The Rookery

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

A welcoming cottage with open fire and flowers. Help yourselves from the bountiful kitchen garden, sample Jennifer’s home-grown fruit jams


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


You stay in what was the old laundry and servants’ quarters; rooms are warm and airy, with a Scandinavian feel. The upstairs living room has an open fire and lots of books and games; the kitchen is neat as a pin with painted panelling, beechwood tops and all you need to cook for family or friends; 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, while bathrooms are spoiling. You have your own hedged patch of garden with a barbecue: it feels nicely private. You can wander through a wild wooded area too, with Scots pine, chestnuts, beech and bluebells in spring; 40 rooks make their nests here every year. The orchard is much loved and has very productive apple and plum trees; there are also gooseberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant and raspberry bushes whose fruits Jennifer turns into preserves. The best treat, though, is the veg garden: raised beds from railway sleepers provide beans galore, peas, curly kale, sweetcorn, celery, asparagus, herbs, rhubarb and beetroot, along with salad leaves of every kind; you’re welcome to help yourselves.


  • 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


  • Pub 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.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
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

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!