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Braehead Croft

Portessie near Buckie, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 1543)



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151 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fabulous two weeks at Braehead Croft."

    It was week 15 & 16 of our visits to this accommodation since 2012 (An additional 2 weeks were cancelled due to lockdowns) so you can tell we like staying here. The views are always fantastic and ever changing. December was a great time to visit. (After our July week was spoilt by all the 'staycationers'! - We go to Scotland to escape but people were everywhere!) Weather was unfashionably mild and dry for the most part, and any rain mainly fell overnight! We loved it, especially our Border Collie, Molly. She gets so excited when she sees that big garden to run up and down in. The beaches only had a few dog walkers so it was paradise.

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2021

  • "Another great stay loved it that much already re booked for March"

    Reviewed by TrevorOct 2021

  • "Really had fantastic stay, will definitely stay again really enjoyed the cottage views fantastic and cottage just I would update the sofa as my mum who is registered disabled struggle to get off the chairs and sofa there is 1 higher chair but that has seen better days, this cottage was welcoming and comfortable really enjoyed staying."

    WiFi is good addition to the cottage as well. Overall fantastic cottage.

    Reviewed by AmyOct 2021

  • "Great holiday- place had everything you needed."

    Was a great place to travel to beaches - hope to be back one day !

    Reviewed by SenAug 2021

  • "Braehead Croft is old fashioned in decor but very comfortable and homely."

    Set in lovely gardens, there is plenty of parking on its large private drive. It is a very well equipped and extremely clean cottage with wonderful, peaceful, uninterrupted views over the Moray Firth. We had a lovely stay and will return

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2021

  • "What a lovely home!"

    Just perfect and what amazing views. Everything you need and more at the cottage and was very clean. We had the most enjoyable time and we will be back. Thank you

    Reviewed by MeganAug 2021

  • "A wonderful comfortable clean and homely cottage with beautiful views in a lovely location."

    Great to come home to after exploring the Moray Firth, like coming home.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2021

  • "Lovely location and well-equipped cottage."

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by AndreaJul 2021

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Braehead Croft."

    Our 14th visit. It would have been 15th if it hadn't have been for covid, so I think that says it all! Whatever the weather we always have a lovely stay. The cottage is really clean, well equipped and well looked after. The views are fantastic. Even in the rain. We saw a pod of at least 20 dolphins on Friday evening, just as the sun was setting. The Moray Firth was like a millpond, it was so calm. A great place to recharge from life and work. Can't wait to return. The dog went into a complete sulk, the moment we started to pack to come home and she's fallen out with us!

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2021

  • "We had another lovely 2 weeks this is our 5th visit to the croft its fantastic."

    Reviewed by janetJun 2021

  • "The cottage was very clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    Great sea views for nearly every window. Nice patio and large grass area. Even seen some dolphins.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJun 2021

  • "Extremely well decorated and comfortable cottage, with all the facilities you would need."

    Amazing views over the sea. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2021

  • "Large patio and garden to best enjoy sea views."

    Lovely coast which is not spoiled by over commercial development. Extremely comfortable bungalow.

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2021

  • "Magnificent cottage."

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2020

  • "We just love the bungalow and the views"

    Reviewed by SheilaSep 2020

  • "Superb view on the Moray Firth, very tidy and clean cottage with modern kitchen and technical equipment (multimedia and USB-connections)."

    Thank you to the owners!

    Reviewed by IsabelleNov 2019

  • "The cottage is very clean, and very well equipped, the owners have thought of everything."

    The views are spectacular and you can see the sea from every room. We already knew the area, as we have family there, but for anyone thinking of going for a relaxing break, we would thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by CarolineNov 2019

  • "Our eighth visit to this lovely cottage and it still meets all our expectations."

    Great views, great home comforts and central for days out exploring the Moray coast.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2019

  • "This was our second visit to the cottage and it was just as good as it was last year, clean cosy and with great views."

    Reviewed by WilliamOct 2019

  • "This was our 13th visit to the Croft."

    It's like a home from home for us. The view of the Moray Firth from the windows is awe inspiring, whatever the weather. They had unfortunately had lots of rain prior to our visit and the grass hadn't been cut for a few weeks - it appeared. This made it awkward having dogs, clearing up and we kept losing the dogs ball even though it was red! This didn't spoil anything, the weather was quite kind in that we only had light rain and for the most part it was a dry and mainly cloudy week. We didn't get many beach walks in due to the tide times. However our border collie had plenty of exercise running around the garden. We didn't see any dolphins but there were seals a plenty in the bay near the former Portessie swimming pool. Also, we were lucky enough to see the new aircraft carrier Prince Charles as we left Edinburgh a week earlier and there it was out in the Moray Firth. Another piece of British history to be proud of. You can never fail to leave here feeling relaxed. The sun even shone as we left, beckoning us to return again soon. We are back in June 20.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2019

  • "Cottage was equipped with everything you needed."

    Lots of beaches and places to walk. Extensive well maintained garden which is good if weather is nice in evening. Cottage is a good size so there is plenty of room.

    Reviewed by AnnmarieAug 2019

  • "Braehead Croft is a wonderful holiday home."

    We had expected a smallish property but the space inside just kept growing! The views from the house were amazing, sunsets over the Moray Firth and views to Caithness on a clear morning. The property is very well equipped and extremely clean, not easy in mid season. A large garden space both at the front and rear of the cottage was ideal for our grandchild and boisterous labrador. So many different walk right from the property and a great play park beside the primary school. Our three generation family had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by WinnifredJul 2019

  • "The location of the cottage, the brilliant sea views,the home from home feel everything you need and more, excellent."

    Reviewed by janetJun 2019

  • "This was our 12th visit to Braehead and as ever, we had a great time."

    Weather could've been better but even if we had showers during the day, there was a fabulous sunset. Saw dolphins, seals and the occasional cruise ship - lol! The new fence and gate around the side was a welcome improvement, although we did see the local kids run into the garden, one day and vault over the fence. I can see why the original was broken. Can't wait to return end of September.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely, spacious and airy."

    Wonderful views of the coast just outside Buckie. Very large rear garden, ideal for youngsters to run around in. Garden at the front was well kept and very pretty. The cottage was nice and warm when the weather turned chilly. Well equipped with all you would need for a long stay or short.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2019

  • "Excellant quality accommodation, well maintained and very clean."

    . reqires a handle for grill pan.

    Reviewed by KennethApr 2019

  • "Second year running we have stayed here and we will be back next year ."

    Home from home in a great location.

    Reviewed by TrevorMar 2019

  • "The cottage was spotlessly clean and had every utensil etc anyone could need."

    The views were great.

    Reviewed by WilliamDec 2018

  • "This was our second visit to Braehead cottage , it sits on top of a hill overlooking the Moray Firth and provides a lovely home from home feel."

    The coastline is ruggedly beautiful , and is a photographers dream. Lots of places to see and lots of places to eat. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by KennethSep 2018

  • "The cottage was very homey and comfortable although the ensuite bath rooms was very small they are ok ."

    The onley thing that bothers us is the towels they were old and not soft. Mr smith is a very nice man and evey thing we need was in the house and more than enough for ower stay

    Reviewed by RabaahJul 2018

  • "Fabulous hot weather and swam in the sea in Portessie most days."

    This was our 11th visit and as usual the cottage was spotlessly clean. Mr Smith greeted us on arrival, working tirelessly on the front garden, with new bedding plants and roses. We can't fault the accommodation or the area and we have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2018

  • "A very clean and comfortable cottage, with lovely views of the moray firth."

    Our dog loved the grass out the back. This was our second visit and we hope to return.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJun 2018

  • "The location of the croft excellent and the croft itself was excellent everything you need is there ."

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2018

  • "When we saw it was named Braehead Croft, we expected it to be in the country side, it is surrounded by houses."

    It is the best house we have stayed in. Does need extra bedding provided. The entrance to the driveway can sometimes get blocked, by people parking across the entrance, when visiting the Hall next door. It has great views of the sea, but do not lean on the fence, as it is weak, as the property is at the top of a hill, and looks down on to the rooftops of other houses.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2018

  • "Excellent facilities."

    Great accomadation, very handy for playing golf . Beautiful views over the bay and beyond. Hoping to book later this year again.

    Reviewed by JamieMar 2018

  • "A wonderful home from home with everything you could need from a self catering property,great views warm and comfortable,great location."

    It was that good that we have booked to stay for two weeks next year.

    Reviewed by TrevorMar 2018

  • "No complaints at all loved it"

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2017

  • "Great position for touring the area, short drive or walk to most local amenities."

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  • "Mr and Mrs Smith have gone out of their way to ensure we had a fantastic holiday at Brae Croft, and they have ensured we were wanting for nothing."

    I will defenitely be booking again next year. A beautiful property in an idylic location . Meticulously clean, and comfortable. We were so sad we had to leave to go home.

    Reviewed by EdwardAug 2016

  • "Very comfortable, immaculate cottage with an amazing view of the Moray Firth."

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2016

  • "This is our seventh visit and the cottage is a real 'home from home'."

    Our Border Collie loved the garden and we loved the wonderful, ever changing views. Whatever the weather, we love it here and never want to leave.

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2016

  • "The location and the view out to the Moray Firth is spectacular - we've been back 6 times to this cottage now - I can't recommend it highly enough - everything about it is excellent."

    Reviewed by IanJun 2016

  • "This was our third visit to Braehead Croft."

    It has large bedrooms, great panoramic views of the sea and a great outside garden area. It is central for exploring the Moray coast.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2016

  • "Braehead Croft was a comfortable cottage, with a superb view"

    Reviewed by MartinMay 2016

  • "Braehead Croft was perfect for our needs, cleanliness was second to none."

    Everything you could need, perfect location and the views were outstanding.

    Reviewed by DawnJan 2016

  • "The location of the property was fabulous."

    To wake up every morning with those views was amazing.

    Reviewed by HelenDec 2015

  • "The cottage suited our needs very well, there was plenty of space for all of us and it was an ideal base for touring the Moray Firth."

    The sea views were wonderful and constantly changing.

    Reviewed by FAug 2015

  • "The cottage had everything required for a super holiday."

    A really super holiday cottage, very well appointed with very helpful assistance from the owners if required. First class all round!

    Reviewed by DeborahJul 2015

  • "Liked the location and the size and layout of the property."

    The views are outstanding. It was central for further travel in NE Scotland.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2015

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and so were the beds."

    It was well furnished and stocked. The people seemed to have thought of everything. The patio was a wee sun trap and it was lovely to sit out there. The views from the windows out to sea were lovely and we spent time watching boats with the binoculars, didn't see any dolphins which was disappointing but maybe next time.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2015

  • "The house was very well equipped and everything worked as expected."

    The location and views were fantastic. The owners should be congratulated on providing such a good holiday property and we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by GavinApr 2015

  • "Our forth visit but this time it was December, and not June so a very different sort of holiday!"

    We arrived in the evening to find the lights were on and a warm welcome from the roaring fire and the heating was on. Couldn't fault anything, even the weather was quite kind to us! The red deer on the roadside on the return from Ullapool was stunning, amidst the snow. All in all, a lovely time was had by all!

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2014

  • "The property was in excellent condition, comfortable and very clean."

    I would be keen to visit again and recommend it to others

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2014

  • "The property is well maintained and the location and footpaths were very good."

    0 0Sep 2014

  • "Braehead Croft had more than sufficient space for everyone to still do separate things."

    Very clean and neat and the view was amazing.

    Reviewed by LieslAug 2014

  • "The house was so well equipped/clean it really did feel like a "home from home" and this led to a very relaxing and peaceful holiday."

    The views from the house were stunning and the surrounding village was quiet. There is a lot of tourist information stored within the house which is very useful. We re-booked for next year before our holiday was finished as this house was a bit of a treasure find and I can imagine we will return many times to it. And as a bonus we did actually manage to see dolphins on one occasion from the garden despite the weather!

    Reviewed by MaureenAug 2014

  • "The spectacular views and the immaculate presentation of the property, as always."

    We had a very relaxing holiday. Everything worked as it should. Portessie is a great touring area with walks directly from the cottage. The dogs loved the garden and we loved sitting on the patio admiring the view.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2014

  • "Good all round and would recommend this place to everyone."

    Reviewed by TJun 2014

  • "The cottage was wonderful with sea views from nearly every window."

    It was immaculate, every need was catered for, we really couldn't fault it. It was lovely and peaceful, and a real home from home. Situated where it is the cottage is in an ideal position to explore the many attractions this part of the world has to offer. We had such a good holiday and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by VIvMay 2014

  • "The location had stunning views and was very quiet."

