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Hereford Cottage

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Dalbeattie, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Third visit for me and booked different cottages Hereford cottage always looked appealing with a large dog proof garden so hence I booked."

    Unfortunately Sykes forgot to let the owners know the hottub was paid for so it was a few days before we could use it. Sykes have refunded the £60 however I did not use it because the water jets pumped out some gunge. The cottage itself really needs decorating and a good clean. The kitchen extracter fan for instance was dirty, there were mouse traps under the sink cupboard, a very stained sofa in the master bedroom and the en-suite roller blind was dirty and did not fit correctly. The shower has lots of grout mould on the tiles. Hence we stayed in the other room. It was a good sized bed and the bedding was clean. The curtains on the left as you go through the door were coming off the rail ( hooks missing) and wouldn’t close properly. The patio curtains very short in the lounge. The vent in the bathroom was extremely dusty and cobwebby All in all it didn’t spoil our holiday we went out every day. I loved Dotty the spotty pig on the farm and the scenery is beautiful, loved watching the Kites soaring in the sky.

    Reviewed by Angela2.8Sep 2023

  • "To be honest we had a good holiday but accommodation left something to be desired."

    On turning onto side road it was signed turn right, wrong that was a road to hell,on arrival the reception was poor just handed the keys, the cottage wasn’t dirty dirty but it was dirty and benefit from a deep clean,some light bulbs not working, the curtain rail in living room collapsed reported Thursday am and it hadn’t been repaired when we left. There wasn’t Evan a pint of milk on arrival. No hair dryer for the ladies, so not up to Sykes standard that we usually experience.

    Reviewed by Thomas3.8Sep 2023

  • "We've just returned from a week at Hereford Cottage."

    The location is ideal; it's nice to be in a rural location on a working farm. Our first impressions of this place was the drive up an awful farm track - probably ok if you drive a 4x4 but my little hatchback really struggled and I was concerned about damage to the underside/exhaust as the track was so bad. The cottage itself could have been cleaner - there was quite a thick layer of dust on the headboard in the main bedroom and a huge, thick cobweb in the corner which must have been there for ages. Even if you wanted to give things a clean, nothing is provided. The only things provided were a bottle of washing-up liquid, dishwater tablets, 2 small scourers, a dust pan and brush as well as half a toilet roll in each bathroom! The main bedroom is advertised as a king size with en-suite which is misleading as the bed is definitely a double! In the en-suite toilet, the flush didn't work and it took 3 phone calls to get anything done. When the chap eventually turned up, he was armed with a large bucket of water and a plunger as the message he got was the toilet was blocked (despite 3 messages saying the flush didn't work)!! It was eventually fixed but as my husband has mobility issues, the en-suite was essential. For the first 2 days, 4 adults had to use the one toilet - definitely not ideal. In the kitchen, one of the cupboard doors fell off as soon as we opened it and the large flip-top bin didn't have a lid, which was very unhygienic. Everything was sorted on the Monday, but it was very frustrating not being able to contact anyone for 1.5 days. The hot tub was unusable as it was stuck under trees which would make it very difficult to get in or out of. It was actually really dirty-looking because of all the leaves etc falling off the trees. The only instructions provided were for the TV and fridge, which I'm sure most people would know how to work! You're left to try and work out how to use the microwave, washing machine, dishwasher and oven! You are told the WiFi is intermittent but it's actually non-existent but if it is available at times, you're not given the details or password. Other little things need attention - curtains are either hanging off the rails or don't actually fit the windows; the living room door doesn't shut and the main bedroom shuts so well, it's incredibly difficult to open. For 4 adults, you are provided with 5 dinner plates but only 3 cereal bowls, 4 table mats but only 3 coasters, no sugar bowl or jug. A little more care and attention would make this property quite stunning.

    Reviewed by Pauline2.2Aug 2023

  • "Access road to cottages needs urgent attention eg potholes,was booked in for the Shetland cottage but 48 hours before I was informed of a problem with the hot tub so were informed we would be in the Hereford cottage on arrival at the Hereford cottage we noticed the front door and windows were covered in cobwebs on further inspection the bath was full of spiders moths and only one bath towel no Hoover or mops and no cleaning products and only one toilet roll."

    Had to buy mop/cleaning goods. Flushing the toilet was a problem no mats in the shower very slippy no WiFi as advertised no clothes drying facilities no instructions for working tv and free sat.We rose above above above all those issues and tried to enjoy our holiday these issues took the shine of our holiday.

    Reviewed by Julie1.3Jul 2023

  • "We found the cottage to be comfortable, but some attention to detail would make it so much better."

    There were no side plates with the crockery, no egg cups and no toast rack. Minor things, to be sure, but would have helped. The wifi was, as they admitted, virtually non-existent. Lack of coat hooks for outdoor clothes was a nuisance, as the week was quite wet. The sofas in the bedrooms were just a nuisance. A couple of chairs would be much better. The lack of instructions for the cooker were a pain. Don't want to sound too negative as we had a good week and enjoyed the cottage overall. Just a bit of attention to details would make it 4 stars instead of three..

    Reviewed by Graeme3.8Jun 2023

  • "We had a fabulous time and the people were lovely."

    Can’t wait to go back again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7Apr 2023

  • "Remotes got tv not working had to control tv from ground level absolutley ridiculous."

    For £400 plus it was terrible it was a !ile one track road in to it all in all awful.

    Reviewed by John1.9Mar 2023

  • "Excellent weekend The cottage was clean and tidy."

    We couldn’t access the wifi but that didn’t stop us having fun. Hot tub was well maintained and had privacy from the other cottages.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2022


    WAT HAPPENED TO THE FIRST ONE? This was our first excursion into the world of self-catering UK holidays. Overall, very disappointed with the experience. Makes it very difficult to want to try again. This review is as much about Sykes Holiday Cottages (It was booked through them, and they were very pushy to get our opinion, but done nothing about it after two weeks) as it is about Meiklebob Holidays. The farm is run by a very nice family, location is idyllic the views are lovely, and the animals are great. The size of the property and garden were really good for us and the dogs. The beds were comfy enough for a holiday let, and the bedding and towels were spotless. Having looked at other reviews it is clear that the owners do not react to comments as most of the issues mentioned have still not been addressed even after a year. The place needs a thorough good clean, including the inside of washing machine which was very mouldy the drawer I don't think has ever been cleaned, it took two days of soaking to remove most of the black mould from it and it doesn't wash terribly well either. The dishwasher tray had two wheels missing which jiggles the pots too much which is I think is why most of them are chipped. The property lacks basic equipment like a clothes dryer/rack, a jug, fruit bowl and egg cups. After speaking to other people on the complex some managed to get some of these items. They should be included and available without having to ask. The draining board wasn't draining and when I poured boiling water on it to help clear it, I got smelly mud like gunk coming back up the drain hole. Discovering it was blocked solid, we did unblock and completely clean this ourselves. We didn't want to complain as we go on holiday for a bit of peace and quiet and don't want to bother or be bothered by others all the time. There were a couple of other things which we did have to ask Alex about, and he did come to sort them. The property needs of a bit of a refurbishment. The curtains are filthy and very tatty most of the runners are broken and some don't even close properly. The sofas in the bedrooms are not necessary as a chest of drawers would be much more useful. There was nowhere to put things in the showers or shower room. There were only 13 coat hangers which for four people was not a lot for two weeks. There was no mirror near a plug socket to use a hairdryer except in the main living room. Although Wi-Fi is advertised with a warning that it may be intermittent it is non-existent. Your adverts (Sykes Holiday Cottages) would be much clearer if Wi-Fi speeds were shown. Given that the TV was only basic (Freeview) a good internet connection would have allowed the viewing of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky go. It was very frustrating spending two weeks without connection to the rest of the world. The Hot Tub was located next to a Laurel tree which made it very private, but the tree had not been trimmed for ages and hung over the tub making it difficult to access. It would also be good if the grass was cut occasionally, it looked like it needed cutting when we arrived, but it was never done the whole time we were there. I did work for a cleaning company and oversaw a team who did staging for house sales and setting up for lettings, so I do know what is acceptable and what isn't, and I am sorry to say this most certainly is not. The furniture has not been moved for some time which is why there is a lot of fluff, a dirty sock, and a kitchen sieve under the beds. It was such a shame as with a bit more care and attention to detail the cottage would be amazing. I understand that because of covid leaving paper items such as instructions would be difficult but, could you not put together an electronic pack with all instruction manuals, handy tips and local amenities. If all your places are run to the same standards, I will not be booking any more holidays through your company. I would suggest you send a secret stayer to examine the properties so that you adverts reflect reality and can give your purchasers a better experience. This location has the potential to be fantastic but is now just tired and sad.

    Reviewed by Martin1.9Jun 2022

  • "Need some updating and the furniture was not very comfortable, also a good bottoming all round ."

    Access road badly needs attention.

    Thank you for providing feedback for Hereford Cottage, I am sorry to read you thought the furniture was uncomfortable, we do buy good quality materials including the oak table and leather sofas. The beds were replaced last year and the property has recently been freshly painted. I have decided to start cleaning the property myself and feel our feedback score is increasing with every guest's stays but I will ensure to give a thorough clean after every guest. We are aware of the farm track road, the rain does move the stones a lot which isn't great, we are waiting for a contractor to come and improve it, it does require a digger and the road relaying. There is another access road i could have told you about if i was aware this was an issue for you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen2.8May 2022

  • "The property was excellent, there was everything there that we needed and it was very comfortable and warm."

    The only thing that would have made things a little easier would have been information on how to work the white goods. The fridge freezer and dishwasher were great, but the programs on the washing machine, cooker and microwave were a bit of a guessing game. I understand that with COVID still about you don’t want paperwork laying around but maybe just a note of the various settings would help. We would give the property 10 out of 10 and hope to return sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Nov 2021

  • "It’s a nice cottage but could do with a bit of updating/care & attention."

    Remember to bring a tea towel, extra towels (there were 3 of us and two towels) kitchen paper, toilet roll….all the little things you would expect for the price you pay. It’s cosy and comfortable though and we would recommend.

    Reviewed by Gail4.4Oct 2021

  • "It was peaceful, great location."

    Owner was very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Sep 2021

  • "There was no privacy hot tub, too close to neighbours, see and could hear each ..."

    There was no privacy hot tub, too close to neighbours, see and could hear each others conversations, cleanliness was poor, environment was old and dated, curtains didnt ,hang properly, mattresses stained Toilet didn't flush was reported fixed, still didn't work

    Reviewed by Lesley A2.5Aug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay here in the school summer holidays."

    It is so peaceful and quiet. There are some lovely pigs nearby who are always happy to see you! The Hereford cottage we stayed in was great; clean, tidy and everything we needed. The master bedroom mattress was dead. We requested a replacement and it was sorted with a new one the next morning. Great service! If you want a restful break with peace and quiet, then this is the place for you :-)

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Jul 2021

  • "Have used this place about 4 times and is beautiful each time I go."

    So freindly and scenic. 10/10.

    Reviewed by Courtney5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely break, cottage was lovely, very comfy everything you needed was there."

    The owner was around to ask for any advice if needed. Some beautiful places nearby to visit. We will certainly come back.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday in a peaceful & beautiful location."

    The cottage was ideal for us & our two very large dogs. Spacious, comfortable & great outdoor space. Our only criticism would be the WiFi they either need to stop saying WiFi is available or spend some money having it improved. It was so weak even at its best that you couldn’t even receive a WhatsApp message on it!!! We ended up having to purchase more data from our network provider

    Reviewed by Judith4.4Sep 2020

  • "Very pleased with this cottage but some small areas were a little "tired"."

    The curtains in some rooms over were lacking some plastic hooks in places and were drooping,not a good look and needs some attention but that is all.Have to say the cottage was spotless ,the owners were lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.I would recommend. Anita.

    Reviewed by Anita4.4Sep 2020

  • "We were delighted with the spaciousness of Hereford Cottage."

    Christine & team were very friendly & helpful, giving us tips on local places of interest & the better eateries. The views from the farm & its surroundings were beautiful & the draw of week old piglets kept us more than happy for our week there! It's now on our list of places to revisit!

    Reviewed by Irene3.8Sep 2020

  • "I took a gamble booking this cottage for myself and disabled partner and we managed just fine."

    The owners were able to provide a shower stool and a raised toilet seat which meant I didn’t have to transport our own along with everything else. We could have done with an ironing board and a clothes airer but am sure they may have been available. The kitchen equipment was limited but with COVID, may have been kept to a minimum. The hot tub was excellent and the rural setting is beautiful with spectacular views. WiFi unfortunately is poor but these things are fickle in rural areas.. all in all would definitely go back. Very enjoyable and relaxing week. Owners are very helpful and approachable.

    Reviewed by Agnes4.7Aug 2020

  • "Just got home from a lovely relaxing week at Hereford cottage."

    After initially finding some gaps in the fencing of the garden we pointed these out to the owners who arranged for the problem to be solved. Didn't want our two westie dogs escaping and heading towards the animals! Hot tub was lovely and the view's were amazing. We visited Rockcliffe which my girls and the dogs loved. We enjoyed walks around the cottage. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Deborah3.8Aug 2020

  • "Owners were very friendly."

    Can't wait to book again.

    Reviewed by Kris5.0Jul 2020

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  • All ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Biomass wood boiler
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freewview and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchairs available on request
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden and patio area with furniture and hot tub
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles and pub 2.3 miles
  • Please note: Due to the rural location the WiFi can be intermittent
  • Please note: There is a £60 supplement for use of the hot tub.

The property

Set within a group of ten properties resting on the outskirts of Dalbeatties in south west Scotland, Hereford Cottage is a charming property offering ground-floor accommodation.

Enjoy the company of your family and friends within the open-plan living space and settle into the plush sofas before the TV with a classic film, or gather around the dining table for a favourite board game you’ve brought along.

The kitchen has been fitted with all the necessary appliances you need to rustle up delightful meals or prepare some sandwiches for when you are out and about.

Once the evening draws to a close, retire to the double bedrooms, with the master boasting its own en-suite shower room, so you don't have to fight over the bathroom in the morning!

There is a family bathroom with the choice of a bath or shower cubicle to start your day.

Take a refreshing drink out to the enclosed garden and enjoy a spot of alfresco dining, before stepping into the bubbling hot tub to relax.

Hereford Cottage is the perfect choice for a family break to Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1018315, 1026862, 1026864, 1026865, 1026866, 1026867, 1026870, 1026871, 1026874, together sleeping 54 guests.

Meiklebob Holiday Cottages

Converted from old farm steadings, now transformed into beautiful holiday accommodation, this group of ten properties enjoys sweeping views of the coast and countryside all around them. Meiklebob Holiday Cottages are located on the outskirts of Dalbeattie, the Granite Town of South West Scotland within Dumfries and Galloway, and sits near the coast. Offering a retreat to nature, the cottages are next to the Meiklebob Farm, where Aberdeen Angus Cattle are reared as well as Lleyn and Romney Sheep, and you can even feed the pigs, donkeys and more! Comprising of a selection of cottage sizes ranging from sleeping four guests to ten guests, there is sure to be an arrangement to suit your party, whether that be fitting into one cottage, or spreading yourself across a few so everyone can enjoy their own space. All of the properties enjoy an open-plan living space where a kitchen equipped with all the essential appliances can be used to lovingly prepare family meals, or quickly whip up a picnic for later in the day when you're out and about outside. After coming in from your activities you can take in a relaxing moment on the sofas and plush chairs provided, before gathering around the dining areas for meal times. Beautifully finished and thoughtfully decorated, these cottages also all come with their own private hot tub and barbecue. When you need to grab some essentials, head into the town of Dalbeattie where you can find some local shops and a Coop, as well as restaurants and pubs for a special evening or celebration and a night off from cooking. Take pleasure in exploring the surroundings by heading to the RSPB Nature Reserve and experience some stunning scenery of both wildlife and landscapes, with nature trails to guide you, you could spot some roe deer if you are lucky! A 7stanes mountain biking trail lies in Dalbeattie of world class standard, you can take a shot at trying out the course which has several different trails for various abilities and get your adrenaline pumping. For a calmer activity walk along the sands at Sandyhills Beach where you can paddle, bathe or investigate the rock pools. The Meiklebob Holiday Cottages are wonderfully finished properties ready for you and your family or friends to enjoy this wonderful area of Scotland.

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About the location


Castle Douglas 6 miles; Kirkcudbright 13.5 miles; Dumfries 14 miles.

The attractive country town of Dalbeattie is nestled 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.

Please note: Due to the rural location the WiFi can be intermittent

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas