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Garden Cottage

(Ref. 1096358)

Blackhills near Lhanbryde, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (5)
  • beautiful (5)
  • perfect (3)
  • our (3)
  • garden (3)
  • beautifully (2)

6 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was so clean for us on arrival that we went out and bought a tub of chocolates for the cleaners."

    A truly beautiful cottage and perfect for our needs, everyone loved it immensely, and even non cat lovers were converted by the very persistent, but beautifully mannered cat. Solstice on Thursday evening saw us use the fire pit in the awesome garden to make a great fire to roast marshmallows and chill. (as well as the sand bucket available we had a bucket of water at hand to control / put out the fire) Extensive fun use of the tennis court and many of us found the walks around the grounds sensational, especially the very old rhododendrons! Saw deer, hares, bats, an eagle, the resident peacock / peahen and a PINE MARTEN! My wife was in heaven. The information provided by the owners in a booklet and signs in the kitchen was totally complete, with instruction manuals for everything in a kitchen drawer. To be honest since looking on Sykes cottages and downloading the app EVERYTHING went fantastically well, exactly as described. Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!

    Thank you for being such thoughtful guests, the housekeeping team were very happy with their chocolates! So kind of you. Many thanks for such a lovely review, we’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Blackhills in Garden Cottage. We look forward to welcoming you back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2024

  • "The cottage was perfect for our group ."

    ..beautiful gardens to walk in and lovely views from all windows...the friendly cat was there to greet us each day though think it very disappointied we didn't feed as told bit it's a trier lol and Pete the Peacock was there each day to show off his plumage...he did like one of the cars as he rested on the roof each day...we regularly saw deer...hares.. pheasants pass the house which was wonderful. ..the garden was a quiet retreat to Sir in in evening after our walks along the Moray coast ..only gripe were the dirt tracks to cottage had big potholes was pretty awful driving each day ...but would still return as we all loved the cottage had everything we needed

    Thank you for your lovely feedback and so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Garden Cottage. It’s been a fabulous year for the rhododendron flowering. We look forward to seeing you at Blackhills again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2024

  • "Besides a little scare with the cottage being doubled booked, allegedly, the cottage is wonderful and the accommodations modern to our surprise."

    The picture on the website doesn't represent well how this cottage is beautiful inside and out.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, so pleased you enjoyed the cottage. We are looking at how we can improve the website picture. As you say it doesn’t do the cottage justice. We look forward to welcoming you back to Blackhills! Property Owner

    Reviewed by France5.0May 2023

  • "A beautifully situated cottage, ideal for families or groups of friends."

    We felt very comfortable here and thank you for the friendly reception.

    It was lovely to have you to stay, thank you for being such great and thoughtful guests. We look forward to welcoming you back to Blackhills again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Apr 2023

  • "Hi The property was perfect for us with 3 couples and 4 children aged 9-16."

    The only downside was that there were quite a few cobwebs throughout and dirty dishes which needed washed before utilising. We pulled in the chair from the middle porch to provide more spacious seating. If I could make any constructive suggestions, they are: Wood too big to go in the stove; Comfier seating at the kitchen table would make this another great space to be together; More cutlery eg there were only 9 dining knives. It’s a beautiful secluded area and we would definitely consider returning in the future. All the best for 2023. Kelly

    Happy you enjoyed your stay at Blackhills, it’s a special place. Thank you for your comments, always useful. We are now cutting wood into smaller pieces that better fit the stoves. You should have found your cottage well stocked with ample clean cutlery, crockery, glasses…I’m not sure where yours had disappeared to and can only apologise. Next time you stay, please do shout as we’re only next door and can easily pop over with supplies or whatever’s needed. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelly3.8Dec 2022

  • "Garden Cottage is a lovely holiday home in a wonderfully peaceful setting."

    Very private with beautiful grounds and a superb garden.The cottage is old and full of character, with a lot of space.It was clean and comfortable, with most modern facilities for cooking and washing. An abunndance of activities available in the area. Criticisms? Two bathrooms for 10 people is a bit of a challenge, and the lounge could be a squeeze. But I would still strongly recommend this venue.

    Thank you for your lovely review and so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Garden Cottage. We look forward to seeing you again at Blackhills! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Aug 2022

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x twin, 2 x ground-floor twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with open fire
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • 2 x snug
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patio, furniture, fire pit and summer house
  • Secure bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.4 miles
  • Note: The staircase has narrow treads, please take care
  • Note: A travel cot can be requested at time of booking, guests are to provide their own cot bedding
  • Note: There are two ponds and working farming machinery, please ensure children are supervised at all times
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: Although guests are welcomed to explore the estates 70-acre Grade I listed ‘outstanding’ woodland garden, no barbecues or fires are allowed in this area

The property

Lhanbryde 2.7 miles.

Garden Cottage is a beautifully appointed, detached cottage surrounded by countryside near Lhanbryde, Moray.

Located on Blackhills Estate, this family-friendly abode offers ground-floor living, off-road parking, an enclosed garden with summer house, and spacious living areas for a family of 10 to get away from it all.

Garden Cottage sits picture-perfect against rolling fields and woodland, whilst inside a homely interior awaits.

Step into the rustic kitchen/diner, equipped with the self-catering essentials such as an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, to prepare a heart-warming meal for your family.

Gather around the table for 10 to plan your holiday adventures and toast to your rural retreat, all by the warmth of the crackling open fire.

Just next door is a handy utility with an extra fridge, along with a washer and dryer to wash muddy walking gear ready for tomorrow!

Sure to be the social hub of your holiday, the sitting room has two leather sofas, leather armchairs, and charming decor; start the woodburning stove for added comfort whilst you choose a film on the wall-mounted Smart TV.

On warmer days, open the French doors to find a large, enclosed garden for a cold beverage in the sun or hunker down in the summer house with a good book.

A moment's peace can also be had in two snug areas at Garden Cottage; choose from a selection of games and books to keep the little ones entertained on rainy days.

Ideal for young families and those with limited mobility, you'll find a double bedroom, two twins, and a shower room all on the ground floor, whilst the first floor hosts a double and a twin; each bedroom has been thoughtfully appointed with bedside lamps, storage space, and added character such as feature fireplaces.

Completing the property is a spacious bathroom, where you'll love relaxing in the original, freestanding bath or in the walk-in shower, whilst your towel warms on the heated rail.

For the ultimate escape in rural Scotland, book your next family-friendly holiday at Garden Cottage.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1033812, 1036541 and 1036542, together sleeping up to 28 guests.

EPC Rating: Band D

Please note there is a peacock and peahen who roam freely on the estate and guests are quite likely to see and hear them. There are also two farm dogs and a farm cat that you are also likely to meet during your stay

EPC Rating: Band F

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: MO-00018-F


Situated on Blackhills Estate, a 4000 acre privately owned Scottish Highland estate consisting of farms, woodlands and moorland, this charming collection of four cottages enjoys a remote position just four miles from Lhanbryde and six miles from Elgin. Approached by a tree-lined drive, Blackhills offers a heart-warming escape for families and friends eager to step away from reality and enjoy this Highland gem location. The cottages are within easy walking distance from one another and away from public roads, but separate enough to allow for privacy. Each of the properties have been traditionally decorated and exude their own character, enjoying access enjoying access to a secluded communal tennis court and a wonderful 70-acre Grade I listed ‘outstanding’ private woodland garden with lochans, burns and rare plants. This woodland garden is internationally famous for its collection of wild origin rhododendrons. It’s only open to the public for one or two charity days a year and is an oasis of tranquility for guests. The site is also home to a pottery studio with a resident potter and a woodburning kiln and the Coachhouse studio which offers music courses. After a day of rambling, look forward to kicking back in the sitting rooms, each complete with woodburning stoves for that extra cosy feel, while the kitchens are well-appointed for home-cooking. As the evening draws to a close, discover the neat bedrooms which ensure a flexible sleeping arrangement to suit your group. To keep you and your loved ones occupied whilst staying here, the local area is filled with scenic walks and nature trails, including a circular route of Loch na Bo, a man-made loch with a beautiful woodland setting to the south of Llanbryde. The town of Elgin, known for its famous heritage of malt whisky, picture-perfect gardens, and castles is nearby and offers a host of activities, including tours of its famous Glen Moray Distillery where visitors can enjoy a tasting session and shop for a souvenir. Elgin is also home to the Johnstons of Elgin cashmere, where you can purchases a luxurious addition to your wardrobe! Head to the coast and discover the town of Lossiemouth, often referred to as the ‘jewel of Moray Firth’, this golf-oriented resort is blessed with two sandy beaches, picturesque dunes and idyllic countryside, making it an ideal getaway spot to escape the modern stresses of life. With the properties near the iconic River Spey, some of the world’s best salmon fishing can be found, along with plenty of outdoor activities including horse riding, river rafting, bike trails, nature trails, mountaineering, and birdwatching, while the stunning coastlines being within easy reach means sandy beaches and watersports such as sailing, surfing and even dolphin watching can be enjoyed. An inviting collection of cottages, perfect for families and friends seeking a Scottish retreat.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £550.

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About the location


Elgin 4.5 miles; Lossiemouth 8.4 miles

The idyllic village of Lhandryde sits east of Elgin in the scenic region of Moray. The village offers a quiet and pleasant ambiance, housing a number of picturesque cottages and a charming main street with a convenience store and a welcoming bar, St Andrews. Lhandryde’s proximity to Elgin and good rail links makes it a great base for holidaymakers and the surrounding area is filled with natural scenery and cycle routes, attracting those lovers of the outdoors. Just four miles away, the historical town of Elgin boasts many charming characteristics, including breathtaking scenery and a number of local distilleries for sampling Scotland’s famous whiskey.

Please note there is a peacock and peahen who roam freely on the estate and guests are quite likely to see and hear them. There are also two farm dogs and a farm cat that you are also likely to meet during your stay