    It was also central for travel around the coastal region. There were many extras in house to keep you entertained.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2014

  • "The fantastic views from the back windows of the Moray Firth, just wonderful a holiday that will be long remembered for all the right reasons."

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2014

  • "It was like a home from home."

    Very comfortable, well equipped and cosy. A good and accurate website meant there were no unexpected surprises or disappointments. Owner was very helpful but unobtrusive, just leaving us to contact her if required.

    Reviewed by GrahamDec 2013

  • "Very cosy cottage."

    Lovely location, right by sea .

    Reviewed by HeatherNov 2013

  • "The scenery from the cottage was excellent, with good views from all bedroom windows."

    The cottage lacked nothing, everything you needed was there. All in all a very good holiday cottage to stay in.

    Reviewed by WilliamNov 2013

  • "A lovely cottage with fantastic views, my friends all want to stay there next time."

    We could not fault the property, or the weather, so everything was good.

    Reviewed by SheilaSep 2013

  • "The cottage has great views, and is a very clean and beautifully decorated house it was a pleasure to come back to after walking on the beaches in the area."

    Sitting on the patio with a glass of wine overlooking the water was bliss.

    Reviewed by ChristinaAug 2013

  • "We love this area, we have been coming to it for nearly 40 years, and the cottage is perfect for our family, everyone has their own space."

    Also perfect for older generation all being on one level. The patio is lovely, beautiful views, and we manage to see the dolphins at least once from the cottage each time we come.

    Reviewed by IsobelAug 2013

  • "A great base for exploring the North East coastline through to the Great Glen."

    The location is ideal for fishing, walks or even golf

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2013

  • "Our second visit was not a disappointment."

    Everything was just as we remembered if not better. We had a fantastic break and didn't want to leave. The dogs loved the garden and the walks and beaches in the area. Can't wait to return next year.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2013

  • "Excellent accommodation situated in a most beautiful area."

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2013

  • "Best property we have ever stayed in."

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2013

  • "Beautiful cottage, with superb views."

    Could not have been better equipped, everything and more that you could have expected. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by DeborahApr 2013

  • "A great cottage that was very comfortable."

    There was a nice, big garden and patio.

    Reviewed by MargaretApr 2013

  • "We have rented several holiday cottages over the years and this was the best one yet."

    It was excellent in every respect.

    Mrs ScottMar 2013

  • "The location and the layout of the cottage were absolutely fantastic."

    I can honestly say that this is the first time ever we have hired a cottage and gone wanton for nothing, we will be back soon.

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2013

  • "The situation of the property was perfect and made a great base to tour from."

    We could not have wished for a better appointed kitchen. There were sufficient establishments for an evening meal within a short distance, which suited our needs perfectly.

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2012

  • "This is our 5th visit, so speaks for itself."

    Reviewed by Leonard JohnSep 2012

  • "Lovely, well equipped cottage in a beautiful location."

    A home away from home.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2012

  • "Excellent accommodation, very clean and homely."

    Couldn't fault any of it. Outstanding views and lovely big garden. Dogs loved it and there was easy access to lots of places in the vicinity. We hope to come back next year!

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2012

  • "Fabulous views over Moray Firth - we saw dolphins in the bay on the first evening we were there!"

    Reviewed by ClareJun 2012

  • "We loved the situation of The Croft and the wonderful way the owners have made it so comfortable - altogether a wonderful holiday location!"

    Reviewed by MurielJun 2012

  • "Spacious and comfortable property, in the most beautiful part of Scotland."

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2012

  • "Braehead Croft is outstanding, a home from home."

    This is our second visit to this property and we will definitely return again in the future - a credit to the owners!

    Reviewed by DeborahApr 2012

  • "This was a delightful cottage in a superb position."

    The sea views were spectacular and the opportunity to get out and walk was great. We would fully recommend this property to anyone wanting to sample the Moray Coast.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2012

  • "We have stayed in numerous holiday cottages but Braehead Croft beat them all hands down!"

    The view is spectacular. The owners should be proud of themselves. The highlight was spotting seals in the bay from the garden! I would highly recommend this cottage, it was fabulous.

    Reviewed by PaulineOct 2011

  • "It was probably the best equipped holiday home we have ever rented."

    The owner was very helpful and informative.

    Reviewed by AudreySep 2011

  • "We thought the Croft was one of the best properties we have stayed at in over 50 years of self catering."

    Everything was perfect. We found the owner very pleasant and helpful and we enjoyed the walking.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2011

  • "Braehead Croft was better than we had expected,a fabulous place to relax."

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2011

  • "The owners have put so much tlc into Braehead Croft."

    It lacks for absolutely nothing. The setting is idyllic and a perfect holiday home.

    Reviewed by MurielAug 2011

  • "The well-appointed cottage had great views over the sea."

    Good location and very central for travelling.

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2011

  • "Braecroft is the perfect base for exploring the Morray Firth coastline which is spectacular with its seals and dolphins."

    The scenery in the surrounding countryside is also breathtaking and we really enjoyed that too. The added bonus of Jaffa Cake ice cream in Portsoy made things perfect.

    Reviewed by GeorgeJul 2011

  • "Wonderful views and many good places to visit."

    Cottage exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by JillJul 2011

  • "The location of the cottage is excellent and the property is just perfect for a family of 4 - plenty of space and bathrooms."

    Reviewed by IanJul 2011

  • "The location of the cottage had exceptional views over Moray Firth."

    The cottage very well equipped and comfortable making it a home-from-home.

    Reviewed by HeatherJun 2011

  • "Lovely cosy, clean cottage with fabulous views and sunsets."

    Couldn't wish for more.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2011

  • "Well appointed cottage - great sea view."

    Saw dolphins, wonderful sunsets. Nice area - non-touristy.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2011

  • "The property was outstanding and a beautiful location."

    Home from home. The weather was fantastic and the views were stunning. Would definitely return to this cottage.

    Reviewed by DeborahApr 2011

  • "The welcome and the cottage were both excellent."

    We had more than enough space and freedom in the cottage. It was close to all amenities you could need but commanded a quite breathtaking view of the Moray Firth - and plenty of space for dolphins had they bothered to pop round.

    Reviewed by MurrayFeb 2011

  • "Property was of a high standard throughout and the location with the view of the Moray Firth was excellent."

    Plenty to do and see in the Moray/Deeside areas.

    Reviewed by AnnaOct 2010

  • "Excellent property, everything provided."

    No need to bring anything apart from clothes! 'The Highlander' in Buckie provides excellent meals.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2010

  • "Great cottage with a great view."

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2010

  • "Location was tremendous; excellent views - saw dolphins from the living room window!"

    Reviewed by IanJun 2010

  • "Very good views."

    Convenient for shops and places of interest. Warm and comfortable.

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2010

  • "One of the best cottages we have ever stayed in."

    Enjoyed the area and ideal for dog walking. Very clean and well equipped. Will definitely revisit at some point preferably out of season.

    Reviewed by LeonardApr 2010

  • "Immaculately presented, generously and luxuriously appointed."

    Outstanding sea views.

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2010

  • "Excellent!"

    Reviewed by JulianJan 2010

  • "Everything is catered for in a comfortable house that is a home away from home."

    I cannot speak highly enough about the house and the location.

    Reviewed by JuneOct 2009

  • "The accommodation was 5 star, best we have stayed in with yourselves."

    The view out sea is tremendous with dolphins passing about 500 meters out to sea, the owners had even supplied binoculars for their guests to watch them and to see the fishing boats at work was fantastic.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2009

  • "The cottage was one of the best we have stayed in."

    Well equipped, clean & tidy. We saw dolphins along the coast.

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2009

  • "Another excellent Sykes property!"

    The view was fantastic down the Maray Zin and the cottage had so many extras. A wonderful place to get away.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2009

  • "We had a wonderful 2 week holiday at Braehead."

    The sea views were stunning.

    Reviewed by GeorgeJul 2009

  • "Everything we needed for the week was provided."

    The large grassed area was particularly good for the boys and dogs to play on. The views were stunning. This is a simply wonderful holiday home.

    Reviewed by J HeatherJul 2009

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable and everything you needed was available, including binoculars, to see the dolphins."

    The views were spectacular, especially the sunsets. We would like to be able to visit again.

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2009

  • "A lovely holiday in superb accommodation."

    Reviewed by Ian & MargaretMay 2009

  • "Braehead Croft is a fabulous homely cottage with outstanding views over the Moray Firth."

    It is close to a variety of shops and local amenities and is well placed for touring around the Highlands of beautiful Scotland. We loved every minute of our stay and will certainly be back.

    Ms FishwickMay 2009

  • "Braehead is a fabulous cottage and is really one of the best we have stayed in."

    This was our second visit and it was just as enjoyable as last year. The views from all the windows over the Bay are fantastic and the sunsets something to behold. Will definitely be going back again and again and again.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2009

  • "What was outstanding was the quality of the cottage and its contents, which far exceeded our expectations."

    This cottage cannot be faulted in it's presentation. We expect to stay there many times in the future.

    Reviewed by JohnJan 2009

  • "The house was in a lovely position."

    The owners were helpful above and beyond what we had a right to expect. Everything was perfect - thank you.

    Reviewed by JuneOct 2008

  • "The view from the cottage is breathtaking."

    We saw dolphins and seals from the garden of the cottage. The cottage itself is a gem! We have stayed in loads of self-catering cottages and this one is by far the best. It is immaculate and is well stocked with everything you could need and more! This was our second visit this year and we can't wait to go back to our home from home.

    Reviewed by DerekOct 2008

  • "We wanted a relaxing break and that's exactly what we had."

    The cottage is beautiful with great views. It was like a home from home. We saw the dolphins from the cottage windows!

    Miss WardSep 2008

  • "The uninterrupted view over the Moray Firth was amazing."

    The garden at the back of the house is large, all grass and would be suitable for children.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2008

  • "Lovely, immaculate property and very homely."

    Fabulous views over the sea. Lovely walks. Gorgeous beaches.

    Mr & Mrs BaylesAug 2008

  • "Very lovely views with great facilities."

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2008

  • "Great cottage with a great view."

    A fantastic holiday.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2008

  • "Everything was fantastic and we didn't want to come home."

    We will be going back. Looking out of the lounge window and watching dolphins swimming and jumping was the highlight.

    Reviewed by JJul 2008

  • "This is the best equipped cottage we have used."

    We hope to return in the future. Excellent.

    Reviewed by StevenJul 2008

  • "Braehead Croft was without doubt the best holiday cottage we have stayed in for many years, we could not fault it in any way."

    We had a wonderful holiday and will certainly be going back to Portessie and Braehead Croft.

    Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2008

  • "Braehead Croft was fabulous and a real credit to the owners."

    It has fabulous views across the bay. We spotted a group of seals with their young. The house was very child friendly and extremely well kept. The Croft was delightful, a real home from home. Wished it belonged to us! It was a sad day on Saturday when we had to leave. Many thanks for a wonderful break. We hope to return sometime soon.

    Ms FishwickMay 2008

  • "Wonderful. We did a 200 mile round trip see the dolphins but not a glimpse of one."

    We came back to Braehead Croft, were having a cup of tea on the patio and, in the bay right in front of our eyes, there were 4 of them. A wonderful sight! A wonderful wonderful holiday had by all! Well done!

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2008

  • "The great welcome we got from the owners, especially as we turned up earlier than we should have!"

    The cleanliness and spaciousness and warmth of the house and its beautiful views. The supplies that were available for our use.

    Reviewed by Frances EApr 2008

  • "This is our second visit to Braehaed Croft."

    The property is ideally situated for a quiet, relaxing holiday. The position overlooking the bay is fantastic. The cottage itself is perfect for two families and we will be back in the near future.

    Reviewed by KarenFeb 2008

  • "This property was extremely comfortable, a home from home."

    We could not fault it in any way. The owner met us on arrival and was most helpful. The views from the rear of the property were just stunning. A very relaxing holiday, we will be back next year!

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2007

  • "This property was superb for our needs, and we are booking the same property for Christmas."

    Reviewed by BarbaraAug 2007

  • "Luxurious and clean accommodation with everything you could possibly need in an excellent location with glorious views."

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2007

  • "The accommodation was first class, the views and scenery were fantastic and we had a very warm and informative welcome from the owner."

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2007

  • "This property was immaculate, a real home from home."

    It was the perfect base from which to explore the Moray coastline. A mass of information was available in the premises which meant we were able to plan our days in advance. The absolute highlight of the holiday was going on a boat trip from Buckie Harbour and seeing the resident dolphins in their natural habitat and again from the beach at Spey Bay.

    Reviewed by GeorgeJul 2007

  • "An extremely cosy holiday bungalow with excellent sea views."

    Mr AplinJun 2007

  • "The cottage was in a wonderful position overlooking the sea."

    Just wished we lived nearer so we could visit more often.

    Mrs StaresJun 2007

  • "This was probably the cleanest, best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in."

    The sea views from all the rooms at the back were outstanding. We were so happy and comfortable here that we wished we had booked for another week. The parking was very easy. The surrounding area has many interesting towns and coastal villages.

    Reviewed by SheilaJun 2007

  • "The high standard of the property - everything was as stated but better!"

    We will definitely go back! First class!

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2007

  • "Couldn't fault a thing; it was a home from home."

    Mr & Mrs DonaldsonSep 2006

  • "The owner met us at the house upon arrival, very friendly environment, the people of the town are very friendly, many things to do,the house was in great condition, very clean and roomy."

    .. Thanks Sykes for all your services, highly recommended for all.

    Reviewed by MichelSep 2006

  • "Superb accommodation, plenty of space, excellent sea views, a home from home."

    Reviewed by JonathonSep 2006

  • "The location was excellent."

    The views from the property were breathtaking. The croft was very well maintained with every modern amenity provided. The local people were also very welcoming and friendly. It was a thoroughly enjoyable week made in the main by this excellent accommodation. A pleasurable experience we hope to repeat one day.

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2006

  • "Absolutely perfect, we have stayed in a number of cottages and this would have to be one of the very best."

    A lovely cottage and awesomely presented.

    Reviewed by KathleenJul 2006

  • "A very nice cottage with great views."

    Mr & Mrs ChaplinJul 2006

  • "Accommodation was first class."

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2006

  • "Coastal walks were wonderful."

    Great views of sunsets over Moray Firth.

    Reviewed by BMay 2006

  • "Very comfortable, warm and well equipped cottage."

    Good position overlooking the sea. Lot's of interesting things to visit nearby.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2006

  • "Beautifully equipped, spotlessly clean and a true home from home."

    Warm welcome from owners - please extend our sincere thanks to them!!

    Reviewed by SimonMar 2006

  • "Great cottage for families with young children."

    Reviewed by LesleyDec 2005

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The property

A detached, stone-built croft, situated in the village of Portessie and enjoying uninterrupted views over the Moray Firth.

Spacious, well equipped and comfortable, Braehead Croft offers three bedrooms, two with en-suite facilities, a large open plan living area and lovely lawned garden, making a superb holiday home.

The surrounding area is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise with truly superb beaches and a variety of outdoor pursuits on offer.

There are five golf courses within 10 miles of the village and the RSPB Reserve at Spey Bay is a 'must' for birdwatchers with ospreys visiting each summer.

Less than an hour's drive from whisky and castle trails and the Speyside Way Walk and well situated for exploring all of this attractive part of north east Scotland, Braehead Croft makes an excellent base for a great holiday!


  • All ground floor. Three double bedrooms (two with en-suite shower, basin and WC, one with LCD TV)
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Spacious open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with living flame gas fire.
  • Central heating with gas fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x LCD TV with Freeview, DVD, stereo/CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Large lawned garden with patio area and garden furniture
  • One well-behaved pet by arrangement
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Nearest supermarket, shops and pubs are >1mile away in Buckie
  • Bijou licensed restaurant on Portessie seafront 5 mins drive
  • Note: Although accommodation is all ground floor, this property is not suitable for wheelchair access
  • Note: The garden is not enclosed
  • Note: This property does not accept worker bookings.

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About the location


Buckie 1 mile; Cullen 5 miles; Elgin 18 miles.

Situated on the Moray Firth coast, Portessie is one of a number of old fishing villages that lie on a three-mile stretch of shoreline to the east of Buckie on Scotland's 'sunniest north east coast'. It's an unspoiled coastline, with dramatic cliff scenery, beautiful beaches and picturesque villages such as Gardenstown and Pennan. Families will love the extensive beach at Cullen and enjoy local opportunities to ride, golf and watch rare birdlife - the RSPB Reserve at Spey Bay is a must for keen birdwatchers. The Moray Firth has one of only two resident populations of Bottle-nosed dolphins in Britain and regular boat trips leave from Buckie and Macduff harbours on dolphin-watching expeditions. A wonderful base for a magical holiday experience.

This property does not accept worker bookings

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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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