Gardenstown is a fishing village, founded in 1720. The harbour is no longer used by commercial boats, but has more pleasure craft with some inshore fishing. The village has grown up the cliff face over the years with the conservation Seatown area much as it was when founded with the fishermen's cottages along the sea front. Truly you are stepping back in time when you take a stroll along the Seatown with only a narrow road separating the fishing cottages from the sea.
The village is the largest of three fishing village on this stretch of coastline, with the smaller neighbours of Pennan and Crovie being the other two. The nearest town is Macduff, approx eight miles away and also Banff. Going the opposite direction you come to Fraserbugh approx 12 miles away, which is still one of the main fishing ports of the UK, as is Peterhead further down the coast. Both of these towns have reached fame over the past few years as the home of the TV programme "The Trawlermen". Get up early in the morning and visit the fish markets as the day's catch is landed.
Within easy travelling distance there are numerous distilleries and castles to view, either on your own or follow the tourist Castle and Whisky trails. Tourist attractions nearby for a rainy day include the The Aquarium at Macduff, with a live link to the Gannet colony at Troup Head. Duff House in Banff is worth a visit, while in the other direction try the Lighthouse Museum at Fraserburgh. In good weather there are more beaches and natural coastal walks than you could wish for, it would take at least a month staying in the area to do them justice. Above all, the natural beauty of this unique corner of Scotland alone is well worth the visit. Clean, fresh air, straight off the sea, from the Moray Firth at Gardenstown to the west or the North Sea in the east.
For sporting enthusiasts, most towns up and down the coast have their own golf course, these are mostly links courses, some with stunning scenery. Fishing off the pier is an option, or take a fishing trip from the pleasure craft available at Banff and Macduff. Visit the Gannet Colony at Troup Head by sea and look up at the cliffs from sea level - a great day out. The beauty is not all on the sea front however, go inland and visit the rugged beauty of Scotland, from Royal Deeside to the Lecht and up to Inverness, all possible on a day trip.
Do bring binoculars to study the seabirds and to look for the dolphins which are resident in the Moray Firth - all from the sitting room window. The modern eco friendly insulation in this new build means it is cosy in winter as well as summer and looking out on a raging sea from your chair is a totally different experience and one not to be missed. On a calm night, go to sleep being serenaded by the waves lapping the sea wall directly below your bedroom.
- Sleeps - 4
- Bedrooms - 2 (1 king, 1 twin)
- Bathrooms - 1
- Egyptian cotton bed linen
- Washing machine/dryer
- Wood-burning stove
- Large wall mounted flat
screen TV with freeview
- Built in wall mounted ipod/iphone
docking station with integral roof speakers
- Free WiFi
- Full central heating
- Underfloor heating downstairs
- Cot and high chair available on request
- No pets
- Situated in Gardenstown
- Banff 8 miles,
Fraserburgh 12 miles
- Aberdeen Airport - approx
one hour's drive
- Aberdeen Station - approx one
and quarter hour's drive
- Nearest golf at Macduff, 8 miles, also
courses at Banff, Fraserburgh and Turriff
- Small hotel with pub and serving food, and small
restaurant at harbour - both 5 mins walk
- Coastal walks starting right at
the front door
- Fishing, Boat trips
- Gannet Colony at Troup Head
- Dolphins in the Moray Firth
- Duff House, Lighthouse Museum
- Castle and Whisky Trails
- Aquarium at Macduff
- Royal Deeside
This is unique property. Bang in the middle of a conservation area, this new property, completed in 2011, was designed by a local architect to fit in with the 18th and 19th century cottages surrounding it and traditionally built by a long established firm of local builders. Situated on the site of a former 'net' store, the house has shutters on the gable to make it look like a traditional net store. However, open up the shutters and you have a 2 metre square window, directly on the seafront, looking out over the Moray Firth. This forms the focal point of the house from inside, a "picture" window that lives up to its name. You can try to spot the dolphins from your sofa! When the tide is in the water is directly below you, and when out the shore clears to leave a beach of sand and then sandstone rocks and pools which become home and feeding grounds to all types of seabirds.
This is a small cottage and downstairs is open plan with the living, dining and kitchen area all taking advantage of the great location and views. The tiled bathroom is also downstairs. Climb up the individually handmade, steel and American oak spiral staircase and you have the two bedrooms upstairs. The bedroom with two single beds to the right and the double bedroom with king size bed to your left. The double bedroom also features a window on the gable looking directly out to sea.
The house is fully central heated with underfloor heating on the ground floor. There is a woodburning stove, wifi, large flat screen TV and bring your ipod or iphone for music. The built in docking station and integrated sound system gives out a great sound, with a separate control and speaker for the bathroom, so you can soak in the bath listening to your favourite tunes.
The fully fitted kitchen with ceramic hob, washer dryer and microwave has been stocked with new crockery, cutlery etc. Enjoy the view while eating at the stainless steel bar table and stools.
From the south head for Aberdeen and the take the road to Macduff or Banff and take one of the smaller roads off that leads to Gardenstown.
Electricity and heating are included in the price. A supply of logs is provided. Any extra logs required can be purchased locally
Luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen is provided.
Cost and availability:
This Aberdeenshire self-catering cottage is rented out year round.
Change over day is Saturday, arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am. Weekly lets.
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Seafront Cottage, 18 Seatown, Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire, Scotland