With significant historical connections, former residents of Kenbank House have included a retired East India Company officer. A renowned Professor of Classics, the Chinese diplomat, Sir Halliday Macartney and the noted novelist, Neil Gunn. The original part of Kenbank House dates from 1740 and additions and alteration have been made over the intervening centuries. The house has been tastefully modernised but the original character has been retained. The principal rooms all face south with astounding views over the surrounding farmland. The property has been fully re-wired (2012) to include 3 separate zone fused panels/circuits, hard wired smoke alarms installed throughout and all interlinked and a new dual-com motion sensor alarm system connected to the local Police. Kenbank has oil fired central heating, on a service plan with a local engineer and has recently undergone a flush cleaning of the heating system as well as replacement pumps and control panels.
Kenbank House is situated in an exceptionally beautiful south facing position in one of the most scenic parts of the South West of Scotland. The gentle rolling countryside and the Lochs of the Glenkens provide a sharp contrast to the Rhins of Kells which lie to the west.
The village of St Johns Town of Dalry has a village shop and post office, both primary and secondary schools, 24hr Garage and two hotels, including the very popular Clachan Inn. Whilst a broader range of services can be found in Castle Douglas and Dumfries. The mainline railway stations in both Dumfries and Lockerbie provide good links to the north and south whilst Ayr is about 32 miles to the northwest. Prestwick Airport, with its links to the rest of the U.K. and mainland Europe, is about 41 miles distance. Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports are also very accessible.
The South West of Scotland is renowned for its mild climate and long growing season which attracts gardeners from all over the country to this part of Scotland. The area also offers boundless sporting and outdoor activities including excellent salmon and sea trout fishing on many of the local rivers as well as trout fishing on the numerous lochs in the area. There is a nine hole golf course at nearby New Galloway whilst the championship courses of the West Coast such as Troon and Turnberry are within driving distance on the Ayrshire coast. Loch Ken is a well known centre for sailing and other water sports. There are numerous walks in the area, including The Galloway Forest Park which is known for its beauty and tranquillity and is also recognised as Britain's First Dark Sky Park, which provides astronomers phenomenal views of the stars. The nearby town of Castle Douglas is known as Scotland's Food Town and has many local individual shops. A few miles further The Artists' Town of Kirkcudbright draws large numbers of visitors to the area throughout the year and has a wide range of galleries and exhibitions as well as events which are part of the annual Summer Festivities.