Dog Friendly Dumfries and Galloway: Our Woodfoot Cottage Review
Keen domestic tourists, this was our third visit to this beautiful part of Scotland- the dog friendly Dumfries and Galloway and our second stay at the lovely Woodfoot Cottage. The cottage is situated on the edge of the Carstramon Woods, and close to The Gatehouse of Fleet and the foodie town of Castle Douglas so boasts an idyllic location.
The detached (and extremely peacefully located) cottage is set down a quiet country lane, literally opposite the aforementioned ancient wood. Despite the glorious seclusion, shops and amenities are easily accessible from here- in fact, I jogged to The Gatehouse of Fleet as it is only 2 miles away.
Comfortable and clean, the cottage has everything that we need for a relaxing stay. For us this tends to include a big bed, a decent TV, plenty of kitchen equipment (as we love to cook), wifi, and an enclosed garden for the whippets!
The well equip kitchen includes a big fridge, a freezer, dishwasher and oven. Plenty of crockery and utensils too, and of course a fabulous view of woodland and fields. We loved watching the birds from the kitchen window- oodles of robins visited daily.
The Living Areas:
I love a holiday home to have the space for us both to lay on sofas and this did. This is quite hard to find as a group of 2 humans, so we were very pleased. Dogs are also welcome on the sofas and blankets for this are provided- as you can see, our boys made themselves at home.
Loads of entertainment was on offer at the cottage in the form of books, DVDs and games. We enjoyed a retro ‘Street Fighter’ tournament on the X box! The TV has Netflix, Amazon Prime and more logged in, so we were not short of things to watch on cosy evenings in.
We only needed to use the downstairs of the cottage during our stay, the master bedroom being on the ground floor. The bed was super comfortable and the curtains thick- a good combination for a long and restful sleep. Another 2 bedrooms are upstairs in the property.
A nice, clean bathroom. The cottage also has a large and powerful shower in the next door utility room.
The garden is absolutely beautiful! Importantly, it is fully fenced and enclosed with no gaps. We felt our dogs were really safe and secure here. We loved the outdoor barbecue too. Visits from the native red squirrels were welcome.
Truly dog friendly:
This is a really dog friendly, rather than dog tolerant, rental. The owners have thought of all of those details that help a stay with pets to be relaxed and comfortable. An example of this are the dog tags with the cottage details on for guests to use, dog beds, crates and bowls.
The owners are super friendly and helpful and couldn’t have more accommodating and welcoming during the booking process and our stay. A great value holiday property.
What to see in dog friendly Dumfries and Galloway:
Dumfries and Galloway is a wonderful region and also a great stop off for those touring Scotland to the more remote Highlands. Staying near to the producers of my favourite gin was wonderful! Crafty Distillery offer tours and lunches and you can of course stock up!
Castle Douglas is known as the foodies town in the region and worth visiting for some local favourites like traditional Scottish shortbread or Scottish smoked salmon. We loved the bread, cakes and pastries from The Earth’s Crust Bakery– grab some of the enormous croissants! Try the award winning pies from Ballards Butchers and eat at the local restaurant Mr Pook’s Kitchen which received a glowing review in The Times .
There are many beautiful and secluded beaches in the area. Our favourite is the small but perfectly formed Monreith. A little drive away- but worth the journey! Check tide times before going. The wildlife in Dumfries and Galloway is stunning and you are able to see osprey, red kites and many other beautiful birds.
Other local treats included Kilsture Forest, Galloway Forest Park (fabulous for mountain biking), St Ninian’s Cave, and Rigg Bay, and Garlieston. Portpatrick also has a beautiful coastal walk. We went in search of the Wicker Man sites from the classic film this visit too.
All in all, a truly dog friendly Dumfries and Galloway cottage. Really caring owners, and a superbm relaxing location- we will be back to Woodfoot Cottage again soon.
Our dog friendly recommendations here.