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St Magnus Haven

(Ref. 951809)

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


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Again a completely relaxing holiday with visits to the “coastal cuppie” and Aden country park for dog to run about."

    Only downside was previous guest left the oven trays dirty as well as the microwave so had to clean prior to any usage? But otherwise good holiday

    Dear Gary I do apologise for the previous guest. So sorry pleased you enjoyed the holiday otherwise. The pens at Aden park are brilliant. My greyhound past on but we loved it there. Could let her race around an enclosed pen. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Jun 2024

  • "We had a great break, in Pennan, a stunning location."

    Staying in St Magnus Haven was a pleasure, a return visit is already being planned.

    Thank you both. Hope weather stays calm for your next visit. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely quiet cottage very well stocked , lots of wee things to make it homely ."

    Fabulous view of the water .

    Thank you Cheryl. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0May 2024

  • "Such a beautiful cottage."

    Extremely friendly and helpful owner Everything you could need is provided. In an absolutely stunning location.

    Thank you Melanie, pleased you enjoyed the cottage and th location. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Apr 2024

  • "Very well appointed comfortable cottage."

    Coal fire much appreciated especially during the storm,nice and cosy with great view of the churning sea.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "Well kept and provided cottage in a great location"

    Thank you Norman.I think we both suffered with the weather last week, despite this do hope you enjoyed your week in Pennan. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage with stunning views to sea."

    Thank you Jennifer. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week in the Cottage."

    Loved being able to open the door and being right by the sea! The cottage was lovely, very comfortable with everything you would need, nice bedroom with a comfy, warm duvet. Great lounge views, spotted dolphins from the window! Fridge big enough for our weeks shop. Also loved the shower! Had a great week!

    Thank you Steve. Delighted you enjoyed the cottage and the pennan views. I am here at the moment and really enjoying myself. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jul 2023

  • "I don’t think I’ve stayed in such a well equipped Cottage before."

    We had a fantastic week doing not a lot! Weather was mixed but just added to the magic that is Pennan . We explored the area by bike, kayak , on foot and in car and had a great time .

    Thank you Shona Pleased you enjoyed your stay in Pennan. Great to know that you felt the cottage was well Equipped and that you enjoyed Pennan and the area around. Best wishes Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shona5.0Jul 2023

  • "Amazing, Fantastic, Excellent property."

    Excellent throughout. Could not fault in anyway. Everything you need is supplied. Very Comfortable bed(great night's sleep) Living area with two comfortable sofas with tv\dvd player.Endless supply if books and DVD. Galley kitchen with everything you need.light airey sun lounge to the rear.Garden area at rear,with seating area (private)and a suntrap. Location, what can I say Amazing views to die for,could not ask for anything more . Saw dolphins passing by and seal aswell. Highly recommended for a relaxing chilled get away.

    Thank you Kevin for writing such a brilliant review. So delighted that you enjoyed the perfect Haven. It helps me greatly to know that everything is available for guests. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Cottage was excellent, village was really nice, both for myself and Linda but also for Milo the dog, as there were great walks for him, and also for him to go into the water in the harbour."

    village was also good re distance to both Banff and Fraserburgh when we needed some shopping. scenery was also excellent re cliffs etc. all in all a superb break and we will definitely rebook this cottage if it is available, when we next having a break

    Dear Gary So pleased you enjoyed the area and you are able to visit again. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a property!"

    We simply didn't want to leave. It's got all the creature comforts, comfortable bed, peaceful. The heating is simple but really does the job, it was used a couple of times as there was a few times where the NE weather was a bit chilly. The property soon warmed up and had to halt the heating within minutes otherwise it got too hot. The kitchen is well equipped as well and the bathroom/shower unit was amazing. 10 out of 10 lovely.

    Thank you for such a brilliant review Shaun. Pleased you enjoyed the cottage and everything was there that you needed. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0May 2023

  • "Of all the holiday cottages we have stayed in, this is definitely one of the best."

    We’ll equipped, comfortable and warm. Pennan is a special place, well worth a visit.

    Thank you Kathryn. So pleased you enjoyed the cottage and the village. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage which was bigger than it looks."

    Very comfortable, tastefully decorated and easy to heat. The kitchen had all the equipment you could possibly need and more. I loved the shower with the large head and the bed was very comfortable. The sun room/ dining room was an added bonus and was lovely and warm in the am’s. The tv and mobile phone reception were great.

    Thank you Gillian. It is so helpful to know everything was lovely for people staying. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2022

  • "Comfortable, well equipped cottage in a fantastic location."

    A great base for exploring the area.

    Thank you for your great comments Martin. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2022

  • "This was a very relaxing break, just simply peace and quiet."

    Much time spent on the beach with our dog, who had a fabulous time also. Watching the waves rolling in is soporific. The road down to Pennan is steep, but the first sight of the village setting is positively stunning. The cottage is small, but all you need, comfy and cosy. An escape from the hustle and bustle of our normal life....perfect.

    Thank you Dawn. I am returning at the end of October so will also enjoy the beauty of Pennan and the peace and quiet. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful little cottage with everything you may need to enjoy your stay here,ideal for a get a way from it all break, Fraserburgh has a lovely beach which is only a short scenic drive away,further up the coast you have Banff and Portsoy too, St Magnus Haven is an excellent base to explore the beauty of Scotlands North East Coast."

    Thank you Donna, so useful for other guests to read about the area. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic location."

    As described it’s a true fisherman’s cottage so is small particularly the kitchen which is very small. Plenty of hot water and heating good so is cosy. Very nice area for walking and cycling.

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Sep 2021

  • "A true home from home, exceptionally well equipped, cosy, painlessly clean and comfortable."

    Spacious and a secure, beautiful, sun-trap courtyard garden. The views were amazing and to be able to watch sunrise and sunset was a real bonus. Lots of information about the area supplied and so many books to read. We had amazing weather and had lovely walks over the cliffs to local villages. St Magnus Haven and Pennan itself were truly once in a lifetime finds, locals were very friendly and helpful. Missing the peace and quiet and sounds of the sea on the shore already.

    Thank you for your comments Yvonne. Very helpful for other guests to read. Olivia Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is a comfortable cottage in a beautiful place."

    We found it very comfortable and cozy. Shower is brilliant. If you want to cook whilst here the kitchen is extremely small and cramped which we did know was small before we arrived so did only cook a couple of times.

    Reviewed by Stewart4.7Jun 2021

  • "The location was just amazing ."

    Cottage had everything you needed. Well advised re shopping .would recommend to anyone needing a well earned rest.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0May 2021

  • "St. Magnus Haven was my home away from home, well equipped and really comfortable."

    Lashings of hot water and central heating kept me nice and warm. It's a lovely property and I had no problems at all in my week there. The WiFi speed was really good, my Amazon Firestick worked without a hitch on the TV. The village is quiet but I went to get away from it all and myself and my dog enjoyed the shingle beach outside the property and Aderdour Bay which is just a bit east and only a short drive away. There are no shops or facilities in the village itself, and sadly the Inn was shut during my visit. Banff and Fraserborough offer the usual supermarket and other facilities and both are just a short drive.

    Reviewed by Lawrence5.0Oct 2020

  • "We enjoyed the full holiday, the area is just stunning, loads to do, beautiful walks and the cottage was just fab, right on the lovely shore, it had everything you needed and more, it was so comfortable and homely that you really felt you were in your own home."

    Happy people and happy dog.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Sep 2020

  • "St. Magnus Haven is a lovely, comfortable cottage in a stunning location."

    The cottage had everything we needed and was exceptionally clean. The coastline along the Moray Firth is stunning. I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2020

  • "Had a great week in a wonderful quiet location."

    Cottage was lovely.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2019

  • "Fantastic place, lovely surroundings, just perfect"

    Reviewed by Dionne5.0Oct 2019

  • "The courtyard at the back of the house was well understated."

    It was a lot bigger than expected and was well tended. A real suntrap which we enjoyed every day.

    Reviewed by Annie5.0Jun 2019

  • "A fabulous stay in this lovely quaint and well equipped cottage."

    A beautiful setting with only the noise of the sea and the seagulls! The well enclosed garden was perfect for our little dog and we felt happy knowing he could go out and was safe and secure. The oil fired heating was a bonus as the evenings even in June could be a little chilly but the cottage quickly warmed up with a little heating. All in all for us a perfect holiday in an amazing location, can't wait to return!

    Reviewed by Beverly4.7Jun 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our break in such a beautiful, tranquil spot."

    The cottage is a well equipped home from home and the view couldn’t be better.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Jun 2019

  • "This was just what was needed - batteries restored by hydro power."

    Great spot and St Magnus Haven is perfect. Quiet, tranquil setting and literally nothing to do but enjoy. The cottage was scrupulously clean and had everything I needed for a peaceful stay. The nearby beaches and villages were lovely and it is amazing how many hours can be lost watching boats be put in the water. Quite honestly it was the best holiday I have ever had. Oh, the dog loved it too!

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Apr 2019

  • "Wow!! If peace and quiet is what your after then this is the place to go"

    . Fabulous cottage with everything you need. Loved the open fire.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Oct 2018

  • "We found the kitchen area very small and cluttered."

    We both like to cook and lack of space made it very difficult for two people to be in the kitchen at the same time. The bed was very comfortable, but the duvet was not big enough to cover two people, and at the end of October it was quite cold, it requires a king size duvet. Overall this is a nice cottage in a lovely location.

    Reviewed by David3.4Oct 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage, no phone signal and no WiFi resulted in incredible peace and tranquility for us."

    Fantastic sunsets over a lovely bay. Will definitely return

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.1Jul 2018

  • "Has to have been the most relaxing holiday We've had."

    Perhaps not everyone's taste but so quiet, tranquil and if we'd been any more relaxed, we'd have been horizontal. The view of the sea from our window kept us constantly in awe with the changes. Lovely little villages around. No noise bar the waves. Lovely Pennan Inn at end of street. Wonderful place to unwind and relax.

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Jun 2018

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  • Ground floor accommodation
  • One bedroom: 1 x double room with shower unit
  • WC and basin
  • Kitchen
  • Sun room
  • Living room.
  • Oil central heating, open fire
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, grill, washing machine, fridge/freezer
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed patio garden
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop 5 miles
  • Note: Phone signal strength varies throughout village according to network provider, however calls can be made through Wi-Fi
  • Parking: Free parking anywhere in the village and on the street outside the property
  • Please note: all bookings should fall between a Saturday and Saturday as changeovers must fall on this day
  • Note: Property isn't suitable for children, adults only.

The property

A white-washed fisherman's cottage situated in the quaint hamlet of Pennan, Aberdeenshire.

This property lies within a row of cottages backed by cliffs and facing the seafront, with only a narrow road separating it from a rocky beach.

In this remote area, you can only be contacted here if you want to be, making it the perfect bolthole for couples wanting a tranquil retreat from the rush and noise of everyday life.

The living accommodation in the property consists of a homely sitting room complete with comfortable sofas and open fire overlooking the cove, a cosy spot for warming up after a day's hiking.

The small galley kitchen has everything you need for cooking some tasty meals together and has a dining space at one end to sit and enjoy them.

A second door leading from the kitchen brings you to a bright sun room with more dining space, ideal for taking your morning coffee or enjoying breakfast.

The bathroom and dual-aspect bedroom are on the opposite side of the house, the latter of which featuring a double bedroom and beautiful views over the cove as well as over the garden.

At the back of the property is an enclosed patio garden reached by a door from the sun room.

It is surrounded by white-washed walls in keeping with the cottage's exterior and has a space with patio furniture for sitting out in the afternoon sun.

Pennan consists of two rows of fisherman's cottages, including a hotel.

For shops, galleries, tearooms and a village pub with meals and drinks available, the village of Gardenstown is a short drive with a selection of pubs, and supermarkets with petrol station, also offering a picturesque harbour.

The town of Banff is also a short drive away offering a number of attractions and activities as well as Fraserburgh with its renowned lighthouse.

St Magnus Haven is a serene base for those wanting to explore the beauty of the Northern Scottish coast.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AS-00219-F

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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.

Parking: Free parking anywhere in the village and on the street outside the property.
Please note: Bookings are Saturday to Saturday but out of season short breaks may be possible in negotiation with the owner.
Please note: property isn't suitable for children, adults only.

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