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  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful, very special cottage."

    The owner, a really caring and considerate hostess, nothing was too much trouble. Location really great and we would not hesitate to recommend this lovely place for a holiday. Even with the snowfall, the cottage was warm and cosy and we could not have asked for anything more. Sandpiper was fabulous.

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Dec 2023

  • "Very well presented cottage decorated to a high standard and very comfortable."

    The enclosed garden which is well maintained was ideal for our dogs. The seating areas are well placed so you could sit out in the sun all day long. The cottage sits a short distance from the beach which was ideal for dog walks. Amenities such as local shops & pubs are within walking distance from the cottage. You do need torches when walking home at night time especially in September/October Very enjoyable home from home feel to it. We would definitely stay at the Sandpiper again.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2023

  • "This was our 2nd visit to Sandpiper and it did not disappoint."

    Lovely homely and very comfortable cottage with everything you need. Bed in master bedroom is exceptionally comfortable. Lovely big garden that wraps around the property and completely enclosed which our 2 dogs loved. Fantastic sun trap to the rear if you get the weather. Partial sea views and great walks. Can't wait to visit again. Absolutely lovely hosts and highly recommended this lovely property.

    Reviewed by Arlene5.0Sep 2023

  • "A really nicely prepared holiday cottage with a lot of work put into the décor and gardens."

    The weather may not have been the best but we certainly enjoyed the peace and quiet of a week away. Met the owner who was really friendly. Would come back again if it is free next time we need a short break.

    Reviewed by Angus5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent property."

    Very spacious, immaculate, cosy & very comfortable. Everything you need for a home from home trip. Beautiful gardens with plenty of seating areas. Perfect for our little dog - very secure. Easy walk to the beach and surrounding area. Would recommend this property to friends and family. We had a lovely break here and would have no hesitation in returning in the future. Thank you for sharing this lovely property with us.

    Reviewed by Ivor5.0Jul 2023

  • "Amazing week at sandpiper cottage, despite the stormy weather."

    Sandpiper was like a home from home. From the minute we arrived we felt relaxed and the welcome package was a lovely touch. We were a family of 2 adults, 1 teenager and 1 very well behaved cat, Oreo. The garden was amazing with lots of seating options. The cottage had everything you could need and was very clean and tidy. We all had our favourite spots in either the living room or the sun room. The local pubs and cafes were also very welcoming to all of us, including Oreo. We enjoyed evening beach walks and also visiting the lighthouse. Nearby dumfries was around 30 minutes away for a full shop but local shops in the village were good for basics such as milk etc. Thank you for such a lovely homely holiday experience and hopefully we left it in the same clean and tidy condition we found it in. Will definitely recommend to others.

    Hello Julie & many thanks for such kind words. So glad you enjoyed Sandpiper, Southerness & the local amenities. It was a shame that the weather was so volatile. Thank you also for leaving the house so spotlessly clean. Best wishes Julia x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2023

  • "We spent a week at Sandpiper Cottage and were blessed with amazing weather the whole week."

    The cottage was everything we hoped for, so clean and tidy and the host has thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The outside areas are fantastic and you have so many choices with all of the different seating areas. The hosts were just lovely to deal with and we would highly recommend Sandpiper Cottage to others. We will hopefully visit again in the future, the surrounding area is lovely too and our dog absolutely loved her daily beach trips! Thanks to Julia and Eric for being amazing hosts and providing such wonderful accommodation

    Many thanks Marlene for your kind words. Thank you also for the lovely Thank you card & chocolates, very kind! Hope to see you all again in the future. Best wishes Julia x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marlene5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, well kept and very comfortable."

    ...plenty of space and only a few yards to the beach. We had a very enjoyable stay in comfort..We couldn't have felt more at home. Good for dogs too. Well worth a visit.

    Thank you for choosing Sandpiper for your holiday. So glad you enjoyed your stay! Kind regards Julia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the comfy cottage great for dogs"

    So glad you had a pleasant stay at Sandpiper. Many thanks Julia x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Apr 2023

  • "This has to be my favorite cottage in Southerness."

    Everything was spotless, everything that you needed was right there. The garden is beautifully arranged with many places to sit out. Our dogs loved it, and it was secure all the way around. The beach is like 2 minutes from your doorstep and it makes the daily walks easier. I did not want to go home and was sad I only booked one week. But we will be back xx

    Thank you for your very complimentary feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay & look forward to seeing you all again if you decide to return. Kind wishes Julia x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very enjoyable, relaxing and peaceful stay at Sandpiper, very comfortable and felt like home from home with everything we needed."

    Easy access to the beach for a nice walk and great views on a clear day. Very quiet scenic area near to caravan park( but no noise heard)with a mini market, chip shop and a pub close by. Around 30 min drive to Dumfries, 20 mins to Dalbeattie ,other very small coastal villages nearby.Bain Deer park near sandy hills (10 mins away)is worth a visit and you can book a tour.

    Many thanks for your kind & informative feedback & that you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards Julia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Mar 2023

  • "Brilliant we loved the cottage very comfortable and clean peaceful and quiet 5⭐️"

    Thanks for your kind feedback Daniel, hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Feb 2023

  • "We couldn't have picked a better place to stay."

    The cottage had absolutely everything you would ever need and it was a real home from home with lovely decor and soft furnishings. The wrap around garden and beach access were perfect for the dogs.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2022

  • "Sandpiper is a super cottage for a relaxing break."

    It had everything we needed and great views. So peaceful. Lovely welcome pack on arrival. Owners very helpful with any queries. Could not recommend enough.

    Reviewed by Emmeline5.0Oct 2022

  • "I took a chance on Sandpiper and the Solway coast in general…."

    October can be iffy anywhere I guess! But what a find! Sandpiper is absolutely lovely, toasty warm (admittedly weather was sunny the 6 days we stayed), spacious, super comfy beds, enormous totally enclosed garden for the dog, fabulous views of the bay from the huge light and bright sun room, less than 150m to the sandy beach and rock pools, excellent chippy within walking distance (closes Nov to end Feb tho), and each surrounding village seems to have a very good tea room/cafe/restaurant. Truly fell in love with the area…me & the beagle will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Jayne4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage very comfortable very clean and lovely gardens will definitely ..."

    Lovely cottage very comfortable very clean and lovely gardens will definitely recommend and will definitely return ideal for lovely walks along the beach with the dog

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Oct 2022

  • "Just back from a fantastic relaxing stay at Sandpiper."

    It is a lovely bungalow that has everything to make your holiday complete. It is right next to the beach which is great for walking the dogs with beautiful views across the Solway. The bungalow itself has all you could ask for to make your stay complete especially the large sun lounge which is so tranquil. If you want good food then the Paul Jones bar and grill offer good hospitality whilst the 19th Hole has all the needs of a local pub to suit all. Wonderful stay and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely home to stay in everything provided should you have forgotten anything, ..."

    Lovely home to stay in everything provided should you have forgotten anything, garden absolutely stunning, owners are around should you have any questions or need help very friendly and helpful, would certainly recommend, lovely welcome basket, all in all great detail has been put into this beautiful home, Thanks Eric and Julia

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Sep 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay at Sandpiper, lovely comfortable, clean and welcoming place to stay."

    ..great location for the beach and surrounding area.... The only downside was the awful view of all the building rubbish and shipping container at the cottage straight opposite, and the unsightly scrapyard of rubbish of the cottage next door, I appreciate that the owners of Sandpiper have no control over this....not the views you expect to be looking at on your holiday when you've paid a lot of money!!!....

    Thank you for your feedback. The property directly opposite Sandpiper is approaching the end of a complete renovation & I am informed by the owner will soon be complete. I am currently in communication with local authorities regarding the nextdoor property & am hopeful some improvement will be forthcoming. As you correctly point out unfortunately I cannot control what happens outside my property but I am determined to try to keep the area clear even if I have to do it myself! I am glad you had a pleasant stay otherwise. Best wishes Julia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Aug 2022

  • "This was the most relaxing break my family and I have had in quite some time."

    The accommodation was wonderful, very clean with everything we could need to make our stay special. The hosts made us feel so welcome and even left a welcome pack which was very much appreciated. The location is literally a stones throw from the beach and you can see the sea whilst your relaxing from the house. The garden is beautiful with lots of seating in various parts so you can take advantage of the nice weather as the sun moves around (it is also great for dogs being fenced all the way around) There are many historical places to visit close by such as John Paul Jones birthplace and Sweetheart Abbey or even if you drive further out such as the lighthouse at Mull of Galloway or Port Patrick. On our last night we had a meal at the Steamboat Inn which is a 10 minute drive away, both the food and service were excellent. There is something for everyone here….we can highly recommend Sandpiper and hope to return again soon….

    Thanks Mel for your feedback both for Sandpiper & our beautiful area. Look forward to welcoming you all back should you decide to revisit. Best wishes Julia x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent property a stone throw from the beach."

    The property was spotlessly clean and comfortable and the garden was great with plenty of room for our dog to investigate. A real sun trap in the good weather. We had family staying at parkdean holiday site so it was great all round and we will hopefully return one day.....A lovely welcome pack of fruit biscuits and wine was also very thoughtful and appreciated. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this property.

    Thank you for your lovely review of Sandpiper. Hope to welcome you back should you return. Kind regards Julia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob5.0May 2022

  • "What a wonderful cottage."

    So nice clean and comfortable. My doggies loved the garden and so did I. Just sitting there reading my book and looking at the sea. So relaxing!!! A real sun trap. Everyone around was very nice and helpful too. We didn’t want to leave and already booked up for another stay. So has some of my family.

    Thanks for visiting Sandpiper & so glad you had a pleasant stay x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage a home away from home."

    Garden was just great our 2 dogs loved it as did my husband and myself. Fabulous suntrap on the back patio. Greatly appreciated the wine and biscuits as a welcome. Can't recommend this cottage enough, will definitely be booking again

    Thanks for such kind feedback & glad you enjoyed your stay x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Arlene5.0Apr 2022

  • "Sandpiper is a lovely property with everything you need ."

    Very well furnished with a lovely garden .We really enjoyed our stay .Thank you for bottle of wine and shortbread welcome gift.June ,Laura and Poppy the lhasa

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, hope to see you all again, best wishes Julia x Property Owner

    Reviewed by June5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great location and the property couldn't be faulted."

    All smiles and relaxed all week.

    Thank you for choosing Sandpiper for your holiday! Glad you enjoyed & hope to see you again x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely wee bungalow."

    Pictures don’t do it justice. Beach is literally a one min walk away. Great wee holiday for taking the dogs away. Shame the weather wasn’t great. We didn’t get to use the lovely garden but we had nice walks along the beach every day. Would be great during the summer 100% recommend.

    Many thanks for your kind feedback. Look forward to welcoming you back should you decide to return x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Feb 2022

  • "Amazing place, perfect for the dogs, we spent Christmas here, it was our first time in Southerness but we will be back."

    The beach was on our doorstep and truly beautiful. Cleanest beach we have ever seen. Cottage was lovely, had everything we needed, and although dog friendly, it was very human friendly too. Perfect location and lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Dec 2021

  • "The hosts were lovely they couldn’t do enough for you, very dog friendly cottage."

    Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely property, home from home, spotlessly clean and every need catered for."

    Close to beach and other locations along the coast. Exceeded expecations. Sad to leave.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with magnificent dog friendly garden."

    Excellent facilities and superb location about 50 yards from the beach. A very thoughtful welcoming gift of wine, fruit and shortbread. Julia and her husband were friendly hosts. John Murphy & Ann Grieve July 2021

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful accommodation, spotlessly clean in a well designed garden that surrounds the property with a lovely picket fence."

    Lovely water feature and plenty of potted plants and flowers. Delightful eating arbour in one corner of the garden which we used frequently . Lovely surprise from the owner with flowers, fruit and wine waiting on arrival. Many thanks for these. Our Labrador was in heaven on a doggy holiday with the huge beach 50yds away. Thank you Sandpiper

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    Julia was very nice too definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Jul 2021

  • "Sandpiper was a very comfortable and clean holiday home lovely views of beach ..."

    Sandpiper was a very comfortable and clean holiday home lovely views of beach garden dog friendly and secure was very open and because of a lot of people passing with their dogs our little pooch barks but people didn’t seem to mind We had lovely weather and there were plenty comfy garden furniture and big umbrella for shade Enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Lorna4.7Jun 2021

  • "Sandpiper is a lovely place to stay."

    We were warmly welcomed by the owner who lives close.On entering we found wine,fresh flowers & fruit ( very nice).The main bed was very comfortable,lush cotton bedding & furnishings throughout & the outside was the same high standard as the inside.Choice of several outdoor seating areas so always somewhere to sit in the sun or shade.all enclosed which was great for our little terrier Rosie.Super walks straight from the door and lots to do short car rides away.The views of the sea are stunning and you don't even need to leave the sofa to see them.We were lucky with the weather, but if the weather had been bad there are 3 tv's with Netflix,Amazon Prime and more.The Wi-Fi connection was also excellent.Even reading a book is a pleasure here at Sandpiper and we would certainly love to return in the future.many thanks to the owners for sharing this lovely place with us.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely little home in a quiet location."

    Everything you needed was in the property and the garden was very enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2021

  • "The host did much more than we usually get in other holidays fruit on the table, wine in fridge."

    The cottage was spotless extras like doggy bags, bin liners beautiful beds and bed linen. The furniture looked new, and even had throws fitted, even though I had brought my own . I had never felt more comfortable in a holiday home before. Everything we needed was there and more. This is the best holiday we have ever had. The host was very helpful and did everything in her power to may us happy. Well done and thank you

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2021

  • "Ideal location ,lovely peaceful holiday, excellent accomodation and wonderful owners"

    Reviewed by Tom5.0May 2021

  • "Owner's are very welcoming and friendly, live close by but do not intrude ."

    Cottage is 1st class, very clean and comfortable, beautiful big garden which wraps all the way round the cottage, which was admired by all passers-by, 2 minute walk to beach, great walks for the dogs. Very peaceful and relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2021

  • "Was the most relaxing and peaceful holiday the cottage was wonderful and ..."

    Was the most relaxing and peaceful holiday the cottage was wonderful and actually was a stone's throw from the beach would certainly return

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Apr 2021

  • "Lovely holiday home very quite and peaceful nicely situated very comfortable ..."

    Lovely holiday home very quite and peaceful nicely situated very comfortable clean holiday home beautiful garden secure fencing as had my dog with me and felt very safe would definitely book again highly recommended to anyone

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Oct 2020

  • "Cottage was ideal for what we needed,quiet, peaceful and a stones throw from the beach."

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage is very comfortable and the owners near at hand to deal with any issues."

    I would recommend the cottage to anyone. The only down side is the resort of Southerness itself. Ideal if you are a golfer, but nothing else. It lacks quality shops and cafes - it needs some work done to walkways, and it is a 16 mile drive for a supermarket. If you want to get away from everything it is ideal, but make sure you take enough supplies with you. Oh, and the dog just loved her stay! Enclosed garden was great.

    Reviewed by Evelyn5.0Sep 2020

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  • All ground-floor
  • 1 x standard double and 1 x small double bedrooms with TV
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with electric fire
  • Sunroom
  • Oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 2 x TVs, 1 x Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front garden with decking and seating area, astro turfed rear garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Note: Children over 12 years old welcome
  • Please note: some amenities are closed during winter between the months of October- March and this should be researched ahead of booking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles, beach 0.5 miles

The property

This idyllic property offers distant and far-reaching sea views, in a residential area of the small coastal village of Southerness in the Dumfries & Galloway region of Scotland.

Sandpiper is a charming bungalow for a couple, pair of couples or small group of four wanting to enjoy a coastal getaway to the Scottish Riviera.

There is off-road parking available for two cars and you can enter the front garden through the pretty blue picket fence, up the paved pathway, past lots of pretty plants and a water feature, with a decking area in the corner and a bench to sit out and admire the distant sea view.

Step inside the property to find a compact but bright and airy kitchen, with a fridge/freezer, microwave and electric oven and hob, for you to prepare delicious meals and views of the sea in the distance to admire while you tackle the washing up.

Enjoy dining together at the dining table, set for four, and making plans for the days ahead, while the seating area offers a choice of two cosy sofas, one being an L shaped sofa bed, to rest on and enjoy watching the Smart TV while the electric fire fills the room with warmth.

The sunroom offers a quieter seating alternative, where you can admire views of the garden and the sea beyond or enjoy getting lost in a good book.

The property offers two double bedrooms (1 standard and 1 small), colourfully presented with lovely artwork on the walls, each with a TV and wardrobe, while one bedroom offers sea views and the other looks out onto the pretty garden, and they are both served by the family bathroom which has a bath with shower over, so the choice is yours when it comes to getting ready for each day.

Access the rear garden via the sunroom, another enclosed, pretty garden that is part gravel, part charming paved pathway and offering a choice of outdoor seating, so you can enjoy a glass of wine or an alfresco meal while enjoying your coastal setting.

The centre of Southerness village is a short walk away, offering two convenience stores and a handful of pubs and restaurants.

There is also a championship golf course, enjoying panoramic views of Sloway Firth, as well as a swimming pool and two miles of sandy beaches with sand dunes and rock pools to explore.

Southerness rests on a stretch of coastline affectionately known as the Scottish Riviera, overlooking the Solway Firth and with lovely warm waters, heated by the Gulf Stream.

There is also a lighthouse, built in 1748 and thought to be one of the oldest in Scotland, which is worth a visit.

Enjoy a hike up Criffel Hill, which sits at 569m tall and offers lovely views of the Nith Estuary and surrounding farmland below and explore the wetland and saltmarshes of the RSPB Mersehead nature reserve.

Venture to the town of Dalbattie, in a picturesque wooded valley on the Urr Water, where you can explore its national forest, stroll or cycle around the pretty Plantain Loch and discover the Dalbeattie Museum Trust.

Further afield, you can reach Dumfries and Castle Douglas, as well as the stunning parkland of the Galloway Forest Park, fantastic for exploring on foot or bicycle.

With so much to see and do on your doorstep, make Sandpiper the base for your next Scottish adventure.

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00389-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Castle Douglas 19 miles; Dalbeattie 13 miles; Dumfries 16 miles.

Southerness is a small coastal village established in the late 18th century, which looks out over the Solway Firth, and forms part of the Colvend coast, one of the finest stretches of coastline on the 'Scottish Riviera'. Home to 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas