Welcome to Allonby Cottage, a delightful holiday cottage situated on the sea front in the village of Kippford. Our beautiful cottage sleeps up to seven people but has the flexibilty to offer cosy comfort for a couple or plenty of space for a family. It has wonderful, uninterrupted views over the Urr Estuary, the boats moored on the water and the hills beyond. The picturesque little village of Kippford has all you need for a wonderful holiday; beautiful scenery, good food and plenty to do.
Allonby Holiday Cottage is ideally located for nearby beaches, sailing, mountain biking, golfing, walking, fishing or simply relaxing by the sea. We have a large selection of leaflets and information in the cottage of local attractions for a wide range of things to do within a walk, cycle ride or short drive of the cottage. Lizzie is also always happy to help with any planning or ideas of things to do so please ask.
Kippford is also the ideal location to explore the South West of Scotland. Within easy reach there is an inexhaustible supply of National Trust properties, RSPB reserves, family activities, historic sites, stunning coastal and hill scenery and bustling market towns to explore.
Kippford is a no through road so only those “in the know” or those happening upon it know of its tranquil and beautiful location. If you turn right out of the front of the cottage you walk down to the Solway Yacht Club and Mariner and Anchor Pubs. If you turn left you pass the lifeboat station and can either stop at the Ark shop for an ice-cream or turn left up the brae towards the Jubilee Path over the headland to Rockliffe. By continuing to walk along the front you come across a series of small beaches that are ideal for wiling away a few hours.
The cottage was built originally in 1896 and was simply a “two up and two down.” The Kippford front and Allonby Cottage were clearly photogenic back then and feature on many post-cards through the years. We think it kept its original shape until 1975, when a local doctor purchased it, added the large kitchen, a further bedroom, a workshop and re-directed the stairs. We’re reliably informed that dynamite was used to blast out the Kippford granite to clear room for the kitchen! Allonby Cottage has kept a delightful and large garden to the rear that gently slopes, making it suitable for children.
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The shaker style kitchen is at the rear of the cottage and faces onto the garden. It is a good size and has a dining table and chairs. There is also a gas hob, with electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. The kitchen is very well equipped, including a highchair, children’s plates, bowls and cutlery. We try to make the cottage a home from home by including many of the useful things a kitchen shouldn’t be without.
The bright sitting room looks over the estuary. It has a comfy sofa, a couple of arm chairs and two large beanbags to relax in. As well as the central heating there is an electric “wood burning stove” so you will always be cosy. There is a TV with DVD, a selection of books and games for those quieter days when you just want to stay in and relax.
To the rear of the ground floor there is a utility room with washer/dryer and space for coats, boots, etc. The utility room has a separate shower that is ideal for those staying in the downstairs bedroom or when coming in from a days walking or sailing.
To the front of the cottage is a porch or as it is known in Scotland a ‘Sitooterie’, which looks out over the Kippford waterfront. It is the perfect place to sit and watch the world and wildlife go by with your morning coffee or maybe enjoy the setting sun at the end of the day with a glass of something chilled.
The large back garden at the rear of the cottage is laid to lawn and gently slopes up towards the woods behind. It is an ideal garden for children to run around in and have great fun playing in the wendy house. There is garden furniture and a BBQ set – great for easy self catering. You can still see the boats moored on the water when sitting in the garden.
The front garden is granite gravel with the occasional shrub planted here and there. It is surrounded by a low wall with an opening onto the road. The view from the garden is beautiful and provides a perfect place to sit at the garden table and watch the world go by.
There is room for two cars on the road outside Allonby Cottage, generally you will be able to use one or both of these. Occasionally these are taken by other visitors to Kippford but there are plenty of other roadside spaces up and down the village including some designated parking bays a little further down on the otherside of the road. You will usually find that you can move your car back to outside Allonby by the end of the day anyway. If you arrive and there is nowhere for you to park initially to unload no-one seems to mind if you just double park for a while to drop stuff off.
How To Book
Call Lizzie to see if the dates you would like are free (bookings are normally taken from Saturday to Saturday although we are happy to accommodate shorter breaks out of high season)
If the dates are available Lizzie will provisionally reserve the days for you.
Bookings are confirmed by writing on receipt of a deposit cheque, then four weeks before your holiday the balance is due, on receipt of this cheque you will receive further information including directions to Allonby Cottage and where to pick up the keys.
The cottage will be ready for you after 4pm on your arrival day and we kindly ask for the keys to be handed over by 10am on your departure day.
All bedding and towels are supplied at Allonby. The beds are made up with duvets and two pillows each with extra pillows should you need them, each bed has a throw on as well. There are also bath sheets and hand towels laid out at the cottage.
Unfortunately we do not take pets.
Allonby Cottage is a no-smoking property.
*For short breaks of 3 days or more please enquire with Lizzie*
Please contact Lizzie on: 01751 430367 or 07786 026056
Or via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Low: £566 from 3rd January – 11th February 2022
Mid: £651 from 12th February – 25th February 2022
Low: £566 from 26th February – 1st April 2022
High: £812 from 2nd April – 22nd April 2022
Mid: £651 from 23rd April – 29th April 2022
High: £812 from 30th April – 6th May 2022
Mid: £651 from 7th May – 27th May 2022
Peak: £929 from 28th May – 3rd June 2022
Mid: £651 from 4th June – 17th June June 2022
High: £812 from 18th June – 24th June 2022
Peak: £929 from 25th June – 2nd September 2022
Mid: £651 from 3rd September – 7th October 2022
High: £812 from 8th October – 28th October 2022
Low: £566 from 29th October – 19th December 2022 Peak: £929 from 20th December – 2nd January 2022
Kippford is on the Solway Coast in South West Scotland. It is easily reached by Motorway, the West Coast rail line or by Glasgow and Prestwick airports.
Directions to Allonby Cottage by car
From the South via the M6 motorway, merge onto the A75 (signposted South West Scotland, Dumfries, Stranraer) – At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the Dumfries ring road. – Follow the A75 over a further 4 roundabouts – at the 5th roundabout take the first left towards Cargenbridge. – At the next junction turn right onto the A711 towards Dalbeattie. – Entering Dalbeattie – Continue forward onto John Street A711 – Continue forward (signposted Auchencairn, Castle Douglas) – At crossroads turn left onto the A710 (signposted Solway Coast) – Kippford is 3 miles from Dalbeattie. Turn right at the pottery up the hill into Kippford. Allonby Cottage is located on the Sea- front past the Anchor Hotel – just before the Lifeboat station.
From the North via the A74(M) Leave the A74(M) at junction 15, then at roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A701 (signposted Moffat) Follow the A701 towards Dumfries. – At the Dumfries ring road (A75) take the 3rd exit towards Stranraer. Follow the A75 over a further 2 roundabouts – at the 3rd roundabout take the first left towards Cargenbridge. – At the next junction turn right onto the A711 towards Dalbeattie. – Entering Dalbeattie – Continue forward onto John Street A711 – Continue forward (signposted Auchencairn, Castle Douglas) – At crossroads turn left onto the A710 (signposted Solway Coast) – Kippford is 3 miles from Dalbeattie. Turn right at the pottery up the hill into Kippford. Allonby Cottage is located on the Sea- front past the Anchor Hotel – just before the Lifeboat station.
Taking the train to Kippford
Trains from the North: Trains leave from Glasgow, Central station to Dumfries directly.
You do not need to travel via Carlisle.
Trains from the South: Take the West coast line to Carlisle and change for connection to Dumfries. Tickets can be cheaper if you buy a ticket to Carlisle then purchase a separate ticket from Carlisle to Dumfries. If leaving from London, trains leave from Euston station.
Car Rental: Enterprise Rent-a-car has an office in Dumfries.
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