The Abbey Green New Abbey Dumfries and Galloway DG2 8QR
This Quirky Grade C listed holiday cottage enjoys a picture postcard position in a cobbled square within the conservation village of New Abbey Dumfries and Galloway set in a national scenic area. There is a quiet country pub and a shop within the square, together with an award winning cafe just 300 metres from the cottage, perfect for those who don’t want to cook. The village shop is well stocked and you are able to get everything you need, including a nice bottle of wine.
The coast is approximately 3 miles from the cottage and is peppered with beautiful beaches, some are stoney others have miles of golden sand. The best Sandy Beach is called Sandyhills approx 9 miles from the cottage and there are also numerous historical sites, country pub,shop, café, links golf course, m/biking,walking,beaches all on your door step.
So time to let this most inspiring part of Scotland go to work on you…breath fresh air, enjoy country walks, watch Buzzards and Eagles glide. Discover the History of Scotland, take a trip to the coast and listen to the crash of the waves, look out to the horizon and see Ireland, England and the Isle of Man, silhouetted against the setting sun.
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Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway lies to the north of the Solway Firth and to the east of the Irish Sea making it the perfect touring base to explore all these regions. Bordering South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire to the North and in the east the Scottish Borders; and to the south the county of Cumbria in England.
The region is well-known for its many famous artists and writers such as Robert Burns also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a poet and a lyricist, laid to rest in Dumfries he is regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. His former kingdom covers the majority of the Western area of the Southern Uplands, it also hosts Scotland’s most Southerly point, at the Mull of Galloway in the west of the region. Kirkcudbrightshire bounded on the north and north-west by Ayrshire, on the west and southwest by Wigtownshire, on the south and southeast by the Irish Sea and the Solway Firth, and on the east and northeast by Dumfriesshire.
Rabbie Burns, Kirkudbright harbour and Panorama of the Solway Firth
The locality of Dumfries
Dumfries has a population of around 38,000 and sits close to the Solway Firth near the mouth of the famous River Nith. Dumfries was the county town of the former county of Dumfriesshire. It’s nickname is Queen of the South. In 1186, Dumfries was officially given the rights of a royal burgh. Throughout the first 50 years of its foundation the town was at the forefront of the Scottish Borders until the consolidation of Galloway in 1234. A royal castle, which no longer exists, was built in the 13th century on the site of the present Castledykes Park, and before becoming King of Scots, Robert the Bruce slew the Red Comyn at Greyfriars Kirk in the town in 1306. His uncertainty about the fatality of his stabbing caused one of his followers, Roger de Kirkpatrick, to utter the famous, “I mak siccar” (“I make sure”) and finish the Comyn off.
Dumfries High Street hosts many of the historical, social and commercial centres of the town. During the 1990s, these areas enjoyed various aesthetic recognitions from organisations including Britain in Bloom. The town offers the visitor every facility and attraction desired, with all the usual high street, shops, supermarkets, cafes and banks, along with numerous leisure centres, a swimming pool, cinema and Inter City rail station, with direct servicess to Ayshire and Glasgow in the North and Carlisle, Hexham and the lakes in the South.
Views of Dumfries and the River Nith
Fantastic Day Trips
The Northumberland National Park
To the North East and little more than 1 hours drive you reach the land of the far horizons – a landscape of limitless beauty from Hadrian’s Wall to the Cheviot Hills is Northumberland’s greatest scenic treasure. www.northumberland-national-park.org.uk It stretches for over 60 miles from the rounded Cheviot hills which form the border with Scotland to Hadrian’s Wall in the south. The Park’s 398 square miles contain delightful wooded valleys and some of the finest stretches of open moorland in the country. The Authority seeks to ensure that the landscape is conserved and that adequate provision is made for the public to enjoy the beautiful countryside. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Park but wherever you go, please always follow the Country Code. The park is divided into two main sections: High Hills Country (the Cheviot Hills) This northern part of the National Park and is dominated by the Cheviot Hills. here a walk on the open hills without a living soul for miles around makes a profound impression. There are three main Cheviot valleys of interest to the visitor: The Harthope Valley, the Breamish Valley and Coquetdale. and Reiver Country. Tynedale and Hadrian’s Wall (Reiver Country) is named after the feuding border families who fought and raided each others homes in the 14th-16th centuries. The landscapes here are generally softer and more varied than in the Cheviots. Again there are three main areas of interest to the visitor: Redesdale, the North Tyne Valley, and Hadrian’s Wall. Books and videos about the National Park are available from the Northumberland Virtual Gift Shop. For further information, contact the Park Authority 01434 605555.
