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Port Donnel Cottage

(Ref. 1060517)

Rockcliffe near Dalbeattie, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is really lovely."

    The situation is perfect with parking garden and own beach. The house was cosy and homely and we soon settled in. The location of Rockcliffe is so peaceful and relaxing with lots of walks in the woods and on the shore and cliff path. Our dogs loved it too. We have booked it again for next year

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Mar 2024

  • "Cottage was very clean and had everything included to allow a comfortable stay ; a real home from home."

    All facilities were great ( other than the lounge chairs , see below). We visited in Winter and the cottage was very cosy. Well appointed and the situation of the cottage made an ideal base for walking and exploring the local area. Local shop had a good selection of goods. We would definitely recommend the cottage stay and would return in the future. One minor piece of feedback : all the legs of the chairs in the lounge have been fitted incorrectly and one of the legs is broken in one of the chairs . This made us very wary to sit on any of the chairs - easily resolved if the legs were fitted correctly.

    Thank you for your feedback and we have asked the team based at Threave to check the chairs and have them repaired. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Feb 2024

  • "Fantastic stay at Port Donnell."

    The location is what attracted us and we were not disappointed. The view is amazing. We love the sea and it was so quiet and relaxing. The property was spotless and well stocked. We will hopefully be back.

    Thank you so much for the lovely comments and we hope to welcome you back to the National Trust for Scotland. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jan 2024

  • "One of the best properties we have stayed in."

    Very clean with good quality facilities. Perfect location for a peaceful break. Wonderful views and very private without being isolated. Will definitely return.

    Thank you for the lovely comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2023

  • "Port Donnell cottage was absolutely perfect."

    A wonderful location right by the sea, glorious views, quiet and all rooms were beautifully decorated. Lovely walks from the door and handy for visiting Kirkudbright, Threave House and other delights. We did not want to leave.

    Reviewed by S5.0Oct 2023

  • "Rockcliffe an amazing place, we swam in the sea, walked across to Rough Island then to causeway to the Anchor and then over the cliff home."

    The most fantastic week we have had, we loved the kitchen and all the Denbyware. Prefect position, hoping to visit again.

    Reviewed by Jenniferj5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a wonderful time."

    The cottage was lovely and clean and felt very private. We had our own entrance to the beach and as the cottage was on the end of the road we didn’t have people walking past so it was very quiet. It was so peaceful and we would definitely return. The picnic bench in the garden was a nice touch that we used a lot to eat our evening meals at to take advantage of the nice weather. Also the cottage had everything we needed such as hair dryers, dishwasher and even washing up liquid and tea towels provided! 5 stars we loved it

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back. We also have a new cottage for 4 people at Rockcliffe called Saltflats which opens on 15th July. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gwenda5.0Jun 2023

  • "This place is fabulous."

    Peaceful location and stunning views. We loved it.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Cottage was delightful."

    No negative comments!

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2023

  • "A really lovely cottage in a stunning spot."

    Very well equipped kitchen wise.I was hoping the fire would be laid on arrival but took some logs with us along with kindling and firelighters.The shop in Colvend is very good though and they sell logs.If I had to make a few points in making this cottage better then one would certainly be a bath mat as the bath is so slippy if you follow on from someone else.The settee and double bed are not the best.We did also come back to find a local with his dog off the lead just coming back through the grounds even though we closed the gate behind us.He said it was a public footpath and when I asked the NT for clarification they never got back to me.All in all a lovely week though and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Apr 2023

  • "Only thing missing was an antslip mat for the bath"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is our second visit to Port Donnel."

    We absolutely love the house and the beautiful location. However, we were disappointed to encounter the same problem as last year: the house had not been cleaned and we had no bed linen. Sykes and the local National Trust of Scotland contact dealt with this quickly and we had a brilliant holiday in spite of some rough weather. We fully support the work of the National Trust of Scotland but issues about cleaning have been raised before and it would be good to know that communications will work better in the future.

    Thank you very much for the feedback and we apologise for the property not being prepared for you. We have passed on the feedback to the team at Threave. Port Donnel is currently off line undergoing a refurbishment and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chrissie3.1Jan 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay over Xmas."

    A tree had been put up at our request, the property was warm and we had everything we needed. The property was spacious and ample gardens and a step and you are on your own private beach. Our only feedback would be that the furniture in the living room needs an update as it was slightly uncomfortable, the dining room window and front door were leaking in high winds and rain, paint peeling in places, damp in the bathroom. We were advised to take the bins out on bin day which we did. But they were not collected (perhaps as it was Xmas), but it was already full on our arrival so we could only fit a small amount in. Again this wasn't an issue for our family. Perhaps a larger double bed for longer people! Our feet sticking over the end. Perhaps some shoe storage near the back door may help. We had a thoroughly fantastic stay and would definitely return if a general refurbishment had taken place. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Josephine3.8Dec 2022

  • "Although this property is sited in a wonderful location, we found that it lacked maintenance, was dirty, uncomfortable & with facilities that did not work."

    In particular, the lounge furniture was tatty & uncomfortable; the TV had no reception (the roof aerial appears to have broken from its mounting & is resting on the roof slates); the shower only worked intermittently as the on/off switch seemed to be faulty; the oven was filthy & the sight of it made my wife nauseous & the markings for the control dials were obliterated so it was difficult to ascertain functionality; the entire property had not been properly cleaned for a long time as evidenced by the large number of residents (spiders) & most surfaces were coated in accumulated dust; the dustbins had not been collected & one was overflowing with waste. In our opinion, the property is in urgent need of refurbishment because, at the moment the condition of the property & its fittings & furniture do not justify the excessive rental short, a rip-off!

    We are very sorry that our cottage at Port Donnel wasn’t prepared to the standards that yourselves and ourselves expect for a holiday cottage. We have increased the number of cleaning staff that are going to service Port Donnel leading up to November and reiterated that there must be attention to detail when preparing the house. Then in November we have booked a maintenance week where we plan to replace the dining room carpet, paint the kitchen cupboards and carry out snagging of all the maintenance in the property. In 2023 we are hoping to fit a new bathroom, replace furniture and paint internally and externally. Thanks for taking the time to bring this to our attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger2.2Sep 2022

  • "I have raised a complaint that the level of cleanliness was unacceptable and ..."

    I have raised a complaint that the level of cleanliness was unacceptable and wear and tear of the property was very disappointing

    Thank you for your feedback which we received via Sykes. We have responded to you directly re your comments. We do apologise that the cleanliness was not to the standards we expect and acknowledge that there were issues on the day of arrival. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra1.9Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a lovely peaceful and scenic location."

    We would recommend this cottage and are looking to book for next year.

    Thank you very much for your kind words, Port Donnel is one of our most popular NTs cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole4.4Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage"

    Thank you very much for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great cottage in wonderful location we enjoyed every minute of our stay there and would love to go again at some point in the future, the only negative was the cleanliness of the cottage, although the bedding and towels were lovely and clean the cottage itself could be improved there were swathes of cobwebs above the dresser in the dining room and in the fireplace as well as the lounge, the cupboard under the sink was dirty as was the oven and when i went to plump up one of the yellow cushions in the lounge a plume of dust came off it."

    Only mentioning as if people are being paid to clean this they are not doing a great job. However this did not detract from a lovely stay and would definitely return

    Thank you very much for your feedback, we take all comments very seriously and have noted your comments in regard to the cleanliness. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda4.4Oct 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor basin and WC
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil fired central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Ample off road parking
  • Private lawned garden with furniture (not enclosed)
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.6 miles, pub and beach 0.1 miles
  • Note: There is a step down into dining room and sloping ceilings in bedrooms, please take care
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here
  • Note: There is no starter pack for woodburning stove
  • Note: The mobile phone signal can be intermittent due to the remote location of the cottage

The property

Dalbeattie 6.7 miles.

A secluded, whitewashed cottage, resting on the shores of the Urr estuary in the coastal hamlet of Rockcliffe, Port Donnel Cottage offers a group of five a beautiful base for a seaside escape to Scotland.

Offering direct access to a private pebble beach from the lawned garden, this National Trust for Scotland jewel provides all you could need for a relaxing retreat with your loved ones.

Park up outside the property and be greeted by the idyllic sounds of crashing waves, before entering the property into the contemporary galley kitchen, with sparkling cream units hosting a wonderful range of high quality appliances to assist you on your stay, including a washer/dryer and a dishwasher.

Prepare a meal using the amenities at hand, enjoying time together at the dining table over a lovingly prepared meal, before venturing into the warmth of the sitting room and relaxing into the evening around the delightful woodburning stove.

In the summer months, be sure to make the most of your superb surroundings by dining alfresco on the lawn, enjoying fresh seafood from the coast for a truly memorable meal.

Back inside, you can find a bathroom and a shower room on the ground floor, giving you plenty of space to prepare for your days with either a relaxing soak or a refreshing shower, as well as being ideally placed for washing off any sand after a day at the beach.

Move upstairs to find three beautiful bedrooms beneath characterful sloping ceilings, consisting of a double, twin and single, with each room offering a simple and refreshing interior.

Begin the day sitting out in the garden admiring your surroundings, with views as far reaching as the Lake District on a clear day, before taking a stroll along the beach.

The secluded location of this property is perfect for those seeking a remote escape, while all the amenities you could need for a self catered stay can be found in the nearby town of Dalbeattie.

Originally known for its granite quarry mine, this picturesque town offers plenty to see and do, with the Dalbeattie Museum being the perfect place to learn about the rich history of the area, as well as a range of shops, pubs and restaurants where you can while away the hours on a leisurely day trip.

Enjoy a waterside stroll along the Barr Burn, or delve into the wooded valley for wonderful bird watching opportunities, while those seeking adventure will appreciate the ease of access to the scenic Solway Coast, with miles of beaches and quaint fishing villages to explore.

There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure in the local area, including the renowned 7stanes mountain biking complex and forest walks at Glentrool, where you can follow in the footsteps of Richard Hannay in The Thirty Nine Steps.

Venture to the RSPB Mersehead for even more spectacular birdwatching and nearby golfing opportunities, and explore the many wonders of the market town of Dumfries, home to its very own museum, the Robert Burns Centre, the Moat Brae National Centre for Children's Literature and fantastic shopping.

Discover the National Trust for Scotland’s Broughton House & Garden in Kirkcudbright; the former home of E A Hornel boasts a Japanese-inspired garden and a fine collection of art, with plenty of Eastern and Western horticulture to admire along the way.

Further afield is the village of Ecclefechan, Thomas Carlyle's birthplace, where you can visit the home of this prolific writer and social commentator, constructed by Carlyle’s father and uncle.

Be sure to discover the delights of the Threave Garden & Estate too, constructed over the years by the talented students of the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening, here you can expect to find a variety of ‘garden rooms’, each presenting a different gardening style and planting scheme, Scotland’s only Bat Reserve, wondrous views over the Galloway Hills and the Ken/Dee valley, and plenty more scenic splendour.

In a spectacular position for a coastal escape, choose Port Donnel Cottage for your next Scottish adventure.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1076590 and 1076591 together sleeping 17 guests.

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00556-F

National Trust For Scotland

Whether searching for your next city to explore, or seeking a homely dwelling to relax in with your loved ones in rural surroundings, the wonderful collection of properties from National Trust for Scotland is sure to have something perfect for you. Discover the beauty of Scotland's two national parks and stunning countryside, with lots of properties catering to a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on your doorstep, with some featuring additional facilities for angling, field sports and cycling, making it easy to enjoy your stay to the fullest. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the lively city scenes of Scotland, with properties in and around Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow, all teeming with historic sites, beautiful architecture and plenty of entertainment. Being Scotland's largest conservation charity, National Trust for Scotland has been able to beautifully preserve and renovate many historic buildings to offer unique holiday locations. With over two-million visitors each year across twenty-seven castles and great houses, forty-six munros, thirty-five major gardens and designed landscapes, and seven national nature reserves, National Trust for Scotland has something for everyone. Each property is equipped with all you need for a self-catered stay, with kitchens complete with essential appliances and more, dining areas to come together for hearty meals, and many sitting rooms boasting open fires or woodburning stoves to settle down in front of, not to mention elegant bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms where you can feel refreshed. Bring your canine companion along with you to some of the properties, and keep up to date with the world via the WiFi connections offered in most cottages. With more and more people discovering the beauty and allure of Scotland every year, ensure your stay is special with a National Trust for Scotland cottage.

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About the location


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

The attractive country town of Dalbeattie nestles 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.

The mobile phone signal can be intermittent due to the remote location of the cottage

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas