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“Hidden Gem, wildlife haven.”
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Criffel Lodge
Criffel Lodge
Lounge
Loung area
Kitchen area
Dining area for 6
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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Beall53
Lincoln
Level 3 Contributor
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
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Family_Si...
Leicester, United Kingdom
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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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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.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Blyth2016
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Delighted with the log cabin”
Reviewed January 16, 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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person found this review helpful

What a comfortable and cosy log cabin situated off the main road. Only a short walk to the beach. Plenty of room for our family of 4 adults and 2 children. Very clean and tidy well equipped throughout, everything you could need for a family break.

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Liked best: Everything about it.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Christine...
Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Everything excellant as always”
Reviewed July 6, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Criffle Lodge is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Set in woodlands, it offers peace and quiet, only interrupted by birdsong. RSPB Mershead is a short drive away, wildlife abounds: feed badgers and watch bats flitting by. Nearby is a clean sandy beach: a golf course is only a stroll away. I have recently returned from my 3rd visit and am happy to recommend Criffle Lodge for a enjoyable and relaxing "get away from it all" holiday.

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: nothing at all - it was a great holiday
Travelling group: Other
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Management Response
18 Jul 2016
Thanks for the review. Just noticed you have the lodge as providing WiFi - just to clarify for other guests reading this, we don't currently have WiFi sorry.
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john p
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Secluded comfortable and well equipped, fantastic location for wildlife and scenery”
Reviewed June 24, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Easy booking, a great deal and even added a ramp to allow wheelchair access. The lodge was spacious, well laid out and excellently equipped, away from the main road along a track, in an elevated wooded area overlooking the golf club with a distant view of the sea. Good access to the main road allowed for easy travel around the area. We had evening visits from badgers ( loved peanuts)red squirrels and roe deer and lots of birds. Lots of great walks in Forestry commission and on beaches, already decided to go back

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ELM2004
Wigan, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful surroundings, home from home”
Reviewed June 6, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
2
people found this review helpful

Very peaceful location with wild life in abundance, nightly visits from badgers. Short walk to a lovely sandy beach. The lodge has everything you need for a great holiday. We've been twice and look forward to going again.

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