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East Gable Beach Cottage in Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway

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sleeps 7
3 rooms
2 bathrooms

East Gable Beach Cottage description

Holiday home
Set in a quiet corner of the pretty village of Gatehouse of Fleet, this property is a magnificent church-wing conversion in the midst of the picturesque Dumfries and Galloway countryside. Retaining much of its original character and charm, this property boasts original windows and oak floors as well as the remains of the original pews in the grand entrance hall. With the sitting room on the third floor, visitors can enjoy the fabulous views over the river in addition to their beautiful riverside garden with private mooring for small boats. There are also a number of tempting shops, pubs and restaurants in the village.

Situated on the Solway Firth, the small, country town of Gatehouse of Fleet is a peaceful place, decorated in pretty pastel colours. Set in the gorgeous Dumfries and Galloway countryside and within five minutes drive of beautiful sandy beaches, there is also a loch and the opportunity to try river fishing. Founded in around 1760, the town was originally a mill community and today a visitors' centre set in the former bobbin mill - Mill on the Fleet – tells the story of Gatehouse's cotton spinning days. The town now boasts several shops, including a baker, butcher, grocer, bank and post office whilst a number of the pubs also serve food and welcome children.

From the lush green farmlands of the Borders to the ruggedness of the Highlands, the Scots are proud of their land and identity. Scotland also has some of Britain's best beaches with glorious stretches of clean sand over which to roam.

Gas central heating. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi, library of books/games. All fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Cot and highchair. Off road parking for 2 cars. Lawned garden & patio with furniture & BBQ. Sorry, no pets & no smoking. Shops, pubs & restaurants 2 mins walk. Note: Garden leads directly to river. Children must be supervised. Note: Arrangements for taking own boat to be discussed with owners. Note: Property suitable for max. 6 plus 1 guest under 12 (inc. infants). Note: Check-in 4pm.


  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • By the sea
  • Near pub

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Mr Evans
April 2016
This was a fantastic location; a lovely riverside setting in a nice village with a good standard of accommodation.
Mr Longhurst
June 2016
An excellent stay, the cottage was well located for our events with the Vintage Humbers who were mainly based in the Cally Palace. The Gatehouse of Fleet is a fascinating village with lots to offer.
Dr Riedy
August 2015
A great location and set-up, it was spacious and well organized with a lovely garden, in a lovely town. We felt very much at home.
Ms Burdall
September 2013
Gatehouse of Fleet is an attractive village with lovely countryside all around. The accommodation was spacious and of a very high standard.
Mrs Wilkin
June 2014
The cottage was of a superb standard in a peaceful setting. Gatehouse itself had everything we needed and the local people were very helpful and friendly. It is a good base in which to explore the local beaches, forest and lochs.
Mrs Worrell
September 2014
East Gable was well decorated and the whole was well equipped, in a nice position with lovely views over the river. It was spacious and light. It was very comfortable.
Mrs Allan
October 2014
The location was great very friendly place with lots to do. The kids had a fantastic time and can't wait to go to the holiday home again.
Mrs Marston
June 2013
The location by the river and the village offered superb eating venues and walking opportunities. Very friendly and helpful locals. Exceptionally well-equipped cottage, warm and cosy, a real home-from-home.
Miss Mccallum
July 2013
Had an excellent time on holiday. The house was clean, well maintained and nicely decorated. House easily coped with 5 adults and 2 young children. Accommodation in a central location for all the activities and places we wanted to visit.
Mr Ryan
August 2013
Accommodation clean, warm and comfortable in lovely village setting. Local people very friendly and welcoming. Plenty of choice re places to eat, and the conveniently located Spar meant that we could stock up with necessities as required. The fact that the river (Fleet) runs adjacent to the garden adds a certain tranquillity to the setting, as well as giving opportunities to see local wildlife - eg herons, kingfishers.
Mrs Martin
August 2012
The house was ideal for us, as a 3 generation family group. Comfortable, well appointed and good information. We would definitely go back again.
Mrs Wishart
August 2012
Completely enjoyed our holiday. The weather was perfect and all enhanced by the excellent accommodation.
Mrs Tranter
August 2011
Great range of utensils/equipment in the kitchen.
Mrs Bates
September 2011
The on line booking with Sykes was straightforward and the photographs and description of the property were spot on. The property was very clean and extremely well equipped and the attention to detail appreciated.
Mr Southern
July 2011
Great location. Good base for different days out. Nice to sit in garden looking at river. Saw lots of different birds including a kingfisher.
Mr Rund
August 2011
I liked all the small touches which all amounted to a great convenience and were much appreciated.
Mr Pendlebury
August 2010
The accommodation was excellent and a great base for touring the area.
Mrs Hodgins
March 2011
We liked East Gable very much - all mod cons but it still retained the lovely original windows and pews. Gatehouse of Fleet is a lovely area, lots of forests and hills with really clean, fresh air. Gatehouse has a nice variety of shops and eating places. Further afield, but not too far, are plenty of towns and attractions. We will go back again!
Mrs Brooks
May 2011
Lovely location easy access to the river; good for launching kayak! Well placed to explore the surrounding area.
Mr Clark
June 2011
High quality property in excellent location. Better than any of the numerous properties we have stayed in through other cottage companies.
Mrs McIntyre
October 2009
The house was excellent, all very nice.
Mr Capes
April 2010
Lovely property in a lovely area. Far exceeded my expectations. 10/10.
Ms McCulloch
April 2010
We had a wonderful time - the house was well positioned for exploring Galloway.
Mr Paton
June 2010
The location and the surrounding countryside.
Mr Armstrong
April 2009
Cream O'Galloway and Mabie Farm are excellent value days out for families and children of all ages.
Ms Sweet
July 2009
Spacious, clean and stylish holiday home. Great to be right in the centre of town - handy for shops, pubs, walks etc.
Mr Wych
October 2009
Close proximity to shops etc, at the same time in a lovely peaceful setting. We enjoyed all the lovely forest walks nearby. The house had been done to a very high standard throughout, a lot of thought and care had gone into it.
Mr Hacking
June 2009
Excellent location in Gatehouse of Fleet.
Mr Jackson
May 2009
Excellent accommodation in a very pretty village. Great base for exploring the local area. The villagers were very friendly and helpful - full of tips for where to visit and when. The central heating works a treat and all the rooms were comfortable.
Mrs Mitchell
July 2008
Property well maintained and clean. Very nicely presented with modern decor. Well positioned for visiting attractions in area. Quiet area in village with views over river.
Mrs Hooper
July 2008
The accommodation was excellent, really clean, great decor and full of mod cons. It was extremely comfortable and so relaxing. We would definitely go back.
Mr Mrs Brown
October 2008
Lovely clean property in a great little town with pubs, shop and lots of walks.
Mr Edmunds
January 2009
We enjoyed a very comfortable week in this clean, warm, well-equipped and spacious property, situated in a quiet but well served village setting. It was an excellent base from which to explore this lovely area and an added bonus was the proximity of a well stocked local store that remained open throughout the New Year Holiday.
Dr Butterworth
June 2007
The property is well located in an area of great beauty with many local attractions, good pubs, eating places and plenty of opportunity for walking.
Mr Downie
June 2008
Beautiful property in excellent location.
Mrs Moss
June 2008
East Gable was very well furnished and I liked the way we were able to regulate the heating system. Good to be centrally placed for shops. The house was spotless, the lovely cotton sheets were much appreciated. We had a super holiday exploring Galloway, little traffic and very pleasant people.
September 2014
Perfect location next to Cally Woods and Galloway Ntl Forest. Charming town with nice tea rooms , pubs etc. Only suggestion to improve experience would be to supply towels. Trans Atlantic travellers really don't want to pack these!
September 2014
Just off the Main Street this holiday cottage is in a lovely setting with a stream running alongside. Once inside you would not know it was once a church. Very modern with plenty of space for two couples & a teenager. Large kitchen/diner/lounge downstairs. Second floor bathroom, twin room & double room, third floor double room with en suite & top floor lounge. It would improve the cottage had towels been provided. I did contact the owner who said they wasn't provided because people have allergies to some wash powder ! Personally I think customers could make their own mind up about this whether to use or not. Fitting 5 people plus luggage into the car was hard enough never mind having to pack a weeks worth of towels. The kitchen equipment could be changed as looking well used especially baking tins. I placed a wooden chopping board on top of the bin when we left because upon arrival it had a big crack in it, not exactly hygienic. Welcome pack such as milk would of been gratefully accepted but Spar supermarket is one min away. A shelf for toiletries would be a great help in the bathroom & I noted a lot of customers mentioned how bad the tv's where. I agree, very old, bad picture & too small for a large lounge. The beds where very comfy & clean. This cottage is just off the path from the visitors centre you do get a lot of people passing your door & garden & next door (west wing can only access their car through your garden, so not exactly private. One morning pulled open the bedroom curtains to see a strange woman sat on a chair with her feet up on our bench reading a book & having her breakfast, and she wasn't from next door !! Shame with just a few tweets this could be a fab cottage
December 2009
Very comfortable, clean, bright accommodation in a building full of character. Has been beautifully decorated by the owners. Very handy spot for local child friendly pubs and restaurants. Good local cycling nearby , Cream'O'Galloway Farm for ice-cream tours, adventure playground and cycle tracks a great hit with the kids and Carrick Bay a lovely secluded family beach. Liked being in the centre of town - only thing missing for us was a garden for the kids to play in - but there are a couple of large parks within walking distance. Found web-site easy to navigate and rental was handled efficiently by Sykes Cottages.
January 2011
Nice, bright conversion with plenty of room. Kitchen was well equipped with large dining area. The main lounge was on the third floor and was a little trek if you needed something from the kitchen! Slighty musty smell from condensation on the main church window on the side of the property. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again or recommend to others.
Angie C
August 2011
We've stayed in both East and West Gables and have enjoyed being at both of them. They are very clean and contain everything required for a pleasant stay, although it you are there during cold weather I'd recommend taking along a blanket for each bed. The showers are incredible, better than any power shower. However, if you have mobility problems, both houses are span three floors so there are lots of steps. The river Fleet runs right next to the houses and while the garden areas are small they have a picnic bench to enjoy the view. The houses are very close to the Mill on the Fleet which has a good coffee shop and tourist information, as well as a museum and fantastic second hand book shop on the top floor - great for a rainy day. The bus to Dumfries stops right outside if you don't want to drive and there's a Spar and Key Store within a couple of minute's walk if you run out of milk. There are also several pubs within easy staggering distance and walks through the woods and along the river Fleet. I think they are very good value for money, which is why we have stayed there 3 times in the last year.
Ruth M
October 2016
We booked our October mid-term break to stay at East Gable with family and friends. The house itself is beautiful, clean and offers lots of space. Having hired a number of rental properties over the years we found this one to be very well stocked. It was very clean and we enjoyed eating all together at the large kitchen table and the two sitting rooms it offered. The garden and surrounding area are gorgeous. We spent many hours walking in the forest on the doorstep of the property. There were lots to do in the surrounding area for children and many day trips to enjoy. While it rained for the first two days we found plenty to do. I must also mention that I left my laptop at the house and both the cleaner and the owner were incredibly helpful and returned my laptop to me, much to my relief! I would highly recommend both this fabulous house and the area. Top tip - don't just look on the internet for activities visit the tourist information office for leaflets.
December 2009
we had a really good time the property was as described first class the setting was excellant nice and close to shop and hotels food in local areas very good we ate out every day
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