Pretty Gardenstown occupies a dramatic position built right into the cliffside, just one of the scenic seaside hideaways strung along the pretty Banff coastline with a stunning sandy beach that it is difficult to tear oneself away from and, sitting at its heart, is a striking, sea blue cottage known as Saoirse.
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
Saoirse means freedom which is apt as that is the overriding feeling on arriving into Gardenstown with its relaxed pace of life. Immediately on stepping through the door the wonderful outlook across the rooftops to the sea from the porch provides a very warm welcome to what feels like a real home from home.
A welcoming atmosphere pervades throughout the house with thoughtful touches that highlight the splendid seaside location which can particularly be enjoyed from the conservatory that sits off the sitting room with its inviting wood-burning stove. The garden that is accessed from the conservatory is filled with lush planting and vibrant wild flowers with a sheltered seating area to admire it all from. A traditional beamed ceiling can be found in the kitchen/dining room where there is such a good view on show from the sink that there may be arguments over whose turn it is to wash up!
Steep stairs lead up to the two double bedrooms, one of which is en suite and the other comes with the extra special addition of a gorgeous, free-standing rolltop bath in the bedroom itself. Doors from the snug between the bedrooms open onto a lovely decked dining area where long evenings can be relished.
As the garden is set into the hillside it has several different levels that are connected by steps and paths so it may not be suitable for those with mobility issues. Informal street parking is available by the front door and it is only a short walk into the centre of the village.
Certainly the first priority after unpacking is to wander down to the amazing sandy beach of Gamrie Bay to fully immerse oneself into the gorgeous surroundings with the soothing sound of waves lapping on the shore. A path leads around the bottom of the cliffs to Crovie, another of the nearby little fishing villages, with great views looking back towards Gardenstown.
The village shop is very well stocked and the friendly local pub serves great food with a takeaway option so food can be picked up to take back to the cottage or eat on the beach, how idyllic! A scenic walk leads along the harbourside where dolphins can often be spotted swimming out in the water or, for a closer look, jump onto one of the sightseeing boat trips that run around the bay.
There are lots of challenging golf courses dotted along this coastline at Rosehearty (12.5 miles), Fraserburgh (16.5 miles) and MacDuff (8 miles) to name but a few. Duff House in MacDuff is a glorious Georgian mansion house that was designed by the famous William Adam back in the 1700s and is still in amazing condition to this day with guided tours on offer to fully explain its fascinating history.
Mountain bikers can have a go at the Moray Monster trails near Fochabers (34.5 miles) where unusually named trails such as Gordzilla, The Haggis and The Soup Dragon can be tackled and a skills area allows for a bit of practise first.
A day’s shopping or sightseeing in the city is easily achievable as the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen is only just over an hour’s drive away where galleries and museums can be explored as well as trying out numerous pubs and eateries.
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.
Sitting room with Smart TV and multi-fuel stove
Kitchen/dining room with gas hob, double electric oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave, etc
Double bedroom with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Double bedroom with free-standing bath and en suite WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
- Travel Cot (excluding linen)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by radiators powered by a multi-fuel stove (starter pack of fuel INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 2 medium, 2 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).
From 20/12/2022 to 22/12/2022
From 27/12/2022 to 29/12/2022
From 02/09/2022 to 05/09/2022
From 12/08/2022 to 14/08/2022
From 19/08/2022 to 21/08/2022
From 26/08/2022 to 29/08/2022
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||£795.00|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||£650.00|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||£550.00|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||£650.00|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||£495.00|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||£750.00|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||£750.00|
|06 Jan 2023 - 03 Feb 2023||£495.00|
|04 Feb 2023 - 31 Mar 2023||£550.00|
|01 Apr 2023 - 21 Apr 2023||£650.00|
|22 Apr 2023 - 05 May 2023||£550.00|
|06 May 2023 - 26 May 2023||£650.00|
|27 May 2023 - 02 Jun 2023||£750.00|
|03 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023||£650.00|
|24 Jun 2023 - 21 Jul 2023||£750.00|
|22 Jul 2023 - 25 Aug 2023||£795.00|
|26 Aug 2023 - 15 Sep 2023||£650.00|
|16 Sep 2023 - 06 Oct 2023||£550.00|
|07 Oct 2023 - 27 Oct 2023||£650.00|
|28 Oct 2023 - 17 Dec 2023||£495.00|
|18 Dec 2023 - 27 Dec 2023||£750.00|
|28 Dec 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||£750.00|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||POA|
|06 Jan 2025 - 05 Jan 2026||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.