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It's the best-kept secret in Britain. You drive through massive wrought - iron gates then drop down into a sheltered homestead, screened by trees and five hardstandings, in front of a small lake with a pretty pagoda and some rustic picnic tables. Hook up, switch on the kettle and relax ...
This adults-only site recently won the CS of the year award from the Camping and Caravanning Club. It's run by Rusty, his wife and their two Jack Russell terriers. On the field behind the site, you regularly see deer. An idyllic place, with genuinely friendly owners, to us regulars it's known as Shangri-La.
There's also a much-loved Caravan Club campsite next door but, once you have sampled Rusty's neat and more peaceful alternative, you will never return to the big site.
For activities, choose from many local walks and formal gardens. Wigtown, Scotland's book town, is 15 minutes away and a magnet for bookworms everywhere. Newton Stewart is 20 minutes further, with shops and supermarkets. Within an hour, you’ll reach both the artist'stown of Kircudbright (pronounce Kirk-coo-brie), and the Scottish food town of Castle Douglas (CD, to locals).
You can sprawl in the sun, tour the Solway coastline or help Rusty feed his piglets. Just one thing. once you’ve found it, you are bound by its oath of silence. Ssshhh! We don't want the whole world coming here.
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