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Thistle Dubh

Barend, Sandyhills Bay near Colvend, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 29159)

4.9

Outstanding

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Seaside
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Sky TV
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "Very clean."

    Beautiful location. Lovely welcome gift. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by AndreaMay 2022

  • "Beautiful lodge amid peaceful grounds."

    Very clean and well equipped. We enjoyed the outside balcony areas whilst sitting and enjoying the wildlife. We found the settees rather uncomfortable as they were very low and the leather cushions had no support. The higher chair was more to our taste. We were disappointed there was no terrestrial t.v downstairs though we could watch it on the smaller t.v. in the bedroom. We felt the stickers throughout the lodge were a bit over the top. Other than that we enjoyed our stay. Mother Nature provided the rest.

    Reviewed by JuneMay 2022

  • "Another perfect stay at Thistle Dubh."

    Wonderful property, our 4th stay. Only downside is having to leave. Thank you Jean and Rob for letting us "borrow" your lodge.

    Reviewed by DianneApr 2022

  • "Wow is all I can say!"

    The owner, Jean, left us a lovely welcome pack of wine, chocolates, posh biscuits, jam and dog treats. The lodge was spectacular with fantastic surroundings. She had thought of everything to make your life easier. In fact, the Lodge offered everything you'd have in your home and possibly more. It was spotlessly clean and the furniture and beds were very, very comfy. The local shop at Colvend offered a variety of food, with good prices and the staff couldn't do enough. You could choose your holiday to be one where you just relaxed, or adventurous, with cycling, walking or golfing. The bay is gorgeous with it's views. All in all a great place and a great holiday! Thank you. I would recommend

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our time here ..."

    We absolutely loved our time here Well equipped well maintained and little treats to welcome Really can’t wait to book again later in the year

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2022

  • "Our stay was perfect and we loved everything about staying here!"

    We loved the attention to detail and how welcomed we felt, we left feeling very relaxed. We’ll definitely be back, thank you

    Reviewed by StephanieDec 2021

  • "We had an excellent holiday."

    Thistle Dubh was a beautiful cottage and had everything that you needed to make the cottage feel like a home. The site was everything that you could hope for and catered for dog owners. We will use this property again in the coming year.

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable accommodation with everything one needs."

    We have stayed numerous times now and will definitely be back again .

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2021

  • "Had a great relaxing stay, very comfortable chalet with all the comforts you could wish for."

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2021

  • "The owner Jean has a lovely lodge immaculate on arrival."

    Prosecco/chocs/biscuits etc on arrival You couldn't want for more inside/out . Very peaceful site clean/tidy. We had two dogs with us who were catered for with dog bowls and treats. Enclosed balcony which they could lay and relaxe after a walk. As did we with a brew. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2021

  • "This was the 3rd time we had stayed at Barend but the 1st time at Thistle Dubh."

    The lodge was beautifully presented in a lovely location, everything you could possibly need for your stay was there waiting for you. We will definitely be booking Thistle Dubh again.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2021

  • "Had a Brilliant time, the lodge is fully stocked for everything you will ever need on holiday, Jean the owner is a absolute star, can't fault anything."

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE ! Hopefully back very soon. Richards Family.

    Reviewed by AdrianAug 2021

  • "Love this lodge."

    It was our second stay and we loved it just as much as the first. Lodge has everything you need and more. Comfortable and with great views. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2021

  • "We enjoyed our holiday very much."

    Unfortunately on our last day. We were subjected to the racket of a chainsaw cutting trees back for nearly 8 hours solid. This work should be carried out in the less busy time of year. Not when we people pay a lot of money for a relaxing holiday. After all the site has been closed for long periods, due to Covid. I appreciate this work has to be done, but this was not just pruning. It was major tree cutting! Our last day was spoiled by this. The site & accommodation however, we’re spot on. This is our forth visit & will come back!

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2021

  • "This a very clean, well equipped holiday home on a lovely quiet park."

    The owners have done a lot to make it comfortable and welcoming and the dog got a wee treat as well. We really enjoyed ourselves, Thank you.

    Reviewed by MurrayJun 2021

  • "The Hosts have provided everything you require at Thistle Dubh."

    The location of the lodge provides beautiful views in a peaceful environment. The holiday was mixed with a few sunny days and Misty days but it didn’t dampen our spirit. I would say if you are looking for a great holiday I would highly recommend this lodge for cleanliness and comfort and those little extra’s, this is our second time there, it would have been the third time but had to cancel because of COVID 19, we will probably book again next year, so look no further than the Thistle Dubh lodge .

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2021

  • "It was a real treat to visit this lovely holiday home again on such a clean, tidy and well organised site."

    We were able to take a breath and appreciate the beautiful scenery, the wildlife and the general tranquility of the place. Much needed in these difficult times. The lodge was its usual high standard of cleanliness, equipment and facilities, a credit to the owners. We took all the food we thought we needed, but were able to top up at the nearby village without any problems. Also managed to get coffee and cake at Rockcliffe and Kipford on our many walks. We received an email in good time before we went giving us all the information we needed to stay safe and well.

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2020

  • "Absolutely lovely lodge."

    One of the best equipped we have been to, beautiful peaceful surroundings and only a short walk from the beach. Loved it so much we have booked to go back next year.

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2020

  • "Great log cabin with everything you could want and more."

    Fabulous location, another great holiday in this log cabin. We will be back soon.

    Reviewed by MelanieFeb 2020

  • "The cabin was lovely and had everything we needed and more, I have never been to a holiday home with such a well stocked kitchen for utensils, pots, pans etc."

    The rest of the cabin was equally well catered for. The site was really well set out and had everything we needed including a pub a short walk away, it was also very clean and tidy and we were privileged to see a couple of badgers on our first night there. WOW. We also saw a kingfisher on the nearby loch and the dogs loved going to the beach each day which was also a short walk away. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan to go back next year.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2019

  • "Site was well maintained and with lovely surroundings only a short walk to the beach which the dog's loved."

    Unfortunately didn't pick the best week for weather, but that just the luck of the draw. I did find the accommodations a bit dark Inside, but everything we needed was there. Would consider another holiday there.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • "A lovely spot nice and quiet very good pub and food ."

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2019

  • "A bit disappointing to find that the swimming pool on site is free to use only if you've booked directly with the Holliday village."

    We are sorry you were disappointed that the swimming pool on site was not available for use. We make guests aware via our owner communication before arrival. Although there is no mention of the swimming pool on Sykes website, we have asked that the information be updated to make it clear that the on-site swimming pool is not available for use. Thank you for alerting us to this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaAug 2019

  • "Thistle Dubh was everything we wanted and more."

    The lodge was very clean and everything we could possibly need was there. The lodge have us plenty of space . The surroundings were stunning and peaceful.There were lots of wildlife to enjoy. The crowning glory has to the be Sandyhills beach. It really is a 5 minute walk from the lodge. Unspoilt clean and very peaceful. The dogs enjoyed themselves so much as we did Jean the owner was very friendly and helpful, and has definitely set the bar very high !! I absolutely recommend this place

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2019

  • "Looking at the lodge upon our arrival, this looked like a holiday to look forward to, and we weren't disappointed."

    Upon entering the lodge it was very tidy and well furnished, fittings, furniture, with sky as an added bonus. The outside decking verandahs were very peaceful and relaxing. The kitchen facilities were more than anyone could ask for and well equppied, with a great deal of thought exercised by the owners, with a welcome pack, which was left for us, as well as a packet of treats for our dogs, plus a few extra touches. Overall the lodge was very comfortable throughout, and we would highly recommend anyone intending to holiday in Dumfrirs and Galloway by selecting Thistle Dubh. The property is within easy driving distance to Dumfries, Dalbeattie, and Castle Douglas. Kippford Shell beach including it's scenery is glorious, 4 miles north west. Rockcliffe is also near by. As first time visitors to this property, we will definitely be back sometime in 2020.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2019

  • "As usual it was great, one thing could do with a new frying pan that's all."

    Reviewed by CatherineMay 2019

  • "The Lodge was just perfect and the area fabulous for walks and beaches"

    Reviewed by MoyraApr 2019

  • "Excellent communication from the owner."

    The lodge offered 5 star comfort & cleanliness. Warm and amazingly well equipped. Great location for the beach, town & country. A refreshing break. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by GilMar 2019

  • "Very pleasant relaxing break."

    had a few dry spells in the weather. left a day early due to wife feeling ill. all is well.

    Reviewed by HarryMar 2019

  • "Wonderful break away x lovely place to visit x everything you could want x lodge ..."

    Wonderful break away x lovely place to visit x everything you could want x lodge was amazing x Sykes were very helpful x no complaints at all x everything was perfect x will definitely book again x

    Reviewed by EveMar 2019

  • "Lovely log cabin."

    Everything you could possibly need. Lots of games and books. Kitchen very well equipped. Extremely clean. Beds very comfortable. New shower room being installed. Simply gorgeous surroundings. Very quiet (at least in February). Skeins of geese flying overhead. Lake very close. Coast with lovely coastal path within half a mile. We had a fabulous time.

    Reviewed by ClareJan 2019

  • "We have been coming to Barend for 20 plus years and this is by far the best cabin we have stayed in."

    Lots of attention to detail - kitchen is very well equipped with utensils etc as well dishwasher and washing machine (tumble drier in basement). We particularly appreciated the welcome hamper left for us which also included dog treats and a colouring book for my daughter. Communication with the owners is excellent and they can’t do enough to make you feel welcome. I can’t recommend this cabin enough and we will definitely be visiting again!

    Reviewed by LDec 2018

  • "Perfect little lodge."

    Owners went above and beyond with a little hamper and Christmas crackers and dog biscuits.

    Reviewed by TinaDec 2018

  • "The lodge was absolutely perfect!"

    Kept to a brilliant standard, had everything we needed and was very cosy. Gordon (our greyhound) particularly loved the treats left out for him on arrival! It’s perfectly situated to explore the region. It’s also very close to Sandyhills beach, which is perfect for dog walking. So glad we chose this lodge and had a wonderful week in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Reviewed by DanielleNov 2018

  • "Beautiful place to stay."

    Extremely clean and fully equipped lodge. Will be returning again next year.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2018

  • "Great lodge to stay in ."

    All facilities excellent.Just like home but near the Solway and stunning views Beautiful sandy beach and lots of wildlife Red Squirrels Badgers Fixes Swans cygnets Deer finches cormorants etc .Great day out at Mabie park Weather a it up and down but such a lovely place to stay played board games and chillwd with a g and t and the prosecco and chocs ! left for us

    Reviewed by SylviaAug 2018

  • "This is a fantastic property and a good base for exploring Dumfries & Galloway."

    Thistle Dubh exceeded all of our expectations the park itself is well maintained and has a bar and restaurant where the food is to a good standard and value for money. Anyone who, like us, are fans of wildlife, will be delighted with the property we saw badgers red squirrel and the resident family of rabbits from the balcony along with many different types of woodland birds using the feeders at the ajoining properties. I would not hesitate in recommending Thistle Dubh to anyone considering booking a holiday there.

    Reviewed by JulianJun 2018

  • "Lovely area, quiet and peaceful site."

    Everything you could possibly need in the lodge which was clean and comfortable. Short walk to a lovely beach and lots of other walks and places to visit within easy reach. Just what we were looking for!

    Reviewed by ElizabethJun 2018

  • "Wonderful holiday,our thanks to the owners and Sykes for listing property."

    Reviewed by DianneJun 2018

  • "Would definitely return to this lovely 'chalet'"

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2018

  • "This was a return visit to Thistle Dubh and it was even better than last time."

    The lodge has everything you could possibly need and more and despite the cold weather we were warm and cosy. We enjoyed lots of walks in this beautiful spot despite the weather. Would we return? Yes, next year for sure. Would we recommend? We have, many times.

    Reviewed by JuneMar 2018

  • "Always a clean homely cabin that is well taken care of and is a great place to stay."

    Reviewed by KellyDec 2017

  • "The lodge was excellent, very clean and well equipped,the location was fantastic and the welcome pack was much appreciated."

    Everything was as described, which is not always the case in my experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will re-book in 2018 for sure.

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2017

  • "A wonderful setting The children loved their visit ."

    A lovely family holiday ! Nature all around foxes badgers deer and wonderful birdlife including woodpeckers owls finches close to Sandy hills bay and the coastal walk with amazing views!Booked again for 2018.The accomodation was great just like being at home. Wifi meant good phone coverage .Pet friendly too! The balconies were great to sit alfresco and enjoy the view !

    Reviewed by SylviaJul 2017

  • "Total peace, no shops, no traffic, the site was very very clean and well maintained."

    Lovely walks round loch, the beach was dog friendly with miles to walk and beautiful scenery. Restaurant on sites served very good food at good prices. Will go again

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2017

  • "Absolutely amazing"

    Reviewed by AndyJun 2017

  • "Very comfortable property and very well equipped."

    Great area for dog walking and peaceful.

    Reviewed by AudreyApr 2017

  • "We had a lovely break, it was just what we needed."

    A great base for exploring the area with lots of walks to keep the dog happy. The lodge was very comfortable with everything we needed and more. We will return

    Reviewed by JuneFeb 2017

  • "Fabulous will be returning"

    Reviewed by TracyDec 2016

  • "Great facilities on site, good walks, lovely scenery."

    Reviewed by EdwinNov 2016

  • "WE HAVE STAYED IN THIS CABIN OVER THE PAST TWELVE YEARS AND AS ALWAYS A GREAT HOLIDAY ENJOYED BY THE WHOLE FAMILY - WE WILL BE BACK AGAIN SOON."

    THANK YOU

    Reviewed by MelanieOct 2016

  • "We love this wooden lodge, it caters for all our needs."

    Dog friendly, great location for beach, this is our third year here and we will be back.

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2016

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with Smart TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with Smart TV, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor single with
  • Ground floor wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast area (seats 2)
  • Sitting room with dining area and electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Netflix, Sky TV and Sky Sports, DVD, Superfast WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Xbox 360
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, high chair x 2, stair gates x 2
  • Ample off road parking
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Communal lawned area with private decked area and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Seasonal shop 8 mins walk, shop (open all year) 2 miles, pub on-site 2 mins walk
  • Note: Open loch on-site, please ensure children and dogs are supervised
  • Note: Swimming pool on-site is not available for use by guests
  • Please Note: Electric cars must be charged at designated charging points in the area
  • There are currently no electric charging points on the site.

The property

Colvend 2 miles.

A charming, detached wooden lodge situated on a holiday park in Barend, near Colvend and Sandyhills Bay, on Scotland's beautiful Solway Coast.

Well-equipped throughout, this Colvend cottage is...

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About the location

COLVEND

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.

Please Note: Electric cars must be charged at designated charging points in the area.

There are currently no electric charging points on the site.