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Portknockie, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 924339)



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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a great cottage, spacious and clean."

    Kitchen was well equipped and there was a welcome hamper waiting for us when we arrived - breakfast sorted for the first couple of days! The toys, puzzles and board games kept my kids entertained in the evenings. Very good location for exploring the surrounding area and we had no problems parking outside the property. We would definitely choose Slater's again if visiting the area.

    Reviewed by JenniferApr 2022

  • "Exceptionally clean, beautiful cottage, the owners had left a magnificent ..."

    Exceptionally clean, beautiful cottage, the owners had left a magnificent welcome pack which was very welcome after our long journey, would love to stay again in this beautiful part of Scotland

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Both Slaters and Portknockie where excellent."

    Reviewed by FayeSep 2021

  • "Very well equipped cottage however would struggle to accommodate 8 as advertised."

    Reviewed by MaryJul 2021

  • "We have visited this establishment before and because of Covid we left booking it."

    However we managed our 2nd week here again along with our family. You just know you are coming to a spotless environment everything in place for a safe holiday. Everything it says on the paperwork is there just bring yourself and enjoy the marvellous scenery. We had the downstairs ensuite bedroom great for our needs no need to climb stairs and house is easy to get around. The owners were exceptional and went out of their way to help on Saturday as family car developed a major fault. They left bathroom open for them until such times the breakdown recovery came which bad marks for AA took 7 hours. We will have no hesitation in returning here but unfortunately Mark is booked up for many months so fingers crossed for next year!

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely time at Slaters."

    Great base for the area, we enjoyed the walls, the harbour and the sea. The cottage was really comfortable, clean and Mark was so helpful. We’d really recommend it, if you are looking for a base to explore the east coast

    Reviewed by MichelleMay 2021

  • "Gorgeous cosy cottage in lovely location."

    Great welcome/breakfast pack on arrival. Cottage equipped with all you’ll need. Very relaxing break.

    Reviewed by BrendaOct 2020

  • "Fantastic location house perfect well equipped and owner very thoughtful with lovely welcome pack after your journey would definitely recommend this to all family and friends as I know they wont b disappointed."

    Reviewed by CarolineSep 2020

  • "Slaters was like a home from home."

    Cottage was very comfortable and well equipped to meet our needs. Local amenities all within walking distance ...excellent chip shop! Very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by CatherineSep 2020

  • "We have just had a wonderful week at Slater’s cottage."

    The welcome pack, fresh flowers, space and comfort of the cottage were second to none. The area itself is beautiful and unspoilt and, despite it being February, we had wonderful sunny weather then cosy nights it by the wood burning stove. A memorable holiday - so much so we are hoping to book again for next year!

    Reviewed by NicolaFeb 2020

  • "Slaters cottage was perfect and had everything we needed and more."

    Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2019

  • "Very well equipped house, clean, had everything we needed."

    Great fish and chip shop , two minutes away.

    Reviewed by KathrynOct 2019

  • "The cottage was very nice indeed and had every we needed."

    When we arrived there was a nice little welcome basket along with bread milk and butter in the fridge. If there was one thing I would like to bring to your attention is the fact that there is no phone reception you have to go up the road to get any reception. We felt like there could have been perhaps an out going phone (payable) for emergencies. This is typical to this area and not just this cottage we know as we have been coming here for 17 years! There were medical G.P and health centre telephone numbers which unfortunately we had to access this year due to husband taking very unwell. Myself son-in-law had to drive us 5 miles to Health Centre as this was quicker than trying for a reception. All of us enjoyed our stay and we hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by WilliamOct 2019

  • "Lovely Cottage with almost everything you could need - Portknockie is a quiet town with friendly locals."

    The cottage is very well equipped but since my husband is 80 I would have appreciated a non-slip shower mat in the shower since he found it slippy. Also the sofas are so soft you really struggle to get out of them - this included my daughter and her husband who have no physical problems. Apart from the above which seems really negative (but just pointers really for perfection) - the cottage is beautifully decorated, exceptionally clean with a very generous welcome pack including tassimo coffee machine and pods. We had a lovely week, thank you.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your feedback we have ordered new couch's for the property following your feedback. We hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AmeliaJun 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage, so peaceful and relaxing."

    Real home from home. Costal walks from the door.

    Reviewed by LindaNov 2018

  • "We found the house excellent."

    It was very well equipped. The bedding and towels were sparkling clean. I would highly recommend this house. Our two year old loved the toy box. Definitely something in the house for everyone. The welcome basket was a really nice touch.

    Reviewed by LizSep 2018

  • "We had a wonderful time in Portknockie and found Mark and Ruth so helpful and considerate."

    They went to great lengths to make sure they put everything in place for our grandson, travel cot, bath, high chair, stair gates (upstairs and downstairs), and a fire guard as well, so amazing and thoughtful. There was a beautiful vase of fresh flowers and a welcome basket waiting for us when we arrived. The cottage had such wonderful words of wisdom all about, which helped us to ponder and think more about relaxing and having fun and just taking time to chill out and enjoy every moment. We are so grateful for their kindness and sharing their cottage which was only a few streets away from my sister and her family, as we were there for my niece's wedding. Thank you so much for everything Mark and Ruth. So wonderful to meet you both and enjoy your cottage in a wonderful part of the world. Take good care and we hope to return again Very best wishes Joan and Donal Murphyt

    Reviewed by JoanAug 2018

  • "The accommodation was very comfortable, you could see, that the owner wants to make his guests at home from the first minute."

    Very well equipped, very clean, interior design with style. Meets high standards, apart from the very nice village of Portknockie and its great fish and chips shop.

    Reviewed by AndreasJul 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay at slaters over hogmany - definitely a highlight was hearing the bagpipes being played outside on the street behind us and joining in with their celebrations."

    A warm welcome from the village - we shall definitely return one day.

    Reviewed by MarkDec 2017

  • "Slater's is first class family holiday accommodation, a real home from home."

    It is clean, comfortable and equipped to a high standard It is a fabulous base to explore a stunning part of the country or just to relax. Mark met us at the property and was very friendly and helpful. He even, very kindly, unpacked our Tesco's order which had arrived an hour early. My husband and son took advantage of the free session with the Cullen sea school run by Mark's son and had a great hour kayaking and paddle boarding. We had a wonderful holiday at Slater's and would wholeheartedly recommend this place to everyone.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2017

  • "So lovely, warm and well-furnished cottage."

    Every detail fits together in a room. We felt at home right away!

    Reviewed by SabineJul 2017

  • "Slaters was very comfortable and well equipped (there were even beach toys and a small selection of wetsuits for the kids!"

    ). Portknockie is beautiful, the kids loved the safe open air paddling pool at the harbour. We saw dolphins in Portknockie itself, seals just along the coast in Portgordon, and ospreys in Spey Bay. We would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2017

  • "Much nicer than in the pictures."

    We fell in love with it! Very clean, excellent standard of furniture and soft furnishings. Kitchen extremely well equipped. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by KerryMay 2017

  • "Absolutely beautiful Cottage in a stunning location."

    Everything you needed was provided including an extremely generous welcome pack (thank you Mark). Cannot fault anything about the Cottage - it was perfect. Enjoyed fish & chips from the award winning fish & chip shop - beautiful. A ten minute gentle stroll takes you to the harbour & bow fiddle rock - soooo picturesque. We saw dolphins there and an amazing sunset. A fabulous base to explore the beautiful villages & coastline.

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2017

  • "We had a fantastic week away at Slater's cottage."

    We enjoyed exploring the area and the weather was very good to us. The cottage was the best we've ever stayed in. It had absolutely everything we needed. The extra benefits of a log burner, coffee machine and extra toys for the boys to amuse themselves with was incredible, including a Playstation and games. The cottage was cosy, beds were very comfy and there was loads of hot water for showers. The boys loved counting the lovehearts in the house. It's the wee things that matter most. The chippy is genuinely the best we've ever had. It was hard work tearing ourselves away from the cosy and comfy cottage of a morning but Moray and Aberdeenshire are worth exploring. Amazing beaches and lovely villages to explore. Plenty of ice-cream shops too. We'd love to visit again soon. We thoroughly enjoyed our break. Many thanks to the owner, Mark who couldn't have been more accommodating.

    Reviewed by KirstyMar 2017

  • "The house has been furnished with an eye to detail and provides everything a holidaymaker could wish."

    It is very comfortable, plenty of space, and has a welcoming feel. The bay and beach are beautiful and the coastal paths to both Buckie and Cullen are worth walking. Portknockie is an excellent base from which to tour the area. It is within easy reach of Elgin, the nearest big town, as well as the picturesque villages along the Moray coastline. The local fish and chip shop deserves its award winning status. There are two pubs in the village, both within a minute’s walk of the cottage, but only one does food. Previous occupants of the cottage have praised the Victoria Hotel but we found it both unfriendly and rude. The Seafield Inn next door is basic but friendly. On the road to Cullen, the Cullen Bay Hotel provided good food and an excellent place from which to view the dolphins frolicking in the bay (the hotel provides binoculars!). Cullen also has an Indian and a Chinese takeaway, useful at the end of a full sightseeing day. We would highly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2016

  • "Slater's is a beautiful and immaculately presented cottage that I am delighted to recommend to anyone."

    The cottage itself is beautifully decorated. The bedrooms are all great sizes and the beds are extremely comfy! The owner, goes above and beyond to make the experience great, from the generous welcome pack on arrival to providing information on local attractions.

    Reviewed by CharlotteSep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor single with single pull-out stacker bed
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast area
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, coffee machine, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 1 x TV with Freeview HD and 1 x HD TV for DVD/PS3 use only, DVD, CD/radio, PlayStation 3, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Roadside parking for 3 cars beside cottage, on first come first served basis
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, to be kept in kitchen only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Coast 1 min walk
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in first floor bedrooms

The property

Situated in the heart of the friendly and welcoming village of Portknockie is this detached stone-built fisherman's cottage offering smart and extremely comfortable accommodation.

With lots of space spread out over two floors, SLATER'S is a traditional Grade C listed property in the conservation part of Portknockie.

For many years a general hardware store owned by the Slater family, this is an ideal venue for a large family or group of friends who want to explore the fabulous North East coastline of Scotland.

At ground floor level there is the sumptuous master bedroom with en-suite facilities and also a cosy stacker bedroom that can double up as a snug, with a PlayStation 3 and games to keep the children (and adults) very happy indeed.

The sitting/dining room has a welcoming woodburning stove to ensure cosy nights in and relaxed meals around the dining table.

The contemporary kitchen has a breakfast area and every appliance necessary to allow for the easy preparation of great meals.

An external door from the kitchen gives access to the private patio at the rear of the cottage, a great place for quiet morning coffee or a pre-dinner glass of wine.

The upper floor has a bright, fresh shower room and also a double and twin bedroom both benefiting from large bay windows providing pretty views across the rooftops to the sea, or to watch the sun setting over the Caithness Hills.

Being centrally situated there is easy access to the local shops, pub, hotel, chip shop and the lovely harbour, with its outdoor swimming pool for children to enjoy during the summer months.

This part of Scotland has many pretty villages dotted along the rugged coastline.

The Moray Firth is famous for its jumping dolphins and they can be seen from land or by taking one of the many boat trips out onto the open sea.

Walkers and wildlife spotters will be in paradise; there’s so much to see and experience in this delightful corner of Scotland.

This wonderful cottage will ensure a fabulous holiday for all!

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About the location


Cullen 2 miles; Findochty 2 miles; Buckie 5 miles; Elgin 20 miles.

The popular coastal village of Portknockie occupies a stunning, cliff-top position overlooking a natural picturesque harbour on the striking Moray Firth Coast. Explore the craggy cliff-tops, beaches and secret coves or absorb the dramatic views of the Bow Fiddle Rock, or look out for the dolphins, seals and sea birds that live in the Moray Firth. National Cycle Route 1 also passes through Portknockie. Why not visit the delightful town of Cullen, situated beneath spectacular railway viaducts and renowned for its hearty Cullen Skink (smoked haddock and potato soup) or enjoy a spot of golf at the remarkable golf course? Take a pleasant drive to the lively market town of Elgin, home to an imposing cathedral, museums and the mesmerising Biblical Gardens. Travel east where you will find the historic town of Banff home to an excellent golf club and the fascinating nearby Inchdrewer Castle. With the whole of the Moray Coast to explore, with its Whisky and Castle Trail, abundance of historic houses and gardens, sparkling golden sands and hospitable inns, this is a superb base from which to enjoy the delightful north east coast of Scotland.

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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