“Cormorants, Puffins and Kittiwakes a small selection of Farne Island Wildlife”
The Scottish Borders
Covering some 1800 square miles, the Scottish Borders stretch from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentle valleys to the rich agricultural plains of the east and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque villages.
You will discover castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums illustrating the exciting and often turbulent history of the area. Celebrations of music, arts and literature, and local food and drink take place throughout the year. June and July are a great time to watch the Common Ridings. In high summer and autumn you can enjoy the attractions of sheep dog trials, Border Games and the Scottish Championship Horse Trials. The Selkirk Vintage Classic and Veteran Vehicle Show in September offers 2 days of pure nostalgia. The area offers excellent opportunities for walking, cycling, playing golf and horse riding. The River Tweed runs through the centre of the Scottish Borders. Fed by its many tributaries, it provides some of the best fishing in the country.
In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the town at a house which now tells the story of her tragic life. Up on a hill overlooking the town, Jedburgh Castle Jail is also open to the public as a museum. The town’s red sandstone abbey on the banks of the Jed Water was founded in 1138 by David I and was pillaged and rebuilt many times. Now cared for by Historic Scotland, the abbey is open to visitors all year round and the Visitor Centre portrays its turbulent past.
Winner of the country town prize in Beautiful Scotland in Bloom, Jedburgh offers an attractive setting to follow the town trail, take a riverside walk or browse amongst the shops in the colourful renovated buildings in the Market Place and Canongate. South of the town is the award winning Jedforest Deer and Farm Park. At nearby 16th century Ferniehirst Castle, the grounds and Kerr Information Centre are open to visitors on a limited basis. Near Ancrum to the north lies Monteviot House Gardens on the banks of the river and Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre offering exhibitions and indoor or outdoor activities.
“Views of Jedburgh High street and the Abbey”
Cumbria and the Lake District
Looking south from Dumfries offers an easy day trip to the heart of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park, where visitors from around the world come to visit and see the fantastic landscapes that inspired the Romantic poets such as Wordsworth and the home of Beatrix Potter that inspired her children’s book illustrations.
The stunning coastline also offers the starting point for walks and cycle rides such as the C2C. Cumbria’s unique terrain also offers great outdoor pursuits including waters sports, climbing, horse riding, walking and much more. With some of the finest hotels it is one of the World’s top tourist destinations.
Cumbria was formed from the old counties of Cumberland, Westmorland, and part of North Lancashire, and is now England’s second largest county in size. Inside is the Lake District National Park, an area some 30 miles across, containing England’s highest mountains (four over 3000 ft), and some of England’s biggest lakes, finest landscapes history, sport and culture, Cumbria has the lot.
Views of Alston, Dentdale and the village of Dent
The Beautiful Eden Valley
To the South you will also find the Eden valley in a tranquil corner of Cumbria – one of England’s most beautiful counties and a lovely destination for a holiday at any time of year. The clean air and dramatic landscapes will refresh, inspire and rejuvenate anyone who visits, within the beautiful Eden Valley Alston is nestled close to the English Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines, these 3 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all easily accessable within a two-hour drive.
The valley Eden has a vast range of activities – there is so much to choose – from strenuous high mountain paths to gentle riverside strolls, plus golf, sailing, canoeing to exploring the wonderfull Eden valley towns of Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Sedburgh.
