My daughter and I booked the cottage for a break over Christmas break for just the two of us (and our Westie!, after what had been a very difficult year. This was to be our first Christmas on our own. And a break it was. We had a fab time. The cottage is secluded, right on the beach and on the day we arrived, the tide was out, the sun was out and the sky was blue. Its the first time I have ever heard my daughter say "I could live here"! The only thing I would say is if anyone is going over the Christmas break, make sure you have enough provisions to save you travelling 20 miles to the nearest supermarket, as all the local stores are closed over the holiday period. But we managed and we had a fab time. Walking on the beach on Christmas Day was just lovely. The cottage is beautifully maintained and has all the appliances/gadets you could ever need. And even though it was December, we were never cold. Will certainly go back again.
Spent a week at the cottage. First impressions you think wow what a lovely cottage in a great location. Literally at the bottom of the garden there is a gate onto the beach, you cannot get closer to the sand if you tried. The cottage has 2 nicely decorated bedrooms with a double in one and a bunk bed in the other (bottom bunk is a double). The living area has a 3 seat and 2 seat sofa with a good size flat screen tv and a dining table with 4 chairs with views out over the sea. There is also a book case with 20 books and a dozen dvd's to use while your'e there. Outside there is a lovely maintained split level garden with patio chairs and bbq. There is also a shed which is handy for storage of bikes etc. Kitchen area is very functional with a separate hob, oven and microwave . Decent size fridge freezer which would easily cater for family needs and a good washing machine with either a line outside or tumble dryer in shed to dry your clothes on.. The above said I think the detail lets the cottage down.The bathroom is the major disappointment. The shower in the cubicle is electric and due maybe to this and maybe to pressure it isn't at all powerful and i think in summer you would struggle to get all the sand off you. My next issue was the detail of the cleaning. I don't mind cleaning as long as you know up front as guests you have to leave it clean for the next people, however this cottage is supposed to be cleaned but i get the feeling they rely heavily on former guests leaving it that way. Plastic mat inside cubicle was not clean,mugs in cupboard still having coffee rings, oven door still full of debris from previous use. Blankets in cupboard still having dog hairs on them. Don't get me wrong the place is clean it's just the detail of it that lets it down. All the windows have blinds but these are no good for stopping the light entering the room in the early mornings so could disrupt your sleep. Now i'm not a lover of beds that have boards at the foot of the bed as being over 6ft means i cannot stretch out, both beds are like this so i found sleeping uncomfortable not only because of this but also because i think the mattress is of poor quality on the double in the main. The bedding and pillows are all excellent. Same with the utensils in the kitchen, there's enough for 2 but for 4/5 it might be tight. Other things that struck me as odd. 4 chairs at dining table but cottage can sleep 5? Ironing board but no iron? The cottage has parking for 1 car. If you came with 2 i think you would have to park it about 20 metres away before you turned down the slip road for the cottage. You will need to bring all your supplies with you as the mini market in southerness doesn't do much really, otherwise its back to dumfries a 20/25 min drive. The mermaid bar is probably a 3/5 min walk, the 19th hole and john paul jones hotel are probably about just over a 5 minute walk. Apart from this there's a fish and chip shop and amusement arcade in the village. There's also 2 golf courses if your into that. If you need cash the mini market do cash back at a small charge. We were also told we could access the lighthouse leisure wifi (payable) from the cottage. Could pick up no wifi signal or phone signal, saying that the john paul jones hotel has good free wifi and also shows the sky sports on a big screen. i'd also question how suitable the garden is for young kids as a lot of its paved with steps. for pets it seemed fully enclosed so dogs shouldn't escape unless there good jumpers. Thing's i'd recommend galloway activity centre who do various out door stuff up at loch ken but conduct blokarting on southerness beach, Nonalou's tea room in dumfries in the old school house in dumfries if you can find it. The loch arthur creamery at beeswing, look for the sign just after new abbey on the way back to dumfires. There are so many local food producers it really is a shame to go to the supermarket. We did enjoy our stay, the cottage is relaxing, watching the sea and walking the beach but could be so much more with a bit more attention paid to the detail
Really good views across the estuary and the sunrise can be spectacular. Cottage has everything needed for a holiday break. Following previous comments about cleaning, we were there the following week and had no problems so maybe a jolt was all that was needed. The garden is good for dogs but the gate onto the beach has 12 inch gap under it an did not keep the dog in so had to build a barricade. Garden is great and is not overlooked so peaceful and restful. Lots of stone steps so not really good for younger children. Beach is good for dog but remember it is an estuary and does have silt mixed with lower sand. Sandyhills is worth a visit. It costs £1.50 to park but there is a cafe, shop, clean toilets and a picnic area. The beach also has lots of bins so no need for litter!!! A bit of a trip but the Mull of Galloway is really worth a visit, but choose a good day as it is very exposed. Even the cafe is good value and the shop is not extortionate. If you like good food and drink Kings Road in Castle Douglas is a must. Parking is free and the shops are like stepping back in time when service was paramount and the prices were reasonable.
The cottage is set in a lovely garden with far reaching views over the Solway Firth. The beach can be easily reached directly from the garden although less able people may find the steps a little steep. Clean, comfy and warm, pets are welcome but the wooden floors are a little difficult for older dogs and we take a couple of carpet runners with us for our little dog to walk on. This is a nice little cottage with stunning views, on a clear day you can see the Lake District and if it rains you can stay in the warm and watch the sea come and go from the large picture window. We have been in December and april and it is ideal for bird watchers, Rspb reserve close by. Plenty of dog friendly walks in the area. We have visited a couple of times now and I am sure we will again.
A great place to take dogs as there is direct access onto the beach from the garden. The cottage itself is well equipped and very warm and comfortable.
This cottage must rate as one of the best we have ever stayed in, not for the plushness of the place,it is clean,warm comfortable and homely, but more for the garden and location. The garden has been lovingly created and is an absolute delight, there are hidden patios all over, and the steps lead down on to the beach-a dogs paradice! Be aware the steps are made out of the rock, and are easy enough to negotiate-with care.The views are fantastic no matter what the weather. The cottage has everything you need, a decent sized freezer, which is very rare and much appreciated by the blackberry picking husband, who collected at least 4kg to bring home with us!!! Storeage heaters, which kept the chill off and a wonderful gas fire for the odd night it got just that bit too chilly. Us and our 2 dogs loved it here and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, we will definately be returning.