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The Barn

Rockcliffe, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1037177)

4.4

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Seaside
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "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 AaronJun 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 SeanMay 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 ClareMar 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 LaurenAug 2021

  • "Fantastic clean and well furnished property."

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

    Reviewed by SusanJul 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 ElizabethJul 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 LouiseJul 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 AnnetteJul 2021

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

    Reviewed by SimonJun 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 PeterJun 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 ValerieOct 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 MrsjanetfroggattSep 2020

  • "Fully relaxing experience"

    Reviewed by NigelSep 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 MinetteAug 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 JaneAug 2020

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Summary

  • One double mezzanine bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, 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, TV with FreeSat
  • 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
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Rockcliffe Beach ¾ mile
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 0.9 miles

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.

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About the location

ROCKCLIFFE

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