Orroland Lodge, a large holiday home in Scotland for 14 people
At a glance
- Sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms
- Dining room seats 30
- 3 bathrooms, 3 shower rooms
- Full week holidays £1860 - £3800
- Short breaks from £960
- Free Wi-Fi
- Dogs welcome
- No neighbours
- Panoramic sea views
- Extensive private grounds
- 5 minutes walk to private sea shore
- Pool table
- Open fire & wood burner, logs supplied
- Location: Dundrennan, 9 miles east of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, SW Scotland
Why Orroland Lodge?
Leaving the main drive you swing right onto Orroland Lodge's private drive and wind through mixed woodland, following a burbling stream with wild ferns, flowers and farm fields beyond. Here sleek cattle enjoy the succulent grass with enviable views of the sea. Rumble over your cattle grid and past the head of one of the paths leading to the shore. There's still no sign of Orroland Lodge until the road sweeps round to the left and the Lodge emerges from the sheltering trees in all its glory.
You have arrived at a holiday house that is large and impressive in appearance, offering accommodation that is very easy to live in. Listen for the ethereal sound of the sea in harmony with the birdsong; sounds that are totally unobtrusive and good for the soul.
Enjoy the spacious, elegant and comfortable accommodation in this former shooting lodge. You can relax on the sheltered, sunny terrace and feast your eyes on the views across the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian mountains. All along the front of the house the rooms have uninterrupted sea views (there's no such thing as a bad view at Orroland Lodge). You are a stone's throw from the steep wooded slope leading down to the private rocky shoreline, where you will find driftwood to collect and rock pools and caves to discover. The large flat rocks are ideal for barbecues, picnics and sunbathing.
Crunch your way across the gravel to the main door that leads into a long hall from which all the rooms are reached. Opposite you is the spacious drawing room with open fire, large bow window and verandah door leading to the garden and terrace. High ceilings and a fine chandelier made by the owner, William Kennedy complete the feeling of elegance.
To one side is the spacious kitchen and the practical spaces of the house like the pantry, larder, utility room and boot room with door to outside. Also a bathroom and a shower room, both with WC. Through the light, airy kitchen is the dining room with configurable tables enabling the space to be adapted to suit your party. There is a pool table (which can be used as a sideboard if you prefer) and a door to the garden and terrace. Larger parties will be glad to find that the room can comfortably seat 30 guests with plenty of elbow room.
To the other side of the drawing room there are three bedrooms on the ground floor. One of these is the large master bedroom with king bed (5ft) and en-suite bathroom. A shared bathroom serves the other two bedrooms, which are twins.
There are two staircases at opposite ends of the house, each leading to a pair of bedrooms with a shared shower room. Three of these rooms are twins; the fourth can be set up as twins or a super-king (6ft).
This large century-old lodge is continuously being improved, always reaching new, even higher standards of comfort and convenience. The elegant drawing room with open fire, spacious panelled dining room and well-equipped kitchen all add to Orroland Lodge’s attraction as an exceptional location for a holiday or gathering for groups of friends, special occasions, wedding receptions, family reunions and parties.
What a fabulous holiday! The house is out of this world, so well equipped it has everything you would ever need. The location and scenery are breathtaking.
Burgess, McCann and Allison families
Prices include bed linen and towels, electricity, heating and logs for the open fire. You are welcome to arrive from 4pm and we ask you to depart by 10am. Guests staying for two weeks receive a housekeeping visit mid-stay along with fresh bed linen and towels.
“12th year at Orroland”
As usual we all had a fantastic time! It is a great place for all three generations of our family to relax and have fun. The beach house , the loch and grounds. The rocky beach for crabbing and the pool table for our annual tournament, together with 'archery', cricket or rounders, badminton and board games, quizzes and cards. A great place to make your own entertainment. Oh! and we also have a few fitness fanatics who run and/or skip and do the 'insanity' fitness programmes. Everyone doing their own thing but coming together for lunch and the evening meal. Val from Leicester
“A Geeat Place for a Family Holiday”
We always find it difficult to find somewhere suitable for our annual family holiday with 7 adults, 5 children and a dog, and we were very pleased to discover Orroland, which ticked just about all the boxes - plenty of space, the right number of rooms, very well equipped and a location and sea views to kill for. The beach hut was a great bonus and the ideal location for the eldest granddaughter's 11th birthday BBQ. The grounds around the house were perfect for exploring and games of cricket, and we were all delighted to see the red squirrels feeding; I just wish they had appeared more often! We found plenty to suit everybody in the surrounding area, ranging from water skiing to the daily red kite feeding at Bellymack farm (don't miss it!) to visiting ruined abbeys and castles to lazy days on nearby sandy beaches. The only criticisms would be of the often unusably slow Internet connection and that the decoration in some parts of the house is looking a bit tired. However, these are far outweighed by the pluses and the support that the Kennedy family provided and we would be happy to stay there again.
“Lovely holiday in beautiful countryside”
It's not easy to find a holiday destination for three generations of family, assembled from all parts of the globe for a reunion to celebrate several significant birthdays. Happily, we found Orroland and, from the first scan of the excellent website, we felt that we had chosen that elusive 'something for everyone' holiday destination (always accepting that one cannot legislate for the vagaries of the weather!) We greatly enjoyed the large common spaces; the kitchen, with its Aga, was the assembly room but we also made the most of the logs for the open fire in the sitting room on the night when we engaged the services of Evie (see Orroland website) to cook our farewell meal. The layout of Orroland Lodge is a little unconventional but we had studied the floor plan provided and had allocated rooms etc before we arrived. Outside, the estate was beautiful and the walk down to the beach was a constant delight. Probably the highlight of the week was an exciting afternoon spent foraging from our backdoor with Mark (who also features on the website). Together, and with the assistance of Mark's delicious snacks and drinks, we worked our way down to the beach and back again, discussing and (sometimes) tasting foodstuffs that we had walked past without a second glance earlier in the week. We loved the surrounding villages and towns, finding something to do even in low cloud and grey seas.
“Marvellous Time for Family at Orroland”
Maw, Paw and three daughters with partners, children and dogs enjoyed a superb week at Orroland to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. The 'house' has everything one needs to cook, eat, wine, dine, entertain and simply enjoy and is very safe for the kids to roam freely outside. To sit out in the afternoon and evening looking over the water just chilling was a delight while our 'campfires' on the beach were certainly a different sort of family get together. The bedrooms are such that you do not feel that you are living on top of each other and everyone enjoyed their 'own space'. It would be our intention to return at some time in the future. Thankyou.
“Beautiful house and surroundings.”
We stayed as a family of 10 people, 2 dogs and a baby of 10 months. Beautiful, spacious house which meant we were not on top of each other. Peaceful atmosphere in the house which meant everyone slept well. The gardens and surroundings were lovely with outdoor tables and chairs and a lovely sea view. There was a walk down to the stony beach where there was a nice beach hut and a a beautifully landscaped fernery and garden with the most beautiful flowers. This was truly a labour of love. It was so peaceful to sit on the veranda of the beach house or the rocks and listen to the birds and the waves. I could have spent most of my time there. There was also a lake and a boating house which had a barbecue, tables and chairs and patio heaters. A boat was also provided. The landscaping around the lake was beautiful. Overall everything was perfect, except the weather but we are used to that and the little town of Kirkcudbright was near, also an adventure park for the younger members of our party.
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