Ellie-Ann Cottage

Gardenstown near Banff, Scotland (Ref. 8887)

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Cottage features

  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A charming detached traditional seaside cottage with some lovely sea views, in the popular Moray Firth village of Gardenstown.

This Gardenstown cottage has been stylishly refurbished throughout and is only yards from the seafront, tucked down a quiet alley.

The welcoming cottage sitting room with a decorative stove is comfortable and leads through to a fully fitted kitchen with breakfast area.

Two comfy bedrooms, a double with sea views and a twin, complete the accommodation in this cottage in Gardenstown.

To the rear of the property and up seven steps is a seated terrace area with views over the bay and cliffs, a perfect place to relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere around this charming cottage.

It is only a short walk to the traditional harbour and wide expanse of beach and cliffs, while a short stroll from this Gardenstown cottage, through the village streets, brings you to a collection of galleries, craft workshops, shops, a restaurant and a tearoom.

Head to Banff, the smugglers' village of Pennan, go dolphin spotting on the Firth then return to your Gardenstown cottage.

An ideal Scottish base.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Fitted kitchen with breakfast area. Sitting room with sea view.


Electric storage heaters throughout with oil radiator in sitting room. Electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, PlayStation 2 with games, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Roadside parking, plus two FOC car parks one min walk away. Seated terrace to rear of property. One well-behaved dog welcome, with up to date flea treatment. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 10 mins walk, pub 2 mins walk. Note: Steep stairs without a rail to rear seating area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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Guest Reviews


    • “Amazing cottage, outstanding place.”
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    • “Warm cozy cottage in a stunning location, ideal for total relaxation. Take enough supplies so there's no need to use the car just stroll along the beach at low tide which ever way you choose. For the active ones take your bike or canoe but really why bother? Just chill x”

    Pamelamac1, November 2014

    • “Five star holiday self catering cottage”
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    • “My choice was made online and based on description only. It lived up to expectations and more. Unusual and delightful seafront location (just behind sea facing cottage, but with sea view from small lounge and bedroom windows). Small gravel area with bench up behind the cottage and concealed washing line. Parking away from cottage, but manageable. Beach amazing and clean. Walks aplenty. Facilities good both in the cottage and in the village. Excellent restaurant and tea/craft room in harbour area open Thursday to Sunday. Locals and their dogs most friendly. If you like to get away from it all and have peace and quiet, this is it!”

    090248, Helensburgh, United Kingdom, April 2014

    • “Cosy cottage in stunning location!”
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    • “Elie anne Cottage is a comfortable, well appointed cottage with the beach literally a stones throw from the front door. We were there during a cold October week and it was really cosy. This part of Gardenstown (called "Seatown")is such a lovely spot. There is a tidal beach accessible by steps just yards from the front door and this links to a bigger beach accessible at all tides a few hundred yards further along. There is a lovely little pub with real ale and free wifi just a few minutes around the corner and great walks all around. This part of the aberdeenshire coast is a hidden gem with lots of great days out. We'll definitely be back. The drive along the sea front to the car park at the end is a white knuckle ride for the uninitiated, especially at high tide with the waves splashing up!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Alva, December 2012

    • “lovely spot fully reccommend”
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    • “The accommodation did exactly what it said on the tin the only down side was my wife wouldnt sit in the car whilst trying to park next to cottage right next to the sea wall would definately stay here again”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Chester Le Street, September 2012

    • “Fantastic seaside cottage”
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    • “Great little cottage, very private considering all the cottages are on top of one another,dont even try to park near it, just park at harbour saves on a lot of stress and only a two minute walk. It was spotlessly clean, everything you could want in kitchen and lots of towels for bathroom only slight moan that the shower was either burning or freezing, very hard to work and you cant stand under it you have to sit in the half bath with shower above you.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Edinburgh, September 2012

    • “Lovely, quiet place”
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    • “We enjoyed our stay at Ellie ann cottage. The setting was lovely, right next to the beach. Cottage was nice and clean when we arrived. Heating system was fine. We had a bit of bother with the hot water, however it was fixed at the beginning of the week. Kitchen was fine, not much room in the shower which is over the bath. No mobile phone signal until you get up to the top of the hill. Lovely walks around the area, we drove over to Cullen and other holiday villages nearby, again lovely walks. You need a car as it is fairly steep down to the beach front. The leaflets in the cottage about local amenties etc were out of date. 2 shops in the village, went up to the hotel for a meal, wasnt very good. Teas on the pier provided by the Fishermans Mission were lovely. Parking was OK, roads very narrow.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Shetland, September 2012

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    • “A beautiful clean cottage in a superb location. It was a dream village - quiet and friendly. There was so much to visit and enjoy; from special Fish & Chips to a Whisky Visit to savour, and castles, wildlife and open roads. We shall return.”

    Mr Pitts, Evesham, July 2015

    • “The cottage and views were lovely. A very relaxing place.”

    Mrs Jordan, Stalybridge, June 2015

    • “Peace and quiet!”

    Mr Scott, Torquay, October 2014

    • “The people were very friendly and helpful. The surrounding area was amazing with fantastic cliffs and clean beaches and there was also plenty of wildlife in the local area.”

    Mr Laing, Skegness, October 2014

    • “The cottage was very good!”

    Mrs Walker, Glasgow, October 2014

    • “I had always wanted to spend a few days in a shore side cottage and really enjoyed this.”

    Mrs Gillies, Perth, May 2014

    • “Location location location! An excellent, well-presented cottage in beautiful surroundings. The people were very friendly. There was lots to see and do and we had a thoroughly enjoyable week.”

    Mr Gargan, Dumfries, April 2014

    • “The position of the cottage was excellent and it was so quiet. Cottage modern and well presented. The beach was great and clean and scenery fantastic. Locals very friendly.”

    Mrs Reed, Helensburgh, April 2014

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About the location


Banff 8 miles; Fraserburgh 17 miles; Aberdeen 32 miles; Elgin 43 miles.

The port village of Gardenstown is often linked with neighbouring Gamrie and Crovie as one community, and was founded in 1720 by Alexander Garden as a fishing village. Gardenstown borders a small sandy bay with stunning scenery flanking both sides. The village has a pub serving food all year and a restaurant, galleries and several tea rooms in season. A steep road leads you through the ancient, narrow and winding streets to the harbour where many small boats are moored. The neighbouring town of Banff boasts a relaxing sandy beach and a variety of fascinating architecture in contrasting styles, exemplified by Duff House, an impressive Georgian mansion open to visitors and home to paintings and artefacts from the National Galleries of Scotland. Banff and the surrounding area also have a good selection of shops, restaurants and hotels, which serve a fine selection of local sea foods, whilst nearby Pennan, a beautiful old smugglers village, was the location for the movie 'Local Hero'. The whole area is an ideal tourist destination, being on the North East Tourist Trail, with easy access to coastal paths and the Whisky and Castle Trails, as well as numerous golf courses, fishing, sailing, dolphin watching, surfing, climbing, great walking and of course, stunning sunsets and fabulous scenery. The Grampian and Cairngorm mountains are easily accessible for day excursions, and the North East of Scotland is protected from prevailing winds and has the driest Scottish climate with virtually no midges.