Pend House & The Precinct House

Dumfries & Galloway
Self-catering


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

Place

2 places

Sleeps

Sleeping from 3 – 4

The
Experience

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.

Essentials

  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Never.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £250
Surcharges
Short breaks £210-£260.
1 House for 3
From £852 beds4 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From £852 beds3 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

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