Barnacle - Southwick, Sandyhills

Code: BA05ST

Holiday property description

Discover the breath taking scenery and wildlife that's typical of South West Scotland, with a stay at RSPB Mersehead Reserve. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace. Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks, not to mention butterflies and wild flowers. You might also see a roe deer. And in the autumn, thousands of barnacle and pink-footed geese start to arrive for the winter, creating a not-to-be-missed spectacle.
This pair of cosy semi-detached cottages are located in the heart of this renowned reserve which is a Visit Scotland 4 star wildlife experience, famous for its waterfowl.  There are plentiful opportunities to explore the local area including the historic Sweetheart Abbey at nearby New Abbey, Caerlaverock Castle with its unusual triangular floor plan and Moat Brae in Dumfries, where J M Barrie wrote Peter Pan.   Leisure pursuits in the area include plentiful golfing opportunities with the Southerness Links Championship course and many other 18 hole and 9 hole golf courses available nearby. The Forestry Commission 7Stanes  Mountain Bike Trails are located throughout the region at Dalbeattie Forest and also in Dumfries at both Mabie & Ae Forests, a little further afield are the trails in the Galloway Forest Park (Britain's first designated Dark Sky Park). There are plethoras of walking opportunities including beach, cliff top, forest and for those who seek something more strenuous, hill walks.  Course and sea fishing are readily available throughout the area.
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Post Code:   DG2 8AH

Security  Deposit £150      

Short breaks are welcome throughout the year, however during high & peak periods thay are only bookable within 6 weeks of arrival                                             
Guest Comments
'A smashing spot! Barnacle by the bedroom window in the morning. A challenging but good week's birding. Colvend Stores is astonishing in what it stocks.' Mr and Mrs A, April 2016
'What a wonderful cottage! Geese by day, Barn Owls by night. Magic! Thanks for the warm welcome, hoping to be back! Mr and Mrs Farrell, February 2016
'Our second stay here and we have hardly left the reserve, just enjoyed the walks, the hide and being nice and cosy in the gales! Some glorious days too and a walk under the stars on a clear night is magical. Colvend Store had everything we needed and the near hide had a phone signal! Cottage lovely and clean and we'll be back next year! Mr and Mrs Hemming, February 2016
Accommodation for 4 on one floor: Lounge/dining room; kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath; one double bedroom; one twin bedroom.
Services: Electric heating * Open fire withfuel provided * Bed linen and towels provided * Washing machine * Fridge/freezer * Electric cooking * Microwave * T.V with DVD * NO SMOKING * Dogs welcome*
EXTRAS: £20 per dog/week
Additional accommodation is available next door in Shelduck Cottage (SH01ST)



How to find us

Rspb Mersehead Reserve
Southwick, Sandyhills
Dumfries & Galloway

Barnacle - Southwick, Sandyhills

Code: BA05ST

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External Features

Sea View

Water view

Walk to Pub

Walk to Shops

Mountain View

Beach walk




Bicycle Storage



Garden Furniture

Garden Enclosed



Wheelchair Access

Internal Features

Open fire


High Chair


CD Player

DVD Player

Colour TV

Mobile Reception






Wash Machine

Bed Linen Cost Incl

Heating Cost Incl

Sofa Beds 0

Single Beds 2

Double Beds 1

Showers 1

Bathrooms 1

Tumble Dryer

Sky TV





Barnacle Reviews

4 star review

A nice comfortable cottage in a wonderful setting. We have stayed there several times and always enjoyed it. Fabulous place to stay if you like birds and other wildlife.
Many thanks for your kind comments and lovely photos. Barnacle certainly is a popular property and, as lovers of Mersehead ourselves, we couldn't agree more with your opinion of the location!
1 month ago
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5 star review

The location of this property, actually on the RSPB Reserve, really makes it, as does the surrounding area.
The Cottage is cosy & warm - we stayed at Easter - & the parking is fine. Love the pictures - paintings of birds & photographs of the surrounding area.
Only minor niggles - the clothes line had seen better days, as had the clothes-airer type drier which you need to use if the weather is inclement, & the glass shelf in the bathroom wasn't properly attached!
One other point, which maybe should have been made in the former section: I entirely understand why Discover Scotland is charging the returnable 'damages' deposit but it is quite a hefty sum, payable in advance, and it is slightly annoying to have to do this because of a few irresponsible people. It also makes you worry a little about anything happening when you are staying in a property - things do wear out & you don't want to be charged for something that isn't your fault!
However, all in all a fabulous holiday, as usual. We have been returning to Barnacle & Shelduck Cottages for a number of years now, so that speaks for itself!
1 month ago
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5 star review

Cottage was warm and comfortable and well equipped.
Valerie Badger
4 months ago
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