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Dermot Cottage

(Ref. 924313)

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


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Our second visit,love the cottage."

    It is very warm and cozy.our only problem was the TV,we could get the apps ect but couldn't get a signal for normal television programmes. The instructions for one remote didn't match the remote provided and therefore No Signal on TV screen. But it made a nice change not watching TV,reading,talking, puzzles etc instead. A lovely holiday once again,great cottage and location.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Oct 2023

  • "Cleaning and maintenance could be improved."

    Wi-fi password needs updating in book and on website Downstairs curtain falls off (it actually fell down onto my niece, she got 2 black eyes and a bruised nose) There were chipped cups and a cracked glass in the cupboard. Could do with a few more mugs. Bathroom tile is cracked and one of the silicone strips has a loose loop (my Mum caught her foot in this, she feel backwards and slashed 2 of her toes and bruised her ankle) No fire starter pack (only a bundle of magazines/papers, 1 log and 1 firelighter) I don't consider this as a starter pack! No washing line, we bought one There's a loop on the back door seal, another potential trip hazzard Porch setee - certainly past it's best, not suitable to sit on

    We are so sorry to hear about the accidents your family have had at the cottage and we hope they have had a speedy recovery, we will certainly check those things out, no mention of a cracked tile by the previous repeat guest, or any issue with the curtains. It is always best to mention anything like this at the time of your stay, so any damage can be inspected straight away. This is most unusual as you can see from the many positive reviews we have had. We will update the WiFi information as soon as possible, (the password can also be found on the back of the hub), this has arisen due to replacing the hub and TV with new. There should be sufficient fuel to start a fire in the woodburner on arrival if required so apologies there were not a few more logs for you, if you had mentioned this while there, we could have arranged for a few more to be brought to the cottage for you. There is also a toilet roll in the bathroom and downstairs toilet, washing up liquid, a dish cloth, tea bags, coffee and sugar, cling film and kitchen foil, dishwasher tabs and also dog biscuits, a ball for your pet if wanted, and poo bags supplied as a starter for guests. As we are a self catering cottage, we do not supply anything further I’m afraid and I’m sorry you feel this is not enough but we will take on board your comments. Chips and cracks to glasses and crockery made by guests sometimes cannot be helped, so when these are brought to our attention or noticed we will replace as soon as possible so thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are always looking to improve the cottage so take on board your comments although I’m sure you can appreciate as a 3 star cottage we don’t pretend to be anything more than homely which is something that many of our repeat guests really enjoy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ailsa1.9Sep 2023

  • "Great location, gatehouse of fleet is a lovely village."

    It has pubs, a shop and lovely walks on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Keith4.4Jul 2023

  • "Excellent time at Dermot Cottage."

    Slept like a log in wonderful comfortable bed. The back door garden was heaven especially in such wonderful weather. The people in Gatehouse were so friendly. Throughly enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Janis5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely well stocked cottage, close to cafes and local pubs."

    Everything you could wish for, beautiful garden, very pet friendly. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage with the most comfortable beds ever."

    We had an amazing time and will definitely rent this property again. It was well equipped with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Ami5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely house in a pretty little village."

    Local pubs and cafés excellent. Absolutely gorgeous walks around the town and forest. The whole family and dogs enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Feb 2023

  • "Well equipped and comfortable cottage in a lovely area of Dumfries and Galloway."

    Easy access to nice places to eat and good walks. We really enjoyed our stay. A couple of small things (but didn’t spoil our stay) The log burner glass was really dirty so you couldn’t see the flames. We cleaned it the best we could but it clearly hadn’t been done for some time. Single bedroom could do with a wall light above the bed and tiny table or shelf to put a drink / travel clock on.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Dec 2022

  • "We were very pleased with the cottage, clean warm and had everything we needed."

    . The surrounding area is lovely, and the local people we met were very welcoming and friendly. The garden was great for my dog. Really can’t fault Dermot Cottage.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2022

  • "Our 3rd stay here, still one of our favourites, an excellent base to explore"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely cottage."

