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Port Donnel Cottage

Rockcliffe near Dalbeattie, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1060517)


(3 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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3 Customer Reviews

  • "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 CaroleApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage"

    Thank you very much for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GaryMar 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 AmandaOct 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

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 birdwatching 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.

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.

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