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Hensol Estate Holidays: Hensol Estate campsite and grounds - our pitch

General

  • Off-grid dark sky camping on the edge of Galloway Forest Park
  • A 10-minute drive from Kenmure Castle; Dumfries 40 minutes
  • River walks, fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding available

Set on the edge of the gorgeous Galloway Forest Park and with access to two lochs, Hensol Estate Holidays is a wildlife haven in southern Scotland with ample opportunities for relaxed or active breaks.

The estate has a number of scenic on-site river walks, some of which can take you to a pair of RSPB bird hides overlooking a nature reserve and platforms where you can scan the horizon for geese and kites. Fishing enthusiasts, meanwhile, can cast their lines into Woodhall Loch. For active times, there are opportunities to get kayaking and paddleboarding either there or in nearby Loch Ken (subject to availability; extra charges apply to these outdoor activities).

While staying on the estate is a similar experience to wild camping, you'll have access to basic amenities like toilets and showers. You're also within a mile of a small but well-stocked village shop in Mossdale.

It's also easy to get out to family-friendly attractions like Kenmure Castle (10 minutes' drive) or to larger local towns like Castle Douglas (20 minutes) where there are supermarkets, restaurants and pubs aplenty.

Please note

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

Units longer than 5.7 metres are not allowed.

Minimum spacing of 5 metres between pitches.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Facilities/activities including bike hire and fishing are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

No access is permitted to the grounds of Hensol House, Kennels Cottage or Home Farm at any time.

Please note: the electricity is only available between 7:30am - 9:30am am 5:30pm - 7:30pm.


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9.5

Overall rating based on 248 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

97% would stay here again.

  88% described as Peaceful ?

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The Location, it’s tranquility, simplicity and the super clean pods …20/09/2022

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  • Camping pod (five person)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The Location, it’s tranquility, simplicity and the super clean pods with fantastic deck and firepit

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Great site!20/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMiles C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, four person)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Pods and canoe hire

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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We stayed at a time when the site was very …08/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We stayed at a time when the site was very quiet which enabled us to enjoy the lovely site and the peace and tranquility.The surrounding area is impressive lots to see and do and local towns worth a visit. The site has nice tent pitches, shower facilities and is well maintained. The owner calling to the site with logs and checking we are ok daily was helpful.
    We had a great stay and would definitely return

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

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Everything, only staying as a stopover but would definitely come …03/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomFreddy L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Everything, only staying as a stopover but would definitely come back.

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Great place to see amazing dark sky.07/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMartyna T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Campsite located near spooky mossy forest like from Game of Thrones. There were available plenty of firepits and barbecues to warm up during cold evening when waiting to see amazing starry sky. Showers are heated and toilets have toilet paper and soap which we found it's not obvious for many other campsites. For some limited electricity hours were a problem but I didn't feel that was an issue during the day as most of guests are usually away exploring the area.

    Disliked: 

    This is not really a dislike but we found that our 5m cord was too short to reach top hill pitch electricity point.

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Lovely relaxed site with clean facilities and very helpful staff. …05/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRachel H.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass campervan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely relaxed site with clean facilities and very helpful staff.
    Thoroughly enjoyed the paddle boarding on Loch Ken!

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Lovely campsite, very peaceful and out of the way. Very …03/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNina S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, four person)
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    Lovely campsite, very peaceful and out of the way. Very clean facilities. Owners were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay again.

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The camping pod was amazing, the anne boleyn walk was …03/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomApril M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Camping pod (five person)
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    The camping pod was amazing, the anne boleyn walk was picturesque. Was something else listening to animals hunting at night.

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    Absolutely nothing

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Great site, could do with minor improvements03/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKatie R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    In a lovely area, great for walking although we weren’t there long enough to fully explore. The loan of a fire pit was a great touch. Facilities were very clean. Very well looked after and manicured. Booked electric but forgot our cable (duhh) so couldn’t use the leccy. Would stay in the other field next time which was more spread out.

    Disliked: 

    The pitches felt a little bit on top of each other. The showers went from scorching hot to freezing cold every 5 seconds which made a stressful shower experience. Tents close by had music on until late at night which was a bit annoying.

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clean showers and toilets always upgrading site can't fault the …03/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNatasha L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch (2 adults and 2 children)
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    clean showers and toilets always upgrading site can't fault the place

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Features

Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Hand sanitising stations

More frequent emptying of bins

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Hensol, Mossdale, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG7 2NE
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 55.0056°N 4.0809°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Carlingwark Street — 7.5 miles
Carlingwark Street — 7.5 miles
Mill on the Fleet — 9.6 miles
Train stations
Dumfries Rail Station — 19.5 miles
Sanquhar Rail Station — 26.0 miles
Kirkconnel Rail Station — 26.7 miles
Ferry ports
Girvan Harbour Ferry Terminal — 35.0 miles
Airports
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport — 40.6 miles

Directions


Please note that using the postcode provided will take you down a very bumpy farm track.

Travelling from Ayr, head down the A713 through Saint John's Town of Dalry. Turn right onto A762 at the Ken Bridge Hotel, heading for New Galloway. Follow the A762 to one mile south of Mossdale, over the humpback bridge. Turn left through the granite gates.

Travelling from the south, follow the A75 to one mile west of Castle Douglas. Follow the signs into Laurieston, at the crossroads turn right up the A762 for Mossdale. One mile to the south, turn right at the granite entrance, just before the humpback bridge.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The local area has lots of attractions to keep the whole family engaged, from Kenmure Castle (10 minutes' drive), a derelict fortified manor house, to Ernespie Farm (20 minutes), a kid-oriented adventure park in a relaxed rural setting. For rainy day activities with younger kids, try The Cocoabean Company (20 minutes), where chocolate workshops and soft play are on offer, or head for a sweet treat at Cream o'Galloway ice cream, a much-loved local brand (30 minutes).

If you find that the kids are running a tad high on energy after either of the latter, take them to run around or fly a kite on the sandy beaches of Scotland's west coast (from 25 minutes), or take them out on bike rides in Galloway Forest Park to beauty spots like Otters Pool (20 minutes).

More outings are on offer at Gatehouse of Fleet (25 minutes), a historic village in a designated national scenic area with river views and a well-preserved 18th-century cotton mill. Dumfries' town centre (40 minutes) also has a historic riverside quarter and the Robert Burns Trail to explore, while visits to Scotland's most southerly point, the Rhins of Galloway, are also possible if you don't mind the hour-long drive.

Must see

  • Robert Burns Centre (18.9 miles)
  • John Paul Jones Cottage Museum & Visitor Centre (21.1 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10:30 a.m.

Hensol Estate Holidays cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 2 day(s) of arrival.

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Hensol Estate Holidays will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Hensol Estate Holidays have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Hensol Estate Holidays dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Hensol Estate Holidays? The local area has lots of attractions to keep the whole family engaged, from Kenmure Castle (10 minutes' drive), a derelict fortified manor house, to Ernespie Farm (20 minutes), a kid-oriented adventure … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Hensol Estate Holidays?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Hensol Estate Holidays? From £24 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Boat House use permitted only for those who have booked lessons or hired paddleboards, kayaks or canoes.

No access is permitted to the grounds of Hensol House, Kennels Cottage or Home Farm at any time.

Please note: the electricity is only available between 7:30am - 9:30am am 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

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