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Vernon's review of Sandyhills self catering
Self Catering Sandyhills


Sandyhills Self Catering Scotland - attractive holiday cottage near the scenic Colvend Coast - sleeps 4 + sofabed


Recently renovated traditional, stone cottage with lovely views across verdant farmland.


The Scottish Solway coast runs from Carlisle to Drummore and it's an incredible coastline of rocky steep cliffs, wide sandy beaches and picturesque, fascinating villages. The most beautiful and interesting section of this coastline lies just below the Mill at Dunmuck between Dalbeattie and Dumfries.

The small road that links them is like a necklace studded with magnificent gems, that include: the best sandy beach in the region, Sandyhills; Sweetheart Abbey, once the home of King of Scotland John Balliol; Southerness competition golf course and breathtaking coastal walks like the Jubilee Path that takes you from Rockcliffe bay to Kippford sailing village where you can eat a fantastic lunch at the Anchor pub.

There is no better place to stay than this renovated mill building, standing high over this coastal location, next to the main farmhouse. This is a quirky conversion that has produced a wonderful, modern space for those of you who want to stay somewhere really special. I have a connection to this property like no other - my architect wife was involved in its design and construction and honestly - I don't have to say this - she did a great job.

Smart honey-coloured tiles throughout the house look and feel luxurious with their underfloor heating. I love the large sitting area that has a great wood burning stove and wide glass doors that open to a lovely lawned garden, bright with pretty shrubs and flowers and overlooking pleasant farmland and hills with the sea in the distance. On a warm day it's great to take the dining room outside (the table has wheels for the purpose) and enjoy a meal al fresco with a lovely view; this is handy when using the barbecue too.

The layout of the mill is unusual in that it is really a one bedroom property with another bedroom annex accessed by a separate ancient stone stair outside. I guarantee your children will fall in love with this - their own private mini-holiday-home with its own special way in. They'll love, too the quirky giraffe mural by local artist Davy Brown whose wonderfully colourful paintings decorate the walls and matche in with the lovely bright tiles around the stove and the cheerful splashes of red in the rugs, furnishings and kitchenware.

A pervasive feeling of space, light and warmth make this lovely self catering property a very comfortable and relaxing base to stay in while exploring the delights of the local area.

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Further details about this accommodation

Spacious living room (with double sofa bed)
Double bedroom
Wet room and wc
Twin loft bedroom accessed by outdoor steps

Fridge freezer
Washing machine/dryer
Travel Cot for infants under 15 months and high chair
Satellite TV - freesat
DVD player and DVD collection

Private garden
Private ponds with 2 kayaks
Tree swing
Trampoline and play equipment shared with farmhouse
Secure parking
Community tennis courts at bottom of lane
Laundry shared with farmhouse

Please note there is NO smoking.
Please ask regarding linen and towels.
May take pets – please enquire.

Our top five things to do while staying at these Sandyhills self catering
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Whether it’s hill walking, forest trails or a leisurely stroll along the beach, South West Scotland offers options for all. The cottage is a short distance from Rockcliffe, a pretty beach and starting point of the Jubilee Walk to Kippford (a two mile loop) and there is a longer coastal walk from the beach at Sandyhills around the headland to Rockcliffe. If you're feeling energetic, a strenuous climb will take you to the top of Criffel and reward you with stunning views of the Solway and Lake District hills beyond.

good area for sailing and boat trips

At the centre of nearby New Abbey village are the romantic ruins of Sweetheart Abbey. Also ruined, Caerlaverock Castle south of Dumfries has a spectacular moat and Threave Castle, another favourite just outside Castle Douglas is set on an island and requires a fun boat ride across the river Dee before exploring its gruesome history.

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There is abundant wildlife on the farm, from red squirrels in the garden to wild boar in the woods. Swallows nest in the barns and 50 species of bird have been recorded by guests in the Valley. On the various ponds we have a range of animals building their homes and the loveheart pond has seen tufted ducklings every spring. The RSPB reserve at Mersehead is 2 miles away and is home to thousands of wintering wildfowl and summer visitors. The Red Kite Trail at Castle Douglas guarantees close ups of these stunning birds.

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Dumfries and Galloway is a great place for cyclists of all abilities, with many marked cycle byways. There are quiet roads near the cottage through including part of the 7stanes - seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the scenery. Bikes can be hired locally.

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For coffees, teas and lunches, the Abbey Cottage Tea Room at New Abbey is lovely and has an excellent gift shop too. The Anchor at Kippford does very good meals and on a nice day you can sit outside and look over the water. For something a little different, try Nikos at The Blackwater in Castle Douglas - you'll be spoiled with generous amounts of delicious Greek cuisine.