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patio/side door
high tide from sitting room
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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
Min stay varies
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Boat house
A unique location off the historic High Street overlooking Kirkcudbright marina and harbour with far reaching views of the Galloway Hills. Sit out on the jetty and watch the yachts or the fishing boats approaching harbour. Or get out the binoculars and spot the cormorants. Fabulous views from all the bedrooms and both sitting rooms. Enjoy a barbecue on the completely private, sunny patio. Spacious accommodation on one level with plenty of room for 8 -(6 adults and 2 under 18’s)3 bathrooms so no waiting around to get in the shower! Very quiet and peaceful but only 3 minute's walk from all amenities. Bed linen, towels and heating included. On street parking (non-designated) 40 yards up private pedestrian lane from house.
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Not available for events or entertaining guests not staying at the property.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 2 Showers
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Meet the host
Shona T
Hosting since March 2011
Languages spoken: German, English, French, Italian
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
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Reviews (62)
Sara D
Sara D
2 contributions
Stunning riverside home
What a place to stay! So spacious with stunning riverside views. Everything we needed and more. Spotlessly clean and lovely bedding, furniture etc. Kircudbright is a special town, loved the art history, friendly people, shops, museums etc. Great local towns, fantastic beaches, and forests. We would love to return for another holiday.
Visited October 2022
Written November 23, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad that you all enjoyed staying at The Boathouse and that you shared our opinion that Kbt and the surrounding area is very special. Look forward to your return.
Written January 20, 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Journey284939
Journey284939
2 contributions
Excellent Holiday at The Boathouse
Our second time returning to the Boathouse and again, it did not disappoint. Great location, clean with plenty of space for our party of 6 adults and a toddler. Well stocked with plates, cutlery and glasses etc. We even managed two barbecues using what appeared to be a new barbecue. All in all, no complaints.we all enjoyed this location so much that we are in the process of booking this house again next summer. Please could I ask for good weather also.
Visited July 2022
Written July 26, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It´s always nice to have guests with a local connection staying. Happy to hear the weather was good enough for you to use the barbecue. Will definitely order another sunny week for you in 2023!
Written July 27, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ANomadicSoul
ANomadicSoul
74 contributions
Amazing location, amazing property................everything perfect.
A very last minute booking - everything was perfect, Very clean and very well equipped for eating in and catering for a couple of families. Location excellent for walking to restaurants, general walking around the town and for walks, cycling and swimming. Plenty of guide books sitting in the house. Best part was sitting on the balcony in the evening whether the tide was in/out or coming in and out. So so peaceful. Convenience shops very close. If you arrive empty handed there is every shop available to stock up. Owner also very helpful.
Visited September 2021
Written July 26, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Thank you for your review. Very happy to have fitted you in at the last minute and to hear that the Boathouse was an ideal match for you. The peace is what a lot of guests mention - you can arrive a bit frazzled after a long journey but after a few minutes by the window, you can almost feel the stress disappear - the power of the water!
Written July 27, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

holidaymanWashington
holidaymanWashington
Washington, United Kingdom923 contributions
Minor Tweaks.
Ideally situated for all local shops, restaurants and attractions, with enviable views of the river Dee. Be careful of sudden drop at entrance door on the street. Ramp down has a fair gradient. Quiet secluded rear courtyard. We loved watching the ever changing river from the patio. Peace and quiet only disturbed by birdsong and the tinkling of ropes against the masts of the boats in the marina. Could never tire of that view. Kitchen has all you need but a 4 slice toaster would be better for those in larger groups. Spacious dining table and comfy lounge with wall mounted TV. DVD's, books, jigsaws and games available.Bedrooms all in a row with river views. All really need blackout curtains, particularly for lighter months. The middle is the largest and would benefit from a King or Super King sized bed. Plenty of room and storage space.The bathrooms are well equipped and the showers are hot and powerful. The annexe, over the slipway is good and has separate bathroom and entrance, if desired. It does have a musty smell, possibly from lack of regular use. The slipway could do with a good clear out. The outside lights and those down the path, would benefit from being controlled by a sensor, so as not to waste electricity. As a suggestion; a small welcome pack would be a nice touch for arriving guests and liquid soaps in the bathrooms. We had a lovely stay in this beautiful part of Scotland and enjoyed the Tardis like Boathouse. A splash of colour and a few minor tweaks, would elevate this accommodation to the next level.I
Visited May 2022
Written May 23, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Thank you for your detailed review and helpful suggestions for improvements. Glad to hear you enjoyed the views and the peace and quiet at the Boathouse. We are changing one of the double beds for a kingsize later this month.
Written June 8, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LorraineThomson982
LorraineThomson982
1 contribution
Poor stay
BBQ unusable attached picture below , place has lovely view but very well used needs updating, mattress very hard , needs money spent on it things really starting to go , sad as it could be great , but will use somewhere else to stay next year love the area and will be back to the area in 5 weeks
Visited March 2022
Written March 30, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
I don´t have a record of anyone of your name having stayed at the Boathouse. Your review is in complete contrast to the one from the week before and all the others before that. I don´t think the house could have deteriorated so quickly!
Written April 20, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

PhilEdinburgh
PhilEdinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom205 contributions
Luxury Boathouse with terrace overlooking River Dee in Kircudbright
Our 2nd time for a family holiday in the wonderful Boathouse in Kircudbright - this time with a 4 1/2 year who called it "the best holiday home in the whole wide world" and she is right for all of our 3 generations - 5 Adults +1 child. Centrally located, clean, modern, warm and with 3 bathrooms just a cracking place to sit and rest watching the birds and boats on River Dee or as a base for exploring Dumfries and Galloway . People are very friendly and cafes and restaurants everywhere plus galleries and museums. Castle Bistro only 100 metres away was our favourite. Shona the owner is great at communication and giving tips on what to do - thank you.We'll be back I am sure.
Visited March 2022
Written March 24, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Happy to hear you enjoyed your return trip to the Boathouse and that your granddaughter approved!
Written April 20, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ted
Ted
1 contribution
Gem of a house
What a great holiday house, perfect location and deceptively large. We are just back from this fabulous home from home. It feels like we were on a ship for 5 days, boats passing the window, the patio doors leading to a sun trap private patio literally on the river. Luxurious duvets, great beds, very private and no struggle on street parking. Delights of Kirkcudbright within 2 minute walk. Kitchen has every conceivable pot, cup plate and gadget. Great spaces, so no need to be on top of one another. Choice of 2 shower rooms and a full bathroom. It's down a private lane from the street, but easy enough for our 92 year old aunt to wander up and down. Auntie Anne enjoyed the ramped entrance and accessible shower room. We have stayed in a number of holiday homes in Kirkcudbright over the years, this is the best one by a country mile. Shona is a superb host, excellent communication and was able to support slight tweaks to our schedule. Book it, you won't be sorry!
Visited February 2022
Written February 16, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Thank you very much for the glowing review. Happy that we were able to sort out the days and times that suited your family and that you had a great winter break. We look forward to your next visit.
Written February 17, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shirley B
Shirley B
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8 contributions
A perfect hidden gem.
The Boathouse is in a great location, close to shops and all Kirkcudbright has to offer but hidden away down it’s own wee lane, overlooking the river. Perfectly private and quiet. The balcony was a great spot to enjoy a coffee while watching life on the river, and dog safe too. The Boathouse was really well equipped with everything required, including lots of board games and books to while away a couple of rainy hours. Definitely somewhere to return too. We loved it.
Visited October 2021
Written November 6, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Thank you for your lovely review. Happy to hear that you were able to sit out so late in the season and that you made good use of the board games. Look forward to your return.
Written January 3, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rod B
Rod B
Leeds, United Kingdom2 contributions
Amazing place to stay if you want peace and tranquillity
3 of us and a dog spent a week at this property. The place is spacious and the views of the estuary are stunning with a large outside private area to sit out in. It is well equipped and having 3 bathrooms was an added bonus. It is within a few minutes walk of the local shops cafes pubs and other amenities and is within easy reach of fabulous beaches and beautiful countryside. Wifi and phone signals are good. Shona the host is responsive to messages but is unintrusive. If you want a break away from it all I would highly recommend The Boathouse as the place for you
Visited September 2021
Written September 25, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Happy to hear that you enjoyed the space and the views at the Boathouse and that you appreciated D&G´s rural beauty.
Written September 27, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Fearless57006126726
Fearless57006126726
Stroud, United Kingdom1 contribution
Boathouse in August
Good accommodation - made very special by the patio/seating area overlooking the river. Very private accommod. with an impressive air source heat pump. Nice quality plates etc in the kitchen. We had good communication with Shona, including very helpful tips, to which we can add the first rate fish shop & occasional fish van & the pies available at Paul Jones bakery (although the bread is basic & dull white). The art gallery is impressive. We walked & cycled a lot around the area & found the lack of crowds so refreshing : recommend the Carrick & Brighouse beaches & coast, the excellent cafe in Gatehouse & the Cardoness estate wood walks & beach beyond that town (£4 parking charge). The only reasons for not giving 5 stars is that the septic tank covers in the courtyard leaked significant sewer smells which prevented us from using the seating area there. This would be easily remediable with specific drain covers which can deal with this. We were also rather attractive to wasps flying in, only discovering a nest under the gutter later in our stay ! Thanks Shona for an otherwise v.enjoyable stay.
Visited August 2021
Written August 15, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Shona T
Shona T
Thank you for your review. I´m glad you enjoyed the views and privacy at the Boathouse. It´s a pity you didn´t contact me during your stay regarding the issues you encountered as we always deal with problems as soon as they are reported.
Written September 17, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony
  • Grill
  • Central Heating
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Private Yard
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Waterfront
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fishing Nearby
  • There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
  • Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
  • Watersports Nearby
  • Cycling Trips
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
Kirkcudbright is now known as the Artists' Town due to the fact that artists have been coming here for years to take advantage of the unique light they experience in and around the town. There are many galleries and exhibitions to be enjoyed not to mention craft -fairs and open studio events. There are facilities for all the family including a swimming pool, fitness trail, golf course, driving range and many more. Throughout the summer tourists can enjoy the 'Summer Festivities' which include historical walks and Scottish Nights and at the end of season there is the tattoo which attracts thousands of visitors.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
Nearest airport:Glasgow Prestwick - Ryanair-70 milesNearest train station : Dumfries - 27 miles
Activities nearby
Fishing NearbyThere Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins DriveGolf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins WalkHorse Riding NearbyThere Are Tennis Courts NearbyWatersports Nearby
Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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