In the mornings, this is the breakfast-end of the studio. (Unless the weather's good enough for sitting in the garden.)
Double room within private house, where architect lives and works from home.
Unusual house, c.1800, with character, rescued from a derelict state in 2004-7. "Well-worn" interior, but comfortable.
Double room - £38 single occupancy, £56 for two people. Can offer single sofabed in sitting room for third person if required (additional £18). 20% of price goes to local historic buildings charity.
(Subject to availability) there is also a self-contained 2-bedroom flat at the top of the same house. If not appearing as other listing, it's not available.
Guests have their own room, and access to the rest of the house and small garden (perfect in the summer for lazing about with a book if the sun shines, or for a barbeque), which is shared with their host.
NB: the shower room is 'en-suite' to the guest bed room, but it is shared (but only in the sense that I will also need a shower every day). But apart from ten minutes, at a time that suits you of course, it is otherwise all yours.
Please feel free to use, and help yourself to anything in, the kitchen at any time.
Also, guests are very welcome to use the washing machine and dryer in the laundry cupboard, if they would like to do so.
Interaction with Guests
I work from home, so I am usually around, but tend to be fairly engrossed in work during the day. I enjoy meeting people, and it is always a pleasure to share my home with guests. If I am free in the evening, I am very happy to share a glass of wine or a meal. Alternatively, you may do your own thing in the kitchen, and/or there are a few restaurants within walking distance of the house.
The house is well-placed near the high street in the historic town centre for all transport links, shops, cafes, museums, library and archive centre, and other amenities.
There are good walks along the river from the town. A good base for exploring the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway region.
Seven minutes' walk to train station (for trains to Glasgow, Carlisle, Newcastle).
Local public transport is not brilliant. But house is in centre of town, where there are stops for local and national bus services.
The main house rule is please just relax and make yourself generally at home. Also, please help yourself, at any time, to anything in the kitchen.
The ground floor studio (and dining/breakfast room) is in use as a workspace during week-day office hours, so it's an early breakfast on a weekday - or you can take your breakfast upstairs if you'd like to have it later or at a more leisurely pace. At weekends or holidays, breakfast downstairs at any time you like!
No smoking in bedroom please. Smokers, feel free to puff away all you like in the garden!
Luke was a charming and friendly host. He made me feel at home in his wonderful old house. Bedroom was a delight, and at last wonderful feather pillows. Plus the great cat who popped in for a late night play.
Made very welcome like one of the family. House in central Dumfries. Easy access to all amenities.
Luke cooked my supper which was delicious.
Very comfortable clean bed.
Transported back in time to when the house was built as there is the life story of the house visible in the building.
The place was old and rustic, which was great. The bathroom was modern and kept up with, and the place was overall an enjoyable experience. Luke was very helpful and friendly, he gave us keys for the night and took the time to give a tour of the place, tell us about the city and himself, and even drew us a map of some recommended places. Had a few enjoyable conversations.
Don't let the peeling paint on the front door deter you... or the clutter in the entry way. Your room is very clean, cozy, and comfortable. It is also a rarity in British accommodations, an "ensuite" - which means a private shower and 'water closet' (toilet) adjacent to the room. Luke is a very gracious host who has a deep knowledge and appreciation for the exceptionally rich architectural heritage of this area (ask him about the 17th century buildings that were recently torn down a few blocks away). Oh, and he makes an outstanding English breakfast if you ask. The place is also within easy walking distance of the center of the town, which is full of shops, restaurants, and historical amenities.
Luke was a genial and hospitable host who cheerily went out his way to be accommodating. His home is as charming as described here and his scrambled egg and bacon breakfast is not to be missed!
Luke is a very amiable and attentive host, he was very easy to liaise with to book the room and was there to meet me and help with visitors parking when I arrived.
The house is simply charming. A sensitively restored and delightful place full of quirks and filled with all manner of interesting features, books and other curios.
The room is spacious and airy with an en-suite bathroom and shower and a nice view into the garden. I had a very restful night's sleep.
Luke was welcoming and generous and I felt relaxed and at home in the house and comfortable to help myself to tea etc as advised and to make use of the kitchen and sitting room areas as required. I am a musician and I discovered that the house has a wonderful acoustic!
Luke is busy with work and in and out of the property but made sure I had keys and everything I needed and very generously set out breakfast for me in the morning before he left the house. His cat is also very helpful in looking after you when Luke is not there!!
The house is in the centre of Dumfries and a few minutes walk from all amenities and attractions such as Robert Burn's House and the Burn's Mausoleum. There is a lovely art gallery next door too which Luke and others helped to set up as a cooperative I believe.
This was a very pleasant stopover, I would be happy to stay again and I highly recommend Luke as a host.
Lovely house with plenty of character and quirks. Very handy for the centre of Dumfries and Luke was helpful, friendly and polite.
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