Telford Manor House
Telford House built by the famous engineer Thomas Telford in 1822, offers unique self-catering holiday accommodation and is the perfect base from which to explore all that Dumfriesshire has to offer.
Telford is perhaps best known for building the Menai Suspension Bridge linking North Wales to Anglesey but he also built numerous canals and roads throughout Britain, the stunning Chirk Aqueduct in North Wales and St Katherine's Dock in London, not to mention the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, The Ellesmere Canal and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands along with numerous churches there. Born in 1757, Telford, who was known as 'The Builder of Britain' died in London in 1834 just 12 years after building Telford House, a Coaching Inn on the important north-south route from Glasgow and Edinburgh to London at Beattock.
This former coaching inn, sleeps up to 26 people making it ideal for large groups such as family or friends, wedding guests, golfing or fishing parties. The main house incorporates 11 bedrooms including a self-contained apartment with its own kitchen, lounger/diner, en-suite double bedroom and entrance.
Beattock also boasts two public houses serving food. The 212-mile long Southern Upland Way which runs between Portpatrick in the west to Cockburnspath in the east, passes Telford House which is the halfway point. There are also opportunities for cycling and horse riding and for those who have their own horses, Telford House has its own stables which are available to guests together with secure facilities for storing bicycles. The popular visitor destination of Moffat is just two miles away and other neaby attractions include Drumlanrig Castle, the Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum, The Wanlockhead and Leadhills Railway and the Samye Ling Temple.
The South West of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and beaches, and the diversity of sporting, fishing, and recreational pursuits. There is good hill walking in the nearby Galloway Hills and cycling along some of the designated cycle routes as well the Seven Stanes mountain bike routes, including Dalbeattie Forest and the Galloway Forest Park. The Galloway Forest Park, well known for its beauty and tranquillity, is also recognised as Britain's First Dark Sky Park, and a unique Observatory provides astronomers phenomenal views of the stars.
For keen anglers, Telford House has fishing in the Evan Water which flows through the grounds. Brown and Sea Trout can be caught here.
Moffat town park has a boating lake, an interactive water feature and a nine-hole putting green whilst there is also a museum charting the history of this former spa town and a local community nature reserve featuring richly coloured insects, dragonflies, butterflies in spring and early summer, wading birds such as Curlew, Snipe and Lapwing in winter and Little Grebe, Geese and Mute Swans feeding on the lochan all year round.Also nearby, is the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall, Britain's fifth highest and the stunning St Mary's Loch.
Communications to the area are good. There are mainline railway stations in both Dumfries and Lockerbie, providing excellent links to both the north and south. The M74 motorway network is 1 miles distant, and there are regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe from Prestwick Airport, Glasgow and Edinburgh are all 60 miles distant.