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Nathaniel's Cottage

(Ref. 946854)

Kirkcudbright, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful clean comfortable cottage close to all amenities."

    However when we arrived there was no power to the plug sockets in the kitchen so the fridge was off, we called the property manager who advised us the fuse box was above the front door and advised us to stand on a chair to reach it. 4 days into our trip there was no hot water so another call and text to the property manager who advised us to switch the boiler off and on to reset it, we then had to do this continuously a couple of times a day until we left. There was also a problem with ants in the kitchen, which we resolved and the owner kindly offered to reimburse us for the food we lost.

    Reviewed by Donna4.4May 2024

  • "Nathaniel’s Cottage is a sweet little house in a lovely, quiet location within a fascinating town."

    Unfortunately the overall impression we got was that it was all a little tired - wonky drawer in one of the bedrooms, kitchen units were a bit weary, lovely looking shower but the water pressure was really disappointing. Just a bit more effort on cleaning and maintenance and this would have been a five star gem.

    Reviewed by Barbara3.1Sep 2023

  • "Brilliant location, very comfortable, everything you need for a relaxing break."

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Thank you for the milk, biscuits and flowers, lovely touch. Bed very very comfortable. All you could need for a holiday.

    Reviewed by Alic5.0Sep 2023

  • "Cottage well situated in town."

    Kirkcudbright is wonderful and worth a visit, but we won't return to this cottage. Back door in need of redecoration, it is tatty inside. Air circulation in property poor as there are no trickle valves on the double glazing. Security poor - a simple yale-type lock on a front door in inadequate, and the back gate was impossible to bolt - even though the notes said that the back gate would be locked. Over a dozen instructions dotted around the house, plus a folder and a noticeboard! Most properties manage with just a folder. Back 'garden' and 'courtyard' were disappointing - vertical garden unsafe/impossible to use. The 'courtyard' was no more than a place to store bins and some strange storage box. Owner's attitude seemed sanctimonious and misogynistic when we asked if the Sky pin could be removed - why inflict a pin-protected watershed on adult customers? No customer should be called 'pushy' - maybe Sykes could provide this owner with some basic customer care training?

    We are sorry that you were unhappy issues at the property. Guests have left the recycling bins on the road (as many residents do) to increase space. The notices help guests access info quicker if they’ve not read the manual & this method has proved popular. The back door has been painted last year, but I will review this & thank you for bringing it to our attention. I believe you wished to have the private SKY code to watch catch up tv & this is not required for that function. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kim2.8Aug 2023

  • "A very comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    The location could hardly be bettered: on a quiet residential street, with all major attractions and necessities just a few minutes' walk away. Parking was never a problem, and we enjoyed sitting in the secluded patio area when the sun shone. The varied art works hanging on the walls were a welcome bonus.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in this superb cottage in Kirkcudbright."

    We found the property very comfortable with everything we needed. Great location to get to everything in this great friendly, welcoming little town. Would recommend and have not hesitation in booking again

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2023

  • "Well located."

    Outside space could be improved by tidying up, parasol and position of bins. Access to back garden should be gated if little children staying. Beds very comfy, walk in shower excellent.

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Jun 2023

  • "The property was quite cold for me ,very old cottage but very near to amenities ,we did enjoy our visit."

    Reviewed by Rowland5.0May 2023

  • "Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely, comfortable cottage."

    the town of Kirkcudbright is charming, with so many crafty shops and artists studios. We had a great time.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7May 2023

  • "This is my second visit to Nathaniel's."

    I was caught in lockdown on my first visit and the owners couldn't have been kinder and more understanding, when my ongoing bookings (and flight back to the US) were cancelled. That trip, the walled garden, providing a private outdoor space, was a godsend. Finally being able to fully enjoy Kirkcudbright merely deepened my appreciation for it. The cottage itself is nigh on to being perfect. However, I do agree with those who have noted the need for a companion set for the fire. I would add a small item that would also be helpful - a ladle for soups and stews. I have already begun saving for a third trip, which tells you all you need to know about this warm and inviting cottage.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely little Cottage well situated and lots of great shops, with the Planetarium around the corner."

    Would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Dec 2022

  • "I would recommend this place for family holiday"

    Reviewed by Lukasz4.4Dec 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this warm comfortable cottage."

    It's in a quiet part of town but close enough for all the amenities. Well maintain back garden with bright flowers.

    Reviewed by Janet4.4Oct 2022

  • "Cottage is ideally located to explore Kirkcudbright and surrounding countryside."

    Reviewed by Tom4.4Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is really nice, a homely feel."

    The large double bed is super. I am reluctant to say how good it was as it will be difficult to book in the future lol. A message to the owner, there is a broken bit of gutter on the back of the house which should be fixed asap. The drain can overflow a little and flows into the small yard. These things did little to dent our pleasure at staying in your cottage, they are just advice. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.4Jun 2022

  • "We had a very good holiday at Nathaniel's Cottage."

    The scores above reflect this. Kirkcudbright itself is lovely, as are the locals and it makes a great base for touring the area. The cottage was warm and comfortable. There are three points that we should make which in no way detract from our overall review. 1) Recycling was confusing as the schedule seemed out of date, 2) a proper rubbish bin in the kitchen would have been helpful (yes, floor space is a bit limited) and 3) we must confess to inadvertently purloining a table knife in a tin containg a home made cake. We will post it back!

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7May 2022

  • "We spent three nights at Nathaniel's Cottage, Kirkcudbright."

    The cottage was perfect, spotlessly clean, very comfortable, beautiful furnishings and all the kitchen equipment you could need. Location was great with easy on street parking Lovely little outside space. I would definately recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Shelagh5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, always clean and ready when we arrive, firewood for the fire and a cost welcome."

    We love this lovely town. Stayed here lots of times. Always a pleasure to come back.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely wee cottage in the heart of town that has everything you need and very comfortable beds."

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage in an ideal location, only one street back from the main street."

    Not only is the cottage beautifully furnished but there were various additional touches such as flowers on the dining table, canisters of tea and coffee, milk and biscuits left for us in the fridge (we're vegan so didn't use these, but it was a nice touch) and boxes of tissues in the lounge and bedrooms. Also books and DVDs available for use. Sky TV, but we couldn't get it to work, not sure what we were doing wrong as we don't have sky at home. Truly like a home from home, would definitely go back and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Apr 2022

  • "Only down side at cottage heating could have been on for us arriving as it was a very cold."

    Also heating broke down during our stay which with help from owner soon sorted.

    Reviewed by William3.8Mar 2022

  • "There were some issues that needed attention, but nothing that made our stay unenjoyable."

    One thing for me personally, I would have found a hand rail on each side of the stairs helpful. We would book to stay there again.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.4Oct 2021

  • "The cottage needs a few improvements."

    We chose the cottage mainly because of the log burner but NO LOGS as stated in the description. Rusty radiators, rusty clothes airers, rusty shower rack they just do not look good. Stains on the bedding did not make me feel confident of cleanliness in the whole cottage. Kitchen needs some work, flooring, walls, extractor did not work and was greasy. The courtyard could do with a tidy up and the garden is too steep to use. We know covid has made things difficult but it really was disappointing for our first holiday in 2 years. The cottage could be fantastic as its in a great town, and a great location and the people were so friendly, even the weather was brilliant.

    Reviewed by Angela3.1Sep 2021

  • "Sofas needs updating as are past their best."

    The extractor fan on cooker not working leading to condensation on kitchen walls and dampness. Have stayed previously and the location is ideal for facilities in Kirkcudbright. If we stayed in Kirkcudbright again we would likely look for alternative accommodation.

    Reviewed by Eleanor3.4Aug 2021

  • "Great location in the lovely town of Kirkcudbright."

    Both bedrooms and the bathroom appear recently redone and were very comfortable. We were disappointed, however, in the condition of the kitchen. We found a stack of greasy pans inside the oven upon arrival as well as a dirty window ledge, a rusty wok pan, and food residue in the microwave. These did not give us confidence that the advertised deep cleaning (due to COVID) had taken place. We contacted the owner who responded quickly with an apology and a promise to remedy the situation. Jo explained that she had been unable to visit the cottage in the last several months due to COVID travel restrictions and has been relying on her housecleaner to keep things up. I hope she can get the cleaning sorted soon as it was otherwise a delightful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.8Nov 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Very close to all amenities of Kirkcudbright, but tucked away in a quiet side street, so nice and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Jason4.1Sep 2020

  • "This was our second visit to Nathaniel's Cottage and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."

    The key pick up was straightforward. The cottage was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. Although sited in the centre of Kirkcudbright, it was quiet too. We had some lovely meals out including at the Selkirk Arms and also at The Auld Alliance where the staff went the extra mile for my son's birthday - the meal was outstanding too. Plenty to do round and about. - villages to visit and lots of pleasant walks. Enjoyed a visit to Threave Gardens and Castle Douglas. The King's Arms iin Castle Douglas is worth a visit for a meal. We would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Anya5.0Aug 2020

  • "Cottage was not very clean, had an ant problem due to cupboard by cooker being dirty and sauce bottles left there."

    Cutlery drawer was poorly positioned under cooker and drawer beneath that difficult to open.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.4Sep 2019

  • "We had to leave a day early because of a national cycling event."

    The street parking was restricted on our last day. Streets around closed. No warning from Sykes at all. Caretaker informed us Wednesday by note. Danger of car being towed away. Cottage fine, area great, won't use Sykes again.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Aug 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a central location"

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jul 2019

  • "Excellent position, close to everything in town and with Tesco's just yards away."

    We didn't think the side garden was useable at all as it's quite steep, maybe it could be terraced, to give some flat areas but as we were only two people the little patio was adequate.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Jun 2019

  • "Good cottage in excellent location shame about the low sofas but otherwise we'll kitted out with all you need."

