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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.