Lochenbreck Byre Luxury Holiday Cottage
We moved from a village near York to S.W. Scotland in 2006 because we fell in love with the area, the land and Lochenbreck Loch. The Farmhouse was in a bad state of repair and the outbuildings were even worse. We started the process of a major renovation later that year and our first task was to renovate the Byre and turn it into a home that we could live in while the Farmhouse was renovated. We moved into the Byre in 2008 and lived their until the Farmhouse was ready in December 2009. The Byre was furnished to a high standard and it was designed to be suitable for a holiday let when we left. Consequently a disabled access was included along with a wet room and we took our first bookings in the spring of 2010. Since 2009 we have been concentrating on the 63 acres of land.
High Lochenbreck is situated in Laurieston Forest, 3 miles west of Laurieston on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park.
There is a wide range of activities in the area and a good starting point is to have a look at the Visit Scotland web site.
If you are looking for peace and quiet then that is something we can guarantee, no rush hour, no pollution and although we live in the Farmhouse close to the Byre, hopefully that is an advantage as we are available, on site, to assist in anyway we can.
Discount for bookings of 2, 3 and 4 weeks of £100, £150 and £200 respectively.
FebruaryLochenbreck Byre is a really beautiful place to stay. The accommodation is of an excellent standard, the rooms are spacious with good quality furnishings and all the added extras you could wish for – from a log burning fire, with plenty of wood for those cold winter evenings, luxurious towels, bedding and dressing gowns to underfloor heating, a stunning garden room and a lovely wet room. The wine, flowers and fruit that were waiting for us on our arrival were a thoughtful gesture. The owners are really most helpful – offering to shop for us before our arrival, providing us with details of all the local facilities/attractions and events as well as a secure place to store our mountain bike – along with the use of a hosepipe for cleaning!! Nothing was too much trouble but without being pushy.
The location is ideal – if you’re looking for peace and quiet you’ll certainly find it. But if you want activity it’s not too much of a drive to any number of towns and villages. The surrounding area is great for walking/running or cycling. There are some lovely places to eat not far away and I would say that the people in the area are some of the friendliest.
This has been one of the best holidays we’ve had in a long while and The Lochenbrek Byre the best holiday cottage and the owners – the most friendly & helpful.
Mick and Lou
Thankyou both for such a fantastic break. We had such a great time staying at Lochenbreck – we’ve discovered the ideal holiday accommodation and location! You have clearly worked really hard to provide the perfect setting and I’d like to recommend it to everyone, as long as we can still find dates to return in the future!
Chris & Gill, Norfolk
We enjoyed a splendid visit to Lochenbreck Byre in April – the furnishings fixtures and fittings are of a very pleasing quality and the standard of finish is high – the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings are beyond reproach – a highly recommended area for all who appreciate the natural environment. Watching the Oyster Catchers was a special bonus!
Rob & Sue, North Yorkshire
MayHi Paul & Linsey,Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for our stay at your wonderful Byre.We really enjoyed ourselves (despite nature’s best to stop us) and our trip to the Isle of Skye was really good as well. The landscape was lovely, the wildlife wonderful but the accommodation was nowhere near as nice!!If you wanted to put a small note on from us, please feel free to use whatever you like from the following:A view across natures meadows through to forestry is guaranteed from the palatial windows of the Byre.If you’re looking for luxury, this is the place. Whether you’re looking for wildlife such as deer, cuckoos, kites, buzzards, oyster catchers, linnets, stoats, garden birds, or farm animals, then this is the place for you.For interesting and varied surroundings and access to other areas of beauty, this is the place for you.Access to the dark sky park is also very easy, so this is the place for you.In short, for a relaxed, warm & friendly holiday, this is the place for you!!Thank you both for such a wonderful time.Bob & JulieHampshire
JuneDear Paul and Linsey,We just thought we would drop you a line to thank you and to let you know how much we enjoyed our week at the Byre.Your accommodation is magnificent, and finished to such a high standard; we have been doing cottage holidays for many years and
have never wanted to re-book on the first night of our holiday, as we have with yours.The wildlife and scenery in the area is breath-taking, and the walk at the local Castramont Wood with the bluebells that Paul recommended was excellent.The Byre is a great quiet place to relax, but also has plenty of places to walk with fishing on your doorstep, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Thank you both for being very kind hosts, and we all look forward to seeing you both later in the year.
Rob, Deb and Boys.
SeptemberWe two ‘seniors’ have twice enjoyed the first class accommodation in the Byre and intend to be there again soon. Always warmly welcomed by Paul and Linsey. Excellent furnishings and beautiful décor in the Byre reflecting Linsey’s artistic talents. Every comfort provided with good attention to detail throughout. A great, quiet place to relax in, to wander the ‘estate’, talk to the animals or take in a spot of fishing. Very convenient too for all that is offered in the Dumfries and Galloway area.
Wendy and I had a great holiday, very relaxing and the accommodation was of a very high standard indeed – you have made a superb job of the refurbishment and decor, and we were made to feel very welcome. We look forward to visiting again in the near future.Thanks, great place, really enjoyed our stay we will be coming back soon.
Angus & Wendy, Glasgow
“Probably the best holiday cottage in Scotland”
The peace and tranquility and the quality of the accommodation make Lochenbreck Byre the perfect holiday haven in the wonderful Galloway countryside.
Bryan & Caroline, Norfolk
August“The Byre is a fantastic place to stay. Our hosts were warm and friendly and did everything they could to make us comfortable. They’re in love with the area and so are full of brilliant tips about where to go and what to do. The Byre was large and stylish, very clean and tidy and incredibly well equipped – right down to thermos flasks for adventurers and dishwasher tablets! The Swifts live in the larger property across the drive, and are on hand for anything. Their proximity is a huge bonus rather than a negative, and our stay wouldn’t have been as rewarding without them there! At the Byre you’re surrounded by wildlife, and there’s nothing quite like waking up in the morning, looking out of the bedroom window and being greeted by a lovely alpaca and his friend the sheep – Rio and Midge – who put a smile on our faces every day. Can’t recommend this place enough, and can’t wait to visit again someday!”
Lochenbreck to Gatehouse of Fleet
“From this point one should certainly go on to Gatehouse. The road is one of the most heaven-kissing in Galloway” Extract from Highways and Byways in Galloway and Carrick, 1916
Galloway Dark Skies
“The International Dark Skies Association have designated Galloway Forest Park in Scotland Britain’s first Dark Sky Park – 300 square miles of tree-robed majesty whose sky shimmers with maybe 50 times more stars than you’d spot from a major city”. Daily Telegraph, 30th May 2010
Kite Feeding Station
4 miles from Lochenbreck is the Bellymack Hill Farm Kite Feeding Station where the birds are fed every day at 2p.m.