Lonmay, near Fraserburgh
If you're on the lookout for something completely different in the way of holiday accommodation, have you ever considered staying in an inkwell? No - well here's your chance!
'The Inkwells' is the nickname given to the Gate Lodges at Cairness, on a quiet country road a couple of miles inland from the Aberdeenshire coast between Peterhead and Fraserburgh. They form the entrance to the Cairness Estate, now privately owned and with the historic Cairness House, the most important Greek Revival country house in Scotland, at its heart.
Cairness Lodge has now been extended and most beautifully restored as a high specification holiday cottage, which provides a taste of gracious living on a manageable scale. The elegant open plan living area has an open fire and French doors accessing a patio area. The light walls and polished wood flooring are offset by the black cast iron fireplace and the dramatic artwork on the walls on either side, while a roof window confers additional brightness. Behind this area is the dining space, where the dark wood dining furniture throws the light wood of the beautifully fitted kitchen into relief. With the French doors here giving access to the outside, this area too is very bright and cheerful.
All on one level there are two bedrooms, a double and a twin. The double bedroom is light and bright with an elegant brass knobbed bed. The twin bedroom is small and only really suitable for one adult or two children. Here, there are the original arched windows and a most ingenious arrangement for hanging clothes in a closed off doorway arch. With a bathroom and a separate shower room, each bedroom effectively has its own facilities.
Outside, there is off road parking for up to four cars and a secluded garden area.
There are several good golf courses within a very short drive of the Lodge while the extensive beach at Rattray is within walking distance.
A certain Mr Trump has already spotted this area's potential as a holiday destination, but at present it is remarkably peaceful and unspoiled.
The RSPB reserve at Strathbeg is close by - this is Britain's largest dune loch where all manner of waders, wildfowl and raptors may be seen. It is however perhaps best known for the huge flocks of wintering geese, ducks and swans which fly in from September onwards, among them 20% of the entire world population of pink-footed geese - a truly unforgettable sight.
Peterhead and Fraserburgh have all facilities and an early morning visit to the Peterhead fish market can be a remarkable experience.
To the south, Aberdeen (with all facilities and airport) is within a forty five minute drive. On the way, you could make a detour to take in Fyvie Castle, Haddo House and the gardens at Pitmedden, that are all well worth seeing. There is a further award-winning beach at Balmedie. To the west, all the picturesque fishing villages of the Aberdeenshire and Moray coasts await exploration.
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 living area with TV/DVD, open fire, electric cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, washer-drier etc.
Small twin bedroom
Bathroom with bath (hand shower) WC and wash basin
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Towels (per person)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £15 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric central heating and open fire (starter pack INCLUDED). Sorry, pets are not accepted. 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|
|11 Apr 2015 - 08 May 2015||£385.00|
|09 May 2015 - 22 May 2015||£485.00|
|23 May 2015 - 29 May 2015||£550.00|
|30 May 2015 - 03 Jul 2015||£485.00|
|04 Jul 2015 - 28 Aug 2015||£550.00|
|29 Aug 2015 - 18 Sep 2015||£485.00|
|19 Sep 2015 - 16 Oct 2015||£385.00|
|17 Oct 2015 - 30 Oct 2015||£485.00|
|31 Oct 2015 - 18 Dec 2015||£325.00|
|19 Dec 2015 - 27 Dec 2015||£550.00|
|28 Dec 2015 - 05 Jan 2016||£550.00|
|06 Jan 2016 - 01 Jan 2017||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.