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Information about your stay in Sanderling

Cottage address

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



Cottage Details

Sanderling is situated in a small hamlet and down a private single track road leading to a pebble beach. The last quarter of a mile is on a private 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. 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.




There is parking for one car in front of the garage and another in the old vegetable/ orchard garden further down the road at the next entrance on the right. You will see a green gate entering the garden of the cottage



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 log burner. Logs and kindling can be purchased at Colvend stores or the Log Shed on the A710 near Dalbeattie.


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 the upstairs bedroom wardrobe.

Kitchen linens and housekeepers pack are provided.

Two beach towels are 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 fridge with small freezer top box. Washing machine in the outhouse/drying room. Cafetiere coffee maker and a toaster. New this year is a Nespresso coffee maker, 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. Smoothie maker. In the lounge 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 wi-fi 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 should provide a signal to the entire cottage but it will be strongest in the twin bedroom.




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.




We welcome dogs in Sanderling. The garden is fenced. We ask that dogs are not left unattended and not allowed in bedrooms or on furniture, please. Please bring your own bed and rugs. We provide a dog pack of a towel, dog bowls and doggy bags.  Local vets contact numbers can be found in the welcome book and below. We recommend that prior to your stay dogs have tick treatment as there are many deer in the area. Dogs must be protected from fleas. Sorry, no puppies or young dogs under one-year-old. In consideration for other guests please ensure that any pet waste is cleared from the garden. The area is great for walking and there are maps and walk details provided at the cottage.


Dogs are welcome in the public bar at the following places.

Clonyard House Hotel

Anchor at Kippford

Barend Bar Sandyhills 

The Steam Boat Inn Carsethorn

The Mariner Hotel Kippford

Laurie Arms Haugh Of Urr Beer Garden and Bar after 9 pm

Treats and Eats Colvend ( seasonal )

Mad Hatters Tea Room Castle Douglas

Designs Gallery Café in the garden at the rear.

Street Lights Café Castle Douglas

Chocolate by Design Castle Douglas in cafe

The Ark Gift Shop at Kippford does take away doggie ice creams however dogs are not welcome inside the cafe. Two outside table and chairs.



The Bard Veterinary Group, Station Road Dalbeattie                                                   01556 610944


Derek R Henderson and Partners, Castle Douglas                                                                                                                                                                                                         

(They have a surgery in Dalbeattie some days)                                                               01556 502263


Dunmuir Veterinary Group, Castle Douglas                                                                       01556 502400


24-hour emergency national veterinary phone line

- One Call Advice Direct                                                                                                                0906 11 11 999

(Calls charged at a minimum of £1.50 per minute from landlines – please check call prices)

(This information is collated from third-party sources. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that it is correct and up-to-date the owners of Sanderling cannot guarantee its accuracy.)



Local Pet shops


Paws 4 Claws Ltd 

Pet Care Store

Address: 172 King St, Castle Douglas DG7 1DA

Phone:01556 502013


Gardenpine Pet Stores 

Pet Care Store

Address: 3 Carlingwark St, Castle Douglas DG7 1DW

Phone:01556 505888




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.

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.

No smoking. No Candles.

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



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 bread, 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 an independent supermarket along with two butcher’s shops and two bakeries. 



Eating Out 

There is lots of information on eating places in the cottage. Here are a few:


The Anchor at Kippford

The Mariner at Kippford

The Steam Boat  at Carsethorne

Selkirk Arms at  Kirkcudbright

Special Occasion dining at Cavens at Kirkbean

Barend Bar Sandyhills 

Laurie Arms at Haugh of Urr 

Colvend Café Treats and Eats - seasonal

Craigieknowes Tee Room at Barnbarroch Kippford – seasonal cafe

 The Ark Tea by the Sea at Kippford - cafe




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



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.





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

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