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“A beautiful cabin.”

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The Shack
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The Shack
Front Entrance
View of Shack from track at rear
Rear decking area
living room
Kitchen
Bluebells in May
Main Bathroom
bedroom 2
Friend calling for breakfast
Bedroom 1 with en-suite
Snowdrops in February
View from Breakfast bar
A walk in the woods
gatehouse residents
Sandgreen Bay 3 miles walk or cycle
The drive to The Shack
local beach at dawn
Holy Cairn Megalithic tomb 15mins. drive
Local resident enjoying dinner on the decking
The Shack
Sandgreen Bay at night in June
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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2 reviews
“A beautiful cabin.”
Reviewed 1 week ago for a stay in June 2018

This cabin is in a perfect location. It has everything you need and more, it's quiet and close for beeches or woods. You can watch the wildlife in the cabin from birds to red squirrels and badgers at night. I would love to go back.

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aconitefi...
Lancashire, U.K.
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nature lovers dream”
Reviewed March 8, 2018 for a stay in March 2018
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We just got home after a 5 day stay at the shack. It surpassed all our expectations, the house was much bigger and modern than we expected, very comfortable, very clean and fully stocked with kitchen and bathroom supplies plus some very welcome welcome goodies. We stayed here for two main reasons- firstly the wonderful wildlife all around and secondly because it had a baby friendly layout. We got close to the red squirrels on a daily basis as they ate the supplied peanuts off the decking; we also had daily views of bank voles, nuthatches, tree creepers and jays amongst all the other garden birds. It was fabulous.

Our baby also loved spotting all the animals from the big patio door. The owners kindly made sure a highchair (same as ours at home!) was provided though we took our own travel cot for familiarity. There was plenty of space in the living room which allowed us to set up her playmat and toys and she could safely roam about. It was also great for us to get some quiet time in the evenings, the kitchen sits between the living room and the bedrooms so with our baby monitor on, we could shut the door and not need to worry about disturbing her while we watched a film.


Finally, while Gatehouse is a sleepy place, it is very central to the whole D&G area; giving easy access to the forest park, seashore, other towns and the A75. Gatehouse does have reasonable supplies (Spar shop) and a few good pubs ten mins walk away through the woods and has lovely walks all around; Up to the Rutherford memorial being particularly nice.

Thanks again for a brilliant stay :)

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Flick201
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Highly Recommend”
Reviewed November 13, 2017 for a stay in November 2017
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person found this review helpful

Just returned from our 3rd stay at The Shack! Very comfortable and spacious with a well equipped kitchen and everything you would need. Excellent location being private but within walking distance of Gatehouse of Fleet where there’s a range of pubs, local shops and cafes. Lots of walks on the doorstep and exploring to do. Also we went for a swim at Cally Palace indoor pool which our 7 month old son loved! Would highly recommend The Shack to anyone looking, especially any wildlife lovers....we fed red squirrels from the decking!

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lsmigs
Mansfield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“enjoyable,quiet cosy lodge”
Reviewed July 3, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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my wife, my son and myself stayed here for a week (24/6/16 to 2/7/16). the last 20 mins of our journey it rained, heavily! so when we arrived we just dived into the shack!! didnt get to look around properly till following day. the whole shack was comfy, cosy place.apart from traffic going down the lane, it was quiet, especially at night when dark, very quiet, lovely. the beds were lovely to sleep in, very relaxing. on a personal level, we found several "things" that we wouldve liked but thats just for us! the owner,helen, left a lovely welcome basket, nice touch. the whole lodge is designed around watching the view, looking at the birds and feeding them. feed them regular and you get an abundance of birds!! saw one red squirrel, only the one! but was worth it. there are plenty of places to visit round and about the area, good food where ever you go, if you ever in dumfrees, visit mrs greens tearoom, its a 50s set up, excellent!!

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Liked best: cosy lodge
Liked least: weather!!!
Traveling group: Extended Family
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SavvyScot
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“We love the Shack!”
Reviewed April 4, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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This was our third visit to The Shack and we seem to enjoy it even more each time. Great location for walks through the woods or exploring further afield by car. A cosy home from home. Our two children were crying when we had to leave this time.

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Chris F
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Great holiday”
Reviewed January 13, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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person found this review helpful

Just returned from a great four day break. Lovely comfortable cottage with everything you could possibly want included.
Very warm and cozy due to underfloor heating.
Close to the village just make sure you take a torch with you, it is very dark.
Vast array of visiting birds and of course the stars of the show, the squirrels. There is food provided but worth taking your own. Kept us amused for a couple of hours every day.
Set up a camara trap in the garden and got some good pics of a stoat eating with the squirrels.
Probably won't be going back but that is purely because it doesn't take pets.

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helenp632...
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Cosy & comfortable 'cabin' in beautiful woods”
Reviewed November 15, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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person found this review helpful

Such a lovely place to stay in an wonderful area, The Shack is warm, comfortable and very well equipped. Helen and Brian have made this a home from home and are very helpful and easy to deal with. If you love wildlife and the woods then this is heaven - red squirrels will visit you for breakfast! (as well as a thoughtful welcome basket of wine and shortbread for you, there is also a tin of bird food and nuts !)

A short walk through the woods takes you to Gatehouse, and further afield there are beaches, forests and nature reserves. We spent our days in the amazing scenery of the area watching the wildlife, but loved coming home to the Shack for a cosy evening relaxing. Bliss!

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Liked best: Peaceful location, and the views from the property
Liked least: Leaving !
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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