Dog Friendly Dumfries and Galloway: Woodfoot Cottage Review
Keen domestic tourists, this was our third visit to this beautiful part of Scotland- the dog friendly Dumfries and Galloway. This time we stayed at 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.
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. A really fabulous location.
The house is comfortable, clean and had everything that we needed 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 kitchen had a big fridge, a freezer, dishwasher and a good oven. Plenty of crockery and utensils too, and of course a fabulous view of woodland and fields.
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!
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. Perhaps larger, determined high jumpers may be able to hurdle over but we felt our dogs were really safe and secure. We loved the outdoor barbecue too.
We tried hard to lure the native red squirrels onto the perimeter with some monkey nuts- no joy sadly- they must have seen the dogs!
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, the available crates, and the abundance of throws, blankets and dog towels.
The owners couldn’t have more more helpful during our booking and stay too.
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 and stocking up on some local favourites like traditional Scottish shortbread or Scottish smoked salmon. We loved the bread, cakes and pastries from The Earth’s Crust Bakery, the award winning pies from Ballards Butchers. Local restaurant Mr Pook’s Kitchen also received a glowing review in The Times recently.
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.
Other local treats included Kilsture Forest, Galloway Forest Park (fabulous for mountain biking), St Ninian’s Cave, and Rigg Bay, Garlieston. Portpatrick also has a beautiful coastal walk.
All in all, a great and truly dog friendly Dumfries and Galloway cottage. Really caring owners, and a superb location- we would love to return to Woodfoot Cottage soon.
Our dog friendly recommendations here.