New business offers unique sewing retreat

A baronial house on the Solway coastline has been given a new lease of life as a coastal holiday home offering a unique range of specialist retreats.

Craigbittern House at Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, is the first accommodation offering for local entrepreneur and owner of Galloway Escapes, Ruth Osman. The self-catering house and separate cottage which sleep 13 in total occupy a private position with stunning views over the Solway Firth, lending itself as a base for large gatherings of friends and families.

In her first collaboration with local businesses, the mother-of-two has teamed up with local designer and crafter Leah Halliday to offer a unique sewing weekend retreat which promises relaxation, inspiration, friendship, fresh air as well as gentle stitch. The first Sewing Retreat will take place in September with plans to follow this up with a pregnancy retreat later in the year.

Ruth, who set up the business last year after several years of running a kennels and cattery, has recently purchased a new self-catering property in New Abbey. She plans to build up the portfolio of properties within Galloway Escapes and showcase a different aspect of the region at each, from the coastline to the wildlife and woodlands.

Owner Ruth Osman, said: “I have always wanted to do something for myself and the timing was right. We are now able to enjoy time as a family while building up the business. Dumfries and Galloway has so much to offer, it’s a quiet, peaceful region but there is so much for people to do on the doorstep. My long-term plan is to expand the accommodation on offer and offer a little bit of everything that the region has to offer, from cottages ideal for romantic getaways to family-friendly houses and those off the beaten track.”

VisitScotland has hailed the launch of this innovative new business which will encourage visitors to the area to enjoy the very best of what the region has to offer.

Paula Ward, VisitScotland regional director, said: “Scotland’s reputation as a quality destination relies on continued investment and innovation and Galloway Escapes is a fantastic example of that.”

Further details at www.gallowayescapes.co.uk.