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Braehead Croft

(Ref. 1543)

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


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

Reviews & Ratings

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  • views (34)
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67 Customer Reviews

  • "Bareheaded Croft is a lovely warm and well appointed cottage."

    Spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you could need, including binoculars to enjoy the uninterrupted view of the sea. Huge fenced-in garden to the rear which the dog loved and plenty off road parking at the front which the car loved. Excellent base to explore the region with cafe Bijou within easy walking distance and Cullen, Buckie and Findochy within easy reach. Leslie made us very much at home.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Mar 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage with fantastic sea views."

    Spotlessly clean and cozy and equipped with everything you could need. Lovely friendly owners. We would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage and we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2024

  • "We loved our time at Breahead Croft."

    Everything was so clean and comfortable,the kitchen was very well equipped. We met and spoke with Mr. Smith who was a lovely man, very helpful and great stories on the history of the Croft. Our dog Charlie loved the large garden, and the view and sunsets were spectacular! Breahead Croft was the best cottage we’ve ever stayed in and we’ve stayed in many. Thank you and we hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Well equipped cottage overlooking the sea and the sunsets never disappoint."

    Furniture starting to look a bit tired but very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Andrea4.7Jul 2023

  • "This was our 16th visit to the Croft and as usual everything was lovely and clean and very welcoming."

    Mr Smith was there to greet us, and as usual was busy planting summer bedding plants, and maintaining the garden. It is clear he really takes pride in everything. We couldn't fault the accommodation, even though the weather did let us down, it won't put us off and can't wait to return again in the future. The Moray Firth dolphins gave us a nice display and all in all its always sad to leave, Portessie and the fabulous views. Our Border Collie loves the back garden and sulks when we clear up and pack at the end of our stay.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic holiday home everything you could ask for and more great ..."

    Absolutely fantastic holiday home everything you could ask for and more great location spacious rooms didn’t want to leave thanks to the owners mr and mrs smith you have a great place

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2023

  • "Nice location and well equipped."

    The best accommodation we have ever ben in. Would highly recommend to friends and relations.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2023

  • "A great base for cycling on NCN1 - accessed within minutes from the property."

    Would appreciate knowing what aspect of listing was inaccurate so we can rectify the issue. Customer turned up with 6 electric bicycles without prior notification expecting us to house them securely which we did in an outbuilding. No charge was made for housing the bicycles. The front door moulding of the dishwasher was found broken when the cleaner attended and this was not reported as per the conditions of let. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.4May 2023

  • "We spent 6 relaxing days here!"

    Very well looked after cottage! Great for discovering the highlights of this part of Scotland! Hope to come back! Gillian Tafel and family

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Apr 2023

  • "An excellent holiday cottage."

    This was our second visit and would definitely come again. The only downside is that it is a 7 hour journey from Bolton, otherwise we would be here more often! Very helpful owners. Amazing situation. Thank you for a great 2 weeks. It would be extremely helpful if there were a couple of gates to secure the garden for the dog, but that is a minor point.

    Reviewed by Jocelyn5.0Mar 2023

  • "Another great stay at this property,the weather could have been nicer ,but the property was warm and cosy with great views."

    Allready booked for 3 weeks 2024 really looking forward to returning for our eighth year running ,staying at this property.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Mar 2023

  • "A great cottage."

    The house was clean, comfortable and cosy and the kitchen was one of the best equipped we’ve had. Well supplied with dishwasher tabs, extra towels and toilet rolls etc. Amazing views and on a lovely plot of land. We had a lovely holiday…thank you!

    Reviewed by Marjory5.0Dec 2022

  • "Our 1st visit was in Feb 2022 as a family of 4adults n 1 infant, 1 toddler n 1 ..."

    Our 1st visit was in Feb 2022 as a family of 4adults n 1 infant, 1 toddler n 1 daft pooch, amazingly spacious, huge garden (that we didnt realise was open at either side at this time), beautifully clean, homely n warm, easy access to local shops, fantastic views, regardless of weather, look at sunset and sunrise, only thing missing was a slow cooker, so i bought one whilst there, this 2nd visit was just me, hubby n pooch, everything was the same property wise, perfect, took slow cooker from last visit n meant to leave it behind but hubby packed it away before i got chance to hide it in a space

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Nov 2022

  • "The holiday property was great ."

    Plenty of room . The kitchen was well equipped. Toilet rolls, dishwasher tablets etc all provided - thank you.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful views in a croft that has been lovingly preserved and maintained."

    Facilities excellent and we had stunning sunsets to the west, which could be seen from the lounge and patio area and would be fabulous in warmer weather when dining outside.

    Reviewed by Julie Anne5.0Oct 2022

  • "Nice cottage well kept"

    Reviewed by William4.7Oct 2022

  • "The property is be on excellent, so warm and comfortable Full equipped with ..."

    The property is be on excellent, so warm and comfortable Full equipped with everything you need including games and puzzles Excellent base to explore the coast and more Definitely recommend the cottage and would stay again

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2022

  • "An excellent property, with everything provided."

    Also an excellent location with great views over the moray firth, ideal for dolphin watching. Lovely big garden, ideal for children.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is our 6th time at breahead croft we absolutely love it the cottage is always spotless also it as everything you need a credit to mr&mrs smith."

    Reviewed by janet5.0Jul 2022

  • "Braehead Croft is an ideal place for a holiday base."

    It has the most wonderful views overlooking the Morey Firth. It is well equipped and very clean.and we enjoyed our stay. It's a shame that the week we want next year is already booked. We are pleased to say we saw dolphins, binoculars are provided.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Jul 2022

  • "A comfy, clean, well-equipped cottage with extensive sea views ."

    It’s well placed to explore the Moray coast and the Cairngorms too, so lots of great scenery- we had some amazing walks and enjoyed returning to relax at Braehead .

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a lovely comfortable house and it is very well equipped."

    It is in a great location and has a lovely garden to relax in with fantastic views. It is ideally situated to explore the Moray Coast and surrounding areas without having to travel too far in any direction. 3 bedrooms and bathrooms and a large garden make it a perfect choice for families and anyone taking a canine companion with them. I would highly recommend this cottage. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2022

  • "What a lovely cottage with beautiful views over the Moray Firth, very clean and comfortable."

    We will definitely be back some time.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with sea views from every room."

    Very clean and comfortable. Lovely gardens on front and large grass area at back, Plenty of private parking on the drive. We have already booked to go back.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0May 2022

  • "What a lovely cottage, great views and every thing you need."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2022

  • "Had a fantastic stay here."

    .everything 1st class.only wish small part of garden was enclosed beside patio ..

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Mar 2022

  • "Another great stay already booked for next year."

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a fabulous two weeks at Braehead Croft."

    It was week 15 & 16 of our visits to this accommodation since 2012 (An additional 2 weeks were cancelled due to lockdowns) so you can tell we like staying here. The views are always fantastic and ever changing. December was a great time to visit. (After our July week was spoilt by all the 'staycationers'! - We go to Scotland to escape but people were everywhere!) Weather was unfashionably mild and dry for the most part, and any rain mainly fell overnight! We loved it, especially our Border Collie, Molly. She gets so excited when she sees that big garden to run up and down in. The beaches only had a few dog walkers so it was paradise.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Another great stay loved it that much already re booked for March"

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Oct 2021

  • "Really had fantastic stay, will definitely stay again really enjoyed the cottage views fantastic and cottage just I would update the sofa as my mum who is registered disabled struggle to get off the chairs and sofa there is 1 higher chair but that has seen better days, this cottage was welcoming and comfortable really enjoyed staying."

    WiFi is good addition to the cottage as well. Overall fantastic cottage.

    Reviewed by Amy4.7Oct 2021

  • "Great holiday- place had everything you needed."

    Was a great place to travel to beaches - hope to be back one day !

    Reviewed by Sen5.0Aug 2021

  • "Braehead Croft is old fashioned in decor but very comfortable and homely."

    Set in lovely gardens, there is plenty of parking on its large private drive. It is a very well equipped and extremely clean cottage with wonderful, peaceful, uninterrupted views over the Moray Firth. We had a lovely stay and will return

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Aug 2021

  • "What a lovely home!"

    Just perfect and what amazing views. Everything you need and more at the cottage and was very clean. We had the most enjoyable time and we will be back. Thank you

    Reviewed by Megan5.0Aug 2021

  • "A wonderful comfortable clean and homely cottage with beautiful views in a lovely location."

    Great to come home to after exploring the Moray Firth, like coming home.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely location and well-equipped cottage."

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Braehead Croft."

    Our 14th visit. It would have been 15th if it hadn't have been for covid, so I think that says it all! Whatever the weather we always have a lovely stay. The cottage is really clean, well equipped and well looked after. The views are fantastic. Even in the rain. We saw a pod of at least 20 dolphins on Friday evening, just as the sun was setting. The Moray Firth was like a millpond, it was so calm. A great place to recharge from life and work. Can't wait to return. The dog went into a complete sulk, the moment we started to pack to come home and she's fallen out with us!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had another lovely 2 weeks this is our 5th visit to the croft its fantastic."

    Reviewed by janet5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was very clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    Great sea views for nearly every window. Nice patio and large grass area. Even seen some dolphins.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2021

  • "Extremely well decorated and comfortable cottage, with all the facilities you would need."

    Amazing views over the sea. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2021

  • "Large patio and garden to best enjoy sea views."

    Lovely coast which is not spoiled by over commercial development. Extremely comfortable bungalow.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0May 2021

  • "Magnificent cottage."

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2020

  • "We just love the bungalow and the views"

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Sep 2020

  • "Superb view on the Moray Firth, very tidy and clean cottage with modern kitchen and technical equipment (multimedia and USB-connections)."

    Thank you to the owners!

    Reviewed by Isabelle5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage is very clean, and very well equipped, the owners have thought of everything."

    The views are spectacular and you can see the sea from every room. We already knew the area, as we have family there, but for anyone thinking of going for a relaxing break, we would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Nov 2019

  • "Our eighth visit to this lovely cottage and it still meets all our expectations."

    Great views, great home comforts and central for days out exploring the Moray coast.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2019

  • "This was our second visit to the cottage and it was just as good as it was last year, clean cosy and with great views."

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2019

  • "This was our 13th visit to the Croft."

    It's like a home from home for us. The view of the Moray Firth from the windows is awe inspiring, whatever the weather. They had unfortunately had lots of rain prior to our visit and the grass hadn't been cut for a few weeks - it appeared. This made it awkward having dogs, clearing up and we kept losing the dogs ball even though it was red! This didn't spoil anything, the weather was quite kind in that we only had light rain and for the most part it was a dry and mainly cloudy week. We didn't get many beach walks in due to the tide times. However our border collie had plenty of exercise running around the garden. We didn't see any dolphins but there were seals a plenty in the bay near the former Portessie swimming pool. Also, we were lucky enough to see the new aircraft carrier Prince Charles as we left Edinburgh a week earlier and there it was out in the Moray Firth. Another piece of British history to be proud of. You can never fail to leave here feeling relaxed. The sun even shone as we left, beckoning us to return again soon. We are back in June 20.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2019

  • "Cottage was equipped with everything you needed."

    Lots of beaches and places to walk. Extensive well maintained garden which is good if weather is nice in evening. Cottage is a good size so there is plenty of room.

    Reviewed by Annmarie5.0Aug 2019

  • "Braehead Croft is a wonderful holiday home."

    We had expected a smallish property but the space inside just kept growing! The views from the house were amazing, sunsets over the Moray Firth and views to Caithness on a clear morning. The property is very well equipped and extremely clean, not easy in mid season. A large garden space both at the front and rear of the cottage was ideal for our grandchild and boisterous labrador. So many different walk right from the property and a great play park beside the primary school. Our three generation family had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Winnifred5.0Jul 2019

  • "The location of the cottage, the brilliant sea views,the home from home feel everything you need and more, excellent."

    Reviewed by janet5.0Jun 2019

  • "This was our 12th visit to Braehead and as ever, we had a great time."

    Weather could've been better but even if we had showers during the day, there was a fabulous sunset. Saw dolphins, seals and the occasional cruise ship - lol! The new fence and gate around the side was a welcome improvement, although we did see the local kids run into the garden, one day and vault over the fence. I can see why the original was broken. Can't wait to return end of September.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely, spacious and airy."

    Wonderful views of the coast just outside Buckie. Very large rear garden, ideal for youngsters to run around in. Garden at the front was well kept and very pretty. The cottage was nice and warm when the weather turned chilly. Well equipped with all you would need for a long stay or short.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "Excellant quality accommodation, well maintained and very clean."

    . reqires a handle for grill pan.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Apr 2019

  • "Second year running we have stayed here and we will be back next year ."

    Home from home in a great location.

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Mar 2019

  • "The cottage was spotlessly clean and had every utensil etc anyone could need."

    The views were great.

    Reviewed by William5.0Dec 2018

  • "This was our second visit to Braehead cottage , it sits on top of a hill overlooking the Moray Firth and provides a lovely home from home feel."

    The coastline is ruggedly beautiful , and is a photographers dream. Lots of places to see and lots of places to eat. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was very homey and comfortable although the ensuite bath rooms was very small they are ok ."

    The onley thing that bothers us is the towels they were old and not soft. Mr smith is a very nice man and evey thing we need was in the house and more than enough for ower stay

    Reviewed by Rabaah4.4Jul 2018

  • "Fabulous hot weather and swam in the sea in Portessie most days."

    This was our 11th visit and as usual the cottage was spotlessly clean. Mr Smith greeted us on arrival, working tirelessly on the front garden, with new bedding plants and roses. We can't fault the accommodation or the area and we have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2018

  • "A very clean and comfortable cottage, with lovely views of the moray firth."

    Our dog loved the grass out the back. This was our second visit and we hope to return.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2018

  • "The location of the croft excellent and the croft itself was excellent everything you need is there ."

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2018

  • "When we saw it was named Braehead Croft, we expected it to be in the country side, it is surrounded by houses."

    It is the best house we have stayed in. Does need extra bedding provided. The entrance to the driveway can sometimes get blocked, by people parking across the entrance, when visiting the Hall next door. It has great views of the sea, but do not lean on the fence, as it is weak, as the property is at the top of a hill, and looks down on to the rooftops of other houses.

    Reviewed by David3.8May 2018

  • "Excellent facilities."

    Great accomadation, very handy for playing golf . Beautiful views over the bay and beyond. Hoping to book later this year again.

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Mar 2018

  • "A wonderful home from home with everything you could need from a self catering property,great views warm and comfortable,great location."

    It was that good that we have booked to stay for two weeks next year.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Mar 2018

  • "No complaints at all loved it"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2017

  • "Great position for touring the area, short drive or walk to most local amenities."

    5.0Sep 2016

  • "Mr and Mrs Smith have gone out of their way to ensure we had a fantastic holiday at Brae Croft, and they have ensured we were wanting for nothing."

    I will defenitely be booking again next year. A beautiful property in an idylic location . Meticulously clean, and comfortable. We were so sad we had to leave to go home.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Aug 2016

  • "Very comfortable, immaculate cottage with an amazing view of the Moray Firth."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • 1 x en-suite with Shower, Basin, WC, Double Bed, bunk bed suitable for children and Smart TV
  • 1x en-suite with Shower, Basin, WC, Double Bed
  • 1x Small Bedroom with 3/4 Double Bed
  • Central heating with gas fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2x Smart TV's DVD, stereo/CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Large lawned garden with patio area and garden furniture
  • One well-behaved pet by arrangement
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Nearest supermarket, shops and pubs are >1mile away in Buckie
  • Note: Although accommodation is all ground floor, this property is not suitable for wheelchair access
  • Note: The garden is not enclosed
  • Note: This property does not accept worker bookings.

The property

A detached, stone-built croft, situated in the village of Portessie and enjoying uninterrupted views over the Moray Firth.

Spacious, well equipped and comfortable, Braehead Croft offers three bedrooms, two with en-suite facilities, a large open plan living area and lovely lawned garden, making a superb holiday home.

The surrounding area is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with truly superb beaches and a variety of outdoor pursuits on offer.

There are five golf courses within 10 miles of the village and the RSPB Reserve at Spey Bay is a 'must' for birdwatchers with ospreys visiting each summer.

Less than an hour's drive from whisky and castle trails and the Speyside Way Walk and well situated for exploring all of this attractive part of north east Scotland, Braehead Croft makes an excellent base for a great holiday!

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About the location


Buckie 1 mile; Cullen 5 miles; Elgin 18 miles.

Situated on the Moray Firth coast, Portessie is one of a number of old fishing villages that lie on a three-mile stretch of shoreline to the east of Buckie on Scotland's 'sunniest north east coast'. It's an unspoiled coastline, with dramatic cliff scenery, beautiful beaches and picturesque villages such as Gardenstown and Pennan. Families will love the extensive beach at Cullen and enjoy local opportunities to ride, golf and watch rare birdlife - the RSPB Reserve at Spey Bay is a must for keen birdwatchers. The Moray Firth has one of only two resident populations of Bottle-nosed dolphins in Britain and regular boat trips leave from Buckie and Macduff harbours on dolphin-watching expeditions. A wonderful base for a magical holiday experience.

This property does not accept worker bookings