Gardenstown near Banff, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 24572)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • deborah s
    October 2014
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    “Quaint & cosy cottage only a few steps from the beach. Loved it.”
    We are so glad that this cottage was pet friendly otherwise we would have missed out on the sheer delight of it ...
    We are so glad that this cottage was pet friendly otherwise we would have missed out on the sheer delight of it! The cottage was clean, well equipped, traditional and comfortably furnished. It was situated in a tiny lane, with a veranda to sit out on, and we enjoyed all the aspects of being so close to the sea. Guillemot Cottage was charming; it had everything for a perfect holiday - from the gentle warmth of the Aga seeping through the rooms, to the lovely views over rooftops to the sea and hills beyond. We loved all the coastal villages, the walks and Gardenstown itself.


  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

A charming, traditional linked stone cottage, located in the heart of the fishing village of Gardenstown on the stunning north east coast of Scotland.

With a quirky layout and nautical feel, this Gardenstown cottage enjoys lovely sea views and close proximity to the coast.

Very spacious, bright and comfortable, this Moray Firth cottage is ideal for a family or group of friends who want to embrace the fresh sea air and explore the many fishing villages along the stunning coastline.

There are two pretty bedrooms on the top floor of this Gardenstown cottage, both with sea views and one with a basin and WC.

The first floor has a comfortable sitting room and cosy dining room with large open fire.

At ground floor level the bespoke fitted kitchen is well-equipped and the AGA range provides heating in the winter months.

The main entrance is at first floor level and includes a sizable terrace with seating; this is a wonderful place to sit and look out to sea whilst enjoying a morning coffee.

Gardenstown has good local services and the Harbour Restaurant is a very popular place to eat with fabulous views and the chance of spotting a passing dolphin, making this a wonderful place to dine.

This is a walker&

8217;s paradise and there are five local walks that take you along the sea and inland.

At the end of an active day, your Gardenstown cottage will simply feel like home.


Over three floors. Two second floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin with basin and WC. First floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen. First floor dining room with open fire. First floor sitting room with gas fire.


  • Electric storage heaters with electric towel rail in shower room, open fire and gas fire
  • AGA range cooker (Oct to Apr), combination microwave/oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Roadside parking on first come, first served basis 2 mins walk, load/unloading outside cottage only
  • Enclosed front decked terrace with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins walk, pub 3 mins walk
  • Coast 2 mins walk
  • Note: AGA is available from Oct to Apr only and heats the kitchen and dining room
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms
  • Note: Due to steep stairs, not suitable for elderly guests and children to be supervised
  • Note: Limited mobile coverage
  • Note: Property accessed via 8 steps leading to the entrance and deck.

About the location


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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute