Stay and Go Bunkers!

Stay and Go Bunkers!

Book a room in the outdoor centre and stay onsite on Dumfries House estate to enjoy bed and breakfast at the Tamar Manoukian Centre where you can relax and immerse yourself in the Festival without your fun being dampened by the thought of a long drive home.

Specially For You

The Tamar Manoukian Centre, within the beautiful grounds of Dumfries House is a state-of-the-art outdoor centre, offering extremely comfortable bunk house accommodation for our visitors. We’ve teamed up with the centre again to offer Festival goers exclusive use of its excellent bunk house accommodation for overnight stays on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May.

How to go 'Bunkers?'

It’s simple! We’ve reserved a choice of bunking options especially for our festival audience. For only £25 per night you can book a luxurious (yes really!) bunk and breakfast then you can relax and immerse yourself in the festival without your fun being dampened by the thought of a long drive home.

We ask please that you kindly make your payment at the time of booking by either posting a cheque with the booking form or phoning in to make a booking and paying by credit card.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bunkhouse bedroom

Catering at the Bunk House

Breakfast is included in the nightly rate.

Tea, coffee and basic light snacks are available at the centre

Accommodation Available

Shared Facilities (shower cubicles and separate WCs)

  • 2 rooms with 2 bunks
  • 4 rooms with 4 bunks
  • 2 rooms with 6 bunks
  • 2 rooms with 8 bunks

For the fainter hearted...
En-suite -
2 single rooms

NB: Please note that the bunk numbers above are based on lower bunks only. If however you're a fairly nifty party and feel like scaling the heights, maybe squeezing a few more 'bunkers' up top, then this might indeed be possible, but you must phone first to find out.

Click here to download accommodation plan (PDF 331KB)

Book your Bunk now

To book call the Education Office on 01290 429918.
(the Boswell Book Festival will not be taking accommodation bookings)

Bunkhouse lounge area

Eating Out Nearby

The Festival has the following on-site eateries:

  • Sitting adjacent to the Visitor Centre is the Coach House Café, which serves a range of delicious hot and cold refreshments.
  • The Festival Bookshop Café serving teas, coffees, drinks and light snacks.
  • Lunch and dinner can also be enjoyed at The Woodlands Restaurant, Dumfries House (KA18 2NJ) if booked separately in advance. This will be open for lunch and dinner on Friday 4th May and Saturday 5th May. It will be open for lunch only on Sunday 6th May. To reserve a table in Woodlands Restaurant please call 01290 425959.

To reserve a table in Woodlands Restaurant please call 01290 425959.


There is car parking at the Tamar Manoukian Centre. Local taxi companies are also happy to ferry people to and from the Festival.

Local Taxi Firms

  • Cumnock Taxis: 01290 423 440
  • Glaisnock Taxis: 01290 423 669

Fabulous Dumfries House was saved for the nation by the Prince of Wales in 2007 and is spear heading the regeneration of the area.