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Fish House

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Kirkcudbright, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Very spacious, very well-furbished, loved the underfloor bathroom heating!"

    Great views, great location.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2024

  • "This is a great place for a family holiday."

    Not too posh but comfortable. Good kitchen. Delightful views.

    Reviewed by Stuart3.8Oct 2023

  • "Comfortable, spacious and very well equipped cottage with outstanding scenery in this idyllic part of the world."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2023

  • "A superb cottage in a great location."

    This was our 2nd visit as we went there last year too. Great views from the conservatory. The views constantly changing. Excellent place and I would highly recommend anyone to go there

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage well maintained, situated and with plenty of equipment which was really appreciated."

    We felt as if we were guests of the family and not customers. Just as it should be. Thank you so much for letting us stay and we would love to return.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very nice and quiet cottage!"

    More luxurious and more space than it seemed on the pictures!

    Reviewed by Minke5.0May 2023

  • "We were expecting somewhere good to stay but Fish House exceeded our expectations - I don't think the photos totally did it justice!"

    It was very well equiped and maintained and warm and comfortable and I've no hesitation in recommending it as a really great place to stay. My only suggestion would be for a mat in the ensuite shower as it felt quite slippery.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely warm comfortable cottage for exploring the Kirkcudbrightshire area, with great views across the estuary from the conservatory."

    Reviewed by Karen4.1Aug 2022

  • "Great location and facilities."

    Have recommended to others already.

    Reviewed by Gwendda5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fish House (love the name) is a great combination of space, comfort, style and, of course, location."

    The view is unbeatable especially for birdwatchers like us and it's great being so close to Kirkcudbright which is a wonderful little town. Just one suggestion - as the house is all on one level it's likely to appeal to less mobile people. A rail in the ensuite shower would be helpful for them.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "I would definitely recommend the Fish House."

    It has everything you need for a relaxing break in a beautiful part of the country. The accommodation is excellent, especially the sun lounge. We would hope to visit again sometime in the future. Thank you Jeannie and Stuart for your preparation and presentation of the Fish House.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fish House is an immaculate property taking full advantage, through the very comfortable conservatory, of its beautiful view over the estuary."

    The little garden on the other side of the road has a well secluded picnic table which is a great place for a morning spent watching the odd boat sail by while drinking coffee! The kitchen is well supplied with everything you need for self catering and is a joy to use. The house is bright and airy in the Summer and has an excellent heating system for the colder days. Manoeuvring for more than one car to avoid reversing onto the road is a bit tricky, but you can soon get used to that. We had a very relaxing stay and enjoyed cycling or driving to nearby beaches and going into Kirkcudbright, which is a very attractive little town to explore.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage in a great location with outstanding views over the estuary."

    The scenery changes with the tide. Warm, comfortable & well equipped. Would easily sleep 8 (6 adults + 2 children) but just the 2 of us went. We would highly recommend this cottage to anyone. It has offf road parking for at least 3 cars. The conservatory/orangery is the jewel in the crown and that is where we spent the vast majority of our holiday when at the cottage. We will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at Fish House apart from the sometimes damp weather."

    Fish House was such a comfortable and welcoming property with such lovely views you could never tire of. We can't really think of anything to criticise. Also, thank you to owners Jeannie and Stuart who kept in touch to make sure we were enjoying our stay.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Apr 2022

  • "Couldn't have asked for a cosier place to enjoy and explore the fantastic countryside."

    The sun room was the most used room in the house taking in the spectacular veiws. House was spotlessly clean

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Oct 2021

  • "The description of the property on the website is accurate so we got what we hoped for."

    The cottage is spacious, really well equipped with good quality fixtures and fittings. The views from the sun room and the garden area over the road are spectacular whatever the weather. The review asks for our Sykes experience but that's not the same thing as our experience of the cottage. The latter was all positive and we appreciated the efforts of the owners to provide us with a great holiday base. There doesn't seem to be anywhere else to record that Sykes sends too many emails - too many requests for reviews of a holiday yet to be taken, too many suggestions for new bookings when the current one hadn't happened. I asked for one piece of assistance before the holiday and got what I needed because the query was referred to the owners. Sykes were fine and if you have a property that suits me I might use you again but I will be blocking your too frequent emails. I don't have a problem with my comments being published but I do not want anything I have said to appear to be detrimental to the cottage owners - they did everything required to meet our expectations.

    Reviewed by Glyn4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage everything you need really spacious and fantastic views ."

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2021

  • "Sorry for the delay in feedback."

    Fish house far exceeded our expectations and gave us holiday memories to treasure. We went for a family break before my daughter was going for a life changing procedure, so everything was hanging on us having family time together. The views are amazing. With a little cove just over the road, the grandchildren were well entertained. There were body boards, buckets and spades for us to use. Comfy beds, powerful showers, beautiful decor. Plenty of kitchen space and utensils to cook for 8 comfortably. We will be back

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful fully equipped and very well appointed cottage ."

