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Information about your stay at Sanderling

Cottage address

Sanderling, Port O’Warren, Portling, Colvend, Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway DG5 4PZ



Cottage Details

Sanderling is situated in a small hamlet and down a private single-track lane leading to a pebble beach. The last quarter of a mile is on an unmade road. Entry is by key safe, however, we are more than happy to welcome you to the cottage to show you around if you prefer.( not possible during Covid19 pandemic) We do respect our guest’s privacy but do call if we can be of assistance during your stay. Keys and directions will be emailed separately so you can print them out.

There is a Welcome Book at Sanderling with lots of information for your stay including details of local walks.




There is parking for one car in front of the garage and another in the old gated vegetable garden further down the road.



What’s included in your stay

Your stay includes all heating (oil-combi boiler) and electricity. Basket of logs and fire starter kit for the open fire. Logs and kindling can be purchased at Colvend stores or the Log Shed on the A710 near Dalbeattie. For guests on a two-week stay, the cottage will be serviced mid stay with fresh linens and towels or other arrangements can be made.

Beds will be made upon arrival and we will leave plenty of luxury towels for your stay. Beds are made up with duvets, feather and hollo-fibre pillows. Blankets and spare pillows can be found in both bedrooms.

Kitchen linens and housekeepers pack are provided.

Two beach towels are also provided.

There are also lots more of little extras waiting for you to make your stay special.




The kitchen is fitted with a single electric oven with grill; Electric ceramic hob and extractor fan; Microwave and dishwasher; Large retro fridge with small freezer top box; Washing machine in the outhouse/drying room; Cafetiere coffee maker and a Nespresso coffee machine, we will leave a few coffee pods for you but if you are real coffee lovers it may be worth bringing extras. Hot milk frother for your cappuccino. Toaster and smoothie maker. In the lounge, there is a flat screen smart TV (so bring your passwords for all your favourite streaming services) and DVD player. Dab Radio and Samsung Level Bluetooth speaker.




The cottage has WiFi and passwords are in the welcome folder and in a small picture frame on the desk in the lounge. Due to the cottage location, the WiFi will be suitable for surfing the net and emails but may struggle with big downloads or movie streaming.  A Wi-Fi booster has been added so guests can pick up a signal in the conservatory.



Not all mobile service can be accessed from the cottage. Vodaphone, Tesco and O2 seem to provide the best reception. However please note in a rural area network can be patchy.


Walking and beach

There is information on local walks in the cottage. Please take a look at local tide tables if walking around the beach as the tide can come in quickly.




The cottage dates back to the 1700's and in renovating we did not want to remove its character. The original quirky stair case is steep.

The pretty mature garden is fenced. There are different levels to take in the views. Young children will need supervision on the terraced area.

Blind cords can be dangerous and we have placed all cleats high up on walls. Please ensure cords are kept well away from children and cots. Sanderling is not suitable for children under 5 years old. Babes in arms welcome.

Please use the fireguard provided and do not leave the fire unattended. Sanderling is fitted with mains smoke and heat detectors. There is a carbon monoxide detector in the lounge and boiler room. Fire extinguisher and fire blanket are situated in the kitchen next to the oven.

No smoking. No Candles.

The fire service recommends guests leave keys in exit doors – the front door has a thumb screw lock to enable easy exit.



Local Shopping

Our local store, Colvend Shop offers a Shopping List delivery service. The service delivers free of charge to Sanderling for orders over £10. Colvend Stores is on the A710 towards Dalbeattie. For a small village store they offer an excellent range of everyday groceries, frozen foods, wines and spirits, household goods and cleaning materials plus a small deli section, fresh flowers, a range of locally produced specialities and a selection of freshly baked breads, scones, croissants and Danish pastries. They also have the daily papers, a wide selection of the popular glossy magazines and seasonal goods such as logs and kindling in winter and buckets, spades, beach balls and wetsuits in summer. You can contact them on Phone: 01556 630228

Dalbeattie has a small Co-Op and independent supermarket along with two butcher’s shops and two bakeries.

Our local fishmonger passes the cottage on a Thursday ,  you should be able to flag Mary down or will hear her peep her van horn.



Eating Out

There is lots of information on eating places in the cottage.

The Anchor at Kippford

The Mariner at Kippford

Barend Bar Sandyhills 

Colvend Café Treats and Eats - seasonal

Craigieknowes Tee Room at Barnbarroch Kippford – seasonal




If you have a special occasion or would just like a delicious cake delivered to the cottage Annette’s Baking in a Box is a local lady who specializes in beautiful cakes, mini cakes and picnic boxes tel: 07795 166991



Office Address Mrs L Birdsall, Millbrae House, Rockcliffe, Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway DG5 4QG 01556 630217

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