Gardener’s Cottage

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

A whitewashed cottage surrounded by woodland and wildlife, with stylishly rustic rooms; peace, clear skies and a pretty courtyard, too


4 beds


8 bedrooms


Sleeps 5


Bowling along the wildflower-edged lanes that lead here, you’re already relaxing. Turn off the big house’s drive and you’re alone amidst woods and wildlife: red squirrels, deer, badgers. A converted stable of the neighbouring house – screened by rhododendrons – white stonecast walls and tongue-and-groove-panelled porch set the tone. Cosy rooms have milky colours and cottagey features: a window-seat in the wood-floor dining room, cosy fire in the light-filled sitting room. A scattering of rustic pieces add charm without heaviness: a pine dresser, church pew, French armoire. The kitchen, overlooking your courtyard (ideal for summer breakfasts) is small but well organised; pantry, too. Ground-floor bedrooms are prettily simple – if a squeeze – while the upstairs room is unexpectedly grand with canopy and vintage armchairs. You need to be inventive with clothes storage; just chests, no wardrobes. Pristine-white bathrooms have bath or shower. Friendly next-door owners know the local walks, beaches, gardens, arty venues; or there are books, games and table-tennis for staying in. Utterly peaceful; you might even spot an eagle.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurant 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £350
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 5
From £504 beds8 bedrooms


This is one of those rare places that are fabulous any time of year. We stayed for 3 nights in October 2017 when it rained consistently apart from an hour, yet we loved it. There is a cosy, homely feel to the cottage and it is in a beautiful, secluded location. My 8 and 10 year olds spent most of the time playing ping pong in the table tennis room but there were also plenty of books (for all ages) and a plethora of leaflets with information on local attractions. The hosts were friendly and also provided delicious brownies on arrival. We would definitely go back and would totally recommend it.

Gina, St albans

We had a wonderful, relaxing week in this lovely cottage located in a stunning area. The cottage was just as described and the owners, Jill and Neil, were welcoming and informative. We left feeling we will definitely return to stay in the cottage so that we can explore the area further, it has such a lot to offer.

Felicity, Poulton-le-fylde, lancashire

We had a wonderful week at Gardener's cottage. The cottage was gorgeous and very comfortable, and the setting was idyllic, totally private, surrounded by trees with only the sound of the stream. Jill, the owner, was so enthusiastic and helpful and arriving to a table set for tea with homemade brownies and wine chilling in the fridge was a lovely touch. Would love to return! Thank you.

Jill, Belfast

A beautiful cottage set in a lovely tranquil setting. Jill and Neil, the owners, are most charming. The chocolate brownies and wine, which we received upon arrival, were delicious. Very well kitted out with good quality equipment. Beautifully decorated with an impressive book collection. Great walks of varying lengths from the cottage. Beaches, forests and lochs nearby so plenty to do. Thoroughly recommend a stay.

Alex, Perth

A delightful cottage in a wonderful location. Blissful place to relax, read (great books!), walk, visit local area. Warm hospitality and excellent local area information from Jill & Neil. Outstanding, we'd recommend it unreservedly.

Elizabeth, Manchester

Delightful cottage, very well appointed. Only down side is lack of outside space (other than a concrete courtyard that loses the sun quite early). With the acres that the house has this could easily be incorporated and would greatly enhance the experence.

Janet, Somerset

A truly magical location and a delightful cottage: clean, well-equipped and just charming. Jill gave us the warmest of welcomes and we felt positively spoiled when we walked into the hall/dining room to find the table beautifully set for afternoon tea, with a plate laden with delicious home-made chocolate brownies. Fresh flowers greeted us in the hall and bedroom, and we found white wine chilling in the fridge along with local fresh milk and butter. It was a joy to relax in the evenings with easily the best collection of books we've ever found in any cottage we've stayed in.


Cosy comfy relaxing cottage, the owners are a great host with inviting hidden personal touches around the cottage that make your stay even more enjoyable. Great location lots to do directly from the cottage.


What a beautiful, peaceful cottage. We were welcomed with home made brownies and lots of information about the surrounding area. The woods next to the cottage were so magical, a great place to stroll after dinner and the kids enjoyed building dens and climbing trees. The cottage was tastefully decorated with very comfortable beds and fresh flowers scattered around the place. Thank you, Jill, for making our week so restful.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jill Hoyle

  • Set in a National Scenic Area, the cottage is surrounded by the Carstramon Wood Reserve, full of birdsong and carpeted by bluebells in Spring. A paradise for walkers who can also explore the wild expanses of nearby moorland.
  • The nearby town of Gatehouse of Fleet is surrounded by wide expanses of unspoilt sandy beaches offering hours of pleasure to sunbathers, swimmers and sailors. Cool off with delicious ice-cream from award winning Cream of Galloway.
  • For the adventurous, try zip wire or grass sledging at the nearby Laggan Outdoor Centre, mountain and family biking in the three hundred square mile Galloway Forest Park, and sailing and other water sports at the Galloway Sailing Centre.
  • Visit fascinating castles including the romantic, moated Threave Castle or the unique, triangular, Caerlaverock Castle . Beautiful gardens abound such as the Logan Botanical Garden and the National Trust Garden at Threave.
  • A short drive finds the attractive Artists' Town of Kirkcudbright with its working harbour and colour washed houses. Or visit Castle Douglas, the Market and Food Town of South West Scotland which is full of cafes, shops and restaurants.
  • Explore local artists who exhibit their work in the renowned Spring Fling event and, in the autumn, the Wigtown Book Festival offers lovers of literature the opportunity to hear first hand from a wide range of authors.