Squirrels’ Chase ref: CC537144

Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Games Room 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Stairgate 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Celebration Houses 


With a beautiful sandy beach virtually on the doorstep and super facilities on site including a games room, you would be forgiven if you never left the village at all but you would be missing all that this glorious area has to offer.
There is something for everyone; over 200 hundred miles of stunning coastline, wildlife galore, galleries and events for music and art buffs and a myriad of varied footpaths and this is just for starters!
Along the coast is New Abbey named after the Cirstercian Abbey founded here in 1273 by Devorguilla Balliol, the mother of King John. On his death bed she buried his heart here and so the Abbey is named Sweetheart Abbey. New Abbey is also the venue for the National Costume Museum, which provides a fascinating insight into clothes throughout the centuries. New Abbey also has a restored corn mill which provides a fascinating glimpse into food production of latter years.

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Ground floor

This spacious and cosy detached lodge is on two levels and is heated by a LPG Blown Air Central heating system:
Large open plan Living Room/Dining Area providing access to a fully Fitted Galley kitchen.
Living Room / Dining area: 32” LCD Freeview TV with DVD player. Ipod dock. The ground floor Balcony can be accessed via patio doors providing lovely views across the open plan gardens.
Kitchen:  with Gas Cooker, Fridge/Freezer, Dishwasher, and Microwave.
Bedroom 1: with Double Bed, Wardrobes,
Bathroom: Bath with Electric Shower, WC and Wash Basin.

First floor

Bedroom 2: with 4 Single Beds (2’6”), Double Wardobe, 
This Bedroom provides access to the first floor balcony via the patio door.
Bedroom 3: Accessed from Bedroom 2 with Double Bed, Wardrobes.
En suite washroom: with WC and wash basin.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. 2 travel cots, 2 highchairs and stairgate. Free use of indoor heated swimming pool. Launderette on site. Wifi available.


Lovely communal gardens mainly laid to lawn. Off road parking for 2 cars.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    On site in summer months
  • Distance
    7 Miles
  • Restaurant
    On Site
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    On site
  • Railway station distance
    19.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

This area is a veritable paradise for walkers. The Sandyhills to Rockcliffe cliff path is a must and enjoys breathtaking views across the Solway to the Cumbrian Fells. The ascent of nearby Criffel is highly recommended and the stunning 360 degree panorama from its summit makes the climb well worth the effort. On a really clear day the summit provides a vista that includes Ireland. Mersehead Reserve is renowned for the thousands of barnacle geese which arrive from the end of September and is truly a spectacle; a myriad of wings a mass of black and white and a cacophony of sound.
It’s official, the Galloway Forest Park has just achieved an award as one of only four places in the world to view the night sky so clearly and if you have never seen the Milky Way then this is a magnificent sight.
As the bicycle was invented in the tiny hamlet of Keir Mill then this area is the home of the bicycle and the county is fast becoming one of the best places to cycle in the UK. For mountain bikers we can offer some of the world’s best venues at a choice of the 7Stanes set in stunning locations and Dalbeattie Forests is close by. For mere mortals we have mile after mile of quiet country roads.
Many of the local towns have achieved a personality of their own. The granite town of Dalbeattie, the food town of Castle Douglas where you can savour the flavours of our locally produced food and the pretty fishing town of Kirkcudbright with its historic and colourful High Street.
Next door to the ‘village’ is the Bainloch Deer Park where you can take a tour to see the deer up close.
There is fishing on offer locally at Barend Loch which you can see from part of the ‘village’ and whether your preference is for freshwater or sea fishing the choice is endless.  Golfers and spoilt for choice with numerous Golf Courses within the area and Southerness is home to a championship course.

Things to do nearby

River Urr

At 35 miles long, the River Urr has plenty of good sights to fish on. Again salmon and trout are common here but the river is one of only three in Scotland which allows fishing until the end of November.

The Machars Cycling Routes
The Machars Cycling Routes

These routes make up a collection of quiet roads which allow you to experience the local moorland, sea and wildlife from the area whilst taking in a little local heritage on the way.

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle

Set in vast woodland, Drumlanrig Castle really is a stunning place to go riding.

Drumlanrig Castle

Commissioned in 1691 by William Douglas, Drumlanrig Castle is set in a magnificent 90,000 acres of land including a Country Park and Victorian Garden.

Moffat Fishery

The flyfishing on offer at the Moffat Fishery is second to none with its peaceful location in the rolling Scottish Borders.

Loch Ken

Loch Ken is located in the heart of Dee Valley and has historically been a thriving area for Pike with the famous Kenmure pike caught back in 1798 being said to weigh in at a huge 72lbs.

Galloway Activity Centre

Offering sailing, windsurfing and a whole host of other water bourne activities.

7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails
7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails

For riders of all ability and confidence the 7 Stanes are a series of mountain bike trail centres around the South of Scotland. The centres offer all different kinds of trails from woodland routes to rapid downhill.

Buittle Reservoir

Between Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas, Buittle Reservoir is well stocked monthly bringing you fantastic trout fishing.

River Bladnoch and Tarf Water

Well renowned for its spring salmon fishery, the River Bladnoch also has a good amount of summer salmon making fishing on here a real treat.

River Cree

The River Cree rises from Loch moan before taking its path through woodland and moors before joining the sea near Newton Stewart.

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