The Eden Valley is increasingly popular with cyclists who enjoy the quiet country lanes and the famous C2C cycle-route. Despite its rural location, there are over seventy visitor attractions in Eden so whether your interests are outdoor activities, fine food, family days out or delving into the area’s unique history, you will find something to suit you.
Cumbria is a unique place of outstanding natural beauty and heritage – and you can discover the magic of the county and its secrets by visiting a wide range of attractions. From traditional museums and heritage sites to stunning landscape and coastal scenery and attraction. Cumbria has something to suit everybody’s taste, whatever your age.
The Eden Valley, Appleby and the River Eden
Hadrians Wall and Hexham
To the East and within an easy 60 minute drive of is Hadrian’s wall and the old border town of Hexham the largest town in West Northumberland standing on the banks of the River Tyne. It is a very ancient ecclesiastical parish in its own right and there are many ancient spellings variations of the town’s name including Hutoldesham, Hestoldesham, Hextoldesham and Halgutstad. One interpretation is that the names refer to the tributaries to the Tyne which run through the town.
Here you can visit the Benedictine Abbey and church rebuilt in the 12th century. Close to Hexham is the world famous Hadrian’s Wall built in AD122 on the orders of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and stretched from the East to West coasts of Britain, from Bowness on Solway in the West to Wallsend in the East. It is one of the most remarkable unique Roman monuments in the world.
Today, over 1800 years after its construction, Hadrian’s Wall still offers spectacular remains for examination. When building the Wall, the Romans made use of the rugged landscape of Northumberland for defensive purposes, and the fact that the countryside has changed little since those times helps to transport the visitor back to those far-off days.In its heyday, Hadrian’s Wall was garrisoned by thousands of troops, who watched over the northern horizon from turrets and milecastles placed at regular intervals along the Wall, and lived in a series of more substantial forts at strategic locations. Several of these forts are open to the visitor today, featuring substantial remains and museums and visitor centres of differing sizes and styles, giving an insight into the life lived by a soldier on Rome’s northern frontier. More information www.dgvisitor.co.uk/attractions.htm
Hexham and Hadrian’s Wall
Country Holiday Cottage Dumfries – Accommodation
The Abbey Green has been finished to a high standard, with a new kitchen, wet room, central heating, open fire and tasteful decoration throughout. The cottage has a main hall that leads to a double bedroom, single bedroom, wet room, kitchen/dinner and living room combined. The double room has a king sized zip and link bed that can be split into two single beds if required.
Ideal for family’s and parties of 3 single people who may wish their own bed. Parking is provided within the square in front of the cottage.Externally there is a brick built storage shed with a robust secure door, Bike maintenance stand and hose down facilities within it. The washing machine, tumble dryer and associated drying area is also provided within the outbuildings.
The garden to the property is not behind the cottage, it lies down a short path to the side of the property, it is lovely and private and has the historic sweetheart abbey wall running along the eastern boundary of the garden, which it is southerly facing. The patio and associated furniture are located in the bottom corner of the garden to take full advantage of the shelter provided by the walls and capture the sun at the same time.
This cottage is ideally situated for couples, families, groups of mountain bikers, walkers, bird watchers, golfers and beach lovers. Once you arrive in New Abbey, you really would not need to get back into your car, until you are ready to go home again. Linen, towels, oil central heating, electric, washing up clothes, dish washer tablets, fairy and soap are provided at no additional cost.
Coal for the fire can be purchased from the shop. If requested a cot and high chair can be provided free of charge, bedding for the cot must be provided by the guests. No Smoking is permitted within the cottage.
We operate a No Smoking policy in this cottage. We aim to make your visit as comfortable as possible and have equipped the cottage accordingly to make you feel at home.
Owners Direct Website for – Abbey Green cottage New Abbey Dumfries and Galloway – Listed since 2018
Lowest Season weeks from £385 High Season weeks £435 Christmas / New Year POA
Hire charges include all Towels, Bedding, Heating, Electricity.
Pet Friendly – really sorry this Holiday Cottage does not Allow Pets
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