    Well located and with a beautiful garden. Would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Aug 2022

  • "We have been visiting Gatehouse of Fleet multiple times over the last 10 years, and this cottage is the best we have stayed in."

    Spacious, clean, absolutely lovely, exactly as described in the sales details (which is quite unusual), Thank you for a relaxing stay. We will be back.

    Reviewed by June5.0May 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage in Gatehouse of Fleet, it was spacious and well equipped."

    The beds were very comfortable definitely better than the average holiday accommodation. A lovely large garden although we didn’t use it much. We plan to book this accommodation again.

    Reviewed by Dawn4.7Apr 2022

  • "The property was like home from home."

    Super comfy and had everything there you need. Would

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely quiet, comfortable cottage - one of the nicest we have stayed in in Gatehouse of Fleet."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is our second time at Dermot Cottage, it remains our favourite and the one we judge all others against :-)"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2021

  • "Accommodation was up to the highest of standards."

    It more than meets our requirements

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Sep 2021

  • "The property in general was fine, but the front room felt unclean, lots of do hairs so didn't feel like a comfortable room relax or spend any time in."

    Eeven more so as I have asthma. Also the hoover had been left unemptied and was full of dog hairs.

    Reviewed by David3.1Aug 2021

  • "The location of the house was excellent."

    The house was really comfortable and it was lovely to be able to sit outside in the garden in the sunshine. The house was well equipped in each area. The only thing it sort of lacked was a decent kitchen cupboard to keep grocery items in. We had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in the cottage and we would definitely recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by Aileen5.0Jul 2021

  • "This was our second visit to Dermot Cottage which we like very much and find very comfortable and homely."

    The large bed is extremely comfortable (don’t know about the singles as we haven’t tried them but the two smaller bedrooms look cosy for children) and the shower is excellent. Everything is supplied in the kitchen including a big fridge freezer; very useful for a self catering holiday. The back garden is well kept and a sun trap. Our dog did escape on both visits and we had to use a couple of garden chairs to block the holes in the hedge. He is a bit of an escape artist but one side of the garden could do with mesh to stop dogs getting out; the other side is walled and there is mesh along the bottom. Outside of the back door and under the lounge window where the garden furniture sits could do with a power wash to get rid of the moss, etc., which becomes slippy when it rains. The dog treats, and Prosecco for us were a lovely surprise and much appreciated. As well as there being amazing walks from the doorstep Dermot Cottage is well placed for exploring the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Beryl4.4May 2021

  • "Excellent location."

    Cottage beautiful clean well maintained

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2021

  • "Really comfortable cottage with excellent beds and a great shower."

    Enjoyed the real fire but it was not necessary with the heating on. Great base to explore the area, even though a lot of indoor attractions were not available.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Oct 2020

  • "We have stayed in Sykes cottages several times and this house met the usual excellent standard"

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Sep 2020

  • "The location was ideal being so close to local amenities."

    The cottage itself was excellent and the extras were unexpected - dishwasher tablets, tea and coffee, tinfoil etc etc. We have rented many cottages in Scotland and most provide a little, such as tea, to get the holidaymaker started, but very few provide this level. Also, Amanda was extremely helpful and friendly; we felt at home immediately.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2020

  • "Enjoyed our holiday in this lovely comfortable cottage so much that we have already 're-booked again for next year."

    I think that says how much we like it. We do highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Aug 2020

  • "Delightful cottage well kept and all the facilities you need."

    Pretty, dog-safe garden full of Swallows and Swifts. Gatehouse is a great wee village with nice places to walk, eat and drink and a great jumping off point for local beaches etc. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2020

  • "Really nice house with everything we needed for a week's stay."

    Nice location, a couple of mins walk to the shops, pubs etc. No hassle parking right outside the house every day. Gatehouse of Fleet excellent location for walks and visiting nearby towns. We'll certainly be visiting the town again.

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Nov 2019

  • "Super place would love to come back at some time"

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Oct 2019

  • "We have visited Gatehouse of Fleet on many previous holidays and this is one of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    As we are both getting on in years we don't do as much touring as we once did, so we just enjoyed the comfortable cottage and the lovely garden, and have already booked our next visit.

    Reviewed by Nan5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely, comfortable and well maintained."

    It is ideally situated for the town of Gatehouse of Fleet and accessing all surrounding areas. We had a really good time and would highly recommend the property.

    Reviewed by Jessie5.0Jul 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Dermot Cottage and would highly recommend it to others ."

    We were in Gatehouse of Fleet for a family wedding but decided to make a holiday of it . The cottage has great charm and character , was lovingly restored and had everything we needed for our stay . It felt like we had been entrusted with someone’s family home and possessions and that the house had a happy history . Our golden retriever particularly enjoyed the garden and we brought along a barbecue so we could make the most of the excellent weather. The surrounding area was great for exploring - we will definitely be back !

    Reviewed by June5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable and very well located."

    We appreciated the quality of the bed linen and towels . Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage."


    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very well appointed, clean and comfortable."

    Excellent location. Would definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a fantastic time staying at Dermot Cottage."

    It was ideally located. Not far from all the facilities in the village on foot; and also great for exploring the local area by car. The cottage was exceptionally comfortable, clean and well appointed. Although we did eat out in the village, it was great that we were able to cook proper 'home-cooked' meals using the equipment provided. The children loved 'Ginger' the rocking horse and enjoyed watching the odd DVD from the well stocked library. We all had a lovely week's holiday and look forward to returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Feb 2019

  • "A lovely, immaculately clean cottage in the heart of Gatehouse of Fleet, all facilities within easy walking distance."

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Jan 2019

  • "Lovely cottage."

    No problem parking out front of the cottage. Very comfortable and well presented. Lots of exploring to be done near by. Stayed over Christmas and the decorations were all taken care of. Nice welcome package too. Would definitely recommend, thanks.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2018

  • "Outstanding accommodation beautifully clean, spacious, and perfectly situated for us to explore the gorgeous Dumfries and Galloway area."

    We are definitely going back. Our dog Hermann loved the garden as did we, so it’s a big woof from him and a highly recommended from us.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2018

  • "Excellent and well appointed cottage, centrally based so lots of excellent trips out."

    Loved the log burning stove and we had to keep buying more wood as we got through so much of it. Double bedroom was very comfortable and felt like you were sleeping in cottonwool. The garden was lovely and we actually collected enough blackberries to make a fruit crumble for our tea ! Have already recommended Sykes to two friends and one is already looking at a cottage in the Isle of Skye for next year. We hope to book another cottage next year.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2018

  • "The house was so much bigger than we thought it would be and on entering it had a home from home feeling."

    It was so easy to live in, easy to keep clean with the tiled floors and very nicely carpeted stairs and bedrooms. The bedrooms were very nice, especially the master bedroom. There was a bit of a problem with the fancy basin tap in the bathroom which was difficult to regulate and either trickled or spurted over the top of the basin. As we did not have the best weather it was good to have the wood burner but there was only enough wood for the first evening and we were unable to get more logs locally. It meant we needed to use the central heating which we would have preferred not to do. Perhaps from the owners point of view it might be more economical to leave a plentiful supply of wood. We enjoyed our stay very much and would certainly revisit.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.4Aug 2018

  • "Had a lovely week at Dermot Cottage it has good facilities, lovely garden and a homely feel."

    The kingsize bed is the most comfortable we've ever slept in, will be buying the mattress topper for home!

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2018

  • "The only reason I would not stay at coutage again is because we like to visit different places"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.6Feb 2018

  • "This is a clean, comfortable and well furnished and decorated holiday cottage."

    Good garden for the dog and in a small friendly village close to many interesting locations.

    Reviewed by Pam4.8Nov 2017

  • "Gorgeous cottage in great location."

    Lots of little extra touches by the owners to ensure that we needed for nothing. Top quality bed linen, beds and towels. Lovely little kitchen, with everything you could need, including a slow cooker. Great shower, lots of hot water. Stayed here in October and have already rebooked for November.

    Reviewed by Nicole5.0Sep 2017

  • "A lovely cottage - good location and great base for exploring the area."

    It might be worth noting that the Ship Inn is no longer open as a pub / restaurant as it is now a guest house - open to residents only. Otherwise a perfect stay!

    Reviewed by Victoria4.8Jul 2017

  • "Dermot Cottage was beautiful, furnished to a high standard yet very homely, everything you needed to self cater, good eating at the local pubs well within walking distance."

    The Cottage had everything thought of.... things for very young minds, DVD's for the family, books to while away the time, warm and cosy with the fire if you wanted, spacious for five people, and the garden was a haven for the wildlife , could sit and watch all day from within the sun room. The quality of the furniture and bedding was luxurious, beds and quilts were out of this world, so easy to get that good nights sleep. As for the shower, well, all I can say is raining heaven, you will struggle to get the time in the bathroom as you just don't want to get out!! Nothing had been too much trouble, everything thought of, Wi-Fi how to access, a fantastic instruction book of everything regarding the cottage even down to what buttons for the remote control for the TV to step by step to lighting the wood stove, nothing missed..... So accommodation top rate, as for the area, stunning! so many places to visit, the beaches are fantastic so get those picnics prepared.... We were a family of mixed age range 50's to 13 and all would go back again, we had the perfect holiday, Thank you Dermot Cottage.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jul 2017

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage within a lovely village."

    Great base for visiting the Galloway Forest trails, heading for the hills or just a walk on the beach. Great area for wildlife spotting with several RSPB reserves and the biggest local nature reserve in Great Britain at Wigtown bay.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Mar 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove
  • Sun room.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Roadside parking outside property
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Beach 2.5 miles
  • Coast 2.5 miles
  • Note: Mobile reception can be limited at this property
  • Note: There is a £200 Good housekeeping bond for this property
  • Note: The neighbouring property is having extension built, the work is taking place on weekdays only, just to make you aware ahead of your stay.

The property

A lovely terraced cottage built in the 1800's in picturesque Gatehouse of Fleet, near the coast in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway.

With a large garden at the rear, this is the ideal getaway cottage for a family or friends who want to explore this beautiful part of Scotland.

You enter the property into the beautiful stone floored hallway.

The ground floor has a comfortable sitting room with a wood-burning stove and a Freeview package including BT Sport and the younger ones will love the traditional rocking horse.

There is a large selection of family films and games alongside books and magazines for guests to use.

A dining kitchen has a view over the generous back garden and a small sun room with lovely stone flooring is an ideal place to curl up with a book.

Quality bedding and towels are provided for guests use. The first floor has a king-size double bedroom, a twin and a single and a superb stone floored shower room.

A few doors along is The Ship Inn on the footbridge over the Water of Fleet, with the Mill on The Fleet visitor centre developed from a former textile mill.

Gatehouse of Fleet is the ideal location for walking, cycling and golf and with many beautiful beaches only a few miles away, you will be spoilt for choice.

Why not challenge yourself at the Laggan Outdoor Centre or treat yourself at the Cream o’ Galloway Farm and activity centre for some fantastic ice cream.

Dip into the area’s past at Cardoness Castle or visit the Covenanters’ graves at the ruins of Anwoth Church.

A lovely holiday home, offering so much to see and do, making it a great base for a holiday at any time of the year.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00387-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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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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There is a £200 Good housekeeping bond for this property.
The neighbouring property is having extension built, the work is taking place on weekdays only, just to make you aware ahead of your stay.