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.
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.
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!
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!
The Mill was a great find for our family, there were 8 of us, 6 adults and 2 kids. Everyone loved the place. We BBQd on the first night, there is limited outdoor furniture but we’d noticed this from pics so took our own.
The grounds are great for exploring and pretty private.
The house was big enough for three couples and two kids not to be under each other’s feet.
The fridge was a standard fridge which for a weekends worth of food and drinks was a little small but we managed.
The two futons were also a little uncomfortable for those sleeping on them.
Overall we had a fab weekend in this amazing place and as long as you don’t mind the odd spider would definitely recommend it.
What a lovely week we had over new year! Couldn’t think of a nicer way to spend the new year, staying at the Mill was amazing from start to finish. Lovely area with amazing and friendly hosts. I would definitely book again in the future
Lorraine and Ulu are the most welcoming and friendly family. The Mill is a very special place - loads of room for family get togethers. We had 6 adults staying over the long weekend plus 2 little kids and a Sunday lunch with an extra 4 people - we all fitted round the dining room table and everyone adored the place. The gardens are gorgeous, you are right beside a waterfall and the sauna - a little unusual is built and tended to by Ulu - a sauna native! Could have stayed in there all day! For a longer stay they gave the impression that we would be very welcome as part of their community - forest school sounds great! I hope we will make it back!
We had such an amazing stay at the mill celebrating a 30th birthday! The accommodation was sparkling clean and very unique. We will be back
We had a great time here! It’s like you are transported back in time watching fire and having limited internet! Great for some R&R!
The most amazing and beautiful place I have ever visited. Lorraine is the most accoadating and lovely lady I have ever met. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your amazing life so the time we were there. Can't wait to visit again 🙂
This place is truly a gem! We were a group 9 adults and everyone was beyond pleased with the hospitality, cleanliness, location, and the house itself. The advanced planning by Lorraine and her partner made our everything go flawlessly. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay and hope to be back in the future!
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!
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!
Amazing location! Really gorgeous surroundings and loads of space inside too. Great place to enjoy the great outdoors and anchor point to explore from
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.