House Details
At Kirkconnell we would like you to feel that you have taken a step back in time. Experience the peace and tranquillity of a big country house whilst enjoying some more modern day comforts. There are no telephones, computers or clocks in the house and mobile reception can be erratic. The house has a welcoming relaxed atmosphere with no precious antiques to worry about. Anyway come on in and have a look around.

Downstairs
Entering by the front door the main staircase is ahead of you. To the right is the panelled room which is very warm and cosy especially with the log fire roaring on a winters evening. To the left is the sitting room with TV/video /DVD and Freeview. The next left takes you through to the large scullery with washing machine, drier, ironing board and space for wet boots and clothes.
In the other direction is a corridor from which you enter the oak beamed modern kitchen through what was the front door back in the 1600’s. There are 2 upright freezers, 2 fridges, a dishwasher, ceramic hob, 2 ovens, a microwave combination oven, 2 kettles, large toaster and a wide range of pots and pans. There are plenty of glasses, cutlery and crockery plus other things such as cake tins, zester etc. The smoke detectors are monitored and work on carbon dioxide detection so you can burn the toast without setting them off but please do not smoke next to them for prolonged periods.
The last reception room is the dining room with 2 tables, a hot plate and a hostess trolley. It is also home to a very large bookcase which has local information, jigsaws, games and of course books.
The downstairs bathroom is huge and has a walk in shower in one corner and a bath in another. It is handily located at the foot of the back stairway.

First Floor
Although described as first floor the levels vary depending on the differing construction dates of various parts.
Going up the main staircase you emerge on the gallery corridor so called because portraits used to be hung there. Turning right takes you into the 13th century Pele Tower
which houses the games room with pool table, dartboard (bring your own darts) and table tennis . There have been many changes to this room over the last 800 years and since the walls are not plastered these are easy to spot. The most obvious is the large doorway that used to be the entrance before the stone spiral stairwell was built around 1430. The rest of the Pele Tower consists of vaulted animal quarters below with unusual crosshair gunslings whilst above are two more floors, access to the battlements and then a small Cape House on top of the stairwell.
Back in the main house you reach a bedroom with a super king size bed and a goose down duvet (all the other duvets are non feather). Like the majority of the bedrooms it gets the early morning sun and enjoys a magnificent view across open parkland towards the River Nith. Next door is a bright and cheery twin bedroom with a bookcase of novels. Across the corridor and down a couple of steps is the main bathroom decorated in blue and gold. It has a large cast iron bath in the centre.
Further on in the older part of the house is a twin en-suite to your right and then from the landing to your left, at the top of the back stairs, are two more bedrooms which both overlook the courtyard. The one on the right is a twin en-suite whilst the other is a single.
The back stairs have a shallow tread and give good access to the downstairs bathroom and walk in shower.

Second Floor
Behind what looks like a cupboard door between the two en-suite bedrooms a steep flight of stairs takes you to the attic room. It has a totally different feel to the rest of the house. Its exposed beams, wooden floor and skylights give it a modern, minimalist look. This room has a wash hand basin to the left of which is a view through to the old roof space with its numbered trusses and wooden pegs.
On the gallery corridor a more normal flight of stairs opposite the main bathroom leads to a suite of rooms. There are two spacious bedrooms, a twin and a double, with a cot room between them which also has a fire escape. Painted in a traditional Georgian green these rooms are very calming and can feel quite cut off from the rest of the house.

Heating and Hot Water
The house is fully centrally heated with at least one radiator etc in every room most of which are the big old fashioned cast style. The boiler house and the main control panel are set away from the main house and oil deliveries are on a three week top up basis. All the radiators have a thermostatic valve whilst there is a main thermostat located in the dining room. The boiler also heats the hot water. The hot water tank is located on the first floor in a cupboard at the top of the back stairway. If you find that the water temperature is too hot then you can adjust the control on the hot water cylinder. In summer the hot water can be boosted with an immersion or it can be heated from the boiler independent of the radiators.
There is one large open fire with a free supply of logs.
All oil and electricity is free.

Allergies
We do not allow any pets in the house so people with fur allergies etc should be fine. Only one duvet has goose down all the rest are non feather. We also ask visitors to refrain from smoking beyond the ground floor.

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