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Wagtail Cottage

(Ref. 960277)

Southerness, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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85 Customer Reviews

  • "Love love loved it, very chilled stay walking the dogs on the beach, which I my ..."

    Love love loved it, very chilled stay walking the dogs on the beach, which I my add is just a short walk away, loved sitting looking over the sea with a cuppa, it’s got everything you need home from home, will be visiting again

    love love to see we have made the place just perfect for you and your dogs Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0May 2024

  • "Loved our stay at wagtail cottage, it was ideal with our 4 fur babies a great secure garden."

    The cottage had everything you needed and was very comfortable, location was great just 2 minutes and you were on the beach. Shop, pubs and chippy very handy. All in all we had a lovely relaxing week. Wouldn’t hesitate to book for next year but prices have rocketed for the same week next year sadly.

    I understand how you really enjoyed your holiday, and see the cost rocketing but everything is Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Apr 2024

  • "The pictures dont do the cottage justice."

    The garden is much much bigger than expected, the views are sensational. Ideally positioned for the sunrise. Photographers dream.The games room is brilliant but the views prevented me from winning table tennis!Inside the cottage the beds were so comfy great nights sleep. The power shower fabulous. The dining table has wonderful views of the beautiful beach and Solway firth.We loved the conservatory, ideal for sitting chatting or reading a book.The most wonderful aspect is our three dogs loved it as wee did. Hope to return soon. Thankyou so much, George, Bell and furbbies Jessi,Freddie, and Sheba x

    thank you for your comments, when we bought the place we could not let others see what a stunning area for a holiday and for the pooches Property Owner

    Reviewed by Isabell5.0Apr 2024

  • "On arrival there was no toilet roll and no kitchen roll."

    The former being a fairly basic requirement. Generally the kitchen equipment needs checking, aand a few things need replacing such aswine glasses, and a . coffee pot. The hoover bag was full and needed replacing, there weren't any we could usr and the dustpan and brush were useless so trying to keep the property clean was difficult. We enjoyed our stay, the garden and location were great for the dogs, just those minor things that annoyed and let it down.

    Reviewed by Mark3.4Mar 2024

  • "Cottage was well presented and well equipped, perfectly enclosed and secure garden, we had 2 large dogs and 2 small dogs so was a big plus for us when booking and the beach was easily accessible."

    The only thing i would recommend is power to the summer house and a light above the conservatory door would be advantageous as it's a dark corner & tricky to unlock the door after dark.... overall we thoughtly enjoyed our stay and hope to return. Wasn't a disappointment for us but could be for others that the listing stated there was a room with a hot tub, but there isn't one.

    we are very glad you and your pooches had a good time .We do not have a hot tub, one was at the property a few years ago but we found it too much hassle, Sykes does not show a hot tub so the other company should advertise it Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason4.7Mar 2024

  • "The cottage and location was perfect."

    We loved our stay and so did the dogs. Kitchen had everything we needed and more. Cottage was clean and welcoming when we arrived. Looking out from the conservatory at night was one of our favourite features about the cottage.

    Reviewed by Leah5.0Nov 2023

  • "Property would benefit from an information folder listing local attractions."

    Would if been good if there was information on the Nisa supermarket nearby. We only found it on our last day walking the dog. The mini market at road entrance had nothing on shelves being so close to end of season

    Reviewed by Graeme4.4Oct 2023

  • "Well , where to start."

    Lovely looking cottage that flatters to deceive. Soon after our arrival it was evident an infestation of silverfish had taken over the conservatory. This was reported to Sykes who contacted the owner . They failed to respond, lied about saying they had been and had spoken to us .Then as we sought to wash clothes to avoid taking these insects home with us , the washing machine failed. Again reported , left for 3 days without it and dishwasher ( same fuse) . No action by the owner. Sykes offered a minimum of comp and had to admit that owner had failed to respond to them . Avoid at all costs.

    Reviewed by Michael1.9Sep 2023

  • "The property is ideal for families with dogs."

    Very well equipped kitchen. Only 5 mins from the beach. Just a couple of areas which could be improved on. One is the main bed could do with being replaced ideally with a king size bed. The listing states that there is a hot tub available which is not present at the property this was disappointing. The outside furniture and recliners need to be replaced they have been better days. Even taking in account the issues we would return for another visit.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Sep 2023

  • "This was our second visit and we feel so fortunate to have the use of this property for us and the dog."

    It is a home from home and the kitcen has absolutely everything one could possibly need. Only criticism is that the listing stated that towels were provided, but they were not and we had to purchase the flimsy towels on sale at the local shop. Only a small problem and mention it only to alert others. Thank you owners for letting us have the use if this property. Linda

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had the most relaxing time at Wagtail Cottage."

    This was the first time we have holidayed in Scotland with the kids and I'm so glad we did. It was just what we needed and an added bonus was being being able to take the dog. The location is perfect, with the cottage being situated on the seafront. The back garden is a fantastic size for our big dog. The cottage itself was equipped with everything you need. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Nicky4.1Jul 2023

  • "The cottage exceeded expectations and really felt like a home from home."

    A dream cottage for dog owners.

    Reviewed by Shena5.0Jul 2023

  • "We arrived at the cottage to find a bad odour in the lounge but understand this is a cottage for dogs so we accept this but then find the sofa covered in sand so not been cleaned that well also the dishwasher was full of plates dishes etc so clearly not been checked We could not use the bins outside as they were full from previous weeks guests to be fare there was no paperwork left out to say when bins would be emptied I found it in a draw."

    There was nothing to say what you did with food waste or glass ! When we were about to leave my wife took the hover out to run round before we left and the most disgusting smell came from it obviously the bag had not been changed for ages These are a few silly things that should not happen and I’m sure if the owner was aware he would address these problems. We had a great week at wagtail cottage but could have been better Colin & cheryle

    Reviewed by Colin2.5Jun 2023

  • "A jewel in the crown of Dumfries and Galloway."

    The cottage is beautiful and well equipped with the bonus of a summerhouse and views over Solway Firth. We enjoyed a ring side seat to beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The beach is a stones throw away, it is a little rocky in places, but a perfect place for leisurely walks on your own or with your fur babies. The garden is fully enclosed, perfect for the dogs. An enjoyable relaxing holiday. Over the years we have stayed in a lot of cottages all over the UK, this cottage definitely ranks in our top three. Stunning location, it is near a caravan park but for us that was a bonus, pubs, convenience store, fish and chip shop (these are amazing) all on the doorstep. The location of the caravan site did not in anyway disturb our peaceful tranquil holiday, if anything it enhanced it as we did not have to move the car once to nip out and get those forgotten items. In three word …amazing, stunning, tranquil. We would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jun 2023

  • "Another fab stay at Wagtail cottage."

    Feel at home there and love the view of the beach from the back garden. Perfectly situated and close to pub, chippy and shop. Love the decor of the cottage and bedding and towels are lovely and fresh. New shower is amazing too. Only one thing would be appreciated and that is if one toilet roll could be provided for when you arrive until you can get to a shop and purchase some. But again I can definitely say I will return again and highly recommend this cottage for owners who have dogs as the garden is enclosed.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Jun 2023

  • "Overall the standards were excellent."

    Found the perimeter fencing to be old and rotted this requires attention for the four legged escape artists. There is a gap behind the shed which we have temporarily blocked ( behind the pampas grass ). The property could benefit from a sweeping brush and dust pan. We would definitely recommend this cottage for the perfect relaxing get away. Total peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Very sad to leave but refreshed enough to face the daily grind. Thank you

    Reviewed by Barry4.4Jun 2023

  • "We spent a lovely week at Wagtails cottage which was in a perfect location offering peace, great view, good parking, enclosed garden & all round comfort for all."

    On arrival there were a few issues including a broken kettle. The owner was quick to respond and a new kettle arrived promptly. Overall the kitchen was one of the best equipped we have stayed in. There was lots to see & do in the area. Numerous walks, nice restaurants & places to visit. Our dogs loved the beach as the tide was always out. We loved watching the rabbits, birds & other wildlife in & around the garden. We are already planning to book again!

    Reviewed by Shiona4.1Apr 2023

  • "It was ideal for our dog"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2023

  • "Clue is in the name, WagTail, the dogs tail never stopped the entire time xxx If you are looking for somewhere you can just unwind, long walks with the dog on the beach and sit in the house or garden with the most amazing views, book it, you will not regret it."

    House is great, had everything we needed and no real complaints. The TV is a smart tv and has the usual netflix, amazon, plex and all that stuff. Wifi is fast enough for most things. Kitchen has everything you need. Well heated house. It is clean and very well presented but it is needing a deep clean in my opinion. The outhouse is shown as having table and chairs set-up, this was not the case when we arrived, had a full sized ping pong table in it. Garden furniture shown in the photos is destroyed but there are plenty other chairs in the outhouse. No instructions for putting bins out, we arrived and the bin was full (outside house) and had a full binbag at the side, the crows were having a great time with it! But ignore the little niggles I mentioned, we 100% going back :)

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay, great views from the cottage."

    Only thing to let the cottage down was it needed a good clean. cobwebs and dead spider left on the wall. The cooker was very dirty, and had not been cleaned for a while, with old food left between the cooker door. I think the cottage could do with a deep clean. and that's just the basics. so sad, As it's a lovely cottage. .

    Reviewed by Tina3.1Oct 2022

  • "Last minute booking so glad we picked this location, lovely cottage right by the sea."

    Would definitely return for a longer period.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Wagtail cottage - the location is completely stunning with views from the garden of the Solway Firth, Criffel and the beautiful skyline of the Lake District in the distance."

