Allonby, one of the sea-front Kippford cottages

Allonby Cottage is ideally located, by being on the front you have uninterrupted views over the Urr Estuary, Kippford Harbour and out to the Galloway Hills beyond. It sits in a long row of traditional Kippford cottages once used by local fishermen. Some are also available for holiday bookings

Kippford has no through road so only those “in the know” or those happening upon it know of its tranquil and beautiful location. If you turn right out of the front gate of the cottage you walk down to the Solway Yacht Club and Mariner and Anchor Pubs. If you turn left you pass the lifeboat station and can either stop at the Ark shop for an ice-cream or turn left up the brae towards the jubilee path over the headland to Rockliffe. By continuing to walk along the front, and not up the brae, you come across a series of small beaches that are ideal for wiling away a few hours.

History

The cottage was built originally in 1896 and consisted then simply of a “two up and two down.” The Kippford front and Allonby Cottage were clearly photogenic back then and feature on many post-cards through the years. We think it kept its original shape until 1975, when a local doctor purchased it, and added the large kitchen, a further bedroom, a workshop and re-directed the stairs. We’re reliably informed that dynamite was used to blast out the Kippford granite to clear room for the kitchen! Allonby Cottage has kept a delightful and large garden to the rear that gently slopes, making it suitable for children.