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Quirky Artists Cottage In A Peaceful Location A Short Walk From The Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Rockcliffe, Nr. Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - Clean, Comfortable Cottage By The Sea

Drumbeg is situated on the edge of the seaside village of Rockcliffe. Sleeps 6, the 3 bedroomed, detached cottage is quirky, well equipped with simple, comfortable furniture. A woodburning stove provides a cosy retreat. An ideal base to explore the Solway coast and surrounding areas with walks castles, gardens, 7 Stanes mountain biking, golf and wide range of other outdoor activities to enjoy. Panoramic views on three sides overlooking Rough Island, Heston Island, and the Solway Firth can be enjoyed from the upstairs bedroom, originally an artists studio. The cottage has a no smoking policy. Pets welcome.

Lynne Shann
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About Lynne Shann

I live in Yorkshire with my husband, the youngest of our 4 children, and our adorable dog. We spend most of our holidays in Scotland. We absolutely love the area. Our first visit to Rockcliffe was 33 years ago, we still discover something new every time we visit. All our children, now adults all love spending time at Drumbeg, it is very special to us.

Lynne Shann purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Lynne Shann chose Dumfries & Galloway

Drumbeg is a quirky artists cottage in the popular seaside village of Rockcliffe. We purchased the property after staying there once. The upstairs bedroom (previously an artists studio) has panoramic views on three sides overlooking Rough Island, Heston Island and the Solway Firth.

The area is also known as the Scottish Riviera due to its kindly climate influenced as it is by the Gulf Stream. The area is considered to be one of the most picturesque in Scotland and justly deserves the protection it enjoys from The National Trust. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, activities in the area, whilst also being able to relax and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.

What makes this cottage unique

Drumbeg cottage is a charming, quirky, comfortable artist's cottage. Situated on the edge of the popular seaside village of Rockcliffe, a short walk to the sandy beach - a wonderful playground for children - with rock pools to investigate.

Drumbeg can sleep six guests in two double bedrooms and one twin. We provide a travel cot, high-chair, safety gate and fire-guard for young guests.

The lounge has a woodburning stove making it a cosy place to relax. Play games, read a book, watch television or a DVD.

There is a compact, well equipped kitchen and utility porch.

The bright dinning room has patio doors to a paved area with garden furniture and a large enclosed garden where children and pets can play safely.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"..... all the comforts of home in an idyllic location. Beautiful. E.Finch Coventry

"My wife and I had a wonderful time here. We'll be back. J Rowlands Bridlington

"Our grandchildren and the dog really appreciated the space in the garden" L. Mcleod Kilmarnock

"the views from the upstairs bedroom are phenomenal." C. Darby Cardiff
Jun 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Dalbeattie in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower over the bath, separate toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One double (5ft) bedroom upstairs, one double (5ft) bedroom downstairs and a twin downstairs bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Notes on accommodation: Travel cot, highchair, safety gate, fireguard and Hairdryer. Large enclosed garden. Large timber shed bike store with sun loungers, wind breaks, outdoor toys, additional logs and fuel for stove. Disposable BBQ Outside: Large enclosed private garden with outdoor table and seating. Parking for 3 cars. Utility Room: Utility porch with coat stand, drying line, tumble dryer, freezer, fridge, store cupboard. Washing machine. Disposable BBQ. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen provided at £6.00 per bed, Own linen is welcome. Electric meters accept £1. coins Other: Large windows ensure a bright dinning room with large table that seats six. Small breakfast table with electric toaster. Patio doors leading to outside seating area. Open stairs to upstairs bedroom.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Very Good! 4/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)


how you couldn't fall in love with this cottage is beyond me..returned home so relaxed and content.

  • 5 of 5

Lynne, you truly have a beautiful holiday cottage...the wildlife visiting the garden feeders, the rabbits in the front and side paddocks the resplendent sea views from the upstairs windows...magnificent. My mum loved staying here..downstairs bedroom and toilet facilities were perfecto. Cooked every night apart from the Thursday, from seafood to steaks....plentiful crockery and cutlery and as many modern pots and pans that you would ever need...hopefully we will all come back again...but if not all of us we will be back...thank you 😊

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice property with fantastic views. Good location for walking or touring. Very clean, well equiped

  • 3 of 5

The directions giving the location of the property are very poor. The location is clerly given as 'Barcloy Road' but he porterty is not in this road and some 50 metres before the road is reached. Having driven up and down Barcloy Road several times I finally spoted what I thought was the house and we made our way to it. It would be far better if the 'T' junction sign and the 'SLOW' warning painted on the road were used as indicators for the location with an obvious house name sign. There were 2 electric meters in the house but no indication as to which served what equipment so we put money in both which I sure we did not need to do.

Comfortable and cosy.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alan Thank you for taking the time to review Drumbeg. I am pleased you found the cottage comfortable and cosy.I am so very sorry that the start of your holiday was ruined due to inadequate travel directions. I have had the address changed to Drumbeg, Rockcliffe, Dalbeattie,DG5 4 QG. The address owners direct put on was a Google earth estimated address. Thank you for drawing my attention to the problem. I have now included the information regarding the T junction sign etc in the access information. I will ensure the meters are labelled so that all future guests are aware which meter is for the heaters and which is for all other electrical items.I appreciate you alerting me to this issue. I hope you enjoyed your holiday at Drumbeg. Thank you
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Spotless, well-equipped cottage in secluded spot with extensive views

  • 4 of 5

We had an enjoyable week, with mostly good weather, interesting places to visit, and an excellent base at Drumbeg.

The cottage is very well-equipped, well-maintained, and presented in a spotless condition. Although the pre-paid electric meters are a nuisance, it is easy to live in, with television and other entertainment provided. The furniture and the beds are very comfortable, the dining room is a bright and airy room to eat in, and the kitchen small, but modern and supplied with everything one could reasonably need.

Rockcliffe is an attractive small village, with extensive views across to both Rough and Hestan Islands, and the scenic walks to Kippford and Castle Point have beautiful views and each has historical and natural interest. People are very friendly, and always willing to share their ideas about the best places to visit in the area. There is no shop in the village, but the local general stores at Colvend a mile or so from the cottage can supply all daily needs if required.

The cottage sits at the edge of the village perched on the hilltop. It is secluded, although the houses and cottages around prevent any feelings of loneliness. Views from the studio/bedroom window and from the safe and secure garden are remarkably peaceful and panoramic, promoting a real sense of peace and quiet.

The surrounding area is full of natural beauty, with a spectacular coastline, and the surprisingly rugged Galloway Hills and Forest Park, which, together with the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes area, are ideal for walking and cycling. Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas (the local Food Town) are both interesting small towns, full of little independent shops and worth a visit.

We are very pleased to have chosen Drumbeg as our home while visiting Dumfries and Galloway once more after many years. Were we to visit again, we would have no hesitation in choosing Drumbeg again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful but cold......

  • 3 of 5

It's a beautiful place and in the summer it will be amazing. However, during the winter it really does need central heating and may be a bigger water tank. I would rather pay more for it with central heating. Kitchen well supplied and everything needed. Sky was a pleasant surprise. Electric heaters are costly but needed without CH.

However, the house is perfect in every other way.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home from Home, Clean, well equipped cottage, Superb walks in the area

  • 5 of 5

Returning to Drumbeg for the fifth time! Such a tranquil area. New walks discovered yet again. Cottage clean and well equipped. Stove is a delight, especially in February after long walks with the dog. We love it at Drumbeg!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Village and area are beautiful and views just a pity about problems in the cottage

  • 1 of 5

We stayed for a week at this cottage Drumbeg in Rockcliffe - the views were amazing and Rockcliffe is beautiful. We stayed the last week in Nov to early Dec and found out that the any heating and electricity for the cottage was via a £1 meter - it is a good job we took plenty, and I mean plenty of pound coins or we would have froze to death and been in darkness. The only other alternative heat was the wood burner but this was not connected to any heating or water, so only heated the living room. The kitchen area was inadequate and only had 2 hob rings neither of which heated up well. There was an endless list of 'don't do's' but no list of 'do's or anything positive. The cottage was extremely cold and as stated the heating required pound coins but the heaters were not storage heaters but simple electric heaters that are expensive and do not provide any continual heat. The DVD player did not work and we were informed that Sky TV would be available but this was limited and did not have as many channels as some free view devices.

There were good points - the views, the garden, the village and the people in the area were all lovely. The walks in the area were brilliant and Scotland is truly beautiful this time of the year.

We also had to ensure there was enough money in the meters to vacuum the cottage and do other cleaning before we left.

I don't normally leave negative reviews but felt I had to this time. Do go and stay here but either go in the warmer months or take large amounts of pound coins with you.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. I am sorry that your stay at Drumbeg was a disappointment. We set the tariff low at a maximum of £480. rather than the £700+ charged by other 6 berth cottages in the area. This allows for the use of £1 coins in the meters. I am sorry that your party of 6 considered the £36 you put in for the week too high. I do provide all fuel for the multi fuel stove free of charge. Thank you for the feedback regarding the hob, we will ensure a quick guide is provided rather than the lengthy instruction booklet. A single click heats the inner area for small pans and a double click heats the whole ring. The DVD player remote batteries have been replaced. ( Spare batteries and light bulbs stored by the meters) restoring the DVD player to full working order once again. We are sorry you feel the sky package was inadequate, the family package was intended to accommodate children staying in the cottage, following your feedback the sky package has been increased to the variety package. With regards to cleaning the cottage. We state upon booking that the cottage must be left as it was found. Unfortunately this was not the case with your party, which is why we had to withhold the £60 housekeeping deposit for only the 2nd time in 12 years. We are happy that you found Rockcliffe an enjoyable place to visit.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Oct 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Refundable Damage Deposit £60

Booking Notes:
£60.00 deposit payable on booking this is retained as a housekeeping deposit.Refundable after holiday and caretakers inspection, request is that the cottage is left as you found it. The holiday let fee to be paid six weeks prior to start of holiday.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Low season - January - March £260.00
Mid season - March - July £420.00
Peak Season - July and August £480.00
Mid Season -September - November £400.
Low Season - November - December £220.00
High Season - christmas and New Year £460.00k

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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