Afternoon tea is served in the drawing room or dining room when you arrive as part of your package (any time after 3.30pm). Relax and unwind after a hard day travelling with a nice cup of tea or coffee and some delicious farmhouse home baking. Occasionally, when the weather is fair, afternoon tea can be served in the garden where you can enjoy the views from The Barr. Breakfast is served in the vaulted dining room between 7.30am and 9.00am at a time of your choosing when you may indulge in a traditional Scottish full breakfast with all the trimmings or choose an alternative breakfast from our menu.
A guest drawing room is available to you during your stay after 3.30pm where there are books to read, card and board games to play, CDs to listen to, SKY television to watch and a small library of DVDs for your use. After dinner you may relax in the comfort of your own lounging area and in the colder months in front of a roaring log burning stove. We are Wi-Fi enabled so that Internet connection is available throughout the guest house accommodation and in all the bedrooms at no extra cost. In order to preserve peace and quiet it is our preference not to have televisions in the bedrooms (SKY TV is available in your drawing room). Radios are provided.
You are most welcome to take a walk around the ‘Wee Paddock’ to admire the magnificent views (the reason we bought The Barr). Weather permitting, please feel free to stroll along our ‘Criffel Path’ to view Criffel in the distance, in all its majesty (the highest hill in the south-west of Scotland) and all the other hills on the other side of the valley. Alternatively, why not take a seat in the ‘Snowdrop Glade’, carpeted with snowdrops in the spring.
The big challenge now is to create gardens where previously there was nothing. The neighbouring barley field reached almost to the house! In 2008/9 more than 700 tonnes of soil were removed to create a gentle slope at the back of the house exposing the views for all to see from the drawing room. Garden landscaping will continue during 2012 and our new dry stane dykes at the top of the lane were completed in 2011.
Each of our bedrooms boasts an individual contemporary country style in both decor and furniture, with stunning vews across the Galloway hills and Criffel beyond. All have central heating and tea and coffee making facilities. Guest accommodation is at one end of the property with its own private entrance and we live at the other end, so it feels like you are in your own country home! Each bedroom has its own private facilities, either as a shower room or bathroom. We have chosen not to have televisions in the bedrooms (there is a 40 inch one in your drawing room). Radios are provided.