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Hill Crest - Seaside Clifftop Cottage - Panoramic Views of Fabulous Cullen Bay

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Cottage in Cullen, Grampian, Scotland - Direct Access To Walking Paths And 10 Minutes To The Harbour, The Beach & Cullen Golf Club

Hill Crest Holiday Cottage is a traditional stonebuilt period property superbly located in a prime elevated site with panoramic, unobstructed views overlooking Cullen Bay in the Royal Burgh of Cullen, a charming and historic village on the Moray Firth in Scotland. Hill Crest is a spacious and comfortable 4 bedroom cottage with all the modern conveniences as well as having the benefits of a lovely private and enclosed patio garden, gazebo and large decked area overlooking the bay. This cliff top cottage is only steps from a walking path which leads directly to the harbour, the beach and the local links golf course to the west. The coastal trail to the east will take you through incredible scenery, with opportunities to view a variety of wildlife, to the ancients ruins of Findlater Castle. Dolphin watching, boating, fishing, surfing and cycling are only a few of the many activities available for visitors to this delightful area. Make your holiday escape one to remember!

Selma or Rob Nicol
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Selma or Rob Nicol

The Owners of this special property are Selma and Rob Nicol. We are both Canadian, although Rob grew up in Buckie which is a short distance from Cullen. We met in Canada in 1991 and eventually married in Scotland in 1998 at Eilean Donan Castle (very romantic!) and moved to a lovely little farmhouse just outside of Buckie on the Moray Coast. I nursed at the local hospital and Rob had an upholstery business. In 2005 family obligations necessitated a return to Canada but we continued to regularly return to Scotland to visit family with the intention of some day moving back. During our time on the Moray Coast, and when we visited from Canada, we were regular visitors to Cullen as loved its village charm, beautiful beach and of course the ice cream! We began to dream of some day having a holiday cottage here. During a holiday visit late in 2011, while walking the trails around Cullen, we spotted Hill Crest with a For Sale sign and knew we had found our cottage.

Selma or Rob Nicol purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Selma or Rob Nicol chose Moray

We purchased the cottage only a few days before returning to Canada. Rob returned a few months later and began an extensive renovation and I joined him a few months after that to handle the furnishing and decorating component. It was a crazy time but with lots of support from local tradespeople and family and friends we managed to complete the job. In August of 2012 we returned to Scotland permanently and had the pleasure of living in Hill Crest ourselves while looking for a new home. We loved every minute and actually I had a difficult time leaving for our new house. Hill Crest is so charming, the views are stunning, the local people are absolutely lovely and it was a privilege to stay there in my eyes.

What makes this cottage unique

It is peaceful, serene and nature is at your doorstep every day. The sea and skies are different every day and I have never seen such beautiful sunsets. We saw the dolphins in the bay from the bench looking out to sea, which is in front of the house, the first week we were there and I knew we had picked a very special place to live. I can only hope our visitors enjoy Hill Crest as much as we have!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Some excerpts from our Guest Book:

"What a lovely cottage! I couldn't find anything that was missing! Made the most of the lovely terrace and relaxed a lot, so I haven't done half the things I wanted to do. Two weeks were not enough so I have to come back."

"What a wonderful week we have had in Cullen - warmth and sunshine every day, great walks, lots to do - but most of all we greatly enjoyed the comfort and amenities of your cottage."

"We knew we were going to have a great time the minute we walked through the door."

"A fabulous house with everything you might need. A stunning location with views second to none. We have had an amazing time."
Feb 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cullen in Scottish Highlands & Islands

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite Shower Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , On Main Floor
    Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , On First Floor
  • Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 1 with w/c, sink and shower, Bathroom with w/c, sink & bath/shower over for bedrooms 2, 3 & 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed & ensuite, Bedroom 2 with king size bed, Bedroom 3 with single bed, Bedroom 4 with single bed plus infant cot on request. All bedrooms have sea or garden views with the upstairs double having sea views on three sides.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Hill Crest Holiday Cottage is a very special place to unwind, relax and take a well-deserved break in Bonnie Scotland! It is a spacious comfortable family home with all the modern conveniences plus period charm. Hill Crest is a no-smoking holiday home. Some pets considered. Contact the owner for more information. Outside: Hill Crest Holiday Cottage has a fabulous cliff top location with a patio garden in the back of the house which is in a very sheltered area and has a table with parasol that seats 6. The paths are gravelled and lead across the garden to our newly decked area which has a lovely covered timber gazebo with a table and bench seating. There are also a further 4 timber deck chairs for sunning and enjoying dolphin watching in Cullen Bay! It is the feature of this property of which we are most proud and hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Utility Room: Large capacity washing machine, condenser dryer, drying rack, outdoor drying facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Egyptian cotton towels and beach towels are provided plus all high quality bed linens. Property is cleaned weekly at changeover on Saturday and on request on changeover day for longer visits. Extra linens, blankets and pillows are available on request. Other: Separate dining room with gas fire, extendable dining room table and sea views from three windows. Cosy reading nook beside the fire.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)


Lovely cottage in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We arrived half an hour late on a blustery day, and so were very glad still to find a warm welcome from Rob and Selma - literally warm, the house was like toast - and a lovely, thoughtful basket of traditional goodies encompassing everything from Glenfiddich to 'tablet'. (For the sake of your waistline, if you don't know what tablet is, don't ask). The gift of six eggs from their own chickens and a bottle of milk in the fridge was also very welcome!

A brief tour/intro, an assurance they would be on hand if needed, and we were left to enjoy ourselves in what is, even on a mad March day, a superbly cosy retreat with lovely views from windows overlooking the bay.

We had great luck with the weather that week, but I think even if it had been bad we would have relished all the comfort Hillcrest has to offer. As it was, the location was perfect for us - equally easy to stroll down to the harbour and onto the beach, or up into town for a mooch around the antiques shops. Okay...slightly harder to go up into town because Cullen is hilly! but nothing that would challenge anyone.

We had a great and relaxing time. We're not really "walkers" in the proper sense but it's impossible not to do a teeny bit of coastal trail when it's literally on your doorstep. Magnificent birdlife, and we believe we saw a seal one day. We enjoyed the well-appointed kitchen, but if you want a fish-and-chip supper (we did), or even a Chinese or Indian takeaway, Cullen can offer the lot within fairly compact radius.

We had a perfect holiday. I would recommend this cottage unreservedly.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very comprehensive review of your recent stay at HillCrest. It is a great reward to us personally when we receive great feedback for our efforts. Hope to see you again soon! Selma & Rob
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Well-appointed and beautifully organised, warm, comfortable, and very pretty.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was here for a trouble-free visit. The cottage itself is charming and perfectly situated - sea views from the windows but within easy walking distance of town. Cullen harbour and coastal walks are barely two minutes away down an (admittedly steep!) track.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We're pleased you found the cottage suited you and that Cullen had everything to offer for an enjoyable seaside break. We hope to see you again for another visit! Selma & Rob
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A fabulous property in a fabulous location!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay at HillCrest was perfect. The elevated location overlooking the bay gives this property "something special." The breathtaking views from so many of HillCrest's windows are awesome, and the gorgeous garden decking area takes full advantage of this idyllic spot.

The property itself is finished to a exceptionally high standard throughout, with beautifully appointed and spacious rooms, public areas and bedrooms alike. Attention to detail has been paramount and you will be guaranteed a top class holiday in this stunning home.

Our first visit to HillCrest most certainly won't be our last!

Thank you, Rob and Selma!

Fiona xx

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for that wonderful review of your experience at Hill Crest. We agree it is a stunning location for a seaside holiday and we strive to keep the property the best it can be. We look forward to your next visit! Selma & Rob
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  • 5 of 5

A great weekend was spent here. House immaculate with lots of lovely touches. A great relaxing break was had by all. Would definitely recommend this property. Thank you Selma and Rob.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to provide a review of your stay. Another happy guest always makes our day. Selma & Rob
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Outstanding property.

  • 5 of 5

A real gem of a find. Beautifully furnished and immaculately clean. Rob and Selma have thought of everything there was everything you could ask for and more! Only one downside to the property was that we had to come home! We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another positive review from a happy guest always starts my day off well. Thank you so much! We look forward to your next visit. Selma & Rob
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A wonderful stay in a lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

My cousin and I were delighted with this property. It's location was superb on the sea, and at night we could hear the sound of waves crashing on the shore. The home was spotless and well decorated. The owners Rob and Selma, saw to every possible want or need and the welcome basket included such lovely treats as Italian ground coffee, a small bottle of Scotch Whiskey, jams, honey, soup, bread and cookies. The beds were super comfy and the en-suites were spotless with luxury toiletries included. We wanted for nothing and I have to say the place was even more beautiful in person than it was on the website. Will look forward to a return!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We try to make a visit to HillCrest a special experience for everyone who chooses to come to Cullen. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Scotland and the rest of the U.K. and would love to have you come and stay again another time. Selma & Rob
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
26 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring
30 Apr 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Autumn
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
24 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due 4 weeks before the holiday. If a booking is made less than 4 weeks before the holiday the full rent is due immediately. Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations less than 4 weeks before holiday. Should the property, subsequent to booking, become unavailable through any cause, the owner's liability is limited to the repayment of any rent already paid.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday unless otherwise previously arranged with arrivals at 4:00 p.m. and departures by 10:00 a.m. Guests are requested not to arrive before 4:00 p.m. to allow cleaning to be completed. Keys will be provided on arrival.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks will be considered during non-peak periods with a minimum three night stay. Please contact the owner to obtain rates for short breaks. We reserve the right to offer late deals on unsold breaks at reduced prices. Discounts may be offered for bookings of 2 or fewer guests during off peak season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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