMENITIES: private gardens, hot tub, showers, sun decks, picnic tables/outdoor eating area, board games, books, DVD player, CD/radio music system with MP3 lead, gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, linens, towels and bathrobes provided, local guides/maps, biomass stove(real fire), toaster, kettle, hospitality pack of local produce, solar powered water heater (electric back-up), free off-road car parking.WESTWATER LODGEWestwater Lodge is a lovely, traditional, spacious, stone built Galloway cottage standing in its own private garden. It has a large south facing deck area surrounding a comfortable, glass sun-room which overlooks the garden. The rustic character of the cottage has been retained and rooms are light and airy. The open log fires in the living room and dining room are beautiful features that make the cottage cosy and comfortable all year round. The cottage sleeps 4, in 1 double and 1 twin bedroom. AMENITIES: sun deck, picnic tables, large private garden, DVD/CD/Freesat flat screen TV/radio, board games, books, local guides/maps, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, linen and towels provided, electric shower, storage heaters, free basket of logs, hospitality pack of local produce, free off-road parking.
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Gill C wrote a review Sept 2023
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Wow! The Waterhouse is an absolute forest of tranquility. I visited over the weekend with my two friends (who both turned 30 so it was a birthday prezzie!). We arrived and we're given a tour of the gorgeous gardens that Martin has grown from scratch (we saw the progression in the lovely scrapbook made by Sharon). It is simple stunning and clearly a project that brings such pride and loving memories to the wonderful hosts. Our holiday featured gorgeous little house surprises (fairly lights, candles, choccies, wine and cheese!), Relaxing reading sessions on the outdoor hammock, midnight hot tub dips under the stars and tranquil moments of calm watching the butterfly's and birds in the garden. Martin and Sharon are wonderful hosts, delighting us with wonderful stories and always being so attentive (we mentioned we wanted to watch Lord of the rings and it was left for us at the house!). One of the most relaxing places I have ever been. There's no doubt I will recommend this place to everyone and hopefully will be back soon.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Exploration784148 wrote a review Jul 2019
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You'd never know it was there. Tucked away The Waterhouse is a little piece of calm in a too busy, noisy world. Martin and Sharon were so welcoming and great to chat to, giving us all the help needed during our stay. The lovely hot tub was a great extra and the clothes optional a nice change. All the beauty of Martin's planting of trees and shrubs and flowers makes it a little wildlife sanctuary, the big pond, birds nesting and feeding all around you - lovely. We soon found ourselves wanting to stay there and not go out or be anywhere else. Thanks for a wonderful holiday.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Phil E wrote a review Jun 2019
Leyland, United Kingdom34 contributions14 helpful votes
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We enjoyed our stay at New Year, so much, that we couldnt wait to get back again. As last time our Hosts Martin and Sharon were wonderful. didnt need to explain too much to us as it wasnt that long since we visited. Once again a bottle of wine, cheese and freshly baked bread were sat there on arrival. The gardens were transformed, what a difference a few months can make. The clouds cleared and the sun shone through for us. So what else could we do? Well we were in the garden of Eden :) In the sun with fine wine and good Beer. Ive included some Photos but they cant do this garden justice. Its truly magnificent but more so that its yours alone for the week to wander in and enjoy, no disturbances other than the song of the copious variety of birds. You wouldnt, at first, Choose Scotland as a place to go for a tan but tan we certainly did as the sun was hot and the skies were blue. So there we have it, our week in the garden of Eden, pleasure at its most simple. We loved it, no it was more than love, it was passion personified. Well it was the garden of Eden so we really did have to have to eat that fruit. We`ll be back again very soon, can give no better reccomendation than that.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Room Tip: Wake up in the morning and open the door that leads to the decking, climb back in bed and enjoy...
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Phil E wrote a review Jan 2019
Leyland, United Kingdom34 contributions14 helpful votes
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We found this, quite randomly, by a search on the internet. It ticked the boxes for my wife and I. We wanted somewhere where we could get away after Christmas just to be alone with alone with each other. We also wanted somewhere with a hot tub. Having looked at revues on here we felt, "Why not, lets give this place a try." Sometimes in life you make poor decisions sometimes you make good decisions. Every now and then you make an excellent decision. The Waterhouse definitely fell into the latter category. First things first, though. We travelled up on New Years Eve and to our surprise on our journey up we got a phone call from our hosts checking if our journey had been fine and asking how far away we were because they wanted to be there to greet us. I have to say the greeting was so warm and friendly and nothing like weve ever received when going away for a break in the past. We were shown around the place and shown how everything worked, how to operate the pellet stove, hot tub etc. On the table, waiting for us, was some lovely warm home made bread, a bottle of prosecco, local cheese, chocolates etc. Absolutely wonderful and, again, something weve never experienced before. So may little touches, fiary lights throughout the accomodation, fresh flowers and a decorated Christmas Tree just outside the door. All little touches that made our stay just that little more special. Martin and sharon, the owners, are the most wonderful hosts that any traveller could wish for and on leaving invited us into their home for a brew before we set off on our way. This was mid winter yet even at this time the 1 1/2 acre gardens were exhilerating and our real highlight was seeing the New Year in, under the stars, looking out across the pond from our brilliant Hot tub. Without any doubt my Wife and I's most memorable New years ever. Sat in a hot tub drinking Prosecco, provided by our wonderful hosts. There is no TV, other than to watch DVDs, there is no Phone signal, there is no internet connection so my Wife and I rediscovered the wonder of communicating with each other. That alone was worth every single penny that we payed for this holiday. The property itself is fantastic, so warm and comfortable, almost like living on the outside yet you are indoors. What more can I say, really? Well enough to say we loved this place so much that were already in the process of booking to come, this time, in the Summer months. If youre looking for a place that is just about peace and tranquility were you can spend time redicovering yourselves than look no further than our newly discovered, "Little piece of Paradise.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Kevin D wrote a review Aug 2018
Luton, United Kingdom17 contributions8 helpful votes
Don't be put off by the underwhelming approach through the cow field and a slightly shabby external fence. The property itself and the grounds are a little oasis of natural beauty. After being shown around by the owners who built this from scratch, you are left to your own devices to relax into your surroundings. So lovely to strip off and ease into the hot tub surrounded by the lovely gardens. All clothes-optional and very private if you want to explore that. Very well equipped kitchen and comfortably furnished throughout. Loved sitting having our breakfast and watching the birds on the feeder and dragonflies swooping around the pond!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Janet B wrote a review Jul 2018
nottinghamshire40 contributions16 helpful votes
On arrival we were greeted by two individuals (the owners) who were instantly warm and friendly. Had a lovely greeting from them both and a lovely complimentary break still warm, cheese and wine lovely touch. The lodge itself very well equipped and made us feel completely at home. The fact that the weather for our stay was so unusual for Scotland was great for my husbands conversion with nature. He thoroughly embraced the idea, much to the owners own preferred taste. We had an amazing week loved every minute, a great night out in Kirkcudbright itself lovely meal in Auld Alliance followed by a glass or two of Gin and Tonic at the excellent Masonic Arms (wow what a selection of Gins). We did not sight see too much as it was our 25th wedding anniversary and wanted to have peace and quiet which the lodge really delivered, thanks so much for this find, I feel very lucky in this find and will hopefully visit again in another year. Martin and Sharon were very warm and nothing was too much trouble while always respecting our privacy too.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dishebafrance wrote a review Feb 2018
Richmond, United Kingdom7 contributions8 helpful votes
-----in this oasis of peace, tranquility and serenity ! From the early morning hot tub watching the sunrise ----to the evening hot tub watching the sun set -----there is a feeling of seclusion and privacy -------and no desire to leave ! The Waterhouse is cosy , and lovingly cared for , and is enveloped in stunning outdoor space in which to relax . Just home from our third retreat ---and planning the next ! Thank you Martin and Sharon !
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Date of stay: February 2018
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MrsJ6811 wrote a review Aug 2017
Blackpool, United Kingdom19 contributions1 helpful vote
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A little piece of heaven is exactly how I described it to my mum when she asked what the place was like.. The setting is breathtaking and one that makes you stop, look around and appreciate the true beauty that you are surrounded by. All the little touches are there.. Martin & Sharon have literally thought of everything you could possibly need to make your stay perfect.. We highly recommend the Waterhouse and if you have a slightly larger party like we did, the addition of the Boathouse to add that extra bedroom is brilliant. The Boathouse is just as perfect, comfy,cosy and with its own en-suite shower room, there was literally no need to leave!
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Woody's family wrote a review Feb 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom62 contributions26 helpful votes
Wonderful place ideal for couples or small family. The waterhouse has it own driveway and doesn't look on to anything and your the only people there. Well equipped kitchen. Comfortable beds. The best thing is there is no wifi or TV and very little phone signal. So a great place to relex plus a hot tub where you can relex and watch the stars. Very nice welcome pack as well. 5 stars
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anne B wrote a review Nov 2016
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we stayed in the water house, we have been twice now and we have booked it for our honeymoon in February several of my friend have been since and they said how truly amazing it is i would really recommend you stay here as it really is the best pace i have ever been and i have a lot of holiday x
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Waterhouse
Which popular attractions are close to The Waterhouse?
Nearby attractions include Broughton House & Garden (2.9 miles), The Cocoabean Company (3.2 miles), and Threave Garden (3.4 miles).
Is parking available at The Waterhouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Waterhouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Auld Alliance Restaurant, Castle Street Bistro, and The Selkirk Arms Bistro & Restaurant.
Are there any historical sites close to The Waterhouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting MacLellan's Castle (2.9 miles) and Kirkcudbright Tolbooth and Art Gallery (3.0 miles).
Is The Waterhouse accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.