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Grey Craig Cottage

Gretna Green, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1126888)

4.6

Lakelovers rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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5 Customer Review(s)

  • Julie

    “Unfortunately we didn't receive a very warm welcome.”

    We booked the cottage in Jan and it was listed as dog friendly so we booked and paid for our small dog to come too. When I called to get key info the day before our arrival the owner said it would be ready for 4 and they would be in the door. (listing said ready for 3, but hey ho). She said she was busy and would come to see us on Mon morning. We arrived just after 4 and had just un packed the car when the owner turned up. On seeing our dog who was just sniffing around getting her bearings, the ...

    We booked the cottage in Jan and it was listed as dog friendly so we booked and paid for our small dog to come too. When I called to get key info the day before our arrival the owner said it would be ready for 4 and they would be in the door. (listing said ready for 3, but hey ho). She said she was busy and would come to see us on Mon morning. We arrived just after 4 and had just un packed the car when the owner turned up. On seeing our dog who was just sniffing around getting her bearings, the owner proceeded to tell us dogs not allowed in the bedrooms, hadn't we read their policy, had we brought blankets to cover the furniture at which point I said she doesn't go on the furniture. She then proceeded to tell us how much damage people and their dogs had caused and that was why she was no longer a dog friendly accommodation. All this time she stood with the patio door open, I asked twice if she wouldn't mind closing it so that our dog couldn't get out as the large gate onto the road was open. This was ignored and so I had to take my dog into the kitchen. We didn't receive any instructions on how to operate equipment at the property or how to find the badger cam that we'd read about. No friendly recommendations of nice places to go. The only info shared was negativity about our dog and how we must shower before using the hot tub. Just as well it is no longer dog friendly as the fields surrounding the cottage were beautiful and full of animals, but unfortunately no pavements on the road and no paths explained or found where we could walk the dog. On another subject we found it odd that there was a full sized dishwasher but only 4 cups, 4 plates 4 bowls 4 side plates. Very nice that the crockery was Denby, but again a negative note in the cupboard warning that any chips or cracks would be chargeable. Even worse that the kitchen sink was pot. Simple white crockery in abundance would have been preferable and more conducive to a relaxing break. We felt she had her priorities wrong and would have appreciated settees with more comfortable and supportive cushions. One of the seats in the jacuzzi was brown and the plastic coating was peeling off so we couldn't use it. It would have been helpful if there had been a folder with information about how to take the cover off the jacuzzi, how to turn it on and off, information about the area, the WiFi code, how to control the heating, restaurants to go to, the badger cam etc. Instead we were insulted and made to feel uncomfortable, tarred with a brush meant for others who had previously caused damage.

    - Julie, April 2024

    So sorry you felt the way you did, I am however not going to respond to your abusive and petty comments. You were sent a dog policy point 9 in your booking documents from Sykes, you clearly did not read it and you are lashing out being a key board warrior. I was available any time you had my mobile number. We could have addressed all of your points face to face, as I say to all my guests, I'm only a text message away. Regard Shirley Property Owner

Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with double-ended bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
  • Fuel and power inc. rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. rent
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio, furniture and hot tub
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.1 miles, pub 3.8 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: Starter pack of logs for woodburning stove supplied; further logs can be purchased from the farm

The property

This quaint holiday property, Grey Craig Cottage, is tucked away on the edge of a nature friendly working farm, Williamwood Farm, surrounded by young woodlands, and wild meadow ground where deer, wading birds, foxes and badgers are commonplace sightings. Near the market town of Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, not far from Gretna Green, Hadrian's Wall and the Solway Coast, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This charming cottage, an idyllic rural escape, welcomes small families, friends sharing, natural lovers or those who want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that is offered in the lovely mature woodlands or around the loch. From your sitting room there is a gorgeous view over the fields full of wildflowers in summer and onto the loch in the distance, not forgetting the highland cows grazing away. Although very convenient to visit many local attractions and cities the farm offers so many walks and vistas you may find you don't want to leave. Upon entering the home through the patio doors, be sure to take advantage of the shaker-style kitchen's full amenities. Here, scrumptious meals may be rustled up and enjoyed in the tastefully decorated sitting room, which includes soft sofas and a woodburning stove as its focal point. Be sure to head back out later to enjoy a moment of relaxation in the outdoor hot tub, where the famous dark skies provide for an incredibly relaxing place to spend your evenings. Two tastefully-decorated bedrooms are waiting to assist you with resting and refreshing before a day full of activities. If you feel like leaving your homely base, make sure to visit The Devils Porridge War Museum on your way to Gretna Green, where you can explore historic sites like Quintinshill or spend the day at the Courtship Maze and retail park, a real family-friendly location. The renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns was born in Dumfries, which is also where his memorial sits. Robert The Bruce was also a resident of the area, Bruce's Cave only three miles away and there are splendid castles such as Drumlanrig Sweetheart Abby and Carlisle all within easy reach. If you’re looking for something more energetic, try some bowling at the Hollywood Bowl or swimming at Annan or Dumfries. Enjoy all of this and much more during your stay at Grey Craig Cottage and watch out for the badger who pops into the garden for his peanut tea. You can even watch him on your TV as live feed cameras send in all the action.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location

GRETNA GREEN

Gretna 1 miles; Carlisle 10.5 miles

This quaint little village sits in southwest Scotland right on the border to England, and is a world-famous destination for runaway marriages, appearing in many popular films and TV series over the years. The village itself, while neighouring the well-stocked town of Gretna, offers a small selection of amenities including a restaurant and a choice of hotels and pubs to have a drink in. The area is superb for lovers of the countryside, on the opposite side of the River Esk sits the stunning Solway Firth and the Solway Coast AONB to keep you busy. As well as the charming towns of Dumfries, Lockerbie and Langholm within Scotland, you can cross the border into England and explore the beautiful county of Cumbria, with wonderful spots such as Carlisle and Brampton on offer.

Note: Starter pack of logs for woodburning stove supplied

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas