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Holly Hoose

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Findochty near Buckie, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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58 Customer Reviews

  • "House is massive, didn't use all the rooms."

    Was very clean apart from a couple of cobwebs found above the bed in the double bedroom and also on ceiling in livingroom. Property spacious and yard ideal for my 2 dogs. Already booked to return next year.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.8Nov 2023

  • "We been to this house several times it a home from home everything you need ..."

    We been to this house several times it a home from home everything you need safe backyard for my dogs always clean and warm

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Oct 2023

  • "Ideal home from home."

    Warm clean house with everything we needed for us and two dogs.Clifftop and harbour walks on the doorstep and secure garden for the dogs.Kitchen with everything and more than you will ever need.Choice of two living rooms to use.We used the one with the brown leather suite.Perfect for a night In front of the telly.Only negative is the back door that seems to have swollen with the rain.Couldnt lock with key had to bolt it.

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely house."

    Very clean and comfortable. In a great area walks from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Sep 2023

  • "Had such a lovely holiday with the house being so well located in a lovely quaint village within easy reach of so many places to visit."

    The house was lovely throughout and a big bonus with dogs an enclosed garden. Good walks across the road onto the golfcourse. (Kitchen knives need sharpening).

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2023

  • "The house is huge, we didn't use the dining room or second lounge area."

    The beds were comfortable and the house in general was very clean. The house had everything we needed except some oven trays and sharp knives. The outside area was great for the dogs and a great suntrap on the nicer days we had. There's a grassed area literally a minute from the house leading upto a war memorial and amazing views over Findochty pronounced Finechty by the locals. A great base to get to Buckie, Portknockie and Cullen. A lovely house overall but just needs a little updating in places, other than that it's in a great location.

    Reviewed by Carl4.7Aug 2023

  • "The house is huge!"

    So much space for the four of us and our two labs. Lovely and clean, with good parking. The enclosed courtyard area was perfect for the dogs. Washer and dryer an added bonus. Short walk to the local stony beach and just a 7 minute to the beautiful Cullen Beach. We had an amazing stay and would definitely be back. Only downside was the previous guests hadn’t put the bins out so the yard next to the back door was a bit smelly.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4Aug 2023

  • "Not sure if a hairdryer was listed, but one would have been useful."

    Reviewed by Pam4.4Jul 2023

  • "This an ideal property to explore the coast it has everything that you need an enclosed space for dogs and children."

    Cullen beach 2 miles away is amazing for water sports and the house has plenty of room so that you can have privacy with 2 sitting rooms and a formal dining room, very friendly neighbours who made the area feel welcoming.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Jul 2023

  • "You may need to look at landing floorboards, ground floor toilet door and garden maintenance in patio area but these are only minor issues."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Jun 2023

  • "We had a very comfortable time at Holly Hoose it was like home from home."

    There was everything in the house that was needed. The beds were so comfortable you didn’t want to get out of bed. We would definitely be back to this accommodation.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Dec 2022

  • "A large, well equipped house."

    We have visited annually now for about 5 years. It has a secure garden which suits us with dogs. It is handy for nearby walks too. We will be back

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent property got everything you wanted great little court yard for dogs ..."

    Excellent property got everything you wanted great little court yard for dogs already booked for next year would recommend

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Aug 2022

  • "Clean house, we all enjoyed our stay and enjoyed Findochty"

    Reviewed by Stuart4.4Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property and well equipped."

    Ideally situated and enjoyed our quiet time away. We did mention that the window in the smaller double room doesn't close properly and was very windy one night.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jan 2022

  • "Very comfortable, spacious, and super clean property."

    Extremely well equipped. Close to the harbour for walks in the evening. Findochty itself is a lovely location. Thoroughly enjoyed our week.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Cottage description states two bathrooms in fact one bathroom and one toilet ..."

    Cottage description states two bathrooms in fact one bathroom and one toilet with no whb Also states open fire with all fuel no fire Cutlery was miss matched and very poor quality seating very old and uncomfortable on the plus side the bed was comfortable would we stay here again No

    Reviewed by Ronald1.6Dec 2021

  • "It was very comfortable and very specious, we really enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2021

  • "Although the accommodation was very spacious and catered for our needs it was crying out for refurbishment, it was like going back to the 70s and the settees are not very comfortable."

    We were quite concerned about the local children's behaviour to holiday makers. For the money we have stayed in far more luxurious and comfortable homes.

    Reviewed by Helen3.1Sep 2021

  • "The recycling bin was full to the gunnels on our arrival."

    Whilst clean and comfortable the furnishings and decor were a little dated and tired.

    Reviewed by Charlie3.8Aug 2021

  • "The furniture downstairs is of very poor standard and very uncomfortable."

    The settees were so low, soft and old and also had stains on them, the kitchen table and chairs were cheap, rickety and just poor quality. The dining room furniture also was lacking. Carpets were old and the house had a very odd smell. There was no clothes horse. Such a shame as Findochty was a lovely place. The house just needs updating. For the price of over £1000/week it was so disappointing we cut holiday short.

    Reviewed by Fiona2.2Jul 2021

  • "We were very impressed by the cleanliness of the cottage and it contained everything we needed for a comfortable stay."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely and clean good area plenty to do"

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jul 2021

  • "One of the best self-catering places we have stayed in."

    Good location, sun-trap little courtyard, had everything we needed, very spacious. Much enjoyed our stay, would book Holly Hoose again.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, very spacious and has everything you could need."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is the 5th or 6th time we have used Sykes and 4th time at this property."

    Delighted with everything

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Aug 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Holly Hoose ."

    Accommodation although dated was clean and comfortable with plenty of space . The outside patio area was a real suntrap which we enjoyed several times.

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Jul 2020

  • "Lovely large property well appointed local pub & beach walks great for the dog."

    Would recommend to anybody.

    Reviewed by Georgette4.7Mar 2020

  • "Very lovely and cosy cottage."

    We had a fantastic Christmas at Holly Hoose. We would definitely recommend to anyone looking to stay in this part of the world. Great walks up to the golf course with amazing views. Fantastic pub down the road with amazing food and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for a great space to relax.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Dec 2019

  • "What a nice cottage warm home from home everything you needed children and dogs ..."

    What a nice cottage warm home from home everything you needed children and dogs where safe in garden very peaceful liverly walks saw lots of birds 4 sea lions would Be going back again

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Oct 2019

  • "This was our 4th year at Holly Hoose."

    Need I say more? Huge house, everything you could need and the comfiest bed I have ever slept in. Great for visiting the area with loads of restaurants and little cafes in towns roundabout

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Oct 2019

  • "Fantastic holiday home in a wonderful friendly village."

    Perfect location for touring the Moray Firth.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Sep 2019

  • "This is a lovely, cosy and big cottage in a very quiet fishing village."

    It has a small shop and pharmacy that close quite early, as well as a nice dog friendly pub but nothing much else. The beach is sand and stone and has some great rockpools. The house is lovely, decoration is a little dated but everything is so comfy and cosy that you don't mind. It has good wifi but phone signal is hit and miss.

    Reviewed by Lyndsey5.0Aug 2019

  • "The house is very comfortable and welcoming."

    We had a lovely week here and loved the peace and quiet. The walks and beaches are beautiful.

    Reviewed by Kristina4.7Jun 2019

  • "We all had a great time at the cottage ,especially the sun trap patio area."

    The area in and around Findochty is amazing.

    Reviewed by Ron4.1Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was situated in a lovely peaceful village, with good local walks round the harbour and the little coves."

    Reviewed by D5.0May 2019

  • "Decor could do with an update."

    Reviewed by Pam4.1May 2019

  • "Everything was perfect, even the weather."


    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2019

  • "Excellent cottage well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds"

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Feb 2019

  • "Well appointed and very comfortable house, lots of space and good sized bedrooms and reception rooms."

    Lovely location and only minutes from harbour, pub and beach and cliff walks

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2019

  • "Lovely and warm house , good shower, could do with new pans, and cutlery as they bent when eating, but other than that we enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back, we didn't light fire but."

    There was coal and logs in shed, five mins from pub and beach, plenty of walks for Toby our black lab.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is the second time we have stayed in this property and we will be back next year."

    It is an excellent base for exploring and the house really suits us with our 2 golden retrievers. We have used Sykes several times and have found them to be a good company to deal with. Plus they have a large selection of properties.

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Aug 2018

  • "House nice and clean and comfortable, well equipped but needs a little updating."

    A welcome pack would be nice. We’ve spent nearly £700 on a weeks accommodation before and had a nice pack with local produce such as milk, eggs, bread, jam. This encourages visitors to shop locally having tried the products, and also if you’ve had an 8 hour drive, arrived late and been unable to bring cold milk a cuppa makes everything right!

    Reviewed by Donna3.8Jul 2018

  • "Holly Hoose was a lovely house with everything you could need and was an excellent place to stay while exploring this fantastic corner of Scotland."

    We had a great relaxing time .

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jul 2018

  • "Just brilliant highly recommend"

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jun 2018

  • "An accurate contact name and number would have been useful as the key holder/caretaker had been changed 2 weeks prior to our holiday."

    A welcome pack ie milk tea and coffee would have been nice after a 7-8 hour drive. Decent furniture to sit outside as it was broken in places and wobbly. Otherwise the house was lovely. The area is very quiet and if children visiting not a lot for them to do in Findochty as it literally is a fishing village.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Jun 2018

  • "Lovely house and village."

    So quiet and peaceful. Fantastic week.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Mar 2018

  • "Very comfortable, warm accommodation, well equipped."

    Well placed to explore the Moray coast. You can walk the Moray coastal trail in two directions, directly from the house. Local shop and pub only 5 minutes walk from the house. Would certainly recommend .

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely holiday cottage, spacious - ample room for 5 adults."

    Comfortable and tidy. Beautiful area . Quiet, wonderful beaches. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by E4.8Feb 2018

  • "Wonderful place, locals so friendly and welcoming."

    Admiral pub great for a meal or just to pop in for a drink. Would love to go again sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by David4.8Oct 2017

  • "Excellent value for money Very clean and spacious with all internal amenities catered for except the open fires which are no longer in use which is a shame Nice and warm cottage which was perfectly located fo us."

    Village very quiet but no issue to us Great week....thank you!

    Reviewed by John4.8Oct 2017

  • "Holly Hoose is a lovely, clean, traditional cottage with excellent facilities."

    Findochty is a beautiful wee village with a very friendly atmosphere. I would recommend both.

    Reviewed by Catriona5.0Jul 2017

  • "A lovely holiday home with all needs catered for in a great location."

    Reviewed by Audrey4.8Jun 2017

  • "A comfortable, enjoyable holiday, central location, would definitely visit again and continue to use Sykes cottages."

    Reviewed by Elspeth4.8Apr 2017

  • "Peace and quiet ."

    . a beautiful place to relax . and the weather was brilliant

    Reviewed by Marlynne5.0Feb 2017

  • "Fabulous clean house in a very friendly and pretty town."

    Highly recommend this property and the location. Great for those who have dogs and love long walks along quiet beaches. Local pub serves great food and is extremely welcoming. Eveyone must visit Finechty at least once in their life!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2016

  • "The house was better than expected"

    Reviewed by Robert4.8Aug 2016

  • "The only reason I wouldn't book this cottage again is that it is so far for us to travel."

    The location is stunning and everybody is really friendly. However there are really very few places you can go in if you have dogs. There is only one pub in Findochty which only allows dogs in the public bar not the lounge where the large dining area is so if you want to eat there you either have to sit outside which is fine if the weather is good or they have one small table in the bar which is also quite a small space dominated by a pool table, the views from the outside seating are amazing though. The most dog friendly place we found locally was Portsoy where there is a small cafe where dogs are allowed both inside and outside., and in the marble shop in the 17th century harbour.

    Reviewed by Beveley4.6Aug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Second sitting room (seats 4).
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, phone for incoming calls, 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 folding bed on request
  • Roadside parking next to cottage
  • Outside storage for bikes
  • Enclosed private patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Harbour 3 mins walk
  • Beach 10 mins walk
  • Note: Mobile reception can be limited in Findochty
  • Note: Two sets of golf clubs available
  • Provisional Scottish License number: 23-00208-STLSL

The property

This smart, detached stone cottage is ideally situated close to a pretty harbour and sandy beach, in the village of Findochty on the fabulous north east coast of Scotland.

This spacious fisherman's cottage is perfect for a family group, or group of friends, who will appreciate the space within the property, which benefits from two comfortable sitting rooms, one of which has a welcoming electric fire.

The kitchen is well equipped, making it easy to prepare tasty home-cooked meals that can be enjoyed in the formal dining room next door.

On the upper floor, the generously proportioned bedrooms ensure a comfortable night’s sleep for all and at the rear of the cottage is a large and fully enclosed patio area which is a real sun trap and a perfect place to enjoy a barbecue or pre-dinner glass of wine.

A short stroll from the cottage takes you down to the pretty harbour, with its colourful array of yachts and a small sandy beach that will be much appreciated by children.

Close by you can enjoy a tasty bite to eat at the Admirals Inn, whilst gazing out to sea and admiring a wonderful sunset.

The north east coastline has plenty of pretty fishing villages to explore and is home to bottlenose dolphins, which can easily be spotted along with a multitude of other wildlife.

There are also some great golf courses nearby and fabulous walks which allow you to fully appreciation the unspoilt beauty of this area.

This cottage will ensure an unforgettable holiday for everyone.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £125.

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About the location


Buckie 3 miles; Elgin 20 miles.

The delightful fishing village of Findochty, which dates back to the 1400s, sits on the edge of the natural harbour known as Crooked Haven. Nowadays, Findochty is used more by leisure sailors than fishermen, whilst the fishing boats have moved down the coast to Buckie. Findochty has a small sheltered beach at Long Head and a popular pub on the harbour front. Why not visit the delightful town of Cullen, situated beneath spectacular railway viaducts and renowned for its hearty smoked haddock and potato soup, or enjoy a spot of golf at either of the Cullen or Strathlene golf courses? Take a pleasant drive to the lively town of Elgin, home to an imposing cathedral, museums and the mesmerising Biblical Gardens. With the whole of the Moray Coast to explore, with its Whisky Trail, an abundance of historic houses and gardens, sparkling golden sands and hospitable inns, this is a superb base from which to enjoy the delightful north east coast of Scotland.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas