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Archiestown, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 980732)


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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage needed few things."

    .soup ladel serving spoon and perhaps more than 4 mugs. We stayed the weekend of storm and were dissapointed at support given by owner. Eg no electricity and was left 3 torches, one of which didnt work and another continual flickering. Had only 1 in pitch black rooms. Following day we had no water. After hours my husband went to look for some and it took a man in the street to take him to where water was being provided. I believe the owner should have arranged delivery of water.

    Reviewed by MaureenNov 2021

  • "Enjoyed our 3 nights at anfield very much with our wee dog."

    .went to aberlour every day for walk along river. Had lunch twice in the copper dog bar which is dog friendly and overall a very friendly pub as part of the Craigellachie Hotel. The only reason l haven't given 5 stars is the reason we had to strip beds and put all linen in a laundry bag and take down stairs in morning of departure. I know its not owners request we do this but the letting agents idea..apparently for covid reasons...there is enough to do for 10am departure without this pointless rule.

    Reviewed by AlexanderNov 2021

  • "Annfield is a warm and cosy place to stay."

    The cottage is un-cluttered so it’s easy to keep tidy. The kitchen was clean and it was easy to cook meals from scratch although you need to wash up after every meal (not a problem for me, as I hate mess!) It’s really quiet at night and, my daughter was not keen to listen to her creepy podcasts as she was afraid it might scare her during the night. We did bring a fire-stick that easily connected to the tv and the wi-fi for (non-scary) entertainment at night. I loved how quiet it was. We enjoyed star gazing at night and even saw three deer in the morning. The weather was damp in November, but this made it even better when we got back from walking the Speyside Way; for a glass of wine, a woodburning stove and, a hot bubble bath. A perfect place to stay for our much-needed working holiday. Lise Olsen

    Reviewed by LiseNov 2021

  • "We loved the property, the area, we had a problem with not finding the place as it was dark we would have appreciated a light on the heating on as it was cold."

    This would be good for future holiday makers who are arriving in the dark. But everything else was lovely.

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage, ideally situated to explore the local area."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our week. Some minor improvements that you might like to consider are, to provide serving spoons and a couple of more mugs, plus a cafetière in the kitchen. A doormat just inside the back door would help to keep the cottage clean and access to one of the outbuildings to store bikes would be a help. Wonderful to be able to watch deer from the front window and red squirrel from the back. Heating was excellent and warmed the cottage up very quickly. Thanks

    Reviewed by WarrenOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, in a fantastic location."

    Loved our stay and would definitely return. The garden was lovely and we enjoyed sitting out. No light pollution, so if you are lucky, as we were, the night sky is spectactular. Lots of places to visit in Speyside, and at the coast. So plenty to do. And if you love whisky, well there are loads of distilleries to visit. We appreciated being able to let ourselves in, and had a relaxed, low key, away from it all holiday. Fed the birds in the garden, and they were a real treat to watch. Red squirrel and deer in the vicinity. Fantastic. Sad to leave.

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2021

  • "What a beautiful place , we loved it , it was so quiet and peaceful."

    The gardens are a place to sit and relax we saw plenty of wildlife including 3 deer in the field next to the garden. The cottage is well equipped but hard to find , it added about 40 mins to our journey. TIP ; if you put in the post code into your satnav it takes you to the wrong property, keep driving for about 800 meters on the same road. The cottage is within easy reach of many tourist attractions and places but check first as covid 19 means some are not open . Brett and Caroline

    Reviewed by BrettSep 2021

  • "Easy to book, timely instructions regarding key pick up."

    Annfield location is stunning and in the most tranquil of settings leading to a very relaxing holiday. We had everything we needed for a very enjoyable stay. A hairdryer would have been nice to have but was not an issue to bring my own but this is not a criticism.

    Reviewed by SheelaghSep 2021

  • "The cottage was in a perfect location."

    Red squirrels.. Deer.. Woodpeckers.. And no people! A perfect getaway. Comfy beds too. Would definately return.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2021

  • "It was so lovely we were quite happy to stay at cottage and sit in garden reading."

    All you heard were the sheep and the trees moving in the breeze. It was definitely home from home. Watch out for Lord & Lady Montague the pheasants.

    Reviewed by AliceJun 2021

  • "Loved the cottage we wanted to bring the cottage home with us lovely walks from the cottage our dog loved it the rural setting was great lovely to see the sheep with the lambs in the field we were blessed with good weather ."

