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Shell Cottage

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Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire & Angus Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful holiday cottage, perfect for a family of four and our dog."

    Unbeatable seaside location with everything we needed and easy driving distance to bigger shops, country parks and other villages. A walk to the castle ruins is a must!

    Hi Elizabeth, thank you for the positive feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay in Shell cottage. Bob and Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2024

  • "Stayed in this immaculatley clean and well equipped cottage in Cruden Bay last week."

    Each room has it s own beautiful little personality. This is one of the best cottages we have ever booked over the years across Scotland. It has amazing views straight onto the bay from each window and a short walking distance to this stunning beach. It also has an enclosed garden with a summer house to watch the waves and sunsets. Certainly will be back.

    Hi Pamela, thank you for the positive feedback, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent stay at Shell Cottage and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Bob and Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Feb 2024

  • "A well appointed and equipped cottage located within walking distance of the excellent beach."

    The owner was exceptionally helpful and looked out for us during snowy weather. Thank you

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jan 2024

  • "This is an ideal property for a couple with the views we wanted for a genuine week off - particularly from the table/summerhouse across the road."

    They have made the best use of the limited space, maximising the kitchen/diner and lounge. The local shop and Kilmarnock Arms gives you all you need without leaving that end of the Bay. Fabulous beach within yards. Very minor items. A hook/s on the back of the bathroom door would be a real help in the limited space. A nightlight for the stairs would be good.

    Hi Simon, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent stay at Shell Cottage. We appreciate all of our guest feedback and comments and will ensure we act upon them promptly. We were a little surprised to read the 2 minor issues highlighted. There are 2 x hooks located on the side of the shower. The reason they are positioned there and not behind the door is to ensure the door opens fully. There is a two way light switch on the lower and upper landings ensuring guests have full control of lighting. Kind regard Bob & Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Oct 2023

  • "This property is one of the best holiday homes that we have stayed in ,it was so well thought out and was really clean , cozy and comfortable."

    We would highly recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed Shell Cottage. Bob & Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great cottage and good area for touring about."

    Dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2023

  • "FAB-U-LOUS!"

    !!! Cottage was extremely comfortable (beds and sofa super comfy), extremely well equipped throughout. Wonderful panoramic views over the bay. Off road parking was such a bonus. Fantastic garden opposite with use of summerhouse which provided us with the ideal setting to watch the sun set each night. Direct access to the beach from the garden was a real luxury and our little Scottie dog just loved snuffling around the seaweed first thing in the morning. The owners (Bob and Morag) were friendly, professional and helpful, imparting local knowledge and information when requested which was very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble, they were an absolute delight!!! We spent two weeks at Shell Cottage and plan to return next year.

    Thank you so much for the positive feedback Celia we really enjoyed meeting you, Ronnie and Skye. Looking forward to welcoming you back again next year. kindest regards Bob & Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cecilia5.0Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in Shell cottage."

    Such a peaceful place, the cottage was well equipped and the owners Rob and Morag were extremely helpful and friendly throughout our stay. The highlight for us was the garden area and Summer house. We spent every evening enjoying the garden with amazing views across the bay and the direct private beach access was a huge bonus. I would definitely recommend staying here. Only minor downside for me and my dodgy back was the steep stairs and coombed ceilings in the bedrooms but this did not stop me for thoroughly enjoying our stay.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2023

  • "Our stay in August at Shell cottage was nothing short of magical."

    Tucked away in a picturesque setting, this charming place provided the perfect escape for our young family and dog. From the moment we arrived, the cottage welcomed us with its warm ambiance and inviting atmosphere. Nestled just a short walk from the beach, it offered the best of both worlds – the serenity of the countryside and the allure of the nearby coastline. The cottage itself was a haven of comfort and style. The interior had a homely charm with its beautiful decor, creating a soothing environment for relaxation. There was a view of the sea from each window, which was stunning. The highlight of our stay was undoubtedly the proximity to the beach. A leisurely stroll led us to the sandy shores, where we enjoyed breath-taking views of the Scottish coastline. The children loved how close we were and we could easily nip back to the cottage to make some lunch to take back to the beach, our dog was more than happy with all that space to run around in. The cottage was really cosy of an evening and really felt like a home from home, and waking up to the sound of waves in the distance was fantastic. The attention to detail by the cottage owners did not go unnoticed. Thoughtful touches, from cozy blankets to local recommendations, loads of extra towels etc. They really had though of everything. In summary, our time at Shell cottage was nothing short of amazing. It seamlessly blended comfort, charm, and convenience, offering a memorable retreat for our family. Whether you seek a peaceful getaway or a base for coastal exploration, this cottage is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. We left with hearts full of gratitude and memories that will last a lifetime. You know it’s somewhere special when your children ask you every few weeks if we can go back to the same place again!

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week in this stylish, comfortable and well-equipped cottage."

