"Simply the Perfect location for our honeymoon"

"What a fabulous place to stay! The best self catering accomm-odation we’ve ever stayed in"
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  • Retreat to The Waterhouse in rural Dumfries and Galloway for a peaceful and secluded holiday or short break

  • The Waterhouse is an ideal romantic retreat for honeymoons and anniversaries.

  • The private garden setting of 1.5 acres allows guests to choose the freedom of being naturist/clothes optional in all areas, especially the Hot Tub.

  • The gardens are open under the Scottish Garden’s Scheme by arrangement.

  • The Waterhouse log cabin is ideally placed for walking and cycling holidays in Galloway.

    The Waterhouse site consists of 3 outstanding luxury lodges

  • The Waterhouse Lodge, which sleeps 4, is a handcrafted wooden eco lodge set in its own private garden. It has a private, outdoor, waterside hot tub available for use all year round.

  • The Boathouse is a unique eco glamping style chalet/log cabin which can only be booked alongside the Waterhouse for larger group holidays. Sleeps 2.

  • Westwater Lodge is traditional cosy cottage accommodation with log fires and spacious sun room. It has its own private gardens and car park and can be booked separately from The Waterhouse/Boathouse. The cottage Sleeps 4.

    The Boathouse



    Late Availability

  • Westwater Lodge is an ideal and cosy retreat for autumn and winter breaks for wildlife, walking and cycling holidays. Contact us for late availability offers throughout the low season.

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    "Why is it so great?
    This is a classic fishing village but what sets it apart is its colony of painters and craft workers drawn by its quaint atmosphere and wonderful light. Kirkcudbright's artistic bent is obvious the minute you walk its streets. Check out the summer festivities."- March 2013

    Autumn Watch

    Dumfries and Galloway is a wonderful Wildlife area. If the you wish to see or photograph wildlife and landscape try- Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Reserve (host to 2015s' "Autumnwatch" on the BBC) is only an hours drive from The Waterhouse.

    Many guests photograph the many birds visiting the gardens from the comfort of the sunroom or the garden decks. Infrared Night Vision Cameras used in "Autumnwatch" can be used by guests to The Waterhouse by taking a Nocturnal Wildlife Tour near Threave Castle only a 15 min. drive. Book in advance at www.wildlifetours.co.uk Wildlife Hide Rentals in Kirkcudbright (also featured on Autumnwatch) www.scottishphotographyhides.co.uk

    Or try Dark Skies photography with a group or 1 to 1 tuition We hope to organise Astrophotography Workshop weekends over the winter. If interested contact us or go to www.viridianskies.com There are many Wildlife events throughout the year. Go to www.wildseasons.co.uk

    New Hospitality Patio at the cottage for buffets, drinks
    and summer meals.

    "Just as good as it looks on the internet!! Amazing little hideaway"

    "Thank you for creating this amazing place, exceeded all expectations"

    "Fantastic weekend in the beautiful Waterhouse and gardens - Lovely hosts in Martin and Sharon. An excellent introduction into the world of naturism"

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    Westwater Lodge is a more traditional Galloway Cottage located next to the owner’s cottage. It has a luxurious and spacious wooden south facing sun room surrounded by a new area of garden decking with seating and tables for eating out. It is located in its own large private garden, separate from The Waterhouse & The Boathouse. A log burning stove in the living room, along with a smaller open fire in the dining room, makes the space cosy and comfortable.
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    Telephone: 01557 331266
    E: waterhousekbt@aol.com

    The Waterhouse retreat is a haven of peace set in beautiful rural South West Scotland. It is only minutes away from stunning coastline and secluded beaches and the jewel of the South, the Artists town and fishing port of Kirkcudbright.

    A unique, hand crafted eco-wooden hideaway, the Waterhouse Lodge (Kirkcudbright) nestles gently in an acre of densely planted cottage garden, heavily scented with roses, buddleia and honeysuckle. The Waterhouse lodge has become a wildlife sanctuary and the beautiful garden of this luxury retreat in Galloway is teaming with an abundance of bird species. Swallows nesting under the eves of The Waterhouse log cabin are commonly seen swooping across the water along with bats, keeping the gardens remarkably MIDGE FREE!

    The Waterhouse Lodge has a spacious south facing sun deck which overhangs a large water lily edged pond. A lower deck contains a luxury Hot Tub. Just one of the comforts of this romantic retreat, the Hot Tub is heated and used all year round - a winter treat for watching the clearest skies in Britain, as well as a relaxing (relatively insect free) summers evening. The deck also has a log fuelled fire pit and a portable barbecque.

    The Waterhouse, Dumfries and Galloway, offers well equipped luxury self catering accommodation, sleeping up to 6 people, including 2 in The Boathouse. The Boathouse is a fully equipped, one off wigwam cabin, complete with en-suite Shower/WC. Located behind The Waterhouse, it is for use as an extra sleeping and living space for The Waterhouse, an addition or comfortable, private alternative to the Bunk Room. It cannot be rented separately.

    "Pretty much my idea of heaven"

    "A unique experience"

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    The Waterhouse and gardens near Gelston, Kirkcudbright, have a unique romantic ambience and are a popular venue for special events like honeymoons, romantic getaways and anniversaries. The location of The Waterhouse in Dumfries and Galloway makes it an ideal base for walking and cycling breaks and nature loving family holidays. The secluded natural setting is ideal for naturist visitors, proving to be a very popular feature of a holiday at The Waterhouse. Naturism is entirely optional and non-naturists are equally welcome.

    Leisurely evening meals using home grown seasonal vegetables and local meat and fish, can also be enjoyed some evenings, with the owners Martin and Sharon, who live in a well screened cottage in the grounds. The owners are sensitive to guests privacy in maintaining the gardens and hot tub.

    The Waterhouse
    1 Stockarton Cottage,
    DG6 4XS.

    T: 01557 331266
    E: waterhousekbt@aol.com


    "A truly magicalstay, we had the delight of seeing the baby swallows, bats circling the pond, an owl perched at the bottom of the road and even the milky way from the hot tub!"

    "Fantastic place - a little paradise in SW Scotland. Peace and tranquilty in abundance"

    "When we arrived I couldn’t believe it! The photographs online are wonderful but don’t do justice to this amazing place"

    "The gardens and pond are absolutely beautiful and show the tremendous amount of hard work and passion you have for nature"

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    the boathouse westwater lodge
    luxury eco-retreat, log cabin, sleeps 4
    glamping style chalet accommodation, sleeps 2
    self catering cottage, sleeps 4