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“Great place to see wildlife”
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Criffel Lodge
Criffel Lodge
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Double room
Twin room
Twin Room
Sandyhills beach, walk there from Criffel Lodge
Badgers photographed from Criffel Lodge by guests in May
Badgers photographed from Criffel Lodge by guests in May
Badgers photographed from Criffel Lodge by guests in May
Sandyhills bay
Badgers can be tempted to the lodge with cat or dog biscuits
Red Squirrels can be seen on the balcony and in the woodland
Sandyhills to Rockcliffe coastal walk - walk from Criffel Lodge, get the bus back
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Sandyhills, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Taz45249
Catterick, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great place to see wildlife”
Reviewed March 12, 2017 for a stay in March 2017
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The lodge was spacious, well equipped, warm and spotless. Everything we needed was at the lodge. Lots of wildlife can be seen from the lodge. There is a short walk to a beautiful sandy beach. We had a lovely stay.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 27, 2017 for a stay in February 2017
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person found this review helpful

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Feb 27, 2017
Thanks for your comments and we are glad to hear you had a nice holiday. We'll do our best to make guests aware of the poor mobile phone signal. While rural Dumfries and Galloway has much to offer, unfortunately it generally lags behind on this count.
Brian and Debbie
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Reviewed January 23, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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“A real break away from it all!”
Reviewed January 16, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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person found this review helpful

Just back from a lovely long weekend break at Criffel lodge. Spotlessly clean,well equipped,great beds and warm and cosy. Just as described by the other reviewers! A quiet,peaceful retreat. Full of wildlife, dear,rabbits, birds, red squirrels and badgers! We were woken on our first morning by our son who was really excited to see two red squirrels on the veranda!

Only a 15 minute walk to the beach at Sandyhills and a 4 mile cliff top walk to Rockcliffe. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful day on Saturday for this walk, with its stunning views!

Only wish we'd had a bit longer to enjoy the cabin and all the area has to offer!
Oh and not to forget, the lovely homemade Jam, shortbread and milk left for us by the owners!
Thanks Brian!

Hope to be back!

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Colin G
Ayr, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Criffel lodge is just fab!”
Reviewed November 21, 2016 for a stay in November 2016
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person found this review helpful

We spent a long weekend at Criffel Lodge – it’s like the advert says …

It does exactly what it says on the tin!

This is a clean, comy, and cosy retreat where it’s quiet and a real retreat from the rush of everyday life.

The only (really really) minor point I’d make is the short run from the main road up to the lodge – it’s fine if you just take it slow! Just be careful …

I won’t reiterate all the positive comments others have already said about Criffel lodge – they’re all true! The facilities in the lodge are just great – someone said something about a lack of utensils? We thought there was far more than enough! As for the wildlife etc. – as we said!– it’s exactly as was said on the tin – FABULOUS!

Well done Brian and Debbie for a wonderful stay in a wonderful location …

Colin, Helen and family…

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Liked best: The quietness and local wildlife
Liked least: NADA - no complaints!
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Beall53
Lincoln
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem, wildlife haven.”
Reviewed July 18, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Our first holiday in Dumfries & Galloway & what an excellent choice we made. Criffel Lodge is a must for wildlife lovers in particular. The lodge was as described, comfortable in a great location with all you could want close by & not far from the beach. The variety of wildlife was especially welcome & the stars of the show were the badgers who we saw every night of our stay. There were 8 badgers on the lawn on our last night there, admittedly we had been putting food out for them but what a treat to see them at close quarters. In addition to the badgers we saw red squirrels, bats, a fox, woodpeckers, nuthatches, a bullfinch, rabbits & many more different types of small birds, all from the lodge itself. A really peaceful holiday in a very scenic part of the country. We arrived to find the owners had left us shortbread, milk & eggs laid by their own hens. We have no hesitation in recommending a stay here & are highly likely to return soon ourselves. Clearly others feel the same hence the reason to book well in advance. One of the best spots to watch wildlife up close & personal, so a camera is a must.. Many Thanks to the owners for a great holiday.

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Liked best: The wildlife
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Just fantastic!”
Reviewed February 22, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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person found this review helpful

We spent a week in February in Criffel Lodge. It is better than we could have expected - absolutely lovely; well equipped, warm, comfy beds, big tv, with plenty of films to watch and everything we needed in the kitchen.
We had regular visits from both badgers and red squirrels and more birds than we could keep track of. The location is well away from the road but walking distance to the beach. The sky is truly dark at night so (when it's not raining) we could see stars too. There are owls to listen out for too.
This really is a hidden gem and we very much hope to visit again.

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Liked best: The remoteness and the wildlife.
Liked least: Nothing - we loved it.
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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