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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice , clean and cosy, close walk to beach for nice walks with dog."

    Owner very helpfull, nice log burning fire would stay again

    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2024

  • "The property was clean and worm"

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Nov 2023

  • "A great place to get away from it all."

    Lovely bungalow with all mod cons. Short walk to beach, pub and fish and chip shop. What more do you want. Owner very helpful.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely time brilliant accommodation."

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay here at Mardan, property was very quiet and very clean, had everything we needed for our stay."

    The beds were comfortable and we slept well. The beach was a 2 minute walk away, which our dog loved. Its based next to a Parkdean caravan park, so there is a well stocked shop a couple of minutes away also. The garden was fully enclosed, which pleased us as sometimes our dog likes to take herself for a wander, but she didnt/couldnt get out. Washing machine and tumble dryer also provided in the shed outside. Very large fridge and freezer so we only had to do one food shop whilst away as these held everything for a weeks stay. Its about half hour drive from Dumfries and 1 hour from Moffat. Also a golf club a few minutes away. In all we had a lovely stay and the owner introduced herself and was lovely also. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Ravi5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great place for us clean and tidy dog Tess had a great time weather was ..."

    Great place for us clean and tidy dog Tess had a great time weather was fantastic beach not good but sandhills was great only a short drive away would recommend it Diane and Malc 3 June 2023

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jun 2023

  • "We spent a brilliant time at Mardan."

    The bungalow is ideally placed close to the beach, the village pub and the chippy. Everything was clean and tidy when we arrived and the enclosed garden was perfect for our Terrier. We had beautiful weather (always a bonus) and can thoroughly recommend this bungalow. The friendly owner even popped by to check everything was ok. Fantastic.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "Perfect little cottage, my only criticism is the beds are a bit uncomfortable other than that the cottage is a great place for a holiday."

    Would definitely return in the future!

    Reviewed by Katt4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and very clean would recommend it to everyone"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2023

  • "Probably due to time of year we felt that local places to eat out were few and far between, particularly on site."

    However we were visited by Kate, owner, who asked if anything we needed and made to feel welcome. Property was very clean and warm.

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7Feb 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a great location."

    Garden enclosed and really handy hose outside for washing sand off wellies and dogs. Well equipped and there is a log burner which is lovely for cosy nights after a walk on the beach. The owner called to check all ok which was really nice. We all enjoyed our stay and will book again.

    Reviewed by Kate3.8Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful accommodation, everything you need for a relaxing break."

    Very secure garden for the dog. Brilliant not having to bring bedding and towels and was able to get groceries delivered to door. Find it hard to find any faults, but mattress was bit uncomfortable, other than that a fabulous holiday home. Would definitely recommend the Mardan and we will certainly be returning back next year.

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Oct 2022

  • "Toilet far to small basin unit right in front of the toilet should have used the ..."

    Toilet far to small basin unit right in front of the toilet should have used the cupboard nex door to accommodate the shower tray an got a toilet unit where the basin sits on top of the unit beds could do with better mattresses woke up every morning with sore back and hips

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Oct 2022

  • "We loved the property & its location."

    The only downside for us was the uncomfortable mattress.We found it best to use the Big Supermarkets in Dumfries for the majority of our shopping. Our 2 mini schnauzers Gracie & Mia adored the enclosed garden & did not want to come home. Our thanks to Kate for the lovely property & yes we will be back.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Sep 2022

  • "Had a lovely week perfect place if u have dogs good beach walks plenty of entertainment nearby lovely chip shop couple of pubs ."

    If u have kids plenty to entertain them couple of small swimming pools all together lovely week owner stays nearby if any problems we are going to book her other cottage for march Robert king

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a great holiday lovely cottage photos dont do it justice its in a great spot fabulous garden sun trap inside is lovely too and its a great size which again isnt potrayed in pictures has everything you need the host is great too very friendly lives nearby and happy to help with anything though everything we needed was there."

    We hav booked there other cottage for nxt year as this one was already snapped up.

    Reviewed by Anne Marie5.0Jul 2022

  • "Clean, well maintained property."

    We particularly liked how secure outside space was as we have a small dog. Only downside was that there was no small kitchen knife provided but easily remedied as purchased one in local shop. Very quiet, peaceful location, local pub offered decent food and close to a good fish and chip shop. Overall enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Jun 2022

  • "This is a lovely property, beautifully presented."

    The enclosed garden was great for the dogs as was the off road parking.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, proides everything that you could need is very comfortable and Kate the owner is very welcoming and friendly, very close to the beach, pub a few minutes walk away where thy serv fantastic meals, quiet relaxing place, will go again."

    April 22

    Reviewed by L5.0Apr 2022

  • "2nd time at Mardan."

    Will definitely be back. Very relaxing and everything we needed. Dogs loved the garden.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.1Apr 2022

  • "Mardan is a pleasant property, equipped with all we required."

    It was very suitable for the dog as the spacious garden was fully enclosed. The cottage is situated very close to the Solway Firth coast and Southerness Lighthouse. It is also very close to a large holiday caravan site which was quiet while we were there. The weather was very cold but we were able to walk around the area and beyond.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Mar 2022

  • "Mardan is a lovely holiday cottage that is clean, well equipped and comfortable."

    We went off season so the area was quiet which was what we were after. The garden was fully enclosed which was ideal for our wee terrier and he just loved curling up in front of the log fire in the evening. We even got to sit outside in the garden one day when the weather was kind to us. The beach was literally a two minute walk away. There is a small shop, pub where you can take dogs and a fish and chip shop. A seaside resort but with the essentials for a holiday. Thank you for a lovely break away and we would highly recommend this cottage to other people.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely property and spotlessly clean."

    Stayed for 3 nights and had a very relaxing break. Weather lovely for time of year. Only thing missing was a little welcome pack which we have had in al other properties but this could be due to the covid restrictions Only little think that I feel would improve the property would be a paved area in the garden for the chairs. We sat out but found that the chairs started to sink slightly due to ground being a little uneven. Not a big problem though Appreciated owner checking in on day or arrival to check all ok Dog friendly and milo loved his break too Will be happy to return

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful place to stay very dog friendly, Kate was lovely the bungalow was well equipped."

    Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2022

  • "The cottage was really lovely - cosy and with fresh decor and ample space."

    It was well equipped, clean and comfortable. One drawback for us was that at nightfall the road into/out to the cottage was pitch black with no outside lighting so remember to take a torch - this wouldn't be an issue at other times of the year though. The cottage was closer to the caravan site than we expected but at this time of year it was very quiet. Unfortunately for us, the weather was terrible but we didn't let it spoil our break. Kate the owner came to check with us that everything was OK and that was a nice touch. We thoroughly enjoyed our break at Mardan.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Feb 2022

  • "Overall this was a lovely wee cottage."

    The garden was Great for my grandson and the dog (no escape routes) we went for a quiet break in January and nothing was open apart from the pub which is to be expected. You can get a delivery from tesco etc from dumfries which is very handy. Kate the owner is very nice and on hand if you need anything. My son and daughter in law came down for a couple of days and said they would love it in summer when everything is open. It's next to a large caravan park and it's open to non resident so it's great for a family holiday. Beach is 2mins walk and plenty things around for everyone, ie, history walking and of course loads for the kids.

    Reviewed by Dennis4.1Jan 2022

  • "Mardan is a lovely cottage in a beautiful setting, close to the beach in Southerness."

    Ours was an autumn/winter stay (December) so Southerness was very quiet and peaceful, which we really liked. Mardan was well equipped, warm and cosy, and close to the beach, which was fantastic from a walking and wildlife perspective. Kate, the owner, was very helpful to us too; she gave us local holiday and nearest supermarket information and ensured we had plenty of wood for the lounge stove all week at no extra cost which was really nice of her. We found Dumfries and Galloway enjoyable too from the big and beautiful beach at Southerness to the villages and towns like Rockcliffe, Kippford and Kirkcudbright, which we found to be really enjoyable and within easy driving distance of Southerness. We have no hesitation in highly recommending Mardan and should we come to Southerness again we would definitely try to book.

    Thank you so much for your positive feedback on our cottage, and glad you enjoyed your stay, look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful property, well presented."

    Immaculate. The garden was excellent, completely secure and well enjoyed by our dog Archie. Great thought to detail given with respect to this property. Would book again without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely stay at this cottage, ideal for walking and relaxing, well equipped and comfortable, would stay here again."

    Reviewed by Yasmin4.7Oct 2021

  • "A lovely, clean, comfy holiday cottage, with an enclosed garden which was great for our puppies."

    The cottage is a few minute walk from Southerness beach which is fabulous to walk along with great views with lots of curlews and other beautiful wading birds. There is lots to see and do in the local area, we enjoyed lots of walks and exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "Wonderful to have a secure fenced garden for our dog ."

    He was happy to have freedom to run around .It made the stay at Marden stress free. Easy walk to the shore . Very friendly people . Warm and comfortable indoors. Lots of choice of utensils for cooking. Very clean and tidy. Lovely to have use of a washing machine and tumble drier,also a hosepipe should we need it. Great skies and wide vistas with views across to the Lake District from Southerness itself. Enjoyable and relaxing . The owner made us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by Tilly5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was in a good location, for our needs perfect, for our dog the beach was great."

    The cottage was very clean and warm, the weather unfortunately deteriorated during the week. Horrendous weather the morning we left. We would certainly consider going back.

    Reviewed by Ronald4.7Sep 2021

  • "Great place to stay in a great location"

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great comfortable property in a lovely location near the beach."

    , very well equipped

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Jul 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation, exactly as described - lovely place and spotless and had everything that we needed for our stay."

    Owners live nearby and introduced themselves in case we needed anything from them. Would highly recommend this property and this area - beach nearby and Paul Jones Hotel great for eating out (good food/reasonable prices)

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jun 2021

  • "The property was very spacious except in the shower room and kitchen, but, there was everything you might need and they're not rooms you spend a lot of time in on holiday."

    The owners live nearby and they were very quick to supply a few necessary items eg a potato peeler and a teapot that had been broken the week before. The Dumfries and Galloway coast is a lovely area with lots to explore. Southerness is close to mountain biking centres and my husband was able to store his bike (with front wheel removed) in the locked garden shed that housed the washing machine and tumble dryer.

    Reviewed by Jean4.4May 2021

  • "Great location, beach just around the corner and Dumfries and Galloway has a lot of brilliant places to visit."

    The property is very spacious and all on one level, which was good for our small dog.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Oct 2020

  • "Lovely break, very friendly owner."

    Everything there that we expected.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Sep 2020

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

    Great location.

    Reviewed by Isobel5.0Feb 2020

  • "We stayed in a lovely clean chalet/house everything we needed ."

    We’ve just came back not a lot open because it’s out of season, we wasn’t aware of this but it didn’t spoil our holiday because we enjoyed walking across the beach with our 2 dogs to the Steamboat pub we’re they welcomed the dogs and cooked beautiful food. Would go again.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.1Nov 2019

  • "Great location and the owners were so friendly and helpful."

    Property was superb and spotless. Highly recommended !!

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    Great house, very handy for walks along the beach.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2019

  • "Great location, very comfortable accommodation."

    Facilities were exeptional

    Reviewed by Agnes5.0Jul 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting/dining room with fireplace
  • Fridge/freezer, microwave, electric oven and hob, toaster, washing machine TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power and starter pack for wood burner inc. in rent
  • 2 Off-road parking spaces available
  • Enclosed garden with lawn area and furniture
  • Two pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop within 0.1 miles, pub within 0.2 miles
  • Please note this property has a Good housekeeping bond of £200.

The property

Resting on the edge of the coast within the village of Southerness is this delightful accommodation, Mardan.

Boasting far-reaching views and housing everything you could possibly need, this all-ground-floor accommodation is ideal for a family seeking a relaxing break to this part of Scotland.

Internally the property enjoys a refreshing colour palette, carefully selected furnishings and original images that the owner has taken and displayed throughout the property as a quiet reminder of your wonderful surroundings.

Upon entering the property, you are welcomed into a spacious sitting room, where plush sofas resting in front of a warming fireplace and a TV create a tranquil space to unwind after an action-packed afternoon.

Joining the sitting area is the dining table, where you and your loved ones can look forward to planning the days ahead whilst tucking into a home-cooked meal that was prepared within the well-equipped kitchen.

Step into the compact yet well-presented kitchen, where you will find all the essentials you will required to cater your own delicious evening meals, including a fridge/freezer and an electric oven and hob.

As the evening draws to a close, choose between two well-presented double bedrooms, each boasting ample storage and space to house your personal belongings and views of your surroundings to admire each morning.

To the outside of the property, look forward to soak up the sunshine within the large enclosed garden area, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink whilst your pets roam the lawn.

If you can tear yourself away from this idyllic spot, a short stroll will bring you to the local pub and restaurant, as well as a shop for picking up the essentials.

Whilst here, spend some time at the local beach where younger guests will be delighted by the rock pools which house interesting wildlife, while keen golfers can spend hours at the Solway Links Golf Course which is also a great afternoon with the whole family.

Brush up on the local history by discovering the 13th century Caerlaverock Castle or venture to the hill of Criffel for those feeling active.

Mardan is a wonderful base for exploring the superb location.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00146-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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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