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 try to steer by the house numbers - confusingly, they were numbered in the order they were built! All 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 spec accommodation for up to six people.
Downstairs, there is a cosy sitting room with wood-burner, and a double bedroom and bathroom. The well-appointed galley kitchen leads to the extension, where there is a dining area and further quiet sitting room/library. A large screen door leads to a small decked garden area - a perfect and sheltered suntrap. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms with twin beds and coombed ceilings (one converts to double) and a further bathroom. There are also two bike stands (bring your own padlock!).
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 20 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 bequest of 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 (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 at Banff and Buckie, from where you can also take boat trips to see seals, puffins etc. The beaches at Sandend and Banff are arguably among the finest in Scotland for surfing.
Heating is by gas central (underfloor) heating and woodburning stove. Bed linen and towels and a starter pack of logs are INCLUDED. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Two mountain bikes may be available on request (charge).