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  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "We were very pleased with the cottage."

    There was a slight issue with water ingress through the window upon arrival but the owners came immediately to rectify it and provide towels. Not their fault as weather was absolutely chucking it down! The cottage had a lovely walk in shower which appealed as I have mobility issues and everything easily accessible. Slight negative, the bed in the main double was too low for me to get out of easily and also felt that the mattress could be improved upon as it felt like I was on a bit of a slant. There was plenty of storage for clothes and radiators to warm the cottage through when you were chilled and damp from the outside. Well stocked kitchen equipment, microwave, good sized fridge freezer, etc. Full sized oven & hob for cooking, easy to use. We took our 2 greyhounds with us and there was plenty of space for their beds. Parking within the property boundary and once we'd shut the gates it was a secure area for the dogs to mooch about. Low walls though probably not good for dogs that will jump out but fine on a long-line or lead. We would go back again as well located to get to other places and 5 min walk to the beach. Shop on site and other places to eat and drink within walking distance.

    Reviewed by Michele4.7Sep 2023

  • "My Partner & I had a really good stay at Kate's bungalow, everything we needed was there, Kate & her Husband came around on the 1st day to make sure everything was ok, they were both a lovely couple to talk to."

    We would recommend this holiday cottage to Friends & family.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean and has everything you need."

    Close to the beach and facilities. The swimming pool on site was great too 5*. Bed bit lumpy, but nothing a topper wouldn't fix. Lots to do in the local area if you like exploring. Will definitely be returning. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Sam4.7Aug 2023

  • "Toilet too close to glass on shower tray."

    Beds far too low. Outside a trip hazard uneven surface plus the weed suppressor is protruding through the stones and is a trip hazard. Barrier shaky as you come in the gate at the main road. Side gates need fixed dont open or close correctly definitely would not come back here again. No visitor book to write in.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Aug 2023

  • "Perfect in every way."

    Every little detail had been catered for and the property is immaculate. A proper home from home for us. The secure garden was ideal for our pup who could walk around the whole house and get attention from passers by! A peaceful setting and close by to the shop and entertainment area. We didn’t use these but there was little noise from the entertainment area. A very comfortable and modern property with a very welcoming host who checked in to see if there was any help we needed. If you have transport there are some beautiful places around to explore and some stunning coastlines.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jul 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay, lovely property, will stay again but not in the school holidays for scotland."

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Jun 2023

  • "All in all a fabulous holiday cottage."

    It was extremely well equipped and we had everything we needed. It is bright and airy, everything looks new, fabulous comfy recliner leather sofas, nice dining table and chairs. It was in a prime position, most importantly for us the beach was only a 5 min stroll away. Our 2 dogs loved the beach. In easy access of other beaches and places of interest. The cottages position on the site was great, just across from the well equipped store where you can buy just about anything, across from the ice cream van. In a fairly quiet spot just on the edge of the site with a lane just out at the back leading onto the beach where you could walk for miles. We would highly recommend this cottage and we definitely want to return. The only slight downfall was the beds, they were very low, not great for our bad backs. We could feel the springs on the mattress’s on the beds but we still slept ok. I would rate this cottage 4 & 3/4 out of 5. Can’t wait to return. Thank you very much for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Jun 2023

  • "Thanks to the owners for the use of your cottage."

    Would definitely come back had a great break lovely part of the country Allison& Frank

    Reviewed by Allison5.0May 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay at the cottage clean and tidy, everything you needed for your stay was provided and owners very friendly and helpful would highly recommend would stay again."

    Reviewed by Maryjane5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a gem of a cottage, everything you need inside and very modern."

    Owner even checked to see if all was okay and anything else required she would facilitate. ( nothing was ) would definitely recommend this property and plenty to do in surrounding areas. 10/10

    Hi Anthony , many thanks for your lovely feedback , really glad you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and everything was ok. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Nov 2022

  • "Well equipped, welcoming and modern accommodation."

    We especially liked the enclosed garden for our dog. The accommodation is also located 2 minutes away from the beach!

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Aug 2022

  • "Would definitely recommend this property and would book again."

    Excellent location very near the beach for walks with the dogs . Very relaxing. Good selection of places to eat and drink . Owner was friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Aug 2022

  • "A very well looked after home."

    Lots of storage space. Everything in the house was so clean and new looking. Plenty extra pillows for beds. The owners live in the village, they were very helpful and friendly. Outside tap was great for giving feet a quick clean after beach walks.

    Reviewed by Allister4.7Jul 2022

  • "The house was perfect ."

    The only small thing was it didn’t mention that it was in the middle of a caravan park when you go to book it . We where fine with it because there was lots to do with a child and plenty walks with the dogs

    Reviewed by Roselyne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Bankswood has recently been refurbished to a high standard, everything was as new."

    The accommodation was spotless and we didn't lack for anything. The owner lives locally and was happy to be contacted if we had the need to. The site is large but we found it quiet out of the school holiday period. The garden is secure for dogs and there are walks from the site. All in all, one of the better rentals we have tried.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Jun 2022

  • "We have had a lovely time and enjoyed our stay."

    Property was very clean, everything brand new and comfortable. Would recommend it.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0May 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x triple bunk
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for 1 car outside property, car park over road for additional cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.1 miles, beach 0.1 miles

The property

Bankswood is a detached, pet-friendly bungalow sitting in the coastal village of Southerness, Dumfries and Galloway.

An area known for fantastic outdoor activities, breath-taking scenery and historic sites, the property suits a family or group of five looking for a homely base for their adventures.

Be welcomed into the kitchen/diner for evenings spent together around the table tucking into a delicious home-cooked meal; the kitchen hosts an electric oven and hob, microwave, and fridge/freezer.

Put your feet up in the sitting room to plan tomorrow's activities or catch your favourite show on the TV.

Why not spend summer days in your private, enclosed garden with a cool beverage in hand whilst your dog’s bask in the sunshine?

Head straight to the shower room to hang your towel on the heated rail and unwind with a hot shower, before retreating to one of two bedrooms to catch your rest; there is a king-size and a triple bunk to suit a variety of parties!

When it's time to explore, Southerness has everything you need for a self-catering holiday; dine at the Paul Jones hotel or use the pool and join in the fun at the Mermaid Bar.

There's an excellent golf course nearby, the historic Southerness Lighthouse, and three dog-friendly beaches, Powillimount Beach, Sandy Hill's and Southerness Beach, sandy beaches to peruse rock pools, sunbathe or take in the fresh, sea air with a coastal walk.

The area is scattered with walking trails, wildlife and beautiful scenes including RSPB Mersehead, Mares Braids Waterfall and Bainloch Deer Park, whilst the town of Castle Douglas is a short drive away; the town hosts supermarkets and eateries such as The Earth's Crust Bakery, with the island fortress of Threave Castle just on the outskirts.

Spend the day in Dalbeattie to discover local artefacts at Dalbeattie Museum Trust, take a walk through Dalbeattie Forest Town Wood or for more of Scotland's renowned golfing, head to Dalbeattie Golf Club.

There's so much to see in the market town of Dumfries, such as the former home of the famed poet, Robert Burns, Gracefield Arts Centre and Moat Brae: National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling; Dalscone Farm Fun is just north of the town for a fun-filled day out for the whole family!

Secure your next Scotland adventure at Bankswood.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00126-F

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, 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.

Please Note: The pool and other local facilities are not managed by the property owner and availability is out of their control. Information such as seasonal opening times should be researched directly ahead of booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas