The Abbot's Tower

New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1387 850239

Atmospheric tower with flamboyant rooms. Flickering candles, antiques, art, books, ecclesiastical features and quirky pieces abound


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

Built around 1560 in the turbulent times of the Scottish reformation with secret rooms to safeguard the Abbot, the Tower is fascinating and has open views to the Solway coast and Criffel Hill.

Each romantic bedroom has armchairs for reading in and homemade lavender shortbread. One is richly decorated with tapestries, silks and velvets, the other has a Jacobean four-poster with tartan drapes plus a wood-burner. Breakfast is served in the Great Hall at the long refectory table by the fire and includes the aptly named ‘Tower Breakfast’ – a tower-shaped round of toast with haggis and Scottish dumpling topped with a poached egg; meat from Mogerleys, one of the oldest butchers in Scotland; pastries, granola, fruit, Greek yogurt and Laura’s lavender jam.

Laura and Scott are happy to tell you all about the history and give you a tour. Within the grounds there’s a small lavender farm and the Tower shop selling antiques and oddities.

The Abbot's Tower - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The sense of secrecy and history and the deep comfort of the sumptuous suites
  • Sitting in the beautiful lavender-filled gardens
  • Laura and Scott's welcome and their passion for their home and local produce
The Abbot's Tower - Gallery

You should know

  • There are steep, spiral stairs
  • Adults only


  • 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
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Supper available.


Nightly price
from £195
Reduced rates for longer stays.
2 Suites for 2
From £195



This is truly a hidden secret which is a joy to find. You only receive specific directions when you book! Enchanting inside and out. The warmth of the welcome, the rich collection of carefully selected antiques and luxurious fabrics, and the ever-flickering candles create such an atmosphere you feel the Abbot is about to make an appearance. He would not be disappointed.

Edna, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Tower sits in an acre of peaceful gardens full of mature trees and lovely places to sit and ponder. It's a 10-minute walk to New Abbey village, where there's a pub, shop, corn mill and tea room. Criffel Hill and Loch Kindar are nearby. Loch Arthur Farm in Beeswing is about six miles: cheeses, bread, organic fruit and veg, coffee and lunches. Dumfries is seven miles.

Local points of interest from Laura Hudson Mackay

  • The Tower lies along the route of the South West Coastal 300, a stunningly scenic 300 mile route around the South West of Scotland. From enchanted coastlines and lochs, to rolling hills and forests, it's breathtaking beauty captivates.
  • The pretty conservation village of New Abbey within short walk, with its tearoom, pub, shop and cornmill (Historic Scotland operated). Also the ruined Cistercian Abbey founded by Lady Devorgilla in 1273 in memory of her husband John Balliol (King of Scots)
  • There are many beautiful walks on your doorstep if you stay at the Tower, including coast, forest and hill. The impressive Sweetheart Abbey is only 10 mins walk from the Tower. Gilbert Broun, the last Abbot of the Abbey, built and lived at Abbot's Tower.
  • The Tower is only 6 miles (9.5km) from the bustling and interesting county town of Dumfries with is rich history including Robert Burns.
  • We have an antique shop onsite, full of oddities!
  • John Paul Jones Cottage and BIrthplace Museum. Discover how a local sailor became the Father of the American Navy and brought terror to the shores of Britain. The nearly lost Gardens of Arbigland - house and gardens are also our neighbour.


Laura Hudson Mackay

Laura (photographic artist) and Scott (property consultant) moved to The Abbot’s Tower in 2013. Laura said as soon as she stepped inside she knew she wanted to live here - being a bit of a romantic, she felt just like Rapunzel. They renovated from top to toe, pouring passion and creativity into this unusual building and making it into a quirky, art-filled home that they’re happy to share.