Near Banff, BanffshireGuest Rating
Three miles from the Royal Burgh of Banff on Scotland's sunny north east coast, is Montcoffer House, a B-listed period mansion house dating from 1680. It is surrounded by extensive grounds, where deer, pheasants and red squirrels are frequent visitors.
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
In these peaceful surroundings you will find Moorcroft Cottage, which overlooks the mansion house, rather than the other way around. It is reached by about half a mile of unmetalled road and has its own separate drive and enclosed garden (with furniture and BBQ), where children can play in safety.
From the windows there are fine views not just of Montcoffer House, but of its gardens, its listed game and fruit larders and the lovely Deveron Valley. Inside, it has been carefully renovated and modernised, with central heating and double glazing to keep it cosy.
The open plan living accommodation is spacious and well appointed, ideal for both couples and small families. In the spacious seating area, with its inviting, deep buttoned leather Chesterfields and wood-burning stove, the original wooden floor has been retained. Behind that, separated by a breakfast bar, is the very comprehensive and well-equipped galley kitchen that has a pleasant dining area at one end and glazed doors at the other that lead out to the sun porch. The porch overlooks the garden and is west-facing so you can enjoy the evening sun even if it is not warm enough to sit outside.
There are four steps leading up to the double bedroom which is a real discovery. It is extremely spacious, with wood flooring and a large, brass knobbed bed. The pièce de résistance is the working fireplace, so you can lie in bed by the romantic flickering firelight. The twin bedroom is very attractively presented, with stripped wood flooring and plenty of space.
Montcoffer House abuts the Old Duff House estate Deeds Room, which is effectively a giant walk-in safe, where all the title deeds and other valuable documents belonging to the Duke of Fife were stored. It is a listed building which is currently empty and not in use.
The Deveron is one of the finest Scottish salmon rivers and is crossed by the spectacular and historic Bridge of Alvah, which receives a listing in 'Scotland the Best' and which is just a few minutes' walk from the cottage through the beautiful Montcoffer Woods.
Despite its secluded location, however, Moorcroft is just a five minute drive from Banff (with all facilities, a supermarket, etc). Banff more or less runs into Macduff, where the impressive Duff House is a local attraction, now splendidly restored and an outpost of the National Gallery of Scotland.
Other local attractions include castles, stately homes and championship golf courses and the coastline here is dotted with the most picturesque little fishing villages. Crovie, tucked in under the cliffs, Gardenstown, built on cliff ledges and Pennan, made famous in the film 'Local Hero' are just three of them, all with their own unique character.
Banff has a sandy beach and this coastline is a popular destination for bird-watchers and seal-spotters. Dolphins too can sometimes be seen. Boat trips can be arranged locally, as well as salmon and trout fishing on the Deveron. Moorcroft is also ideally situated to access the many lovely walks and cycle paths in the surrounding countryside.
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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.
Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, electric cooker, microwave, washing machine, fridge and freezer, etc
Double bedroom (king-size) with open fire (5 steps up)
Twin bedroom (can convert to double on request)
Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
- Cot (excluding linen)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) wood-burning stove and open fire (logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021||£425.00|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||£495.00|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||£345.00|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||£595.00|
|06 Jan 2022 - 04 Feb 2022||£345.00|
|05 Feb 2022 - 01 Apr 2022||£425.00|
|02 Apr 2022 - 22 Apr 2022||£495.00|
|23 Apr 2022 - 06 May 2022||£425.00|
|07 May 2022 - 27 May 2022||£495.00|
|28 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022||£595.00|
|04 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||£495.00|
|25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||£595.00|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||£655.00|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||£495.00|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||£425.00|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||£495.00|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||£345.00|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||£595.00|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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Lovely cottage, very comfortable with everything we needed. Owners were lovely, and available if we needed anything duri...Read More
Lovely cottage, felt at home there right away. Well equipped, nice seating areas outside, helpful but unobtrusive owners...Read More
excellent value. well equipped, all appliances new and easy to work.
the wi-fi was a bit slow and weak but only my ...
Highly enjoyable. Early season, good location, wild coastline with a history, fascinating fishing villages with traditio...Read More
Friendly hosts and nice cottage, with some caveats:
Master bed was subpar
TV and radio needed upgrading
Thanks for your review. Since your stay the owners have made some improvements to the cottage including replacing the ma...Read More
'We have had a simply incredible week here at Moorcroft Cottage. We loved it. The wildlife all around is a complete bonus. The cottage is very warm, cosy and well equipped. We would love to come back!'
'We have had a lovely time in this beautiful cottage and gardens and enjoyed the daily display from the squirrels and the woodpecker.'
'Relaxing, peaceful, comfortable and welcoming cottage. Just what was needed. We enjoyed our time here very much, visiting villages along the coast and walking the dog.'
'A warming and welcoming stay in this charming cottage. The most perfect little haven away from the hustle and bustle of working life.'
'Had a wonderfully relaxing holiday. Fabulous wildlife, red squirrels in garden, deer in woods and lots of birds to watch in the garden. We even managed some sunbathing!'
'We have had a wonderful week in your lovely cottage. We have been impressed by the tranquillity and have had so many lovely walks, some on the doorstep and others further away.'