Monthly Archives: May 2018

Castleview House is five years old already!

Goodness me! Did those first 5 years as Kirkcudbright’s first VisitScotland 5-Star Holiday Home not pass us all by very quickly?

The best testimony to our success lies in the many kind compliments paid by our guests upon departure.

This recent example captures the mood of most, “Staying at Castleview House was an absolute delight. You should be proud of what has been achieved and of providing your guest with everything they could possibly wish for. Thank you!”  

We even had one guest who refused to leave but that’s another story.

When we bought the town’s former Masonic Lodge in 2011 – from our eventual neighbours – it was an utterly unloved wreck but with untold potential, both to eat up all my savings and to fulfil my long-held dream of restoring an old property’s dignity and converting it to a worthwhile modern purpose. In neither respect was I disappointed. Our  estimable Architect Glynne Shackleton’s gamble in replacing a conventional opening with a soaring and majestic arched window gave me many sleepless nights but turned into a triumph, whether from the inside looking out onto the splendid Hope-Dunbar Park and Barrhill Wood or from the outside when our Christmas Trees glows warmly in December. The property is now a local landmark.

We like to believe that Castleview House, whilst essentially traditional in character, happily blends the vernacular with a number of contemporary and idiosyncratic features. From the Vivienne Westwood wallpaper in the Shortbread Suite, through the wall of distinctive 1930’s travel posters making up a map of Britain to a bathroom for each bedroom and a swing-seat to relax on with a single malt in hand and a Scottish sunset ahead, what more could you ask of a holiday free of midges and full of the sights and sounds that we associate with times past?

~ Peter Duncan