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Classed as one of the best preserved conservation villages in Scotland, this little jewel sits right on the wall of the North Sea. Yes, actually on the wall ... no traffic ... only the sound of the waves lashing, the pebbles rolling to and fro under the changing tide and the seagulls crying. A ten-minute walk from the car park/barrow park, (each cottage has its own wheelbarrow to help get daily provisions - and furniture and building materials! - along to the house), maybe catching sight of a fox, a weasel or even on rare occasions a wild cat on the path.

From Crovie you can look out to sea and be rewarded with the spectacular sight of a shoal of bottle-nosed dolphins (sometimes up to 35 at a time) and even a whale or a shark. There are two boats which take outings onto the North Sea and this is an event not to be missed. You can take a 20 minute walk along the pebbled beach to Gardenstown, where you can find the grocer - and even the candlestick maker! (a couple of art shops). The small Gardenstown Arms serves meals as well as a good stock of beers and malt whiskies.

Walking, beach-combing, bird watching, fishing and underwater diving are some of the favourite pastimes here, also painting, taking photographs of the breathtaking sunsets and generally getting inspiration for writing, or practising the arts. Both owners and tenants are mostly of an artistic or outward-bound bent.

If you are interested in the Castle Trail or the Whisky Trail, there are more distilleries and castles in this area than in the whole of Scotland. Attractive fishing villages to visit along the coast include Pennan and Portsoy, there are seven golf-courses to choose from, a wonderful lighthouse and museum with a very good tearoom overlooking the sea as well as the fish-markets in Fraserburgh. Duff House, a Palladian Villa (housing part of the Scottish National Gallery collection) is 7 miles away in the bustling little town of Banff. Day visits to Inverness and The Loch Ness Monster, Dufftown and Elgin are all well worthwhile.

  • Sleeps - 4
  • Bedrooms - 2 (1 double, 1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 2
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • TV, radio, CD player
  • Log fire
  • Double night storage heaters
  • Rear decking with 4 wooden chairs
  • Benches at the front and side of the house
  • Short breaks
  • Pets welcome - downstairs only
  • Macduff / Banff - 7 miles
  • Nearest Airport - Dyce 50 minutes
  • Nearest Station - Aberdeen 1 hour
  • Golf - Macduff/Banff 7 miles
  • 6 other golf courses in the area
  • Nearest pub: 1 mile away is the Gardenstown Arms
  • Nearest restaurants: Gardenstown and Pennan, other restaurants in Banff
  • Walking, beach combing, boat trips, fishing, diving
  • Duff House - 7 miles, Castle Trail, Whisky Trail
  • Fishing villages, lighthouse and museum

Accommodation:
The Mission Hall is a former place of worship and has been featured in magazines and newspapers for its architectural flair, style and humour. Recently it has changed hands, but respecting the previous owner's artistic skills the new owner has only partly refurbished the house, adding antique furniture and paintings and a comfy leather settee. It is a very special place to stay.

This cottage has the wow factor! There is a breath-taking dining room with a dark blue coloured concrete floor and pale blue 'spatolato' finish walls and a wooden boxed ceiling. A specially designed crystal table sits on the flag-stones (originally covering the aisle of the church) in the middle of the room. When you look up, you’ll see how the previous owner has recycled the sides of the pews (still with numbers on!). There are 3 antique pitch-pine doors with impressive brass handles, two leading to the small bathrooms and a double one leading to the cosy sitting room. The sitting room has wood-lined walls (recycled from the back of the pews) with a settee and an armchair in front of an open fire. There is a small TV with DVD and Video player, a radio and a stereo with CD player. The fire is always laid for your arrival.

The well equipped kitchen has a crystal ceiling to let in the morning sun, a large stainless steel fridge and freezer, electric cooker, dish-washer, washing machine, microwave and several kitchen machines like mixer and juicer (all hidden in the big wooden larder). There is plenty of crockery and cutlery, lots of pots and pans and utensils. There is an antique wooden table for breakfast. A central wooden staircase (built by the Macduff ship-builders with the recycled wood from the pews) leads to the two upstairs bedrooms; Sunset themed double-bedded room (with electric blanket) and green twin-bedded room. Both were created on galleries with original recycled pitch-pine floors. The bed heads and galleries were created from the original sides of the pews (still bearing the seat numbers). The sunset room incorporates a crystal floor overlooking the stainless steel kitchen, while the green room overlooks the dining room. There are Velux escape windows looking out onto the gorse-covered hill at the back and two little ones looking onto the North Sea at the front.

There are two small bathrooms at the bottom of the stairs - the sanitary ware and tiles were brought from Italy and there is a Greek key design on the glass doors and tiles. One bathroom has a shower, WC and wash basin, the other bathroom has a bidet, WC and wash basin.

The toilets, wash-basins, sink, shower, bidet, washing-mashing and dish-washer all run on an eco-Saniflow-system before the waste goes into the sea.

The Mission Hall has a sturdy wooden side door with a decking entrance. The sea wall is only a few metres away from the front of the house. A new decking area has been added at the back of the house - it catches the morning sun - and there are 4 wooden folding chairs, a table and sun beds. There are 3 antique benches originating from John Knox's church at the front and side. Pets are welcome as guests, but not upstairs.

Directions:
Crovie can be reached from either Macduff / Banff or Fraserburgh via the B9031.

What's included:
£10 electricity and free WIFI are included. Bed linen is provided and beds are made up on arrival. There is a set of towels per person, 2 dishtowels, a dishcloth, a napkin and placemat for each person. Dishwasher and washing-machine tabs for the first washing plus washing up liquid are included. Firelighters, logs and coal for the first day (fire made up on arrival) plus hot-water bottles for single beds and an electric blanket for the double bed ensure you will be warm and cosy. Also a cot and a high chair are available for babies.

There is a complimentary bathroom kit per person and a complimentary bottle of wine. The owner (also German and a little Italian speaking) lives next door, always happy to help you!

Cost and availability:
This special cottage is rented out year round.

Change over day is Saturday. Checkout: 10.00 am, check in: 4.00 pm. Special arrangements can be made to meet your requirements. Short breaks are available.
Pet friendly - but not upstairs. Pets are charged at £10 per pet per week with a refundable deposit of £50 for damages.
The Mission Hall is not a 'young-children-out-alone' zone (dangerous rocks and pebbles and ever-changing tide).

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The Mission Hall, Crovie, Gardenstown, Banff and Buchan, Scotland

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