Comfortable, cosy, quiet, self-catering holiday rental lodges, with Visit Scotland Quality Assurance ratings, in Kirkcudbrightshire within Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland; close to the picturesque safe beach at Sandyhills on the Colvend coast, where you can enjoy Galloway's famous dark skies and abundant wildlife from the comfort of your own balcony.
Our self-catering holiday accommodation rentals are well-equipped log cabins overlooking a loch, golf course or the Solway, and are surrounded by hills and forest teeming with wildlife, yet only a quarter mile inland from the beach at Sandyhills, which is warmed by the Gulf Stream.
All chalets have dishwashers, Freeview television & DVDs.
A quiet, rural hideaway for couples, families, friends and large family groups.
Enjoy our indoor heated swimming pool and sauna.
BAREND CHALET ACCOMMODATION
All of the Scandinavian style self-catering holiday lodges are individually owned, and individually furnished, but all are comfortable, well equipped, with central heating for year round use. There are "pets welcome" as well as "pet-free"
lodges. All of our lodges give you your own space to relax, chill and enjoy yourself how and when you want and are Visit Scotland Quality Assured.
All of the A & B types have doors out to their spacious decks downstairs and upstairs; C types have doors out to verandahs. Barend Farm Cottage has decks with glorious views. All have lovely views of the wonderful surrounding countryside with its abundant wildlife.
There are four types of accommodation; all well equipped for the freedom of self-catering and our prices include bedlinen, towels, heating and use of the swimming pool and sauna. All lodges have a minimum of Freeview TV & DVD, dishwashers, some have satellite. Not all lodges have all of these - please ask on booking. Some chalets receive a better Wifi signal than others - if this is important to you, please let us know when booking. We have a minimum stay of 3 nights.
Type A lodge
Two-storey lodges sleeping up to 6 or 8, with two double or twin bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet and wash basin. Large upstairs open plan bedroom, sleeping up to four. There are a small number of modified Type A lodges which sleep 6, and have two private bedrooms and at least one bathroom upstairs. All A types also have a house bathroom downstairs; large living and dining space with galley style kitchen, upstairs and downstairs decks with views over the loch, the golf course or over the Solway Firth to the hills and mountains of the Lake District.
Type B Lodge
Similar in layout to type A, on two storeys with outside decks, but with one double and one single bedroom; smaller bedroom sleeping two and one house bathroom.
Type C lodge
Single storey lodge with two double or twin bedrooms and a smaller bedroom with bunks or two single beds, house bathroom, kitchen, and open plan dining and living area which opens onto a small verandah.
Barend Farm Cottage
A single storey cottage with level entry. It has one double bedroom, a bathroom and a shower room; a small but fully equipped kitchen which includes a dishwasher and a fridge freezer; a living room and a dining room, large decks, and the best views at Barend. It offers WiFi and has TV & Satellite with Sky Movies & Sky Sports.
BAREND RESTAURANT AND BAR
Gary and Lesley welcome you to the BarendBar & Restaurant. No need to drive!
The BarendBar and Restaurant is a warm and friendly family orientated dining pub, providing excellent, good quality, home cooked food in an idyllic location and there is free Wifi for customers. You are assured a warm welcome from Gary, Lesley and their team whenever you visit.
The BarendBar and Restaurant make a perfect setting to enjoy a traditional meal in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is available for all manner of private functions, with seating for up to 40 guests.
If you prefer it, takeaways are available. Pre-booked lunches and breakfasts are available for groups - just ask!
The Bar has recently been refurbished with comfortable leather seating, a wood burning stove and there are SKYSPORTS available.
WILDLIFE AT BAREND
Red Squirrels abound at Barend, we also have a huge variety of birdlife.
Dumfries & Galloway is celebrating its abundance of wildlife in the Wild Seasons Festival - see their website by clicking here.badgers
However, Barend's visitors need not go far to see some of Scotland's finest wildlife - you can see a lot just sitting on your chalet's balcony or verandah!
The wildlife on or immediately surrounding Barend is varied and plentiful. Roe deer, badgers, rabbits, and the iconic red squirrels are regularly seen.
Red squirrels are extinct in large parts of England and Wales, and under threat in their remaining territories. At Barend, helped by a consistent and sustained feeding programme, they are flourishing. You would be unlucky indeed if you failed to see this charming animal rushing about the treetops or skipping over the grass when you visit Barend.
The badgers are very active as the day turns into night, as evidenced by the freshly dug holes every morning! Top tip - if you want to see the badgers, put out a sprinkling of peanuts under your balcony or verandah, and sit back and watch them. Many visitors have photographs of badgers following a trail of peanuts right up until they are actually on the verandah, only feet away from the cameras.
Birdwatching throughout the year is a joy at Barend. In winter we get flocks of, literally, hundreds of Barnacle Geese flying over the site, going inland to feed from their overnight roosting area at the nearby RSPB reserve at Mersehead. It is a beautiful sight and memorable for the cries they make as they fly overhead.
In Spring you frequently hear the drumming of woodpeckers, preparing for the breeding season. We have both Green Woodpeckers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
In Summer you will see our resident Mute Swans gracefully gliding around our own Barend Loch with their cygnets - one year they produced eight. And all year round you will see the elegant Buzzards sweeping and circling overhead and hear their evocative cry. Truly unforgettable.
We don't like lists, so we will be brief. Some of the more unusual redbirds you may see at Barend include Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, Siskins, Long Tailed Tits, Tree Creepers, and Nuthatches. Down by the loch, you will see a large variety of ducks, geese and wildfowl. Also at the loch you may be lucky enough to see otters.
Galloway Forest Park has been awarded Dark Sky Park status, the first such designation in Europe. Barend is not in that league, but it is the case that there is very little light pollution here. Road lighting is deliberately kept to a minimum (each of our chalets comes with a lantern to make walking out at night safe). When you sit out on your balcony or verandah on a clear night you will be amazed at the number and clarity of the stars you will be able to see.