    Cruden Bay is stunning, and the cottage is in a perfect location with wonderful views across the bay and fabulous walks on the doorstep. The village is very friendly too, with a shop and pub just around the corner. A perfect place to stay!

    Thank you so much for the positive review. We are pleased you enjoyed your break at Shell Cottage. Bob and Morag. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jul 2023

  • "Perfect. Cottage is beautiful and the owner's have thought of everything."

    Definitely want to return.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great holiday cottage with amazing views."

    It was perfect and the hosts were lovely.

    Thank you for the positive review Janice. Kind regards Bob and Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jul 2023

  • "Just WOW! A beautiful beach cottage with a great garden, summerhouse, view of bay & private steps to the beach."

    Homely & welcoming some really nice touches & ornaments. We loved every minute & will definitely be back. Only downside is we’re too far away to drop by more often!! Thanks Bob & Morag

    Thank you Liz. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Shell Cottage. We think its a special place and really appreciate your feedback. Hope to see you back again. Bob and Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jun 2023

  • "A fabulous wee cottage spotlessly clean in a stunning location really enjoyed ..."

    A fabulous wee cottage spotlessly clean in a stunning location really enjoyed our week hope to visit again next year Thank you so much Bob and Morag

    Thank you for the positive feedback Kay. Hope to see you and Dennis back again. Bob and Morag. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Jun 2023

  • "We have literally just returned home after a wonderful break at Shell Cottage, from arriving until leaving we thoroughly enjoyed our break in the glorious sunshine."

    Shell cottage had absolutely everything that we needed for our stay including a most thoughtful welcome pack which was appreciated, it was spotlessly clean from top to bottom and the stunning views over the beach from the garden were better than perfect. Hopefully we can return again soon, with grateful thanks to Robert and Morag the owners for their kindness during our stay and I would recommend Shell Cottage to anyone looking for a top quality holiday cottage.

    We are so pleased you had a great time at Shell Cottage and thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you back again. Bob & Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, absolutely immaculate inside, perfect for walks to harbour or Slains castle."

    Peaceful location. Gorgeous seating area to watch tides and bay beach. Met owners, lovely people, would return in an instant.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. It was lovely meeting you both. Kind regards Bob and Morag Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2023

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Gravelled front garden over the road from the property with steps leading down to the beach
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.3 miles and beach 0.1 miles
  • Note: There is a steep and narrow staircase in this property, please take care
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: Property accepts a maximum of 4 people per booking, this includes infants

The property

Resting on the shore with breath-taking views over the sea in Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire is Shell Cottage.

This idyllic, dog-friendly holiday home benefits from a fantastic location overlooking the swells of the North Sea lapping at the sandy shores, a close proximity to the a world renowned golf course and two well-appointed bedrooms perfect for four friends, or a small family looking to explore the wonders of Aberdeenshire.

Step inside and out of the sea air to find a spacious and fully-equipped kitchen/diner where you can rustle up hearty meals for the whole family which can then be enjoyed around the dining table.

Later, head into the homely sitting room and sink into the plush corner sofa ahead of snuggling up with your loved ones while a film plays on the Smart TV.

When yawning begins, wash off the day in the sleek ground-floor shower room before climbing the stairs to catch your rest in the double or twin bedroom, where spectacular sea views are visible through the Velux windows.

In the morning, stroll across the road to enjoy your morning coffee in the private gravelled garden where the sound of the sea hitting the shore provides a tranquil setting.

Later follow the private steps in the garden down to the beach where you can amble along the golden sands and watch the kite surfers that frequent the water; the brave among you may even want to try your hand at it!

The quaint village is also equipped with a local store where you can pick up essentials and a pub, the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel, where you can enjoy a much-needed break from the kitchen.

Historic sites line this epic coastline, immerse yourself in the past at the 15th-century ruins of Slains Castle, Buchan Ness Lighthouse and Rattray Head Lighthouse where sun sets are truly breath-taking.

The coastal town of Peterhead lies nearby and houses a myriad of other restaurants and bars as well as the Reform Tower where you can admire panoramic views over the town, coast and countryside.

Experience all this and more at Shell Cottage.

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AS-00055-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Peterhead 8 miles; Ellon 10 miles; Aberdeen 23.5 miles

A beautiful village set on the east coast of Scotland in Aberdeenshire. Cruden Bay is built around breathtaking fields as well as many historical buildings including the well-known Slains Castle on the outskirts, which you can visit. This small village is a great base for a holiday as it provides a shop, Post Office, Chinese takeaway and a pub, not to mention an incredible beach. Cruden Bay is also home to a golf course, that is consistently ranked inside the world’s top 50; recognised as a architectural masterpiece for its dramatic dunes and stunning sea views. Nearby there are some fantastic places that you need to visit. Peterhead offers a great selection of shops and restaurants, as well as many things to do and see including a museum. A short drive in the opposite direction takes you to Ellon, also offering good amenities as well as beautiful parks and a golf course. Further afield is the city of Aberdeen, offering elite shopping and a maritime museum to enjoy.