    We had a fabulous holiday .

    Reviewed by Morven5.0Jun 2021

  • "A very comfortable and stylish property in a wonderful location."

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Oct 2020

  • "Wonderful views from the conservatory."

    Very well equipped cottage. Very good walks nearby.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Sep 2020

  • "A fantastic holiday with everything you could ask for and more."

    The cottage is ideally located for tourism walking, cycling, fishing and then a quiet retreat at the end of the day with wonderful views across the water. Fish House is wonderfully maintained, a home from home. We certainly recommend it to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fish house is a real gem of a cottage."

    It is in a fabulous position looking out across the bay. Views changed every time you looked out of the windows as weather and tide painted the pictures. Perfectly clean and the decor is bright and very appealing. Comfortable and every possible need of the holidaymaker has been provided for. The area has so much to enjoy and explore. One week wasn't enough so we will be back to enjoy again.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Aug 2019

  • "The location of the cottage was really great."

    Wonderful views from sun room. Was lovely sitting across in the garden and the kids really enjoyed playing down on the sands, while grown ups enjoyed glass of wine! Loads of excellent places to visit in the area, and plenty of activities and places to visit for kids. Would not hesitate to return to the area in the future, and would love to stay at Fish House again.

    Reviewed by Aileen5.0Jul 2019

  • "It's a perfect spacious and well appointed cottage in fabulous scenic location, well positioned for the town and many attractions."

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Jun 2019

  • "1. I'm a Ms not Mr."

    (no big deal !) 2. I'm actually a Native of Kirkcudbright and this is my first time "home" 3. I'm glad I choose Fish House for my trip, this is really a marvelous cottage that surprise us, it's more than expected vs the photo we seen at the website. The kitchen is big and got everything we need (well equipped), the living room and all 4 bed room are well furnished, clean and decorated that make us feel we at home, the side of the cottage can park 2-3 cars , really convenience. check in/out are all by yourself , very easy . the view/site are beautiful.. this cottage make my trip warm and fruitful. this cottage definitely suit for family and group of people, surely a place worth to stay and recommend , thank you !! I will rate this place 9.9 (no one is perfect)

    Reviewed by Maxwell5.0May 2019

  • "The shower in the en-suite did not have any cold water running through it."

    But the real issue for me was the wifi the cottage is advertised with free wifi.There is a bt hub there with password,but none of my party could connect to it. I have a disabled son who relies on his iPad for entertainment, so the wifi is one of the reasons for booking this cottage. If it wasn't for another member of our party bringing their own mobile wifi it could have been a ruined holiday for us.

    We are very sorry that you experienced these problems during your stay at Fish House. The en-suite shower is thermostatically controlled, so the left-hand knob is on-off-power and the right-hand one controls the temperature. I am sorry that the shower information in the welcome folder was not sufficient to assist you with these controls. We will review it to see if we can make it more helpful for the future. I am also very sorry that the broadband didn't work during your three night stay. The storms shortly before Christmas had caused problems with the local telephone line but BT informed us on 24th December that it was up and running again, so we had assumed all was well. It is a shame you did not contact us about these problems whilst you were there. We do our utmost to ensure visitors have a good stay and would have been very happy to do whatever we could to resolve them. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Dec 2018

  • "Lovely house, very well equipped."

    Beautiful view of the estuary from the little garden across the road. Lots to see in Kirkcudbright.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Fish House, and the communication from both Sykes Cottages and the owners was excellent."

    As a party of five adults we enjoyed the three bathrooms and two sitting rooms. The cottage was beautifully decorated and furnished with care and attention. The little touches of a varied collection of books, binoculars, soap in all bathrooms, tissues, dishwasher and washing machine tablets were all welcome. The area has a lot to offer, and we would be happy to return to Fish House and book through Sykes.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jul 2018

  • "This house I class as 5 star both of cleanliness and equipment supplied in all rooms and would recommend it to all"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2018

  • "The house is exceptional and met all our needs."

    Unfortunately our weather was terrible (Scotland at its best) and because there are no footpaths, we always had to go in the car if we wanted to go for a wee walk. Other than that we enjoyed the relaxation and played games to pass away the time and of course a few drinks over the New Year. All in all it was a great week away.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Dec 2017

  • "We had a lovely time at the fish house, we had worried about the road, however at the time of year we went (end of October/beginning of November) it was very quiet."

    The views were fantastic. It was magical watching the fishing boats going past and the lovely sunrises. There was lots of birdlife in the bay and surrounding the house - pheasants on the beach were a first for us! The house was lovely, very comfortable and full of interesting things.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2017

  • "Great cottage."

    Plenty room. Comfortable. Warm. Could do with more firewood for stove. Lovely views. Plenty places to visit. Will certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2017

  • "Perfect house in perfect setting with so much to do in the area ."

    Reviewed by Paul4.8Sep 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x children’s bunk with TV (for video use only)
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner
  • Sun room.
  • Oil central heating and underfloor heating in bathrooms and woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs (one with FreeSat, one for video use only), DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games, children's videos and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Front garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: The garden is on the other side of the road from the house, across a busy road and care should be taken
  • Note: There is a drop from the lawn onto the sand and again care should be taken
  • Note: Swimming is not advised from the garden; Dhoon Bay, a popular local swimming beach, is about 10 minutes walk from the house
  • Note: There can be shooting in the local area during the months of October, November, December and January
  • Note: Max 6 adults.

The property

Kirkcudbright 2 miles.

This is a lovely ex-fisherman’s cottage situated not far from the town of Kirkcudbright within Dumfries and Galloway.

With stunning views across Kirkcudbright Bay to Little Ross Island and the open sea beyond this delightful cottage is ideal for families and friends wishing to get away from it all.

Overlooking ‘The Fish Pool’ in the Dee Estuary, the cottage enjoys great views of fishing boats and yachts coming and going from Kirkcudbright harbour and the constantly changing estuary scene and its wildlife.

You enter the house into the hall from where you can access all the other rooms.

The sun room has stunning views across Kirkcudbright Bay to Little Ross Island and beyond.

There is comfortable seating and a telescope to fully enjoy the views, together with a HiFi with Bluetooth and CDs.

The separate sitting room has a dining area and also has views across the estuary, with a woodburner, TV with FreeSat and DVD.

There is a well-equipped kitchen where you can prepare lovely meals, maybe using some fresh local fish from Kirkcudbright, to be enjoyed in the dining area of the sitting room.

The bedrooms consist of a king-size double with en-suite shower, a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, both with views over the estuary.

The final bedroom is a child’s bunk bedded room with a video-only TV and a highchair if needed, as well as a selection of games to keep everyone happy.

The cottage has two bathrooms both with the luxury of underfloor heating, one with bath and separate shower and the other with a bath with shower over, so there should never be any rows about needing a bathroom!

Outside, there is a lawn, across the road with picnic bench, spectacular sea views and direct access to the seashore while Dhoon Bay is approximately a ten minute walk away.

Many sea birds can be seen from the house and red kites are spreading throughout the area.

Kirkcudbright is a very attractive small town with a busy little fishing and yachting harbour.

There is a good selection of shops and galleries and a unique artistic heritage linked to the Glasgow School of Art and the Scottish Colourists.

During the summer the town runs an extensive programme of events and activities.

The local coast has an interesting mix of headlands, bays, beaches and villages.

A little further afield, there are well-known little harbours such as the Isle of Whithorn and Port Patrick and the stunning headland of the Mull of Galloway with its RSPB bird reserve and lighthouse open to the public.

There are attractive towns such as Castle Douglas or Wigtown and Gatehouse of Fleet.

Famous gardens in the area include the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Gardens near Castle Douglas and the Logan Botanic Gardens near Port Patrick, just over an hour’s drive away.

There are also many outdoor activities available in the area, including sea fishing, cycling and mountain biking, sailing and canoeing, horse riding, extreme sports and even tank driving, whilst kids will love the Cream o’ Galloway activity centre and Cocoa Bean chocolate and activity centre which are both only a short drive away.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location


Dumfries 25 miles.

The historic and picturesque town of Kirkcudbright sits on the banks of the River Dee on the north Solway coast. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455 this small port town has always been supported by a busy fishing trade and is home to a blue flag marina. Behind this working harbour, its wide streets and pastel-coloured houses, a mix of Georgian and Victorian town houses make for a very attractive town centre. Particular places of interest are the Tolbooth Museum, Broughton House and Gardens (National Trust for Scotland), the Stewartry Museum, MacLellan's Castle, and the newly refurbished town Art Gallery. Kirkcudbright is also known as the 'Artists' Town'. From the 1870s onwards the town has both produced and attracted a wide range of talented artists and crafts people, and there is a fine collection of art galleries and arts and crafts shops. If you want your holiday to include some breaks from cooking you will find plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from, including the historic Selkirk Arms Hotel, and, near the harbour, Polar Bites, a very good fish restaurant as well as being a takeaway. Throughout the summer the town organises a wide range of activities including the four day Arts and Crafts Trail, four-day Jazz Festival, a weekly Scottish night with pipe band and dancing (especially for children), weekly town tours, farmers markets, a vintage car rally... the list is endless. Visitors can also use the town's swimming pool, bowling club, golf club and tennis courts. Further afield there is the Galloway Activity Centre on beautiful Loch Ken, which offers a range of water sports, or perhaps best of all are the opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, or just driving along the coasts and in the hills and valleys in some of Scotland's loveliest unspoilt scenery.

Note: Max 6 adults.