About this listing
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 is an absolutely wonderful host, with great sense of humour, charm and warmth, laced with a in-depth knowledge that straddles a spectrum of the Arts to Zimbabwe, and lots more in between. He must be the host with the most...books. ) I simply loved our stay, which was all to short The Georgian house, is very much as described, wonderfully shabby chic, walls partly exposed, whilst old wallpaper hung like a pages of a old book revealing its past history. Every where you looked, there was always something to catch your interest. My room had crisp white bed linen, window onto walled garden, block hand printed period wallpaper, wooden shutters, great books, bathroom en suite. Luke made the most amazing breakfast, and is great conversationalist Thank you so much Luke and the adorable pussy cat Mr claws. )
Beautiful home, great kitchen, kind and helpful host. We would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Luke helped is very well when we did our last minute booking, while he was in a hurry. The house is very special, it seems like a travel in time. But the luxury was very modern. We awoke with the smell of nice breakfast and he told us many things about Dumfries. The stay at his place was an unexpected surprise!
This is a really fascinating home and Luke, the host, is very efficient and friendly. If you are interested in historic buildings and architecture you will really love Luke's home.
Nous avons tout de suite trouvé la maison - quartier et maison en cours de rénovation - quand ce sera terminé, çà sera très bien -
What Jacques loved about your listing:
logement tout à fait indépendant et ça c'est positif - positif également les fleurs qui garnissaient la chambre - accueil très sympathique et de plus l'hôte parle un excellent français et indique d'une façon judicieuse les principales choses à voir dans la région ...
Merci! : - )
The location was a bit scary. The home was cluttered.
I am a little surprised, and very sorry, that you found Dumfries scary. What a pity, since you came in the evening and left at dawn, that you did not really have the time to see it.
I am pleased to confirm that, if in search of a bland and clinical minimalism, this cluttered home is not for you! (As is evident, I hope, in the pictures posted.)
Nevertheless, I do hope you enjoyed your holiday : - )
We spent the afternoon at Caelaverock, the site of the Maxwell Clan Castle. By the time we got to Luke's home it was rainy and a bit chilliy. The greeting we recieved was warming and welcoming. The home is aptly named. Its charm and character exceeded only by the host's. The bedroom was warm and cozy, the ensuite bathroom modern and clean. The house's decor was a reflection of its owner, literate, interesting and eclectic. Filled with books in every corner, furnished with antiques, and all overseen by Mr. Claws a lovely cat.
In the morning Luke fixed us a fine Scottish breakfast and even saw us to the train station. I highly reccomend Luke and his characterful house.
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