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The Barn

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Rockcliffe, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a lovely week, the cottage is very cosy and has everything you need."

    Very quiet location but still only 10 mins walk to the nearest beach. Plenty of dog walks from the door, into the forest behind the cottage or onto the coastal paths. The garden is secure so it was great to let the dog out and not worry about him getting out. Lovely doggy treats left and wine which is a nice touch. Our first trip to the area and will definitely come back in the future as loved it. Wildlife surrounds the cottage bring birdfeed and sit and relax and watch the birds and maybe you'll get lucky and see a red squirrel, we did.

    Hi Angela, we are so glad you enjoyed your holiday in Rockliffe staying at our cosy little Barn. It is such a special & peaceful area where you can immerse yourself in nature, & Thank you so much for your generous feedback - we always greatly appreciate it! That way, We know we are still on track. However, I do apologise that you had to buy some feed for the wildlife - we usually leave some for guests (gratis) in the boot locker. Note to self to replenish Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Feb 2024

  • "Perfect homely cosy cottage."

    Great fire and location. We would love to return.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. Just the special experience and atmosphere we are aiming to provide for guests! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Jan 2024

  • "This is a lovely house in peaceful surroundings."

    Spotless with everything you need with lovely views, the house has been furnished with comfort and style in mind. Little light pollution means that the night sky is spectacular on a clear night. Lovely outside space too. Lots of beaches and forest walks nearby.

    So pleased you enjoyed your holiday and that The Barn did not disappoint! Also, you managed to get some clear night skies and see those stars - bonus - from the bed too! Thank you for your lovely feedback Karen. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deirdre5.0Oct 2023

  • "The Barn was everything we were looking for - cosy, welcoming, well equipped, with some lovely dog walks from the doorstep."

    Great to have plenty of crockery, cutlery etc - including cafetière, teapot, gravy boat and butter dish! Stove was a lovely feature, with logs included - layout of the property was well designed and worked brilliantly for us and the dog. Enclosed garden brilliant. Only slight let down for me was the bed - smaller than it needed to be in the large room, and very soft. Info beforehand not very clear - but everything was an improvement on expected… there is excellent wifi, free standing fridge freezer and a second under counter fridge (I would have preferred a dishwasher to second fridge!), washing machine, vacuum cleaner etc. All in all a lovely space for a relaxing week’s holiday.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! Glad you enjoyed your break at The Barn. We really do listen & are grateful for ALL feedback. Bigger bed is on the list for next year as a few guests have mentioned it, & when the under counter fridge gives up, I think a dishwasher may be on order! Good idea. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue4.4Sep 2023

  • "It is clear that the owners put a lot of care and attention into The Barn."

    It really felt homely and comfortable from the minute we unpacked. We relaxed and enjoyed our stay in this beautiful, unspoilt area and would certainly return any time.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! We really do care about providing the best experience possible for our Guests, so it’s always good to know that we are on the right track! Many thanks Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2023

  • "So glad we booked this cottage."

    In an excellent location surrounded by beautiful scenery & well centred for places to visit. The cottage itself was so comfortable & clean with a balcony for sitting out in where you can just admire the view whilst listening to the wildlife & relaxing with a glass of wine or two. Our dog was also very relaxed here. Met Karen the owner, who was very helpful advising of places to go etc. She left some lovely treats for us & our dog. We loved it that much, we have already booked for next year.

    It was lovely to meet you both and of course the gorgeous JD! Oh! so glad you all enjoyed this special area and The Barn! It really is great to hear that we are doing something right - my benchmark is 'would I like to stay there/what would I want' so ideas always welcome. We just need the red squirrels back - they really were the icing on the cake! We have had a few reported sightings, but year before last, they were resident around us. Fingers crossed they are back for when you return next year. Hopefully JD will remember me! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely property in a beautiful part of the country."

    We go to Dumfries and Galloway every year and decided to stay in Rockliffe this year to be nearer the coast. Our only problem (and this is personal) was our dog did not like being in the garden that was upstairs. She likes to go straight out of the door and this was not possible. We didn't anticipate this when we booked.

    Oh I’m so sorry that your dog did not enjoy The Barn as much as you! Did she not even like to go in from the gate at ground level? We are dog owners & lovers and understand how this might blight your stay. Thank you for the amazing feedback - considering, and glad you enjoyed this special little area of D&G. Welcome to Rockliffe! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, very clean & tidy."

    Beautiful views, fantastic location. Myself my wife and our little Tilly ( 9 year old Springer Spaniel ) were very, very happy & comfortable. Brilliant coastal walks right on your doorstep. We will definitely be back ❤️

    Thank you so much Mr & Mrs J….. for your lovely feedback! Soooo glad you enjoyed your stay - it is such a beautiful part of the Country - a real hidden gem! Plenty more to discover in the area, so we would welcome you all back any time. Thank you Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Aug 2023

  • "This was our 3rd time staying at The Barn and it just gets better every year."

    The location is perfect, quiet and secluded yet just a short walk to Rockcliffe beach and the coastal path. It's the perfect place to retreat to after a day out walking. The living area is very comfortable and there is a lovely sitting out area and enclosed garden which makes it the fantastic for our furry friends too. I'm sure we will be back again soon!!

    Thank you so much for our lovely feedback - it makes us happy to know guests are happy! We really do care. So glad you enjoyed our little jewel - you are all welcome back anytime! Kind Regards Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Suzie5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property was beautiful, so well designed and resourced."

    It felt very spacious yet cosy and because it was so remote our dog settled well. Loved that dog blankets for window seats and bowls and treats were provided too. Our only criticism is that this property is advertised as having a bath so I took bath bombs expecting to relax after a days walking. Also, the pub/hotel at 0.9 miles is now closed. However, overall we loved it.

    Hi Michelle, thank you so much for your lovely feedback! I do apologise for this inaccuracy in the listing - I must admit I had not noticed that this part of the description was still there. The bath has been out for nearly 2 years and I notified them earlier this year that the local pub had actually closed and we were not sure if they were re-opening or not, and so requested this to be removed. They have obviously taken it off a part of the description, but not all of it. Im so glad that you managed to enjoy your holiday anyway! - Thank you once again for staying with us and for giving us this important piece of feedback. I will get back in touch with them again so this inaccuracy and disappointment can be avoided in future. Kind Regards Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michele4.7Jul 2023

  • "A jewel in the countryside!"

    Perfect for a relaxing break, lovely cosy comfortable cottage ideal for exploring the coastal and forest walks, would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had fabulous time, property was great had everything you need for great holiday."

    Saw squirrels and watched deer in field whilst eating breakfast. Followed quails down drive. Weather was very changeable so cosy fire was great.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Jul 2023

  • "The Barn was a great place to stay for a quiet week away, thoroughly recommended."

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, we really do appreciate it! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2023

  • "The barn is beautifully converted but a little cluttered for my liking."

    There is everything you could want in the kitchen but-very little space to lay anything out. The road to the property is a farm track and wouldn’t be suitable for very low vehicles.

    So sorry we were not what you expected, but ThanK you anyway for your feedback. We really are keen and committed to make guest stays as perfect as possible, and so ALL feedback is valued. Thank you for staying with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Jun 2023

  • "What a fabulous property!"

    It is spotlessly clean, beautifully set out and has everything you could possibly need. It is set in wonderful surroundings with easy access to walks and beaches. Our dogs were just as welcome as we were and they loved exploring the enclosed garden and woods. There is a well stocked shop in Colvend that has everything you could need at reasonable prices including lovely fresh fruit and veg and very friendly, helpful staff. We hope to return again, we absolutely loved the cottage and the area.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback & appreciating our efforts! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2023

  • "We loved our time at the Barn, the location was fantastic, it was peaceful and rural, but at the same time only 2 mins drive to the beach."

    The facilities and maintenance of the Barn were outstanding. The design and decoration were as described and overall more than met our expectations. The only thing we found disappointing was the bed, if you were more than 5 foot 7 the bed would be too short. My partner who is 6ft struggled to fit into the bed I would highly recommend the Barn, we had a fab week, our dog loved sitting out on the balcony, watching the cows and listening to the birds.

    Thanks for the fabulous feedback! Sorry about the regular double bed, I hope he managed some sleep! A couple of guests have mentioned that now, so I think a king size is definitely on the improvements list! Regards Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Jun 2023

  • "Great location and cottage."

    We really enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0May 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay in The Barn."

    ..dogs loved it too.Had everything we wanted and so cozy with the fire burning. First night we had a visitor of a small deer on next doors garden we could see through the window as we relaxed...Beautiful walk through the woodland to Kippford and pubs serving delicious food..Bus route at the end of the track and more like a taxi service then bus.Driver was so friendly ...had a totally amazing time

    Reviewed by Karen4.1Oct 2022

  • "Can't fault this cottage at all."

    Wonderful, characterful and homely. Has everything you need and Harry the dog loved the garden. Easy walk into Rockcliffe and around to Kippford and the woods are right behind the cottage, good for walks. The decor has been well thought out, love the window seats, Harry decided one was his. Local store at Colvend is really good. If you want to go a bit further, the Loch Arthur Farm Shop and Cafe are brilliant. Best milk ever, and try the savoury's one of our favourite places if we are in the area. I've already recommender it to friends....and shown them lots of pictures.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Barn was in a lovely setting and was very well appointed with everything needed for a comfortable stay."

    It was beautifully decorated with some quirky features. It was very quiet but a short walk to the beach, many walking trails and local shop. A perfect place for dog owners, birdwatchers and anyone just wanting to relax.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very comfortable with everything you need and more."

    Fantastic location with plenty to explore and lots of wildlife. Perfect enclosed garden for the dog and lovely owners. Would definitely go again

    Reviewed by Aaron5.0Jun 2022

  • "Ideal position."

    Nice quiet location, the bed was a little on the small size and the shower floor was slippery, could do with a mat. If you have a car with low suspension beware, the drive is quite long and bumpy. Wi-Fi is a must in this day and age alas the barn does not have it. The location is a great base to access lots of walks. Very cosy and warm

    Reviewed by Sean4.1May 2022

  • "We loved our stay at the barn and would love to come back and stay again."

    My husband loved it so much that he says he wants to buy it!

    Reviewed by Clare4.4Mar 2022

  • "The property is nicely decorated and in a peaceful location with plenty of good walks locally."

    The woods that are meant to be accessible from the door were not suitable for walking due to forestry work blocking the route. Unfortunately the bed was very uncomfortable, far too soft and the pillows far too big. The bed is a double with a foot board and as such my partner (6'3") couldn't sleep in it. After a night of repeatedly hitting his head and feet, over the next few nights he ended up trying to sleep on the sofa, pull out bed and floor. I ended up having to buy a pillow. He also couldn't fit under the shower at its maximum height. Although I appreciate he is tall, he isn't exceptionally so and I would strongly suggest the owners consider changing the bed. The listing also needs updating to reflect the fact there is no bath. There are another two properties next door and no enclosed area to let dogs out. Due to an error on my part we arrived a day early. When I spoke to the owner he was abrupt and unhelpful. Thankfully, the current residents were very kind to us and all the local B&Bs I called were very keen to help and eventually we found somewhere to stay for the extra night. Although this was my fault, a little warmth from the owner wouldn't have gone amiss. The next day, the female owner offered to prepare the property early and we gained access about an hour early although she did make a point of telling us she was sweating as a result of her efforts. Will definitely not return.

    Reviewed by Lauren2.8Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic clean and well furnished property."

    Great base for walking In the area and surrounding areas. Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage very imaginatively set up and well-equipped."

    Approach track might be difficult if you have a low-slung car. We found the key cabinet difficult to manage: The key is bulky and we couldn't make it shut ....we are unfamiliar with them. With pre -booking required at many attractions now because of covid the lack of wifi is difficult. We phoned the owner prior to departure for details of key collection : we also had some questions but she was too busy to speak. She said she'd phone back but didn't. Thank goodness she did at least email the keycode before our departure but it was a bit offputting.

    Reviewed by Clifford4.7Jul 2021

  • "The weather was fantastic-we could of done with a fan as it was very hot in the mezzanine."

    We were left two towels for the week, we could of done with 4? As I kept washing the two … The barn was lovely-loads of extras - could of done with a list of recommendations with regards to eating- pubs - places to go etc ? Would I book again? Yes ..loved it !

    Reviewed by Craig4.4Jul 2021

  • "The barn is perfectly located, up a short lane in a very quiet location, we were lucky enough to see red squirrels, red kites and adders amongst other things."

    Rockliffe is a short distance away and is perfect location for a swim, the water was warm and the water quality good. There are a couple of other properties near by, so not quite as isolated as you may think. We'll equipped and the owners are extremely welcoming

    Reviewed by Annette3.8Jul 2021

  • "We enjoyed the walks around the area,the barn was comfy and had all you need for a week ."

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Jun 2021

  • "A very nice comfortable cottage in a beautiful location."

    Everything you would like in a holiday cottage. The owners have provided a cottage that is truly dog friendly even to supplying towels to wipe down your dog and a hose pipe to wash off excess dirt of your pet canine. They have gone the extra yard to make your stay memorable.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jun 2021

  • "The Barn was exactly what we were looking for."

    We have two dogs and needed a comfortable cottage away from roads where we could let the dogs out in the morning without worrying. It was situated along a track near a pretty bay with woods to explore behind us. We do know the area which is rural and beautiful especially in the autumn. The barn itself was really dog friendly with wooden floors and no carpets - really important when you have muddy dogs!! Very well equipped and clean. Would’ve liked WiFi but that’s the only downside. The red squirrels were amazing. Plenty of opportunity to watch them come down for food. Lovely holiday if you appreciate lots of walking which we do.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Oct 2020

  • "Fabulous place."

    Extremely relaxing and the weather was good.Not too far to walk to the sea.Enjoyed sitting on the balcony for coffee in the sunshine.

    Reviewed by Mrsjanetfroggatt5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fully relaxing experience"

    Reviewed by Nigel4.4Sep 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely location."

    Very comfortable with wonderful attention to detail. A perfect break for a couple and their dogs for a proper rest. Lovely area with many places to visit and a great variety of walks. The owners and arrangements were outstanding. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Minette5.0Aug 2020

  • "The Barn is down a track which I think would've been tricky in snow/ice - just something to think about for winter visitors!"

    No problem in a 4x4 though. The owners talked a lot about cleanliness due to the coronavirus, and although it was clean, it could definitely have been cleaner. I think a dishwasher would be a good investment, particularly now we're in the post-Covid era! Also the bedding was a bit synthetic and hot, and the bath was teeny tiny. And we could defo tell that the place is dog-friendly as there were a fair few hairs/doggy smells around! And the 'basket of firewood' contained a lot of totally unburnable twigs and an old drawer, complete with metal brackets!! Defo bring your own logs if you're hoping to get the woodburner going on your first night. BUT there was lots of good stuff too - particularly the red squirrels - we bought food from the Spar down the road, and after a couple of days, hey presto, there were Ginger and Blondie, regularly visiting. It was heavenly. We also saw a woodpecker doing his/her thing in the trees outside. And it really is lovely and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Jane3.8Aug 2020

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  • One double mezzanine bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Chair bed
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking; car port has space for 2 cars
  • First-floor roof terrace with furniture, accessed by bedroom
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Rockcliffe Beach ¾ mile
  • Shop 1 mile

The property

Dalbeattie 6.7 miles.

Offering a truly unique holiday cottage within walking distance of Rockcliffe Beach on the North shore of the Solway Firth in Dumfries & Galloway, The Barn is a true delight of a dwelling to escape to with your other half, the baby and the dogs.

Settled down a ¼ mile farm track road, this enchanting cottage is the perfect way to discover the countryside of South West Scotland and the Colvend Coast.

The open-plan living space boasts a rustic charm, with the woodburning stove being great for a romantic evening indoors.

Here you can snuggle up on the sofas in front of the television, or sit together at the dining table to enjoy a home-cooked meal along with a celebratory glass of fizz for your special occasion.

Although modest, the kitchen area holds all the essentials you could need for your trip tucked away beneath its wooden units; bring a book from home and settle down on the window seat as your breakfast simmers on the hob and your loved one enjoys a rejuvenating shower in the ground-floor bathroom.

The bedroom can be found in the form of a chalet-style mezzanine, with wooden panel lined ceiling only adding to the character of the property, here you can kick back and relax in the double bed with doors opening out to the roof terrace.

With stunning views all year round, be sure to sit out on this peaceful spot with your morning cup of coffee, overlooking the woodland and beyond – there's no better way to begin your day than breathing in the fresh country air with ample opportunities to spot the local wildlife.

After you’ve benefited from the forestry and beach walks on your doorstep, you can continue exploring the local area by foot, with the beauty of Castle Point being within easy reach, making a great spot for a picnic.

The highly popular Rockcliffe Beach is ¾ mile away, and is the perfect spot for soaking in the panoramic views which are widely appreciated by all, easily accessible by walking or cycling for everyone including dog-walkers.

The Barn is perfect for red squirrel spotting, right from the kitchen window, various wildlife including deer can be observed from the roof-terrace around dusk and dawn, where you can also enjoy the countryside's dark skies which are perfect for stargazing and planet-watching.

The property is also in the best location for forestry, offering beautiful scenic walking or cycling, past a loch, taking you out to Kippford, not to mention the 7Stanes mountain bike trail in the nearby Dalbeattie Forest.

Head over to Dalbeattie where you will be greeted by all the amenities you could need positioned along the Barr Burn, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities including mountain biking and golfing.

Venture over to the Galloway Forest Park for scenery and adventure like no other, or simply soak in your scenery from the beauty of your abode.

The Barn is a remarkable base for your scenic escape to Scotland, and you’ll be sure to return again.

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location


Kippford 4.1 miles, Dalbeattie 6.7 miles, Castle Douglas 12.5 miles

Rockcliffe is one of a number of small seaside villages along the stretch of the north shore of the Solway Firth known as the Colvend Coast. Rockcliffe is an extremely pretty place. An arc of largely white-painted houses and cottages stand on the landward side of the road, looking out over the beach. The village stands on the east side of the mouth of Rough Firth, the estuary of the Urr Water. Two islands are visible offshore; the more distant is Hestan Island, complete with its lighthouse and cottages, and closer in, a third of a mile from Rockcliffe, is Rough Island. This is accessible on foot at low tide, either via a causeway of sorts from the north, or directly across the sand from Rockcliffe. Anyone intending to visit should first find out how long they have before the incoming tide cuts the island off once more: and the island should be avoided in May and June to allow nesting seabirds to breed in peace. The beach at Rockcliffe attracts many visitors, though it has two very different aspects, depending on the state of the tide. Visit at high tide and the sea can be within a few yards of the sloping wall beside the road. At low tide, on the other hand, the nearest open water can be the better part of a mile away, beyond the beaches and the craggy rocks that punctuate them, beyond Rough Island, and beyond the mudflats in the estuary. There is very little commercial activity in Rockcliffe. A cafe stands on the seaward side of the road near the south east end of the village. And on the hillside North of Rockcliffe is the Baron's Craig Hotel. Outside the village itself, much of the land in the area is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. This includes parts of the coastal strip South to Castlehill Point, which marks the true entrance to Rough Firth, and Rough Island. Apart from the coastal land North West of Rockcliffe, a footpath leads to Kippford, a mile away and en route you pass the Mote of Mark. This dark age hillfort overlooks the Urr Estuary and is thought to have been occupied for up to 300 years until being destroyed by fire in the 700s. It is said to be named after Mark, King of Dumnonia, and links have been made with the story of Tristan and Isolde and with the legends of King Arthur.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter