Gardenstown near Banff, Scotland (Ref. 24572)

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Cottage features

  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A charming, traditional linked stone cottage, located in the heart of the fishing village of Gardenstown on the stunning north east coast of Scotland.

With a quirky layout and nautical feel, this Gardenstown cottage enjoys lovely sea views and close proximity to the coast.

Very spacious, bright and comfortable, this Moray Firth cottage is ideal for a family or group of friends who want to embrace the fresh sea air and explore the many fishing villages along the stunning coastline.

There are two pretty bedrooms on the top floor of this Gardenstown cottage, both with sea views and one with a basin and WC.

The first floor has a comfortable sitting room and cosy dining room with large open fire.

At ground floor level the bespoke fitted kitchen is well-equipped and the AGA range provides heating in the winter months.

The main entrance is at first floor level and includes a sizable terrace with seating; this is a wonderful place to sit and look out to sea whilst enjoying a morning coffee.

Gardenstown has good local services and the Harbour Restaurant is a very popular place to eat with fabulous views and the chance of spotting a passing dolphin, making this a wonderful place to dine.

This is a walker&

8217;s paradise and there are five local walks that take you along the sea and inland.

At the end of an active day, your Gardenstown cottage will simply feel like home.


Over three floors. Two second floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin with basin and WC. First floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen. First floor dining room with open fire. First floor sitting room with gas fire.


Electric storage heaters with electric towel rail in shower room, open fire and gas fire. AGA range cooker (Oct to Apr), combination microwave/oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Roadside parking on first come, first served basis 2 mins walk, load/unloading outside cottage only. Enclosed front decked terrace with furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 5 mins walk, pub 3 mins walk. Coast 2 mins walk. Note: AGA is available from Oct to Apr only and heats the kitchen and dining room. Note: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms. Note: Due to steep stairs, not suitable for elderly guests and children to be supervised. Note: Limited mobile coverage. Note: Property accessed via 8 steps leading to the entrance and deck.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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Guest Reviews


    • “Quaint & cosy cottage only a few steps from the beach. Loved it.”
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    • “We are so glad that this cottage was pet friendly otherwise we would have missed out on the sheer delight of it! The cottage was clean, well equipped, traditional and comfortably furnished. It was situated in a tiny lane, with a veranda to sit out on, and we enjoyed all the aspects of being so close to the sea. Guillemot Cottage was charming; it had everything for a perfect holiday - from the gentle warmth of the Aga seeping through the rooms, to the lovely views over rooftops to the sea and hills beyond. We loved all the coastal villages, the walks and Gardenstown itself.”

    Deborah S, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, October 2014


    • “Loved the cottage, the village and the close proximity to the sea. The decking area was pleasant to sit in and very useful for the dogs. We liked being away from a road (there was just a pretty little lane outside the cottage) and the views were lovely. We enjoyed all the walks, the beaches and the coastal villages. The village pub was a delight too! We would not have been able to stay here unless the cottage was pet friendly, which it was! Thank you for that! We also fell in love with the Aga, the warmth flooded up through the entire cottage and dried off our boots nicely too!”

    Mrs Sneddon, Stoneyburn, September 2014

    • “Fantastic quirky house that was close to a great beach. The house was well equipped and comfortable. There was a nice decking area where the dog was able to get dry before entering the house and we were able to enjoy a glass of wine. The beach was literally a minute away. We visited other villages in the area and would have to say that Gardenstown is the nicest.”

    Mr Jackson, Biggar, August 2014

    • “Gorgeous cottage in a pretty location.”

    Miss Askew, Ashton-under-Lyne, August 2014

    • “Everything was as you would expect from the brochure. The owner met us and showed us the way to the cottage. There was a very high standard of cleanliness, we enjoyed our stay and would go back if looking for accommodation in the area, also very happy to recommend to friends.”

    Mrs Struthers, Glenrothes, May 2014

    • “Lovely location and very nicely presented accomodation”

    Mrs Smiles, Forfar, May 2014

    • “Love Gardenstown, the tranquility and scenery. It's so peaceful and quiet, you can have the beach to yourself, or share with just a few people. You can see the stars at night and hear the ocean as you sleep.”

    Mrs Hughes, Edinburgh, March 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.