The Rookery

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

There's utter peace at this welcoming cottage for families or small groups near Kirkcudbright - walk, cycle, discover hidden beaches


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Set in its own grounds well off the main road is Glenholme Country House B&B; behind it is the Rookery. You have your own entrance and you stay in what was the servants’ quarters, turned into warm and airy rooms with a calm Scandinavian feel.The upstairs living room has a wood-burner and lots of books and games; the kitchen has all you need to cook up a storm –and you can hop over to the main house for delicious dinners if you want a night off. Bedrooms (one up, one down) have firm beds and gorgeous fabrics.You have your own hedged patch of garden with a barbecue that feels nicely private, and you can wander through a wild wooded area where the rooks make their nests every year. The orchard is very productive – Jennifer makes her own preserves – and you’re welcome to help yourselves to the veg garden.There are miles of countryside to explore by foot or bike, and beaches too – lots of them, so it’s easy to find an uncrowded one.

Cosy sitting room with a fire burning at The Rookery in Scotland

We think you'll love

  • Convivial dinners in the main house with your well-travelled hosts
  • The sense of calm and quiet that pervades the house and gardens
  • The easy amble to picturesque Kirkcudbright
Modern kitchen at The Rookery in Scotland

Home truths

  • There's an unfenced pond, so those with little ones will need to keep a close eye
  • The Rookery is part of the main house but is self-contained with a private entrance
  • B&B guests are nearby


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. 4 nights in low season. Short breaks available. Changeovers every Saturday.
Dinner, 3 courses, £40 per person. Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £525
1 Cottage for 4
From £754 beds2 bedrooms


We stayed at the Rookery for a week in June 2016 and were so impressed we went back again for a few days, 12 - 16 December 2016. We just loved it. The Rookery is light and spacious, charmingly furnished and decorated, but above all comfortable and welcoming as well as surprisingly private. On our first visit we spent evenings in the lovely garden watching the sunset. In the winter we sat in front of a log fire. Eating in the main house is great too. The food is super and we enjoyed having a drink in the beautiful library. This is certainly one of the best places we have ever stayed.

Stan, Edinburgh

Fantastic place to stay. Beautifully designed and decorated, very light and supremely comfortable. Wonderful gardens to wander in - and a very user-friendly barbecue. We also ate twice in the main house and the food was superb. The area round Kirkcudbright is lovely countryside and not overpopulated. We shall return.

Stephen, Hastings

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The neighbourhood

The Rookery is just a mile from the small fishing port of Kirkcudbright, known for its colour-washed houses, art galleries and independent shops; there's a great fishmonger that sells fish and chips in the evening, as well as good pubs and restaurants. You can walk into town along the banks of the river Dee. As you climb into the hills there are deciduous woods and pine forests populated by deer and red kites, and then open moorland - all within a 20-minute drive of the town. There are lots of unspoiled beaches nearby - some sandy, some with rock pools - ask your hosts for details.

Local points of interest from Jennifer & Laurence Bristow-Smith

  • Lovely uncrowded beaches a short drive away, and miles of beautiful countryside to explore by foot or by bike
  • Children will enjoy visiting the Cocoa Bean chocolate factory to make their own hand-crafted chocolates or spending an afternoon at Cream of Galloway where they make wonderful ice cream
  • Spend an evening in your own private bit of garden - have a barbecue and grill some sausages (made by the Kirkcudbright butcher), some local lamb or freshly-caught fish or scallops.
  • There are plenty of art galleries in Kirkcudbright; and there are fascinating bookshops in Gatehouse of Fleet and Wigtown
  • Enjoy a decent pint of real ale at The Masonic Arms, or let Laurence cook you a 3 course meal using local ingredients and produce from our own garden
  • See how many different birds you can spot in the garden - buzzards, red kites, woodpeckers, wrens - and our tame pheasants!


Jennifer & Laurence Bristow-Smith

Laurence and Jennifer Bristow-Smith have running B&B in Glenholme Country House, and self-catering in The Rookery, for many years. Jennifer trained as an artist and runs an online business selling antique fabrics and haberdashery. Laurence was formerly a British diplomat and is now the chef; he’s also a writer with published books on music, art and 20th-century history. They have lived around the world and between them speak French, Italian, Norwegian and Chinese.