About Knockquhassen Farm – a tranquil place

Knockquhassen reservoir

Knockquhassen Farm is a former croft which is set in four acres of garden and fields. It enjoys glorious views over the countryside towards the Southern Uplands and the Ayrshire coast. We moved here from the Bristol area in 2014 with our three cats and two horses. Soon after this six hens joined the family and they provide the eggs for breakfast!

The B & B

The B&B started in May 2015. Two rooms are available for guests, a twin downstairs and double upstairs, both with ensuite shower rooms. Secure parking is available in front of the house.  Cyclists can store bikes either in a locked outhouse or in the house. We can provide transport to and from Stranraer, Cairnryan and Portpatrick by arrangement.  Local taxi services are excellent.

The outside…..

The garden is laid to lawn and is a great place to relax and take in the lovely views (weather permitting!). We have created a vegetable plot which produces good crops of potatoes, courgettes and beans. There are some healthy gooseberry and blackcurrant bushes; home made blackcurrant jam is on the breakfast menu! We try different fruit and veg each year to find out which ones are happiest in our acid soil and exposed location!

The rest of the land was quite wild when we arrived but we are gradually introducing some order! Most of the land is used as grazing for the horses. The rest is made up of wilder areas with wild flowers and shrubs. Wild fuschia does well here and the crimson flowers buzz with bees in summer. Nettles and buddleia are also a magnet for the butterflies! Our aim is to retain the wild nature of the garden whilst also having areas where we retain some control!

Finally, we have a barn used for storing hay, which our resident barn owls also call home!

Dog Friendly

Dogs are very welcome to stay here. Although we have 3 cats, they generally keep themselves to themselves when guests are staying. Please ring to discuss any particular requirements you have for your dog(s). Please see separate page for further details.

Fishing

Knockquhassen Reservoir is only about 500 yards from the house. Stranraer & District Angling Association manages the fishing and stocks the reservoir with brown and rainbow trout. Guests can fish on the reservoir for free (fly only). You can also purchase a Day permit from us for other local waters managed by SDAA.  Sea fishing is available at Portpatrick, Stranraer and Luce Bay.

Wildlife

We are situated in a particularly peaceful location at the end of a no-through lane, near Knockquhassen Reservoir. This location means that we frequently see a variety of wildlife. We often see roe deer, brown hare, voles, weasel, fox, greylag geese, raven, heron, robin, blackbird, dunnock, kestrel, buzzard and many more. You will be able to see some of these at close quarters from the house if you’re lucky!  Our sunroom serves as an excellent ‘hide’ which allows you to get great views of a variety of birds and animals! We even have a ‘spotting scope’ which brings them even closer.  At Corsewall Lighthouse a few miles to the north you can see gannets. Loch Ryan also has many excellent sites for bird spotting.

Wildlife list

Frogs in the pond

Frogs in the pond

 

Geese over the reservoir

Geese over the reservoir

Cuckoo in the garden

Cuckoo in the garden

Roe deer seen from the sun room

Roe deer seen from the sun room

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