Cowans Guest House is a family run Bed and breakfast offering unspoilt panoramic views in the rural beauty of a naturally sheltered landscape which is a haven for peace and beauty yet only a short distance to the busier Dumfries and surrounding towns. It has been providing both bed and breakfast as well as self catering breaks for over 15 years and can cater for up to 17 people at any one time, with an average yearly income generated of £70,000. The present owners came to stay for a weekend break 18 years ago and it is the family feel combined with the rustic warmth of the guesthouse in its beautiful setting that keeps their guests coming back each year as a quiet peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The property lies within approximately 2 acres of grounds and benefits from Private family accommodation, residents Lounge and newly built residents Dining Room, converted barn creating 5 bedroom Guest House, Log Cabin for Self Catering Holidays, extensive and attractive gardens, Lower Loch, 2 sets of dog kennels, ample parking for 15 cars and outstanding scenery. Viewing of this family home and business is highly recommended. Chain Free
Enter through wooden storm door into vestibule with real wood flooring, 1 ceiling light and wall light, store area for firewood and fully glazed door and surround leading into main hallway
The entrance hall is L shaped with the residents Lounge, dining room, toilets and kitchen along corridor to the right, guest bedroom to the left and private owners accommodation through glazed doors directly in front. There is a fitted carpet, 2 ceiling lights, smoke alarm and fire alarm system.
There are 2 toilets with WC and wash hand basins, ceiling lights, splash back tiling, fitted carpets and double glazed windows
The spacious and comfortable residents Lounge has double glazed windows to the side and front with blinds, 3 radiators, fitted carpet, 4 wall lights, emergency lighting, corner Residents Bar, music system and focal multi fuel stove with wooden mantelpiece and surround and brick hearth
The Residents Dining room offers plentiful space for small functions and meal times for all residents. With stunning views across the gardens and the local countryside this room floods with light from the double glazed windows and French doors. With its high vaulted ceiling, decorative electric fan and inset spot lights and oak beams with laminate flooring, this is a very attractive room.
The kitchen serves both for the residents and owners. It has wall and base units, 2 gas cookers with extractor hoods above, laminate flooring, partial wall tiling, strip lighting, dishwasher, fridge, stainless steel sink and drainer and plentiful work space area. There is an opaque double glazed window and rear pantry area with fridge, freezer, shelving, double glazed opaque window and rear door leading to garden
Double Bedroom with fitted carpet, 2 radiators, 1 ceiling light, 3 wall lights, full length triple built in wardrobes, smoke alarm and double glazed windows to front and side with blinds, curtain rails and curtains
The en-suite consists of WC, wash hand basin and shower cubicle with Mira electric shower, partially tiled walls, shaver point and light, spotlight, extractor fan, fitted carpet and double glazed window to front with blinds
The hallway has fitted carpet, 2 ceiling lights, windows through to the kitchen and rear pantry area, storage cupboard and 2 radiators. The Downstairs bedroom is on the left with the hallway opening up at the end creating an office area under the stairs, family bathroom to the front and Dining Room with Sitting Room and Boot room further beyond
Double bedroom offering plentiful space with fitted wardrobes, radiator, ceiling light, TV point, fitted carpet and double glazed window to the front with blinds, curtain pole and curtains
The modern Family bathroom has WC, wash hand basin with vanity unit and overhead units with mirror between and lighting, bath with overhead power shower, bath screen, chrome heated towel rail, partially tiled walls, ceramic tiled floors, spotlights, extractor fan and double glazed window with blinds
The attractive dining room with exposed oak beams has fitted carpet, 5 spotlights and 5 down lighters along feature wall, radiator and double glazed window to front and side with blinds, curtain poles, curtains and tie backs and door leading to boot room and open arch through to sitting room
The Sitting room offers great views across the garden and scenic views beyond. It has a focal Stove mounted on a slate hearth with tiled surround, 2 radiators, fitted carpet, TV point and double glazed window to the rear and side with blinds, curtain poles, curtains and tiebacks
The boot room with rear door leading out to the front and the kennels has stainless sink and drainer, coat hooks, laminate flooring, ceiling light, sky light and additional store area housing the oil fired boiler and additional shelving
The stairs with fitted carpet and balustrade lead up to landing area which doubles as storage area and office space with velux windows, built in cupboards, lighting and carpet. To the right is a laundry room and to the left a double bedroom
This double bedroom with combed ceilings has laminate flooring, radiator, spotlights and double glazed window with roller blind
The Guest House adjoining the main house is a sandstone converted barn, comprising 5 Bedrooms all with en-suites - there are 4 doubles and 1 single room. The double bedrooms are all approx 4.1m x 3m and the single bedroom 3.5m x 1.85m. The rooms are well presented and fully furnished to a high standard with TV's, Kettles and central heating
The Log Cabin lies alongside the Lower Loch and is available for self catering holidays as well as Bed & Breakfast. The cabin offers a full set of amenities including: full kitchen cooking facilities, separate dining room, separate lounge with digital TV, DVD, VCR, double bedroom, single bedroom and separate shower room. It benefits from stunning views across the gardens, Lower Loch and Scottish Countryside. Once again it is presented to a very high standard and offers an excellent revenue stream
The Lower Loch is great little water filled with various species (carp, tench, roach, rudd etc ) ideal for beginners and great family fun. There is also a Top Loch located at the farm next door, it is a more challenging water - mainly carp fishing and Day tickets can be purchased.
The property is entered through a metal ranch gate on a gravel driveway with the main house directly in front and the drive running down the side of the Guest House to the Log Cabin at the rear. Plentiful parking is available. The dog kennels are situated on the left hand side at the beginning of the driveway with a path behind leading up the hill to the Higher Loch. The gardens lie between the rear of the main house, with the Guest House to one side and head down to the Lower Loch. They are mainly laid to lawn with mature shrubs, bushes and trees. To the left of the garden cut into the hill side are raised beds and sandstone steps leading to a large sheltered patio and moving along the path through the trees on the hill side forming a wind break for the gardens is the 'piggy wiggy'. The outer boundary to the right is formed by wooden boarded fencing and beyond the Lower Loch by an unmade farm track. The boundary to the left of the property is predominantly formed by a stone dyke wall and post and wire fencing. The present owners have also looked into the idea of setting up 2 areas within the grounds- 1 on the sheltered hill at the 'piggy wiggy' and 2 beyond the lower Loch , for placing camping pods- in total there is spce for at least 7, They create great atmosphere, easy to maintain and a very good revenue source.
Cowans Farm Guest Farmhouse, our story.... after 17 happy years the time has come to move on from Cowans. The lifestyle and business has been both joyful and rewarding. We have made many new friendships with loyal returning guests and neighbours far and wide. The peace and tranquillity Cowans offers is amazing and will be hard to match in pastures new. Our family has grown and moved on, now it's our turn to try something new. It was a big decision to go but one which allows others to enjoy what we have as a family over the years. We hope the new owners enjoy the life Cowans offers and if they meet only half the people who have been so good to us we are sure they will be more than happy in their new venture. Cowans in the beginning was all about the business, how wrong we were! If business makes you happy, fulfilled and glad to get up every morning something must be right. Unlike other businesses or lifestyles Cowans changes with the seasons, spring sees the lambs, summer sees the calf's... all new born on our neighbours land. Guests with children love this time of year and all the excitement it brings. The autumn and winter bring trade from far and wide for all the amazing wildlife and coastal activities close by. With a warm and dry year round climate Dumfries has something for everyone to enjoy no matter what the time of year. We are surrounded by some of the best mountain bike courses in the UK, the 7 Stanes, numerous fantastic golf courses, fishing lochs and beautiful beaches and so much more that we have enjoyed as a family over the years. Our friends as well as guests and visitors from all over the world have enjoyed all these plus many more activities close by. We wish the new owners all the happiness Cowans has shared with us and we will be more than happy to pass on all our contacts, knowledge, support and help in any way we can. Craig and Sarah