Longshot Cottage

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway
+44 (0)1644 420636

This deeply peaceful retreat will soothe the soul; come to walk, bike, sail then back to a roaring fire and good book. A sublime spot


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

This forgotten corner of Scotland is blissfully empty – red squirrels, buzzards, kites and otters are its reclusive residents. Among the hills and forests is a farm run by Richard and Mas; going one step further than organic they practice bio-dynamic farming: their 450 acres flourish naturally, there are orchids, mushrooms, and ancient woodland providing pasture for their cattle and sheep. You stay in a carefully revived 100-year-old cottage: floors are locally-sourced oak, the kitchen uses recycled slate, the insulation is sheep’s wool. And an adjoining stable is a beamed sun lounge with doors to the large grassy garden. Drink in the views from the open porch while swallows flit in and out of the eaves. Both carpeted bedrooms are cosy and comfy with stunning vistas, one is en suite. You get two living rooms with plenty of lounging space and a wood-burner with a basket of logs. There are basics in the kitchen, bikes to borrow, a well-stocked bookcase, local art on the walls. It is almost eerily peaceful here – people come to write and read, or to bike and sail. Balm for the soul.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Two extra bed settees available at no extra cost.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £490
1 Cottage for 4
From £1003 beds2 bedrooms


3rd visit to this fantastic cottage in a beautiful setting. Longshot is very well equipped, comfortable and unique. One of the best holiday cottages my family have ever stayed in. The number of repeat visitors shows we are not alone in loving this place. Thank you Mas and Richard. We will be back soon!

Kirsty, Belper

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Mas Smyth & Richard Cunningham

  • Amazing sunsets from the cottage - long, long views towards the hills and mountains. And well done in getting here - it's not called the "Hidden Road" for nothing!
  • Galloway Activity Centre, on the shores of Loch Ken, has a cheerful cafe; and you can go kayaking, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, wind-surfing, archery as well as have your cake and eat it!
  • Check out Kitty's tea room in New Galloway if you want an old fashioned scrumptious treat; tiered plates overflowing with fancy bakes, and cake-names to make you giggle.
  • There is proper high-street shopping in Castle Douglas - home-grown delis, competing chocolate shops, authentic craft galleries, home-interior shops and quirky antiques, and everyone seems so friendly ... no neon-signs or double-yellow lines here
  • We love going down to the Solway coast, where the sunlight glistens on the mudflats, and the seabirds cry hauntingly like you half remember from your youth. Have a pub supper while you watch the tide come in.
  • The castles got ruined hundreds of years ago - there are dozens to explore, and lots of mysteries. Cairnholy is exceptional - standing stones in secret alignments, what do they mean?For good reason, this region is designated a UNESCO Biosphere.