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Kildonnan

Gardenstown, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 930282)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • Mr Walsh
    December 2016
    “Our second visit to Kildonnan ...”
    Our second visit to Kildonnan Cottage. As before, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Highlights of the visit were the blue sky and sunshine on Christmas Day and, of course, our visits to the Gardenstown Inn - always a pleasure.

Features

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

The property

This charming stone, terraced fisherman's cottage, is tucked away in a small courtyard, just a few yards from the sea, in the coastal village of Gardenstown.

Well-equipped and nicely presented, this cottage would be ideal for a family or group of friends who want to appreciate the friendly atmosphere and fabulous coastal scenery the village has to offer.

The deceptively spacious accommodation is over two floors, and the cottage benefits from having two sitting rooms, one with a multi-fuel stove and the other with a woodburning stove, ensuring plenty of relaxation space for all guests.

In between the two sitting rooms, is the kitchen with dining area, where meals can be enjoyed together around the table.

The upper floor with its cottage-style sloping ceilings has a bathroom, a spacious double bedroom, a smaller double and a twin room.

Situated to the side of the house, in a separate extension, is the laundry room.

The courtyard benefits from outside seating and on a warm summer’s evening this is a sociable place to sit and relax with a pre-dinner glass of wine.

Gardenstown benefits from fabulous views across the Moray Firth and stunning sunsets on summer evenings too.

The village has a quiet ambience about it, with footpaths winding between cottages down and up from the shoreline and along to the tea rooms, galleries and popular harbour restaurant.

Visitors who enjoy wildlife will certainly have much to see and do here.

A trip to the Troup Head RSPB gannet colony close by is a must and of course, the Moray Firth coastline offers wonderful opportunities for dolphin spotting, whether on land or on one of the official boat cruises.

A delightful cottage, perfect for those looking for a coastal holiday in a quiet, friendly village location.

Accommodation

Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with multi-fuel stove. Second sitting room with woodburning stove. External utility.

Amenities

  • Electric central heating with multi-fuel stove and woodburning stove
  • Electric range with oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, telephone (incoming calls only), selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking 2 mins walk
  • Front courtyard with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins
  • walk
  • Coast 1 min walk
  • Note: Mobile reception can be limited in Gardenstown
  • Note: Due to the slope leading from the roadside parking, this property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.

About the location

GARDENSTOWN

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas