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Craigbittern House

Craigbittern House, Sandyhills, Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

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This stunning Scots Baronial style Victorian house really is a special find, lending itself to group holidays, celebrations and reunions. Craigbittern is located in a beautiful, commanding position on the eastern edge of the village of Sandyhills, above a lovely bay on the Solway coastline. The views over the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian coast are quite breathtaking, yet the house sits back from the public road creating privacy for guests.

Craigbittern House and Cottage are ideal for a family or friend get together and just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Sandyhills beach. The house is in two parts: the main house has a grand, elegant ambience and the cottage has a more modern, cosy feel. Please note the properties have separate entrances. The house and cottage combined can sleep up to 13 adults.

Rooms in the main house include: entrance hallway; dining room; sitting room; snug; toilet; kitchen with range cooker and conventional oven; a small study; The Den (gaming room); utility/boot room; 5 bedrooms (2 en suite); bathroom; shower room; toilet. There are two kingsize bedrooms, a super-kingsize bedroom, a double room and a single room in the main house. Guests can enjoy the large, enclosed gardens to the front and rear and a large driveway. There is also a patio area with seating to the side of the house. We have a fire pit in the back garden for guests to enjoy. The garage has been converted into a heated games area which includes football table, darts and table tennis and fridge.

Please note that Wifi in this area isn’t fast due to rural location. Phone signal can be hit and miss depending on your network.

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Craigbittern Cottage

Adjacent to the house is Craigbittern Cottage, which is included in your booking. The cottage shares a driveway and gardens but has its own entrance to the rear. The cottage has a light, airy decor and is welcoming and cosy. On the ground floor is the lounge, shower room, a toilet, a double bedroom and upstairs compromises of a small kitchen and breakfast dining area and twin room.

Craigbittern cottage is perfect for those who perhaps want their own space, or for those who work to a different schedule! There is enough living space in the main house and in the lounge areas to accommodate all guests and a dining table which can fit 13 for dinner.


  • WiFi
  • Netflix account
  • unlimited FREE golf at Colvend Golf Club for up to 4 people
  • Dog Friendly (£15 per dog per stay) Max 3 dogs
  • Games room (table tennis, darts and table football)
  • Fire Pit with seating
  • Separate cottage
  • Downstairs bedroom and bathroom in cottage
  • Range cooker
  • The Den (gaming room with Xbox One and Wii)
  • Private drive
  • Luxury property
  • Oil heating
  • Open fires
  • Under a mile from beach
  • Bed linen and towels inc in price
  • Bag of logs included in the price
  • Travel cot,baby bath and highchair available
  • Large, Enclosed Garden
  • Smoke free
  • BBQ
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Welcome pack


Craigbittern sits overlooking the Solway and is within a very short walk to the beautiful Sandyhills Beach.

The nearest restaurant is Barend Pub which is a short walk away, as is a seasonal shop just by the beach. The village of Colvend is less than 2 miles away with a very well stocked village shop and seasonal cafe. Colvend Golf Course is located in Sandyhills and free golf can be enjoyed by up to 4 guests staying with us. A seafood van passes through the village every Thursday. The popular Kippford is also nearby where you will find two pubs, two tearooms and a gift shop.

There are lovely walks along the coast and inland with excellent bird watching in the Solway Firth; there is an RSPB reserve and geese sanctuary at nearby Mersehead; famous for the arrival of thousands of Barnacle Geese in the autumn. Dumfries & Galloway in general is renowned for its bird watching with a Red Kite Trail and regular sightings of ospreys.

Other recreational facilities in the area include golf, with an 18-hole course minutes away at Colvend Bay which guests at Craigbittern are able to enjoy for free as part of their stay. The area is perfect for cycling along the quiet country roads as well as mountain biking on the renowned 7stanes trail.

Galloway Activity Centre, at Loch Ken, about 20 miles to the west, offers a vast range of outdoor activities. To see what other activities are located nearby please see our Plan Your Stay section.


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Happy Clients that have stayed at Craigbittern House

  • What a perfect place to celebrate with friends! The house is beautiful with real fires and huge sofas to relax on with a film, book or just enjoy the wonderful sea views - the beach is just across from the house. We had fun playing table tennis in the games room! The surrounding area is great for walking but I found it hard to leave the house and gardens as this is one of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed at!
    Ros Rowcroft- Craigbittern
  • We stayed in the winter and it was a warm, beautiful and we'll equipped base from which to explore - really luxurious!! We will be back
    Thom Groot- Craigbittern
  • We stopped here for new year with a large bunch of friends and what a perfect way to see in the new year. The house is amazing and very well equipt, from the decor and furnishings, the hidden den for the kids, cosy throws and a real fire, farmhouse style kitchen and the stunning beach just over the road. There's a lovely coastal walk up to kipford which has stunning views and at the end a pub to enjoy a well earned drink! It's a great holiday home to escape day to day life and I will certainly look forward to spending time here again!
    Rebecca Louise Adam
  • What a stunning house. We loved everything from the fully stocked kitchen to the cosy decor to the open fires and luxurious bedrooms. They've thought of everything - even a games room, x box, and treasure hunt for the kids!
    Jenny Fitzgerald-Craigbittern
  • My first trip to Scotland was to gorgeous Craigbittern House. Stayed with 10+ friends, loved the beautiful landscape, long walks and coming "our" stylish (decorated so tastefully!), comfortable house to enjoy the fireplace. They thought of everything, including the a big collection of dvds and a game room! Best weekend getaway and can't wait to go back to explore more!
    Idil Akyol-Craigbittern
  • I stopped here for new year 2016/2017. The house is furnished incredibly well & looks amazing. There was plenty of room for everyone to celebrate without feeling cramped. The house is just across the road from the beach where you can join the coastal path to Kippford & take in the beautiful local scenery. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for somewhere special to stay.
    Stuart Marshall- Craigbittern
  • Perfect is the only way to describe this property and it's surroundings. The house itself set in a stunning location, with each room furnished to a very high standard is so warming and welcoming. If you can pull yourself away from the property, you are never short of things to do, with the beach across the road and coastal walk to the beautiful coastal villages Rockliffe and Kippford. Such an amazing place, perfect for a family get together or group of friends, can't recommend enough. Will definitely be back in the near future.
    Kristofer Lorimer- Craigbittern
  • The beautiful views of the Irish Sea from the house led me into a morning run to the beach to discover a stunning landscape of green hills, shallow waters and steep cliffs. Definitely made an exceptional start to my Saturday! The house is furnished to a very high standard and made us feel cost and warm. For those wanting to spend quality time with their friends, this is the perfect retreat (the house accommodates 13 people!).
    Manuel Fernandez Isabel- Craigbittern
  • We were very fortunate to stay at Craigbittern with our friends while we had a weekend in Sandy Hills. It's a gorgeous, well appointed house with everything thought out. The kitchen is fully equipped, there's a game room, a den, a nice sitting room, a living room with a fire place, a full-dining etc. Really recommended for a big group of friends or family. Craigbittern is big enough for people to go about their own thing - go for a walk on the beach, read, watch movies, enjoy the fire in the living room, play pingpong, nap, etc. Can't wait to go back and enjoy a weekend away from the city!
    Ben Yarker- Craigbittern
  • Okay, so the best thing about Craigbittern was the space, it was large enough not to be tripping over each other (we were three families, including 6 teenagers). We often go away together, but in other places we have been a bit cramped at some point (parking, kitchen, dining, whatever..). Actually the dinning room is fabulous and we all sat together at the table for dinner which does not happen very often any more. And the games room was a hit. Oh, and I got 4G (on Vodafone) which is a rarity in this part of the country. The wifi’s fine, but it was getting hammered by the kids. We had a very lovely holiday stay in a chilly mid-February and would very happily come back again
    Iain Forrest-Craigbittern
  • Stunning house and location that the beautiful pictures don't do justice.
    Jonathan Porter-Craigbittern
  • I recently spent the weekend at this beautiful house and recommend it highly. The house itself is decorated and furnished to a very high standard with lots of attention to detail. It's very well equipped with everything you need for a very comfortable stay. The kids were never bored with the games room, den and toys to keep them entertained. As well as the house being beautiful it is set in beautiful surroundings, right on the beach and with some lovely walks near by. We had a fantastic weekend and hope to return again soon
    Rebecca Cameron Crawley- Craigbittern
  • We were lucky enough to be the first guests here to welcome in the New Year at Craigbittern. The house is huge and beautifully furnished and decorated. Everything you can think of has been provided - a kitchen equipped to cook roast goose for 12, a treasure hunt and games for the kids, an Xbox, table football and table tennis for the big kids, books, jigsaws and more dvds than we have at home! The weather was perfect, which meant the walk through to Kippford on New Year's Day was stunning. All in all an amazing weekend in an amazing house.
    Emma Porter- Craigbittern

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