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85 Seatown

Cullen, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 4516)

4.8

Excellent

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "This review includes comments from a previous review from our last stay."

    The other visitor reviews have provided a good accurate summary regarding local amenities that will be interesting for a stay in Cullen. Take note of the comments below that are specific to the property. This is our third time at 85 Seatown. We found it to be clean on arrival. Be mindful of the issues surrounding parking. We parked our car on the kerb outside the property. You may be offered a parking space at the front of No.146, as parking outside the house made it difficult for passing vehicles. The Seatown streets are narrow, so be mindful if you have a large vehicle. You will find the bins of the property right at the very end down a narrow passage. Worth checking with the locals on the bin collection day. We tried to keep the cottage clean throughout the week. There is a broom available, but a wider broom would have been really useful to sweep out the house properly. Please can you change it. The same goes for the hoover, which had difficulty sucking anything up. I was happy to hoover the house, but had very little success. I think having access to the house via two doors is a great idea, especially when cooking in the kitchen or needing a cool breeze to pass through the rooms. Cullen is about getting out and discovering places, but there are days when we just wanted to watch a bit of T.V. The wifi did its best to cope with all our devices. I will briefly touch on a couple of things to consider in Cullen. We were disappointed with the local fish and chip shop. Try the fish and chips in Portknockie. First class. Chinese takeaway in Cullen also really good. The co-op is really handy, with a Tesco available in Buckie for a big shop. To summarise, all of my comments are only a slight, with suggestions that could only improve the experience. I think many would agree that 85 Seatown is a lovely little cottage, ideal for a family wanting to get away. I believe that it is good value for the quality of the cottage in the summer period. For this we wish to thank the owners. We have booked again to return in November.

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2022

  • "Excellent location and accommodation for family holiday"

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2022

  • "Perfect home from home"

    Reviewed by AlastairJul 2022

  • "Much larger than it looks in the photos."

    Fabulous base for the local area, with lovely walks from the property itself, along the sea front and coastal paths to other villages. Excellent property with everything you could reasonably need especially in the kitchen (though would suggest good quality bath sheets rather than the small towels provided - only real negative for the whole stay). Finding the property was a bit of an adventure, but this is part of the areas charm. (Nothing to do with the property itself, but the local fish'n'chip Linda's shop was overpriced, very bland - not sure where everyone else has been! Walking tour was excellent but whilst allegedly free it's became rapidly clear it's really not) Overall a great place to stay in a lovely location with lots of history If staying here, it's worth trying to get to Cullen House when it's open - believe it's a Friday but worth checking. Thanks Phil & Adele

    Reviewed by PhillipJun 2022

  • "There was no where to dry your washing"

    Thanks for taking the time to feedback - we always appreciate that. So sorry you felt there was no-where to dry your washing. We have an agreement with Mrs Mair (146) that guests can use the outside line to dry washing - but this obviously wasn't explained (apologies). We also had an internal drying rack available, but it seems that has gone missing - we will replace this. Hopefully apart from this, the rest of your week was relaxing and stress free Stuart & Joy Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlexanderMay 2022

  • "A lovely cottage which was an ideal base for us to explore the area."

    Property was clean and comfortable and the owner was lovely in our communications prior to us arriving - giving helpful advice on local walks that he thought would interest us.

    Thanks Jane - hope you enjoyed exploring the area. I'm sure there is still more to see for a return trip :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2022

  • "Another excellent stay in this well appointed property."

    Really handily positioned for the beach and local walks.

    Thanks Kevin, really appreciate your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by KevinMar 2022

  • "This cottage was a win from the moment we walked through the door."

    It was warm and deceptively big. My youngest found the toys on the corridor and played in the space up there while we unpacked. The kitchen was a large space, great for cooking and eating and everything we needed was there. The beach was a couple of minutes walk away and we swam and played on it a couple of mornings when the sun was out, and we ate at the local Royal Oak one night where the staff were very friendly and the food was lovely. We will definitely stay here again.

    so glad you enjoyed Property Owner

    Reviewed by SianFeb 2022

  • "Beautiful, spacious, comfortable cottage."

    Bigger than photographs suggest, with good facilities and storage. Everything you need supplied. The cottage is in the centre of the seatown with parking close by and two minutes walk from the shops, perfect!. We visit Cullen regularly and will certainly try and book 85 again, it was so good, thanks again

    Thanks Keith - look forward to having you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by KeithFeb 2022

  • "Loved our week at 85 Seatown."

    The cottage was perfect. Very clean and cosy. There was everything we needed. We’ll equipped too. Loved the area. Lovely walking along the long beaches. We walked both directions and caught the 35 bus back to Cullen. Plenty more to see and do. Hope to be back.

    Thanks you Rhona Property Owner

    Reviewed by RhonaJan 2022

  • "Our 3rd visit to 85 seatown a really nice cottage to stay and explore the coastline and villages on the moray firth."

    A well appointed cottage with all you need for a relaxing break.

    Always a pleasure to have you Dean Property Owner

    Reviewed by DeanDec 2021

  • "We spent a delightful week in this lovely cottage."

    Opening the front door and hearing the sounds of the sea was refreshing in itself, with the beach only 1 minute’s walk away. Cullen is an ideal base for a few days away, with excellent coffee shops and restaurants in the town, as well as further afield. The facilities inside the house are excellent and well-provided. It is beautifully warm and ideal for visiting the surrounding area and beyond. We felt refreshed after our week in 85 Seatown and would thoroughly recommend it! We will be back!

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2021

  • "This was a great cottage, booked last minute and everything worked out very smoothly."

    Only tiny criticism would be larger, fluffier towels needed ( personal preference ) and perhaps a bit more up to date information with a guest book for suggestions - The cottage is in a great location so close to a great beach and some spectacular coastal scenery and walks , yet near to shops etc We had a great week here.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2021

  • "Cottage was clean and well located in the village."

    Found that the stairs to the upstairs bedrooms were difficult to ascend and descend, particularly for those with less mobility. Had a peaceful and relaxing stay. Thanks.

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2021

  • "Have stayed in a few Seatown cottages which we’d gladly go back to - it’s a beautiful area however - I can’t see us staying here again."

    The cleaners had done the very basics prior to arrival and we had to clean the place as it was a bit grubby. Good sized kitchen. Lack of outdoor space and no parking is a real minus. Arrival info needs updating- it really isn’t clear where the outside bins are- the supplied info says in a courtyard behind #146 but there’s a mobility scooter parked there now and the bins (some of them at least) are round the other side. Other cottages were using our bins. Nobody pays any attention to the parking “rules” - there’s meant to be a private spot for this cottage but any time we used it we were (rather rudely) blocked in- after that there was just a car left there all the time so we parked by the sea wall. Not the best experience.

    Dear Peter many thanks for your feedback. We always appreciate insight into how we can ensure guests' holiday experiences can be improved to ensure a superb relaxing holiday. we have just finished a week there ourselves (owner booking) and had noted 2 of your points as needing attention. The arrival information does indeed need updating, a task we are looking to complete this week. Which in turn will address the wheelie bin location update. Its likely we will move the location of the bins to a more suitable and convenient location - your feedback is timely. Regarding the parking issue, we had no issue parking across from the cottage all last week, however given the tightness of the Seatown area we also have an agreement with the owner of 146 that the 'private parking' directly in front of their house can be used at any time by 1 car from the cottage guests (this will be included in the updated arrival information). Finally regarding your issue with the cleanliness of the cottage, we are so sorry and disappointed it doesn't meet with your expectation. We took time over the lockdown period to refresh a significant amount of the cottage (new carpets throughout, new towels, new linen and upgrading of the appliances in the kitchen). We also changed our cleaner around 1 year ago and have had nothing but full star feedback since then on cleanliness. Please reach out if you want to discuss this further, and let me thank you again for taking the time to give us this feedback Stuart & Joy Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2021

  • "Brilliant week in Cullen."

    85 Seatown is the perfect base for a beach holiday. Plenty of local walks and also close to the golf course.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "Cosy cottage, yet spacious, light and bright."

    A fab location in the heart of Seatown just a hop, skip and a jump to the sea.

    Reviewed by SallyJun 2021

  • "A beautifully presented, well equipped and comfortable cottage."

    This is a surprisingly spacious cottage, with a large dining kitchen, comfortable sofas and beds, good wifi and extremely well placed for the beach. It is set amid a maze of pretty and quirky wee fishermen's cottages, many of which are now holiday homes. The cottage is less than a two-minute walk from Cullen's fabulous beach and there is a caravan selling excellent coffee at the edge of the beach. We found miles of scenic walks without the need to get in a car and even saw a pod of dolphins from the coastal path. The town has a good range of small shops and cafes plus great ice cream and fish and chips. We will definitely book again. We met the owner who asked if there was anything that could be improved and I can honestly say we couldn't think of a thing.

    Reviewed by AliceJun 2021

  • "Lovely fresh and clean cottage in amazing location."

    We had a lovely week here with our daughter and Son in law. We did have to work on occasion during our stay and the wifi was perfect for 4 users working. 1 min walk from the beautiful sands at Cullen and great walks about the town. Two minor points of feedback, no hairdryer so pack your own and for some strange reason some tv channels needed a code ( which was default Pin code 0000) Highly recommend this property..

    Reviewed by EwanMay 2021

  • "The holiday cottage was perfect, the recent renovation work done mad a good cottage an excellent property."

    However Sykes customer service leaves a lot to be desired. On the day before departure it was announced that the area would stay in level 3 from Monday while the rest of the country went to level 2. No chance of cancellation from Sykes, as the holidays started on Saturday while all the country was in level 3. Not a good start and also having to keep in level 3 area.

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2021

  • "The cottage was spotless with a great layout and had a lovely calm/relaxing feeling."

    Well decorated through out with a great kitchen. We had a lovely time and would defiantly go back. Cullen is a great wee place and can not fault the cottage. Very happy with our stay

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2021

  • "The cottage was exceedingly well equipped and in a beautiful location."

    Directions to it were easy to follow and key collection was very easy. Would definitely book this cottage again

    Reviewed by JoySep 2020

  • "Very close to the sea and amenities."

    Local fish and chip shop very good, didn't try local ice cream, supposed to be very good. Cottage very good but starting to look a bit shabby, carpets on stairs, controls missing on cooker, freezer started playing up and couldn't be used for ice cream.

    We have listened to your feedback and are using the current lockdown period to make a number of changes. 1) we have replaced the range cooker & the fridge/freezer in the kitchen. We agree they were starting to become temperamental 2) We are replacing all carpets through the cottage (Stairs, landing and all 3 bedrooms) 3) We are updating a number of the softer furnishings to ensure we retain the cosy cottage feel, but have refreshed anything beginning to show signs of wear and tear Hopefully you can plan a return trip to see the fruit of your feedback thanks again Stuart & Joy Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2020

  • "The cottage was so much bigger than we had expected and had such a lovely relaxed feel, which always makes you feel on holiday."

    The big kitchen was a delight. To be able to walk to the beach, to the harbour, to the town so easily made it an ideal place to be. Cullen is a good centre for exploring the Moray Coast and there are lots of great walks close at hand too. Eating out was a bit harder, but Rockpool cafe, the Loft Coffee House on Seafield Street were perfect places for a tasty light lunch and of course there is Linda's Fish and Chip shop and the Ice cream shop. absolutely not to be missed. We would like to thank the owners very much for a wonderful relaxing and most enjoyable holiday.

    Dear Mr Bourne Many thanks for taking the time to feedback on the cottage. We appreciate it and are glad it exceeded expectations. Despite this glowing report we realised there are a few items needing replaced, and have taken the time to do this during lockdown. We hope you can return soon, and confirm if we have succeeded in keeping the cosy feel to the cottage while refreshing some key features. Thanks again for your feedback Stuart & Joy Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2020

  • "Have stayed at this property 2 or 3 times in the past and once again it has lived up to expectations."

    A great base for a family beach holiday. Great access to the beach and plenty of great walks in and around Cullen.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2020

  • "If you want to get away from it all this charming seaside cottage is a must."

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2020

  • "We arrived in Cullen after driving 500 miles through storm Dennis."

    Parking at the property was a little tight. It was quiet, but parking may be an issue in the summer months if all the properties are being used. We have been to Cullen on three previous occasions and have always found the village to be very quiet off-season, possibly due to the high number of holiday properties in the area. If you want peace and tranquility, Cullen is the place to come. The property has two points of access; one into the hallway and one to the kitchen. This is really useful when taking out rubbish and needing fresh air when cooking. The kitchen is equipped with all the essentials and the owner provided a few bits and pieces, and left items from previous visitors which was very helpful. The kitchen is very spacious and has a lovely family table to have dinner together. The kitchen and lounge are separated by double doors. Sky-lights throughout the property show that it has been modernised. Also, with the property being close to the beach, having wood laminate floor is a nice idea, so that sand can be brushed away. Central heating is excellent which is controlled by a thermostat in the hallway. All bedrooms were clean, with bedding and sufficient towels provided. The bedrooms have blinds on the windows that block out the light completely! Ideal for a good night’s sleep. A small collection of books are available with a toy box. WiFi works fine. Good 4G signal in the property too. There must have been signal improvement in the area, because we visited Cullen in 2016 and had no signal at all! To summarise we cannot really fault the property. The owner has made efforts to modernise it and provide all the comforts that you need. Ideal for any family that just want peace and quiet. Great opportunity to do some beach walking. Check out the cliff walk to Portknockie, or head the other direction to the pet cemetery. The village is limited for shops with no cash point machine. However, there is a mobile cash machine that pops into the village and you can get cash-back from the village co-op. Great Chinese take-away. Head out to Buckie or Elgin for more shops. Tesco store at Buckie just off the main road. Baxter’s shop and Spey Bay are nice. The bridge giving you access to the beach at Lossiemouth is closed so it’s worth checking this before heading out there. Thank you for a great holiday. Hope to visit again. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ColinFeb 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the the cottage."

    It was great for a winter break, was warm and cosy, and the heating very easy to control. The cottage was comfortable, and had everything we needed. Seatown is a quaint little place with very narrow streets and houses packed close together. The cottage doesn't have views, but it's a short walk to the harbour, and a lovely area to explore.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJan 2020

  • "Very pleasant cottage to stay in."

    Next door neighbour who was mother in law to owner called in to make sure we were okay and to let her know if we had any problems.Warm and comfortable,warmth was appreciate as we had snow whilst there and also grandchildren who insisted on paddling semi bathing in the sea!!Will come to stay again.

    Reviewed by GrahamNov 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable."

    There were good walks and cycle rides. The amenities of the village provided everything we needed. If someone wants to go further, I highly recommend both the Fraserburgh Light house museum and the Whale and Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay.

    Reviewed by KathrynSep 2019

  • "The location and size of the property."

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2019

  • "Our expectations were very high - and were realised."

    A warm welcome, excellent position and just right for a family holiday.

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2019

  • "This is very much a family holiday setting."

    We knew this because we took our to children to Cullen every year in the 1980's and early 1990's. Our children are raising their own families. We are now in our 70's and came up to refresh our memories of happy days of long ago. Reasonably good weather, Great scenery, beautiful sunsets, and looking at the lit sky in the North at Midsummer midnight. What more could an older couple ask? Yes, a corker of a macaroni and cheese lunch at Christie's Garden Centre, Fochabers. And the local people are friendly and helpful. WiFi fine. Broadband so-so but that would be outwith to owner's control. Being used to gas cookers, we had initial problems acquainting ourselves with the electric oven. We reported this to the owner. We had our car. Necessary because the 35 bus is I think one per hour. There is no baker, butcher, petrol station or bank in Cullen; and no ATM. Buckie is 5 miles away. Drive, or catch a bus, or go on-line (that won't fill your petrol tank). Or walk - if you are fit! To recap, there is plenty for the older client to enjoy e.g. Glenlivet, Portsoy, Baxters on Speyside. But - Cullen is a child's paradise. (We were very impressed with the upstairs accommodation in the cottage, and with the facilities available for the younger holidaymaker.)

    Reviewed by JamesJun 2019

  • "Excellent tranquil location for exploring the surrounding countryside"

    Reviewed by KeithMar 2019

  • "We had a fantastic holiday!"

    The cottage is lovely and cosy perfect for families everything we needed was catered for. The location is perfect less then a minute walk to a beautiful clean beach where we were lucky enough to see a dolphin. We had a wonderful time and shall definitely be back.

    Reviewed by KatyAug 2018

  • "The cottage was comfortable and clean."

    Mrs. Muir, the owners mother who lives next door, was very helpful. We hope to be returning to the cottage next year

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "The owners were extremely helpful and very friendly."

    A laid back break away made easy by the owners being so laid back too. Just what you need when going away. Home from home experience. Thank you

    Reviewed by LornaFeb 2018

  • "Parking is an issue in the narrow streets but we were allowed to park in front of the owners mother in laws house."

    No heating was on when we arrived but soon sorted it out .But other than that it is a nice cottage to stay in plenty of room ,close to the sea and shops ..

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2017

  • "Absolutely perfect as described in a lovely location in the heart of a small seatown village"

    Reviewed by AnitaOct 2017

  • "The location is beyond words, absolutely stunning and definitely worth the 11+ hour drive even with 4 kids in tow."

    ..

    Reviewed by AnitaOct 2017

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor double
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, Wifi, stereo/CD/radio, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Roadside parking
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Please call the office to enquire for any bookings less than 7 nights duration

The property

A lovingly-restored, traditional, stone-built fisherman's cottage in the historical Seatown area of the popular Moray Firth coastal town of Cullen, just a few minutes' walk from the quaint harbour and local amenities.

Tastefully decorated and furnished throughout, this Cullen cottage provides comfortable accommodation, with a modern well-equipped kitchen and a light and airy sitting room.

Perfect for couples and families alike, this Cullen cottage is ideally located to enjoy the town's fine selection of shopping and dining facilities, with seafood a local speciality.

Nearby to this Cullen cottage are the Whisky and Castle trails and historic Duff House, while numerous coastal villages lie dotted about the region, just waiting to be explored.

A lovely Cullen cottage, and an ideal holiday location at any time of the year!

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About the location

CULLEN

Elgin 21 miles.

The Moray coastal town of Cullen is situated on Cullen Bay, an inlet of the Moray Firth, and is an extremely attractive town, originally built around the mouth of the Burn of Deskford. Modern Cullen comprises the delightful fishing village of Seatown and an ‘inland’ area, which stretches up an imposing main street from Seatown, underneath a spectacular viaduct. Although the wealth of Cullen was built on textiles in the 18th century, the town is best known for its fishing heritage, its name being given to a rich, creamy haddock soup known as Cullen Skink. Visitors can enjoy Cullen’s lovely sandy beach, the famous Ice Cream Shop, regarded by many as Scotland’s best ice cream parlour, a fine selection of shops and restaurants, and the historic city of Elgin is within driving distance.

Please call the office to enquire for any bookings less than 7 nights duration.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas