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79 Laurel Bank

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Gatehouse of Fleet, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage."

    It is perfectly located for exploring the area. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Maggie4.7Mar 2024

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Location perfect for us as many walks straight from the front door. Shop and excellent cafe 100yds. The property was very cosy. A well stocked kitchen and good tv/wifi. No issues. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jan 2024

  • "Such a lovely place to stay, lovely neighbours and comfortable home."

    We didn't want to leave.

    Reviewed by Rena5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was immaculately clean."

    The kitchen was well equipped for our needs. The garden was good and well enclosed for the dogs. Great to see that the TV had all the streaming channels for the kids given the weather was changeable. My only criticism is the pillows, they really need changing as they are thin, flat,and uncomfortable. Otherwise fabulous

    Reviewed by Charles4.7Jul 2023

  • "In a good position for visiting the area."

    cafes, pubs in walking distance, ease of parking and forest walks just across the road.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Our 2nd trip as here last year."

    A great base, very helpful friendly neighbours and their pets. Lovely village and central for getting out walking, visiting local towns as well as gorgeous gardens. Lovely weather so made good use of garden. Down lots of back steps, not an issue for us and well kept. Bright house, quiet despite being on main road. We'll be back!

    Reviewed by Bernie4.7May 2023

  • "As I wrote in the visitors' book, we had a lovely time in Dumfries and Galloway and enjoyed being at 79 Laurel Bank."

    Great location, peaceful garden and a cosy ambience in the cottage. The neighbours on each side are extremely friendly and very helpful. I would have no hesitation in recommending number 79 to friends.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2023

  • "Second visit lovely find."

    Local shops and produce on the doorstep. Cottage was clean and in good order. Neighbour helpful and friendly. Yes I would recommend this property

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Apr 2023

  • "Nice place, would definitely go back."

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a most enjoyable stay at Laurel Bank the property has all we needed Heating is remarkably good warming up quickly on return from trips out."

    Beds comfortable and sufficient storage for clothing. Never bothered with rear garden as it was November bit cool sitting out but looked dog secure. Parking can be busy though free car park just over the road. Local shops have a good supply of your day to day essentials and even the option of having a coffee. Would certainly return if opportunity presents itself. Thank you

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely, peaceful and well placed cottage for enjoying the area."

    Very comfortable and spacious with enclosed garden for dogs or sitting out. Mostly clean and well maintained throughout, but a couple of things not quite right, mainly the oven not clean, a note was left for the owners hoping it would easily be remedied for the next guests.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.1Nov 2022

  • "Great location with good places to walk and cycle nearby."

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Oct 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay in this lovely house in one of our favourite villages in Dumfries and Galloway."

    There is access to Garrie's Wood just across the road from the house, which is perfect for dog-walking. This was the second time we stayed here, and everything was clean and comfortable. We had a slight problem with the central heating when we arrived, but the owner came very speedily and sorted it out for us. We loved the fact that we could go out the gate in the garden to get to the Mill of the Fleet, which we really enjoyed visiting several times during our stay. All in all, we had a great holiday here, and would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2022

  • "We found the property ideal,the location for us perfect."

    The only fault is the step down into the kitchen,it caught us out a few times. We thought a slope would be safer.

    Reviewed by Cliff4.7Sep 2022

  • "Another great stay at Laurel Bank."

    The perfect location for Gatehouse itself and the surrounding areas. The property has everything you need for a great holiday, cannot fault it. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable, well equipped and ideally situated."

    We had a lovely time, thank you.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely time in the cottage."

    The Galloway hills are remote, tough and beautiful walking. Also handy to have a decent pub with a couple of real ales on in town.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7May 2022

  • "Excellent comfy house."

    Great Central basefor accessing all areas. Neighbours and locals all very chatty and friendly. We def intend to comeback for another stay. Weather wasfreat so made use of the garden. Handy for Spar and local eating out options.Only thing missing was some coffee making facility, a cheap cafetiere would do fine for most folk I think.

    Reviewed by Bernie4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely thanks for letting us stay would love to go back back Castle Douglas and ..."

    Lovely thanks for letting us stay would love to go back back Castle Douglas and see more of the places neighbours were helpful and nice to meet the house was comfortable and cosy thanks again xxx

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Good location - just across the road from a park and walks, pretty town, good base for exploring. Very comfortable home with everything we needed. Would happily visit again!

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely, well equipped warm cottage."

    Great bathroom and comfortable bed. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Feb 2022

  • "Gatehouse was a surprisingly nice place to stay in and to explore the surrounding area."

    We really enjoyed our stay. We had brunch every day .at the Mill (with art gallery) by the river, and the parkland across the road was a great place to walk our dogs. The house itself was clean and comfortable, and a good base, and the neighbours especially were very friendly and welcoming

    Reviewed by Basil3.8Sep 2021

  • "The property was well equipped, except for only having 1 tea towel, considering that there is no dishwasher this was a little tricky."

    We were a little disconcerted when we awoke Tuesday morning to discover someone had hung their washing on the line in the rental property garden!

    Reviewed by Debbie3.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely house and location, hope to come again."

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Jul 2021

  • "Nice cottage in central location."

    Lovely little garden. Cottage comfortable but beds very soft. No coffee machine/ cafetiere.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth3.8Jun 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Gatehouse of Fleet."

    It is a beautiful village in a lovely area with walks, beaches and good eating and drinking options. The cottage was well located and well equipped. There was plenty of space and it was generally comfortable. The garden was nice and a great space for outdoor dining, though could do with a bit of a spruce up. The only other issue was that we found the bed too soft. That may be our preference

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7May 2021

  • "Good location in the village."

    Plenty of walks from the front door for the dogs. The village is very friendly and being opposite the Spar shop was helpful for all the items that you forget.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0May 2021

  • "The holiday cottage was very good."

    But I won’t book with Sykes again ever. They were impossible to communicate with as they did not answer the phone or reply to emails when we wanted to change our booking. Shocking customer service.

    Reviewed by Ailsa4.7Sep 2020

  • "Due to covid some items had been removed when we got there but we managed alright , bus stop across the road from the house , spar shop about 3 minute walk away with good range of stuff ."

    , free car park opposite with electric vehicle charging points if required Overall we enjoyed our stay and and would recommend it

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2020

  • "Lovely holiday accommodation."

    Would definitely book again. The Scottish weather was very kind to us.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2020

  • "Ideal base for exploring a lovely part of the region."

    Close to coast and countryside and cycling routes. Plenty of walks close by. The house itself is cosy warm and extremely well situated to enjoy the town and its amenities. Local hotels and restaurants serving delicious food.

    Reviewed by Rita5.0Dec 2019

  • "We expect high standards from Sykes and were not disappointed."

    The house was warm and cosy, scrupulously clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The area is fantastic and there was lots to see and do, plenty of places to eat and drink and lovely friendly people to talk to. Towns are notably litter free although recyclying facilities are poor. Our nearest card / paper/ cans recycling facility was ten miles away so we brought our recyclable rubbish home with us. On a tiny note, it is nice to have the option of both bath and shower but the bath would only be suitable for thin people. We are intending to rebook this house again over Christmas next year.

    Reviewed by Trudi5.0Dec 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage roomy, comfortable and very well appointed."

    Located in a beautiful place and an excellent centre for touring. Very reasonably priced- 5 stars all the way!!!

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Dec 2019


    Reviewed by Ron5.0Nov 2019

  • "Beautiful, clean lovely house."

    We all loved i.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "Amazing location to explore the local area."

    Pubs within walking distance that also serve food. Well stocked Spar shop opposite. Lovely cafes a stroll away. Great little cottage perfect for a couple or small family. WiFi and smart TV for days when the weather isn't so good.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a very nice week at Laurel Bank Cottage."

    Village very well served with cafes and hotels. The local people are extremely friendly. Decent public transport throughout the area. Local shop directly opposite opens early till late very convenient. We were very satisfied and will be booking another cottage soon.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Jun 2019

  • "Lovely house in a lovely area."

    House was just about everything we expected. The only downside was the soft mattress on the double bed.

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Jun 2019

  • "The location was excellent, fantastic place for walking dogs,pub was very friendly,shops very good and the spar good."

    Would come back to gatehouse of fleet

    Reviewed by Steven4.1Jun 2019

  • "Lovely, well equipped property."

    Very well placed for local amenities, especially the second hand bookshop at The Mill on the Fleet! Lots of things to do and places to eat nearby and further afield. We took the ferry across to Belfast (£10 each as a foot passenger - bargain!), to visit the Titanic Experience.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.4Apr 2019

  • "The next door neighbours gate at the front was very distracting."

    The blind in the bathroom was too difficult to pull up and down. A handle on the wall of the bath/shower would be useful. The steps to the garden were very steep snd the chicken wire hurt the dog's feet. It would not be ok for handicapped persons. Liked the location to all amenities.

    Reviewed by Gillian3.4Feb 2019

  • "The best cottage we’ve stayed in, really dog friendly and comfortable."

    Spotlessly clean and warm. Great town with friendly people in a beautiful area. There are walks outside the front door and a handy Spa store across the road that opens early and stay open late for anything you might need during your stay. Perfect place, we will be going back.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Nov 2018

  • "79 Laurel Bank, is a wonderful base for a holiday in Dumfries & Galloway."

    The property has a lovely homely feel and is well equipped for a family (&dogs). The slow cooker was well used as we left dinner cooking while we headed off out and about. Gatehouse is a lovely town with friendly people and is a perfect base for visiting the surrounding coast line, forest or family attractions

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the whole holiday, the house is lovely, very comfortable and clean."

    The village is very friendly and welcoming. and would have no hesitation in recommending the house and village.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely holiday house in the middle of Gatehouse of Fleet convenient for shops, pups and Galloway Forest."

    The house is very comfortable with excellent facilities in the house including broadband. Lovely private garden to use with patio table and chairs. All in all this is a wonderful holiday house which I thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jeniffer5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely, central location, everything you need was provided, lost ..."

    The cottage was lovely, central location, everything you need was provided, lost a point for comfort because the bed was awful, very uncomfortable, The cottage was 2 min walk to shop, there is a couple of pubs in village that serve meals, there is a park opposite the cottage with woodland walks, I would definitely book this, cottage again if the bed was changed,

    Reviewed by Darrell4.7Jun 2018

  • "Overall the accommodation was very satisfactory, being comfortable, cosy and well-situated."

    The heating was effective (and necessary due to the cool weather) and the TV and WiFi worked well. Although on the main street, the house is usually very quiet and has a pleasant outlook. The view over the river and woods to the rear is also nice and it was warm enough one day to sit in the peaceful garden. There is some noise from next door and at times it sounded as if someone was going up and down our stairs. The neighbours’ front door is particularly noisy although the occupants aren’t. The kitchen was well-equipped and the hob very efficient. The only item lacking was a pair of scissors. The bathroom is modern and very smart though the shower screen is not extensive enough to prevent splashing on the floor. The toilet seat is not secure and lurches sideways a little in an alarming manner each time one sits down. From comments made in the guestbook, it was evident that this problem has existed for over a year; perhaps it is very difficult to remedy. We didn’t find the double bed as comfortable as our own; it is obviously a matter of personal taste but we would have preferred a wider, firmer mattress. Having said that, we slept OK and didn’t wake with a stiff back. The town and area are lovely and we didn’t feel the need to use the car much as there are some great walks starting in the town. We ate twice at The Masonic Arms and once at The Murray Arms, the former being excellent. Their new conservatory is beautiful and a very pleasant place to dine; the service was friendly and efficient. Despite the above-mentioned reservations we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely cottage for exploring Gatehouse of Fleet and surrounding area."

    Reviewed by Lucy4.1Apr 2018

  • "This cottage is warm, well equipped, clean, nicely decorated and furnished and is ideally situated for all the amenities Gatehouse of Fleet and the surrounding area has to offer."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2018

  • "All the family loved staying here, the property had a lovely homely feel to it."

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2017

  • "Loved the cottage and location."

    Everything we needed in the cottage to make our stay perfect. Hope to book again soon

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Roadside parking, plus car park across the road
  • Decked area leading to lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk
  • Note: Mobile phone reception is very limited
  • Note: There are 13 steps down to the rear garden from the kitchen door.

The property

A delightful, mid-terrace cottage situated on the main street through the small town of Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

Nestling between the coast and the splendour of the Galloway Hills, it’s ideally located for a holiday in this beautiful part of Scotland.

Step into the entrance hall, which then leads off into a comfortable sitting room, an ideal place to relax with loved ones.

From the sitting room, there are three steps down into the kitchen, and you will find two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

The back door from the kitchen opens onto a small decked area with steps leading down to a lawned garden, where a morning coffee can be enjoyed before setting off and exploring this wonderful area.

Gatehouse of Fleet is an attractive town with much to offer the visitor, including four pubs, a selection of shops and a Post Office.

Explore the rich history of the area at the restored Mill on the Fleet visitor centre, Carsluith Castle or the Neolithic burial sites at Cairnholy.

Enjoy the outdoor life with the abundance of walking and cycling in the area and in the nearby Galloway Hills Forest Park, or relax on one of the many excellent beaches that can be found on the River Fleet estuary.

This lovely cottage is a perfect base for a couple or small family.

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About the location


Kirkcudbright 8 miles; Newton Stewart 15 miles; Castle Douglas 15 miles.

Peaceful in its pastel colours, the small country town of Gatehouse of Fleet lies on the Solway Firth, in the midst of Dumfries & Galloway countryside, with good sandy beaches a five-minute drive away. The town was founded in the 1760s as a mill community, and today the nearby Mill on the Fleet - a visitor centre in a former bobbin mill - tells the tale of Gatehouse’s cotton-spinning days. Today, there are several shops in the town including a small supermarket, chemist, bank and Post Office, along with two book/gift shops, a kilt-making centre and two cafes. All four pubs in the town have restaurant facilities and welcome children. Castle Douglas, a 15-minute drive away, offers an extensive range of shops, Threave Gardens and boating on Carlingwark Loch.

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