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Delightful, spacious cottage in stunning location, 50m to secluded beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom cottage just a stone's throw from the beach

Long Cottage is a delightful, whitewashed and well-insulated stone built cottage that was once a 19th century grain store and forms part of the secluded Balcary Mews courtyard. It fronts onto a quiet lane just 50 metres from the tranquil Balcary Bay in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. Across the Bay lies uninhabited Heston Island - with its lighthouse, remains of a 14th century fortified mansion and history of smugglers, it is now home to grazing sheep and seabird colonies. In the distance are the peaks of the Lake District.

The cottage is in a peaceful position and enjoys stunning coastal and loch walks from its front door. One of the most memorable walks in the region begins directly outside – the coastal path to Rascarrel Bay with its beautiful sea views and spectacular cliffs covered in wild flowers and teeming with nesting fulmars and cormorants, and from where, on a lucky day, you might spot dolphins, porpoises or seals.

Set in the heart of East Stewartry National Scenic Coastal Area, Long Cottage is an ideal base for families, walkers, bird-watchers, cyclists, or for anyone wishing to find a tranquil break. In addition to forests, lochs and gardens, the area is steeped in history with numerous castles and ancient ruins to explore. If you are a family with children, you can be down on the beach within less than a minute.


All electricity, bed linen and towels are included. Initial fuel for wood burner is provided. For a small fee additional fuel can be delivered and a simple welcome hamper provided by prior arrangement.

A high chair and travel cot can be provided on request. For the benefit of future guests, we regret no smoking is permitted and dogs must be kept on ground floor of cottage (stair-gate provided) and not left alone unattended during the day.

Ground floor

- Living/dining room: Comfortable open plan room with wood burning stove, flat screen TV with DVD player, dining area for 6, and selection of traditional games. Electric heater.

- Kitchen/diner: With extra large fridge, freezer, microwave, electric stove with double oven, breakfast table for 6, washing machine, and beach chairs. Electric heater.

First floor

- Bedroom 1: With super king-size bed (which can be made up as 2 single beds on request). Night storage heater.

Two steps down to...

- Bedroom 2: With twin beds. Night storage heater.

- Bedroom 3: With twin beds. Night storage heater.

- Bathroom: With bath, shower, heated towel rail and WC.


Additionally there is a secluded, small garden. This is securely fenced for children and pets and is set across the lane directly opposite the property. Catching the evening sun, al fresco dining for 6 can be enjoyed on the patio area overlooking open fields and gentle hills. You are also welcome to set up your own barbecue there. For cyclists, secure and waterproof top-rated Asgard bike storage can accommodate up to 4 adult 29er (extra length) mountain bikes. There is also a drying area.

In front of the cottage is a further south facing area with bistro table and chairs offering an inviting glimpse of the sea. Private parking is provided for one car with ample additional parking in the public car park immediately adjacent. There is no need to travel by car to savour some of Scotland’s finest cuisine or a dram from a wide selection of Scottish malt whiskies - 300 metres away, the renowned Balcary Bay Country House Hotel, with sea views from its formal restaurant and less formal cocktail bar and conservatory, is open to non-residents. A local bus service links the nearby village of Auchencairn with Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright.


Walk along the single track lane which follows the water’s edge to the village of Auchencairn and you will get wonderful views of Heston Island and the tide as it enters and leaves the Bay. You will pass a 17th century mansion, now the Balcary Hotel, tiny former fishermen’s’ cottages and a four-storey Victorian tower lodge. Only a few miles further is Screel Hill – from its summit you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the Galloway Hills and the Solway, and on a clear day you can glimpse the hills of Northern Ireland. The nearest town is Castle Douglas which is 10 miles away; due to its rich selection of traditional food shops and cafes it has been dubbed “food capital” of South West Scotland.

Set in the heart of the world-class 7Stanes Mountain Biking country, Long Cottage is also ideal to explore castles, ruins and abbeys or the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The region’s Galloway Forest Park has been awarded the status of being one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the western world. In addition to offering extraordinary stargazing experiences, its 150,000 acres have waymarked trails that are ideal for trekking and cyclists. Formal gardens and country parks can be found throughout the region including the island stronghold of Threave Castle, and the beautiful Threave Gardens. Loch Ken provides activities such as windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing, whilst the Colvend scenic route follows an unspoiled coastline of secluded sandy beaches and coastal villages with boat hire and yacht moorings.

The historic town of Dumfries is 22 miles away, renowned for its associations with Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns who spent the last five years of his life here, whilst the town of Kirkcudbright with its distinctive rows of colourfully painted houses and picturesque harbour was home to the colony of artists known as the Glasgow Boys.

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Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Extra Large double bed can be made up as 2 singles
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Secure storage is provided for up to 4 bicycles


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Delightful, spacious cottage in stunning location, 50m to secluded beach
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 15 reviews

We had a great time in the cottage. The lcation is very beautiful, an ideal place to stay with kids

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very cute, clean and has a cozy fireplace. We enjoyed the location immensely as the beach is so close, basically in front of the door and you can start beautiful walks from there. The landscape is really nice in the area, we definitely want to come back to long cottage, maybe next time for longer than 3 days, as you can easily spent more time there to relax and to enjoy the environment. Sian the host was very flexible and welcoming, thank you very much!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very nice comments, Laura. I was very happy indeed that you found Long Cottage cozy and that you enjoyed the location! We were glad to able to provide an additional highchair, baby seat and cot - and will certainly do our best to accommodate your needs in the future. You were lovely guests and we look forward to a future visit from you you all! Kind regards, Sian
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  • 5 of 5

Only one gripe, bed was rock hard! Otherwise was perfect. Beautiful place, peaceful, perfect for us and our dog, would recommend it to anyone. Love that area of the world

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location - Little Dated

  • 4 of 5

The surrounding area is beautiful and there are many great trips to do there. To have WiFi would have been good with there being very little reception in the area and the TV signal comes and goes which is a bit frustrating. The property is large and great for families, the shower could be better and the property a little cleaner but would definitely come back again and recommend to other. Any points mentioned are minor improvements to what was a great holiday. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy and perfect peaceful location!

  • 5 of 5

We spent the first week of the new year here, and loved keeping cozy by the fire. Also our two beach walks a day, the location is so peaceful and beautiful. Hopefully we can come back soon!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect break away cottage in an ideal and beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Long cottage is a the most beautiful setting 50m from the beach and some wonderful and scenic walks.

We booked this for a family break away from the chaos of normal life which was perfect. Stunning views, little signal and cosy cottage. Exactly what we needed.

The cottage has everything you need in it to cook clean and entertain.

Sian was fantastic and very helpful from our initial booking enquiry all the way through to our stay.

Highly recommend place to stay. Great time had by all including our 2 year old son and the dogs.

Thank you Sian for having us.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Cottage in an Idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely well equipped cottage ideal for any age with or without children and dogs.

The sandy beach is literally on the doorstep with amazing views of the sea and mountains beyond. Great places to visit within easy drives. And we especially loved running along the virtually private road leading to the local village that runs along the sea.

The house is well equipped to make this a great base to holiday for all of the family.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Balcary Bay Hotel


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.