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Barend, Sandyhills Bay near Colvend, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 927880)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Merrick lodge was all we hoped for."

    Well appointed and spotless Very handy with the pub on site for a evening meal. Would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by AlanNov 2021

  • "Beautiful Lodge in an amazing location with everything you could need."

    We loved it that much we're already thinking about when we can visit again. The owner Geoff is great and gave us lots of information before our visit and was very helpful.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2021

  • "Plenty of space, warm and cosy, great facilities ."

    Totally recommend

    Reviewed by NigelSep 2021

  • "Great lodge, very clean and well presented."

    Good location to see the many interesting places close by.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2021

  • "The lodge was a nice place to relax, nice walks close by and also close to the coast."

    . Owner was very pleasant and quick to resolve any issues

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "Merrick is a lovely property with lovely informative owners."

    Very clean. We enjoyed the holiday so much we've booked to go again next year

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2020

  • "Our holiday really was lovely."

    The lodge was absolutely amazing with some stunning views. It was a very cosy and enjoyable place to stay and definitely somewhere I would like to stay again. The owners were very informative and easy to talk making it even better.

    Reviewed by LeeDec 2019

  • "Our accommodation was delightful, clean, comfortable, spacious but cozy."

    It had everything we needed. The view from the balcony was beautiful and there was plenty for us to do in the week that we were there. 10/10

    Reviewed by LorraineOct 2019

  • "The location was brilliant for us as we wanted to be near a beach and fairly near to relatives in Dumfries and Galloway."

    Sandyhills was ideal. Also appreciated a good choice of pubs and restaurants within striking distance. Enjoyed the Oriental in the Vennel, Dumfries and the JackJones pub in Southerness.. The lodge was well equipped with games, videos etc for nights when we preferred to stay in. WE ALSO NOTICED THE HIGH STANDARDS OF TIDINESS AND CARE ALL OVER THE PRETTY GROUNDS and no suspicion of overcrowding anywhere. Enjoyed several walks.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation, totally exceeded our expectations."

    We will definitely be booking a return trip.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2019

  • "We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the lodge and surroundings, the lovely view, the coastal and wood walks, the high quality and good taste of the interior design and furbishment of the lodge."

    Reviewed by HansJul 2019

  • "Exellent cabin 3 nice size bedrooms two ensuite which is good."

    Parking more designed for cars but managed to park our motorbikes ok. Nice well come pack wine and biscuits. Warning low beams but you get used to them quickly. Wi-Fi code needs to be in folder not reading under router. Site needs a shop for basics save going to caravan parks tiny shop. Pub restaurant nice friendly and not to expensive. Good location for exploring the area Port Patrick nice to visit.

    Reviewed by JamesJun 2019

  • "An fantastic lodge in a beautiful setting."

    We have stayed in many cottages and this must rank as one of the best . The beds in all rooms are new and high quality as us the Sofa and are all exceedingly comfortable . The view from the balcony is gorgeous especially as the sun goes down.

    Reviewed by HMay 2019

  • "Beautiful chalet in a beautiful location."

    . the owners were very nice and helpful and responded to our queries very quickly.. I’d definitely recommend to everyone.. we had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by KellyFeb 2019

  • "Excellent location and best log cabin we have stayed!"

    Reviewed by HazelJan 2019

  • "This place was perfect in every way the area the heating the hot water."

    The table was set for dinner with a bottle of red wine and napkins all the Christmas decorations were in would not be disappointed with a stay in this place.all crockery cooking utensils were of the best quality and looked brand new.

    Reviewed by AnneDec 2018

  • "The lodge was exactly what we were looking for and we had a lovely week and ..."

    The lodge was exactly what we were looking for and we had a lovely week and everything we needed was in the lodge, perfect setting for our holiday

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2018

  • "Would have been nice to have access to the on site facilities without having to pay extra."

    Could have been TV's in all bedrooms and TV in lounge could have been a smart TV. Better range of DVD's could be provided.

    Reviewed by JayneAug 2018

  • "The hosts were exemplary and made sure we had everything we needed."

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2018

  • "A beautiful lodge in a lovely setting overlooking the lock."

    The lodge was fully equipped, spacious and very comfortable. Just a 10 minutes walk to the beach. Restaurant and bar on site found the meals good quality and reasonably priced.

    Reviewed by RodneyMay 2018

  • "Have been going to merrick 4 years now lodge is brilliant a new addition in ..."

    Have been going to merrick 4 years now lodge is brilliant a new addition in lounge lovely sofa always a lovely welcome present left thankyou

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2018

  • "Stunning location and accommodation was fantastic and comfortable, the owners were extremely helpful and considerate."

    The welcome gift was much appreciated and would highly recommend this lodge.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2018

  • "We had lovley holiday."

    Reviewed by AdamDec 2017

  • "We had a brilliant holiday in a wonderful location."

    The lodge was beautiful and so well equipped. Thank you

    Reviewed by FionaAug 2017

  • "Wonderful holiday, The Merrick was outstanding and we all loved our stay, plenty of room, clean and comfortable."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by LoraineJul 2017

  • "Merrick - 20 Barend - was an excellent choice."

    The lodge was fantastic and exceeded our expectations in every way. Very clean, good heating, excellent beds, lovely welcome pack and loads of local information on activities and walking within the lodge. Everything has been well thought out in advance, and we loved the place. For us it was a family get together as the kids get older and leave home, and the location was also great. We would certainly recommend this lodge.

    Reviewed by DerekApr 2017

  • "Peaceful location, minutes walk to the sea."

    Handy local shops. Great walking area. The property surpassed our expectations. We love this area and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2016

  • "Very central for our mountain biking and also near beautiful coastline for walking."

    Excellent accommodation.

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2016

  • "Cottage was lovely however with 3 young children there was very little facilities near by, very few food places and the low tide at the beach meant the saw was out most days all day."

    But that said scenery is stunning.

    Reviewed by ScottAug 2016

  • "Very nice well kept lodge we had a great holiday"

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2016

  • "Our house was just so clean and comfortable."

    The owners had thought of everything to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The area was so quiet and relaxing. The scenery was spectacular. Lots to do by day especially for kids.a fantastic holiday.

    Reviewed by ThereseAug 2016

  • "This is a fantastic accommodation."

    We would highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PhilJun 2016

  • "A stunning lodge on a beautiful site with very welcoming owners."

    A perfect stay!

    Reviewed by NatalieApr 2016

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The property

Colvend 2 miles.

This lovely detached lodge sits in a beautiful holiday park near Colvend and Sandyhills Bay, on Scotland's stunning Solway Coast.

In a quiet corner of the park and in a raised location, this holiday lodge has superb views across the man-made loch and the hills beyond.

This delightful holiday lodge sleeps up to six people and is the perfect place to come and unwind and explore this varied part of the country.

As well as the open plan living area and great views across the countryside, the ground floor has a twin bedroom, which can be made up as a super king-size double bed, and there’s also a bathroom available.

The first floor has a superb king-size double bedroom with an en-suite shower room and balcony with loch views, and the other double on this floor has a shower in the room, as well as a separate en-suite basin and WC.

Outside the property is a communal lawned area and within the park, there is a restaurant, bar and access to the fishing loch.

Visit the deer park next door, have a day at the beach or try one of the many golf courses within a 20 mile radius.

For the more energetic, this welcoming lodge is ideal for visiting the 7stanes cycle complex or as a base for exploring this wonderful part of Scotland.

Offering Christmas and New Year short breaks, this lodge is an ideal winter destination.

A superb holiday lodge offering something for the whole family.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with TV, en-suite shower, basin and WC and balcony, 1 x double with shower in room and en-suite basin and WC, 1 x ground floor twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • LPG central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs, 1 Smart with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • One travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Communal lawned area with private decked area, furniture and access to fishing loch
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Seasonal shop 8 mins walk, shop (open all year) 2 miles, pub on-site 2 mins walk
  • Note: Limited mobile phone reception on-site
  • Note: Balcony off one of the double bedrooms, children to be supervised
  • Note: Open loch on-site, please ensure children are supervised at all times
  • Note: The maximum occupancy for this property is 6 people and 1 infant.

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About the location


Dalbeattie 7 miles; Castle Douglas 13 miles.

The village of Colvend is believed to derive its name from John de Culwen, who was the village’s proprietor in the 15th century. Colvend boasts a shop, a mobile Post Office and a season restaurant, as well as a pottery shop nearby. Sandyhills Bay has a seasonal shop and an outside cafe seating area. This area of coastline, known as the Colvend and Southwick shore has many rugged cliffs and secret bays to tempt the visitor, and there are a number of footpaths to be explored. Cyclists have easy access to most of the 7stanes mountain bike complex, and the renowned Galloway Dark Sky Forest Park is a short drive away. The attractive beaches of Rockcliffe and Sandyhills provide an enjoyable family day out, plus the beaches of Mossyard and Sandgreen, which are popular with locals, are within a half hour drive away, and Kippford is a popular yachting and sailing centre. This is a lovely base for exploring Dumfries and Galloway.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas
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