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Station Master's House Sanquhar

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Vernon's review of The Station Master's House Sanquhar
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The Station Master's House Sanquhar sleeps 6+1

Beautifully renovated early Victorian sandstone station in an elevated position looking over the small town of Sanquhar and the hills beyond.

Through steep wooded glens decorated with thick carpets of bluebells and edged with creamy swathes of delicate blackthorn blossom, past broad rivers winding though fresh green pasture, what more appropriate way could there be to travel to the Station Master's House than by train? A relaxing journey ending at an unusual, special destination. A few steps from the platform bring us to the front door and as soon as it's opened we can see we're in for a treat. Sadly neglected for more than forty years, the old station and station master's house at Sanquhar have recently been lovingly brought back to life with great care, patience and attention to detail and combined into one spacious, luxurious holiday home.

Thick, solid flagstones lead into a bright hallway and through to a lovely large kitchen, beautifully fitted out with pale blue units and cool, dark granite surfaces. First stop (of course) is the kettle and exploration of the kitchen cupboards before enjoying a refreshing cup of tea while admiring our temporary unusual cottage home. Here and there about the room (and the rest of the house too) are reminders of a former life – antique signs stating 'tickets', 'ladies' waiting room' or 'do not cross the line' as well as old maps and railway posters. The ceilings in the house are high, the doorways wide and lovely sash windows let in lots of light so there is a general air of spaciousness.

Through the kitchen we find a brightly lit dining room, once the waiting area for rail passengers, now a colourful eating space with an al fresco feel to it, just right for fun family meals. Over the following days, this will be the scene of many such occasions, with the added novelty of friendly waves to surprised passing train passengers. Relaxed evenings have been spent cocooned in the sumptuous sofas by the warm glow of the woodburning stove in the big living room on the other side of the house, where the view is across the town to the Southern Uplands and Blackcraig Hill, a good spot to sit with a map and plan outings for the following day.

The kitchen, dining room and two of the bedrooms are on the platform side of the house so occasionally we've looked up from our breakfast cereal to see a train glide by – a real treat for us as we live miles from the nearest railway – and they really do seem to glide: speed restrictions mean that they're going at a genteel pace and make hardly a sound as they pass through our station.

Two of our party arrived here by car and we've all brought bikes (there's a handy garage to keep them in) so we've made a few forays into the countryside along quiet, scenic roads; visits to Drumlanrig Castle and Dumfries House made two very interesting and enjoyable days out and we spent a delicious evening enjoying the food and view at the Lochside House Hotel just a few miles away. Making the most of our stay in a railway cottage in Scotland, we've also done some exploring by rail: out west to the Ayrshire coast, up to Edinburgh and for a memorable night out at the theatre in Glasgow - all without having to find a parking space or worry about a glass or two of wine with a meal.

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Further details about this accommodation

The Station Master's House is the renovated Sanquhar Station building - with all the facilities you need for a luxury self-catering break in a beautiful area.
The building has been renovated and its unique character restored and our accommodation is as follows:
Modern well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops and a dishwasher
Stone flagged dining room (or loggia) seating six (or eight if needed) and created from the Station's light and airy waiting room space
Cosy living room with a log burner, hardwood floor and plasma TV as well as a DVD player and plenty of books, magazines and board games
Three beautiful bedrooms (two king-sized doubles and one twin - zippable to create a double)
Three bathrooms - one en-suite with the master double bedroom, one as a family bathroom with a rolled top bath and one fully accessible WC and shower room
Utility room with boiler and drying rack, a garage and secure bike storage.
The single-level layout of the building and wider-than-normal doorways make the Station Master's House at Sanquhar Station ideal for those with disabilities.

Our top 5 things to see and do while staying at The Station Master's House
hotel There are wonderful walks all over Dumfries and Galloway, in the great rugged hills, alongside lochs and rivers and along the coast. Sanquhar is right on the Southern Upland Way which crosses Scotland from west to east and in the midst of the Southern Uplands and the Lowther Hills, so there are many walks you can start from the door or from further afield.
hotel Sanquhar Station Master's House is perfect for a car free holiday - just bring your bike on the train and get off at you own station! National Cycle Routes 7 and 74 and the National Byway provide 450 miles of well signposted, connecting cycle routes throughout Dumfries and Galloway. All follow quiet lanes and roads so far as possible and take in attractive countryside, heritage sites and places of interest.
self catering Just six miles away Drumlanrig, which takes its nickname the 'pink palace' from its red sandstone, is an impressive castle with fine gardens, woodland walks and adventure play area. Prince Charles headed a consortium in 2007 to secure the purchase of Dumfries House, a wonderful mid 18th century Palladian mansion with extensive grounds - the converted coach house makes a lovely place to eat. Entry to the house itself is by guided tour.
hotel Close to home in Sanquhar, the Blackaddie Country House Hotel is outstanding for fine dining. The menu, based on fresh, local produce, changes daily and you can book a private room for a party. Just 13 miles away near Cumnock, you can dine in style at the Lochside House Hotel which sits in its own grounds overlooking the lovely Loch of the Lowes.

New Lanark World Heritage Site, a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village, is a great place to go for a day out with the family, with visitor centre, shops, walks and gardens to explore. For railway enthusiasts, Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway is an essentail day out, with diesel locomotives every weekend on the highest adhesion railway line in the UK and a lead mining museum, all set in fantastic upland scenery. Just jump on a train for a day out shopping and sightseeing in Glasgow or Edinburgh.