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“The thrill of the tides is mesmerising”
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boats at high tide
main entrance
patio/side door
high tide from sitting room
spacious sitting area in winter
dining area
kitchen/dining area
kitchen
double bedroom with river view
twin room (2x 2ft 6 beds)
double bedroom with river view
well-lit bedrooms
studio
ensuite shower room
relax and enjoy views on the jetty
view from jetty
sunset from jetty
view from bedroom
private lane 40 yards to street
lots of interesting small shops
one of the High Street's closes
enjoy a woodland walk
coastal walk for all seasons
Kirkcudbright in bloom
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Boat house -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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IsabelGla...
Glasgow
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The thrill of the tides is mesmerising”
Reviewed 1 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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person found this review helpful

The boathouse is stunning.
Right in the centre of Kirkcudbright, tucked away down a narrow pend (private lane) with back courtyard and a terrace virtually on the River Dee it is full of drama. At low tide the banks of the River Dee display their subtle contours of mud and the multitude of feeding waders who seize their chance to feed at low tide. At high tide the river is nearly up to the terrace and the members of the fishing fleet, of mostly scallop dredgers, seize their opportunity to leave the harbour to fish at sea, passing close by the windows of the Boathouse.
With three bedrooms and a sofa bed in a second living room, together with one en-suite bathroom and two other bathrooms it really is accommodation in comfort for 8 people.
I would like to go back again and again.
Isabel Glasgow

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Apr 2014
Good to hear you enjoyed your stay. The tides are indeed mesmerising whatever the weather. Our newly refurbished jetty is the ideal place to sit out and observe river life. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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zippy7jaf...
Gateshead, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Hidden gem in Kirkcudbright”
Reviewed 22 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Walking along the High Street of Kirkcudbright you'll never spot the Boathouse. But walk down a side alley and it will open up to a court yard and the aptly named holiday let, sitting on the river. The views are spectacular and on our winter break it was lovely returning to the warm, cosy house to enjoy the views and even lighting the chiminiere on the riverfront balcony to enjoy the night skies. It was such a surprise to find that this idyllic setting was also just minutes away from the local shops and when we return again we'll bear in mind that even though it might feel we're miles from anywhere all the conveniences we would need are reasonably priced at the local supermarket and other shops. The fish and chip shop- Polar Bites was a treat and had a fabulous selection on its menu.
It's not often cleanliness is mentioned other than when its a problem but it was noticeable how spotless everything in the house was. It is also extremely well equipped and everything you might need if you're planning on eating in- we cooked a Sunday dinner for seven without running out of pans, plates, serving dishes etc. and it is obvious that Shona, the owner has done everything she can to make anyone's stay a real home from home experience.

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Management Response
27 Dec 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. Glad to hear that you had a great winter weekend break and that you were able to enjoy the views from the jetty even at night by the heat of the chimenea.
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SparklyOn...
Elgin, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Ideal for a family that want more than a hotel”
Reviewed 1 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

We needed a base to visit nearby family. Our party was grandparents, us and our children aged 7 and 4. Fantastic attention to detail here and our boys soon found the toy bags and loved them. The morning views in particular for us were rather nice (two photographers in our family group!) Highly recommend, ample space (photos don't do it justice it's really rather large!) Simply gorgeous!

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: lights in the passageway not on for the first trip down the passageway to the house
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
2 Dec 2013
Thank you for your speedy review. Sounds like the Boathouse was ideal for your 3 generations of family. It's useful to have lots of space especially in winter when the days are short. Glad to hear the toys were popular!
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KFK66
Lancashire, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing Property and Location”
Reviewed 16 November 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Lovely property, perfect for a relaxing break.

The views are amazing and we got completely lost watching the tides, fishing boats and
wildlife. The weather was perfect and we took full advantage of the balcony with a cold glass of wine.

The Boathouse had everything we needed in terms of comfort and space, we had a bathroom each! The little details of crab lines even came in useful and we did catch quite a few! Leo our boxer, loved watching the boats coming and going and it was perfect for him, with the safety of not being able to get out.

The town itself had everything we wanted and its a credit to the people who live there on the upkeep and cleanliness of the houses and streets. Everyone we met could not be more helpful and friendly. The Polarbites fish and chip shop lived up to its reviews and the food at the Selkirk was delicious. We found a few great pubs with beer gardens and dogs were very welcome.

We can't wait to come back with more friends.

Thank you once again.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
28 Nov 2013
Thank you for your lovely review of the house and the town. Glad to hear you all enjoyed the jetty (including the dog!)and that the fishing lines got some use. We have been sitting out on the jetty recently - mid November. With the chimenea lit it's just about warm enough even late at night.
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Ilkleyrac...
ilkley
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed 10 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013
1
person found this review helpful

This was a lovely house, very clean and lots of space. Nice big yard so if you bring bikes as there is the No.7 route going straight past the door, however there was loads of good routes and quiet roads in either direction. The coop is 2 mins away and Tesco 5 mins so no need really to worry about shopping. Lots of art galleries and nice cafes. Great place to chill , read and catch up .

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 Nov 2013
Your review is much appreciated. Thank you for letting cycling enthusiasts know that Kirkcudbright is a great place for biking and that the Boathouse yard is suitable for leaving bikes when not in use.
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aileen t
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Outstanding”
Reviewed 21 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

Felt we had to comment on how wonderful our stay was at the boathouse. From the minute we booked the service etc. was the best we could hope for. When we arrived we weren't disappointed. The place was idyllic. The views are stunning, spending your day watching the tide come and go. Plenty to see in the town, museums, art galleries, little independent shops etc. The house had everything we needed and more(3 bathrooms!!)and was very well looked after. Hopefully we will return to Kirkcudbright but we think The Boathouse has spoilt us from looking for any other holiday let.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: the access at night though torches were provided
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
23 Oct 2013
We very much appreciate your very generous review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your autumn break. October is a lovely month to be at the Boathouse as you can still sit out on the jetty and view the autumn colours at their best. And if you are unlucky enough to get some rain, there's plenty of room to spread out inside and enjoy the storm!
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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: The location by the water
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
1 Sep 2013
Thank you for your glowing review and booking with us again for next year. Glad to hear you all had a great time and enjoyed the space the Boathouse offers to families with teenagers. It has, indeed, been a summer of fabulous sunsets. Let's hope next year will be just as good!
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