Welcome to Monreith House. Here in the Machars, one of south-west Scotland’s most scenic areas, you will find an unhurried lifestyle that is free from everyday hurly-burly and tempered by the mild climate of the Gulf Stream.
No choked roads and bottlenecks here – just pleasant driving. Typically we are about 1¾ hours from Dumfries in the east (with frequent train connections to Carlisle and London Euston), and 2 hours from Ayr, driving through the spectacular Galloway Forest Park. And we are ideally placed for visitors travelling to and from Northern Ireland – the excellent ferries from Stranraer and Cairnryan are only ¾ hour away.
Yes, it might take a little longer to reach us, but once here you’ll soon see why this part of the world is described as “Scotland’s best kept secret!”
We specialise in hosting small to medium-sized gatherings for short or longer breaks. Maybe you’re looking for something that’s a bit different in which to hold a small seminar, or a team-building or training event. We can also help with the supply of appropriate audio-visual equipment.
The range of apartments is complemented by a large dining room, a small card/writing room, a large comfortable lounge and library, as well as a full-size snooker room. We don’t have any indoor pools or beauty parlours – but there are plenty of places to escape, relax, work or play together, or simply chill out!
Our house staff are on call to help you with any arrangements you might wish to make – catering (whether in-house or specially commissioned); for group activities and excursions – advising on places of interest to visit or pursuits such as golf and fishing (sea and loch).
Monreith House does not have a ‘closed’ season – so you can take advantage of some of the beautiful weather that often comes to these parts in the quieter times of the year.
If you’d like more information on how to experience Monreith House, please contact us.
Monreith House was built in the late eighteenth century for the Maxwells of Monreith, a senior branch of the family that was once the most powerful on the Borders. They lived continuously at Monreith for over 500 years.
More recently Monreith House and the Estate were the home and inspiration of the author and naturalist Gavin Maxwell.
The fine mansion house stands in a beautiful setting. Within the extensive grounds are attractive walks by the White Loch of Myrton, through the park, garden and arboretum that contains many rare plants, shrubs and trees laid out at the end of the nineteenth century by the well known gardener and author, Sir Herbert Maxwell.
There’s an immediate sense of warmth about Monreith House when you step through the front door. For this is a family home where you can absorb the great history that’s associated with the Maxwells of Monreith. Nothing ostentatious, but plenty of comfort and space in which to relax. On the first floor, the Laird’s Apartment, a self-contained suite of well-appointed rooms.
The second floor of Monreith House has been converted into three self-contained holiday flats. All are extremely comfortab1e, each with its own central heating, colour digital tv and modern, fully equipped kitchen. Whichever part of the house you choose, there are superb views across the Loch to the Galloway Hills in the North, or towards the sea and the Isle of Man to the South.