Southerness, Scotland (Ref. 7666)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
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The property

A large, detached, well-presented cottage in the coastal village of Southerness, with its own extensive, enclosed garden, with sea views. With the two-mile stretch of sandy beach just a short stroll away, this Southerness cottage is the ideal place to explore this beautiful area of Scotland's coast. This Southerness cottage boasts two conservatories, one with a sea view, in which you can relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. A double bedroom in this Southerness cottage is complemented by a second family bedroom with two sets of bunks, making the cottage ideal for families and groups of friends. In addition to exploring the fascinating and beautiful coast, from this Southerness cottage you can venture inland to walk and cycle in the Galloway Hills and their forests. Why not spend some time at the RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve or the Barend Riding Centre, both close to this Southerness cottage. With plenty of golf and fishing nearby, this Southerness cottage offers the perfect place to explore, be active or simply relax and enjoy the coastal atmosphere.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x family room with 2 x adult bunks. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Fitted kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with open fire. Front and rear conservatories.


Electric heating with open fire in sitting room. Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, DVD, books/games/DVDs. Fuel, power and coal for open fire inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for up to 3 cars. Enclosed lawned garden surrounding the property with garden furniture and children's play house. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 5 mins walk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Kouloura”
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    • “Good location warm welcome on arrival from the owners, open fire was lit and the wine,eggs and biscuits were well received. The cottage benefitted from the conservatory at the front which was well used by us in the evenings, the garden was fully enclosed as described and our two dogs enjoyed the freedom they had. Access to the beach was just minutes away as was the Paul Jones Hotel which provided excellent food and drink and was extremely dog friendly. The owners provided us with information on what was of interest locally and leaflets were readily available in the cottage of places to visit further afield. I would definitely return in the future.”

    A TripAdvisor Member, August 2014

    • “Perfect family holiday”
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    • “A fantastic time in a lovely spot. Wonderful space in the conservatory and garden and a cosy nook sitting room with a real fire to snuggle up in the chilly spring evenings. Spotless and with extremely clean but cosy beds.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Inverness, May 2013

    • “Spacious but cosy”
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    • “Lovely spacious accommodation but with a cosy feel enhanced by the real fire. Large enclosed garden ideal for our two dogs. Five minute walk to big beach and ten minute walk to dog friendly pub, shop and chip shop. Owners very welcoming and helpful with ideas. Kindly left wine, eggs and useful OS map. Will definitely be returning as surrounding area really pretty and still lots more to see.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Matlock, December 2012

    • “A Hidden Gem”
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    • “I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to get this review on the website but initially after my stay I'd put one directly on Trip advisor not realising that holiday cottages have to go through their booking agents. However I stayed at Kouloura in February this year and it was the most fabulous "getting away from it all" experience! It is not a busy place at that time of year but the cottage was just amazing. Sandy and ann have put a lot of thought into caring about the comforts of their visitors. Sandy was most helpful with showing me where to go walking with my dog and made sure that I was comfortable with plenty of heating and coal during the cold snap. The beach was within minutes of the cottage and my dog and I just loved twice daily walks either on the sandy beach to the left of the cottage or the really intersting shell beach with lots of rock pools to the right towards the light house and beyond! Wilma who owns the local pub was so welcoming and friendly which just added to the experience. Kouloura is a beautiful cottage, comfortable and homely with so many loving touches. Southerness is a little haven in the wintertime if you can appreciate the natural side of life. Certainly not for people who want to be entertained and have everything at their fingertip without going in search for it! I'll be back for sure!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Kendal, August 2012

    • “A Perfect Getaway”
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    • “This was a wonderful holiday, hardly in keeping with the other review which seems to have stayed at another location. My wife, son and I stayed here and it is a lovely little cottage with a great garden for dogs in a nice area. Yes there is a caravan park next door but we stayed in August and there was no noise or trouble but why should there be? Unless you are prejudiced against such places of course. The beach was great for exploring the rock pools and the tide was sometimes in and sometimes out. This is called nature! The owners of this cottage go out of their way to make sure you have all relevant information wether it be the cottage itself or the true beauty of the surrounding area.”

    Marcus H, Newcastle, United Kingdom, August 2012

    • “Cosy with large garden and conservatory”
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    • “Lovely cosy cottage with open fire and a super conservatory at front and small conservatory at the back. Everything we needed was there-just like a home from home. The garden was great for the dogs which was just as well as the adjacent beach is either rocky or the sandy part is very silty. Good fish shop but can`t comment on pubs as we don`t drink. I would recommend this lovely little cottage to anyone taking dogs or kids.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Sedgefield, July 2013

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    • “The property was very comfortable with an enclosed garden and plenty of room for the dog to play and exercise. The neighbours at the back of the property were very nice and helpful with information on the area. The information provided to us by the property owner and the information leaflets were also good. We really liked the real fire. The surrounding area is very beautiful and there are plenty of things to do/places to visit. Also, many of the pubs/restaurants are dog friendly. We would certainly stay in Kouloura cottage again.”

    Mr Cameron, Leeds, April 2015

    • “The garden, great for the dogs and the children. Lovely homely touches in the cottage.”

    Mrs Sarson, Leyland, March 2015

    • “A perfect place to relax and unwind and the coal fire was the icing on the cake.”

    Mr Williams, Rotherham, March 2015

    • “Very good, would always recommend this property and will definitely be coming back - it was lovely and peaceful.”

    Mr Woodward, Swadlincote, February 2015

    • “We took 2 dogs with us and they had a fantastic time, the garden is very large and would also be ideal for a family. Close to beach and plenty walks. We had to travel to restaurants due to time of year (late November) but they were excellent. Kouloura is well appointed. A warm welcome from the owner.”

    Mrs Harwood, Bolton, November 2014

    • “This is our third stay at his cottage, it is always welcoming and very comfortable. The hospitality pack from owners is a lovely touch. All pubs are dog friendly. A great relaxing holiday.”

    Mrs Silson, Newcastle Upon Tyne, October 2014

    • “The location of the Kouloura was superb with excellent garden for the dog and daughter to run about in.”

    Mrs Horridge-smith, Bolton, August 2014

    • “Lovely place with a fantastic garden and nice short walk to beach.”

    Mrs Colclough, Stoke-on-Trent, July 2014

    • “The very large enclosed garden was perfect for the dogs. There were plenty of comfortable chairs in the lounge and conservatory. The property was within 200 yards of the shingle beach.”

    Mr Turnbull, Stockton-on-Tees, July 2014

    • “We enjoyed a wonderful week at the cottage. We spent the majority of the evenings in the conservatory. On one cool evening we enjoyed the coal fire in the sitting room. The large garden was superb for our two dogs, who we could allow to roam freely as it was totally secure and gated. The owners greeted us on arrival with a warm welcome and provided lots of information. The wine, eggs and biscuits were a very welcome touch and appreciated.”

    Mrs Cooper, Montrose, June 2014

    • “Our second visit to this cottage and we had a lovely stay. The cottage has great facilities and the proximity to the beach is a huge bonus. Always made to feel welcome, and rain or shine the conservatory is a fantastic place to sit and watch the wildlife.”

    Mrs Silson, Newcastle Upon Tyne, May 2014

    • “The cottage was lovely, and in an especially suitable location for us to take our very energetic dog! The garden was completely enclosed, as promised, so we could relax while he ran around outside. The cottage itself was well appointed, cosy and in a super location near the beach. The facilities in the cottage itself were good, and we really liked the conservatory at the front which was lovely and warm on a sunny day.”

    Miss Goodliff, Holmfirth, April 2014

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About the location


Castle Douglas 19 miles; Dalbeattie 13 miles; Dumfries 16 miles.

Southerness is a small coastal village established in the late 18th century, which looks out over the Solway Firth, and forms part of the Colvend coast, one of the finest stretches of coastline on the 'Scottish Riviera'. Home to two pubs, a village store, a leisure centre with a pool and two miles of sandy beaches with sand dunes, rock pools and Gulf Stream warmed waters, and one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland, built in 1748, it has everything you will need for a relaxing holiday. The nearby Criffel Hill rises to 569m, offers wonderful views of the farmland and the sands of the Nith Estuary below, and provides great walking opportunities. The Southerness Championship Golf Course adjoins the village and offers panoramic views of the Solway Firth, the Cumbrian Lake District to the south and the Galloway Hills to the west. A great location, with something to keep everybody occupied.