Woodsedge Cottage, The Kirkennan Estate
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Providing accessibility for all
In March 2015 my husband, Clifford and myself were guests of the Kirkennan Estate, a 73 acre organically run country estate situated in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. Our home for the stay was the three bedroomed Woodsedge Cottage, which is one of three self catering holiday cottages on the estate. Woodsedge Cottage is suitable for those with reduced mobility.
The Kirkennan Estate is both beautiful and peaceful, the
tranquillity was noticeable as soon as we entered. The estate consists of farmland, woodland and
gardens, through which guests can wander spending time enjoying the scenery or
spotting the abundance of wildlife and birdlife. Guests can bring their pet
dogs which can be let off the lead in Jocks Wood. The clear, unpolluted, dark skies around
Kirkennan would be ideal for star gazers.
As a holiday destination, the Kirkennan Estate, is ideally
located because the area offers something for everyone. Whether you enjoy the
countryside, riverside, coastline, history, art, food, (the list is endless)
the area caters well for all. The tidal River Urr meanders through picturesque countryside
dotted with pretty villages. The
coastline here is beautiful,(there are some
wide sweeping beaches as well as rocky coves suitable for
rockpooling). The historical town of
Dumfries, the artists town of Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas (a foodie town)
are all a short drive from Kirkennan.
We easily found the Kirkennan Estate from the directions given
to us by the owners Jenny and Michael.
Driving into the the grounds we almost instantly spotted the white
painted Woodsedge Cottage, soon Jenny was greeting us and showing us inside.
Woodsedge Cottage started life as part of the Stable block,
from which Jenny and Michael have created a cottage which is light, spacious
and full of character. It's suitable for
all – adults young and not so young, mobile and the less mobile, children,
From the front, the cottage has views of farmland, parkland
and woodland. From the rear it has views
of the private garden.
Woodsedge can accommodate five – the bedrooms consist of a
double, twin and single bedroom. There
is room for the addition of cots. Ample
storage provides a place for all clothes/possessions.
Throughout the cottage furnishings are comfortable. The Kitchen and bathroom have quality fittings and appliances.
The biomass district heating system is efficient, giving the
cottage an excellent hot water supply and good radiator heating
throughout. The lounge/diner has an open
fire providing extra warmth and a relaxing environment – sitting by the
crackling fire in the evening was just the perfect end to the day!
An enclosed private rear garden provides a secure place for
children to play.
I have rheumatoid arthritis which at times can impair my
mobility, so I was delighted Jenny and Michael have striven to make Woodsedge
Cottage as accessible as possible. This
includes level entry at the front door into a spacious entrance hall (there is
enough room in the hallway to turn wheelchairs). There are no steps inside Woodsedge, all the
accommodation is level and ground floor.
There is a fully accessible bathroom complete with grab rails and a wet
room, an adjustamatic bed and a variety and plentiful supply of seating,
some with arms, some without arms, to suit all mobility needs. There is a step from the kitchen and lounge
doors into the rear back garden, but a mobile wheelchair ramp is supplied. A
mobility scooter is also available for use on the estate.
A file containing
information on Woodsedge, the Kirkennan Estate and the local area was
provided and we found this useful.
Maps, magazines and books on shelves in the lounge gave a
homely feel. A starter supply of logs
for the fire filled a large basket. We
appreciated the thoughtful extras supplied, such as the umbrella's standing in
the hall, essentials - tea, coffee, sugar, and those items so easily forgotten
when you are packing- dishwasher tablets, washing machine detergent, washing up
liquid, pan scrubs.
What we loved about the Kirkennan Estate was its
tranquillity. Stepping out of Woodsedge Cottage each morning the only sound
we could hear was birdsong and what a variety there was! Paved roads/pathways
run around the estate making getting about easy. We enjoyed walks through Jocks wood and were
delighted to see native red squirrels.
We wandered to the walled gardens, where we came across a stone patio, a
place to sit with magnificent views of Ravens Craig – an impressive rocky
We enjoyed spending time on this lovely estate,
and the sleepy village of Palnackie which is almost on Kirkennan's
doorstep. At Palnackie we found a
thriving community village shop selling a good variety of provisions, the
village pub, the Glen Isle and The
Willow Tree cafe where we enjoyed a tasty scone and coffee before visiting
the historical harbour. Further afield we visited the town of Castle
Douglas and took a trip along the stunning coastline visiting the pretty
villages of Auchencairn and Rockcliffe.
Jenny and Michael were so friendly and made us very
welcome. They were on hand should we
have needed information or assistance. We
left having thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would not hesitate in returning or
recommending a holiday at Woodsedge Cottage.
Woodsedge Cottage can be booked for a full week or for short
breaks and is available all year as can the other cottages on the estate such as Mews
Cottage and The Lodge. I was able to
look around Mews Cottage and The Lodge during my visit. Although Woodsedge is the most accessible for
those with reduced mobility, the other cottages are maintained to a high
The Kirkennan Estate
Dumfries and Galloway
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