Buttermere Cottage is easily located between Huntly and Banff. Being on the A97 it is perfectly situated for exploring the area. Surrounded by rolling hills and yet close to the beautiful coastline - walkers will enjoy the best of both worlds with woodland walks and coastal paths. Nature lovers will enjoy the abundant wildlife. The area is home to many beautiful Roe Deer, which can be seen grazing near forests and in open farmland. Dolphins and other marine mammals can also be spotted all along the coast. The cottage hosts can advise the best places to spot resident seals. The area is also home to many bird species, Lesser Red Polls in the garden, Puffins and Gannets on the coast, to name but a few. RSPB Troup Head just around the coast, near Crovie, and well worth a visit. In the winter months you will witness a daily flock of geese that rest in a nearby field - they winter here and make it their home. From the cottage are several walks offering spectacular views towards the coast and there are great cycle routes from the cottage.
Banff itself is a friendly little town. Duff House Royal Golf Club is a short drive from the cottage, but golf lovers will have their pick of the golf courses. History buffs will enjoy Duff House in Banff, which also has a beautiful woodland walk. Buttermere Cottage is perfectly situated to visit many country houses open to the public and is also on the Castle Trail. An excellent place to start is Huntly Castle, just 15 miles from the cottage. Huntly is a market town offering many places for visitors to explore, including Huntly Castle (a Historic Scotland property). Next door to the castle is the Nordic Skiing Centre, if you are feeling energetic! Deans Shortbread Visitor Centre is a good place for lunch and purchasing genuine Scottish shortbread. Huntly also offers lovely walks along the riverside and through forests.
The local coastal villages all have a charm of their own. Portsoy is famous for both The Scottish Boat Festival and Portsoy's very own ice cream. Cullen is home to the delicious Cullen Skink, a mouth-watering, creamy fish soup. Fishing boats can be admired in the small fishing town of MacDuff or in Buckie, where there is also a fabulous museum about life at sea, the Buckie Heritage Centre. Buttermere Cottage is also well placed for Distillery tours on the famous Whisky Trail. Those that enjoy getting wet, will be delighted with the wind surfing options in this area, namely Sandend and Banff Links Beach.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms - 2 (1 king sized double, 1 king sized double/twin)
- Bathrooms - 2
- Flame effect electric fire
- Free WiFi
- Cot and high chair available
- Private garden
- Garden furniture
- Car parking
- Pets welcome
- Short breaks
- Banff - 5 Miles, village of Aberchirder - 3 miles
- Aberdeen Airport - 45 miles
- Huntly Station - 15 miles
- Pubs/restaurants - 5 miles
- Duff House Royal Golf Club - 5 miles
- Huntly Castle - 15 miles
- Aviemore - 60 miles
- WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre - 26 miles
- Fyvie Castle - 18 miles
- Haddo House - 27 miles
- On Whisky Trail and Castle Trail
- Walking and cycling from the doorstep
The cottage is laid out on two ground floor levels as it is built on a slope. On the main level, accessed from the front door, is the master bedroom, en-suite shower room, living room and kitchen diner. Stairs lead from the living room, downstairs to the lower ground floor where the second bedroom is situated next door to a shower room. For this reason, Buttermere cottage is ideal for two couples wishing to holiday together, but have their own private space.
The second bedroom is as plush and as cosy as the master bedroom, but can also be changed into a twin room on request. The master bedroom features a king-size bed with a deep and very comfortable mattress. The linen is good quality and the towels supplied are thick fluffy bath sheets. The living room, decorated in a contemporary Scottish style, includes everything you might expect and more. DVD player, freeview with record function, PS3 and games, free WIFI, books and games. The kitchen is well equipped and should provide you with everything you need to prepare and serve home cooked meals.
Your hosts reside behind the cottage in the steading. However, once welcomed to the cottage, it is quite private from the owners as they use the other side of the steading to come and go (but are on hand should you need help or advice). You also have a lovely, separate garden, which can be quite a sun trap! Guests especially enjoy the garden on the long summer evenings but it is delightful throughout the year.
Arriving from Elgin on the coast road, A98:
From the A98 between Portsoy and Banff, take the B9025 and follow this road for 3.5 miles, taking a short right at the A95 and then left again back onto the B9025. Then turn left onto the A97 and the cottage is approximately one mile along the road on your left hand side.
Arriving from Aberdeen:
Take the A96 north towards Inverness. Just before Huntly, take a right turn onto the A97. Travel for approximately 14 miles, going through Aberchirder. Buttermere Cottage is situated on the left hand side about 3 miles from Aberchirder.
Driving from Dyce Airport, Sat Nav may take you the countryside route through Turriff. It's about the same driving time. Make sure you can use the full 7 digit postcode on the Sat Nav. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
Buttermere Cottage parking is by the log pile, road side.
Heating is included in the rental price.
Linen and towels are provided and towels and cloth pack for kitchen
Cost and availability:
Change over day is Friday. Check in after 4pm. Check out by 10am.
Short breaks available
Buttermere Cottage, Damside, Alvah, Banff, Aberdeenshire, AB45 3DB