    The accommodation was very comfortable, situated on a quiet lane with bunny rabbits enjoying the green space /nature reserve at the front of the cottage. The beach is a beautiful stretch of coastline including golden sands and rock formations. JJ’s fish shop does a great fish supper - a very popular place and everyone in the local community is very friendly and cheerful. We look forward to returning soon!

    Reviewed by Anita4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had a great time at Wagtail cottage."

    The cottage has everything you need, and the location is excellent with fantastic views. It's right over the beach,and although there is no direct access it's only a minute along the track.The only downside is in the advertising of the cottage. We booked Wagtail as it clearly claims to have a hot tub.There is no hot tub.This is false advertising and must be addressed immediately.

    Reviewed by David4.1Jul 2022

  • "Had a lovely holiday with the dogs wagtail cottage is perfect for us and the dogs lots of room secure and quiet, The dogs had a great time on the beach, the cottage had everything we needed and very comfortable."

    Would love to go back any time of year.

    Reviewed by Karan4.4Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was a joy to stay in and being right on the beach an had a stunning outlook."

    It provided a comfortable well equipped facility that gave a you a welcoming feel which made the holiday very enjoyable. It was the perfect base to enable you to explore the Dumfries and Galloway coast.

    Reviewed by James4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Everything you need there. Not too posh as I would've been on tender hooks with the dogs

    Reviewed by Denise5.0May 2022

  • "A fabulous coastal retreat with great outdoor space & views."

    Our dog enjoyed the freedom of the enclosed garden and lots of beach time. Perfect fir our needs

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Apr 2022

  • "We spent Christmas here with our 3 dogs."

    The cottage was great, we had stunning views of the beach and sea, and walked on the beach every day with the dogs. The beach was so clean and quiet. I can imagine in peak times it is very busy, but for us, the timing was perfect. The cottage had everything we needed, and was lovely and clean. Perfect place for anyone with or without dogs. Will definitely be returning again.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Dec 2021

  • "Waited for this holiday for a long time Perfect setting and ideal for dogs The cottage was clean."

    But a few tiny issues Ideal base for seeing the beautiful area Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Oct 2021

  • "This cottage was fabulous, completely exceeded expectations."

    Clean, very well equipped. Perfect for a get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Sep 2021

  • "I would recommend Wagtail cottage it was everything we hoped it would be the ..."

    I would recommend Wagtail cottage it was everything we hoped it would be the accommodation is lovely and the scenery is amazing anyone who hasn't been to this part of the country it is definitely worth a visit I'm sure I'll be back

    Reviewed by Rhona4.7Sep 2021

  • "Good off road parking, large dog friendly garden (safe for our greyhounds) and great dog walks all around, good sized bedrooms, very comfortable beds, kitchen well equipped, loads of hot water, comfortable chairs, wonderful views across the Solway Firth, fish and chips from JJ's, lots of places to drive to visit (eg Threave Gardens which are amazing and also dog friendly)."

    Minimarket within easy walking distance. Great place to relax, watch the tides ebb and flow, do a bit of star gazing.

    Reviewed by G5.0Aug 2021

  • "We were so pleased with this property during our week's stay at the end of July 2021."

    When we arrived it was very clean and fresh. The beds were very comfortable - even the pillows which is unusual in a holiday rental property and the best we have found in our holidays in various rental properties. The kitchen was extremely well kitted out with all the equipment cutlery etc. that one could possibly require. It was such a delight to find some groceries in the cupboards e.g. salt, and pepper, washing up liquid, kitchen roll , towels oven gloves etc so thank you to the owner and cleaners for not removing every single item between lets. We had two dogs with us and the garden was so safe and sufficiently large that our dogs were not troubled by the dogs in the neighboring properties. The property is in such close proximity to the sea that it was an easy walk for us pensioners to the sands and for a paddle. Also the shop was within easy walking distance. We were fortunate that the weather was good for our stay and we could relax sitting outside with the open view across the Solway Firth or sitting in the Sun Room with its large windows. Before we arrived we were concerned about the close proximity of the Parkdean Holiday Park but there was no excessive noise or large numbers of people about - in fact we don't know where the holiday makers in the Park went. We enjoyed our holiday so much that we hope to be able to return again in 2022. If the owners want suggestions then if there was a floor mop and pail, we would have given some of the floors a quick wash during our stay.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2021

  • "Although the 'cottage' was nicely presented - this did not hide the fact that the cleanliness was terrible."

    In todays climate - this is even more of an issue. The kitchen sink had not been cleaned at all. Fridge covered in grubby finger marks and the cooker has not seen a brillo pad for months! We found a fluff ball underneath a chair the size of a tennis ball! Floors not mopped and gaffa tape round the bath. And out of 12 mugs- only 4 were clean. However, there was nothing I could use to clean - so be prepared to start cleaning! However, the beds and towels were clean (but they should be?) You can hear the holiday camp behind you, a lot -particulary in hot weather. And the sea is always out! NOTHING to do in Southerness.

    Reviewed by Gill2.2Jul 2021

  • "Wagtail cottage is even better in every way than we expected."

    Its holiday village" setting is handy but not intrusive. Most things are just a couple of minute's walk away. We enjoyed walking our dog out on the shore, and lots of interesting places are a short drive away. We'll be back!

    Reviewed by Joan4.1Jul 2021

  • "My family and I have been holidaying in Dumfries and Galloway for the last 12 years and have stayed in some lovely cottages, I can honestly say Wagtail cottage is by far the best."

    It is superbly located in an idillic area. The cottage is delightful it has everything you need for a comfortable stay and has all mod cons. The decor of the cottage is delightful and the beds are so comfortable. We brought our 4 whippets with us and they loved the garden and the beach. We are hoping to return to Wagtail in 2023 as we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. This is a superb cottage and we highly recommend it. Well done to the owners who have thought of everything you need whilst staying at Wagtail. And for allowing so many dogs to stay.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Jun 2021

  • "Awsome view Stunning outside area for the dogs The accommodation was clean, comfortable and very user friendly"

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1May 2021

  • "Lovely clean, bright holiday cottage, decorated in a seaside theme."

    Great sized garden with excellent garden furniture and both garden and cottage comfortable and dog friendly. So difficult to find a cottage that is genuinely dog friendly and welcomes more than 1 or 2 dogs we are grateful for that. Closer to the holiday park than we expected and much busier area than where we normally holiday. However overlooking the beach and great sea views. Was actually very relaxing and we enjoyed our stay. Only a couple of minor things for future guests to be aware of. No toilet rolls, dish cloths, tea towels etc provided so make sure to bring your own. Sounds petty but if arriving late and you have forgotten toilet roll...Every other cottage we have stayed has at least a couple left for guests. When we originally booked a hot tub was listed but unfortunately this is no longer at the cottage. I understand the upkeep would have been near on impossible over the past year but if the owner ever puts one back we would rebook the cottage as would be a great addition ! Overall a bright, comfortable, pleasant and dog friendly cottage overlooking the beach and we enjoyed our time at Wagtail Cottage xx

    Reviewed by J4.4May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with stunning views out onto the beach."

    Dogs loved it. One thing that might have been nice would be a toilet roll on arrival. When I booked it it had a hot tub that was taken out during the pandemic so for us the facilities were lacking but only because of this.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7May 2021

  • "Sykes Cottages customer support/services were very good listening to concerns and arranging maintenance visits."

    Also, when no hot tub existed, Judith promptly offered a booking fee refund which we accepted. The real concern was to do with electricity and hot water. We arrived on Friday 9/10 and the lights went out just before 7 pm, leaving us to cope in growing darkness. Not a power cut as utilities like oven , central heating and fridge freezer continued to operate. Maintenance man came out next day and fixed fuse box. Fuse box was not in the place the owner's manual said so instructions there on what to do were inaccurate. Saturday night the lights went again! Yet another visit from maintenance who couldn't fix it and said an electrician was needed. Electrician came out the following late afternoon and worked on problem. Assured us it was ok. So yes, the lights did work ok for the rest of the week. On the Monday my husband tried to use the shower - no hot water. Maintenance out once again. Problem with outside boiler had to be fixed. Tuesday, late afternoon, my husband tried to take another shower - no hot water, and none from any of the other taps. Maintenance out again and problem fixed. So, on a week long holiday, it was Wednesday before we had the amenities we SHOULD have had on arrival! Also, cottage floor had not been cleaned properly - sandy underfoot; side gate has been damaged during maintenance work and is falling from wall. The cumulative effect of these problems upset my husband terribly. He suffers from Alzheimer's and became very agitated and upset. I had to administer Valium on 3 separate occasions, something he hadn't needed in some months. While appreciating the £49 refund for the lack of hot tub, I feel strongly that some kind of fair financial recompense should be offered to us. Given the current covid situation, vouchers would not be practical as we have no immediate plans for a further holiday. We'll be waiting till the worst of the pandemic is over.

    Reviewed by Hilary2.5Oct 2020

  • "The accommodation was fab,Location great."

    ..just what was needed at this time ...Fantastic.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is a lovely wee place, location is perfect for relaxing."

    Only one small suggestion , there seems to be an issue with the waste water drainage system causing an odour in the bathroom...not complaining , just mention in case a problem has arisen the owner isn’t aware of.. We will definitely book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Aug 2020

  • "Gates need fixing, currently not secure for dogs to be left in garden."

    Steps into cottage where very difficult for disabled mother to climb.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2020

  • "Cottages was very cosy and relaxing the dogs loved the outside garden space"

    Reviewed by Alister5.0Feb 2020

  • "We booked this cottage for a celebration because of the hot tub."

    When we got there it was not working. Also there was no outside lighting at the rear of the cottage so we couldn't let the dogs out at night as it was pitch black. The summer house was a joke no ceiling or lighting and puddles on the floor

    Reviewed by Stuart3.8Jan 2020

  • "Comfortable and well equipped cottage, very cosy and a beautiful location, ideal for dog owners with an enclosed garden."

    Everything needed was provided.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Jan 2020

  • "Well equipped, cosy, comfortable warm cottage with a large secure garden and beautiful sea view."

    Easy access to beach, perfect all round for us and our springer spaniel.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Dec 2019

  • "Wagtail cottage is a little piece of heaven, where, if the chance arises grab it with both hands, to experience it you wont be disappointed."

    The views are breathtaking the cottage is very well equiped with everything you need for your perfect holiday. The little finishing touches which make it special are amusing to the eye. Once the hot tub is in working order there is no where else i could envisage as the perfect getaway. Well done to the owners if has a special place in our hearts

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7Nov 2019

  • "Fantastic location."

    The beach is amazing. Back yard is dog proof even for a small terrier. Perfect cottage for us and the dogs. Had everything we needed. Pub close by. Shop on site. Loved it

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Nov 2019

  • "Had an amazing time here, and my 3 dogs loved it."

    Stunning sea views and the cottage was great. The hot tub broke while we was there but brilliant service from sykes and owners and got a small refund which was unexpected. Would definitely visit here again.

    Reviewed by Donna3.8Aug 2019

  • "On arrival we found the cottage had not been serviced and was not cleaned, dirty beds and towels, we had travelled for 4 hours with my mother who has terminal cancer and who was needing a lie down to find we had to sit her on a chair whilst the cottage was cleaned and linen was changed, we paid a lot of money for the 4 days we were at the cottage and was very disappointed at first impressions, I phoned sykes and the cleaners came within the hour and had the cottage cleaned within a couple of hours and we enjoyed the rest of our holiday, the peaceful location, the house was lovely and mum really enjoyed herself so much so that we want to come back."

    We just feel like the arrival day was wasted, by time we got car unloaded and mum fed it was time for bed,we had all been looking forward to just relaxing after a long drive, it seems like the cottage was cleaned the Friday and the owners were not aware it had been let over the weekend and we arrived the Monday so that's why it was not cleaned. Overall a fantastic place and looking forward to returning. Thankyou to the two young men who came out and cleaned the house so well.

    Reviewed by Kirsty3.4Aug 2019

  • "We were having a lovely holiday at Wagtail until we woke up on the 4th morning of our weeks stay and none of the electrical plug sockets were working in the cottage except for the kitchen and none of the lights were working apart from the light in the conservatory."

    The welcome book mentioned power cuts and to use the reset button in the electric cupboard - I did this but nothing changed. I phoned Sykes that morning and they got in touch with the owners and advised that the Housekeeper would come out to sort this problem. We stayed at the cottage that day awaiting help but no-one came and I phoned Sykes again in the evening and they advised that the maintenance man would be at the cottage within 30 minutes. He came and I showed him the meter box which I noticed in another cupboard. He noticed a switch was at the ‘off’ position right away and quickly put it to the ‘on’ position which sorted the problem. He was shocked that we had been waiting most of the day as they thought the problem was solved as Sykes did not contact the owners again to advise that the issue was still not sorted. We thought the issue was sorted, however the next evening, the same thing happened again and when I tried to put the same switch to the ‘on’ position, it would not stay in place as something kept tripping the power. As it was getting dark and we only had the conservatory light, I worked out to leave the switch for the plug sockets at the ‘off’ position so that I was at least able to put the main switch to the ‘on’ position without it tripping everything again. This allowed us to at least have lights for the night. I did not contact Sykes again as I already felt we had wasted a day waiting on the person coming to fix the issue previously, it was already getting late that evening, and I had previously waited twice on hold on the telephone to Sykes for ages waiting for someone to answer my call. On the 6th morning, we were not feeling confident at all regarding the electrics within the cottage and decided to go home that day instead of the following day which would have been our last day. Hopefully this feedback will make sure that the electrics are looked at properly as something is definitely not right. Prior to this, we were enjoying the cottage which is well equipped and absolutely perfect for dogs, and for walking the beach. The hot tub is a great bonus after the long walks. The cottage would benefit from some outdoor lighting at the back garden and maybe an awning or canopy over the hot tub. We will hold onto the lovely memories at the beginning of our holiday and not the nightmare with the electrics towards the end.

    Reviewed by Adrienne3.4Aug 2019

  • "The outside hose is scalding hot which made it impossible to use for cleaning the dogs etc when coming back from the beach."

    The wire fence at the end of the garden needs some attention as it’s coming away at the bottom. The kitchen hob was very dirty. We felt the summer house was a little wasted given the amazing view and the rubber mats smell awful. The view was amazing and worthy of the 12 hour drive alone

    Reviewed by Kelly3.8Aug 2019

  • "The property is perfectly located for the beach , the garden is secure all perfect for a dog."

    The hot tub is a lovely touch for the tired doggie parents. The place and location was ideal and so relaxing

    Reviewed by Victoria3.8Jul 2019

  • "The holiday home very nice."

    Very nice views and in the sun house table tennis and dart board nice surprise. the only downside is that it is to near to the caravan park but would recommend this holiday home for doggie people as the beach is great for dogs.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Jun 2019

  • "Hot tub lovely and clean, nice touches on the summer house with the table tennis and darts."

    However, when there was heavy rain it was running down the light. Floors or the cottage could do with a clean. Kitchen facilities excellent. We all enjoyed our stay and looking forward to coming back next year.

    Reviewed by Lisa3.4May 2019

  • "Although a lovely place, great location, the floor is uneven."

    Hard to walk on with a disability

    Reviewed by Bev4.4May 2019

  • "The pictures of the inside of the cottage don't do it justice , really nice ..."

    The pictures of the inside of the cottage don't do it justice , really nice inside , really dog friendly , very clean and well presented in a beautiful position, highly recommended it , for dog lovers it's a little bit of paradise

    Reviewed by Val5.0May 2019

  • "Breathtaking scenery peaceful beautiful cottage very dog friendly large safe garden hot tub a bonus to relax in when you have been out walking from every window you see mountains and sea with the great weather as well we were blessed some lovely places to visit in the area we shall definatly come back we have had a wonderful relaxing holiday we were sad to leave wagtail cottage we have stayed at many cottages with Sykes we both agree this is the best excellent thankyou to David who really is helpful and looks after the guests at the cottage he gave us great tips of places to visit nothing was too much trouble ."

    My dogs were sulking as we left the cottage they loved the beach and going off to different places very dog friendly area thanks to the owners for letting out this lovely place carnt wait to come back The Davies family Doncaster

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0May 2019

  • "Wagtail cottage is a small gem of a place."

    If you are looking for a pristine, immaculate place you will be disappointed. Instead you get a cosy, comfy cottage that's a bit rough around the edges. Cleanliness wise everything that needed to be clean was. However there was the odd wee hint of dust in the corners, the flooring could do with being renewed in the kitchen and bedrooms but you know what....pets are allowed and my three are mucky pups. The facilities in this cottage were second to none. Absolutely everything was there that we needed and a hot tub to boot. The location is spot on. What a view across the Solway from the garden or the sunroom depending on the weather. The caravan site did not in anyway interfere with our stay. In fact it was great to have a couple of shops and other facilities nearby. We had a meal in the local hotel. The portions are mega and we were pleasantly surprised at the choice. Brilliant when you can't be bothered's your hols after all. We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay and we're glad we booked it. Looks like we may have to wait a while to rebook as it appears to be pretty well booked up.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2019

  • "This is an excellent cottage for those with dogs."

    Our Staffy especially loved the garden and the conservatory, as well as the long walks along the beaches (straight from the doorstep). The cottage is very comfortable with beautiful views from the dining area and conservatory. The hot tub is a nice feature and would be even better with a bit more screening from the neighbouring cottage. Although there is a large number of caravans in Southerness, this cottage is tucked away in a very quiet area.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Apr 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage right on the beach."

    The fully enclosed back garden was great for my dogs to play safely. The kitchen was the best equipped kitchen we’ve ever stayed in on holiday. Would definitely return if it’s available!

    Reviewed by Morven5.0Feb 2019

  • "A few days before our holiday a rather worrying review was left about Wagtail Cottage and the cleanliness of the hot tub and inadequate cleaning of the bungalow."

    I phoned Sykes Cottages to express my concern as we were travelling over 300 miles and didn't want to arrive late afternoon to find similar problems. I cannot fault the response I received from Sykes and was reassured that everything would be fine on our arrival. We arrived in time to let our large Lurcher have a good run on the beach before dark and then settled in. We were warm and comfortable, the kitchen had everything we needed and the beds were clean and comfortable. The hot tub was hot and bubbled. One minor problem there was no lighting outside in the tub area and as it is dark by 5 in January, it would have been a problem finding our way in and out. Luckily, we always go prepared and had one of those LED lights that you can hang up, cost about a tenner in most supermarkets. We hooked that up above the tub and that solved that problem. In January there is nothing open except the pub, which is open Thursday to Sunday. If you want a newspaper, New Abbey, about 6 miles away is your best bet, small shop for basics but check their opening times. Supermarkets, Tesco in Castle Douglas, a Coop in Dalbeattie, or Morrisons in Dumfries. It was just perfect for us, quiet and the dog loved it. The birds we could see from the garden were incredible, I have some wonderful photos and we spent hours walking on the beach. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Linda4.1Jan 2019

  • "Unfortunately we had to get in touch with yourselves when our hot tub wasn’t being maintained properly which you delt with promptly so thank you or that, but when we contacted the care taker of the cottage he wasn’t helpful at all infact he was a bit rude & told us it wouldn’t be cleaned until after we left."

    The furniture in the living area is far from comfortable & my friend & I go away after working a busy Christmas & new year to relax ever year. Our holiday normally consists of long walks, hot tubbing & sitting reading so I’m sure you can imagine we were slightly disappointed. Cleaning of the cottage wasn’t the best, dust behind doors, crisps under the bed in the main bedroom & sweetie wrappers behind the table in the living room. Shame really as this is a lovely little cottage & the location is fantastic so hopefully my feedback will help iron out a few little problems to make it more enjoyable or other guests

    Reviewed by Claire2.8Jan 2019

  • "Great cottage, great location, lovely little extras, will definitely book again."

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Dec 2018

  • "I booked this particular location because I believed there was a swimming pool nearby, unfortunately the pool and leisure centre is part of the Parkdean caravan complex and closes end of October, nearest pool was Dumfries and although not too far away would have meant a daily commute of some 60 plus miles."

    Although there was a pool available on the Lighthouse caravan site it proved to be a glorified paddling pool and unheated, again because of the seasonal closure of the site. The description of this cottage states a shop, chip shop and restaurant nearby {again closed because of the season] Perhaps this needs to be mentioned in the description. The cottage more than made up for the lack of a pool. It was spotless, comfortable and exceeded our expectations. However like the previous holiday maker we found the oven to be dirty an easy oversight [one I make regularly] would definitely book again

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Nov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage great position, however there were a few problems frying pan was dirty as was the oven, we purchased our own frying pan to fry eggs."

    Also there was no beer fridge and a shame the summer house was closed.

    Reviewed by Allan4.4Nov 2018

  • "The cottage is lovely , and the location right next to beach is fantastic."

    The cottage caters for all your needs.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Oct 2018

  • "We were a little apprehensive about coming to the cottage as its had a couple of negative reviews, but I'm so glad we did as the cottage is in a fab location."

    As for the negative comments yes the cottage needs a little work in some places but if it was pristine and the garden was landscaped with manicured lawns they wouldn't take dogs and having them with us on holiday is a must. We had a fab comfortable stay at Wagtail cottage and we were going to book for the same week next year only to find it had gone up by £139 which I think is quite a jump in price, which is a pity.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Sep 2018

  • "Overall a disappointing week."

    The cleanliness was not up to standard, I had to clean the kitchen and wash the floor before we could unpack. On the first evening we noticed the hot tub was switched off, it had not been cleaned and was a stale stagnant pond so unusable. The issue was not resolved until Tuesday so we missed 4 days of using it. The summer house could also not be used as the ceiling was falling down. We didn’t like the area as the 2000 mobile homes in front of the cottage were not mentioned in the description. Plus points, the beds were comfy as were the soft furnishings, beach decor theme was nice.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline2.5Sep 2018

  • "Lovely holiday ."

    Cottage a real gem but could be a diamond with a little TLC

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely location perfect for us and our dogs will go back"

    Reviewed by Amanda4.4Jul 2018

  • "Disappointed at the state of the garden ,needs a little T L C ."

    the interior was in need of extra attention to the cleaning aspect of the property ie cooker fridge mirror,s etc .the hot tub had no chemicals put in whilst we were there and the water was dirty ,we would not get in the tub in that state(we have one at home, they need regular attention) BUT. The location was great. l do not blame your company but the owners will lose out if it is not remidid .l would not re book . SORRY .

    Reviewed by G3.4Jun 2018

  • "Wagtail Cottage is such a lovely cottage, so relaxing, brilliant location with fabulous sea views, the seaside theme was perfect for the setting and the icing on the cake was the hot tub which was just such a brilliant place to chill."

    The garden needed a little work done to it but the owner is seeing to this. However, this did not in any way spoil anything. There was everything you could need and good instructions for everything which was all easy to use as well as useful local info. We saw a variety of birds including a cormorant which sat with his wings fully spanned on a rock a few mornings which was wonderful. The natterjack toads chorus was lovely as well. It was perfect for the dogs, both practical and secure, they really enjoyed themselves too and only a few minutes away from walks on the beach. It was just all round a wonderfully relaxing place. I would go back in a flash, I didn't want to leave.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jun 2018

  • "Wagtail cottage was amazing everything a dog lover wants close to virtually ..."

    Wagtail cottage was amazing everything a dog lover wants close to virtually empty beach enclosed garden hot tub was good would recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in equally lovely situation."

    good value for money. we all had a great time and will be booking again in the future

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7May 2018

  • "We loved this cottage, everything we needed and more."

    Lovely extra touches, tea,coffee,biscuits and treats for our dogs. Loved the hot tub. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0May 2018

  • "Our holiday was disappointing because of the fiasco with the hot tub."

    We were told before we went that the hot tub was broken and a new one was going to be delivered on Tuesday and we were given some money back. The new tub did arrive on Tuesday but the owner wanted it put on the patio and not back in the hut where the old one had been.Because of this an argument took place between the owner and the workmen because they were not qualified to put in the electrics to the new tub in its new position. The owner apologised to us and told us an electrician would come on Wednesday. The caretaker came on Wednesday at about 9.30pm and told us that the electrician was coming on Thursday at 10am. They did arrive at 10am but the work was not completed until 2pm, by which time the weather had changed and it was cold and misty, not the sort of weather we wanted for using an outdoor hot tub. One of the main reasons we booked this property was because it had an indoor hot tub. I hope that it is made clear in your description of the property that it is no longer an indoor hot tub and that no one else is disappointed as we have been.

    Reviewed by David4.4Apr 2018

  • "Lovely Cottage, great facilities, really good holiday and a credit to the owners."

    Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2018

  • "Well; The hot tub was hot and we” tubbed” – tick The kitchen was well equipped and we cooked – tick The dining area was scenic and we ate - tick The bed was comfortable and we slept – tick The TV functioned and we watched – tick The bathroom was lovely and we bathed – tick The conservatory was delightful and we relaxed - tick The views, the views, the views – Tick tick tick The beach was sandy and we walked, and walked and walked – tick The sea was salty and we swam (well the dogs did!"

    ) – tick Fully functional holiday cottage with idyllic views and glorious peace and quiet, what more could you ask for?

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Mar 2018

  • "We loved it here!"

    Everything was perfect! We went in December so is very remote and quiet which is just what we wanted and needed. We went with our two dogs who loved it! Too much too say about the place - was just like home from Home. Beautiful scenery, beach right on the doorstep. Hot tub in its own room facing the sea. Just absolute bliss. Booking for next year right now before it gets booked! Well done to the owners and whoever cleans as it was immaculate, warm and welcoming when we arrived.

    Reviewed by Bridget5.0Dec 2017

  • "Very relaxing the beds were super comfortable and the cottage was warm Seating ..."

    Very relaxing the beds were super comfortable and the cottage was warm Seating in the tv room could be improved but overall a lovely place to stay

    Reviewed by John4.4Dec 2017

  • "Lovely hideaway."

    All creature comforts catered for; beautifully decorated and clean property, hot tub amazing, beach on your doorstep, beautiful views. Dog friendly ,would recommend getting your shopping before as nearest major supermarket 16miles from the cottage however would highly recommend this property if you are looking for tranquillity and a break from the hustle and bustle of city life

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2017

  • "Lovely holiday, quiet and peaceful."

    Our two dogs loved the location, so near the beach. Definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Jeanie5.0Sep 2017

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage it exceeded our expectations"

    Reviewed by Anthony Weedon5.0Jul 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Conservatory
  • Electric central heating
  • Induction oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, WiFi, TV with Freesat, CD player
  • BBQ
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Summerhouse with fold up table tennis table
  • Four well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and dog-friendly beach 2 mins walk
  • Please note: property has a number of steps leading to entrance and to the rear - may not be suitable for less mobile people
  • Please note: Property does not accept under 18's, including infants

The property

Located in the lovely seaside village of Southerness, Wagtail Cottage is a charming single storey cottage with fabulous views over the beach.

Offering high-quality accommodation for 4, Wagtail Cottage has views out over the sea.

You enter Wagtail Cottage through the kitchen and all the accommodation is on the ground floor.

The fully equipped kitchen leads into a cosy living/dining room with Freesat TV, with access to the conservatory that provides those gorgeous views out across the beach and the sea.

It's the perfect tranquil spot for a breakfast cuppa or a sundowner after a busy day sightseeing or on the beach.

There are 2 generous sized bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin, both decorated in a lovely beachside style.

The modern family bathroom has a walk-in shower WC and basin.

Outside, there's ample off-road parking for 2 cars, and a lovely seaside garden with a large patio and garden furniture.

There's another small seating area virtually on the beach, and although there is no direct access from the house, you can get to the beach in just 30 seconds.The beach at Southerness is a vast expanse of sand that stretches around Southerness Point.

With stunning views over the Solway Firth, you could spend your entire holiday here exploring the dunes, climbing the lighthouse and eating fish and chips on the beach.

If you're a nature lover, then this area of Dumfries and Galloway is a paradise with 3 nature reserves on the doorstep.

If a round of golf on one of Scotland's many great courses is more your style, then there are 4 courses within a 10 mile radius, with the 2 links courses at Southerness virtually on the doorstep.

Perfectly located for beach lovers, Wagtail Cottage is the perfect holiday destination for those who enjoy their holidays in the great outdoors.

Please note: property has a number of steps leading to entrance and to the rear - may not be suitable for less mobile people.

Please note: Property will not accept bookings with teens or children.

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00431-F

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About the location


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

Southerness is a small coastal village established in the late 18th century, which looks out over the Solway Firth, and forms part of the Colvend coast, one of the finest stretches of coastline on the 'Scottish Riviera'. Home to three pubs, two village stores, a leisure centre with a pool at Parkdean 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