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In Picturesque Coastal Village

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Alexander Cottage, Gardenstown, Banffshire - Only 30 metres from the Sea

This former fisherman's cottage which dates from the 1860's is part of the quaint Seatown area of Gardenstown. It is only 30 metres from the sea and offers comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people. It has electric heating throughout but also a solid-fuel stove which can heat the radiators for the more eco aware. It has a comfortable sitting room, dining kitchen and 3 bedrooms. There are sideway sea views from the bedroom windows. There is also an elevated decked area in the garden where you can admire the sea view.

Laura Riley
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a note to say a very big thank you for our wonderful stay at Alexander Cottage! After our 13 hour drive the house was a welcome and peaceful relief. We thought the cottage was great and the area fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful house and place with us. Warm wishes, Katie and Simon.

Just a quick note to thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful holiday house. We had a wonderful time and consider ourselves privileged to have experienced such a pristine area, you are indeed lucky. I have come away with tons of photos and beautiful memories. Thank you. Andrew and Therese (Brisbane, Australia)

We are just back from a weeks stay at the cottage and wanted to let you know what a great time we had. We loved the cottage and the area, and spent a lot of our sunny evenings sitting up at the garden area. Our kids had a great adventure - they're 4 and 2.
Mar 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gardenstown in Aberdeenshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom which is on the ground floor has a shower over the bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) +sofabed and pullout bed. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and footstool bed (suitable for a child only). Bedroom 3 with large single bed. A double sofabed in the lounge. Travel cot on request. All beds are made up with fresh linen.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is heated by electric storage heaters but there is also the central heating which is fired by the solid fuel stove. We have our own children and young guests are very welcome. There are a selection of toys, books, DVDs and some board games in the cottage for guests to use. Outside: The cottage has the added bonus of some outside space. There is a patio to the front of the cottage and a rockery with shared rotary clothes dryer. At the top of a few steps is a new decked area with sea views where you could have a barbeque or just sit and admire the view. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The beds are made up with fresh white linen for your arrival and towels are provided for use within the cottage only. Please bring your own linen for the cot if required. The cottage will be cleaned before your arrival.


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In Picturesque Coastal Village
average rating of 3.3333333 based on 4 reviews

Quaint little cottage but requires a little TLC to bring it up to date.

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this little cottage in Gardenstown over the New Year Period. It was in a very good location with lovely scenery and plenty places to visit in the surrounding area.

Plenty of good clean bed linen and towels were available to us which was great as there were six adults and a child.

However as it was a late check-in and dark when we arrived we found the house was very cold as the storage heating hadn't been switched on the night before and took 24 hours to heat up for us. We forgot to bring logs with us for the fire, so a few complementary logs ready for us to get the fire going would have been appreciated. Once the heating was on the cottage was cosy, especially the bedrooms but this wasn't until the next day until it heated up.

Kitchen was well equipped with pots and crockery however we felt the kitchen lets down this property and could do with some modernisation. A few essentials were missing, ie no oven gloves.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely stay in a lovely little village on the North East Coast

  • 5 of 5

Although some of the furniture had seen better days all seven of us had a fabulous time in this little house set on the top of a narrow street where the neighbours were only a stone's throw away. The sea and beach was no more than fifty meters away and the sea front was a lovely walk to the harbour. Everyone was so friendly, both locals and tourists and we had the opportunity to see some stunning sunsets. Our three kids had a lovely time in this nice little house and we managed to squeeze everybody into the functional little kitchen. Highly recommended and a fabulous base for exploring the north of Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay! It is quite a small house for the number of you that were staying but you seemed to have enjoyed it! As you say just a few metres from the sea at the top of the close although you need to be fit to get up and down the steps!
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romantische Lage, Wohnung alt und etwas abgewohnt

  • 2 of 5

Das alte Fischerhaus liegt in einer Seitengasse, nur wenige Meter vom Meer entfernt. Die Umgebung ist traumhaft und wer Ruhe sucht, ist hier richtig.

Das Haus wirkt sehr abgewohnt

Das Bad und die oberen Schlafräume sind sauber und ganz schön. Die Küche und das Wohnzimmer dagegen wirken etwas schmuddelig und benötigen dringend eine Renovierung. Wenn man sich mit der Küche arrangiert und das Wohnzimmer nicht benutzt, ist es trotzdem einer netter Ort um auszuspannen

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


The cottage is only 30 metres from the sea and the garden enjoys views over Gamrie Bay where you may catch sight of a dolphin. The bay has many interesting features including rockpools, the sandy beach and the harbour. The dolphin and whale rescue centre is located in the village. At the nearby towns and villages you could try some outdoor pursuits, take a boat trip or perhaps even do some scuba diving. Bird watching is popular at nearby Troup Head.


Aberdeen is the nearest city and is only 45 miles south. The city has an international airport, railway and bus stations providing onward travel links throughout the UK and beyond. The highland capital of Inverness is the next nearest city and like Aberdeen has an airport and good train links. It is advisable to have use of a car to fully appreciate what the area has to offer. However the village does have a local bus service to Banff (6 miles).


The next village along the coast is Pennan which was used as a location in the film "Local Hero", and there are several other coastal villages which are worth a visit. The nearest towns of Banff and Macduff (6 miles) offer more choice of shops, restaurants and leisure activites. The Marine Aquarium in Macduff is well worth a visit as is Duff House Art Gallery and the Scottish Lighthouse Museum in Fraserburgh (12 miles). You could also discover the Whisky or Castle Trail.

Further Details:

Within the village all the basic services are provided. There are a couple of grocery shops, restaurant (open in the mid-high season) and of course a good local pub which serves food. The nearby towns of Banff and Macduff will offer a wider range of shops and services.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Damage Deposit £50

Booking Notes:
25% deposit required at time of booking. Balance to be paid in full 2 calendar months prior to holiday. Full terms and conditions listed on owners website. Pet an additional £15.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Saturday. Departure by 10am please. Arrival from 4pm. Short or longer breaks may also be available. Please contact owner for details.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.