Cottage near Cullen and Portsoy, Grampian, Scotland, UK - Peaceful Location Within 15mins Walk To Beach, Coastal Footpaths For Occasional Dolphin Spotting
Situated on the Moray Firth coast, midway between the popular villages of Cullen and Portsoy, Brankies Cottage is perfectly situated for exploring the Moray and Banffshire area. The Speyside whisky trail is within east driving distance as is the Castle trail. The cottage has open views across fields, some with livestock, and hills with a private secure garden area and plently of parking available. Located approx. 1/2 mile from the main A98 coast road, the cottage is easily accessed from Aberdeen and Inverness. Popular local beaches of Sandend and Cullen are reached within 5 and 10 mins by car. Sandend beach can be walked to in 15mins and the secluded Sunnyside beach can be accessed past Finlater Castle along clifftop paths. There are numerous Golf Courses nearby including Royal Tarlair and Duff House as well as local courses at Cullen and Strathlene. There are around 15 courses within 25 miles of the cottage including championship courses.
Top Traveller Review
Fabulous cottage in a great location
About the Owner
Christine Pert. Architect.
Lives across the courtyard in the steading, with husband and two girls age 18 and 14. We have lived at the steading for eleven years and keep improving the buildings and courtyard garden. Hugo the family Springer spaniel , loves nothing more than a walk on any beach, which we often have to ourselves!
We have stayed in lots of holiday cottages in the past and have tried to incorporate all the best bits into Brankies Cottage.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"Lovely cottage" - A+W Buchan
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage. Beautiful surroundings. Cottage had everything we needed." - John and Rachel.
"Lovely Cottage! Had a great time!" - Mark, Rhoda and family.
5 based on 9 holidaymaker reviews
Fabulous cottage in a great location
Cottage was perfect - very clean and had everything and more than we expected. It was very well laid out and spacious and felt like a real home from home. The patio was bathed in sunshine most evenings and one evening when the weather was no so nice, the log burner was a real treat. We had good communication with the owner who was very helpful and we knew if we needed anything, we only had to ask. We would definitely recommend this cottage to friends. We visited the beach at Sandend on a daily basis and were lucky enough to spot dolphins on two occasions. I enjoyed walking to Sandend and along the coastal path to Findlater Castle and also down to the lovely Sunnyside beach - all within easy reach of the cottage. We had a good afternoon at the Gordon Castle walled garden, enjoyed watching seals on the west beach at Lossiemouth and visited the Spey Bay dolphin centre. We drove round quite a bit of the stunning coast in the area and visited lots of the little villages with pretty harbours. We had very tasty fish and chips from 'Hook Line & Sinker' in Portsoy, a nice lunch at 'Bijou' in Buckie which boasts lovely views and bought fabulous fish for dinner from the fish merchant in Sandend who are open in the mornings. We really did have a great holiday.
We had a great time at the cottage. It is just beautiful and Chris is a real good host. She supplied us with fresh milk, water, some cookies, fresh flowers and a lot of toys for the kids. Thank u very much for our great time me in Scotland.
You will want to come back!
Our family of three had a marvellous time staying in this beautifully decorated and spacious cottage. The views from the cottage – and especially from the livingroom – is absolutely serene. Sandend Beach is minutes away and wonderfully peaceful. All our favourite places are within very easy drive: the Grampians, Inverness, Ballater. And then there are wonderful nearby attractions: Huntly Castle, Duff House and Delgatie Castle – which have now become favourites.
The cottage itself is not only beautiful but the wonderful attention to detail (from the boot room to Chris’ hints on where to buy ice cream to the gorgeous dolls house for our little one to play with) makes it delightfully comfortable. The open-plan kitchen and living room make for cosy evenings with lots of cooking and conversation. We love the wood burner and wet room.
Really – we can’t praise this cottage enough. We love it so much that we’ve just booked our next holiday there. I doubt we’ll stay elsewhere during our annual visits to Scotland.
A beautifully renovated conversion with stunning views and great access to lots of things to do. We were pleasantly surprised on our arrival at the space the cottage has to offer. I feared we might feel a little cooped up, but we were more than happy whiling away the mornings, relaxing in the spacious living area and taking our time to get ready to leave for the days adventures. Beautuiful sandy beach very close by, lovely owner and thoughtful touches such as children's toys and age appropriate bedding.
Lovely, cosy cottage in a great spot. Short walk to Sandend beach & a little longer to Sunnyside but well worth it. Kept 2 Labradors very happy for a week. The cottage is very well equipped & provides a lovely relaxing ambience when you return for a days walking. Couldn't recommend this cottage enough. Thank you to Chris for making our stay the relaxing break we needed.
A warm and spacious retreat
Stayed here for a long weekend in December and had a wonderful time. The weather was cold but the cottage lovely and warm with underfloor heating that made the entire place feel cosy, despite the fact that the very spacious rooms are light and airy.
The owner is very helpful and made sure that our stay went without a hitch.
The house is surrounded by great walks along the coast and there is a lovely beach nearby that had a few surfers braving the december waves. Next time - we might give that a try.
From the Owner
“Lovely location surrounded by fields and within walking distance of the sea.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Numerous coastal and inland walks. Surfing popular at Sandend and Banff beaches. Dolphins, otters and seals can be seen along the coast. Ospreys can be seen at Spey Bay. Wildlife cruises available from Banff and Buckie. Good value walks to local hills, less than 1500ft, but excellent views. Quiet roads popular with cyclists.
Line fishing at Cullen or on the Deveron.
10-15mins walk (3min drive) to Sandend beach - very safe for kids, popular spot for bodyboarding and surfing. 30mins walk to secluded, picturesque Sunnyside beach (only reached by foot). Cullen beach 10mins drive.
Aberdeen airport approximately 1 hours drive. Bus stop for main bus route on main road 1/2 mile from cottage. Nearest train station is Keith. Use of car recommended.
Sandend village 10mins walk. Fordyce village with cafe, 3miles away. Popular tourist villages of Portsoy and Cullen within 3 miles. Macduff aquarium and Duff House with 14miles.
Shops, pubs, banks and hotels in Portsoy and Cullen (3miles). Supermarkets and pools in Banff and Buckie (12 miles). Main shopping and leisure centre in Elgin (25miles)
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
4 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Must be 18 or over to book. £80 non-returnable deposit to book. Balance required within 6 weeks of holiday start.
Saturday is preferred change over day but can be flexible. Arrival after 4pm, departure before 10am.
Notes on prices:
Christmas / New Year / 2015/16 dates and prices available on request.
Short breaks available on request with minimum stay of three nights.
Pay by cheque or direct bank transfer.
Deposit required to confirm booking, and balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
From the Owner
“Within five minutes drive of Cullen on one side and Portsoy in the other. The area has lots to offer but lies off most tourist routes so visitors can enjoy piece and quite if they wish it or you can head off to Elgin, Inverness or Aberdeen and still visit castles and distilleries.”
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- near the sea
- bird watching
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
- whale watching
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- pier fishing
- bay fishing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 'Wet' shower room with level deck shower, WC and WHB.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Plus Cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: No smoking within the cottage. Please no pets to be allowed in bedrooms or left unattended. Internet access is available but limited connection suitable for down loading mail but unfortunately not for watching i-player of games due to poor connection speed in area. Ask owners for security code. Outside: Private garden with fence and gate. Open views across fields to West. External seating and small table on patio. BBQ. Rotary drier. Parking available for 4 cars including two spaces under timber carport. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and dish towels included. Towels are provided but please bring your own beach towels. Cleaning at changeover. Essentials like kitchen roll, washing powder etc. also included along with welcome tray. Other: Store with high chair, baby bath and travel cot. Ironing board, cleaning materials and drying rack. Ground source heat pump supplying all heating and hot water. If you have a child there are a selection of toys. (Lego,Playmobile, train set & castle.