Pend House & The Precinct House | Self-catering in Dumfries & Galloway | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Pend House & The Precinct House - Self-catering in Dumfries & Galloway

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George Street, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway
Scotland, United Kingdom

Julia Muir Watt

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+44 (0)1988 500469 (landline)

Rich history with modern comforts in impeccably restored National Trust houses in a Scottish conservation area. Bird-rich beaches are close

Remember an age when wealthy Scots slept in four-posters, bathed (not often) in roll top tubs and boasted coats of arms. In medieval times, Pend House was gatehouse to Whithorn Priory; Precinct House is younger – only Georgian! On a street of pre-1820s dwellings in a conservation town near Scotland's bird-rich southwest coast, the two houses have been impeccably restored by Julia, with help from historians and archaeologists. In Pend's spacious, wood-panelled, low-beamed living room are tapestries, a wood-burner, a mannequin in body armour, period antiques and quality reproductions; up squiggly stairs, cabin beds and a romantic four-poster. Low windows glow by day, an electric fire by night. The kitchen is tiny (one cook only) but you dine at a big oak table or out in a walled courtyard in the evening sun. In Precinct House – Georgian, top to toe – you cook in the old byre and eat under a glass roof; a grandfather clock chimes and gas lamps light the way up to a vintage four-poster and single cabin bed. Under period authenticity lie modern comforts, from underfloor heating to DVDs artfully concealed in antiques.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Julia Muir Watt:

Local points of interest from
Julia Muir Watt:

  • Local cycling routes abound on quiet roads.
  • Whithorn's ecclesiastical site has existed from 397 AD, the earliest in Scotland.
  • Nearby Wigtown has a literary Festival in late September. Whithorn's Iron Age roundhouse is the newest award winning attraction in the South of Scotland.
  • Ospreys, peregrines, and even a Golden Eagle, have been sighted locally.
  • Sandy beaches at Garlieston, Monreith and Port William: shallow tides make them suitable for children.
  • Cliff walk from St Ninian's Cave, through the bluebell wood in spring, is ancient and atmospheric
Points of interest

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  • 2 Houses for 3 - 4
Price:(i) £250 to£535 per week

Short breaks £210-£260.

Special Offer: Historic Scottish Gatehouse: Christmas breaks - Grade A Listed historic gatehouse, near coast, cliff walks, farmland and archaeology : short break over Christmas from 385 for four nights. Underfloor heating, huge peat fire, real Christmas tree.

Booking info:

Short breaks available.






George Street, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

Self-catering Pend House (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double, 1 twin; 1 bath/shower room.
Price: (i) £ 300 to £ 535 per week
Self-catering The Precinct House (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double, 1 single; 1 shower.
Price: (i) £ 250 to £ 525 per week

Julia Muir Watt

Visit website

+44 (0)1988 500469 (landline)