Barr Farm House Bed & Breakfast
Barr Farmhouse is peacefully situated on one side of the natural bowl that surrounds Dumfries with breath-taking views to the hills on the far side of the valley.
Each of our bedrooms boasts an individual contemporary country style in both decor and furniture, with stunning views across the Galloway hills and Criffel beyond. All have central heating and tea and coffee making facilities. Guest accommodation is at one end of the property with its own private entrance and we live at the other end, so it feels like you are in your own country home! Each bedroom has its own private facilities, either as a shower room or bathroom.
A guest drawing room is available to you during your stay after 3.30pm where there are books to read, card and board games to play, CDs to listen to, SKY television to watch and a small library of DVDs for your use. After dinner you may relax in the comfort of your own lounge and in the colder months in front of a roaring log burning stove.
We are Wi-Fi enabled so that Internet connection is available throughout the guest house accommodation and in all the bedrooms at no extra cost. In order to preserve peace and quiet it is our preference not to have televisions in the bedrooms (SKY TV is available in your drawing room). Radios are provided in the bedrooms.
You are most welcome to take a walk around the ‘Wee Paddock’ to admire the magnificent views (the reason we bought The Barr). Weather permitting, please feel free to stroll along our ‘Criffel Path’ to view Criffel in the distance, in all its majesty (the highest hill in the south-west of Scotland) and all the other hills on the other side of the valley. Alternatively, why not take a seat in the ‘Snowdrop Glade’, carpeted with snowdrops in the spring.
Afternoon tea is served in the drawing room or dining room when you arrive as part of your package (any time after 3.30pm). Relax and unwind after a hard day travelling with a nice cup of tea or coffee and some delicious farmhouse home baking. Occasionally, when the weather is fair, afternoon tea can be served in the garden where you can enjoy the views from The Barr. Breakfast is served in the vaulted dining room between 7.30am and 9.00am at a time of your choosing when you may indulge in a traditional Scottish full breakfast with all the trimmings or choose an alternative breakfast from our menu.
In the mornings breakfast is provided in the dining room between 7.30am and 9.00am when you may indulge in a traditional full Scottish breakfast with all the trimmings or select something from our alternative menu:
The Barr Scottish Continental – Scottish porridge oats with a dash of whisky and cream; or cereal; or alternatively, muesli soaked in honey served with cream and fruit (of the season) – followed by a selection of cheese, ham and yoghurt;
Scrambled Egg with Smoked Salmon;
Breakfast Pancake Stack – with Blueberries (or other fruit of the season) and Maple Syrup with Greek Yoghurt.
We source as many of the breakfast items as possible from local farms. All breakfasts are served with: freshly squeezed orange juice; toast/home made Irish brown bread; a selection of jam/marmalade; tea or brewed coffee.
All prices are per person per night and include tea or coffee and a selection of farmhouse baking on arrival (whenever you arrive!) and full breakfast.
Tariffs (price per person per night) - Double Room – £30; Single Occupancy – £45
A £5 per room per night discount applies from the fourth night onwards.
Normally, we would expect check in time between 3.30pm and 8.00pm but can usually accommodate a late arrival. Just ask! Breakfast is at a time of your choosing between 7.30am and 9am. Check out is around 10.30am on the day of departure.
We are Dog people and welcome your dogs. We are also close to the 7 stanes Mountain bikes track at Ae Forest (7 mins), Mabie Forest (20 mins) and Dalbeattie (30 mins). Wash down facilities and storage for Mountain Bikes are available here at The Barr.
Not only does our situation have easy access to the main motorways, and acts as a natural gateway to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands of Scotland, the English Lakes and Ireland, it is an area of outstanding beauty where there is much to do for the visitor. Our website provides detailed directions to The Barr.
Dumfries and Galloway has over 200 miles of coastline, pretty towns, charming villages, beautiful hills and a great network of touring roads to discover all its hidden treasures. The area offers unspoilt natural beauty and colour all year round, perfect if you just like to relax or if you enjoy taking part in adventurous/outdoor activities.
Dumfries, the region’s largest town has a population of approximately 32,000 and very diverse historical roots from King Robert, the Bruce to Robert Burns. It boasts associations with Bonnie Prince Charlie (the Young Pretender who never became king of Scotland), J M Barrie (who wrote Peter Pan) and John Paul Jones (the founder of the US Navy), to name but a few. It is also the home of the first Bicycle (Kirkpatrick Macmillan; in 1939) and played host to the last public hanging in Scotland! The well known statue of Robert Burns can be seen in the centre of the town and many visitor attractions are linked with our national bard, and eternal, if unofficial, poet laureate of Scotland.
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This page was last updated: 21 February 2011