About Knockquhassen Farm – a tranquil place

Knockquhassen reservoir

Knockquhassen Farm is a former croft set in 4 acres of garden and fields. We moved here from the Bristol area in late 2014 to make our home in this beautiful part of the country. We started the B&B in May 2015 and we offer 2 rooms for guests, a twin downstairs and double upstairs.

We have 3 cats and 2 horses plus a few hens who provide the eggs for breakfast! There are several barns (including one for the horses and one for our resident pair of barn owls!) and secure parking for guests.  For cyclists, safe bike storage is available in a locked outhouse or in the house if preferred. We can offer transport to and from Stranraer, Cairnryan and Portpatrick by arrangement and there are also excellent taxi services available.

The grounds and fields were quite wild when we arrived but we are gradually taming them! The areas of rough grazing and wild flowers and shrubs attract a whole host of birds and animals and we aim to retain the wild nature of the garden whilst also having some more orderly areas. We have lots of wild fuschia whose crimson flowers buzz with bees in summer and lots of lovely nettles for the butterflies!  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 small vegetable plot which has so far produced good crops of potatoes and some healthy looking rhubarb, gooseberry and blackcurrant bushes. We are trying a variety of other fruit and veg each year to find out which ones are happiest! In October 2015 we acquired 6 ‘recycled’ chickens (rehomed commercial layers) who now provide fresh free range eggs for the breakfast menu!

Dog Friendly

Dogs are very welcome to stay here and 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 and fishing is managed by Stranraer & District Angling Association. The reservoir is stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Guests can fish on the reservoir for free (fly only). Day permits can be purchased 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. As a result we are lucky enough to experience frequent sightings of a wide variety of wildlife including roe deer, rabbits, voles, foxes, greylag geese, ravens, heron, robins, blackbirds, dunnock, kestrels, buzzards and many more …. many of which can be seen at close quarters from the house if you’re lucky!  Our sunroom can serve as an excellent ‘hide’ allowing great views of a variety of birds and animals from the comfort of the lounge! We also have a ‘spotting scope’ which brings them even closer.  Gannets can also be seen at nearby Corsewall Lighthouse and the coast around Loch Ryan has many 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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