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Sarah's Cottage

Gardenstown near Banff, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 28793)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • Mr Mcgillivray
    October 2016
    “Lovely cottage, very comfortable. ...”
    Lovely cottage, very comfortable. A little trouble having enough hot water to have a bath (especially after walking and wanting to relax tired muscles) - even after putting the extra water heater on. Stunning location, but not easy for those with walking or back problems (like me) to walk up the very steep pathways and steps from the sea level where the cottage is, up to the top of the village where the only shop (Spar) is. The road that goes through the village along the beachfront where the ...
    Lovely cottage, very comfortable. A little trouble having enough hot water to have a bath (especially after walking and wanting to relax tired muscles) - even after putting the extra water heater on. Stunning location, but not easy for those with walking or back problems (like me) to walk up the very steep pathways and steps from the sea level where the cottage is, up to the top of the village where the only shop (Spar) is. The road that goes through the village along the beachfront where the cottages are is very narrow with a considerable drop onto the beach, so needs to be taken slowly and carefully. Most places to eat (one cafe, one restaurant and one pub) stop serving food at the end of September. We were lucky because we contacted the pub (Garden Arms) before we went, and because they had taken a booking already for the Monday of our holiday they were happy to feed us as well. (A very nice meal). Bus into Banff takes about half an hour and runs at certain times. There is a Tesco, Co-Op and other shopping facilities in Banff so this would probably be the best bet if you want to shop for food. All in all though, Sarah's is a gorgeous cottage in a stunning very peaceful location. Very well equipped and comfortable, and the beach is yards from your front door.

Features

  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

This nicely presented, semi-detached fisherman's cottage is situated in a quiet courtyard set back from the sea front in Seatown, a very desirable area of Gardenstown.

Sarah’s Cottage has been refurbished to a good standard and offers comfortable accommodation for groups of friends or families who will love the ambience of this cottage and its close proximity to the sea.

The spacious ground floor accommodation is divided by stairs leading to the first floor, with a cosy sitting room and welcoming multi-fuel stove on one side and a spacious kitchen with a dining area on the other.

The open plan layout of the ground floor makes this a very sociable cottage, where friends can chat together whilst preparing dinner.

On the upper floor, there is a double bedroom divided from the stairs and landing by a curtained doorway, a bathroom and a twin bedroom.

The pretty courtyard at the front at the cottage, although shared with the holiday cottage opposite, has its own space and seating area and makes the perfect spot for a quiet pre-dinner glass of wine.

Seatown itself is at the base of the village and is a quaint huddle of cottages built some 300 years ago during the boom years of herring fishing.

The pretty harbour is still a busy place today, with a selection of yachts and pleasure crafts.

Walkers can explore the path leading up to the ancient ruins of St John's Church overlooking Gardenstown, or follow the coastline to the tiny fishing village of Crovie.

Further along the coast, the RSPB reserve Troup Head, is the home of Scotland’s only mainland Gannet colony, as well as an abundance of other bird species.

Looking out to the Moray Firth, you may also spot seals, porpoises or dolphins!

Whether it be wildlife, walks or simply relaxation that you’re looking for, this atmospheric fishing village and charming cottage will ensure a wonderful holiday for all!

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 30552, together they sleep 6.

Accommodation

Two bedrooms: 1 x double (with curtained partition), 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with multi-fuel stove.

Amenities

  • Electric heating with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Load/unload outside property only
  • Small free of charge car park 100 yards away, plus roadside parking next to harbour 150 yards away
  • Shared front enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 5 mins walk
  • Beach and harbour less than 1 min walk
  • Note: Poor mobile reception at cottage
  • Note: Double bedroom has a curtain partition from stairs
  • Note: Stairs are 3/4 width and steep, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: No children under 5 including infants

About the location

GARDENSTOWN

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.

Note: No children under 5 including infants.