The Terns - a cottage that sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

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2 bedrooms, WiFi, bed sheets
TV, DVD player
TV, DVD player

Overview of The Terns - a cottage that sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

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The Terns - a cottage that sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

4.0/5 Very good

Entire home

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer
  • Outdoor space
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationDino Park20 min drive
  • Popular LocationDryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre34 min drive
  • Popular LocationSandyhills Beach43 min drive
  • AirportCarlisle (CAX)60 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4
915 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    2 single beds
Bedroom 2
    1 king bed
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Terns - a cottage that sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Dumfries with patio
The Terns is a beautifully-presented former fisherman's cottage now making a luxury ground floor apartment in the pretty riverside village of Glencaple just south of Dumfries, it is ideal for a family holiday and has all modern conveniences. The property is the ground floor of an traditional over and under cottage style found in some areas, step into the entrance hall and on to a welcoming open-plan sitting room, the ideal place to relax with loved ones, complete with wood stove style gas fire, for an extra bit of warmth, and a cosy but stylish dining area, the perfect place for gathering for a lovely home-cooked meal, or to plan the day's events. The kitchen, which is bright and modern, wonderfully appointed at the rear of the property, with a range of appliances and spacious worktops for preparation. Down the hall are two bedrooms: one King-size and one twin, with a separate family shower room. The bedrooms have a range of contemporary furniture to store your personal items. Outside has an enclosed patio area with furniture and an enclosed, spacious lawned garden, perfect for letting your pet stretch their legs. There is roadside parking available directly outside the property.
The cottage dates from the 1800's when Glencaple was a busy fishing village and port for bringing in supplies to Dumfries. The local tradition of haaf netters wadding in to the River Nith to catch salmon continues and is facinating to watch; local tradition is for the fishers to draw straws and the person with the short straw gets to choose where to stand in the line. Well worth watching out for as it contiues in all weathers, for as you can see from the photo.
Glencaple is ideally placed for enjoying the fabulous countryside, with many riverside nature walks right on the doorstep. The picturesque village boasts spectacular views over the River Nith Estuary, and on to Criffel, the highest hill in the area. Best experienced from a seat in The Boathouse restaurant and shop, you can enjoy this vista whilst treating yourself to Afternoon Tea at the same time. What better way to while away the hours! Not only do The Boathouse serve Afternoon Tea, but a bistro style menu is also available up until 4pm. Priding themselves on fresh, local, seasonal produce whenever possible and specialising in vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-specific dietary requirements, it's a great option for the whole family. If tasty pub grub is what you prefer however, The Nith Hotel serve award winning bar meals, with a take away option in place, and all just a 3 minute walk from the Hoose.
Nearby Caerlaverock with it's famous triangular castle is also home to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust bird sanctuary and, if birds are your thing, slightly further down the coast is Mersehead RSPB reserve, which boasts a number of wildlife hides, the occasional otter, beautiful beach walks and a visitors centre. Both reserves are well worth a visit, as well as the sandy beaches of Portling, Sandyhills, Southerness and Powillimount, especially if you have a dog in tow. Other activities in the area include mountain biking at Dalbeattie (as well as Forest of Ae and Kirroughtree if you wish to explore slightly further afield,) and walking, with the newly laid path up Criffel (the highest hill in the area) proving very popular.
If history and culture are of more interest to you, slightly further afield is Drumlanrig Castle, with its grand landscaped garden, woodland walks, craft workshops and boutiques. Alternatively, why not take a trip up the Nith Valley to discover Ellisland Farm which was worked by Scotland's Baird, Rabbie Burns, Crawick Multiverse which has recently been created by landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks, Dumfries Museum, home to the world's oldest working Camera Obscura, or Moat Brae, inspiration behind the children's classic Peter Pan by J M Barrie. Recently renovated and opened to the public the house is a museum and national centre for children's literature, with an educational discovery garden featuring a tea room and art installations.
Let weekly Saturday - Saturday, short breaks welcome between November and Easter excluding February Half Term holiday.
Damage Deposit: £150

Apartment Accommodation for 4 :
Ground Floor: Spacious Sitting/Dining room; Kitchen; Shower room; King size bedroom; Twin bedroom.
Services: Electric heating * Washing machine * Fridge * Freezer * Electric cooker and Microwave* TV and DVD player * CD player * Wifi * Bed linen and towels provided * Cot and High chair* Free parking adjacent * Garden * patio area with furniture.* Shop and Eating out 1.5 miles * 1 dog welcome

Extras: Dogs: £20 per dog/week

Testimonials :

August 2021 "Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed staying at The Terns, the property was beautifully presented with modern fixtures and fittings throughout. We found Glencaple to be a charming place to stay with lovely views over the river Nith just at the end of the street. It was also a great place to explore further afield locations and whilst there we visited Edinburgh (only 2 hours away) and the Lake District. We would no hesitation in recommending the property to other families and couples a like."

Sep 2020 "with the town of Dumfries 4 miles away, a perfect venue for exploring South West Scotland. Cottage decorated to a high standard with all facilities with patio and large enclosed garden. If you are looking for a tranquil spot to spend your break this is it. "

Aug 2020 "Nice garden and paved area and the cottage is situated in the middle of Glencaple . Only complaint was the very small fridge which wasn't sufficient for 3 people for the week."

Nov 2019 couldn't recommend it highly enough and we will certainly return asap. The kitchen is small as shown in the photo, but adequate enough for 1 or 2 persons to cook and the kitchen is fully stocked with every utensil you may require. Lovely large garden for the dog to stretch. Bedrooms were gorgeous with extremely comfortable beds. Powerful shower. Tastefully decorated throughout. Living room so very, very cosy, comfortable couches, lovely gas fire and the fact there is a (low) wall outside the front of the property is a bonus I would say as you don't have neighbours opposite looking in. Boathouse recommended for an evening's dinner, but you need to book in advance.... Underfloor heating kept us very warm... the only thing I could recommend is to provide some easy to follow instructions on how to turn the heating down or off altogether. We had a fabulous long weekend.... lived it so much j wanted to stay an extra night! Thank you Maria "

Aug 2019 "the owner is very helpful and knows the area well and told us some lovely places to visit. Would recommend this cottage and area to anyone. will definitely return. "
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Fridges and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include a shower.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager


Languages spoken


Property amenities


  • WiFi available

Family friendly

  • High chair

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Ice maker


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower
  • Towels provided


  • TV
  • DVD player

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Garden


  • Washing machine


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Location highlights

  • In the mountains

Things to do

  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 915 sq ft (85 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

The Terns has Riverside Walks From the Doorstep Cottage
The Terns has Riverside Walks From the Doorstep Dumfries
The Terns has Riverside Walks From the Doorstep Cottage Dumfries

About this area


Located in Dumfries, this cottage is in the mountains. Caerlaverock Castle and Old Bridge House are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre and Mabie Forest Park. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Dumfries Ice Bowl or Lockerbie Ice Rink. Make sure you get close to the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Dino Park - 20 min drive
  • Shambellie House - 22 min drive
  • Sweetheart Abbey - 24 min drive
  • Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre - 34 min drive
  • Sandyhills Beach - 43 min drive

Getting around

  • Dumfries Station - 15 min drive
  • Carlisle (CAX) - 60 min drive


  • The Swan - 6 min drive
  • Pizzeria Il Fiume - 8 min drive
  • Daksh - 8 min drive
  • Truffles Bistro - 8 min drive
  • The Pancake Place - 8 min drive

Overall score and ratings


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4/5 Good

Nice clean property. Comfortable and peaceful.
Highly recommended.
Stayed 7 nights in Jul 2021