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Gannet Cottage, Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire

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This superb holiday home is in the conservation Seatown area of the picturesque Aberdeenshire fishing village of Gardenstown. Gannet Cottage was originally a fisherman's cottage built in the 19th century and is directly on the sea front - with the gable of the cottage being approx 10 feet from the sea at high tide! Lie in bed in this ideal holiday retreat, listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the sea wall below you. This is a perfect cottage for a family holiday, or a romantic break away from it all. The views from this Aberdeenshire cottage by the sea are impressive - looking across the bay to More Head and out to sea.

Gardenstown is the largest of the three villages situated along this unique part of the Moray Firth, with Crovie and Pennan being the other two villages, both of which are more remote with limited facilities, but are ideally for visiting - you can walk along the sea front to Crovie (30 - 40 minutes). Gardenstown boasts a harbour, which is mainly now used by pleasure craft and for inshore fishing; a harbour-front restaurant; a hotel with pub and food; as well as a general store - all within a few minutes walk of the cottage. There is also a petrol station with Spar shop and post office attached - all in all your basic essentials can be catered for locally and this is a fascinating historic place to use as a retreat away from it all or as a base for a Scottish holiday.

The Moray Firth has jumped into the top 18 coastal destinations in the world acording to the annual traveller survey from National Geographic!

There are lots of historic places to visit in the area, or why not follow the Castle Trail, or the Whisky Trail or just do your own thing visiting a combination of castles and distilleries in the area you wish to tour. There are many golf courses near by and if fishing is your passion try the River Deveron, or take one of the sea fishing trips. Bird watchers will be at home in the colonies of Puffins, Razorbills and Gannets at the RSBP reserve at Troup Head, as well as the RSBP reserve at Loch of Strathbeg. Viewing the cliff top bird colonies from the sea by boat is a special trip and well worth the effort, where you get the benefit of the sea life as well as the birds.

There are of course other places of interest to visit, some of them being: the lighthouse museum in Fraserburgh; the aquarium at Macduff; Duff House at Banff; the many fishing villages up and down the Moray Firth, all with their individual charm, and the bigger fishing ports of Fraserburgh and Peterhead. Why not visit the fishmarket early in the morning as the day's catch is landed? Oh, and did we mention our seafood is among the best in the world - not forgetting inland with our famous Aberdeenshire Angus beef.

For walkers there are numerous walks in the area, starting at the front door of the cottage - including along the cliff tops of this beautiful coastline. Dolphins can be frequently spotted here in the summer from the school of dolphins in the Moray Firth. All in all this is an ideal location for a break away from it all and a good base to explore the North East of Scotland returning each evening to your cosy cottage on the sea, or just curl up for the day with a good book.

  • Sleeps - 4
  • Bedrooms - 2 (1 double, 1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Open fire
  • TV with freeview, DVD, stereo
  • Telephone for incoming calls only
  • Washer/dryer
  • Travel cot/high chair on request
  • Electric heating
  • Free WiFi
  • Aberdeen Airport - approx 1hr
  • Railway station - Aberdeen approx 1 1/4hr
  • Hotel, pub, restaurant nearby
  • Directly on the sea
  • Fishing nearby, Boat trips
  • Golf - approx 30 courses within 1 hour
  • Balmoral and other castles within day trip distance
  • Whisky Trail

Although it has many modern features, this charming cottage has retained its original charm with low ceilings, steep stairway and a cosy open fire.

Gannet Cottage has two bedrooms, one double and one twin bedroom, as well as a separate bathroom and eating kitchen - both of which were upgraded in 2010. The kitchen is equipped with fridge with freezer compartment, full oven and hob, washer/dryer, table and chairs for four etc. The sitting room has an open fire - ideal for that cozy nights inside. Facilities include electric storage heating, TV with freeview and DVD player, stereo system, wi-fi and a telephone (for incoming calls only).

By Road: From Aberdeen, take the B999 and the B9123. From England and central Scotland, the A90 is the quickest road route to the north-east of Scotland.

What's included:
Prices are inclusive of bed linen, indoor towels, electricity and a reasonable amout of solid fuel for the fire. In short the price quoted should be the total you pay for your week - only excessive use of the open fire in winter might mean you wanting to buy extra coal or logs.

Cost and availability:
The cottage is available for rent all year round. Although a great location in the summer, staying during a winter storm can be a totally different experience. Rental periods are per week and on a Saturday to Saturday basis, arriving at 4 pm and departing by 10 am.

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