Phoenix Cottage is situated about one mile from the village of Kirgunzeon, in a small hamlet named Drumjohn. Made up of five properties in total the small settlement benefits from an elevated location enjoying stunning, far reaching views. Within Kirkgunzeon there is a primary school, and the village is on a bus route. Dalbeattie, about 4 miles to the west has a Bank, a wider range of shops, services and schools, and a newly built health centre. Currently under construction in Dalbeattie is a brand new combined Primary and Secondary school due to be completed by the end of 2017. A selection of individual high street shops and large supermarkets and other amenities are available in the towns of Dumfries and Castle Douglas, known as Scotland's Food Town, both about 10 miles to the east and west respectively. Also currently under construction is the new Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary which will be situated just off the bypass at "Garroch Loaning" to the south west of the town, scheduled for completion towards the end of 2017. The new hospital will be within easy reach of Phoenix Cottage, just 10 miles along the A711.
The south west of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and the diversity of sporting and recreational pursuits. There is good hill walking in the nearby Galloway Hills and cycling along some of the new designated cycle routes as well the Seven Stanes mountain bike routes in the Galloway Forest Park. The nearest of these is Dalbeattie Forest with its extensive network of specialist cycle paths, bridal ways and footpaths. There are varied sporting opportunities such as shooting and stalking, as well as trout and salmon fishing on the regions numerous lochs and rivers. For golf enthusiasts there is the nearby championship course at Southerness, 17 miles away, and there are several other courses nearby. The Solway coast is popular with sailors, and both Kippford and Kirkcudbright have safe moorings. In addition Kirkcudbright is the local Artists town with a number of galleries offering a range of exhibitions throughout the year.
Communications to the area are very good. There is a main line railway station in Dumfries and also Lockerbie providing excellent links to both the north and south. The M74 motorway network can be reached in about 40 minutes and there are regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe from Prestwick Airport which is about 61 miles to the North. Edinburgh and Glasgow about 90 miles and 94 miles distant respectively.