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From our Guest Book

A lovely space to relax and enjoy your break. Friendly hosts with great attention to detail. All the board games we played were in great condition. The escape room game was good fun and the theme was fitting.

 Google Review December 2023

Had a fantastic stay in this lovely cottage. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the house was warm and cosy. Hester and Paul were gracious hosts and did a great job of organising the escape room experience which was a lot of fun. There are hundreds of board games to choose from so a rainy day certainly doesn't hold up the fun! The cottage is in an excellent location for exploring the surrounding area.

Google review December 2023

Hester was a tip top host, who managed the balance between information and privacy perfectly. She was very caring that we everything was right for us and indeed it was!

Airbnb review September 2023

Hester's cottage was super clean and cozy! 

The place was surrounded by beautiful nature, which made it even more special.

I totally recommend this hidden gem for a wonderful and relaxing stay!

Airbnb review July 2023

We enjoyed a peaceful week at this lovely cottage. The boys enjoyed an ice cream-making workshop .

On a clear night the stars i this area are amazing!

Guest book review March 2023


Thanks again for such a lovely holiday, the peace and quiet in a lovely setting was just what we needed.

AirBnB Review - January 2023


We had a great stay, place was spotless, and Hester was always available when needed. Great location for a base when travelling into Dumfries for work. We all said that we would stay again in a heartbeat!
AirBnB Review -December 2022


Beautiful cottage, everything required provided. Great experience and have future plan to come back again.

Guestbook - October 2022

Fantastic host and fantastic house in a beautiful location. We will definitely be back. The house was spotless and had everything we could have needed. The information in the house was great!

AirBnB Review - August 2022

Had a lovely week at Arden Holiday Cottage. The boys (5&8) really enjoyed the magic themed Escape Room and we found lots to do round about. Thank you for a lovely stay and all your help whilst we were here. Will recommend.

Guestbook - August 2022

Thank you for a lovely peaceful stay! It was everything we hoped for.

Guestbook - June 2022

Had a great visit, cottage was like home from home. Very comfortable and clean, peaceful.

Guestbook - May 2022

A Gorgeous Cottage in a Gorgeous Setting.

"There has been a great deal of thought gone into the way the cottage has been equipped and there is everything you could need during your stay.

It was extremely clean and very comfortable. Lovely bed linen and lovely fluffy towels.

Hester had gone to a great deal of effort and really had gone above and beyond to make sure everything was as it needed to be to meet all the requirements for the cottage to be Covid secure We felt very safe in that regard. I had been very nervous as I had been shielding since the start of the pandemic but was fully confident that everything was safe.

The views from the windows were superb and I spend ages just gazing out at the lovely scenery

Hester and her husband were extremely helpful and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable.

I cannot praise the cottage enough and have already booked to come back next year."

OC - June 2021


"The house is a lovely place to relax and unwind in a beautiful location. Everything was sparkling clean and the house had everything in it we needed. The hosts were welcoming and we had a super time"

AirBnB Review - August 2020

"Stunning location. A beautiful country home in completely tranquil surroundings. Really good kitchen facilities and a lovely large bath. We will be back!"
AirBnB Review - October 2020


"Had a lovely and peaceful Christmas. Deafened by the roar of silence! Fantastic stay in a warm and comfortable cottage. Looking forward to our return."

Mr. & Mrs. AC


"Well equipped, warm, clean comfortable cottage in lovely peaceful location with scenic views.  Delightful open plan lounge/kitchen with everything you could need.  We were a party of four adults so the separate bathroom and shower room was a bonus.  Few minutes scenic drive to Dumfries made it an excellent find.  As it was Christmas loved the tree and selection of board games.  Welcome tray much appreciated after long drive.  Host directed us to excellent restaurant with ‘Vegan Options’ overlooking the river Nith, well recommended.  Will definitely be visiting again.  Thank you Hester". 

Mrs PJ 


Very home from home feeling. Lovely setting and well equipped. Loved the dogs welcome kit- Bentley loved the dog toys!Rockcliffe to Kippford walk was lovely.

Bentley the dog


Lovely well equipped cottage. Very comfortable beds. Enjoyed our stay and the surrounding countryside.

L & B


Thank you for a lovely week . Peace & quiet was really appreciated as we needed to recharge our batteries ! Complimentary gifts were a lovely touch, thank you, def be back soon !



Surprised &  impressed to see a big telescope in my room ! Great house and friendly hosts.

M & K


Reggie appreciated the doggie welcome pack . Cottage had everything you needed and very clean.

I & J


Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was immaculate. thank you for the welcome gifts.

T & S


And some feedback from our escape room participants;

''Great escape room experience. Engages imagination and grey matter beautifully’’

‘’Absolutely fab - the great escape room ! Very clever !! Opens up the mind!!’’

‘’An intriguing experience - a very different way to spend an hour!’’

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