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Little Dunbar Cottage

(Ref. 1139011)

Kirkbean near Southerness, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi


2 Customer Reviews

  • "So difficult to give a review for various reasons."

    There are negatives and also very strong positives. We arrived at Little Dunbar Cottage around 4pm on Monday 30 October. There was no central heating available, the cottage was stone cold and no hot water. We managed to get the log fire burning within 10 minutes of arrival but had no hot water. We then rang the owners who were so quick in sorting out our issues. They gave us the option to move to a cottage closer to the beach, which was only 400 yards away and provided us with everything we needed, and was also much more in our expectations for the quality we expect from Sykes. The hosts could not have been more helpful and were most understanding. The cottage we moved to was quite idyllic - being only 400 metres from the beach. I suspect that Little Dunbar Cottage would be lovely in the summer. In the winter it would need some attention so as to make it a quiet retreat. I would certainly recommend the area and the owners of these properties, but would check carefully as to the state of Little Dunbar Cottage

    Reviewed by Conn1.6Oct 2023

  • "Little Dunbar Cottage presents as a charming cottage in a beautiful rural location."

    We enjoyed our holiday but Little Dunbar cottage itself was a disappointment. The main bedroom stank of damp, we opened the window and slept there the first night but it was not a good night sleep. For anyone with any respiratory problem I would say this room would be a health hazard. We switched to the twin room which was much better in terms of there not being damp but we were occasionally disturbed through the night by possibly either squirrels or bats in the ceiling. The shower of the main bedroom didn’t drain and so you had to shower in a few minutes before it would flood, there was evidence of damp in this room and the toilet seat was only partly secured to the toilet seat. The cottage had an air of neglect rather than one of comfort. In the living room there was no coffee table or side tables so if you were having a cup of tea or glass of wine there was nowhere to put your cup or glass down. We were provided with 2 towels but no hand towels or bath mats. There was no hairdryer either. There was contact numbers given so we could have voiced our concerns but it’s not what I want to be spending my energies on when I’m on holiday. We have booked through Sykes several times and have always been happy with the cottages we’ve booked, this cottage was not up to the standard that we would expect.

    Reviewed by Suzanne1.6Oct 2023

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  • Single-storey
  • Two ground-floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite freestanding bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking available
  • Enclosed lawned garden with picnic bench
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.7 miles, pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: Sloped ceiling in bathroom, please take care when using

The property

Southerness 3.8 miles.

Little Dunbar Cottage is a charming, two-bedroom holiday home tucked away in the peaceful village of Kirkbean near Southerness, in Dumfries and Galloway.

With off-road parking, a ground-floor living area, and a lush, lawned enclosed garden, Little Dunbar Cottage is the perfect place to relax and soak up the tranquillity of the surrounding countryside with friends, family, and your canine companion.

Step inside to discover two well-presented, ground-floor bedrooms - a double with an en-suite walk-in shower, and a twin with an en-suite freestanding bath, basin, and WC.

Make yourself at home in the open-plan living space, a great place to spend quality time with loved ones.

Cook up a storm in the kitchen, equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher.

Enjoy a home-cooked meal at the dining table or cosy up in the sitting area beside the woodburning stove and Smart TV.

When the sun is shining, step outside onto the enclosed garden, a great place to relax with a good book or admire the surrounding countryside.

Make your next stay in Scotland one to remember by booking Little Dunbar Cottage.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1139003, 1139004, 1139005, 1139006, and 1139012, together sleeping up to 26 guests.

EPC Rating: Band F

Arbigland Collection

Nestled in a rural setting in Kirkbean near Southerness is the idyllic collection of detached lodges and cottages belonging to the Arbigland Collection. Each ground-floor home provides a haven of tranquillity and warmth, with open-plan living areas featuring woodburning stoves and plush furnishings, whilst some of the homes also offer ramp access for those with limited mobility. Outside, there is off-road parking and beautifully-maintained gardens where you can admire the stunning views that surround this slice of paradise. Perfect for families, friends or couples, these charming properties provide the ideal escape to experience the full beauty of the Scottish countryside in Dumfries and Galloway. For any further creature comforts, each of the lodges and cottages is equipped with a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with all the essentials, whilst elegant bedrooms offer a tranquil spot for catching your valuable rest after a long day exploring. A short drive from the collection will take you to the village of Southerness, home to convenience stores, and a selection of restaurants and pubs. Here, you can take a stroll along the beach to breathe in the fresh sea air, or take a scenic drive to the nearby town of Annan. For a day of culture, why not venture to nearby Dumfries, the former home of the acclaimed poet Robert Burns, or venture further afield to Lockerbie to discover the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum. For a nature-filled day out, explore the numerous wonders contained within the Galloway Forest Park, home to the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, or take a refreshing drive to the nearby Solway Coast and its stunning cliff top views. Wherever you choose to wander, a stay at the rural paradise that is the Arbigland Collection will be sure to help make your stay unforgettable.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Castle Douglas 19 miles; Dalbeattie 13 miles; Dumfries 16 miles.

Southerness is a small coastal village established in the late 18th century, which looks out over the Solway Firth, and forms part of the Colvend coast, one of the finest stretches of coastline on the 'Scottish Riviera'. Home to three pubs, two village stores, a leisure centre with a pool at Parkdean and two miles of sandy beaches with sand dunes, rock pools and Gulf Stream warmed waters, and one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland, built in 1748, it has everything you will need for a relaxing holiday. The nearby Criffel Hill rises to 569m, offers wonderful views of the farmland and the sands of the Nith Estuary below, and provides great walking opportunities. The Southerness Championship Golf Course adjoins the village and offers panoramic views of the Solway Firth, the Cumbrian Lake District to the south and the Galloway Hills to the west. A great location, with something to keep everybody occupied.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas