The Harbour Lookout
Gardenstown, BanffshireGuest Rating
Those looking for a stylish, contemporary setting for a seaside break will love The Harbour Lookout, set in the charming village of Gardenstown overlooking the beach, harbour and Gamrie Bay on the sunny Banffshire coastline.
|Sleeps: 4/8||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: No|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 3|
What looks like a traditional cottage from the outside provides a welcome surprise on entry as it has been thoroughly refurbished and decorated in tasteful, soothing tones throughout. The spacious entry hall merely hints at the quality of the accommodation that is to come and it is a real pleasure to open the front door and find the wonderful sea vista spread out right in front.
Downstairs at the front of the house the en suite double bedroom has an amazing view out to the sea and cliffs beyond that is a delight to wake up to. The other double bedroom on this level shares a ‘Jack and Jill’ shower room that can be accessed from its side or from the twin bedroom with its adult size bunk beds.
The chic kitchen with its breakfasting island and bright and airy sitting room are both positioned up on the first floor to best advantage of the coastal views. A fire crackles away in the modern wood-burning stove at the heart of the sitting room with comfy seating that is ideally placed for toe toasting, an elegant dining area alongside and double doors opening out onto a small deck.
From the sitting room an open staircase leads up to the spacious master suite at the top of the house where the large double bedroom has further lovely sea views and the benefit of a contemporary en suite shower room. Unusually for this village the house has parking just outside or, if not, additional parking is available just 50 metres away.
Gardenstown is very pretty with a nice, relaxed atmosphere that is easy to settle into. Supplies can be picked up from the shop just down the road and it is a short walk down to visit the beautiful sandy beach that just begs to be explored, particularly as this area is known as one of the sunniest in Scotland!
A great way of experiencing the coastline is from the water and boat trips run out from the harbour in order to do just that, keeping an eye out for the local wildlife along the way. The pub in the village has tasty meals on offer as well as a well-stocked bar and a warm welcome. It also has a claim to fame as it is said to be where Bram Stoker stayed back in 1896 to finish his famous Dracula novel.
MacDuff (8 miles) has a supermarket for further provisions and a stop off for some proper seaside fare of fish and chips is always a good plan. The MacDuff Marine Aquarium showcases the local marine life, offering a close-up look that both children and adults alike are sure to be fascinated by.
Golfers have either the wonderful, clifftop 18 hole course at the Royal Tarlair Golf Club in MacDuff or the immaculate parkland course at the Duff House Royal Golf Club in Banff to choose from.
The Troup Head RSPB Reserve is east along the coast at Crovie and in season it is home to thousands of breeding seabirds such as gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots. There are even colourful puffins to look out for and dolphins and porpoises to spot out in the water.
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.
Double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin
Bunk room with two (full size) bunk beds
Jack and Jill Shower room with WC and wash basin.
Sitting/ Dining room with wood-burning stove, Smart TV
Kitchen with electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washer/drier etc
WC with wash basin
Double bedroom with en suite shower room with 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) and wood-burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). 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||Sleeps 8|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||£595.00||£650.00|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||£995.00||£995.00|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||£995.00||£995.00|
|06 Jan 2022 - 04 Feb 2022||£595.00||£650.00|
|05 Feb 2022 - 01 Apr 2022||£695.00||£750.00|
|02 Apr 2022 - 22 Apr 2022||£795.00||£850.00|
|23 Apr 2022 - 06 May 2022||£695.00||£750.00|
|07 May 2022 - 27 May 2022||£795.00||£850.00|
|28 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022||£995.00||£995.00|
|04 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||£795.00||£850.00|
|25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||£995.00||£995.00|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||£1,095.00||£1,095.00|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||£795.00||£850.00|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||£695.00||£750.00|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||£795.00||£850.00|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||£595.00||£650.00|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||£995.00||£995.00|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||£995.00||£995.00|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||POA||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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From arrival to departure we were totally impressed with this accommodation.
We're so delighted that we picked The Harbour Lookout for our first holiday in two years - it was fantastic!
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