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near Port William, Dumfries and Galloway
Thank you for booking this Landmark and we hope that you enjoy your stay here. The income we receive from your booking pays for the repair and maintenance of the building, thus allowing us to preserve it for the enjoyment of those who follow you.
To arrange to get into the Landmark, it is very important that you call the Housekeeper at least 48 hours before you are due to arrive. Early evening is generally the best time to call.
Please do not arrive before 4pm on the first day of your booking. The Housekeeper will have prepared The Old Place of Monreith for you, and we hope and expect that you will leave it as clean and tidy as you can when you leave. On the last day PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING ENTIRELY BEFORE 11 am, leaving it secure and returning the key to the Housekeeper. If you do not leave on time, this makes the Housekeeper’s task extremely difficult. If you leave on an earlier day, please let her know.
The Old Place of Monreith (OS map reference NX382430), is 15 miles south of Newton Stewart and three miles east of Port William. It is often called locally ‘Dowies’ or ‘The Dowies’, and shown as ‘Dowies’ on maps.
It is essential to bring at least two working torches; access after dark could be difficult or impossible without them.
To reach The Old Place of Monreith follow the A75 west from Dumfries towards Stranraer until you reach the large roundabout [NX413645] on the southern outskirts of Newton Stewart. Turn left onto the A714, following signs to Port William, turning right [NX427568] before you reach Wigtown (this bypasses Wigtown, but you can go through Wigtown if you wish). Carry on through Bladnoch, cross the bridge over the river [NX421542], and then about threequarters of a mile later turn right [NX419526] onto the B7085 towards Whauphill and Port William.
Go through Whauphill [NX404497]. About four miles beyond Whauphill, where the B7085 turns sharply right, turn left [NX361441] (in fact straight ahead) onto the B7O21, probably signed Whithorn. After about another two miles you will pass (but do not take) a left turn [NX384439] to Kirkland of Longcastle. A quarter of a mile later, on the right, you will come to Barwinnock Farm [NX387437], a large barn and other buildings. Drive past the end of the farm and take the second turning on the right [NX388434]. (The first is a farm entrance - do not take this.)
This second turning [NX388434], which is onto a track about 150 yards after the farm, can be hard to find even in daylight. Look for an overgrown stone wall curving away from the road and an old stone gatepost (and probably also some tall plastic bins).
Having found this track, bear right, driving carefully (the road is often potholed by farm traffic, and should be taken slowly) for about 400 yards to a gate[NX386430]. Go through this and shut it behind you (Wellington boots may be needed). Continue on for another 400 yards to a second gate and the Old Place of Monreith [NX382430].
Parking: There is a garage, and also space outside for about two cars.
Public Transport: The nearest station is at Stranraer, which is served by trains from Glasgow.
The Old Place of Monreith has two twin bedrooms on the first floor, and one twin and one double bedroom on the top floor. Please contact the Housekeeper if you will need the folding cot. This is suitable for children up to two years old; we provide a mattress but no bedding.
The Old Place is heated by electric storage radiators. There is also an open fire in the sitting room and a stove in the kitchen. The cooker uses electricity. The cost of fuel for heating and cooking is included in the price, but please use this sparingly to keep our costs (and prices) down. Fuel for the open fire is not included, but can be bought locally.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome, if booked with us in advance. Please keep them under control at all times, clear up any mess they make, both inside and out, and especially never allow them on beds or furniture.
There is enough crockery and cutlery for two extra people. However, the building must not be used to entertain others beyond that number, and the number sleeping in it should never exceed eight.
We provide sheets, pillowcases, towels, tea towels, and blankets.
The ‘Information & Advice’ folder in the Landmark gives essential information about the building and local amenities, including shops for provisions. The nearest Tourist Information Centre is in Stranraer, (01776) 702595.
Landmarks do not have postal deliveries, and mail sent to them may not reach you.
If you have ordered wine to be delivered, it will usually be in the kitchen. If you cannot find it, it will be in the garage. If there is a problem, please call Berry Bros & Rudd, telephone 0870 900 4300 (Monday to Friday 9am till 6pm, Saturday 10am till 4pm).
In an emergency you may call our Regional Manager Ms Susan Biggs. In exceptional circumstances urgent messages may be left with the Housekeeper, but please do not ask our staff to do this otherwise, since they may live several miles away.
Please be appreciative of neighbours and anyone else you meet, since they may have to coexist with Landmark visitors 365 days a year!
We hope you enjoy your stay.