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Dookers' Hoose

(Ref. 980780)

Cullen, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map

4.6

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • great (9)
  • location (8)
  • cottage (6)
  • good (5)
  • beach (5)
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12 Customer Reviews

  • "Stunning property."

    Will look to book again in the new year as unavailable until then. Such a great location, a stone throw from the beach. Just what we needed to relax and unwind.

    Looking forward to hosting you again. Haste ye back! Rosemary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Sep 2023

  • "A good cottage, excellent location."

    Carpet a little worn and WiFi signal is ok but not excellent as advertised. Facilities ok although curtains very thin and some of the window blinds etc not in good working order. It was generally clean though. The location is key here and for a beach holiday- great.

    We have had no negative feedback about the wifi. It works very well for me, but perhaps it depends where you are in the cottage as the walls are thick. Shall double check, Fiona. We watch the sunsrise and sunset from our windows and never draw the curtains. But point taken and new curtains will be lined. Glad you enjoyed the beach and all that Cullen has to offer! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bert3.4Aug 2023

  • "A house on the sea-front – what could be better?"

    The original fisherman’s cottages on the Moray coast towns were built with small windows and difficult spaces. This one has been brilliantly converted to add light and space, while retaining the feeling of a historic building. It was well-equipped with a good shower.

    Even two good showers! Glad you had a good time and received your walking boots in the post once you got home! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jul 2023

  • "We loved your little cottage and its brocante styling."

    Perfect location and well thought through layout as well as a well equipped kitchen made a really enjoyable holiday. Only downside were the seized windows, which made the house uncomfortable in warm /humid weather unless back door left open and even then one bedroom was very stuffy. Hopefully they’ll be fixed for next guests.

    We love our cottage too and are happy to allow our guests to enjoy it as much as we do. Wet weather unfortunately meant one of the sash windows got stuck, and our joiner fixed it promptly. So nice and airy once more. Also we have added artwork by our grandchildren to celebrate the minke whales in the bay. And poetry too, inspired by our family holiday in Dookers’ Hoose. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Georgina4.4Jul 2023

  • "The property itself was great."

    Quite small for a taller person but perfect for us and parking was good for a work vehicle.

    Very happy that you gave our cottage one hundred percent! It is truly a wonderful place to spend a holiday with the waves crashing on the sea wall and beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the window. Even rainy days are to be savoured, hunkered down under the Velux. Hope Sykes have apologised for their booking error. Haste ye back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Dookers Hoose."

    One wee problem with the water heater which was dealt with very quickly. Great communication from the vendor.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and were happy with everything! Dooks morning, afternoon and evening! You just can’t beat wild water swimming. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Dookers Hoose thank you!"

    Great quirky cottage, location is perfect, just across from the beach, love the area at the back for wet clothes/ wetsuits etc, and the shower room attached, very well thought out! We were in the sea most days , so this area was well used! The cottage had everything we needed are more. Lovely relaxed place to stay, with plenty to do and see round about. Thanks again

    Fabulous to learn that everything we put in place for a proper Dookers’ holiday is appreciated! It is a great thing to be able to go for a dook down the steps across the road and come back up and straight into the downstairs shower. Also, plenty places to hang wetsuits and Dookers. Good to share our favourite place with likeminded people. Rosemary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great location."

    Recent upgrades make the cottage brighter and more comfortable for the visitors. Beautiful fishing village on the Moray Coast. The family came for visits, so it was ideal for us.

    It makes us so happy when families come back year after year and can see their comments and photos in our visitors’ book from times past. So glad you enjoyed yet another stay in a village you know so well. Rosemary Property Owner

    Reviewed by William4.4Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely and has been sympathetically restored."

    It has many beautiful pictures adorning the walls which gives it a homely feel. It is very comfortable and relaxing, prefect for an escape from everyday living. We found that the top step of the stairs which is very close to the bathroom door, can be missed easily when leaving the bathroom so needs light on at night.

    I am so glad you appreciated the work done in the cottage during lockdown. It has certainly brought a lot of light into our traditional fisherman’s house and the new kitchen is great for cooking and the dining room perfect for enjoying meals together. The art work is mine as well as by some younger members of the family who love to paint and draw when they come on holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alex4.4Sep 2022

  • "Great location in a lovely village and the beaches and walks nearby were lovely"

    Indeed, the coastal walks and views are breathtaking. This year we swam every day with our grandchildren and a seal joined us on one occasion. From the Bow Fiddle Rock near Portnockie we spotted dolphins and sat on the bench in complete silence watching them dip and dive. Back home and a shower of rain, followed by a rainbow, nay, a double rainbow. Now that is what we call a holiday and why we are happy to share our seafront house with our visitors. Do come again. Haste ye back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven3.8Jul 2022

  • "Dookers Hoose is a characterful and charming seaside retreat and was the perfect location for our family holiday."

    The house feels very welcoming and has a creative ambiance with artwork by the owner and family decorating the walls, a mix of vintage and modern furniture, books, games and window ledges decorated with seashore finds. This feels more of a home than just a holiday let, situated in Cullen Sea Town with its soft colourful walls, pantiles and tiny gardens at every turn. We loved being able to hear the sea from the house. We enjoyed cooking in the stylish and well-appointed kitchen and were very pleased to find so much space for storing supplies as well as an efficient washing machine. The layout of the ground floor makes it a very sociable space and on cooler evenings, we enjoyed the electric ‘wood burning’ stove which created a cosy atmosphere. We brought some solar powered fairy lights with us for added twinkle. The internet was consistently reliable and we did not for one moment miss having a TV. The little table in the front room was a perfect spot for drawing, painting and writing. We brought bikes, body boards and wetsuits and were delighted to have access to the garage for storage as well as clothes lines which made drying wet kit easy. In front of the garage and opposite the front of the house across a narrow, quiet side road is the small outdoor garden space with a picnic table. This was a lovely sunny spot to sit with morning coffee and a book watching the world go by. Just across the shore road lies the sea wall with steps down to a lovely stretch of sandy beach which is perfect for safe swimming and provides access to long walks along the shore. The steps on the sea side of the wall are a great place to sit with a drink and enjoy the huge skies and stunning sunsets. On your return from a swim, you can enter the little back yard through a gate and access the conveniently placed bathroom with shower. There are lovely coastal walks (or runs) from the house and we saw dolphins on several occasions from paths scented with bracken and wild thyme. The surrounding countryside is beautiful by bike and car, and there are many interesting places to visit. Supplies can be found in Cullen itself where there is a reasonably stocked Co-op and we noticed a deli opening soon. There is an amazing fresh fish shop in nearby Buckie and you may catch your own sea trout from the pier if the seals don’t get there first! If you prefer not to cook your own, the fish and chips in Cullen are consistently good. Any queries during our stay were answered quickly and the visitor’s book is brimming with information on local eateries and places of interest logged by the owners and visitors over the years. A lovely stay and we were sad to leave.

    Well Saskia, You seem to have landed in heaven and have enjoyed every aspect of our house! We are so pleased that you have been able to enjoy such a fabulous holiday and to take advantage of everything we care so much about. It is certainly an inspirational place for writers and artists and a great spot for just contemplating life. We look forward to hosting you once again. Rosemary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Saskia4.7Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was wonderful everything you need ,very clean great location very ..."

    The cottage was wonderful everything you need ,very clean great location very good communication will definitely be booking again

    Glad you had a great time. The cottage is on the seafront and enjoys spectacular sunrises and sunsets and sometimes the aurora borealis! Visitors are eager to return. Good to know that you were so happy. And thank you for the flowers and card. Much appreciated! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2022

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x twin, 1 x ground-floor bunk, 1 x family room with double, day bed and woodburning stove
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with electric flame effect fire
  • Sitting room with electric flame effect fire.
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning stove and 2 x electric fires
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster
  • CD player, WiFi, selection of books, games and CDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available
  • On-street parking
  • Front patio with furniture adjacent to property
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub and beach 0.1 mile
  • Note: This property has no TV, but there is excellent WiFi, and a good mobile signal

The property

Enjoying an idyllic position with sea views on the Moray coast in Cullen is this charming, detached cottage of Dookers' House.

A former fisherman's house, Dookers' Hoose now makes for a delightful base for a coastal break in this stunning part of Scotland for a family of six.

On-street parking greets you on arrival, along with those enviable views of Cullen Beach.

Make your way inside the property and venture to the sitting room, a charming space enjoying timber walls and a range of stylish seating for you to unwind on at the end of a busy day; why not switch on the electric flame effect fire, and log onto the excellent WIFI, or play a board game together or simply curl up with a good book and a glass of wine?

Afterward, continue to the kitchen/diner, another pleasant space offering a good selection of appliances that are bound to appease any budding chef.

Once the designated chef of the family has fixed up a tasty meal here, savour it over at the dining table while another electric flame effect fire warms your toes; the space also hosts a dishwasher, making post-dinner clean up a breeze.

As day becomes night, choose one of the three inviting bedrooms to catch your rest in, with one of these being a bunk room resting on the ground floor, enjoying access to the nearby ground-floor shower room.

Climb the stairs to find two more bedrooms, one of which is a family room enjoying the warmth of the flickering woodburning stove and provides a double bed and day bed, and the other comprises a twin room.

A bathroom completes the property's interior, a space which spoils you for choice when it comes to freshening up, thanks to its separate walk-in shower and bath.

Due to the property being a traditional fisherman's abode, the outdoor space consists of a quaint patio sitting adjacent to the front of the property; here you can settle down with a morning coffee as you listen to the tide ebbing and flowing.

Embark on a quick walk into Cullen to come across a range of eateries, including the popular Rockpool Cafe, where you can stop for a light bite before wandering down to Cullen Beach for a day packed with fun in the sun and sand; the beach leads to the fantastic Cullen Golf Club, ideal for putting fans!

The property is in a great location for those who are into watersports, with The Sea School in Cullen hosting marine activities for both adults and children in the adjacent harbour; the property also offers a lockable garage in which you can house your beach gear and kayaks, for added convenience.

Dookers' House is also perfect for those who enjoy wild swimming, with the property’s namesake, ‘dooking’ meaning swimming in Doric, the local language; the house rests next to steps that lead down to the beach and there is a back gate allowing access to the wet room, where you can enjoy a hot shower afterward - so get ready to dive into the waves!

Walk along the coast to Portknockie, a picturesque village housing a delightful harbour, along with enjoying access to a range of walking trails, from the Portknockie Cliffs Path to the Finechty and Portknockie Path.

Continue along the coast to Buckie, another welcoming town enjoying its own idyllic harbour and esteemed golf club, alongside a fascinating heritage centre and a range of green spaces, from Queen Street Park to Harbour Park.

Further afield lies the town of Elgin, where a wealth of activities and attractions await, including the breathtaking ruins of Elgin Cathedral.

Treat your loved ones to a blissful break at Dookers' Hoose.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location

CULLEN

Elgin 21 miles.

The Moray coastal town of Cullen is situated on Cullen Bay, an inlet of the Moray Firth, and is an extremely attractive town, originally built around the mouth of the Burn of Deskford. Modern Cullen comprises the delightful fishing village of Seatown and an ‘inland’ area, which stretches up an imposing main street from Seatown, underneath a spectacular viaduct. Although the wealth of Cullen was built on textiles in the 18th century, the town is best known for its fishing heritage, its name being given to a rich, creamy haddock soup known as Cullen Skink. Visitors can enjoy Cullen’s lovely sandy beach, the famous Ice Cream Shop, regarded by many as Scotland’s best ice cream parlour, a fine selection of shops and restaurants, and the historic city of Elgin is within driving distance.