Come for fantastic wildlife, a whitewashed 1780 farmhouse and your own wooded hillside, a few minutes’ drive from the Solway Firth: the setting is timeless, tranquil and marvellous for walks, hide-and-seek and barbecues; woodland paths, a burn trickling into a pond, abundant birds, deer and red squirrels. Sunlight streams through blue-framed windows into simple, cosy sitting and dining rooms, and into the gothic porch where there are field glasses waiting to view the busy bird table and the countryside that extends south to the coast. When the sun drops you can gather around a 10-seater oak table, or by an open fire; owls hoot and the starry skies are magnificent. Upstairs bedrooms (including two tucked into the attic) are filled with pictures and books; quiet spaces to recharge your batteries before the next day’s adventures. Step out to glorious hills above or Cardoness Castle round the corner; it’s a 10-minute walk to good pubs and shops in Gatehouse of Fleet and a drive to nearby pristine beaches and coves, lochs, artistic Kirkcudbright and walks in Galloway Forest Park.