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Seaview at The Doocot

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


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Seaview at the Doocot was absolutely perfect!"

    The location was ideal for us visiting family in nearby Duffus, and the view from the cottage was fantastic. We loved the upper veranda and windowed living room. The only drawback was parking, but we worked it out. We would definitely stay here again!!

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0May 2024

  • "The property's well situated with great views."

    Decoration and finish of the property inside leaves alot to be desired, with flaking paint on walls as well as evidence of what looks like mould in the dining room, caused by dampness in wall. Bathroom upstairs decorated in a hurry. Shower screen leaks onto what looks like MDF boarding which has swollen. Heating perfectly adequate with lots of hot water. Blinds in dining room don't shut properly so lack of privacy in this part of the house otherwise pretty good. Good selection of books and game's etc. Sorry to see at least 7 dead millipedes around the accommodation including 2 in the game's drawer !! I would like to note that the interior staircase was difficult for myself as I have mobility problems, I'm pleased to say I managed alright taking extra care. The carpet in the bunk room was stained and has seen better days. Outside area was pretty good. I didn't intend to go in with a crical eye but it could be so much better if issues were addressed and it was given the finish it deserves.

    Reviewed by Catherine Louise King2.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a very helpful email from the owners the day before we arrived which was very informative and welcome."

    Although we had an enjoyable week at the Doocot and its proximity to to the beach is fantastic - there are some things that need to be addressed for the comfort of future visitors. With a weekly rental of £1k we would have expected a little more and doesn’t stand comparison with the more expensive property we stayed in the week before in the Cairngorms. More wine glasses required - there were 2 - one huge, 1 small. No tea pot. More small tables required in lounge - nowhere to put a mug/glass if using sofa in front of tv apart from on the floor. The TV needs to be properly connected so you can if you wish, watch mainstream tv easily - eg the Scotland v England game last week was inaccessible No visitor book. Presumably it is intended to plaster the wall around the fireplace? The fridge is too small, it will be difficult/impossible for many to access without getting on their hands and knees. It didn’t seem to us to keep things v cold - eg a bottle of wine had to go into the freezer. The property description needs to make it clear that there is no parking immediately by the property- this would be a significant problem for some; as would the very steep stairs. Both would be beyond some people

    Reviewed by Richard2.5Sep 2023

  • "Contacted owner whilst we were away ."

    Numerous issues resulting in us having to go home 2 days in to A week stay which was a 16 hour Drive

    Reviewed by Sarah1.3Jul 2023

  • "This is a fantastic property with fantastic owners!"

    The communication pre-arrival was first class, meaning every question we thought of had already been answered and some we hadn't even thought of! The house was very comfortable, clean and had lots of luxury touches! We loved it! The kitchen had everything we needed for a 7 night stay; no rushing off to supermarkets to buy the basics here! We would definitely come back and stay here again! Fab!!

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Although the views to outside towards to sea were stunning, the stairs to the bedroom were very tight and had to be used with caution."

    We made it our little home for the week and enjoyed our break. Access to the property should be made quite clear that it can be quite fraught for those not so steady on their feet.

    Reviewed by Barbara3.4Jun 2023

  • "This cosy little house was amazing it oozed character and was very comfortable with super views ."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2022

  • "We love your cottage it is very comfortable has fantastic views."

    Everyone in the village is really friendly and Moby our dog loved being able to sit in the lounge looking out at all the goings on. You have thought of everything and it shows.

    Reviewed by Eddie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Comfy house , beautiful area ."

    Wonderful coastal walks literally on the door step & a fab golf course Great location for getting to places and everybody so friendly Lovey harbour gift shop We will be back for sure

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Doocot chilled and beautiful outlook"

    Reviewed by June5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property,very nicely furnished,it's like home from home, the owners are very thoughtful,plenty of information,sent in a lovely welcome e mail, would highly reccomend we had a fantastic week."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely wee cottage in a great position over looking the beach area."

    We had a really restful week here. Easy access to both beaches and plenty to see in the area. Only slight issue some may have is the limited range of TV and radio stations available within the cottage if you simply want to turn on and watch. Personally we quite enjoyed not having them!

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Jun 2022

  • "We love this area and the Cottage was just perfect."

    The owner was thinking of everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Hopeman itself is a lovely and quiet place, with plenty opportunities for walks. We would love to come back at any time.

    Reviewed by Sabine5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely, comfortable house, in a beautiful part of the country."

    The perfect place to relax and admire the view.

    Reviewed by Moira4.7May 2022

  • "Property is very comfortable and warm, necessary as we were there in February and had a very cold spell."

    Hopeman is a nice little village with good walks, harbour sandy beaches and local shops and cafes. Plenty of places to visit in the local area, a good base for touring. Only slight downside was having to walk up a dark (February) unmade footpath to get to the cottage although several torches were provided. Everything considered a very nice place to stay and we enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jan 2022

  • "The Doocot is a fantastic property with excellent views of the sea and beyond."

    It is a great location for seeing the highlands and north east Scotland in close proximity to the Cairngorms and Inverness. The property is really well furnished and well equipped for catering. Everything was very clean when we arrived, and it was a very comfortable place to have as a base, and relax in the evening.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Oct 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage by the sea, facilities were lovely was so nice to be able to sit and relax and watch the sea but would be nice if the windows were fitted with mirrored glass as the sitting room is on the edge of the walkway to the ark you were always being looked at."