    We found the outside space perfectly adequate

    Reviewed by John4.1May 2019

  • "The location pf the cottage was below our expectation, with having noviews on the back- being blocked by a high retaining wall and also the front view was of a road junction."

    We had stayed in much better cottages here with gardens and open views at much lower prices! Also there was no garden as such, only a cramped courtyard with unusable garden furniture- these need painting and renovation. Inside the cottage was clean and satisfactory, but the price was rather high for the standard. We will not re-visit this cottage.

    Reviewed by Susanta2.8Apr 2019

  • "First cottage holiday ever, usually stayed in caravans, so it was far easier not having to take the bedding , towels etc."

    By the way loved the log fire, really homely and thanks once again to Grace the cleaning lady she was great . Thank You.

    Reviewed by .5.0Mar 2019

  • "It was as described loved the little touches flowers on the table biscuits and milk in the fridge."

    Games for end of the day and dvds. The bed was amazingly comfortable the cottage was clean. It was a very nice place to stay.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Oct 2018

  • "Great to stay at the Nathaniel's Cottage in Kirkcudbright."

    Very close to shops and the harbor.

    Reviewed by Andreas5.0Jul 2018

  • "This holiday cottage was great and I would book it again."

    Beds were superb. Future guest please note mobile reception and wifi speed were very good. Lots and lots of extras included in good working order. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Feed back for Sykes - -Hi i do not understand why you fail to promote the wifi speed and mobile phone reception for your cottages. The wi fi in this cottage was exceptional and if such information was available on your site , would have been the key reason to book.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Jul 2018

  • "The house was very nice and close to town."

    The only thing we suggested which could be improved was the thick winter duvet on the bed might have been better changed to a summer duvet !! We noted it in the book they provided. Every thing else was super.

    Reviewed by Pat4.7Jun 2018

  • "We were dissapointed in the on street parking, it should have been clearer in your description, that thge road was very narrow."

    one day we could not drive down as one of the neighbors had parked into the road, it was a bit worrying leaving our brand new car at night.

    Reviewed by Helen3.4Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, which is home from home from the minute you walk through the front door."

    From Goodies in the fridge, the bacon n sausage were delicious, thankyou, to helpful hints in various places around the cottage. The flower filled courtyard at the side of the cottage is a little suntrap. The beds are extremely comfortable and the bathroom and it’s under floor heating, a treat to use. The thoughtful gesture of the gift voucher for Castle Street Bistro, was used and much appreciated. Will be returning

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a lovely few days in Kirkcudbright and the weather matched the forecast."

    A lovely cottage close to the centre of the town with a supermarket within a three minute walk. The cottage had all the facilities we required and was in a quiet area. The surrounding area was superb. We particularly enjoyed the red kite feeding experience and the lovely views and coast line. A very enjoyable time!

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Apr 2018

  • "What a brilliant Cottage with everything one could ask for and with lots of little things that make you welcome ."

    ...Flowers ,Tea things welcoming card all little things but well thought out and would definately go back to this cottage and pass all on to others......

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Mar 2018

  • "This cottage is perfect."

    We had a wonderful week there. A real home from home.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jan 2018

  • "A lovely cottage with good decor and art work, it really felt homely and comfortable."

    Very good location for exploring the area and near the amenities of the town. Nice to find milk,tea and coffee on arrival.

    Reviewed by Jonquil5.0Nov 2017

  • "A lovely cottage in the artists town of Kirkcudbright with good restaurants and places to visit."

    Reviewed by Ian4.6Apr 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with gas fire
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating in shower room and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Sky, 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
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Roadside parking outside property
  • Rear patio with furniture and BBQ and side raised garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in super king-size double and shower room
  • Note: The side garden is up a flight of steps and has a wall with a 3 feet drop to the road; children to be supervised.

The property

A lovely end-terrace cottage close to the centre of the popular Dumfries and Galloway town of Kirkcudbright.

Ideally located for exploring both this attractive town and the surrounding coast and countryside, this delightful cottage is ideal for a family or friends looking for a relaxing breakaway.

Relax in the sitting room around the cosy woodburning stove, whilst catching up on your favourite TV programmes, and next door is the dining room where a warming home-cooked meal prepared in the kitchen can be enjoyed.

The bedrooms can accommodate up to four people with a twin room and a super king-size double.

Completing the accommodation is a stylish shower room with the addition of underfloor heating.

Outside there is a bench in a pleasant little suntrap and is a tranquil spot to enjoy a barbecue.

A short stroll brings you to the centre of Kirkcudbright, known as the Artists’ Town, as it has attracted many well-known artists over the years.

Wander around the harbour or visit McLellan’s Castle or Broughton House.

Have a day at the beach at nearby Dhoon or take advantage of the superb walking and cycling that this lovely part of Scotland has to offer.

A delightful cottage providing the ideal spot for a relaxing break.

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: The side garden is up a flight of steps and has a wall with a 3 feet drop to the road; children to be supervised.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas