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Oyster Catcher

Southerness, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 8279)



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Reviews & Ratings

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95 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful location, very private large garden with direct access to the beach."

    Comfortable cottage with well equipped kitchen. If you don't mind the lack of WiFi this is a perfect holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by ScottOct 2021

  • "A very well set up and maintained cottage and garden."

    Wonderful situation overlooking the Solway Firth. The weather could have been better, but who cares? A great place to stay.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Second stay at Oyster Catcher, lovely location with huge secure garden with private access direct to the beach."

    Parking right outside, warm comfortable accommodation, booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2021

  • "Absolutely stunning cottage, with fabulous views."

    The cottage was very well equipped and I would certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by RuthAug 2021

  • "Lovely holiday home right on the beach we took two dogs secure garden our dogs ..."

    Lovely holiday home right on the beach we took two dogs secure garden our dogs loved the beach and spent hours looking over the fence at other dogs on the beach the sun rises in the morning are spectacular and we have loads of photos to show to our friends when we get home the weather was not good to us but did not take away the amazing surroundings we have booked to go bk for two weeks nx week and cant wait did not want to go home

    Reviewed by JackyAug 2021

  • "Our second time there ,perfect for our dogs very peaceful would definitely book again"

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "The garden looking out to sea is the star here."

    Enclosed, so you can let your dog wander in & out as they wish. Our dog loved it. Plenty of seating outside & if the weather's a bit cool you can eat at the big picture windows which bring the outside in. Kitchen equipment etc was more than adequate but for a tasty meal out you can't do much better than the Paul Jones hotel only a 5 minute walk away. Would definitely consider a return visit.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful place to relax."

    Everything you need for a comfortable stay. Garden is beautiful as is the view. Can’t wait to go back.

    Reviewed by LesleyMay 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely had been hearing for years, from my neighbour, how wonderful it was but we were inclined to go abroad but this break away was just what we needed."

    Views from the cottage were unbelieveable willl be back .

    Reviewed by IsobelMay 2021

  • "The location and garden of this property are fabulous."

    Direct access to the beach, stunning views and you feel like you're in your own wee world. The house is cosy & has what you need but could do with a bit of TLC. To be fair we raised a couple of small issues which were mostly dealt with and there was a brand new garden dining set so overall ok. I didn't know that Southerness had a huge caravan park but it didn't impact on us at all. The house is set apart and the outlook is all about the beach. You can walk for miles on the beach in both directions and if you catch it the sunrise is just beautiful. We really enjoyed our stay and the dogs were in heaven with their access to the beach.

    Reviewed by KirstenMay 2021

  • "This property is in a lovely position overlooking the solway firth and beach."

    It is advertised as a cottage, in fact it is a mobile home on a large mobile home site. On arrival we found that the kitchen equipment ie; pots,pans oven needed cleaning as did the cupboards. There had been no cleaning with disinfectant wipes on any surface through the property as stated by Lighthouse Leisure in there cleaning email they sent to us prior to occupation. We were very disappointed with this property .

    I am sorry that our property did not match your expectations. The property is most certainly not a mobile home but simply a cottage that is not based on a mobile home site as you have mentioned. With reference to your comments about the cleanliness of the property, I would like to assure yourself and our future guests that the property has received nothing but glowing reviews prior and following your stay. I would like to add that had you contacted me during your stay, I would have been more than happy to put things right for you. During these times, our property is properly maintained and also fogged throughout. Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. Customer feedback is very important to help us continually improve our standards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MontyOct 2020

  • "Comfy warm cozy cottage."

    Beautiful gardens and best of all the location. Open the garden gate on to the beach. Fab. Loved watching the tide come in and all the different birds with it. Brilliant for you pet, Rebel our pup loved the seaside walks. Thanks for a great hol x

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2020

  • "Well equipped cottage comfortable and clean great views"

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2020

  • "Spectacular view - that, and proximity to beach, with all its birds, is probably undersold."

    Also the size of the garden, which was lovely even in early March.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2020

  • "Had a lovely time at the oyster catcher."

    Everything we needed the owners had thought of

    Reviewed by KatherineJan 2020

  • "We had the best hol."

    Comfy warm welcoming cottage. Stunning views and fab gardens. Rebel our lab had so much fun on the beach. Loved watching the tide coming in with all the birds that came with it. Standing at the garden gate watching the sea crashing against the rocks was so relaxing, could of stood there for ever. Needless to say we ve booked cottage for next year and can’t wait

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2019

  • "Perfect location for us as we recently acquired a new pet dog - he loved it right on the beach."

    The cottage was very cosy and well set up. Definitely go back!!

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2019

  • "What a lovely seaside cottage."

    The most fantastic sea views await you. With ample parking, beautiful large gardens with access directly to the beach from garden (if able bodied). Quality furnishings & tasteful decoration make this a home from home feeling. No WiFi but not an issue for us. Really enjoyed out stay in this beautiful part of Scotland.

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2019

  • "Superb location and outlook, cottage is warm and comfortable with a brilliant garden."

    Have rebooked for next year and would have no problem recommending it to others, the cottage would greatly benefit from WiFi seeing a mobile phone signal is virtually nonexistent, Vodafone was the best network of all but this only gave coverage for voice calls.

    Reviewed by AlanApr 2019

  • "The cottage has amazing views across the bay and was warm and cosy even on a cold day."

    Perfectly situated for dog walking. Steps to the beach were quite steep but if you go to the left of the drive there is a path about 100 yards away with easier access. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by LesleyMar 2019

  • "The cottage was in a stunning setting and very comfortable."

    The bad weather didn't put us off and looking to return when we can enjoy the beautiful garden.

    Reviewed by ElaineaMar 2019

  • "Ideal base to walk along the Shoreline either way with added advantage of bus service if needed ."

    Reviewed by GerardFeb 2019

  • "We (me, husband and Irish rescue collie Murphy) have just returned from a wonderful week at Oyster Catcher."

    It was everything and more as described on the website. It was cosy and warm and very clean to walk into. Murphy loved his walks down the steps to the beach as we did of course! We loved watching all the numerous birds feeding as the tide went out and some mornings we were treated to the spectacle of Barnacle Geese flying from the RSPB Mersehead towards Caerlaverock. We had an interesting walk in the Mabie forest after having had coffee at Mabie House Hotel which is open to non residents and reasonably priced for food which, I believe, is excellent quality although we did not have time to sample it. Next time definitely! Very disappointed with Dumfries as it seemed run down in the centre with many shops closed. Sign of the times I suppose for high streets in general sad to say. Dalbeattie was enjoyable with a friendly feel to the place. Some "proper" butchers' shops there too. Nice coffee/lunch stop at Galloway Soup Co. Rockcliffe is a lovely little spot and worth a visit. The coast path runs in front of the cottage and you can walk for miles either way. I gave a lower score for "facilities" mainly because there were no "facilities" open at this time of year and that is how we like it - nice and quiet - but I thought it worth a mention. The pub Paul Jones is open Thursday to Sunday only low season. The nearest shop is in New Abbey and they appear to stock everything and it is always worth supporting local shops. We have already booked for next year!

    Reviewed by MurielFeb 2019

  • "Had a great time at this lovely property."

    Perfect position at edge of the beach. Would love to get back again.

    Reviewed by KeithJan 2019

  • "We enjoyed everything about it, we had a amazing holiday, I've already ..."

    We enjoyed everything about it, we had a amazing holiday, I've already recommended you to a friend and shared the link to the cottage to 3 others who are interested we shall be returning to one of your cottages this year thankyou

    Reviewed by LorraineDec 2018

  • "Spent a week here with a friend and two dogs just before Christmas and what a fabulous time we had."

    The position of the cottage is brilliant with uninterrupted views of the beach.There are a lot of other cottages along the shore and a large caravan park too but this wee gem is still very private due to the beautifully maintained garden that has plenty of areas to relax in (weather permitting ) and lots of space for the dogs to roam.The steps down to the beach were a bit steep for the oldest dog but a more accessible track is not far along the road.When the tide is out there's plenty of beach to explore. The cottage is compact,cosy and very comfortable. There's a pub 10 minutes walk away, this is only open Thursday-Sunday in winter though and the nearest shop is a few miles away, so stock up if you visit at this time of year. Would love to go back in the summer when the weather is warmer.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2018

  • "The cottage was clean, comfortable and warm with the facilities and equipment we needed."

    The enclosed garden which led directly to the beach was well maintained and excellent for our two dogs. We had a lovely time. Thank you

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2018

  • "Fantastic place to unwind."

    You do need to be organised out of season as nothing open and nearest shop a good 20mins drive. For dogs it is the closest to heaven with the beautiful garden and beach outside the gate. Wonderful place to be Thank you

    Reviewed by TanyaNov 2018

  • "Absolutely amazing location."

    Cottage had everything required. Very thoughtful considerations for example outside light. Prompt response when kitchen light not working properly. Thank you.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2018

  • "The holiday chalet is really warm and comfy with excellent sea views and a lovely garden."

    Lighthouse leisure who manage the property were very helpful in sending someone out to us with instructions on using the oven, not rocket science when you know how but impossible when you don't.

    Reviewed by RonaldSep 2018

  • "We had a wonderful holiday, it had to be one of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    The location was fantastic. Our dogs loved the very secure garden and the views were as the photos show. Everything was at hand with the local shops at the campsite. We drove to sandyhills beach everyday as the sand was much nicer. Everyone was friendly and the scenery on our drives out were great. We are thinking about booking again for next year it was that good.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2018

  • "Fantastic Holiday!"

    Views from the cottage were stunning! The cottage had all the facilities needed, a home from home. Added bonus around the corner for the children was the Park Dean swimming pool and entertainment which could be used at an additional cost. The dog loved it too!!

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2018

  • "Stunning sea views and perfect weather."

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2018

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Oyster Catcher (when we found it!"

    ). The cottage itself has everything you need and is very clean and well maintained but the garden and the views are something else. The path down to the beach is ideal and we walked miles along the beach with our dog, collecting shells, rescuing jellyfish and collecting dead crabs!! We we're so lucky with the weather. It was so peaceful and relaxing but we also had access to the facilities on the Lighthouse Leisure complex which was great for my son who loved the pool and the arcade. We planned ahead and got an online Tesco delivery the day we arrived but got fresh meat etc from a local butchers in Dalbeattie. We ate out twice, once at Paul Jones in the village, ok for pub grub and we treated ourselves at the Mabie House Hotel, delicious food, very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, would highly recommend. My only cricism would be the shower. It is just a trickle and the temperature is difficult to get right, it really needs updating. Other than that it was lovely. We got back yesterday and we're going to book again immediately but we're slightly put off by the £68 increase on the same week next year. The weeks either side are considerably cheaper but that's to be expected as it was half term but I'm not sure why the price would increase so much year on year unless significant improvements or refurbishments are planned. Any feedback on this would be appreciated. Thank you

    Reviewed by ZoeMay 2018

  • "Our dogs loved the peace & quiet, wonderful views, direct access onto the beach, and so did we."

    This all made for a great break in an area we had not been to before. We had fun exploring and driving along some very scenic routes, (just watch out for the potholes!) As always sorry to leave, but hopeful of returning in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by StephenMar 2018

  • "What can I say I didn't want to come home!"

    The cottage was very comfortable, warm and the view was amazing. This was our first holiday with our 10 month old puppy and the garden was great for her, very safe and secure. We struggled with the cooker as there were no instructions so called into the office, they came to help and have now downloaded the instructions. There are so many places to visit in this country I don't normally go to a place more than once but I can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by MargaretMar 2018

  • "This cottage is in a good location, is cosy and has everything needed for a great holiday."

    We arrived a day late due to “the beast from the east”, not knowing what to expect. Packed all my thickest woollies which were needed for outside, but should have packed a Tshirt too - we had to turn fire and radiators off at times. Cottage was very comfortable but the best things were sitting at the table looking up the Solway Firth and the garden gate that lead straight onto the beach (great for the dogs). The view would be improved greatly if a few shrubs were pruned to give views from the window towards Cumbria. It would also be great if there were hooks to hang up wet coats. No WiFi but who cares! Hidden gem

    Reviewed by SheilaMar 2018

  • "We loved our week at Oyster catcher, it is set in an enclosed garden that our springer spaniels loved and the beach is approx 10 metres from the door."

    The bungalow is warm and cosy, with a well equipped kitchen, comfy settees and a fantastic view to feed the soul and a beach that stretches for miles. Totally chillaxing. We were at the Oyster catcher the week when "The Beast from the East" hit, we were house bound for two and a half days but were stocked up and snug, we were not able to explore due to the weather, but we will make up for that the next time we stay there.If you have book to go stay here may I suggest stocking up in Dumfries, which is 16 miles away, we were there out of season, so not everything open. Miss Oyster catcher already, we can't wait until we're back there. Many thanks Sykes for yet another great holiday.

    Reviewed by SharonFeb 2018

  • "A lovely position right next to the beach."

    This is our second visit here. Ideal with dogs. Very clean small set up. A bit tight for 5 unless three are children. Perfect for 2 or 3/4 adults. Out of season you need to bring everything with you or you can drive to Dumfries or Dalbeattie to food shop. In the main season there are local shops. Owner is very friendly and will sort things out immediately if asked. Recoomended. Very clean

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2018

  • "The few issues we found in the cottage was the that the shower was not great, maybe needs a new spray head."

    The bathroom roller blind did not go up or down and the dining table and chairs, one chair nearly collapsed when I sat on it. But overall the cottage was nice and cosy and great for three adults and two small dogs. The garden is secure which was great for the dogs to run around, and the gate out onto the beach acted like a magnet for the them, they loved it. The view from the cottage out onto the beach was great.

    Reviewed by SamuelNov 2017

  • "Just could have been I bit cleaner but over all really enjoyed the stay"

    Reviewed by DeborahAug 2017

  • "Excellent service."

    Great property in a fantastic location. We would definitely recommend and will rebook through Sykes.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2017

  • "Great cottage everything you need -fantastic views -great for dogs- ..."

    Great cottage everything you need -fantastic views -great for dogs- Only think a blackout blind in double bedroom would be an advantage

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2017

  • "Although we had a fantastic tine there are some issues that need addressed."

    The master bedroom has severe damp on the walls. The shower is dreadful. Side gate held shut with a brick and hanging on with one hinge. Very dangerous

    Reviewed by FrancesMar 2017

  • "We were a little disappointed that the pub and the chip shop and mini market were closed for the winter."

    The views were stunning.. Cottage well equipped and very cozy.

    Reviewed by IanDec 2016

  • "Had a fantastic holiday cottage had everything we needed garden was great for our 2dogs and access to beach."

    ,just had to take time going down steps but it fine.views were fantastic,booked for june

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2016

  • "Great week away , lovely cottage everything we needed will be returning in March 2017"

    Reviewed by JasonOct 2016

  • "The garden was lovely with access straight on to the beach."

    The dogs loved running around in the spacious garden and walks along the beach in the evening. All in all a lovely property.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2016

  • "The gardens at Oyster Catcher were were very well maintained and arranged to get the most out of the wonderful scenery."

    Outside seating areas were very good. Kitchen was well stocked, clean and practical, the modern oven was appreciated too. Lots of fluffy white towels provided. We particularly liked the large front room with big views across the bay and to top it all the sofas were very comfortable. Overall we were impressed with the standard of the cottage.

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2016

  • "Oyster Catcher is situated in a great location, with easy access to the beach."

    It is a superb cottage with a beautiful garden.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2016

  • "This was our second time staying at Oyster Catcher, we loved the cottage and the location right on the beach, perfect for the kids and dog alike."

    The cottage is very homely and the kids are already asking when we can go back!

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2016

  • "It was very warm and comfortable, particularly at this time of year."

    The location, although on a large holiday park, was tucked away in a discrete corner. The views, at all times of the day and in all weather, made it a magical location. An excellent experience overall and we will recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by JoanJan 2016

  • "The location was good for what we wanted and access to the beach from the garden was an added bonus."

    The garden was secure so our dog could be allowed out and was safe and secure. The cottage was warm and cosy and there was plenty of lovely thick and very white towels that were available for our use.

    Reviewed by LyndaNov 2015

  • "A lovely property which was clean and well furnished."

    There was a lovely fire in the lounge for chilly evenings. In a fantastic location, loved the garden and the bench by the sea.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2015

  • "The Oyster Catcher is a little gem, we had the most relaxing, peaceful holiday and the view was out of this world."

    There was nothing we did not like about it.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2015

  • "We were very lucky to have great weather and the views from Oyster Catcher were fantastic, both day and night."

    The gardens, of which there were 3 were just lovely. Walking down steps from the gardens right onto the beach was fabulous and my dogs loved it there. , The area is outstandingly beautiful, the people we met were friendly and helpful. Plenty of nearby forest walks for the dogs. I particularly liked the bench situated half way down the steps leading to the beach where I used to take my coffee and gaze at the sea. Very pleased. Wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2015

  • "We had a peaceful time at Oyster Catcher and enjoyed plenty walks on the beach."

    This was our second visit to the cottage and we loved it.

    Reviewed by DouglasMay 2015

  • ""We liked the peace, tranquillity, close proximity to the beach and of course the fantastic view."

    Waking up to rabbits playing in the garden was magical. Even the rain didn't spoil the view."

    Reviewed by BarbaraMar 2015

  • "The property was well represented on the website, but we were so impressed on arrival as it was even better than we had expected."

    Its location is fabulous, straight out onto the beach and fantastic views of the Solway Firth. A great garden area as well, perfect for the kids and the dog! We enjoyed ourselves so much that we tried to book for later in the year while we were still there, only to find it's booked out until November - not really a surprise! We will definitely book Oyster Catcher again!

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2015

  • "Had a great stay, a surprising little gem of a place and location."

    Wouldn't hesitate to book again in the future.

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2015

  • "Firstly, let me thank you for a wonderful cottage which surpassed all our expectations."

    The location was absolutely perfect and the cottage was extremely comfortable and cosy which is essential in any winter break in Scotland! The completely enclosed garden was a bonus for our daughters and dogs which added to our security and comfort. The sea views were incredible and the majestic Criffel was wonderful to view from the top seat of the dining table due to some careful planning of positioning the garden shed! We had some terrific views of the high tides and birds, rabbits etc, which were excellent to draw and paint from the marvellous windows. The large sturdy dining table was not only great to host our family meals, but was also a bonus for our desktop easels! The steps down to the beach were steep, but well worth the climb down. The garden bench on the steps too, afforded some nice star gazing moments and a great vantage point to watch our girls and dogs playing on the beach. Staying out of season too was a wise choice as we had the beach to ourselves! As for the cottage, it was immaculately clean and the linen and towels were luxurious and fresh. All the rooms were maximised to their full potential. The Christmas tree was a really lovely thought and completely unexpected! The Fischbacher family thank you all very much for making this a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Our 5 day break felt like a 2 week holiday. We will definitely return next year.

    Reviewed by GordonDec 2014

  • "Oyster Catcher is in a lovely location and it was great to open the back gate and walk down on to the beach also the view from the dining area was stunning."

    We loved it that you could walk along the beach for miles and didn't need to use the car. the cottage was very cosy with a lovely fire overall we loved it.

    Reviewed by GarryNov 2014

  • "We really liked the location"

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2014

  • "The views from the cottage are stunning and the privacy, peace and quiet were exactly what we wanted for our chilled out holiday."

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2014

  • "Walk out of the garden straight onto the beach with the dogs, great for walking."

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2014

  • "It was really peaceful and the cottage was spot on!"

    We have booked for next year as we really enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by DouglasMay 2014

  • "The views from the cottage were amazing."

    Having the beach so close and in such easy access was a dream. Our daughter and dog loved digging on the beach, even in March! The cottage, along with the roaring fire, felt so cosy and very homely. The surrounding area gave us plenty of options of things to do especially as nature lovers. Definitely a place to go to for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by LauraMar 2014

  • "The location of the cottage was amazing, with the garden leading straight onto the beach, perfect for us and our dogs."

    Good hotel within walking distance, dog friendly and serving wholesome meals.

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2013

  • "Could not fault the holiday whatsoever."

    Peace and Tranquility at its best, perfect for dogs and humans alike, we were reluctant to leave the property so only went away on one day just to buy bread, milk and our beloved Haggis. This cottage is the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to get away from the rigours of everyday life.

    Reviewed by PhilipNov 2013

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Fantastic location.

    Reviewed by MargaretNov 2013

  • "Loved the cottage and setting."

    I would recommend the cottage, the peace and tranquillity were to die for.

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2013

  • "I particularly loved the garden and views from the back of the property."

    It was so private, quiet and restful, with access straight on to the beach (when tide out). The garden was bigger than we expected, with different aspects and corners. It was easy to walk to the dog-friendly pub for a meal. I would recommend having a grocery order delivered if you like to self cater. A lovely relaxed holiday.

    Reviewed by JeffreySep 2013

  • "The cottage is in a fantastic location, with the beach at the bottom of the garden steps."

    It is so quiet. It is such a lovely warm cosy place that wraps its self around you, and makes you feel welcome from the moment you step through the door. We would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by JanetteSep 2013

  • "Idyllically located cottage with cracking views across the estuary from both inside and the delightful totally private garden, dramatic sunsets and breathtaking sunrises too!"

    Beautifully furnished, very comfortable, and the décor was lovely, definitely to our taste. On the whole, a very pleasant and memorable holiday, thank you.

    Reviewed by CliveJul 2013

  • "Excellent location, secluded garden on a number of levels with direct access to beach."

    Dog friendly pubs within 10 mins walk. Good central location for trips out.

    Reviewed by PhilMay 2013

  • "Our second visit to this cosy cottage, great views of Solway Firth, beautiful location and very restful."

    Reviewed by VivienApr 2013

  • "The cottage was lovely, warm, comfortable with a gorgeous garden."

    Reviewed by LisaApr 2013

  • "The location, the views across to the Lake District were almost alpine looking with the snow on them."

    The house was also quite comfortable and in fact we could have stayed two weeks.

    Reviewed by AdamMar 2013

  • "Well situated lovely little cottage, we ate breakfast watching the tide come in and the real oyster catchers feeding."

    Reviewed by VivienDec 2012

  • "Fantastic location and outlook from the cottage."

    Direct access onto the beach. Pets allowed. New table and chairs, a welcome addition and also the more extensive cooking utensils and serving dishes.

    Reviewed by CarolNov 2012

  • "Excellent location."

    Great for the dogs as the well kept garden led straight onto the beach.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2012

  • "The garden and choice of patios, views and access to beach."

    Reviewed by JayneSep 2012

  • "Superb location of the property - direct and private beach access."

    Loved it all - would go back tomorrow.

    Reviewed by RebeccaAug 2012

  • "The location of the property was fantastic, and the garden was fabulous."

    Mrs WickJul 2012

  • "The property was secluded, tranquil, and a credit to Sykes."

    We will be going back next year as we had the most relaxing holiday, and our 2 dogs loved it.

    Reviewed by KennyJun 2012

  • "Excellent holiday home - private access to beach and garden a delight."

    Totally pet-safe and miles of sandy beach to walk when tide is out. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by GillianJun 2012

  • "The cottage was everything you could wish for, the location was ideal for a quiet and relaxing holiday, it was also situated perfectly for touring the wonderful surrounding coastline."

    The back garden was fantastic and secluded with great views across the the Solway Firth. We would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by KeithJun 2012

  • "Lovely cottage and beautiful garden with wonderful views of the sea."

    Reviewed by AudreyMay 2012

  • "We particularly like the close proximity to the beach and the fantastic garden."

    Great rock climbing, fishing, bird watching and walking all within a few miles of the lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by AgnesMay 2012

  • "The garden and the easy access to the beach were excellent."

    Our dogs were most appreciative! A lovely area for walking and birdwatching. Very friendly staff in the office.

    Reviewed by JillMay 2012

  • "The location and view was first class."

    My wife and I and our two small dogs just loved the place; if I could buy it I would. We were so pleased we booked to go back before we left. The long drive was well worth it.

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2012

  • "We had a fantastic weekend break at the Oyster Catcher cottage."

    The cottage was equipped with everything we needed. The place itself was lovely and especially with the access to the beach which the dog also loved.

    Reviewed by MandyJan 2012

  • "The wonderful secluded garden and easy access to the beach."

    So much so, I have already booked again for next year and told all my friends about this super cottage.

    Reviewed by AgnesSep 2011

  • "Great and we will book again."

    The staff were friendly and helpful and the location was beautiful. Thank you.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2011

  • "Loved the location, the garden and the tranquillity."

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2011

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The property

An attractive, single-storey, detached cottage, in the coastal holiday village of Southerness.

Well-equipped and attractively furnished, this cottage enjoys a beachfront location, overlooking the Solway Firth.

The large and beautifully maintained garden provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy the pleasant sea views over breakfast, afternoon tea or dinner.

This cottage can accommodate five, with a double bedroom and a second bedroom with a triple bunk.

It enjoys an ideal location for walking and cycling along the beautiful beaches of the Scottish Riviera coast and the majestic Galloway Hills.

Pretty towns like Gatehouse of Fleet as well as Scotland's book town of Wigtown are easily reached from this cottage, ensuring something for every member of the family.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x triple bunks (double below, single on top)
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and gas fire.
  • Electric heating with gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden to rear with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk.

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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.

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