A place for Nature Lovers
The ancient, solid stone walls of Lochpatrick Mill are steeped in history going back to the 13th century.
On a unique site surrounded by generous Galloway farms, The Mill, with the burn (stream) running by, transformed the local grain to flour for a wide community.
Lovingly renovated over several decades, it is now a wonderful home. Gone are the trap doors for hoisting the grain to the third floor, the heart of the building is now a huge double height living room.
The accommodation caters for 6 people with 3 double bedrooms (one of which, the ‘Guest Byre’, is in the Barn, a few steps away across the driveway).
Other things to note
Annex with separate external access: Converted from former byre to provide a double bedroom with shower room
Large garden shared with The Miller’s House but with plenty of privacy for both in the event that they are rented seperately.
The Space and some things to do nearby:
It is full of character with many interesting corners where ancient meets modern. It is well-equipped with suitable high-tech gadgetry, very spacious but cosy, with many books and is comfortably furnished with full central heating and two wood stoves. The house makes an ideal holiday base for exploring the rich history (several castles nearby) and hills of the surrounding area (climb up Screel to see clear across Galloway and all the way over the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian hills in England). There are many great walks, right from the door, in the immediate neighborhood. Enjoy “The Wilderness” a few minutes walk away, 35 acres of ancient beech woodland set at the foot of Galloway hills on the side of two lochs (lakes). Wild swim the rivers and lochs, explore the ‘food town’ Castle Douglas or Wigtown (the book town) nearby.
Loch Ken offers an adventure centre for sailing, canoeing, climbing, zip-wiring and much more. Pony treck or mountain-bike through the great forested hills nearby. Explore the coast with miles of sand and cliffs walks.
People do stay home occasionally for quiet relaxation in the peaceful gardens or the house, to play tennis (on the hardcourt) or bowls on the grass green. Some opt to stay in to play snooker or table tennis.
The Mill has sat, for centuries, near the gravitational centre of seven or eight farms and was where the grain was brought to be dried and ground into flour.
Where are we?
Though in a very rural part of Galloway (maybe twenty cars will go by on the small road in the course of one day) access is easy to towns; Castle Douglas in 10 mins; Dumfries in 25 mins; Edinburgh in 1hr 40mins.
Have breakfast next to the burn (stream), have lunch on one of the patios with barbeque in the well-maintained garden or come home to a large family dinner gathering (maximum 15 people if the Millers House is also rented at the same time) around the extended table in the Mill. The gardens are shared with The Miller’s House (part of the same property) and include a grass bowling green and hard tennis court, both ready for you to use. In addition, there is free, rough perch and pike fishing for house guests on two small lochs (lakes) both a few pleasant minutes’ walk away respectively.
There are a number of excellent, and in some cases testing, golf courses all within easy access, including the championship links course at Southerness. Play tennis, bowls, table tennis or pool/snooker (excellent table) in the grounds or in the house.
The Mill accommodates six people on two floors plus the immediately adjacent bedroom in the Barn across the driveway. When combined with the Miller’s House that stands in the same grounds, a party of up to 15 can use the Mill as the gathering focal point for meals, games and conversation. Ground Floor: Spacious reception hall with an excellent pool/billiards table; Open plan Kitchen/Dining room/Sitting room that opens onto the burn (stream) and patio door to outside; Shower room; utility room; table tennis / games room. First Floor: Double height Living room with wood burning stove and stairs up to the mezzanine Gallery Library (with good CD player) overlooking the Living room; King size bed in the large KilnHouse bedroom with wood stove and french door to outside; King size bed in the Library bedroom (extremely comfortable sofa bed); Dressing room/office; Bathroom with over bath shower. Annexe with separate external access: Converted from former byre to provide a comfortable double bedroom with shower room.
A welcome hamper to open whilst you settle in. Central heating & Electricity are not included. Please see an average weekly consumption, according to season, that offers real comfort. If you exceed those averages it is fine but up to you (at your expense & consumption will be read from the meters). * Bed linen and towels provided * Wood-burning stove in the Living room and in the ‘Kiln House’ bedroom.* Starter packs of wood provided for both stoves. *Wi-fi router * Washing machine * Drier * Dishwasher * Fridge * Freezer * Electric cooker and microwave * 2 TV’s with DVD players * Projector with electric screen in the double height Living room for home cinema (bring your own laptop and HDMI cable), excellent quality pool/snooker table, table tennis room, * CD Player * Cot and High chair available on request * Ample parking * Large garden (with a dry stone dyke (wall) enclosed and with a natural stream running through it (SMALL CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED) shared with The Miller’s House * Garden furniture, small bowling green and separate tennis court * Well-behaved dogs permitted in the Millers House with own bedding (but not in the Mill) but please note that the garden is not dog proof and dogs need to be supervised too* No Smoking please.
Extras: £20 per dog per week/part week