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Christmas Cottage is an atractive and comfortable one bedroomed end terrace cottage sitting in the heart of the charming conservation village of New Galloway in the Stewartry of Kircudbright  .ShoChristmas Cakeps, the excellent Smithys and Kittys tea rooms and public houses for eating out are all in the Village which is set  in the heart of the magnificent  Galloway National Forest with its Lochs , Forest Walks and Drives.There are fine and uncrowded sandy beaches at Sandyhills on the Solway Coast and north on the Ayrshire Coast . New Galloway is an  ideal holiday centre for walking, both Hill and Coast , Fishing, Cycling, Bird Watching and Water Sports & Water Skiing or exploring the beauty of the Ken Valley, the Galloway National Forest and the Solway Coast. Superb fishing on Loch Ken and local bike and boat hire. Christmas Cottage is in walking distance of Britains first Dark Sky Park even from the garden the sheer number of stars in the night sky needs to be seen to be believed. For Golfers the Cottage is within easy walking distance of he beautiful New Galloway Golf Course and just 15 minutes pleasant drive from the popular market town of Castle Douglas which prides itself on its reputation as Scotlands  'Food Town . Newton Stewart is 20 minutes drive away through forest and Loch with its shops and facilities including a  lovely restored cinema, tea rooms and a swimming pool. Whilst in New Galloway a visit to the Catstrand Arts Centre is a must. Christmas Cottage offers ideal accommodation for a peaceful break and many of our bookings are repeat bookings.

The Cottage :- Generous modern  kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, foreman grill and washing machine. Sitting / dining room with  comfortable double bed settee. There is a  Log/Coal burning fire for cosy nights in, a  good sized  flat screen TV with Freeview and a DVD and games console (with  an excellent selection of films, books and board games  in the cottage ).Also a CD player and  telephone for incoming and local calls .On the first floor there is a  modern  bathroom with bath and electric shower over and  Bedroom with King size bed and television . You will be amazed at just how quiet the night can be. Travel cot if required . Electric storage heating. Patio garden area with furniture and rockery . Plenty of good local walking for dogs and good on street parking is available outside the Cottage . A well behaved dog is welcome by prior arrangement.

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  Threave Garden - Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway The beach in winter, Sandyhills Bay

The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright is varied and beautiful with the highest hills of the Southern Uplands (over 2500 feet) with alpine flora and fauna, hillsides of heather and forests - rapidly becoming things of beauty with variety of species, open spaces and conserved special groups of trees - farmland interspersed with traditional broadleaved woods, lochs, fast flowing rivers and areas of hard or steep uncultivated ground made beautiful by wild flowers. The Solway coast with high cliffs - the home of many seabirds - rocky shores ideal for sea fishing and sandy beaches - the sea warmed by the Gulf Stream.

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For WALKERS there are local walks around the towns and villages, woodland and forest walks, hills to climb and the Southern Upland Way.

For ANGLERS day or weekly tickets can be bought to fish for salmon and trout in many lochs and rivers, excellent coarse fishing (particularly in Loch Ken) and opportunities for seafishing from the shore or boats.

For GOLFERS all towns have at least a 9 hole course, many 18 holes, well cared for and with lovely views, and at Southemess is the renowned championship links course.

CASTLE DOUGLAS is "The Food Town", having a great selection of shops (especially for food), restaurants and pubs. It has a small swimming pool, tennis courts, a busy theatre and some small galleries. Nearby are the famous Threave Gardens, managed as a school of gardening and for visitors by the National Trust for Scotland, Threave Castle the mediaeval home of Archibald the Grim and his Black Douglas successors, Loch Ken with its excellent sailing centre and water skiing facilities.

KIRKCUDBRIGHT (Kircoobrie) is the Artists' Town because of its famous artists' colony, its galleries like Broughton House, The Tolbooth, Stewartry Museum and Harbour Gallery, and because of the exciting exhibitions held there (in 2002 the world famous Fleming collection). The old centre of the burgh has many handsome houses and attractive little closes off the High Street and the harbour is busy with fishing boats. Good "eating out" places too. An excellent swimming pool, tennis courts, 18 hole golf course, squash courts, and marina.

Pictures of New Galloway

NEW GALLOWAY, Scotland's smallest Rural Burgh, is an excellent base for hill and forest walks, which are right on the doorstep. Also nearby are a good variety of lochs to fish for trout or coarse fish.

GATEHOUSE OF FLEET, at the head of the Fleet estuary and in the centre of the designated Fleet Valley "National Scenic Area". At the mouth of the bay are some of the best sandy beaches. In the burgh itself is the Mill of the Fleet exhibition centre, a good variety of craft shops in its beautiful High Street, tennis court, steep but lovely golf course and, nearby, Castramont Wood and Drummore Farm Nature Reserves, and the 15 c. tower house Cardoness Castle.

DUMFRIES is the main centre of Dumfries and Galloway and has much to offer, including the Aviation Museum, the Observatory Museum, Robert Burn's House and Centre (and his pub - the Globe Inn), a swimming pool, three golf courses and the oldest theatre in continuous use in the country. A short drive will take you to Caerlaverock Castle, a real stronghold which resisted King Edward I but still has much beautiful stonework, or to Ellisland Farm where Robert Bums farmed and wrote his world famous poetry, or to New Abbey with a working Corn Mill and Shambellie House Museum of Costume.