Cairness Lodge

Lonmay, near Fraserburgh

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You may never have considered staying in an inkwell before, but here is your chance! Set on a quiet country road a couple of miles inland from the Aberdeenshire coast between Peterhead and Fraserburgh is one such inkwell, Cairness Lodge.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

'The Inkwells' is the nickname given to the gate lodges that form the entrance to the Cairness Estate. The estate is now privately owned with the historic Cairness House (now a private residence), the most important Greek Revival country house in Scotland, right at its heart.

The lodge itself has been extended and most beautifully restored as a cosy holiday cottage that provides a taste of gracious living on a more manageable scale. The elegant open plan living area has comfortable seating centred round the open fire in its stylish cast iron fireplace. It is light and bright, with dramatic artwork on the walls and a roof window that provides additional brightness. Behind this is the well-equipped and beautifully fitted kitchen area, with a dining area alongside and double doors that give access to the outside.

All on one level there are two bedrooms, a double and a single. The double bedroom is light and bright with an elegant brass knobbed bed and the single room has the original, interesting arched windows. With a bathroom and a separate shower room, each bedroom effectively has its own facilities.

Outside, there is parking right by the door and a secluded grassed garden area.

Map & Local

There are several good golf courses within a very short drive of the Lodge while the extensive beach at Rattray is within walking distance.

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 45 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.

Local Events and Attractions


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.



Single Storey

Open plan living area with TV/DVD, open fire, electric cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, washer-dryer, etc
Double bedroom
Single bedroom
Bathroom with bath (hand shower), WC and wash basin
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels


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). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

Booked Available

Weekly Prices

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).

  • Save 10% - Easter 2018 From 31/03/2018 to 06/04/2018
  • Save 10% - Easter 2018 From 07/04/2018 to 13/04/2018

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 3
10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018 POA
24 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018 POA
03 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018 POA
31 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018 POA
14 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018 POA
05 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 POA
26 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018 POA
02 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018 POA
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 POA
01 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018 POA
22 Sep 2018 - 05 Oct 2018 POA
06 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018 POA
27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018 POA
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018 POA
28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 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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This property was a very secluded and perfect getaway to get space from the maddening world. it was quiet, warm and fair...

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The cottage was everything we had hoped for and we hope to make a further booking very soon


Quite quaint Cottage rather dark and gloomy but well and cheerfully decorated. Opening and unlocking the large heavy gat...

Our response:

Thanks for the review. The owner was surprised that you found the lodge to be dark as it is painted in light colours and...

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Met by a helpful owner, a generous welcome pack, a vase of fresh flowers was a nice touch. The Lodge was comfortable. T...

Our response:

We're glad you enjoyed your stay. The gates are for guests and the owners’ benefit, so hopefully were not too much of an...

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It would have been nice if we could at least walk up the driveway to the main house.


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