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Forest Gate

Airieland, Gelston, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1SS


  • 4 reception rooms. 5 bedrooms

  • Stunning rural family home

  • Summer House/Home Office/Hobby Room

  • Countryside views/Woodland backdrop

  • Integral double garage

  • Beautifully landscaped garden grounds

Forest Gate is situated in a peaceful rural location with far reaching countryside views. Situated near to the small village of Gelston which has a Primary School. Just 4 miles from the nearby market town of Castle Douglas and …

Forest Gate is situated in a peaceful rural location with far reaching countryside views. Situated near to the small village of Gelston which has a Primary School. Just 4 miles from the nearby market town of Castle Douglas and 6 miles to the harbour town of Kirkcudbright.

The South West of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and the diversity of sporting and recreational pursuits, and is a popular tourist destination. 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, which is known for its beauty and tranquillity, is also recognised as Britain’s First Dark Sky Park, affording astronomers some phenomenal views of the night skies.

The nearby market town of Castle Douglas, about 4 miles, is known as Dumfries and Galloways Food Town and has many local individual shops and businesses providing a varied selection of gifts, foods, and services. There are both primary and secondary schools in the town along with supermarkets, health services, veterinary services and a livestock market, small theatre and golf course. The harbour town of Kirkcudbright is also known as Scotland’s Artists Town, and is very popular with tourists, particularly in the summer months with a varying range of festivities and events. The town also provides a varied range of services including two small supermarkets, individual specialist shops, health services, and a renowned “blue-flag” marina providing excellent sailing facilities.

Dumfries is the principal town in the area, and provides a wider range of schools, shops, retail outlets, and other services including a larger hospital with a full range of outpatient clinics. The Crichton Campus is home to the Dumfries campuses of both Glasgow University and the University of the West of Scotland.

There are sporting opportunities such as shooting and stalking, as well as trout and salmon fishing on the regions numerous lochs and rivers. For golf enthusiasts there is the nearby championship course at Southerness, and there are several other courses across the region including Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright. The Solway coast is popular with sailors, with both Kippford and Kirkcudbright having safe moorings.

Communications to the area are very good. There are main line railway stations in Dumfries and Lockerbie, providing excellent links to both the north and south, London can be reached by train in around 3.5/4 hours. The M74 motorway network is 46 miles distant, and there are regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe from Prestwick Airport 59 miles and both Glasgow and Edinburgh international airports 94 miles and 104 miles respectively.

A highly desirable rural property set within its own beautifully landscaped garden grounds. Forest Gate provides panoramic far reaching views of the surrounding countryside and occupies an absorbing elevated rural site with a charming woodland backdrop. The property dates from 1989 and has undergone some significant changes under the current owners. Offering extensive accommodation ideal for entertaining extended family or friends, with a fine balance of reception/entertaining space combined with 4 double bedrooms. The extensive open plan living dining and kitchen space provides the hub of the home, a great space to come together as a family or entertain extended family and friends in greater numbers. The contemporary fitted kitchen is beautifully finished with a breakfast bar and provides a range of integrated appliances including an AEG combi oven, fan assisted oven, fridge / freezer & induction hob with Siemens overhead extractor. Throughout the property a number of further features enhance the style and finish of the home, including: solid oak internal doors, timber flooring to the open plan living area, modern tiled flooring to Kitchen & Dining space, Clearview wood burning stove to sitting room as well as a stunning feature Contura stove with exposed flue in the Lounge. Adjoining the Lounge is a delightful recently built Garden Room. Whilst Forest Gate presents beautifully, efficiency is also at the forefront with oil fired central heating, predominantly triple glazed with Nordan windows and PV solar panels providing quarterly contributions to your electricity bill. The Summer House enjoys far reaching views but also provides additional flexible space for a variety of uses. A beautifully laid out and maintained garden wraps the property and totals about 0.7 acres in all. Forest Gate provides a very attractive package in a highly desirable rural location.


Ground Floor:
Entrance Hall/Cloakroom. Laundry Room. Sitting Room. Master Bedroom. Bathroom En Suite. Shower Room. Utility Room. Garden Room. Open Plan Living/ Dining / Kitchen area.

First Floor:
Bedroom with walk in wardrobe. Bathroom. Single Bedroom. 2 further Bedrooms.

Double Garage with storage space above and access from internal hallway.

Summer House/Hobby Room/Home Office (5.3m x 3.5m)
Adaptable and useful space within the garden grounds, providing electric supply, TV point and thermostatically controlled electric heating. The room has double doors to the front opening to an attractive raised deck veranda. Enjoying beautiful far reaching views.

Approached via Gravel track with wooden gate providing access to Forest Gate and the generous grounds. The gravel driveway provides access to the initial gravelled parking area as well as direct access to the garage continuing beyond to further parking/turning areas. The garden presents beautifully and is extensively stocked with a wide range of plants/shrubs and small trees providing a variety of colour and appearance throughout the seasons. Predominantly laid to lawn this is balanced out by a combination of cut flower beds, as well as raised beds, garden shed, kitchen garden and a number of external seating areas ideally situated to capture the sun throughout the day. The garden is principally bound by either stone dyke or stock proof fencing with a cattle grid at the entrance.

Hartley Glazed Greenhouse – 5.2m x 2.4m Providing both electric and water.

Log Store – 5.2m x 1.8m