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2021

  • "Had a lovely time in the middle of nowhere with lambs as closest neighbours!"

    Reviewed by FionaMay 2021

  • "A lovely homely cottage in a wonderful setting."

    Had a perfect few days away.Thank- you

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2020

  • "We book regularly with Sykes and always find the whole process very straightforward and efficient."

    Cottage listings are accurate and good value for money. App is very useful. Very satisfied customers.

    Reviewed by JudithSep 2020

  • "The cottage is in a fantastic location and ideal for those that enjoy a bit of peace and quiet will still being relatively close to a town (it’s about a 2."

    5 mile walk into Aberlour, but it’s a lovely walk down country tracks). It’s also close to dozens of whisky distilleries. The cottage itself is a little dated and some areas could do with a little refurbishment, but it was very clean and comfortable with most of the mod cons that you could require. But the main plus is the location, which couldn’t be better. Not many places you can feed red squirrels 10ft from the kitchen window! We’ve stayed here twice and have loved it both times. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by CameronSep 2020

  • "Annfield is such a lovely cottage."

    It is spacious and comfy. The garden is fabulous, with lovely surrounding countryside.

    Reviewed by DinahSep 2020

  • "The cottage was beautifully secluded and perfectly located to discover Speyside, the Cairngorms and the Moray Firth."

    We enjoyed the tranquility of the cottage, the orchard and the raspberries and the friendly neighbouring sheep. The cottage is really well equipped and very clean. The attention to the laundry and bedding was really appreciated after long days walking – fluffy white towels and soft sheets. Thank you!

    Reviewed by LeahAug 2020

  • "We couldn't believe Annafield was so lovely - more space than there appeared on the photographs, huge outside space and nearby walks and villages excellen to visit."

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2019

  • "The location and the cottage were excellent for us."

    We really enjoyed our stay and were very warm even though we had cold weather with a lot of rain and one day it snowed quite heavily. We were very impressed that the snow plough had been down the lane. Our only complaint would be the lounge furniture which was not very cosy. We will most certainly return.

    Reviewed by EileenNov 2019

  • "Having 2 bathrooms was great although the upstairs bathroom is very rusty around the plug hole and really would benefit a slip mat as would the downstairs bathroom, the 3 piece suite in the living room is uncomfortable and past its best we missed having eggcups as a family we enjoy boiled eggs for breakfast, We also felt that the property would benefit from a freezer."

    The washing machine and ironing facilities were absolutely fine and the double bed extremely comfortable.

    Reviewed by JoanOct 2019

  • "Great cottage in a lovely secluded location, very comfortable although the furniture is a few decades out of date and could do with replacing or re covering, the upstairs bathroom looks great with the free standing tub but we found it completely impractical to use, once you are in there with the curtains pulled round, there is little room to move and no where to put soap, shampoo, sponge or anything like that!"

    I would remove the tub and replace it with a large shower cubicle, apart from that, its a great cottage and I would highly recommend staying in it.

    Reviewed by GarySep 2019

  • "WOW..."

    .Yet again Annfield gave my wife and I all the ingredients for a perfect week of rest and relaxation that we so gratefully needed. Having stayed here for a short break back in January we literally unpacked the food, emptied our bags of clothing and stuck on the kettle, it really did feel like we hadn't left. The cottage is in such a perfect position in the highlands. It is a stones throw from the famous whisky trail, beaches that seem to go for miles and miles, lochs and hills to take your breath away when you reach the top.....awesome. We were lucky to see the sheep, pheasant, a young female deer and a huge male hare that jumped across rear lawn. If you are patient enough you might just see a red Squirrel carry out its gymnastic stunts across the fence at he side.....I did... So!, back to the cottage. If you enjoy having to look out of the windows and see hills, trees, wildlife, hear absolutely nothing to the point you can hear a pin drop, then this beautifully placed, well equipped and very clean cottage is the perfect place to spend your holiday and chillax or adventure as much as you can handle. There is one last thing!....If you don't hear "Devine Comedy - There's Something In The Wood Shed! when you see the "Wood Shed" you clearly aren't human......or maybe that's just me....!!… Thank you so much to Pippa and David for all the great correspondence, perfect hosts. Go make some new adventures...… Thank you Nick & Janice xx

    Reviewed by NickSep 2019

  • "Cottage is as described."

    Beautiful Garden, comfortable house, quiet and remote surrounding. Lots of birds, also squirrels can be seen when sitting quietly in the garden, we even encountered a deer near the house. The house itself provides warmth and enough space to enjoy a rainy day inside, games have to be brought, though. We would absolutely come again.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage well equipped perfect quiet location super comfy bed."

    Great comms with owner highly recommend. Hope to return. Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful, quiet setting."

    The master bed is very comfortable and linens/towels provided were decent quality. A nice touch was the tea/coffee/herbs/spices/general kitchen supplies instead of the usual bare cupboards which often greet you in a rental. We would definitely return to Annfield if we were to be in the area again.

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2019

  • "Had a lovely week away, loved the open fire stove."

    It was just a shame about the weather.

    Reviewed by KyleMay 2019

  • "It was perfect all except it could have had comfier furniture, we wanted to cuddle on the couch but it was not made for 2 people."

    It was lovely just to look out of the window and see the sheep in the field. There was loads of dvds to watch and the log fire was lovely and romantic. Will definitely be booking again

    Reviewed by DebbieApr 2019

  • "Cottage was cold on arrival when temperature outside was below 10degrees ."

    There was no welcome pack which we believe is vital when going to a very rural property and until.it is possible to find the nearest shops. There were very few kitchen utensils ( no masher, no slotted spoon, no wash-up brush).the furnishings were very sparse and impractical ( kitchen chairs were too low to enable us to eat comfortably at the table without using cushions from the lounge chairs---and we,re both quite tall !) . The lounge suite was very uncomfortable and the single radiator in the lounge was not adequate to heat the room which was large (remember the outside temp was approx 10 degrees!) .The toilet seat in the downstairs toilet has a broken metal hinge/bracket.( not by us !)

    If you wish to discuss or elaborate more on the issues raised, please feel free to contact the Sykes office on the details below, quoting your booking reference number and any other information that may assist us in providing the best possible outcome and customer service. 01244 345 700 Lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlastairMar 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage and it had everything we needed."

    Pippa was more than helpful with any questions or queries and the saddest thing was we had to leave . It was also in the most beautiful settings whilst just being 5 mins from achieston or 10mins from craigellachie . Would highly reccomend. Thank you Pippa for a lovely stay .

    Reviewed by KatharineMar 2019

  • "There was no hassle on arrival, we wernt bothered whilst there but the vendor could be reached if necessary."

    It was so tranquil and restful, we had everything we needed. Came away with batteries fully charged. Excellent experience, easy to book, clear and timely instructions on how to get into the cottage and local knowledge, would recommend both cottage and Sykes, use Sykes cottages regularly, very good.

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2019

  • "Superb cottage set in an ideal location not to far yet not to near to local amenities."

    Highly recommend this cottage to all. Brilliant log fire to put your feet up and the beds are so comfy. Many thanks, Willie, Kerryanne, Eva & Anna (The Lister's)

    Reviewed by WilliamJan 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for relaxing."

    It had everything except for clocks. The only clock was in the kitchen. The grounds was was perfect for the dog you could take them a walk around them. Jack the local farmer who had his sheep in the field and Roana his wife were very friendly. The sheep came over to you each morning and I miss them already especially Bo. It was the first time we had been in the area and although it was whisky making area there was plenty to see starting from the cottage window the views were perfect. The stars at night as it was proper dark was great. You did not need to shut the curtains at night. would recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here."

    the cottage itself was in a rural place in its own grounds with beautiful views. a short distance away from Aberlour by car. and there is a forest walk that takes around an hour that will take you there on foot. The facilities in the cottage met our expectations comfortable beds, washing machine, iron kitchen utensils....etc.... clean and tidy through out, with rustic furnishings which complimented the cottages era. The cottage was lovely and warm with central heating available throughout. This cottage and location is amazing. The only small discrepancy we had is that after 7/8 hours a day trecking and visiting other places, the sofa could do with something more comfortable to lounge out on, on a evening with my husband it was a bit small for one never mind two and for four adult people it would be a bit of a squeeze……... as the saying goes...…... kick of your shoes and chill.....however we would recommend this cottage for its shear beauty through in and out.

    Reviewed by RosemarieOct 2018

  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the fact that they went out of their way to get broadband/WI FI installed ready for when we arrived."

    We arrived before excepted time and it was no problem for Pippa to welcome us. We would like to extend our thanks to her for getting the Wi Fi sorted out in time for our visit. Very welcome fire which was started in no time. The property warms up very quickly between central heating and Wood Burner. Views perfect, central location for travelling to beach and other attractions especially for Whisky tours

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2018

  • "The cottage was amazing stunning views so quiet and the owners had left ..."

    The cottage was amazing stunning views so quiet and the owners had left everything u need and all good quality The fire was all ready to go all we had to do was light it a nice little welcome note from the owner with a phone number to call if we needed anything It made our Scotland road trip even more amazing

    Reviewed by SeanSep 2018

  • "Very disappointed to be honest."

    The cottage itself was lovely and in a beautiful location and very comfortable. However when we booked the cottage it was advertised as having WiFi which myself and family were highly disappointed to discover it did not. My children were unable to watch any movies on their kindles and I had hoped to do some work/ studying while away and again this was impossible. I would like to know why you falsely advertise it as we wouldn’t have booked knowing WiFi was not available. Secondly when my husband arrived a little before me the beds had not been made up by the cleaners and he had to call someone back to find out where the bedding was, the person he contacted was Rita and she kindly made them up although did say the cleaners should have done them. Dirty cup and spoon left in cupboard. Some previous holidaymakers appear to have been left a ‘welcome pack’ as advertised. There was nothing when we arrived and no welcome note etc as previous ones had been left. There needs to be consistency with this. We have spent many holidays over the years in Scottish cottages at a variety of locations and price ranges but this was the first time there was no starter/welcome pack. First time we have ever booked with Sykes and I have to say that I am very disappointed with the service so far. As I say the cottage and garden were lovely and comfortable and we did enjoy our holiday but we did not receive what we had booked. Also on the first night my husband sat on my sons bed to read to him and the bed broke and they both ended up on the floor. It appeared the wooden frame was only held by small screws in the corner and therefore not suitable for an adult however there was no warning about this and we had to prop the bed up in books for the remainder of our stay. I look forward to your response.

    Reviewed by JillianAug 2018

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The property

This tasteful, stone-built cottage enjoys a tranquil woodland location, just one and a half miles from the Scottish village of Archiestown in Moray.

Surrounded by wonderful countryside and offering welcoming accommodation for four, this could be the perfect stay for you and your friends or family.

Accessed by a single-track road, enter Annfield into a handy utility area, where you can leave your muddy boots and clothes after a scenic countryside adventure.

This leads into a stunning kitchen/diner which attractively combines the modern with the traditional, featuring rustic wooden worktops, a Belfast sink and contemporary units, concluding the layout in style.

Adjacent to this, you will find the heart-warming dining room which displays a social, wooden dining table and a fabulous woodburning stove in a redbrick fireplace.

A vibrantly decorated sitting room also rests on the ground floor, offering the option to watch TV or perhaps to admire the views and even spot the deer in the nearby fields.

A retro-style bathroom completes this level, finished with attractive tiling and all-white fittings.

The first floor of this Victorian cottage rests under the eaves, with a peaceful sitting area lying at the top of the staircase.

A sumptuous bedroom rests either side of this; a double and a twin room, both of which provide access to a classy bathroom boasting a freestanding claw foot bath.

In favourable weather, take some time to wander around the mature lawns surrounding the cottage, with rural views available from almost every spot.

The delightful village of Archiestown is close by, offering the visitor a handy post office and a superb hotel containing a pub and restaurant.

The spectacular town of Elgin lies close by, dominated by its dramatic cathedral, a choice of museums and a variety of quality amenities to make the most of.

Lovers of the outdoor can head South to the Cairngorms National Park showcasing the most astounding rural vistas with a range of paths and trails to enjoy.

An enticing Victorian cottage in a fine location for touring the wonders of Moray.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC, bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room.
  • LPG central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi, Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawn and woodland
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles.

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About the location


Elgin 17 miles; Grantown-on-Spey 24 miles.

Archiestown is a pretty and tranquil village located in beautiful Morayshire to the north of the River Spey and is one of the highest villages in Moray. In the centre of the village is a pretty tree-lined square, which is a designated conservation area, and the Archiestown Hotel occupies a corner location on the square. Archiestown is a very well kept and friendly village that has won the Moray ‘village in bloom’ competition on many occasions. The village is home to a shop, Post Office and local craft outlets, while the village’s hotel houses a cosy pub and popular restaurant. Archiestown is situated on the Malt Whisky Trail, with the famous Macallan Distillery to the east and the Cardhu Distillery to the west. Being in the heart of Speyside, Archiestown is an excellent location for touring this general area, including the nearby villages and towns. Nearby Aberlour is not only famous for its distillery, but is also home to the Walkers Shortbread factory and is a great location for some fishing too!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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