Rebuilt in 2005 to exacting standards. Comfortable accommodation, private colourful gardens and lovely views over Wigtown Bay.
Barholm Castle is a traditional Scottish tower house situated on a hillside overlooking Wigtown Bay and the Machars of Wigtownshire.
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It is reputed briefly to have been a hiding place in 1566 of the well known figure of the Scottish reformation John Knox.
There is a date stone on the stair tower of 1573, when it is thought this was added to the original rectangular tower.
The ground floor comprises a single vaulted chamber which was probably originally used as a storeroom and now is the kitchen, with fitted units and space for a dining table. The original kitchen may have been housed in a building outside of the tower; when not entertaining guests, the laird and his family probably cooked over the great hall fire. The great hall is the sole room on the 1st floor and has a large fireplace and a decorative painted ceiling.
The 2nd floor now consists of the master bedroom and bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin. There is a small office opening off the bedroom corridor. There are garderobe closets in both rooms.
On the next floor are two further bedrooms one with an en suite shower room, together with an additional shower room.
The stair continues up to a fourth bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and it is here that John Knox is reputed to have hidden in the mid sixteenth century. A staircase in the turret continues up to an upper cap house chamber, with a door to the roof parapet.
The castle is surrounded by mature colourful gardens with a variety of shrubs and flower borders which provide a wealth of colour for much of the year. There is a large greenhouse which doubles as a conservatory.
Gatehouse of Fleet provides a primary school, community centre, hotels, post office, bank, chemist, doctor's surgery, coffee shops, and two small supermarkets.
A wider range of shops, supermarkets and services can be found in the surrounding towns of Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart, with the regional capital of Dumfries offering university campuses, a major hospital, leisure complex, a range of high street shops, retail parks and large supermarkets.
Glasgow and Edinburgh are 98 miles and 112 miles respectively with train services running from Dumfries and Lockerbie. Prestwick International airport is approximately 66 miles by road.
South West Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and abundance and diversity of its recreational and sporting pursuits.