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Southerness, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 7666)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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72 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved the cottage and recommend it whole heartedly."

    The owner is very kind and helpful, showed us around the property, and gave really good suggestions of places to visit. The cottage and its enclosed garden was perfect for us and our two 4-legged companions. We apologise we could not find the broom as we were leaving, so left the sunroom in need of a wee sweep - otherwise found everything was conveniently at hand. Cottage is thoughtfully stocked with books, games, and information about the surrounding area. Very comfortable. Less than a 5 minute walk to the beach. 10 out of 10!

    Reviewed by TedDec 2021

  • "Brilliant place and so laid back it was what we both needed and a walk on the ..."

    Brilliant place and so laid back it was what we both needed and a walk on the beach every day was perfect, the weather was dry but chilly but wen could wrap up, two wonderful pubs in the vacinity

    Reviewed by MaureenNov 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at this cottage."

    It was great being so close to the beach. The dogs loved the garden and we all loved the fire. It was nice when we put the heating on and used the large conservatory, which was a pleasant space for the daytime. The property is has one step down from the house into each of the conservatories, and there are steps out from the front door into the garden (just in case you have little people or little dogs like we did). We really liked the Smart TV so we were able to watch some of our favourites on Netflix and Prime etc. Having broadband was great too for gaming and working.

    Reviewed by MelanieNov 2021

  • "We have had a great stay at Kouloura fantastic base to see the surrounding countryside and loads of great walks to take the dogs on ."

    The place was as described and plenty of garden to let the dogs loose in, loved sitting in the conservatory as very comfortable and warm.

    Reviewed by DennisSep 2021

  • "Great location only a short walk to the beach, fully enclosed large garden ..."

    Great location only a short walk to the beach, fully enclosed large garden perfect for the dog, the layout of the property is well thought out, all hi-footfall areas are either vinyl or laminate coverings so easy to clean Great weeks stay

    Reviewed by IanSep 2021

  • "Great holiday, and accommodation was great to, the garden was bigger than we expected ( larger than most gardens in the vicinity) which with grandchildren was a bonus!"

    !! So would happily come back again!! - - Ian, Karen, Laura and grandchildren!!

    Reviewed by IanJul 2021

  • "The listing didn't give an accurate description of the place."

    The bathroom was NOT a family bathroom. Instead, it was quite small. The water pressure was horrendous in the shower as well. The 'adult bunk beds' were not adult in any way shape or form. They were quite small and cramped. The linens were still set up for winter, instead of switched over for summer. The TV room couldn't fit more than 4 adults, as there were only 2 two-seater sofas which were VERY uncomfortable. The photos definitely make the place look bigger than it actually is. The garden was nice, but not mowed. The conservatories were nice, however they became very warm very fast. There were no shades to help block the sun. Also,TWICE random strangers came to the door looking for someone that wasn't there. The area is cute, but not meant for a friends holiday. The wifi connection was awful and constantly dropped. The owner seemed nice, and gave us our space, which was good. But, other than that, it wasn't so great.

    As owners, we take pride in our property and its cleanliness, especially during today's Covid situation. In eleven years of letting our property it has never been left in the appaling state in which it was found after your stay. You showed a complete lack of consideration and respect for the lovely clean house left for you, nor for us as owners or the guests who stayed after you. We feel your review is just a cover for this. We have had many excellent guests who compliment our lovely cottage and return year after year. The description and pictures are accurate for our property. The bathroom is of a reasonable size with a full sized bath and shower and a sink. The shower has good water pressure. The 2 sofas in the living room are 3 seater Marks and Spencer sofas. There are, in addition and for guests comfort, 2 x two seater sofas and two comfortable chairs available in the large and small conservatories. The linen is always clean and fresh. The grass is mowed on a regular basis and was not overgrown during your stay. This should have made it easier to clean up your dog's mess, which was also left all over the garden. Your group were lucky and had a nice week of weather when the sun shone. It is unfortunate you did not go out to discover the beautiful local area with many fine beaches, forests, golf and other outdoor activities. We really do not understand why you chose to come to the area. The owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SteveJul 2021

  • "Couldn't recommend highly enough."

    Brilliant stay all round.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2021

  • "We had a fabulous stay, amazingly comfortable & relaxing."

    The owners were so friendly, welcoming & helpful. There were lovely gifts left for us & a lit open fire. Our dog loved the garden & the open view of the road/path, people & dogs passing were all very friendly & made a fuss of him. The beach is very close & lovely to visit, especially as we touched on some great weather for most of the week. Would recommend staying here to everyone & will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by SamanthaMay 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely but it really needs Wi-Fi because the 4G is very poor and we struggled to find out anything about local attractions."

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to say that we have taken your feedback on board and have now installed Wifi at Kouloura. With this in mind we hope that we can welcome you back in the future. However, we're sorry to hear about the impact to your stay. Please note that the owners are on hand on arrival and throughout our guest's stays to provide information on the local area or answer any questions. Kind Regards, The Customer Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by JudithSep 2019

  • "We have just got back from a wonderful holiday at Kouluora, the cottage is ideal and very spacious, with a huge enclosed garden, we went as a family of six and three dogs, they enjoyed the space immensely, and their long walks along the beach every day, even though the weather was not so great, but if course that can't be helped."

    Looking forward to going back there sometime soon.

    Reviewed by JudithAug 2019

  • "As this is my second year at your cottage I wasn't dissapointed."

    My only small thing is it would benefit from some Wi-Fi for rainy days and nights

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2019

  • "An excellent place to holiday ,the beach is a short walk away and there is plenty of it about 8 miles, there is a shop in the village that sells necessities and a pub called the 19th hole with a hexanogal pool table , next door is the tea caddy cafe that does lovely food ."

    The house in its own grounds has everything required we spent most of our time in the conservatory , there is TV if you want but no WiFi but easily got around by bringing a portable router that was adequate for our own needs ,plenty of books and games at the property and near a links golf course ,the neighbors are friendly and helpful and there is plenty to do in the area .

    Reviewed by EricJun 2019

  • "This was a lovely cottage with a nautical feel to it quite well equipped we were ..."

    This was a lovely cottage with a nautical feel to it quite well equipped we were greeted by the owner and his wife both very helpful pointing out places to go on the map this was truly a lovely area to visit and explore

    Reviewed by RaymondMay 2019

  • "The bungalow was clean and comfortable."

    Although it was next to a holiday park - we went just before Easter - it was a lovely quiet area and a very short walk from the beach. In one direction on the beach when the tide was out there were miles and miles of hard sand that is perfect for dogs to run free! The beds were lovely and comfortable. The coal fire was cosy in the evenings and the conservatory was s great place to sit and relax. The host was friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by KateApr 2019

  • "Sandy the Cottage owner was a great help in getting settled and guidance on the local area"

    Reviewed by GavinFeb 2019

  • "Very comfortable, well equipped cottage - loved the open fire."

    Great location being just a few minutes walk from the beach. Very helpful, hospitable owners.

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2019

  • "The cottage location was superb, a very short walk to the beach which was handy for walking our Labrador."

    The cottage facilities where of a very high standard, very clean and spacious and the open fire made for a very relaxing break. I would recommend anyone looking for accommodation for a relaxing break to consider this cottage. Both Sandy and Anne where very friendly and really helpful on where to go and there was plenty of information on the local features, all in all my wife and I had a very good, relaxing break.

    Reviewed by GarethDec 2018

  • "The holiday chalet was extremely clean and tidy and well equipped."

    Owner very friendly and helpful. Ideally situated for quick access to beach and shore walks just couple minutes stroll away. Lovely big lawned garden enclosed with mainly 3foot high mesh fence ( not ideal if your dog is a jumper ) Our only criticism being the listing could have been a bit clearer about the close proximity of neighbouring properties and the large holiday caravan site directly behind the chalet. It didnt impact too much on us as we visited low season and we had a lovely holida but if you value your privacy it may be an issuey

    Reviewed by AnnNov 2018

  • "On arrival we were met by a very friendly and informative owner, so much nicer than a key safe."

    We had a lovely holiday very cold but sunny and dry. The open fire was lovely and kept us nice and toasty.

    Reviewed by RonaldOct 2018

  • "Enjoyed the comfy cottage."

    Clean comfy beds. An amazing garden for my dogs and so near the beach. We had a lovely relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Lady AudreyOct 2018

  • "Owner was quite happy for us to bring our 3 dogs and the place was absolutely great for them, large fenced garden and a beach at the end of the road."

    House is better in real life than on photos, and we were met by the owner with a lit real fire and a welcome gift of wine and chocolates.Would highly recommend and are likely to book again Thank you

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2018

  • "Very nice owners."

    Good information regarding local amenities and activities. Very enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2018

  • "Brilliant cottage Brilliant weather Brilliant owners Brilliant beaches Brilliant holiday."

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2018

  • "From beginning to end our holiday was fab, beautiful clean house with everything u need."

    Huge garden for our dogs to play in. Overall a great holiday and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2018

  • "Enjoyed the open fire, quiet location, close to seafront."

    Had a lovely peaceful holiday. Cottage was very clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by JoanieDec 2017

  • "The property would benefit by having Wifi."

    However, we had an extremely good time, the owners were very nice and friendly and explained everything when we arrived and made us very welcome. Definitely a thought for next year.

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2017

  • "Lovely break, garden totally secure for our two Leonbergers, which makes for a relaxing time."

    Sandy, the owner, was there to welcome us and passed on lots of information about the area. The cottage was exactly as described. The only slight negative the nearest shop was a distance away, as the local one shut for winter. We were fortunate to enjoy a lovely sunny albeit frosty week at the end of November, one day of rain!

    Reviewed by JenniNov 2017

  • "Perfect retreat from busy life."

    The coal fire in the cottage and beach round the corner, the RSPB reserve a few miles away and the Steamboat Inn for tea in a nearby village add to the blessing that Kouloura is.

    Reviewed by BrendaOct 2017

  • "It was a very comfortable and warm cottage."

    The welcome we received was wonderful. The large enclosed garden was safe and secure for the dogs to run around. We visited the local area and my husband enjoyed his golfing at Colvend golf club.

    Reviewed by JoanFeb 2017

  • "The owner is very warm and welcoming and very helpful"

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2016

  • "Fantastic home from home, met all expectations and can highly recommend this property for a peaceful getaway"

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2016

  • "We loved staying at this property it was in a great place for everything, walking on the beach with the dog and walking to the local hotel for the lovely food."

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2016

  • "We liked everything; the cottage, the location and we had a very warm welcome from the owners."

    The cottage was well-equipped, cosy and very clean with a wonderful garden.

    Reviewed by GaryMay 2016

  • "From the moment we arrived at Kouloura and were met by the owners we felt at home."

    The whole experience was amazing. The cottage is situated in a very cosy part of Scotland where there is plenty of scope to explore or to just sit and relax.

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2016

  • "A lovely home away from home, we especially liked the open fire, it was very cosy."

    All in all we had an excellent holiday and the hospitality from the owners was first class!

    Reviewed by JacquelineJan 2016

  • "Had a brilliant time, the dogs really enjoyed the large garden."

    the weather was not the best, but hey it was Dec/Jan so no complaints.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2015

  • "The property was very comfortable with an enclosed garden and plenty of room for the dog to play and exercise."

    The neighbours at the back of the property were very nice and helpful with information on the area. The information provided to us by the property owner and the information leaflets were also good. We really liked the real fire. The surrounding area is very beautiful and there are plenty of things to do/places to visit. Also, many of the pubs/restaurants are dog friendly. We would certainly stay in Kouloura cottage again.

    Reviewed by StuartApr 2015

  • "The garden, great for the dogs and the children."

    Lovely homely touches in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Amanda RoseMar 2015

  • "A perfect place to relax and unwind and the coal fire was the icing on the cake."

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2015

  • "Very good, would always recommend this property and will definitely be coming back - it was lovely and peaceful."

    Reviewed by AndrewFeb 2015

  • "We took 2 dogs with us and they had a fantastic time, the garden is very large and would also be ideal for a family."

    Close to beach and plenty walks. We had to travel to restaurants due to time of year (late November) but they were excellent. Kouloura is well appointed. A warm welcome from the owner.

    Reviewed by JudithNov 2014

  • "This is our third stay at his cottage, it is always welcoming and very comfortable."

    The hospitality pack from owners is a lovely touch. All pubs are dog friendly. A great relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by HazelOct 2014

  • "The location of the Kouloura was superb with excellent garden for the dog and daughter to run about in."

    Reviewed by Sally-annAug 2014

  • "Lovely place with a fantastic garden and nice short walk to beach."

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2014

  • "The very large enclosed garden was perfect for the dogs."

    There were plenty of comfortable chairs in the lounge and conservatory. The property was within 200 yards of the shingle beach.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2014

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful week at the cottage."

    We spent the majority of the evenings in the conservatory. On one cool evening we enjoyed the coal fire in the sitting room. The large garden was superb for our two dogs, who we could allow to roam freely as it was totally secure and gated. The owners greeted us on arrival with a warm welcome and provided lots of information. The wine, eggs and biscuits were a very welcome touch and appreciated.

    Reviewed by IreneJun 2014

  • "Our second visit to this cottage and we had a lovely stay."

    The cottage has great facilities and the proximity to the beach is a huge bonus. Always made to feel welcome, and rain or shine the conservatory is a fantastic place to sit and watch the wildlife.

    Reviewed by HazelMay 2014

  • "The cottage was lovely, and in an especially suitable location for us to take our very energetic dog!"

    The garden was completely enclosed, as promised, so we could relax while he ran around outside. The cottage itself was well appointed, cosy and in a super location near the beach. The facilities in the cottage itself were good, and we really liked the conservatory at the front which was lovely and warm on a sunny day.

    Reviewed by BethanieApr 2014

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage was ideal for us and our dog; comfortable, warm and welcoming."

    Wonderful space. Lovely touches from the owners, fire lit and warming, wine and fresh organic eggs for us too.

    Reviewed by ElaineMar 2014

  • "The Kouloura was five star; the best bungalow we have stayed in."

    Reviewed by MarkDec 2013

  • "Very stress free holiday."

    The area is very naturally beautiful, with breathtaking views in surrounding bays and villages.

    Reviewed by DianaNov 2013

  • "There is plenty to do, and see, with the nature reserve nearby and Osprey's at Castle Douglas."

    There is plenty of space for pets.

    Reviewed by RaymondJun 2013

  • "The property was an excellent choice for us to have our dogs with us."

    Its large enclosed garden providing a secure area for them and the proximity to the beach affording extensive walks. The beach itself was outstanding, miles of sand and the most people we saw on it at any one time was 20! The large number of nearby forest walks provided a nice variety of options. The property itself was really comfortable and the very large conservatory was a very popular location for us all in the evenings.

    Reviewed by KeithMay 2013

  • "The cottage was a home from home and the garden was great for the dogs."

    The owners and neighbours are lovely people. We had a lovely relaxing week and the cottage was very cosy on chilly nights thanks to the open fire. Will recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2013

  • "Warm welcome by the owners and received gifts of wine, chocolates and eggs."

    Quiet and peaceful surroundings with easy access to the local shop and beach. Lots of interesting places to visit within a short travelling distance. Able to watch wildlife in the garden from the large conservatory at the front of the cottage. Already recommended to friends and we also hope to return.

    Reviewed by AgnesApr 2013

  • "Lovely location."

    Cottage itself had a wonderful garden for children and dogs. Owners gave us a warm welcome and left complimentary wine, Easter eggs and eggs. Coal fire was a delight with good supply of coal for the week. A real home from home. Great that 2 dogs were permitted.

    Reviewed by AnnetteMar 2013

  • "We felt very welcome, and were given loads of great local information from the owners."

    Wonderful cottage to unwind. The deserted beaches were wonderful and plenty of interesting places to visit nearby. Great garden with abundance of wildlife.

    Reviewed by HazelNov 2012

  • "The cottage was very convenient for the beach and there was a shop and pub close by."

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2012

  • "We received a lovely warm welcome and there was plenty of information on the area."

    The garden was great for our dogs as it was totally enclosed. We enjoyed the real fire each night. The bungalow was in a quiet, private location but close to amenities. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2012

  • "The cottage is very spacious but cosy with welcoming real fire (all coal included)."

    The conservatory was large and ideal for sitting in sun. The large, enclosed garden was perfect for our two dogs. A few minutes walk took you to a dog friendly pub, chip shop, shop and dog friendly beach. The welcome pack of wine, chocolates and eggs was an added bonus. Warm welcome from owners who provided lots of info about the area and also left an OS map for us to use. Would definitely return to this cottage.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2012

  • "The location overlooking the sea and the large garden."

    Reviewed by TracySep 2012

  • "We liked the proximity of the cottage to the beach."

    We loved the welcome from the owner and his efforts to make the cottage as comfortable as possible. It was absolutely ideal for our 2 dogs. The conservatory was a brilliant place to sit and relax.

    Reviewed by JenSep 2012

  • "The garden was a fantastic size and our 12 year old daughter and our dog spent a lot of time enjoying the space."

    The property was very close to the beach and also the shop in the village.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2012

  • "The hospitality from the owners was first rate, from the gift of wine and chocolates to the help with where to visit and what walks to take."

    The cottage is very nice and the garden was great for our two dogs. A very relaxing and tranquil place to stay.

    Reviewed by MarcusAug 2012

  • "Everything seemed to have been thought of to make it thoroughly enjoyable holiday."

    From the caftiere in the kitchen, coal for the fire, to the toys for the children to play with. It made it a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by EmmaJul 2012

  • "The property had a great secure garden, with a playhouse which the kids loved."

    Another unexpected pleasant surprise was a large trampoline. The property was well equipped and very clean. The owners also left chocolates and a bottle of wine, which was a nice surprise.

    Reviewed by DarrenJul 2012

  • "The proximity to the beach, the large garden and the lovely sun room/conservatory made this an ideal family holiday cottage."

    There are lots of things to see and do within a short distance, although we spent most of our time just walking along the beach with our dog and daughter.

    Reviewed by KayleighMay 2012

  • "The coal-burning fire evoked strong memories from the past and we could reminisce into the wee small hours."

    Reviewed by IanApr 2012

  • "Really friendly and helpful owners."

    Beautiful location. Owners thought of everything we might need with regards to household items. Cosy and warm. Really homely and comfortable property, very thoughtful!

    Reviewed by CathyMar 2012

  • "Kouloura was excellent and close to the sea."

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2011

  • "Very warm welcome from the owners."

    Perfect garden for our dog and the location is very good.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2011

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The property

A large, detached, well-presented cottage in the coastal village of Southerness, with its own extensive, enclosed garden, with sea views.

With the two-mile stretch of sandy beach just a short stroll away, this Southerness cottage is the ideal place to explore this beautiful area of Scotland's coast.

This Southerness cottage boasts two conservatories, one with a sea view, in which you can relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

A double bedroom in this Southerness cottage is complemented by a second family bedroom with two sets of bunks, making the cottage ideal for families and groups of friends.

In addition to exploring the fascinating and beautiful coast, from this Southerness cottage you can venture inland to walk and cycle in the Galloway Hills and their forests.

Why not spend some time at the RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve or the Barend Riding Centre, both close to this Southerness cottage.

With plenty of golf and fishing nearby, this Southerness cottage offers the perfect place to explore, be active or simply relax and enjoy the coastal atmosphere.

There are also three fabulous pubs nearby, two of which serve food.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x family room with 2 x adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Front and rear conservatories.
  • Electric heating with open fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, DVD, books/games/DVDs
  • Fuel, power and coal for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for up to 3 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden surrounding the property with garden furniture and children's play house
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking.Note 3 pubs in village - one closes in winter, one open all the time, one with restricted hours in winter Note: There is a bar open all winter for food and drink within a 5 minute walk
  • Note: Local shop/Chip shop - closes in winter Note: Closest shop in winter is 7 miles away
  • Note: This property does not accept Hen/Stag parties or similar.

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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: this property does not accept Hen/Stag parties or similar.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas
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