    Lovely walks in both directions along the Moray Costal Path loved seeing the Dolphins near HM Coastguard Building.

    Reviewed by Belinda4.7Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage furnished to a high standard with fantastic views."

    Owners were very helpful and provided a useful guide to the local area.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Doctor just disappointed we can’t get booked for next year, seems a bit early to be fully booked."

    Reviewed by Gwen4.7Jul 2021

  • "Great cottage in a beautiful area."

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely spacious property which is very clean and cosy."

    Perfectly situated for walks and touring round Moray. Findhorn a must see. The owners had obviously thought of everything to make our stay special. The holiday exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by A5.0May 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath and in built bed TV, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x ground-floor triple bunk with double and single bed and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Outdoor shower
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Underfloor heating, Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Roadside parking available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Roof terrace with seating
  • Patio with furniture and turfed lawn
  • Secure outdoor area
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Beach 200m
  • Golf Club 0.5 miles.

The property

The Seaview at The Doocot (Dovehouse) in Gaelic, is a welcoming, semi-detached property found in the coastal village of Hopeman, on the coast of the Moray Firth.

Just 200m from the beach.

The property was built in 1918 and has been reimagined to maximise the sea views and comfort.

It boasts views of the beaches and harbour from every room.The Doocot is located on the beautiful Moray Coast in the small seaside village of Hopeman.The village lies on the coast a short distance from Burghead with Findhorn to the West and Lossiemouth to the East.With two bedrooms offering en-suite facilities, this is a cosy and comfortable base, and offers an ideal accommodation layout for couples, families and friends.

After a day of meandering the beautiful beaches, look forward to unwinding in the sitting room, with two reclining sofas and a Smart TV for entertainment, or simply sit back and take in the stunning views across the sea.

Allow the chef of the group to prepare a hearty feast in the kitchen, fitted with modern appliances and fixtures such as the Belfast sink, while the others can set the dining table and let the woodburning stove warm the room.

As you tire, choose between the two bedrooms for a nights rest, including a triple bunk room featuring a double and a single bed on the ground floor, whilst upstairs occupies a double bedroom, both of which benefit from convenient en-suite facilities.

The master double ensuite provides an additional luxury.

Here you can relax and settle down for the night with a film which boasts a experience from the comfort of your bed with your very own built in TV.

There is access to a roof terrace, where you can take a seat and enjoy the panoramic views across the bay, from the terrace you can step down to the well-kept turfed garden and watch family enjoy the outdoor space.There is a secure area to store your outdoor gear.You will also find an additional elevated area on the lawn where you can sit out with a drink of choice and fully unwind.

Aberdeen is approximately 70 miles East and Inverness 35 miles West.Hopeman Harbour is a popular berthing point for pleasure boats.The harbour also attracts canoeists, fisherman and paddleboarders.The disused railway line now connects Burghead and Hopeman with a two-mile coastal path.This is popular with walkers and cyclists of all ages and the varied coastline attracts beachcombers, rock poolers, surfers, climbers, cyclists and runners.The coastal path is well surfaced and is an easy route for prams, buggies, wheelchairs and balance bikes.To the East is the Hopeman East Beach where the iconic ‘Hutties’ can be found.During your stay in Hopeman, take some time to visit our beaches (2-minute walk) and admire the stunning views across the water to the Black Isle.One of the best parts of the Moray Firth is we are lucky to have no midges, enjoy your beach-time in peace!

Hopeman’s East Beach (2 min walk) is home to many brightly and beautifully decorated beach huts and if you venture a little further you will be following in the footsteps of dinosaurs as you approach the breathtaking Cove Bay, where fossilised dinosaur footprints can be found.For the keen golfer, a round at Hopeman Golf Club is highly recommended with the 12th Hole – The Prieshach hailed as one of the best par 3 holes in Scotland.

If you’re lucky, you will be treated to spotting a pod of dolphins or the occasional humpback whale swimming just off the shore.The wider area of Moray has much to offer.Findhorn, Nairn, and Aviemore are just a scenic drive away.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location


Elgin 7.3 miles; Lossiemouth 6.3 miles; Inverness 37.1 miles; Aberdeen 73 miles.

Hopeman is a scenic coastal village situated on the shores of the Moray Firth in the Northeast of Scotland. This small village attracts many visitors due to the fact it boasts two sandy beaches, East Beach and West Beach, as well as an idyllic harbour used mainly now for leisure crafts. The East Beach boasts a line of beach huts, all individually decorated, along with a small pavilion. The main street has a number of small shops and a popular tearoom but nowadays the main venue for a big shop is the town of Elgin which has 24-hour Asda and Tesco supermarkets. Elgin sits between Inverness and Aberdeen and is home to the historical Elgin Cathedral. The Moray Firth is home to many dolphins and stretches of stunning coastline with many whisky distilleries, forest walks, cycle paths and little harbours. Outside the village is the popular town of Inverness, where you can find further attractions and amenities such as Infinity Trampoline Park and Inverness Golf Club.

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