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Thank you for visiting our website. We believe your stay at The Knowe B&B should be memorable for all the right reasons and to reassure you that we take your comfort, safety and well-being seriously, we hope you will read our full COVID-19 Operating Policy, which is available HERE. We are now fully compliant to the COVID-19 Industry Standards accredited by all National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, our certificate is displayed and a copy is available on request.

We hope to meet you in person sometime very soon, but in the meantime, here's a little bit about us and the history of our beautiful home.

The Knowe was formerly known as 'North Manse' a Ministers dwelling house owned by The United Free Church of Scotland until 1930's when it was sold for the first time as a private home. Only a small number of families have resided here; The Hunters from 1930's - 1970's, The Lawrences from 1970's to 2011 and then us, Karen and Harry Hall.

A 'potted history' of The Knowe is available to read HERE

Knowe meet your hosts

Knowe meet your hosts

Since purchasing The Knowe in September 2012, Karen and Harry have continued to lovingly renovate and restore the house back to its former Late-Victorian Glory. 

Karen is a qualified Interior Designer and has also enjoyed a career in the hotel industry for many years. She has worked for several large hotel chains based in the North East of England.  Her passion for design and love of hospitality has led to the unmistakable charm and character The Knowe Bed and Breakfast boasts today.

Harry, now retired worked as a Marine Engineer for over 40 years. His technical eye for gadgetry and love of all things 'techy' have ensured that The Knowe Bed and Breakfast is bursting with the latest technology for guests to enjoy.

We also share our home with two small, very cute, human-friendly dogs and therefore we are unable to accept guest dogs.

Knowe let's relax

Knowe let's relax

Our Guest Sitting Room is offered purely for your use throughout your stay. It's a really comfortable, relaxing space in which to unwind, enjoy a tea or coffee, peruse the selection of books or simply watch TV.  The quirky decor and sumptuous soft-furnishings give it a very cosy and welcoming feel. Situated at the front of the house the room also offers stunning views across the Rhins of Kells. It’s the perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day. So grab a good book (we have many to borrow), cosy up and relax....

Alternatively, you're also welcome to use our Garden Room; an extension of our Dining space, it's light and airy and overlooks our pretty gardens. Throughout the year we enjoy many varieties of feathered visitors to our busy bird feeding station. So, we have handy bird reference books and a pair of binoculars at hand to help you identify and enjoy our visiting wildlife too.

In order to assist us in maintaining our very high standards we politely ask guests, staying more than one night, to vacate the premises between the hours of 11:00 and 16:00 to allow us to service guestrooms and communal areas, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Knowe where are we?

Knowe where are we?

The Knowe Bed and Breakfast is situated in the picturesque village of Carsphairn in Dumfries & Galloway, South-west Scotland.

Located on the edge of The Galloway Forest Park, Carsphairn is ideally located half-way along the A713 - Galloway Tourist Route between Castle Douglas & Ayr.

Our neighbouring villages of St Johns Town of Dalry (to the south) and Dalmellington (to the north) are approximately 15 min drive away. The larger towns of Castle Douglas (to the south) and Ayr (to the north) are around a 30 min drive.

Directions by car:

From the South - M6 merges with A74(M) at Junction 40. Follow A74(M), exit at Junction 22 - A75 signposted South West Scotland, Dumfries, Stranraer. Follow A75 for 41.5 miles, turn off at A713 signposted Ayr. Follow A713 for 24 miles until you reach Carsphairn, the Knowe B&B is situated at the far end of the village on your right.

From the North - A77 (Ayr), at the roundabout take the exit A713 signposted Castle Douglas, Dalmellington, Patna.  Follow the A713 for 22.5 miles until your reach Carsphairn.  The Knowe B&B is on your left as you enter the village.

ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINTS & FUEL FILLING STATIONS: the closest facilities can be found in each of our neighbouring villages; St Johns Town of Dalry (to the south) and Dalmellington (to the north). Each are around 20 min drive away.

Knowe let's talk 'Green'

Knowe let's talk 'Green'

At the Knowe B&B we are continually striving to become more sustainable and minimise our impact on the environment. Since opening our beautiful B&B we have introduced various measures which we hope will help reduce our energy consumption, water usage and food waste.

Please click HERE to read our Sustainability Policy and Promise.

Knowe let's talk 'Access'

Knowe let's talk 'Access'

At The Knowe B&B we want to ensure that everyone's stay is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. We are committed to providing suitable access to all our guests, whatever their individual needs. Therefore, in our 'Guide' we aim to accurately describe our facilities and services, giving you the confidence and piece of mind to book your stay with us and be assured that our property meets your specific requirements.

Please click HERE to read our Accessibility Guide.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please do not hesitate in contacting us at:

Proud supporters of the 'Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere'

Proud supporters of the 'Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere'

Biosphere Vision

"Demonstrating our passion for living in a way that benefits people and nature"

Covering an area of 5268 square kilometres the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a status given in recognition of its special qualities. It is home to 95,000 people who want to make life better by caring for the natural environment.

The Biosphere has three goals:-

Conservation - promoting the preservation of wildlife, habitats and landscape.

Learning - supporting a better understanding of nature and global issues.

Development - Fostering a stable economy and society.

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