The Wee Blue Hoose

Cullen, Banffshire

EM7

The Wee Blue Hoose is a charming, traditional, former fisherman's cottage situated close to the harbour and beach in Seatown, the conservation area of the picturesque village of Cullen, on the north east Moray Coast.

The colourful houses there huddle end on to the sea, but don't go by the house numbers, as confusingly they were numbered in the order they were built! Mind you, all this is part of the charm.

Seatown has a lovely olde worlde feel, but it is doubtful if the original inhabitants would recognise their Wee Blue Hoose now. It has been the subject of a stunning and award winning, architect designed renovation and extension and now provides sunny, bright and extremely comfortable and high specification accommodation for up to 6 people.

The Wee Blue Hoose is a brilliant mix of character, style and comfort. The cosy sitting room has comfortable, inviting seating around the wood-burning stove and is the perfect place to relax of an evening.

The well-appointed galley kitchen leads to the extension which houses the smart, modern dining room that also has a further seating area, meaning that it can be used as an additional sitting room/library. It is a bright room with a heightened ceiling and light coming in from above and from the large glazed door that takes up almost an entire wall. With this door open the light floods in even more and you feel like you are really ‘bringing the outdoors in’. It leads out to a small decked garden area (with furniture) which is a perfect, sheltered suntrap. There are also two bike stands outside, but bring your own padlock!

Also on this level is a handy downstairs double bedroom and a very stylish bathroom. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms with twin beds (one converts into a double). As one would expect in this sort of house, the ceilings in the bedrooms and passageway are steeply coombed, so taller guests may have to mind their heads. Velux windows let in plenty of light and there is also room for a very cleverly designed and chic second bathroom.

Cullen is an ideal centre for a family holiday. This is reputedly the sunniest area of Scotland and there are lovely beaches along the coast with safe bathing, where you have a chance of spotting dolphins and even, perhaps, the occasional whale in the offshore waters.

Cullen's fine old kirk, about a twenty minute walk from the centre, dates from 1236 and boasts a fine 'Laird's Loft'. There are pubs, a hotel and shops all within walking distance of the cottage. The ice cream parlour in the main town claims to be the best in Scotland, while Cullen's seafaring past lives on in its gastronomic treat, Cullen Skink, a delicious smoked fish soup.

If a day away from the beach appeals, then there is much to do in the wider surroundings. All the quaint little fishing villages along this coast have their own individual character and amply repay exploration. There are tennis courts in the village and a golf course between Cullen and Portknockie, where you can also see the remarkable Bow Fiddle Rock. It is hard to describe but you'll know it when you see it. From the back it looks a bit like a duck pulling some weed out of the water!

A short drive will take you inland to the whisky trail, the castle trail and the Speyside Way, where you can walk through woods and across heather covered hills. The conservation villages of Fordyce, gathered round its ancient castle and Sandend, with a 1.5 mile beach, are within a 5 mile drive.

There is fishing to be had not only in the Spey, but in many lesser but excellent rivers, while Elgin (which has a fine cathedral and is also home of Johnson of Elgin cashmere) and even Inverness are quite feasible for a day trip. Lovers of wildlife and birds in particular can visit the RSPB reserve at Kingston on Spey, just along the coast, or see the puffins at Troup Head. The nearest places for major shopping are Banff and Buckie, from where you can also take boat trips to see seals and puffins. The beaches at Sandend and Banff are arguably among the finest in Scotland for surfing.

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.

Accommodation

Downstairs

Living room with wood burning stove and TV/DVD
Kitchen with washing machine, fridge-freezer, microwave and dishwasher etc.
Dining area
Sitting room/library
Double bedroom
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin

Upstairs

Twin bedroom (can convert to double)
Twin bedroom
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Free
Linen (Single Bed)
Free
Towels
Free

Services

Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by underfloor gas central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED). Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.

Changeover Day: Sun, Sat

2014

2015

Booked Available

Price

2 Week Discount (£25)

Changeover Day: Sun, Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 6
01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014 £385.00
20 Dec 2014 - 26 Dec 2014 £650.00
27 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015 £695.00
06 Jan 2015 - 04 Jan 2016 POA
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