“Retire from the world for a while to a private place. Let the noise fade away and tranquility envelope your soul”
The Argrennan Estate is accessed by attractive wrought iron gates aside the A711 road from Castle Douglas to Kirkcudbright and nestled in the heart of the rolling countryside of Dumfries and Galloway.
With panoramic views further afield and attractive, colourful and ornately tailored gardens within the 50 acre estate, Argrennan has a relaxed and tranquil feel. Once our gates are closed behind you, feel the stresses and strains of the outside world melt away.
All guests are encouraged to roam free with over a mile of rural pathways to explore and a walled garden of over 2 acres just waiting for your arrival. The Estate is home to a variety of wildlife and deer are often found roaming in the woodland. Enjoy the peace, sit for a while, maybe with a glass of something refreshing from our well-stocked bar?
The Manor House
…..nestled at the heart of the estate is the grand manor house, which is an exceptional example of neoclassical design with a rich and unique heritage, and even the occasional royal visitor.
Built in the 1600s, the original house was owned by Robert Cutler of Argrennan who, in 1705, passed it to his son William Cutler. In 1799, the house name was changed to Deebank having been acquired by one Alexander Gordon.
However, it reverted back to Argrennan, quite rightly, when purchased by Robert Kerr in 1819. James Gillespie-Graham extended the house in 1818 which gives the building particular interest in Scottish heritage.
Gillespie-Smith was best known for both houses and churches in the Scottish Gothic style. His particular interest was in grand interiors, and this is reflected in Argrennan and notably in Hopetoun House, Taymouth Castle and the St Andrew’s cathedral in Glasgow.
‘Argrennan, we think, is Gaelic and Norse. In the first, ard, a hill, and in the latter, grennan for green, applying to the appearance of land. In the Gaelic there is grinean, a green.’
– History of the Lands and Their Owners in Galloway By P.H. M’kerlie
“When in 1308 nearly all the rest of Scotland had been won by King Robert, Galloway still stood for the English King and Edward Bruce was sent to subdue it. He met the Gallovidian forces, consisting partly of Scots and partly of English, at Craignell and defeated them. Tradition points to a stand made by the enemy at a ford in the Dee called the Grainy ford, where they were defeated again.
Mackenzie says in The History of Galloway published in 1841 that “in a field called Druin Cheate (in English, ‘the place of meeting’)where the encounter took place on the estate of Deebank, the fragments of many war-like instruments have been found”.