Yellow Gates

Carsethorn near New Abbey, Scotland (Ref. 30725)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

This charming terraced cottage is superbly positioned overlooking the coast in the hamlet of Carsethorn, near to the village of New Abbey, south of Dumfries. Deceptively spacious and providing flexible accommodation, this cosy Carsethorn cottage is equally suitable for friends, a family or couples seeking a tranquil coastal break in a beautiful part of Scotland. The cottage has one ground floor double bedroom and a further bedroom on the first floor, which can be set up either as a twin or a super king-size double, and both rooms enjoy views over the front garden to the coast beyond. The accommodation at this Dumfriesshire cottage is completed by a sitting room with a welcoming open fire and a kitchen with a cosy dining area. The rear lawned garden boasts spectacular views of the nearby Criffel Hill, whilst the shared front garden overlooks the Solway Firth. The beach is only yards from the front door of this Carsethorn cottage, and the local pub is a very short stroll away, which offers meals and a welcoming atmosphere. Close by is the birthplace of John Paul Jones, founder of the U.S. Navy, and this part of Scotland is ideal for golfing, walking, fishing and cycling, with easy access to the 7stanes mountain biking trails. Why not visit one of the wildlife reserves offering superb bird and nature watching or explore the spectacular ruins of Sweetheart Abbey or the Corn Mill in nearby New Abbey? An ideal coastal cottage in Dumfriesshire, the perfect place to explore this beautiful area.


Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request). Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with open fire.


  • Electric central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car, plus roadside parking 100 yards away
  • Lockable bike storage in garage opposite property
  • Shared, front lawned garden with enclosed rear lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 6 miles, pub 1 min walk
  • Beach 1 min walk
  • Note: Sloping ceiling in twin bedroom
  • Note: Steep, narrow stairs in property, may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Lovely peaceful pet friendly break. Would definitely return”
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    • “Stayed at Yellow gates cottage for a short break last month. Lovely cosy cottage with one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in away from home. great wifi which was a bonus. Only downside which I must admit is slightly picky of me was the small leather sofa suite in the living room (2 small armchairs and a small 2 seat sofa) in which I struggled to get comfortable unless i had the 2 seat sofa, having said this it would not prevent me from returning to the cottage . All mod cons and very well equipped kitchen (washing machine, dryer and dishwasher inc.) in which I had all the intentions of cooking, however we were tempted to eat out on more than a couple of occasions at the Railway Inn which served up good food, hospitality and accepted dogs. The beach (on your doorstep) was a bit messy due to the recent storms but this was to be expected, take short walk further down the road when the tide was out and you had a great stretch of beach for walking. Tip: the bus stop at the end of the road has details of local footpaths which we did not find until our last day. New Abbey is a lovely place to visit with an excellent coffee shop. If peace and tranquillity you are after in a lovely cottage I would not hesitate to recommend yellow gates cottage.”

    Andrea F, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, April 2014


    • “The owner has gone to great lengths to ensure that everything you might need is available. The care and attention to detail help to make the cottage a great place to stay. The location and view just add to the experience. A really nice place, one I would definitely visit again.”

    Mrs Connell, Bootle, September 2015

    • “We had a very quiet relaxing week. A superb location just across from the beach with a pub serving great meals just down the road. The cottage was very well equipped with everything we needed. The garden was really dog friendly, also with a table and chairs for humans in a perfect little sun trap.”

    Mr Cuffling, Doncaster, June 2015

    • “Very enjoyable and relaxing with all the things one needs. Scenery was great and locals friendly, local pub was very good with a warm atmosphere and excellent food. Cottage was very clean and well provisioned and Rob the owner is a very nice chap. So good we have booked it again in mid summer for 2 weeks!”

    Mrs Barnes, York, December 2014

    • “Lovely kitchen and bedroom.The garden was ideal for dogs. Owner was very helpful.”

    Mr Murray, Wigan, August 2014

    • “Beautiful surroundings, peaceful setting and dog friendly.”

    Mrs Goodacre, Harrogate, August 2014

    • “We had a wonderful week, the owner gave us a warm welcome on our arrival and there was tea, coffee, milk and biscuits for our use. The cottage was well equipped and we never needed anything. It was a short walk to the local pub where the food was first class.”

    Mrs Marsh, Hatfield, June 2014

    • “Yellow Gates was cosy and very comfortable with very nice beds, slept wonderfully. Ideally located for some really great days out and a brilliant pub. The Steamboat was a minutes walk away. Fabulous holiday, didn't want to leave!”

    Mr Spalding, Ipswich, April 2014

    • “The owner was extremely considerate and helpful - he was concerned that all should go well - and it did! The spaciousness, layout, location all contributed to a most relaxing holiday and we will be very happy if we are able to go again, any time of year.”

    Mrs Hill, Bolton, December 2013

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About the location


New Abbey 6 miles; Dumfries 13 miles.

The historic old port of Carsethorn is positioned on the coast line overlooking the Solway Firth, with views across the water to the Cumbrian Hills, thirteen miles from the town of Dumfries. The remains of the old pier can still be seen at low tide, plus in times gone by many people left Scotland from Carsethorn to start a new life in America. Carsethorn has a pub, whilst six miles away is the village of New Abbey, which is dominated by the peak of Criffel and offers the ruins of Sweetheart Abbey, a watermill, a shop, a coffee shop and two hotels. The market town and former royal burgh of Dumfries is close by, with its many museums, restaurants, pubs and shops, plus the Galloway Hills and forests are the perfect place for walks, cycle rides and fishing. Carsethorn is an excellent base for exploring this part of Scotland.