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Oyster Catcher

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


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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside

Reviews & Ratings

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Inside needing a bit of TLC."

    Gardens and views stunning

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2022

  • "I would have been really happy with this cottage, if it weren’t for the second bedroom smelling foul."

    When I told staff from Lighthouse Leisure they said they knew because other people had reported it, they thought something had been spilled on the carpet, and the carpet fitter was coming after we left to change the carpet. I’m surprised they didn’t contact us before our stay if they knew there was a problem, and at least offer a discount.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2022

  • "This is a comfortable cottage, situated in a quiet quiet location , overlooking the fabulous Powillimount Beach."

    It is not the most modern of accommodation, and certain well used, but has all equipment needed for a pleasant stay , and is clean and warm. The garden is a little gem of exploration for dogs, and it's multiple seating areas adds to its attraction. The gate giving access direct down to the beach, is a bonus, for those that are physically able to negotiate a set of steep steps. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. N.B. The garden is not 100% secure for smaller dogs. A nearby resident beagle type dog visited the garden on several occasions, gaining access from the beach side.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2022

  • "We booked the property based on the description of the garden and the fact it was dog friendly."

    On arrival we found that the fences were too low to keep even a small dog in the garden. This was made worse by the fact that the bungalow is on the edge of a large noisy caravan site so people constantly walk past the garden and come right up to the fence when the tide is in. Despite raising this issue with Sykes when we got home we have had to cancel our second week with the loss of deposit. The property has since been re-let!

    Reviewed by HannahApr 2022

  • "Great location with superb sea views."

    Third stay at oyster catcher it’s a good base for exploring the area, some things getting a little tired but any issues are rectified the same day by a great team of staff from the nearby holiday park. Yes I’d stay again, yes I’d recommend Oyster Catcher.

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2022

  • "Thank you so much for sharing Oyster Catcher with us, we had fantastic time"

    Reviewed by PauoJan 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Oystercatcher."

    Although at this time of year it was very quiet it suited us perfectly. The views from the cottage were stunning and it was perfectly warm and cosy even though it was December. Thank you

    Reviewed by StephanieDec 2021

  • "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 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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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  • 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.

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...

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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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