Spent a week at the cottage. First impressions you think wow what a lovely cottage in a great location. Literally at the bottom of the garden there is a gate onto the beach, you cannot get closer to the sand if you tried.
The cottage has 2 nicely decorated bedrooms with a double in one and a bunk bed in the other (bottom bunk is a double). The living area has a 3 seat and 2 seat sofa with a good size flat screen tv and a dining table with 4 chairs with views out over the sea. There is also a book case with 20 books and a dozen dvd's to use while your'e there. Outside there is a lovely maintained split level garden with patio chairs and bbq. There is also a shed which is handy for storage of bikes etc. Kitchen area is very functional with a separate hob, oven and microwave . Decent size fridge freezer which would easily cater for family needs and a good washing machine with either a line outside or tumble dryer in shed to dry your clothes on..
The above said I think the detail lets the cottage down.The bathroom is the major disappointment. The shower in the cubicle is electric and due maybe to this and maybe to pressure it isn't at all powerful and i think in summer you would struggle to get all the sand off you. My next issue was the detail of the cleaning. I don't mind cleaning as long as you know up front as guests you have to leave it clean for the next people, however this cottage is supposed to be cleaned but i get the feeling they rely heavily on former guests leaving it that way. Plastic mat inside cubicle was not clean,mugs in cupboard still having coffee rings, oven door still full of debris from previous use. Blankets in cupboard still having dog hairs on them. Don't get me wrong the place is clean it's just the detail of it that lets it down. All the windows have blinds but these are no good for stopping the light entering the room in the early mornings so could disrupt your sleep.
Now i'm not a lover of beds that have boards at the foot of the bed as being over 6ft means i cannot stretch out, both beds are like this so i found sleeping uncomfortable not only because of this but also because i think the mattress is of poor quality on the double in the main. The bedding and pillows are all excellent. Same with the utensils in the kitchen, there's enough for 2 but for 4/5 it might be tight.
Other things that struck me as odd. 4 chairs at dining table but cottage can sleep 5? Ironing board but no iron?
The cottage has parking for 1 car. If you came with 2 i think you would have to park it about 20 metres away before you turned down the slip road for the cottage. You will need to bring all your supplies with you as the mini market in southerness doesn't do much really, otherwise its back to dumfries a 20/25 min drive. The mermaid bar is probably a 3/5 min walk, the 19th hole and john paul jones hotel are probably about just over a 5 minute walk. Apart from this there's a fish and chip shop and amusement arcade in the village. There's also 2 golf courses if your into that. If you need cash the mini market do cash back at a small charge.
We were also told we could access the lighthouse leisure wifi (payable) from the cottage. Could pick up no wifi signal or phone signal, saying that the john paul jones hotel has good free wifi and also shows the sky sports on a big screen.
i'd also question how suitable the garden is for young kids as a lot of its paved with steps. for pets it seemed fully enclosed so dogs shouldn't escape unless there good jumpers.
Thing's i'd recommend galloway activity centre who do various out door stuff up at loch ken but conduct blokarting on southerness beach, Nonalou's tea room in dumfries in the old school house in dumfries if you can find it. The loch arthur creamery at beeswing, look for the sign just after new abbey on the way back to dumfires. There are so many local food producers it really is a shame to go to the supermarket.
We did enjoy our stay, the cottage is relaxing, watching the sea and walking the beach but could be so much more with a bit more attention paid to the detail