Tucked away on the “Hidden Road” south of Balmaclellan is Ironmacannie Mill, believed to be one of the oldest corn and flour watermills in the South of Scotland. The mill was powered by water from the Shirmers Burn and was used by all the tenanted farms on the Kenmure Castle Estate from the early 1600’s. It was used commercially until the 1940’s, but thereafter fell slowly into disrepair. Then in the 1990’s, it was converted into a dwelling house with much of the Mill machinery still in situ.
Now the mill serves as a self catering holiday let, and a model of using renewable energy. It powers itself with hydroelectricity, coming off very same source that used to spin the millstones. It is also heated throughout the year with a ground source heat pump and a good efficient wood burning stove.
Ironmacannie mill can facilitate 10 guests. There are two double bedrooms, a room with two bunk beds and two additional double sofa beds. We are also dog friendly.
Lovely location, the mall is very interesting with lots of history, beautiful gardens, dramatic water falls and a great hot tub
This is a beautiful property, we had a really enjoyable family holiday here. The hot tub is great and the sauna was a real treat for all.
I chose this place for my birthday with friends because the pictures looked so good. It turns out the pictures dont do this place justice, it's a truly amazing place both inside and out. It is really cosy as well which was surprising being such an old building. Will definitely return in the future, and Lorraine and Ula were wonderful hosts.
Group of 9 adults had an amazing long weekend stay at Lorraine's mill.
House is beautifully decorated with a very well equipped kitchen.
The hot tub was fantastic, even in the freezing weather.
Lorraine was very easy to message and very helpful throughout our stay.
If you’re looking for a rustic far from the madding crowd stay, this place is perfect. Totally out in the countryside with a river and waterfall the setting is very picturesque. The mill house is beautiful very old and rustic with a log burner and a very olde worlde feel to it.
On arrival we were greeted by our very friendly host Lorraine and I got the feeling that if we asked nothing would be too much trouble.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and the dark sky experience was something else!
Close by is loch Ken...9 miles long and beautiful and the small town of Castle Douglas a beautiful gem with lots of unusual shops and great stock.
On the whole a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
Spacious house with lovely surroundings we had avery nice time, great value for money also would 100% recommend, thank you Lorraine.
This home and its surroundings are enchanting! The home is so spacious and comfortable and inviting, and the gardens are just gorgeous!
Fabulous location with great river running alongside steep terraced riverside garden. We enjoyed the hot tub and sauna and cooling off in the river. It was a truly get away from it all experience and lovely hosts. Nearby is Loch Ken for swimming and water sports and mountain biking and walking in the Galloway Forest Park. You’ll love it if you’re laid back, like adventuring or want to be inspired to live a creative greener lifestyle.
Lorraine and Ulla made our stay just wonderful. We were 13 university students in the house and they left us to our own devices, but we're willing to help and set up the bath and sauna for us at just a few minutes notice, which was very helpful! The sauna is great, and homemade! The only difficult thing for us was finding transport in Sunday so a few of the girls could get back in time for 2:00 labs. Thankfully after much stress about clashing bus times, Ulla agreed to drive them to Dumfries! We were extremely grateful and payed him for his efforts. I would also mention that although sauna costs a bit of money for wood and initial set up, we found it to be more than worth the experience. Finally, I highly advise exploring the pine wood forest down the road. We went twice!
A great, relaxing trip. Just what we needed for a few days away. The Mill building is interesting and quirky, the river running past adds real character and so peaceful at night listening to it. Weather a bit too cold to try out the hot tub! Everyone was very friendly, our dogs felt quite at home and a really interesting setup. The surrounding country is stunning and so much to do in the area - coastal walks, hill walks, wildlife. Recommend a visit
My friends and I visited mid march and we had an absolutely wonderful time. The area is beautiful, the house fantastic and the hot tub excellent! Fully recommend, Lorraine was a amazing host, quick response and super helpful tips.
We will be back!
Rachel, Chereen , Maria, kirsty and Alex
We had a great time on our stay - lots of lovely walks nearby. Wigtown was our favourite - we spent the day there looking through bookshops and drinking coffee. Would suggest double checking all amenities are available before booking - hot tub is currently broken however a new one is on its way so hopefully this will be rectified soon. Lorraine was a very communicative host and gave us great tips for things to do around the area.
The mill was perfect for a quiet, long weekend away. It was spacious and had everything we needed whilst we were there. I would recommend getting the hot tub and loved that it was away from the main building. The location was great for travelling to local beaches, with these being a short drive away. The mill was clean and tidy and catered for a large group with many different rooms. We loved the quirkiness of the mill and had an amazing time there! The value for money was unbelievable compared to other properties we had looked at. We will definitely be trying to visit again!
The mill is a very fun and unique space in an incredible location that provides lots of fun family walks and activities! My family and I stayed here and 9 of us slept at the mill comfortably - it’s a very fun space to stay in! The space is very tidy and provides clean bedding and towels and a well-stocked kitchen! The mill is perfect for a little country stay and break from busy cities!
A group of 9 of us went to the mill for a surprise 30th I planned for my friend. It was awesome, such an amazing place with a great rustic feel! Lovely hosts! Would go again without a doubt! Would highly recommend, thanks again for having us!
Lorraine's place and the surrounding area is your perfect location for the Borderlands and Galloway Forest Park explorationd. The farm road strolls through the hills and dales lead you back to the mill it's waterfalls and amazing gardens! Lovely place for family and friends retreat!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the old mill. Fabulous setting by the river and waterfall. Hot tub was amazing. Enjoyed roasting marshmallows in the garden my the fire on the warm summer evenings and cosied up in front of the sitting room log burner during the rainy evenings watching DVDs. A wonderful time in a special place. Thank you Lorraine and Uula.
This was a wonderfully relaxing trip in a very beautiful quiet spot. The Mill is old and quirky with intersting things to look at throughout and lots of space for a big family.
Lorraine was the perfect host - there when we needed her and leaving us to it the rest of the time. She gave a great recommendation for a beach nearby, and although sadly for her the hot tub had broken, Lorraine sent over an immediate refund.
Would definitely recommend this place and urge you to not miss the chance to see the milky way at night!!
Really special, thank you Lorraine and family.
A lovely place, in fabulous surroundings and Lorraine and her family were super-friendly and helpful.
The mill has plenty of space and has everything you need for a relaxing stay.
The location is great to get away from it all, but there is plenty to do locally.
We paid extra for the wood-fired hot tub, which was well worth it.
Would definitely return and recommend to friends.
We had an amazing stay, the mill was outstanding, homely, cosy and with lots of character, the location is amazing,surrounded by nature, looking at the stars at night whilst in bed, was very magical. Lorraine was lovely and catered to all our needs. We will be definitely be booking to stay again. ☺️
Lovely stay, garden is great with the waterfall and river running through. Really liked the log fire in the house to relax by in the evenings. Nice areas nearby for walks and not too far to travel into Castle Douglas for a choice of cafes/restaurants. Very relaxing place to get away from it all!
Thank you so much for a great Christmas trip. The mill was beautiful and the surrounding area amazing. We loved the hot tub and sauna. They were great with our 2 anxious dogs.
So much more amazing than the pictures could ever capture! This wonderful home is spacious and beautiful and more than we could've ever hoped for. Our family of 7+2 babies stayed for three nights and never ran out of things to do. The countryside walks, fire place in the basement for music, family meals in the dining room, sitting outside enjoying the beautiful scenery and so much more. We can't thank Lorraine enough for sharing their beautiful home... Thank you so, so much and we would highly recommend this home to anyone looking for a wonderful home and magical experience!