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Oyster Catcher Pet-Friendly Cottage in Southerness, Dumfries and Galloway

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sleeps 5
2 rooms
1 bathroom

Oyster Catcher Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
Oyster Catcher is a charming single storey cottage in a wonderful holiday location, set overlooking the beach and the Solway Firth in Southerness, Dumfries and Galloway. There is a double bedroom, and also a room with a triple bunk, suitable for three people as it has a double bed on the bottom and a single on top. The cottage has a fitted kitchen, and a sitting room with a dining area and gas fire. Outside there is off road parking for one car, while the lawned garden is very well kept, with views to the sea and beach. The amenities of Southerness are a short walk, and with golfing, walking, cycling and wonderful nature all within easy reach, Oyster Catcher makes a charming family base.

Established in the late 18th century, the village of Southerness looks out over the Solway Firth and forms part of the Colvend coast. Home to two pubs and a village store, the seaside village also boasts two miles of sandy beaches with dunes, rock pools and warm Gulf Stream waters, as well as one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland. Built in 1748, this beacon was one of the first in the country. Nearby Criffel Hill is an impressive 569m tall and offers varied walks with wonderful views of the farmland and the sands of the Nith Estuary. The Southerness Championship Golf Course is definitely worth playing for its panoramic views of the Solway Firth, the Cumbrian Lake District and the Galloway Hills.

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.

Electric heating with gas fire. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair. Off road parking for 2 cars. Lawned garden to rear with furniture. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 10 mins walk.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • By the sea

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Mrs Chezeaud
January 2016
It was very warm and comfortable, particularly at this time of year. The location, although on a large holiday park, was tucked away in a discrete corner. The views, at all times of the day and in all weather, made it a magical location. An excellent experience overall and we will recommend to friends and family.
Mrs Jones
October 2015
A lovely property which was clean and well furnished. There was a lovely fire in the lounge for chilly evenings. In a fantastic location, loved the garden and the bench by the sea.
Mrs Watson
November 2015
The location was good for what we wanted and access to the beach from the garden was an added bonus. The garden was secure so our dog could be allowed out and was safe and secure. The cottage was warm and cosy and there was plenty of lovely thick and very white towels that were available for our use.
Mrs Shardlow
September 2015
The Oyster Catcher is a little gem, we had the most relaxing, peaceful holiday and the view was out of this world. There was nothing we did not like about it.
Mr Henderson
June 2015
We had a peaceful time at Oyster Catcher and enjoyed plenty walks on the beach. This was our second visit to the cottage and we loved it.
Mrs Ryding
June 2015
We were very lucky to have great weather and the views from Oyster Catcher were fantastic, both day and night. The gardens, of which there were 3 were just lovely. Walking down steps from the gardens right onto the beach was fabulous and my dogs loved it there. , The area is outstandingly beautiful, the people we met were friendly and helpful. Plenty of nearby forest walks for the dogs. I particularly liked the bench situated half way down the steps leading to the beach where I used to take my coffee and gaze at the sea. Very pleased. Wonderful holiday.
Mrs Halliday
March 2015
We liked the peace, tranquillity, close proximity to the beach and of course the fantastic view. Waking up to rabbits playing in the garden was magical. Even the rain didn't spoil the view.
Mr Rhodes
February 2015
The property was well represented on the website, but we were so impressed on arrival as it was even better than we had expected. Its location is fabulous, straight out onto the beach and fantastic views of the Solway Firth. A great garden area as well, perfect for the kids and the dog! We enjoyed ourselves so much that we tried to book for later in the year while we were still there, only to find it's booked out until November - not really a surprise! We will definitely book Oyster Catcher again!
Mr Ledsham
January 2015
Had a great stay, a surprising little gem of a place and location. Wouldn't hesitate to book again in the future.
Mr 'wain
December 2014
Oyster Catcher is in a lovely location and it was great to open the back gate and walk down on to the beach also the view from the dining area was stunning. We loved it that you could walk along the beach for miles and didn't need to use the car. the cottage was very cosy with a lovely fire overall we loved it.
Dr Fischbacher
December 2014
Firstly, let me thank you for a wonderful cottage which surpassed all our expectations.The location was absolutely perfect and the cottage was extremely comfortable and cosy which is essential in any winter break in Scotland! The completely enclosed garden was a bonus for our daughters and dogs which added to our security and comfort. The sea views were incredible and the majestic Criffel was wonderful to view from the top seat of the dining table due to some careful planning of positioning the garden shed! We had some terrific views of the high tides and birds, rabbits etc, which were excellent to draw and paint from the marvellous windows. The large sturdy dining table was not only great to host our family meals, but was also a bonus for our desktop easels! The steps down to the beach were steep, but well worth the climb down. The garden bench on the steps too, afforded some nice star gazing moments and a great vantage point to watch our girls and dogs playing on the beach. Staying out of season too was a wise choice as we had the beach to ourselves! As for the cottage, it was immaculately clean and the linen and towels were luxurious and fresh. All the rooms were maximised to their full potential. The Christmas tree was a really lovely thought and completely unexpected! The Fischbacher family thank you all very much for making this a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Our 5 day break felt like a 2 week holiday. We will definitely return next year.
Mr Williams
September 2014
We really liked the location
Mrs Walker
June 2014
Walk out of the garden straight onto the beach with the dogs, great for walking.
Mr Hedges
August 2014
The views from the cottage are stunning and the privacy, peace and quiet were exactly what we wanted for our chilled out holiday.
Mr Henderson
May 2014
It was really peaceful and the cottage was spot on! We have booked for next year as we really enjoyed our week.
Mrs Walker
March 2014
The views from the cottage were amazing. Having the beach so close and in such easy access was a dream. Our daughter and dog loved digging on the beach, even in March! The cottage, along with the roaring fire, felt so cosy and very homely. The surrounding area gave us plenty of options of things to do especially as nature lovers. Definitely a place to go to for a relaxing holiday.
Ms Jeffrey
January 2014
The location of the cottage was amazing, with the garden leading straight onto the beach, perfect for us and our dogs. Good hotel within walking distance, dog friendly and serving wholesome meals.
Mr Goode
December 2013
Could not fault the holiday whatsoever. Peace and Tranquility at its best, perfect for dogs and humans alike, we were reluctant to leave the property so only went away on one day just to buy bread, milk and our beloved Haggis. This cottage is the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to get away from the rigours of everyday life.
Mrs Healey
November 2013
Lovely cottage. Fantastic location.
Mrs Fordham
October 2013
Loved the cottage and setting. I would recommend the cottage, the peace and tranquillity were to die for.
Mr Pickering
October 2013
I particularly loved the garden and views from the back of the property. It was so private, quiet and restful, with access straight on to the beach (when tide out). The garden was bigger than we expected, with different aspects and corners. It was easy to walk to the dog-friendly pub for a meal. I would recommend having a grocery order delivered if you like to self cater. A lovely relaxed holiday.
Mrs Stuttard
September 2013
The cottage is in a fantastic location, with the beach at the bottom of the garden steps. It is so quiet. It is such a lovely warm cosy place that wraps its self around you, and makes you feel welcome from the moment you step through the door. We would recommend it to anyone.
Mr Seal
May 2013
Excellent location, secluded garden on a number of levels with direct access to beach. Dog friendly pubs within 10 mins walk. Good central location for trips out.
Mrs Bond
April 2013
The cottage was lovely, warm, comfortable with a gorgeous garden.
Mrs Ripley
April 2013
Our second visit to this cosy cottage, great views of Solway Firth, beautiful location and very restful.
Mrs Ripley
December 2012
Well situated lovely little cottage, we ate breakfast watching the tide come in and the real oyster catchers feeding.
Mrs Craig
April 2013
The location, the views across to the Lake District were almost alpine looking with the snow on them. The house was also quite comfortable and in fact we could have stayed two weeks.
Mrs Singleton
December 2012
Fantastic location and outlook from the cottage. Direct access onto the beach. Pets allowed. New table and chairs, a welcome addition and also the more extensive cooking utensils and serving dishes.
Mr Jackson
October 2012
Excellent location. Great for the dogs as the well kept garden led straight onto the beach.
Mrs Clifton
September 2012
The garden and choice of patios, views and access to beach.
Mrs Kelly
September 2012
Excellent holiday home - private access to beach and garden a delight. Totally pet-safe and miles of sandy beach to walk when tide is out. Highly recommend.
Mrs Wick
July 2012
The location of the property was fantastic, and the garden was fabulous.
Miss Atkinson
August 2012
Superb location of the property - direct and private beach access. Loved it all - would go back tomorrow.
Mr Bland
July 2012
The cottage was everything you could wish for, the location was ideal for a quiet and relaxing holiday, it was also situated perfectly for touring the wonderful surrounding coastline. The back garden was fantastic and secluded with great views across the the Solway Firth. We would highly recommend it.
Mrs Ross
July 2012
The garden and the easy access to the beach were excellent. Our dogs were most appreciative! A lovely area for walking and birdwatching. Very friendly staff in the office.
Mr Nightingale
July 2012
The property was secluded, tranquil, and a credit to Sykes. We will be going back next year as we had the most relaxing holiday, and our 2 dogs loved it.
Mrs Dunn
June 2012
Lovely cottage and beautiful garden with wonderful views of the sea.
Mrs McDonald
May 2012
We particularly like the close proximity to the beach and the fantastic garden. Great rock climbing, fishing, bird watching and walking all within a few miles of the lovely cottage.
Miss Todd
January 2012
We had a fantastic weekend break at the Oyster Catcher cottage. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed. The place itself was lovely and especially with the access to the beach which the dog also loved.
Mr Smith
March 2012
The location and view was first class. My wife and I and our two small dogs just loved the place; if I could buy it I would. We were so pleased we booked to go back before we left. The long drive was well worth it.
Ms Dodd
October 2011
Great and we will book again. The staff were friendly and helpful and the location was beautiful. Thank you.
October 2016
The pictures of the lounge in this cottage bear no resemblance to the furniture that is actually in there - unfortunately the clealiness left a lot to be desired and i would not recomend anyone to stay there at this point in time - the cottage smelled so much we had to buy bleach to clean the sinks - I have been in touch with Sykes who are one of the agent for this proporty and my case has be resolved - but if you see this property on any cottage sites with the white furniture dont expect it to be there when you arrive
July 2011
Loved the location, the garden and the tranquillity.
Mrs McDonald
October 2011
The wonderful secluded garden and easy access to the beach. So much so, I have already booked again for next year and told all my friends about this super cottage.
jan m
August 2016
we stayed at this property this summer ... but it was a scottish summer good day . the location of the property is great right on the beach . It was very quiet no passing traffic because we were in a dead end and total privacy ,high hedges so although we had neighbours we couldn't see them . The tide is like Cleethorpes when it goes out its gone . It was great for the dog she had a ball , open the gate and away she was running about . If the weather had been better this could of been a real hotspot and sun trap. It has private steps to the beach with a private bench at the top that was great for views across the water to England . At night there was no light pollution so great for star gazing . It was a lovely well presented cottage everything you needed . BUT the beds need to be replaced , I spent all week sleeping on the settee the beds were shocking . all in all I would totally recommend this cottage , a lovely part of the country to visit .
April 2015
Warm comfortable cottage with spectacular views across the Solway Firth. We sat in the garden relaxing in the sunshine.
Neil H
September 2015
Stunning accommodation with views over Solway Firth, lovely large gardens for the dogs to enjoy. Well equipped could not ask for more.
June 2016
Superb property, very clean, well equipped, lovely kitchen. Very private and fabulous garden which was secure and enclosed for the dogs. Fantastic views from the spacious and airy lounge . Even with good weather the beach, which could be accessed from a gate in the garden, was almost deserted and we walked for miles barely seeing a soul. Was sorry to leave and would not hesitate to return and would highly recommend. Only downside was no Wifi connection but could connect at the Paul Jones Hotel , only a short stroll away.
March 2015
The house is a lovely wee place with a lovely outlook and a garden that's been well loved in the past. Everything was clean and tidy with pretty much everything I needed equipment wise. I was there at the tail end of March just as things were being made easy for the start of the season so it was still very quiet - just the way I like it! I was there on my own with my dog and there were plenty of walks along the shore and within a 5 mile drive. The beach is not particularly attractive being coarse sand and silt with a lot of broken shell - mainly ( unsurprisingly) cockles and mussels. Having said that it was a fairly interesting beach with all kinds of flotsam and jetsom washing up. Masses of gnarly driftwood and buoys - the dog thought it was a great place. Things I wish I'd known - 1 unlike every other holiday cottage I've stayed in there was nothing like loo roll or washing up liquid provided ( discovered loo roll problem after racing in after long drive in state of desperation - thank heavens for paper hankies) fortunately the wee shop had just opened for the season. 2 The bed was very very hard. I'm more of a medium to hard mattress kind of woman myself so had to abandon the bed for the very comfy sofa most nights. 3 The directions needed a tiny tweak to prevent me driving round the static caravan park having missed my turn. So here you go - at the bit where you take the right hand fork then the slip road - they do mean the hard-core track that goes up past a notice saying no through road! We had a lovely quiet week - I read five books and did cross stitch and walked the dog. It was a great place to view the solar eclipse too.
September 2014
The view and proximity to the sea is what makes the property! it has the wow factor, the tide com es up to the bottom of your garden. The cottage/chalet has everything you need but could do with a deep clean, on first inspection it looks fine, having said this it would not stop us returning. I would advise you to take a windbreak for in the garden as it can get a bit windy. It is an awkward place to find (we had to ask at reception for directions). There is'nt a great deal in Southerness but there are plenty of attractions close by. We did the zip wire at laggan outdoor, the girls went pony trekking and there are plenty of castles. We also went cockle picking and had them for our tea...yummy. Our dog loved the walks along the beach.
January 2014
Had a lovely week here the peace and beauty is something my sister a I will not forget infact we still talk about it. The service for booking was excellent and helpful .the home was clean only problem really was the settees most uncomfortable especially for the elderly! The location was great the amenities we'll it was the end of season and every thing was closing down but everyone was so friendly and helpful
June 2013
The cottage is set in a lovely garden with far reaching views over the Solway Firth. The beach can be easily reached directly from the garden although less able people may find the steps a little steep. Clean, comfy and warm, pets are welcome but the wooden floors are a little difficult for older dogs and we take a couple of carpet runners with us for our little dog to walk on. This is a nice little cottage with stunning views, on a clear day you can see the Lake District and if it rains you can stay in the warm and watch the sea come and go from the large picture window. We have been in December and april and it is ideal for bird watchers, Rspb reserve close by. Plenty of dog friendly walks in the area. We have visited a couple of times now and I am sure we will again.
June 2013
A great place to take dogs as there is direct access onto the beach from the garden. The cottage itself is well equipped and very warm and comfortable.
September 2013
This cottage must rate as one of the best we have ever stayed in, not for the plushness of the place,it is clean,warm comfortable and homely, but more for the garden and location. The garden has been lovingly created and is an absolute delight, there are hidden patios all over, and the steps lead down on to the beach-a dogs paradice! Be aware the steps are made out of the rock, and are easy enough to negotiate-with care.The views are fantastic no matter what the weather. The cottage has everything you need, a decent sized freezer, which is very rare and much appreciated by the blackberry picking husband, who collected at least 4kg to bring home with us!!! Storeage heaters, which kept the chill off and a wonderful gas fire for the odd night it got just that bit too chilly. Us and our 2 dogs loved it here and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, we will definately be returning.
Mr Chesterman
October 2013
Delightful little property, beautifully decorated and furnished,good idea to change white sofas to a more practical dark grey patterned as pet friendly. State of the art fitted kitchen but appliances were a little difficult to fathom, especially the newly fitted induction hob. The garden was a delight and a pleasure to sit and drink in the views as we were fortunate to have temperatures soar to 30*C and have dramatic sunsets and breathtaking sunrises. Steps to the beach were a little tricky and it is a mixture of sand and silt as it is an estuary. Apart from a long lane of these holiday homes and a handful of original buildings (including the now disused lighthouse), Southerness is basically dominated by the 2 massive family orientated caravan parks, although this property was far enough away not to get disturbed.
May 2013
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
February 2013
My daughter and I booked the cottage for a break over Christmas break for just the two of us (and our Westie!, after what had been a very difficult year. This was to be our first Christmas on our own. And a break it was. We had a fab time. The cottage is secluded, right on the beach and on the day we arrived, the tide was out, the sun was out and the sky was blue. Its the first time I have ever heard my daughter say "I could live here"! The only thing I would say is if anyone is going over the Christmas break, make sure you have enough provisions to save you travelling 20 miles to the nearest supermarket, as all the local stores are closed over the holiday period. But we managed and we had a fab time. Walking on the beach on Christmas Day was just lovely. The cottage is beautifully maintained and has all the appliances/gadets you could ever need. And even though it was December, we were never cold. Will certainly go back again.
Mr Rhodes
February 2016
This was our second time staying at Oyster Catcher, we loved the cottage and the location right on the beach, perfect for the kids and dog alike. The cottage is very homely and the kids are already asking when we can go back!
Mr Mcghie
March 2016
Oyster Catcher is situated in a great location, with easy access to the beach. It is a superb cottage with a beautiful garden.
Mrs Clarke
May 2016
The gardens at Oyster Catcher were were very well maintained and arranged to get the most out of the wonderful scenery. Outside seating areas were very good. Kitchen was well stocked, clean and practical, the modern oven was appreciated too. Lots of fluffy white towels provided. We particularly liked the large front room with big views across the bay and to top it all the sofas were very comfortable. Overall we were impressed with the standard of the cottage.
Mrs Bailey
July 2016
The garden was lovely with access straight on to the beach. The dogs loved running around in the spacious garden and walks along the beach in the evening. All in all a lovely property.
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