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Bracken Holiday Cottage

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Dalbeattie, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV

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63 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage, warm and comfortable with lovely fixtures and fittings and very well equipped (could do with new non-stick frying pan though)."

    Really enjoyed our stay and had good weather apart from one day. Lovely walk down to Sandyhills Beach which takes about 25 minutes and then you can get onto the coastal path to walk further afield. Walking boots a must at this time of year. It was mild enough to sit outside with a coffee in the sunshine one day. Would have liked a visitors book for recommendations of places/restaurants/cafes etc but plenty of leaflets in dresser drawers. Would definitely return to this lovely cottage and beautiful part of Scotland.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2024

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Our third stay here in two years, which speaks for itself. The property is warm, clean very well equipped and homely; a credit to its owners. We wanted for nothing. In a scenic countryside setting with ample private parking. Next to a quiet rural road and only a few minutes drive to Sandyhills and the coastal road. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and did not want to leave!

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Feb 2024

  • "The cottage was absolutely stunning."

    .was minus temperatures all week but the cottage was always warm.. It had everything we needed and more..beautiful views all around and so peaceful...definitely the best iv stayed in (and iv stayed in a few) would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jan 2024

  • "The house was wonderful."

    The lounge and downstairs sitting area were really comfortable and the bedrooms were great. There was everything you might need in the kitchen. The location was quiet and peaceful and that's exactly what we'd gone for. There were things to see in the area around (although at this time of year - end of November- not much was still open). We do recommend Dark Art Distillery at Kirkcudbright and Bladnoch Distillery. We would certainly recommend this house to others.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Nov 2023

  • "We loved our stay in Bracken Cottage, so much so we are trying to sort some leave to go back in January (2024)."

    Facilities were great, very comfortable, lots to do in the area with some great walks. No WiFi but we knew that and was not a problem. Owner was very friendly when we spoke to her when she asked how we were getting on. Recommend.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely part of Scotland."

    The pictures dont completely capture how nice the place is. The cottage was warm, clean and welcoming when we arrived and kids loved the open plan layout. Kitchen is big and comfortable enough to spend most of the day before retiring in the evening to the living room upstairs to watch the sun go down over the hills. Located on a rural road next to the owners farm and just 15 mins walk to the beach, deer park and pub/restauarant down the road. Very peaceful, other than the odd passing car. Loads to do and explore nearby. Would love to return in the near future.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Oct 2023

  • "Spotlessly clean on arrival,nicely furnished,very comfortable and well equipped."

    Friendly owner who lives nearby who is available if needed. Would definitely recommend and would love to return.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "Our second visit to this lovely cottage didn't disappoint."

    The place is as comfortable and welcoming as before with the upstairs lounge offering beautiful views. A quiet and relaxing place to use as a central point for the small towns and villages. Musts are Sweetheart Abbey, breakfast at the deer park or the garden centre in Dalbeattie and a meal at the Selkirk Hotel at Kirkcudbright. There were butterflies galore on the ivy at Rockcliffe and magnificent sun sets.

    Reviewed by Ella5.0Sep 2023

  • "Really lovely holiday cottage,we loved staying here."

    The house was spotlessly clean and had everything you could need ,comfy beds and sofas.Probably one of the best Sykes cottages we have stayed in.Lovely lock walk at Dalbeatie Town woods and a close walk to the beach at Sandy hills,where we swam in the sea.We spotted Red Kites near by,all kinds of birds,at the near by RSPB Mersehead Nature reserve.We visited The national trust property called Culzean,was a bit away but well worth a visit with a beautiful walled garden and castle.The night sky was beautiful and you could see so many stars,magical.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely holiday property"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage itself was excellent, we had a few problems with the freezer not working and making a loud noise."

    The Owner was very helpful and tried to sort it out, but due to a family problem we had to return home only after a few days, so really don’t know if the freezer got sorted out. We found the Owner was very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by David3.8Jul 2023

  • "This cottage is one of the best we’ve ever stayed in."

    Everything about it was quality and comfort. Everything you could possibly want and need for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage, wonderful scenery."

