Interested in music, sailing, chess, cycling and food. Love travelling and getting to know places. Enjoy natural history and outdoor life.
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Coming from Australia to the Dumfries Campus of the University of Glasgow for a conference, I was having great difficulty finding a place to stay. Fortunately I stumbled upon Port House, a spacious cottage located in the picturesque and historic town of New Abbey, which is about a 10-15 minute drive from the (large) Scottish town of Dumfries (which, as an aside, is a cheap taxi ride back if you have a night out on the town here!).
The charming cottage is home to all the modern facilities one could require, including very servicible wifi and phone services, as well as an LCD TV (bring your media centre to hook up to the provided TV!) and associated appliances. Most importantly, as I had recently arrived from a comparably hot location, the heating is excellent! This place was like a home away from home and, situated in a beautiful area with much to see and do, it was difficult to leave! Though this time travelling alone, I hope to one day return with my partner to this misty and romantic location!
Finally, regarding the host, Stephen: he's a very thoughtful fellow, who keeps the lines of communication open and always endeavours to ensure you know where everything is and how it works. Thanks again for a smooth stay!
We can't think of anything to fault about our experience of Port House and Stephen as a host. The cottage was better than we expected - very cosy and warm, but also much more spacious and better equipped. The village itself is a real find - a tiny self-contained spot with a lovely abbey and good walks right from the doorstep.
Stephen was helpful from the start - answering lots of questions before we booked and checking in with us when we were en route and afterwards.
I'd recommend Port House to anyone looking to hole up somewhere for a relaxing break.
Stephen was concerned that New Abbey may have been a little isolated for a week long Christmas stay but he needn't have worried. The house was very well equipped, we cooked a Christmas roast, and were warm and cosy and comfortable - even while others in the UK were flooded out or had their electricity cut. New Abbey is a delightful village with two pubs, historic landmarks, a bubbling stream, an incredibly beautiful forest and genuinely friendly inhabitants. The surrounding countryside, designated 'area of outstanding natural beauty', is indeed beautiful. The majestic Criffel rises to the rear and gentle slopes lead down to the spectacular coast. Stephen was a diligent host, the place was clean, surprisingly spacious and organised. As artists, it was a wonderful place to stay and paint from.
We had a lovely few days staying at Port House, which is situated in the centre of the beautiful village of New Abbey and surrounding countryside. The cottage is very old (1700) but is smartly decorated and has excellent facilities. There is a well equipped kitchen and small dining area off the living room. The latter has a wood burning stove, television and internet facility. Off the living room is a cosy reading room, which has a bookcase well stocked with useful information about the local area and natural environment, and the bathroom with shower, washbasin and wc. There is a central staircase leading to 2 double bedrooms on the first floor, one with en-suite and a further steep staircase leading to an attic bedroom with 2 single beds but with limited headroom. There are various collections in the house, including royal wedding and coronation mugs, and a staircase of mirrors.
Altogether we had a totally relaxing few days in Port House, and thoroughly recommend it.
A very unique home in a beautiful small village. Close to a lot of interesting sights of southern scotland, it is a perfect place to stay for some touring. An old abbey is even around the corner. It has two full double beds and two more in the attic.
The kitchen is great, a cozy reading room is extremely pleasant.
We rented this lovely port house for two night but wished we could stay longer! The owner was not at home so we had the whole house for ourselves. It meant we had to make our own breakfast but we also had the opportunity to cook diner! New Abbey is a wonderful old little village with two restaurants near by. Stephen gave is very clear directions how to handle his house. SW Scotland is really beautiful! We knew the highlands are fantastic and so does everybody else but this was a pleasant surprise for us! Really worth visiting.