7 en suite bedrooms a gym, games room and ample space for large celebrations. Set in a stunning quiet country location yet within 5 minutes walking distance to the village. Edinburgh and Glasgow around an hours drive.
Delighted to announce I have linked with a company to offer hot tub hire at competitive rates. Also, due to previous enquiries you can now consider a personalised private dining experience to complete your celebratory stay, or hire the services of a traditional Scottish piper!!!
Beechwood Country House is a beautiful country home, set in a spectacular and quiet location with breathtaking undisturbed views. An ideal and unique home for large get togethers, with ample space for parking, relaxation and privacy. Each of the 7 unique in character bedrooms has their own en suite facilities with additional use of a gym and games room. The local village, a short five minute walk has all the basics you would need. The local pubs are atmospheric and welcoming, often full of local colour. The town has recently gained International recognition for its "Dark Sky" status, due to limited light pollution, the skies are truly spectacular on clear evenings.
For sport, out-with walking and cycling for which the area is renowned, there is a golf course and two tennis courts.
For children there are three play parks including a boating lake and crazy golf. One note of caution for those with very small children, there is a small pond with a maximum depth of two foot, so adult supervision of small children whilst in the garden is absolutely necessary. Directly behind the house is a forested area which is super for country walks and stumbling across relics of the spa waters, for which Moffat was so famous for.
Guest will have access to all the rooms in the property, with the exception of the laundry room due to the nature of the chemicals and industrial appliances. Should guests wish access to a washing machine and tumble dryer during their stay, please make a request and the area will be cleared and opened up for use. In addition to the living areas there is a games room, a gym, which will be used by the guests at their own risk. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to make use of the gym. Please note for families with small children, that there is a small pond in the front garden, so children should be supervised at all times. There are two outdoor seating areas. The rear courtyard offers a bar b q area and serving area, to the front of the house a tiered seating area to enjoy the beautiful views.
Interaction with guests
Please do not hesitate to call with any queries or help during your stay.
Other things to note
Here is a short guide to some of the activities available locally:
Beechwood Country House
Welcome, I wish you a wonderful and happy stay, please make yourself at home and make the most of your time here.
The main grocery store is the Co Op
which stocks a decent range of groceries, alcohol etc. And is found adjacent to the Moffat Mill , behind the Benmar Garage. Guest are advised to shop on-line with Tesco, who know the house well. In ordering an on-line grocery delivery, give instructions to deliver to the rear of the property, which gives direct access to the American fridge freezer and the adjacent kitchen, which will save on the leg work!
Can thoroughly recommend the butchers in the village, for various barbecue meats and some scottish delicacies (the steak pie is delicious!) The bakers is also worth a visit for sweet treats , a family favourite include the large cookies and banana loaf!
No visit is complete without a pop into the Moffat Toffee Shop, renowned for its huge selection of sweets , traditional and new (There is also a decent selection of whiskies at the back of the shop)
Eating in and around Moffat
There are a good few places cafes in Moffat, and the majority offer good, reasonably priced breakfasts and lunches. I would thoroughly recommend Jack and Rachels right at the beginning of the high street on the walk down into the village. Everything is cooked to order fresh and delicious, particularly the breakfasts and steak and onion served on ale buns. Cakes are all homemade on site.
Another place to eat from morning till late is Brodies which is highly recommended. The recent addition of a gin bar, is particularly welcome and a great place for an evening cocktail. This is a more contemporary establishment, particularly good for eggs benedict for brunch (great hangover cure!) Brodie's also opens in the evening for Dinner, but reservation is recommended (phone number hidden). Costing around £20 - £30 for a starter and a main, with a licence and a cocktail menu.
The Italian restaurant Claudios (phone number hidden), has a reknowned reputation for both traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine, with the added benefit of a takeaway service.
Another takeaway and sit in restaurant is the Indian Bombay Cuisine (phone number hidden) which has a mixed reputation, but I have always found the food good and reasonably priced.
New owners have taken over the Chinese takeaway, which I haven't used myself but previous visitors have and recommend.
The Black Bull has recently been refurbished and is gathering a local reputation for decent pub food and has a lovely outdoor area for summer evenings.
If its a nice day and you fancy sitting in the sunshine, take a drink in the garden at the back of the Moffat House Hotel, its pretty and the food is also good.
The stag seems to be the pub of choice for the locals. The Star is the narrowest pub in the world (allegedly!).
Out and about
There are many beautiful walks in and around Moffat. Directly behind the house the Beechwood woods provide a few easy walks that are signposted and allow great views over the town and the surrounding area.
The Devils Beef tub.
A ten minute drive away along the A701 towards Edinburgh, you will find The Devil's Beef Tub, (Marquis of Annandale's Beef-Tub, Beef-Stand, MacCleran's Loup) a deep, dramatic hollow in the hills north of Moffat. The name derives from its use by the Border Reivers, namely the Johnstone clan, whose enemies referred to them as "devils", to hide stolen cattle.
Grey Mares Tail
Best known for its magnificent waterfall – the fifth highest in the UK – and uniquely dramatic scenery, Grey Mare's Tail is a superb example of a hanging valley. A little f further on takes you to St Marys loch , a great spot on a sunny day, with refreshments available from the cafe on the main road or the well known and historic Tibbie Shiels (website hidden) Forrest
Ae Forest is the perfect place to visit, whether you want to relax with a picnic beside the river, watch woodland wildlife, stroll through the trees or burn off some serious energy on horseback or on the superb mountain bike trails.
The waymarked routes include gentle rambles beside the sparkling Water of Ae as well as longer hikes into the hills with wonderful (website hidden) Forest lies close to Ae village, just off the A701 Moffat to Dumfries.
Historical Buildings and other places of interest
If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking – you’ll love a day at Drumlanrig Castle. From activities for kids to salmon fishing, you’ll find a raft of activity awaiting you. - See more at: (website hidden))
One of Scotland’s great medieval fortresses. With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland.
Sweetheart Abbey 8 miles south of Dumfries, near to the Nith in south-west Scotland, was a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1275 by Dervorguilla of Galloway, daughter of Alan, Lord of Galloway, in memory of her husband John de Balliol. His embalmed heart, in a casket of ivory and silver, was buried alongside her when she died; the monks at the Abbey then renamed the Abbey in tribute to her.
Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre
Is a Tibetan Buddhist complex associated with the Karma Kagyu school located at Eskdalemuir, near Langholm. The tradition tibetan building stand oddly in the backdrop of the Scottish scenery, an interesting day out.
Glenkiln Sculpture Trail
A delightful walk in the Scottish southern uplands where the great natural views of the undulating terrain are supplemented with a range of sculptures made by iconic masters of the art including Auguste Rodin, Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.
For Children (and big adults!)
Discover a wealth of indoor and outdoor adventure activities that the whole family can enjoy on the stunning Galloway Coast. Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre offers plenty of exciting ways you can experience Galloway’s beautiful countryside and get active with your family. From archery, mountain orbing to grass sledging You can even get behind the wheel of a reverse wheel jeep and attempt to navigate a twisting track blindfolded while following directions from your passengers! For more info : (website hidden)
Mabie Farm Park
Just outside Dumfries in Southern Scotland, Mabie Farm Park captures the essence and feel of an original working farm, yet has a variety of both indoor and out door entertainment, for children and adults of all ages. There are donkey rides, paddle boats and a host of other activities both indoor and outside. (website hidden)
Dalscone Farm Fun
Large indoor and outdoor play areas, including crazy golf, trampolines , pedal carts and go carts. (website hidden)
Cream of Galloway
Cream o' Galloway is a deliciously good fun place to visit. With its woodland adventure playground, indoor visitor centre and play areas, daily events, exciting slides, rides and pedal kart track, and its miles of beautiful walks and nature trails to explore in Galloway's scenic countryside. (website hidden)
For the ladies there is a superb spa hotel just over half an hour away. Stobo castle often has morning, afternoon and day passes and the treatments are just fab! (website hidden)
There are many places to visit, I have highlighted just some of them. The Galloway coastline is beautiful and unspoilt with many pretty villages dotted along the coast, its best just to head out in the car and discover!
Have a great stay, if there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to get in contact, I want you to have a memorable stay.
Guests are asked to treat the home and the furnishings with care. Many of the pieces of furniture are heirlooms so precious to the family. Guests are asked to dine only in the dining room as spillage removal from the soft furnishings is costly. At the end of your visit please can you leave the house in respectable and tidy condition. Please empty rubbish into the outside bin, excess rubbish bags should not be left outside but be placed in the back dishwasher room as animals tear the bags and scatter the rubbish. There is a super hardworking team at Beechwood, who are dedicated to keeping the house and garden in good order ahead of every visit, please keep this in mind during your stay. On the very, very rare occasion that guests leave the property in an unacceptable condition, there will be a charge of £20 per hour to rectify.
Probably know for my love of three things, family, art and entertaining. My home Beechwood, encompasses all these elements and it is a genuine pleasure for me to host large celebrations so the old house accumulates all these beautiful memories and we are part of her on going history. I adore the quirky, the unusual and objects that contain a history that sometimes we can only guess at. It has taken a great deal of time and thought to put the house together from scratch but as a family home the first priority is that is it welcoming and comfortable. Out with that, you will find elements of my sense of humour and my love for beautiful objects, appreciation of the arts and appetite for travel. Life is short, experiences with those we love are invaluable, this is both my and the house functions raison d'être.