    The cottage has everything you could wish for and more. Lovely horses in the fields, the trout loch. Sandyhills beach and the Solway Firth is magnificient

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Bracken Holiday Cottage, it had everything we could have wanted, a well presented and comfortable property in a quiet and relaxing location, Helen, John and their family were friendly and very helpful."

    We would highly recommend this property and can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely brilliant place to stay."

    Peaceful and quiet, scenery is amazing. Definitely return.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a fantastic place!"

    The cottage had everything we could possibly need for our holiday and more! It was immaculate and incredibly comfortable, which made it incredibly hard for us to leave. The location, surrounding area and garden was magical. We saw deer, horses, red kite, buzzards, rabbits and heard an owl

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0Apr 2023

  • "Bracken Cottage was certainly a warm cosy welcoming haven when we arrived in early March."

    The accommodation exceeded our expectations ; everything we needed for our stay was to hand. Furnishings were really lovely and rooms spacious . We really enjoyed our stay. Highlights were the Bainloch Deer Park nearby with a friendly cafe, Kircudbright for the artist studios and galleries. We enjoyed lunch at Kilnford Farm just outside Dumfries. The weather limited our walking locally as we had an elderly member of our party although the countryside, a local beach and the lanes were there to be enjoyed. A super break .

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    Easy to get to and plenty to see and do locally. Beach is just down the road for a lovely walk. Warm and comfortable even though we visited in the snow and rain. A great base to head back to at the end of each day.

    Reviewed by Madeleine4.7Mar 2023

  • "Our second stay in 12 months."

    Absolutely lovely, spacious cottage with every attention to detail.The cottage was warm, cosy, very clean and exceptionally well equipped. We wanted for nothing. Bracken cottage has lovely rural views and is very handy for the coves and coastal paths of Sandyhills, Rockcliffe and Kippford.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Feb 2023

  • "This cottage is without doubt the best we have stayed in."

    The location and picturesque setting lends itself to a quiet tranquil stay.The layout and furnishings throughout the cottage are perfect.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely house."

    Very clean and tastefully decorated, the kitchen is well equipped. A good base to explore the area. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Isobel5.0Oct 2022

  • "This cottage was extremely comfortable, clean and beautifully furnished."

    It had everything you wanted, and in brilliant working order. The peace and tranquillity was superb. Loved every minute. Would highly recommend to anyone needing to escape our everyday commitments. A large and grateful thank you to the owners of Bracken Cottage. September 22

    Reviewed by Leah5.0Sep 2022

  • "This was the perfect location for us and did not disappoint."

    The quality of the stable conversion and of the fittings, fixtures and furniture are of a high standard and tastefully done. It is clear a lot of thought has gone into making this cottage an excellent place to stay.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent cottage to have holiday in, the owners have gone above and beyond with facilities and the kindness, friendliness we experienced when on our holiday was exceptional, the only problem we had was having to leave it all behind."

    Reviewed by Stan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely location very relaxing done to a very high standard"

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay here."

    Can't think of anything that was missing for us to be able to enjoy the whole week. (Even weather was great). 1.5 miles to beach, Tesco and others do deliver here. Friendly owner, not intrusive on us at all. Surrounded by fields, hills, valley, forests and horses! Excellent experience was had by all of us.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, beautifully furnished and with every thing you would need."

    Ideally situated for exploring the area's towns and villages. Castle Douglas and Kilmarnock are well worth a visit. Lots of wild life and pleasant strolls. Warm but inobstrusive hosts, on hand if needed. Working out when to go back next year.

    Reviewed by Ella5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very comfortable fabulous setting perfect"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "A first class property in every way!"

    Totally relaxing and peaceful

    Reviewed by Jean5.0May 2022

  • "A fabulous well equipped, excellent condition cottage in a naturally beautiful area."

    The owners were helpful but not intrusive. Can high recommend.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful and peaceful location."

    A well equipped and well kept property. 1.2 miles from the beach at Sunnyside. Just a gentle a stroll along a quite road. A very good base to explore the Solway Coast and old preserved properties of Historic Scotland and National Trust for Scotland. Only 5 miles from an RSPB wetland site.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very quiet and peaceful well equipped.

    Reviewed by Rona5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely well maintained cottage."

    Spent a lot of time in the Kitchen area watching the wildlife in the woodlands.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage,lovely location and a very helpful host and would love to come back next year."

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Mar 2022

  • "Have just spent a week at this gorgeous cottage and would definitely recommend it."

    From the lovely warm welcome to the beautiful interior and the great surroundings we think it was the nicest cottage we have stayed in. Even though we had awful weather, the cottage was so warm and cosy and we would absolutely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Feb 2022

  • "Excellent holiday property."

    Upmarket, tastefully furnished and decorated with every attention to detail. It’s a credit to its owner. It was lovely to return, after walking in cold winter weather to this toasty warm cottage. We enjoyed the countryside views and it’s quiet position and the ample private parking. It was easy to drive (or walk) to Sandyhills and then onto all the beautiful coves, bays, walks and small towns of this area. We would absolutely love to stay again in Bracken Cottage.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Feb 2022

  • "A homely spacious cottage for four people."

    Nicely furnished with antiquities and well equipped. We spent most of our time in the large farmhouse kitchen. The house was lovely and warm to come back to after a days walking. It was so quiet and we were lucky enough to have a few days of clear skies at night to see the stars. Lovely pub 1/2 mile down the road, and about a mile to the sandy beach. Only thing was that the public toilets near the beach car park were not open. Nice walks along the coast to Rockcliffe and Kippford. Everything was perfect. Only gripe is that the downstairs bathroom has an electric shower and found the pressure very low.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Nov 2021

  • "A lovely cottage that has been finished to a high standard."

    We really enjoyed our stay & will recommend it to our family & friends.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "My wife and I have just returned home having spent 5 nights at Bracken Cottage and are very impressed by it."

    On our arrival, the house was nice and warm and a welcoming atmosphere was felt. The kitchen had more than we expected and it was nice to be able to sit and chat to each other as the other one of us made meals. The living room upstairs was comfortable and had a nice view to the nearby woods. The bedrooms and bathrooms were furnished with all one needs. Although it rain for 3 days and was quite misty at times it didn't affect our impressions of the area. The local beach was Sandyhills and is a lovely place to visit, as were the nearby towns and villages. The whole area around Dalbeattie is very peaceful and with lovely scenery its ideal for a quiet break away after a dreadful 18 months. Highly recommended.. but don't tell everyone !!

    Reviewed by Ivor5.0Oct 2021

  • "The holiday and area were ok."

    My only comment which is for Sykes, due to covid and no fault of our own. We had to change the holiday date three times over the past 18months. I am sure that the April date 2020 was at a higher rate then when we finally went in October 2021. There was no refund and I am almost certain that a charge was made for re-arranging the October date! This holiday was completely paid for, for the April 2020 period.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2021

  • "Having never been to Dumfries & Galloway before we can confirm that the cottage is is an ideal position to visit lots of areas of local interest and approx 5minutes walk away from the nearest beach."

    The views from the cottage are great. Not having Wifi was a mild inconvenience however there is a really nice pub just down the hill on the lodge park which has wifi and decent food. Would definitely revisit the cottage again and have no hesitation in recommending it.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Sep 2021

  • "The owner, location and luckily the weather couldn't have been better."

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jul 2021

  • "Only issues were no Wifi, which was a mild inconvenience but we found a coffee shop with Wifi not too far away where I could catch up on E-mails each day."

    TV system a bit wierd and downstairs screen crackles a lot. However, these are minor points. Very peaceful with helpful host just next door. Beautiful scenery with lots of walking potential. For those who like fishing and/or golf it's ideal.

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Jun 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this delightful cottage."

    The location is so scenic and peaceful. The cottage has been designed and fitted out to perfection. The proprietors are a great couple and we thank them for their help and kindness throughout our stay.

    Reviewed by Marianne5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was exceptional."

    Very clean and had everything required for a good stay. The location was a bit rural for us as I have a problem with mobility and couldn’t walk to the beach. I had my travel scooter but no pavements and narrow windy roads. However that’s was my problem. We had a lovely holiday and enjoyed visiting the area. We would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7May 2021

  • "After having our long awaited break away cancelled with a different company in Wales, due to the enforced lockdown."

    We booked with Sykes extremely easy and quick response. The cottage itself was absolutely amazing, extremely clean, well stocked in a lovely part of Scotland. It exceeded our expectations and was very well laid out and suited our needs. The only small grumble we have is that after we had been out walking and exploring during the day the only comfortable sofa to sit on and unwind on is the one in the kitchen. I’m not sure if this is a change due to Covid-19 and the hard wipe clean sofa upstairs is there for that reason? However we spent most of our time when in Bracken Cottage in the kitchen reading, or doing games activities at the lovely big Kitchen table. No WiFi was not an issue either as it was a grateful retreat from the digital age we live in. We had our 10 year old with us and he also loved the cottage, the countryside setting and especially the nearby horses. Would definitely recommend this cottage 100% - thank you we definitely recharged our batteries.

    Reviewed by Kendra4.4Oct 2020

  • "Lovely quiet location excellent for walking and cycling."

    Furnishings excellent and all rooms very spacious. Would definately recommend. Television needed reset but would then not go on till the following day after reset and if changed channel it needed reset again so rarely able to use. No internet but aware of this when booked so not an issue but may be for some.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.7Oct 2020

  • "I found the whole experience of booking with Sykes Holiday Cottages an easy and simple experience."

    The information on the website was clear and straightforward , particularly in these extraordinary times. I liked the fact that Sykes holidays also gives information about where you are staying, things to do etc. Bracken Cottage was quality all the way from the soft furnishings and equipment to the fact that lights were on in the cottage creating a welcoming feel to the place when we arrived.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely location very quiet, just what we wanted."

    The photos do not do it justice, much prettier than we expected. If you have teenagers who need Wifi they may find it a little difficult. Our boys were aged 15 & 16 yrs they struggled to start but very quickly settled as we spent family time playing games. The cottage was spacious and definitely just suitable for the 4 of us. Our teenagers occupied mainly upstairs whilst my husband soaked up the picturesque views outside and really enjoyed bird watching. Even though the owners are next door you would never know as you are given your privacy. The cottage was very clean and had all the facilities we needed. This is a brilliant area if you like walking which you can do from your doorstep. Nearest store is about 2 miles and the larger stores are about 12-14 miles. We would definitely look to book again

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2020

  • "Second visit to Bracken Cottage."

    Lovely lovely place. Very quiet but within easy reach of places to visit. Cottage equipped with everything you should need for a comfortable holiday. Sofa has been replaced since last visit although I didn't think it was as bad as had been mentioned on reviews. Sky tv a bonus. Couldn't fault this cottage and will be back next year.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Feb 2020

  • "Quiet lovely setting staying in a first class cottage"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage, beautiful views & scenery, ideal for quiet walks, not too far from nearby towns for shopping."

    Beach a mile down the road & even went on a deer tour & was a very enjoyable experience. Cannot fault this place & will be definitely booking this cottage again next year.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was in a very quiet location only 1 mile from the coast and was surrounded by excellent walks, wonderful scenery and a wide range of wildlife and farm animals."

    It was well equipped for a self catering holiday and had everything we needed, including plenty of towels and hot water. As a previous reviewer said one of the settees in the lounge had certainly seen better days and was uncomfortable to sit on but that was a small point. From a personal perspective the lack of wifi was a bit of a problem but we muddled through. It made us realise how much we now depend on it for all our information.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.4Aug 2019

  • "Bracken Holiday Cottage provides everything needed for a restful holiday."

    The kitchen equipment made cooking easy, not always the case in holiday cottages, and the beds were comfortable. The owner, Mrs Jardine, was very helpful but unobtrusive. The view from the cottage was relaxing and we particularly enjoyed watching the many House Martins flying about the cottage, especially in the evenings.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet location, very private."

    Sofas are uncomfortable but that us a minor detraction.

    Reviewed by Judi4.7Jun 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage,beautiful location."

    Cannot fault.highly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage is really well equipped and great for a busy active family."

    The surroundings are also lovely and the horses caught my children’s attention all week. The cottage is ideally situated to cover a vast area of Dumfries and Galloway. One small point - there is no WiFi at the cottage - so families with older children this may be more of a problem? We would certainly return

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Apr 2019

  • "We had a lovely time at Bracken Holiday cottage."

    Very comfortable and clean. There are lots of things to do near by and lots of places to visit, castles and towers. Also if you have children a lovely beech near by. We are also interested in the wild life and you can visit many of the bird reserves in the area. Also in the evening watch the swallows flying over which was nice to see. There is a road next to the property but not busy when we where there, and you only see the owner Hazel if you need her, and she will soon get things sorted if necessary. She was very nice and helpful, for our first stay. We would certainly think about returning to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.1Apr 2019

  • "A great area I know well & the cottage is an ideal place situated quietly away from all hustle & bustle but close enough to the beach & other attractions, super owner, very friendly & the cottage was well equipped, cosy well kitted kitchen etc."

    superb.

    Reviewed by Don4.7Mar 2019

  • "Brillant property."

    Superb position, 1 mile to Sandyhills beach, 10 mins to Dalbeattie and 20 mins to Castle Douglas with a lovely range of independent shops. Bracken cottage is a beautiful property with a gorgeous view. The cottage has everything you could need. Plenty of parking and although right next door to the farm very private. It's definitely not if we would return but when!

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Feb 2019

  • "Lovely detached cottage next to the owners farm, however there is no noise or effects from this."

    Owner very friendly. One mile from a beach with walks and walks at Covend to Kippford, so great for families. Lots to see round and about and a great 12 mile round trip through Forrest to Dalbeattie from Covend. Beds really comfy, sofas in lounge not so comfy.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Sep 2018

  • "Great place to rest and relax lovely countryside beaches about a five minute car ride away with access to two beaches in the area parking is pay display at both beaches."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2018

  • "Excellent location, close to a sandy beach with parking, toilets and a shop."

    Despite being attached to a farm, there is clear separation to ensure your privacy. Very clean, owner on hand if you have any problems or queries. Very comfortable. Quiet and lovely to watch the swifts going in and out of the nests. Dalbeattie close.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2018

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x ground floor king-size double
  • Bathroom with bath, a hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • External utility
  • Oil central heating, electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, TV with Sky, DVD, selection of DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawn and courtyard with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 0.5 miles, Shop 3 miles.

The property

Bracken Holiday Cottage is a roomy, detached cottage based on the owner's livestock farm, in between the lovely Scottish town of Dalbeattie and the coast at Sandyhills.

Boasting a charming and high-quality interior and with excellent outdoor opportunities from your doorstep, make this your base for a wonderful rural retreat.

Step into this whitewashed property and head left into a light and airy kitchen/diner; it comes very well-equipped with appliances of the highest quality, also providing a lovely wooden dining table and a leather sofa so you can sit and relax while your meals simmer away.

To the other side of the hallway, you will find a beautiful king-size bedroom sat adjacent to an attractive white and blue shower room.

The second king-size room can be found on the first floor, boasting a wonderful wooden sleigh bed.

Also up here lies an exquisite family bathroom, attractively tiled and featuring an elegant roll-top bath.

Completing the accommodation is a delightful dual-aspect sitting room that benefits from a Sky TV and an electric fire; reflect on the day's adventures in comfort while watching a favourite film.

Spacious grounds surround Bracken Holiday Cottage; appreciate the idyllic rural views while sipping an ice cold drink on the patio.

From your doorstep you can enjoy soothing walks through the forest and countryside nearby, while just one mile away is the glorious coast at Sandyhills.

A selection of fine amenities can be found in Dalbeattie just four miles away.

The popular tourist spots of Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Dumfries rest nearby and are well worth a day of exploration.

A heart-warming cottage in a superb Scotland location.

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location

DALBEATTIE

Castle Douglas 6 miles; Kirkcudbright 13.5 miles; Dumfries 14 miles.

The attractive country town of Dalbeattie is nestled in the south west of Scotland. The town sits within a wooded valley on the River Urr and provides access to the picturesque Solway Coast with its miles of beaches and pretty fishing villages. Dalbeattie is originally known for its granite quarry, which exported stone all over the world, most notably for the Eddystone Lighthouse and Thames Embankment. Today it is renowned for its outdoor activities with the world famous 7stanes mountain biking complex nearby as well as forest walks in Glentrool, where you can follow in the footsteps of Richard Hannay in The Thirty Nine Steps. Dalbeattie and the surrounding area offer panoramic views of the Solway Firth, the Lake District and the Galloway Hills. A great location, which has something for everyone.