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Simmer Dim

Southerness, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 937831)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely loved our stay, the cottage is in a lovely rural area but quite central to areas we wanted to visit."

    The only tiny complaint is that the bed upstairs wasn't very comfortable but it wouldn't stop us returning would just use another bedroom. The drive ( again just a tiny complaint) is quite difficult to get out of as you can't see what's coming up the road but I just navigated my husband out, again wouldn't stop us returning. The cottage is spotlessly clean and cosy .

    Reviewed by DeborahMar 2022

  • "Very nice place."

    Easy to find. Good size kitchen and living room. Lovely fire to sit around. And beautiful views. Lots of walks nearby to enjoy, including coastal paths, forests and hills. The owner checked in with us the day we arrived and answered any questions we had as well giving lots of recommendations for things to do in the local area. We were very happy with our stay.

    Reviewed by JosephMar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Simmer Dim."

    The cottage was very comfortable and cosy. We really appreciated Gavin calling by to give us tips on where to eat and visit during our stay. We would definitely love to return because the area was extremely beautiful despite Storm Eunice approaching! The only negative throughout was the entrance to the driveway was quite narrow and it would have been helpful to have some sort of mirror to be aware of traffic approaching from the right. However, this was only a small issue and did not spoil our stay. Thank you again for an amazing, restful week.

    Reviewed by Sally AnnFeb 2022

  • "The house was fabulous."

    It had everything we needed. The host Gavin was very welcoming and made sure we were happy. Loved waking up to the views each morning! Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2021

  • "Cottage was very comfortable and spacious and very handy for visiting the local beaches."

    Sandyhills Beach was a definite favourite for our grandchildren very clean and safe beach only 10mins drive away.

    Reviewed by JoyceAug 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week at Simmer Dim."

    The property was extremely clean upon arrival and the owner stopped by to ensure we’d settled in. There was a good amount of information in the property including a very useful OS map. The views from the house are simply beautiful. There is some noise from the road but this is mainly farm traffic as it’s near a farm and didn’t bother us at all. The property itself is comfortable and well equipped although a few more drinking glasses would be handy. There is lots to see and do in the area, fabulous walking and the area is just stunning. Southerness itself has a caravan park and wasn’t really our thing but is a good 1.5 - 2 miles away so had no impact on our stay. I would certainly stay again and would recommend it. A fantastic and much needed holiday after the last 18 months!

    Reviewed by AmeliaJul 2021

  • "The owners had thought of everything you might need for your stay which was peace of mind especially having two young children."

    The owner met us on the first day to make sure we knew where everything was and answer any queries that we had, which I might add was a lovely touch. The cottage was very comfortable and clean and we really did had a lovely stay. There are some beautiful beaches and walls close to the cottage by car to explore such as Powillimount, Rockcliffe and Kippford and a great day out for the kids is at Mabie farm park near Dumfries.

    Reviewed by Sally-annJul 2021

  • "Great location."

    Delightful cottage.

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2021

  • "Holiday was very good, accommodation very comfortable and outside space was excellent."

    Exiting property was on to at times a busy road, a mirror opposite exit to view traffic coming from the right would be a good idea.

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2021

  • "Second time we’ve rented this cottage."

    Just as nice as last time.

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2021

  • "The house was lovely and we really enjoyed our stay."

    The entrance to the driveway was VERY tight!

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2020

  • "The cottage was spotlessly clean which we fully appreciated."

    Well supplied with practically everything you needed. Owner on hand if required which currently was reassuring. Cottage very warm as needed and we could regulate that to our own comfort. Plenty of hot water. Perfect location for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2020

  • "The cottage was in an excellent condition, clean and comfortable"

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage, a really lovely location and a home from home."

    The owner was brilliant, welcome pack was a nice touch, and he also was quick to help sort any problems or queries we had during our stay. The cottage is a credit to the owner. We will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by JonathanDec 2019

  • "The cottage is beautifully presented and easy to find."

    It felt like home from home. It’s positioning was excellent with brilliant links to the beaches and forests in the area. A wonderful holiday

    Reviewed by PhillipAug 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage with such peaceful surroundings and everything available to make you feel comfortable."

    Stunning views and many walks if you wish and would highly recommend if you want a peaceful getaway. Met all of our expectations. Loved it!

    Reviewed by Ann MarieJun 2019

  • "We had a fantastic holiday."

    The cottage was warm and is well equipped with everything we needed. It's beautifully furnished and was a pleasure to stay in. The views of Criffel were amazing and the surrounding countryside was lovely. We even got to sit outside in the garden on the last evening as the sun was shining.

    Reviewed by JoanMay 2019

  • "It was brilliant."

    I had booked the place for a few weeks for my business trip, the place was super clean and the cleaning lady would come regularly. The place is located conveniently , 20mins from town centre. Would recommend

    Reviewed by SergejFeb 2019

  • "The cottage was very cosy, extremely well equipped and in an ideal location for touring and birdwatching."

    Reviewed by SueNov 2018

  • "A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    I absolutely loved the house. I was very clean I have no complaints they thought of everything at this cottage. Thank you very much. Five stars from me!

    Reviewed by KerryOct 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a fantastic location."

    The owner Gavin came to meet us and check that everything was fine. I would highly recommend staying here

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2018

  • "We spent a wonderful week at Simmer Dim."

    It's a beautiful, well-equipped, extremely clean cottage set in a tranquil location. This is the second time we have booked through Sykes and both times the cottages were of an extremely high standard.

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2018

  • "The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped, a great base to explore the local area and the weather was great too."

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2018

  • "The cottage was so well equipped, the owners had thought of everything."

    It was comfortable and cosy and they even provided fuel for the log burner, a lovely welcome pack and extras, such as tea, coffee, toilet rolls etc. We have stayed in many cottages over the years and this has definately been the most well equipped. Thank you to Liz and Gavin for making our stay absolutely lovely. It was also nice to be able to book for the four nights rather than the usual week as a lot of cottages don't do short breaks. We have never had a bad experience booking with Sykes and have recommended them to all our friends and family and we hope to continue to book with them in the future.

    Reviewed by EricaAug 2017

  • "We enjoyed 6 nights in this very nice and clean cottage."

    Every thing is there. Complete kitchen with everything you need. Very nice and helpful owner (Gavin and Liz) Beautiful areas nearby. The photos in the website are real. We recommend this cottage and we will return again. Thanks Gavin & Liz

    Reviewed by AbdullahAug 2017

  • "Photos don't give a true representation of this lovely cottage."

    It is a wee gem of a holiday home and is far nicer in reality. It is a very sociable home with plenty of very comfortable relaxing areas; around the kitchen table enjoying a freshly cooked meal (using the very well stocked kitchen and excellent hob/oven), the conservatory playing games, chatting to the chefs or watching the sun go down, or the cosy living room watching tv/dvds, listening to music or warming up around the log burning fire. The fire was roaring all weekend (with plentifully supplied logs) warming us after a very windy news years eve walk along Southerness lighthouse beach (less than 5 minute drive) and a news years day walk along the beautiful sandy hills beach (a short 10 minute drive away). With 4 children, we were very comfortable and Gavin (the owner) was very accommodating by leaving us a high chair and travel cot. The children also very much enjoyed the delicious cookies and the adults enjoyed the quality chocolates left out. A personal welcome note and a quick visit on our first morning was appreciated too. Other points to mention also include the good wi-fi (coped very well with streaming sky sports, spotify and video calls), the very very comfortable beds, the constant hot water (and the excellent powerful en suite shower), the dishwasher (always a bonus when self catering) and the washing machine/tumble dryer (great when travelling with young kids). Overall, our entire group very much enjoyed staying in this delightful holiday and will hopefully return again one day.

    Reviewed by KerrinDec 2016

  • "Sykes accommodated us moving properties approx 3 weeks before we stayed due to bad reviews on our first chosen property, they were very understanding and responded promptly to any queries we had which made this difficult change much easier."

    The new property far exceeded our expectations the owners were very friendly and called round to introduce themselves the day after we arrived and gave us tips on the best beaches, this made them very approachable. The property was spacious and offered us every thing we needed. Everything is new and very clean, the kitchen is well equipped with the bonus of a washing machine and dryer. The bathrooms were compact but well equipped and the beds very comfortable. With the sun room and large sitting room there was plenty of room for the whole family and space to get that important quite time. We found that there was everything we needed to make the stay comfortable and relaxing all we had to supply was food and fun. On arrival Gavin and Liz had left a bountiful supply of tea,coffe and milk along with a fresh loaf of bread, cake and chocolate which is always a good start to your holiday after a long drive. The location is very quite and idylic, don't be put off by the road outside there is very little traffic and the house is set back and well insulated that you don't hear it. The cows are also extremely quiet which I have been told means they are very happy, my daughter loved cow spotting from the bedroom window. We would definitely return to Simmer Dim as the cottage and the area has so much to offer.

    Reviewed by VivienneAug 2016

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x first floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x single with pull-out stacker bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and conservatory area
  • External utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • LPG central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer in utility, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Lawned garden to front and rear with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop (seasonal) and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Mobile phone reception can be variable
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Note: There are 2 steps leading up from the kitchen to the rest of the ground floor
  • Note: There is reduced head height on either side of first floor double bed.

The property

Southerness 2 miles.

Delightful semi-detached cottage sitting in a lovely farmland location two miles inland from the beaches of Southerness on Scotland’s beautiful Solway Coast an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Named after the Shetland phrase for a long summer twilight, this lovely cottage has been decorated and furnished to an impressive standard and offers superb accommodation for up to six people.

You enter straight into the spacious and well-equipped kitchen which has a dining table and a conservatory with furniture.

There are a couple of steps up to the remainder of the ground floor with a comfortable sitting room centred on a delightful woodburning stove.

Off the sitting room is a twin bedroom with a second ground floor bedroom off the hall.

This has a single bed with a pull-out single underneath and the family bathroom is opposite.

Upstairs is a double room with an en-suite shower room and superb views of nearby Criffel, the highest hill in this part of Southern Scotland, and also the surrounding open countryside.

The garden offers off road parking as well as a place to relax and unwind with a BBQ and open views.

The shed is an ideal place to store bikes and is also wired for electricity and contains a tumble dryer.

The Southerness coast is two miles away and the lovely 9-hole golf course is even closer.

Explore the stunning Galloway Hills with its world-class mountain biking and walking, as well as superb wildlife and dark skies.

A superb country cottage offering the ideal getaway with something for the whole family.

Note: This property is attached to Ref 938841, together they sleep 12.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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 two pubs, a village store, a leisure centre with a pool 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.

Note: No stag/hen or similar.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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