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21 reviews
River Ken Cottage
Nice time on the terrace
Surrounding area
Cottage with open hill views
Kitchen
Night view
Kitchen/dining with all you need for cooking your holiday meal
Kitchen
Cosy living area with TV, Free view, DVD's, iDock and board games
Relaxing
Bedroom
Bed
Shower room
Shower room
Hill view
River view in moon light
Wildlife
Views from bridge
Winter time
Beautiful winter wonder land - nice and warm inside
Surrounding area
Surrounding area
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Carsphairn, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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SueP1789
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
“Amazing - cottage, surroundings, wildlife and hosts, all amazing”
Reviewed 27 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

The cottage is superb - comfortable and cosy, with air-con for when the weather gets too hot, all mod-cons provided. The location, truly in the middle of nowhere, could not be more idyllic and the local walks are fabulous; saw a Red stag only a few yards away! Then 3 young foxes playing!! Birdlife is abundant, and a red squirrel entertained us daily on the bird feeder by the cabin window.

Local attractions abound within reasonable driving distance and the most perfect steak from grass-fed Highland cattle was available at a nearby farm.

With the most lovely hosts you can imagine, I would rather keep River Ken Cottage all to myself, but that would be mean....

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
29 Jun 2017
Thanks for lovely review. It was an absolutely pleasure to host you. You are always welcome back!
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Ian R
1 review
“Superb 'get-away-from-it-all' property”
Reviewed 19 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We had a lovely time in a totally unspoilt & quiet location. Cottage was a beautiful Wooden lodge & hosts very helpful.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
21 Apr 2017
Thanks for your positive review. Glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks!
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1304MAR
United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful Weekend”
Reviewed 2 December 2016 for a stay in November 2016

An absolutely gorgeous hideaway, was so refreshing to stay here. The cottage is so homely and has everything you need for a getaway. We went in November and whilst it was cold outside the cottage was always warm. It really does look like the pictures!! The view goes on for as far as the eye can see and at night it is breathtaking, it looks like diamonds in the sky! You are surrounded by nature and can really switch off. We loved it!

Bente the owner is lovely and really helpful, her directions to the cottage make it easy to find. Make sure that you have a car as the location is remote, however there are lots of things to do in the surrounding area. We stopped off at the supermarket for the essentials before arriving and would definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of staying here.
Such a great weekend!!!

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Management Response
3 Dec 2016
It was a pleasure to have you here and I am happy that you enjoyed the cottage as well as the surroundings. Thanks for leaving everything so nice and tidy. You are always welcome back.
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MSJP16
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Perfect hide-away”
Reviewed 19 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

River Ken Cottage makes a perfect hide-away offering peace and tranquility in a beautiful remote location. The owners are lovely people and very helpful, on hand nearby to give any assistance needed. The lodge is immaculately presented, and very well appointed with quality fittings. Ideal comfortable accommodation for two, plus the provision of additional sleeping in the eaves if required! The grounds surrounding the lodge are superbly maintained, making it a truly enjoyable place to relax after a days touring around Dumfries and Galloway. The only sounds generally heard are the wildlife and flow of the river behind the lodge. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a secluded retreat, with many walks on the doorstep, and throughout the alluring Galloway forest. Very sad to leave following a wonderful weeks stay, but hope to return before too long. Thank you Bente and John for your hospitality and making this such a perfect escape.

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Liked best: Peaceful location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
20 Jun 2016
“Thank you for leaving such lovely comments. We’re glad that you enjoyed your holiday and will look forward to seeing you again”.
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Derek D
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A perfect Retreat”
Reviewed 7 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We spent 4 nights at the cottage and returned home feeling totally refreshed and relaxed. The cottage itself is very well equipped and has everything needed for a comfortable stay. The owners were away so we were greeted warmly by their assistant Brent and his 3 friendly dogs! The location is just amazing and adds to a real sense of peace and serenity. We had a walk into the hills from the cottage and saw no-one else in 4 hours. We did however see birds and wildlife which was always our aim. A great stay. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The midges! We knew they would be out in force however but still a nuisance!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
8 Jun 2016
Many thanks for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at River Ken Cottage and hope to see you again.
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G1Mc1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A perfect retreat in a tranquil setting!”
Reviewed 17 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We recently stayed at River Ken Cottage for a 2 night short break which we booked to break our journey on the way back up from a stay in Wiltshire to home in central Scotland. We also particularly chose this area for is closeness to the Galloway Forest Park area & dark skies site for telescoping & star gazing which is a hobby. We were not disappointed! Due to horrendous traffic we arrived very late. The cottage was so lovely & warm, cosy & welcoming when we arrived. The heating was on & low lights & it was such a welcoming place! This lodge is furnished with quality furnishings to a high standard & the exceptional design and clever use of space is brilliant! We loved it. It's very well kitted out with all you need & we could have stayed much longer. The owner was so friendly, generous & helpful. Although the lodge is close to the owner's own home this was not a problem at all, given how secluded the area is, it was actually reassuring to know they were nearby and there's no compromising of privacy. It's a wonderful peaceful and tranquil setting,. The only sounds to be heard being the running of the water in the river behind the lodge. We were able to sit outside and have breakfast in the sunshine in the morning. I cannot recommend this property highly enough , especially for couples. It's a very romantic setting. However, for those who have a young child (the sleeping space up the ladder would be perfect for children young enough to cope with getting up the ladder and provides a lovely "den". for sleeping) Well equipped, well furnished, well paced for the National Park & I cannot recommend highly enough! We'll definitely be returning! The star gazing was very impressive too, ideal location! All in all, a prefect short break in quality accommodation, with friendly and helpful owner who knows how to deliver high quality customer service in a natural friendly way :) Thank you Bente!

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Liked best: I loved it all!
Liked least: Nothing at all
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Management Response
18 Oct 2015
Thanks for your positive feed back. Very glad you liked the cottage and the surroundings. You are welcome back any time.
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simonbinn...
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Peacefull”
Reviewed 17 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Good quiet location away from it all but easy to find thanks to the directions sent by the owner. Cottage is well supplied with every thing you need for your stay , just make sure you don't forget anything food + drink wise as the nearest shop is about 9 miles away in Moniaive. Waking to the sounds of the river and birds was a pleasant change to the sirens etc I normally here in the city

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Liked best: Peace and quiet
Liked least: Having to come home
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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