Knockquhassen Farm is a former croft set in 4 acres of garden and fields, which has been a private house for the last 20 years or so. We moved here from Bristol in late 2014 to make our home in this beautiful part of the country. We started a small B&B in May 2015, offering 2 double rooms for guests.
We have 3 cats and 2 horses plus a few hens. There are several barns (including one for the horses and one for our resident pair of barn owls!) and plenty of parking. 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.
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 multitude 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!
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.
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 (see links on Dumfries & Galloway page).
We are located in a particularly peaceful area 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.