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Gardenstown, Banffshire

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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.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
Licence No: AS-00220-F
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

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.

Map & Local

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.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)
Travel Cot (excluding linen)

Available Extras



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 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

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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).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 4
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £795.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £850.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £695.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £595.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £695.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £550.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £795.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £850.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £550.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £595.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £695.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 POA
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 POA
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 POA
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 POA
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 POA
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 POA
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 POA
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 POA
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 POA
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 POA
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 POA
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA
06 Jan 2028 - 05 Jan 2029 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, quirky cottage with what is maybe the best view of Gardenstown beach in the whole village. We loved the differen...

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Amazing in every way....views over the bay were incredible.


Beautifully restored cottage with quirky appeal, the sun room to the side with sea view watching the spectacular sunsets...

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Good location well fitted out bathroom is small on the brochure it looks like a walk in shower but it isn't its a very s...

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We were pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed the cottage and location. The shower is a standard sized cubicle. The s...

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Cozy, quaint, well equipped, clean cottage with amazing views and lovely village location too


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