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Ducket Cottage

Garlieston near Wigtown, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 26248)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Brilliantly located cottage providing complete comfort and convenience."

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2022

  • "I really loved the location, right next to the sea front and pub and I went swimming every day!"

    By the way the property DOES have WiFi, which I was very pleased about because it wasn't advertised in the listing. I found it really comfortable but my Mum is elderly and she complained about the shower and the bath not having railings. Having no garden was a bit strange but doesn't matter as you can sit on the sea front and the listing did explain this too.

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2022

  • "We found if the oven was on and the television at the same time and then we switched both off the electricity went off!"

    It wasn't obvious that there were 2 sets of fuses.

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2022

  • "The double bedroom was surprisingly small although the twin room was a good size."

    This was the only room which had a (sideways) sea view. The view from the main sitting room is of the public toilets and immediately outside the house at the front are three rubbish bins attached to the wall - not shown in the photo of the property. Ground floor perfectly serviceable but rather cramped for four people on a rainy day.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2021

  • "There is no area around the outside of the building one can sit except the pavement ."

    Front-road,Sides-other houses, Rear not accessible to people in the cottage .This should’ve been made clear

    Reviewed by GeorgeSep 2021

  • "The cottage was in a perfect location, with beautiful walks, the sea and the pub, all on the doorstep."

    I was really impressed with how well stocked the cottage is, it had everything we needed and more besides. The booking and communications were all very straightforward.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2021

  • "Yes we were so disappointed so uncomfortable and cold ."

    There is no under floor heating and cost quite a bit to keep warm downstairs.The info needs updating properly not just crossed out with a pen making it look and feel like nobody really cared just in it for money.The shops are all closed and being changed into something else so you need to go about half a mile to the garage.Such a shame as we were looking for a place to go five weeks every year because we have family in Scotland.I am afraid we will not be returning to ducked cottage again.We understand that Covid-19 has changed lots of things but there has been plenty of time to update and update the things mentioned. Bonus was wifi added and next door neighbour very nice.

    Reviewed by DonaldApr 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage with everything we needed and more!"

    Cosy, comfortable and in a fantastic position.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2020

  • "A very comfortable home away from home."

    A pleasure to go back yet again and will be booking again soon.

    Reviewed by TinaAug 2020

  • "Most of the windows would not open making the bedrooms very airless and stuffy"

    Thank you so much for that helpful comment. We are sorry you had difficulty opening some windows. Our property maintenance service did check the problem out as part of their routine inspections of the cottage and the windows now open freely. The Ducket cottage is in a conservation area and some of the window casings retain the original wood and in wet cooler weather as in November may stick. There is a special stick with brass hook for pulling open the window catches. Going forward we have produced an additional page in the house book to inform future guests of the different window opening methods and with number to call if a problem. On a bright note as the cottage is facing historic Garleiston Harbour and the beautiful Solway it sounds like November may have been warmer than September. Thank you for visiting Property Owner

    Reviewed by DennisNov 2019

  • "The seating in the lounge was not particularly comfortable especially the settee at the bottom of the stairs."

    Once you sat down it was hard to get up !! The place was lovely and clean and the en-suite rooms were a real treat .

    Reviewed by SylviaJul 2019

  • "We´ve been for 5 nights in the "Ducket Cottage" in Garlieston and enjoyed our stay very much."

    Garlieston is a lovely, quiet place with a small beach, fantastic walks and a lot of history to explore nearby. But the best part was this wonderful cottage. We felt home from the very first minute. We found everything we needed for a perfect holiday and more. Should we ever planning days off in this area again ( and I´m sure we will) - we would be more than happy to stay there again.

    Reviewed by SabineMay 2019

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the cottage and it was very well equipped."

    Lack of WiFi could be an issue for some. We took our pup with us and lack of a garden meant having to take him down to the grassy area at the village hall even early in the morning. This wouldn’t stop me from returning or recommending the cottage but it is worth being aware of for others with a dog.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2019

  • "We could not believe how far the owners of the cottage had gone to provide everything needed to make our stay so relaxing."

    Little things such as hand wash by the basins and the way the towels were laid out made us feel like we had a touch of luxury in relatively simple surroundings. (That's not to say the cottage was basic.... far from it!) Each room was tastefully decorated and furnished to make for a very cosy and enjoyable stay. We were very sorry to leave.

    Reviewed by SuzanneSep 2018

  • "Very nice cottage really enjoyed our week in Garliseton."

    Weather was nice to us even wore shorts all week.

    Reviewed by DennisSep 2018

  • "Was a gorgeous cottage in a lovely village called garlieston everything in the ..."

    Was a gorgeous cottage in a lovely village called garlieston everything in the cottage you could want and lots of places to visit around the Dumfries and Galloway area

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay, for the second summer running, in Ducket Cottage."

    It was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed, well equipped little kitchen, a handy small utility room with washer/dryer and freezer, TV/DVD with Freeview, comfortable beds, and of course the location is wonderful, a few paces from the beach at Garlieston and a few minutes from a stunning coast path walk that takes you to a beautiful large sandy bay, Rigg Bay, in around 25 minutes. There isn't mobile/wifi/data coverage inside the cottage but a few paces outside usually did the trick if we needed to make a call or send/receive a message. Garlieston is a small, quiet village and a perfect retreat from it all, though lots to do within short driving distances, Wigtown 15 mins, Whithorn 10 mins, and both the Machars & Rhins peninsulas are beautiful to explore.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2018

  • "Beautiful little cottage, well equipped kitchen."

    Fantastic location. Really cosy welcoming place to stay.

    Reviewed by SylviaJun 2018

  • "This is an ideally located cottage for exploring a truly lovely area."

    Ducket is very well equipped and comfortable. Harbour Inn offers a friendly service with good food.

    Reviewed by DebiMay 2018

  • "A lovely clean cottage set in a beautiful location with friendly locals."

    We were a stone's throw from the beach and the nearby historic gardens were outstanding. A great place for dog walking. Would be ideal for families. Just loved collecting driftwood to stoke the fire at night. Would definitely recommend to others and we hope to return.

    Reviewed by SylviaMay 2018

  • "Nice little cottage."

    Would stay there again. We stayed a week in spring with two adults, two young children and a dog. All the basic equipment was there but not much extra. All clean and comfortable. Big twin room with big ensuite bathroom. Small double with small ensuite shower. Thirty places to the beach and the pub. Both recommended!

    Reviewed by AdamMar 2018

  • "This is an ideally located cottage for exploring the Isle of whithorn."

    The open plan downstairs was perfect for us with the coal fire adding a real treat. The Harbour Inn was warm, cosy and friendly. We had a fantastic holiday, lots of walks with our dogs.

    Reviewed by DuncanMar 2018

  • "Cosy,comfortable cottage in a lovely location."

    Great walks from your doorstep as well as further afield, with a lot of wildlife to see. Harbour Inn just around the corner offers a friendly welcome as well as good good and real ale. Will re-book in the future, thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by LeeOct 2016

  • "The cottage was very nice in a good location and quite comfortable."

    We enjoyed our stay at Garlieston the only down side of it being the team of Polish builders knocking the adjoining cottage about from 07:00 until 17 30pm the whole seven days of our holiday which did get on your nerves somewhat when you are expecting a nice relaxing getaway.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2016

  • "Hot water control thermostat to complicated for the 'simple man'."

    We had to have it on all of the time to ensure it was hot - which is a waste! Everything else was fine and would book again at the cottage. Thank you

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • Utility.
  • Electric heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Fuel for open fire available to purchase locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking next to cottage
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and harbour 1 min walk
  • Note: This property does not have a garden
  • Property is close to the beach

The property

An attractive, traditional terraced cottage, superbly located in the heart of the harbour village of Garlieston, on the Machars Peninsula in south west Scotland.

Well appointed to provide quality holiday accommodation, this Garlieston cottage is ideal for a couple or a family looking for a seaside base from which to explore this diverse part of the country.

This Garlieston cottage offers two bedrooms, with the double boasting an en-suite shower room and the twin offering an en-suite bathroom.

Benefiting from cosy underfloor heating as well as an open fire, the ground floor of this Solway Firth cottage offers a sociable open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area and a sitting area.

The village amenities include a shop, a pub and a Post Office, and there is a public slipway for leisure sailors, plus just across the road from this Garlieston cottage is the harbour, which offers glorious, far-reaching views that look towards to the wooded headland of Eggerness and its large sandy bay.

The countryside surrounding Garlieston is as varied as it is beautiful, and along with the coast, there are many pretty, rural walking trails to discover.

Nearby are the spectacular seaside gardens of Galloway House, boasting a variety of ancient trees, plants and wild flowers; enjoy the views as you stroll through the woodlands to the shore.

The more energetic will adore walking in the Galloway Hills or attempting one of the 7stanes mountain biking trails at Kirroughtree.

An idyllic Garlieston cottage offering a comfortable and bright base at the end of your daily Solway Firth adventure.

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About the location


Wigtown 8 miles; Newton Stewart 14 miles.

Garlieston is a small coastal village that nestles on the Machars Peninsula, looking out over Wigtown Bay. It was popular as a fishing and cargo harbour until the 20th century, partly due to the extension of the Wigtownshire Railway. Worth noting is the part played by Garlieston in the development and testing of the Mulberry harbours that were deployed during the D-Day Landings. Today, the harbour provides berthing for leisure and fishing craft and offers a shop and Post Office as well as a traditional inn serving wholesome meals. The gardens of nearby Galloway House date from 1740 and offer a superb network of walks through magical woodland that lead towards the sweeping shoreline. Just north of Garlieston is Wigtown, once a thriving port, and now Scotland’s National Book Town. Apart from the attractive scenery and the varied coastline, the Machars Peninsular offers pretty towns such as Port William, still a working harbour, and Monreith, which was the home of writer Gavin Maxwell and offers a delightful, sandy beach.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas