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West Winds

Collin near Dumfries, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 4394)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved staying in this property."

    We chose because we have a wheelchair user, who uses crutches around the house. Shower was easy yo use. Kitchen was well equipped and the conservatory was great. Loved watching all the wild life so many species of bird. Just remember to take extra spending money for bird food. Close by car to amenities yet such a country feel. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2022

  • "Just perfect."

    Reviewed by DaveMay 2022

  • "Excellent property ,beautifully set out ."

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage, very clean, cosy and comfortable."

    In a very peaceful location yet so close to Dumfries, we had an excellent stay and will return as soon as we can.

    Reviewed by MikeFeb 2022

  • "Very clean and tidy place and the place situated in a ideal place"

    Reviewed by BarryOct 2021

  • "West Winds was very comfortable and clean; had all the facilities you need including a smart TV."

    The garden was a delight, full of birds who happily eat their way through the food we put in the feeders including a woodpecker. We have already booked again.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2021

  • "On word…."

    Superb! Everything that you needed for the perfect relaxing holiday. The cottage needed for nothing. Large garden for the dog to run around antagonised by the friendly pheasant in the field! Excellent location for Dumfries and the surrounding areas for some great walks. Some lovely little towns to amble around.

    Reviewed by ColinJun 2021

  • "The only thing that let this cottage down , was the cleanliness of the crockery !"

    Ie : upon making a cup of coffee , a number of the cups were still stained with the contents of what a previous occupant had enjoyed ! The cups still had coffee rings around them , but apart from that , it was idyllic!!

    Reviewed by GaryMay 2021

  • "From the moment we arrived we were relaxed."

    The garden was the jewel in the crown, sealed for the dog to roam. The abundance of birds where you can watch from the garden seating or the conservatory. Will definitely be back again.

    Reviewed by KeithMay 2021

  • "West Winds is a wonderful retreat from the hectic rush of the world and its incessant busyness."

    We were delighted to have found this cottage and look forward to visiting again in future.

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at West Winds."

    The cottage is comfortable, clean and benefits from a large, well - fenced garden, ideal if you have a dog. The conservatory at the back is spacious and restful. We travelled from the North. It would be helpful if the directions, took account of this so that travellers can use the A701 and thereafter be directed from the Dumfries by-pass, thus avoiding having to go all the way down to Gretna. West Winds is an excellent holiday cottage and we can recommend it without hesitation.

    Reviewed by SimonOct 2020

  • "Loved the conservatory to watch all the wild birds in the garden, even saw a woodpecker a couple of times."

    Very happy to return.

    Reviewed by JudithOct 2020

  • "West Winds is lovely, the conservatory looking on to the garden is fab for sitting birdwatching."

    And the garden is wonderful for sunset-watching. The owners were extremely helpful when I had a couple of queries. We loved our break there and will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by YvonneSep 2020

  • "This is a lovely, tranquil setting, but within easy reach of Dumfries, the Solway coast and 3 of the 7Stanes bike centres."

    Beautiful, large garden with outdoor seating. The cottage itself is comfortable and well equipped. When the weather isn't so good the conservatory is an ideal place to enjoy the view and local birdlife. It was lovely to be provided with some welcome gifts, and have some supplies, like milk and butter on arrival.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2020

  • "A hidden gem of a property."

    We enjoyed a week here with our two teenagers and within hours of arrival, one was sketching the phone ignored! We were really impressed with the cleanliness and the added things like hand wash, washing up liquid, kitchen roll, foil. The kitchen had everything you could need and more, very well stocked. Plenty of storage for bags/cases and shoes, comfy seating and the conservatory was a real treat, especially with the spotlessly clean windows. It was a very calming week, we enjoyed a variety of Scottish weather and even used the barbeque. This property was perfect for a relaxing break but still within a two hour drive of Glasgow and Edinburgh for those wishing to see the sights of the big city.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2020

  • "Westwinds is a lovely cottage set in beautiful countryside with magnificent views of the hills, it is very well equipped and is a real home from home."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by janetJul 2019

  • "This cottage has everything you need it's definitely home from home, we would highly recommended it to everyone."

    Reviewed by DeniseJun 2019

  • "Our second stay at this beautiful cottage which we love because of its quiet location, the peace and quiet and the wildlife."

    For getting away from it all this suits us perfectly - sitting in the conservatory that looks out onto the garden, watching the birds, reading, solving a crossword or two, knitting - and relaxing in the well maintained enclosed garden, perfect for both us our dog to enjoy. A wonderful place to recharge the batteries and relax, we look forward to returning again soon.

    Reviewed by LesleyMay 2019

  • "The cottage was everything and more than we expected."

    The position of the cottage was ideal with the main road close by for getting about.

    Reviewed by MaureenApr 2019

  • "Earlier remarks mentioned the need of some TLC."

    We couldn't find anything which was not OK, everything in the cottage was of high quality. The garden was fabulous and even the wheather was better than expected! Also: using the Postal Code our GPS had no problem bringing us almost right in front of the door.

    Reviewed by JacobApr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Very clean and well equipped with a generous welcome package. Beautiful garden with the bonus of a stream running through the end of it and my dog was delighted with all of that. The conservatory was the way we came in and out of the property which kept all our mess of shoes and coats and dog towels out of the way but it was also a lovely place to sit, dine, and watch the many birds in the garden. Peaceful place, despite proximity of the A75 and the closeness of Dumfries. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by ElizabethMar 2019

  • "This cottage has all you need for a fabulous holiday, amazing views."

    dog friendly. if you just want to relax sit in the conservatory watch the wild life listen to the country sounds.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2019

  • "A warm, clean home from home with everything you could need."

    The garden was fantastic with plenty to watch from the large conservatory including Red squirrels, Woodpeckers and a Sparrowhawk.

    Reviewed by PeterNov 2018

  • "Enjoyed great location of property Great property Great garden"

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2018

  • "Clean and comfortable, a wonderful garden and very lovely home."

    Reviewed by GraceSep 2018

  • "Could do with better directions to find cottage."

    .. rather than 'turn right after 18 Miles' try ' turn right signposted Tortherwald then take small left into trees before farm... cottage is then 3rd on right' Cottage was cosy and we did get to see the red squirrel in the garden albeit only once... probably lying low because of our dog! Dog loved the enormous enclosed garden. Bathroom and kitchen would benefit from some TLC.

    Reviewed by CherylAug 2018

  • "West Winds is an excellent well equipped and comfortable cottage."

    We would thoroughly recommend it!

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2018

  • "A very peaceful cottage with a lovely garden full of birds."

    A good base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2018

  • "Fantastic, well equipped cottage."

    Great location. Saturday changeover. Couldn't ask for more.

    Reviewed by NickJun 2018

  • "The cottage is in a convenient location for visiting Dumfries, the Solway Coast, hill walks and mountain bike trails at Mabie Forest and Ae Forest."

    Good access to and from the M6 and M74. Lovely rural location with good views.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2018

  • "Cosy and comfortable cottage within easy distance of Dumfries."

    Wonderful garden, very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by ShirleyApr 2018

  • "The fostered wildlife in the beautiful garden was fantastic."

    The house was brilliantly cosy.

    Reviewed by John-christianMar 2018

  • "A very enjoyable week in a peaceful and quiet location with an abundance of birds and wildlife in the garden and the surrounding fields."

    The cottage was extremely clean and well equipped and we felt very warm and cosy despite the temperature outside around freezing for the first part of the week. We were more than happy to sit in the well positioned conservatory relaxing and watching the birds and red squirrels in the large garden and this was a real treat. As luck (or not!) would have it, we experienced two power cuts during the week, one pre-arranged for essential works (we chose that day for a trip to the local RSPB reserve at Mersehead) and another a couple of days later on our return to the cottage after a trip out. On contacting the owners, they couldn't have been more helpful in finding out information and keeping us speedily informed regarding the source of the problem, timescale etc., for which we were extremely grateful and felt very reassured. We didn't travel too far afield because we preferred not to, but it is a very convenient base for visiting the wider area should you so wish. A perfect get-away to recharge the batteries, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by LesleyJan 2018

  • "Great cottage with a lovely large garden in beautiful locations"

    Reviewed by VictoriaSep 2017

  • "The cottage overall was fantastic,with delightful spacious garden, ideal for the dogs."

    There was everything you would want from a home away from home, comfortable clean beds, all the kitchen appliances, excellent television and comfortable seating in lounge with warm blanket and a very good electric remote controlled fire. The outdoor lighting was very good and is all-around the property so coming back in the dark is no issue. Our only complaint is no WiFi and the shower is poor, you need to make sure you switch the immersion heating on at night other wise no hot water in morning.

    Reviewed by VictoriaSep 2017

  • "The peace & tranquility that the cottage gives is second to none, when you arrive you want for nothing the owners have the cottage stocked with everything you need and more, the garden is an abundance of birds and wildlife especially the red squirrels."

    Once you settle into the conservatory watching the activities of the birds etc you forget about the time.

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2017

  • "Could not fault the cottage, the garden is a haven for wildlife."

    The location was perfect for us to use as a base for exploring various places in Scotland. Would definitely recommend this to friends.

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2017

  • "Nothing i think you should be aware of - The cottage was comfortable and cosy with everything you needed."

    The birds and squirrels in the garden was very entertaining, location was good with great views and plenty to do

    Reviewed by PaulineOct 2016

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Nice garden and conservatory, with comfy sitting room when it got colder outside. The kitchen had everything needed, shower room was adequate, bedrooms fine. Good location - just three miles from Dumfries - though the turn onto the minor road off the A75 was not particularly easy. A lot to do in the area - an area we didn't know. Much enjoyed - thank you.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Conservatory dining area
  • Sitting room with living flame gas fire.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview,Wifi, DVD, stereo/CD, books/games/DVDs
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Large, enclosed rear lawned garden area with stream, pond and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 3 miles
  • Note: Unfenced stream and pond - children to be supervised at all times.

The property

Torthorwald 3 miles.

A stone-built, detached cottage on a sloping hillside close to the villages of Torthorwald and Collin, 4 miles from Dumfries.

A mixture of the traditional and modern, this Dumfries cottage has been renovated to give a traditional cottage feel, with modern touches such as an inset gas fire making attractive additions to the accommodation.

There is a substantial garden to the rear of this Dumfries cottage, with a mixture of lawn and woodland with open views onto surrounding farmland.

There is not only a pond in the garden, but also a stream running through it, making it a lovely spot on a summer's afternoon.

A quality property, this Dumfries cottage has been well equipped and decorated with charm and style.

It also benefits from a ramp at the rear and a specially designed bathroom with handrails, ensuring less mobile guests can enjoy their stay here.

There is excellent walking from the doorstep, Glasgow is just an hour's drive away and there is also easy access to the northern part of the Lake District and the magnificent Hadrian's Wall.

Cyclists will enjoy the highly acclaimed mountain bike trails, golfers are well catered for with 29 courses to choose from and there are ample opportunities for loch and river fishing.

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About the location


Dumfries 4 miles.

The historic village of Torthorwald can be traced to the 13th century and the ruins of Torthorwald Castle date from the 15th century. The village also contains a 19th century cruck-framed and thatched cottage, now restored and a listed building maintained by a local heritage association.The village has a hotel and a village hall. An annual Scarecrow Fun Day involves villagers erecting scarecrows in their front gardens. Only 4 miles away is Dumfries, known, like its football club, as 'Queen of the South'. Founded as a Royal Burgh in 1186, the surrounding area contains many castles, abbeys and even a Tibetan Buddhist Centre. Many forests abound with excellent walking and cycling. Dumfries is also a good centre for touring the rest of the area - the spectacular triangular Caerlaverock Castle and its nature reserve; New Abbey and the Solway Coast - and a starting point for travelling west into the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and the rest of Galloway.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Christmas