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 * Maximum of 2 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






Wash Machine

Bed Linen Cost Incl

Heating Cost Incl

Tumble Dryer

Sky TV



Sofa Beds 0

Single Beds 2

Double Beds 1

Showers 1

Bathrooms 1



Barnacle Reviews

5 star review

Very comfortable cottage in a lovely location. Would certainly return
Carole Humble
3 weeks ago
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4 star review

It was a lovely cosy, beautifully clean cottage with lots of nice little touches which made me feel welcome as soon as I arrived. The fresh flowers were particularly appreciated! One or two of the facilities would benefit from some upgrading which I'm sure the owners are aware of but I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there.
2 months ago
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5 star review

The cottage was way and above our expectations! Everything was clean and the cottage cosy. What we didn't expect was the provision of all cleaning materials, all Eco friendly too!
The main window created a luxury hide for the bird table across the road, which was well supplied with seed from the container in the kitchen, again provided.
We are already discussing when we will be visiting again.
Thank you for providing such a delightful holiday home.
Miriam Goddard
3 months ago
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5 star review

This is the 8th year I have gone to this cottage and have enjoyed every holiday. I am going again later in the year and will be going next year too. The staff are very helpful the only little thing for me is now my husband has passed away and I am on my own wifi would be nice to enable me to keep in touch with family. A special thank you to Eric and Rowena for their help. Wildlife brilliant badger, deer, mice and birds in the garden rabbits, hare, deer and birds round the reserve.
3 months ago
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4 star review

Cosy, comfortable and well equipped cottage. Electric heating system not very efficient but living room very cosy when open fire lit. Great to wake up to sunrise through bedroom windows and see sunset through the living room window. Marvellous displays of Barnacle geese and other wildlife.
David Smith
4 months ago
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4 star review

Customer service excellent, fridge decided to freeze everything inside it, fridge replaced within 3 days. Views from cottage fantastic along with bird life. Only downside the damp in the walls in every room. Having said that look forward to staying again
Ian Ledger
4 months ago
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4 star review

Lovely cottage, warm and welcoming. Perfect setting (and weather thank you). Everything we needed despite the temperamental fridge freezing all our food the first day!
Very well stocked shop close by came to our rescue and the fridge sorted itself out!
Would recommend Barnacle Cottage to anyone wanting an away from it all break, surrounded by wildlife. lovely.
Fiona Wilson, Leeds
5 months ago
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4 star review

Location on bird reserve is perfect if you like quiet, immediate access to hides,countryside and huge empty beach with spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Cottage warm cosy and comfortable. Well equipped. As per online description.
There were a few small maintenance jobs that needed doing to make it 5 star.
Pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Barnacle! Some maintenance jobs are set to be comleted over the coming weeks so you should see a difference if you chose to book again.

7 months ago
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5 star review

No complaints cottage very warm staff helpful this was the 3rd time I had stopped there and I have booked another two holidays for next year so must be good. Just wish they had wifi so I could communicate with family at home.
Mrs Hargreaves
7 months ago
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5 star review

A very good clean and comfortable cottage with great views!
11 months ago
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