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Simmer Dim

(Ref. 937831)

Southerness, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Perfect for touring solway coast and a very comfortable bright cottage to relax in with family."

    Spacious livingroom and sunroom in kitchen meant meals were relaxed and plenty of space for everyone to enjoy after eating . Welcome pack was a nice touch but maybe a small pack of coffee for the machine would be icing on the cake.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2024

  • "Simmer Dim is fabulous."

    It is very comfortable and has every cooking equipment you need. Its location is ideal for visits throughout Dumfries and Galloway and wherever you travel, it's lovely to return to Simmer Dim. Having stayed in many holiday cottages, this is one of the finest and I can recommend it to all.

    Thanks for your great feedback so glad you have enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was our second stay at Simmer Dim in twelve months."

    We had fantastic weather and enjoyed using the outside (very private) patio area with ample tables and chairs. The views from here of the surrounding fields and hills is wonderful. A lovely feature of the cottage is the kitchen/diner/family room extension which is bright airy and again has great views of the countryside. A very enjoyable stay yet again.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Sep 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, well maintained and Gavin very attentive to a couple of minor requests, and very helpful with local advice."

    In some eyes the limited room in the ensuite/bathroom and limited headroom in main bedroom upstairs might be perceived as a problem, but to be honest you spend most of your time downstairs and the kitchen/conservatory and living room had plenty of room. The views from the upstairs bedroom were also terrific (and also from the kitchen). We loved it.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage, requested cot and high chair for my 1yr old grandson."

    Owner provided with no issues at all. Enclosed garden with front gate that bolts shut, I would suggest caution when entering or leaving the drive way, its on a slight corner, unfortunately most other road users take the at speed. Hazzard lights on in plenty of time given them fair warning on entering the drive way. The cottage has everything you could ask for, Freeview television, fully fitted kitchen, ensuite bathroom,downstairs toilet and bath. High recommended if your looking for that peaceful, relaxing holiday getaways.

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Jul 2023

  • "A very nice week’s stay Simmer Dim, the only negative I would comment is the access to the driveway can be a little exciting with some traffic passing the property at very high speeds."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Simmer Dim is a lovely well kept cottage everything you need very thoughttfull good area for travelling around a bit tricky getting out of the drive due to the busy road,also the roads round about are very poor potholes."

    Bring some shopping with you nearest supermarket in Dumfries. We would recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0May 2023

  • "We found the property to be very comfortable and relaxing good for visiting the surrounding area."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2023

  • "A great location and cottage - we will certainly look at booking again in the future."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely property, clean, comfortable and cosy."

    Had everything we wanted, and we enjoyed it so much, we extended our stay. Would happily stay again!

    Reviewed by Kurt5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and spotless."

    Great location. They cottage is advertised for 6 people but at a maximum should only be 4 adults and 1 child as the third bedroom is a daybed with pull out under to make a double, but no space to get round. The main bedroom is great but in the eve’s so space getting in and out of bed is a problem. The en-suite is well designed for such a small space . I would just remove the shelf on the mirror as rinsing your mouth and washing your face is interesting. If you are tall the upstairs main bedroom may be a problem. Overall a lovely cottage, with some great walking on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.4Oct 2022

  • "As the 2 single beds were set in thick wooden frames this limited space."

    Not bad for children or young people to sleep in there but for my 93 year old dad there was not much room to maneuver and you could hit your legs on the frame as the mattress is set inside it . As there were 3 of us one could stand on the opposite side of the road to signal to the driver when it was safe to pull out of the drive. The bathrooms are small. Upstairs was fine for me, although the roof slops, I didn't find it cramped & my dad used this shower as it is easier to walk in than step over a bath. Downstairs the toilet was a bit cramped and basin small for my dad but it's what your use to. It's very difficult to see as there is a hedge at the front of the garden and the traffic travels quite fast along that road, would suggest a mirror to help. This is not a criticism but to be aware of these points for your party to enjoy. This house was in beautiful surroundings, peaceful and was lovely having the local cows as neighbours. Spotlessly clean with plenty of living space. Would go back again and so would my dad if it was just him in the bedroom, lovely.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage, spotlessly clean, great location for exploring the area."

    Highly recommend.

    Thank you for your feedback, so glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage surrounded by fields and hills."

    The pictures do not do it justice. The accommodation has everything you need and was cosy and comfortable. Bathrooms were small but clean, light and well thought out. We didn't have a problem with the road as mentioned in other reviews, we just backed the car in to the drive and we're able to pull out easily each day - it wasn't that busy while we were there. Plenty of things to do in the area just allow a 15-20 minute drive. Was sad to leave. Would highly recommend a stay at Simmer Dim and would very happily return in the future.

    Thanks for your feedback, so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Simmer Dim. You are welcome back any time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anya5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed our holiday at Simmer Dim greatly."

    No real issues to mention. Some slight Wi-Fi blind spots, and the bathrooms were cosy, particularly the downstairs loo. There was no washing up sponge or cloth, but we managed without. Otherwise it was excellent and if we’re in the area again we’d love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Owen4.4Jul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Simmer Dim - we now want to move here permanently!"

    The property was beautifully done and a perfect size for our wee family. We loved the rural location and the owner was there if we needed him for anything. Would recommend for anyone wanting a peaceful chilled out break with only the cows nearby!

    So glad you enjoyed your stay, you are welcome back any time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Jun 2022

  • "We found it a very well equipped and a very nice cottage with beautiful views."

    Only the bathrooms were small. Downstairs there was hardly enough room to use the toilet and it was not usable by people with mobility problems. Also the sinks were very small.

    Reviewed by A.a.4.4Jun 2022

  • "We loved this cottage we have had a lovely stay and if we are that way again I would definitely want to use again."

    Because I have disabilities I found the shower over the bath was a problem but one in upstairs bedroom fine and the beds in our bedroom were abit low but again thats me ,anyone else wouldnt have a problem with it or even notice it . We loved it , Margaret

    Hi So glad you enjoyed your stay at Simmer Dim, you are welcome back anytime Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2022

  • "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 Deborah4.7Mar 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 Joseph5.0Mar 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 Sally4.7Feb 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 Sarah5.0Sep 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 Joyce5.0Aug 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 Amelia5.0Jul 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-ann5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great location."

    Delightful cottage.

    Reviewed by Thelma5.0Jul 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 Robert4.7Jun 2021

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

    Just as nice as last time.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2021

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

    The entrance to the driveway was VERY tight!

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Oct 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 Ian4.7Sep 2020

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

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 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 Jonathan5.0Dec 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 Phillip5.0Aug 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-marie5.0Jun 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 Joan5.0May 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 Sergej5.0Feb 2019

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

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Nov 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 Kerry5.0Oct 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 Sarah5.0Sep 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 Catherine4.4Jun 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 Paul5.0May 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 Erica5.0Aug 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 Abdullah4.4Aug 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 Kerrin4.8Dec 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 Vivienne5.0Aug 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
  • 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 the 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.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AB-12345-C

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 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.

Note: No stag/hen or similar.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas