Picturesque Greengate Close
Yellow Door and its neighbouring cottages, Red Door, Blue Door, Green Door and Lavender Door are steeped in history, all occupying the same cobbled wynd on which illustrator Jessie M King and her husband stained- glass artist E A Taylor used to live. The cottages and gardens still look as traditional as they would have at that time.
Greengate Close was mostly occupied by artists who rented their properties from Jessie M King, including her niece Dorothy Rey who stayed in Yellow Door and who was renowned for owing a pet owl. The Owl entered Yellow Door through the little opening single pane window, which is still part of the living room window. The Greengate Close was used as one of the settings in the Dorothy L Sayers film “Five Red Herrings”.
Set amidst beautiful coastal countryside, Kirkcudbright enjoys a sheltered position in the estuary of the River Dee on the north Solway shore. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, Kirkcudbright has always been supported by a busy fishing trade. There is a popular marina offering one of the safest anchorages on the north Solway Coast. Behind the harbour, the streets have housed generations of creative talents, through historic and present flourishing colonies of artists, Kirkcudbright has become known as The Artist’s Town. Kirkcudbright and South West Scotland in general offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, safe country roads and stunning coastal landscapes.