Puffin Cottage is a magnificent cottage right by the sea: you open the sitting room curtains and there you are looking out to sea!! It is cosy and really well appointed-everything spotlessly clean and offered with a generous spirit. You open a drawer in the kitchen and all the things you could possibly need are there. A garden that is dog proofed is also really handy. Loads of hot water towels and linen provided, books games TV and DVD, it has all the feel of a first class hotel.
Johnshaven is right on the coastal path so it is easy to walk a few miles for fresh fish or in the opposite direction to miles of sand at St Cyrus. For the more adventurous there are the Grampians with their peaks and lovely glen walks and further afield again there is Royal Deeside.
This is definitely one of the best cottages I have ever rented and I have rented a lot!!
'We both loved this idyllic cottage in a magic spot. I was hypnotised by the view of the sea, the ever changing picture...the terrific sunsets outside the window....Fantastic cottage - there is nothing we wanted for - a real home from home and so much attention to detail. Look out for the Dolphins we've seen them a number of times - I imagine the novelty will never wear off! Johnshaven is a lovely place!'
No extra charges for towels, linen, electricity, oil central heating,dogs or visiting friends and relatives! This deceptively spacious beach front cottage is ideal, both for a couple wanting a quiet and relaxing break, and a fun base for a family holiday. Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Johnshaven,between Aberdeen and Dundee, Puffin Cottage provides an ideal base for relaxing and also exploring.
Accommodation: All accommodation is on the ground floor. (Although we have an accessible but undeveloped 'Dolphin Spotting Deck' in the loft, complete with telescope and binoculars!)
Heating is free and provided by oil-fired central heating, a coal fire and an electric stove. All oil, electricity and linen is included in the price. The dining kitchen is newly refurbished and fully equipped, with a fan oven cooker, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and a microwave. A fire blanket and hard wired smoke alarms are also included. (As are flasks, torch, portable barbecue, small fan heater and hot water bottles.) (Hopefully we have thought of everything! Let us know if we haven't!).
We now have WI-FI!
The good sized lounge overlooks the pebble beach and the view from the window provides constantly changing sea-scapes as you enjoy the comfort of two large 3 seater settees, set in front of a cosy coal fire. The bookcase contains leaflets on walking, fishing, horse riding and golf courses in the area
You can relax further in this room with TV and DVD Player,
A charming double bedroom overlooking the garden, provides a comfortable and restful environment. The second bedroom enjoys a beach view and is furnished with two single beds and an Ikea single sofa bed with comfortable mattress. This spacious room can also double as an ideal play area. The bathroom has been upgraded and has toilet, washbasin and an electric shower over the bath. Towels are provided free of charge.
Outside:Garden chairs are stored in the front Porch and can be used in the front garden area, to sit and have a cup of tea or glass of wine and watch for passing Dolphins. The area of grass on the seafront opposite also belongs to the cottage.
The large enclosed back garden provides a safe and secure area for small children. The local park backs onto the garden wall. Garden furniture in the back garden can be used for a lazy breakfast or a family barbecue in the evening.
Sand beaches at Montrose, St Cyrus and Lunan Bay.
The beach in Johnshaven is a pebble beach with lots of interesting rock pools to explore with the bandy nets from the cottage. Lots of driftwood lands up on the beach in Johnshaven and it's good fun to find an interesting piece to take home as a souvenir of your holiday. We also collect many pieces of colourful seaglass which washes up on the shore.
Nearby St Cyrus has a superb sandy beach and is an ideal place for children and dogs to get rid of excess energy. You always seem to have the beach almost to yourself no matter what time of year you visit. Again lots of driftwood washed up,
Montrose beach is sandy and has the added attraction of the Splash paddling pool and play area for children.. Cheeky Monkeys indoor play area is ideal for wet days.
Lunan Bay just a little further south of Montrose is another sandy beach which has been much enjoyed by our visitors.
Have a look at our visitors comments in our reviews to see which beach has been most enjoyed.
We are Lindsey and Chris Wardle. We live at the opposite end of Johnshaven to Puffin Cottage and are only minutes away if help is required. We live with our two Border Terriers, Cass and Midge and a very relaxed black cat called Gibson.
We think that we have provided everything in the cottage that would lead to an enjoyable holiday and are always open to further suggestions
Mrs Lindsey Wardle purchased this cottage in 2005
You can see from our reviews (and 4 visitors books in the cottage) that people love to come back to Puffin Cottage, year after year. You can tour from the cottage, look up relatives, ramble or just chill in the peace of the village.
Our guests love the friendliness of the village with complete strangers saying hello, giving a friendly nod or admiring your dog.
We have taken 3 well behaved dogs many times and are always surprised by the level of cleanliness in the cottage when they leave with their owners.
There are miles of good doggy walks around the village and along the cost towards nearby villages. St Cyrus beach has miles of golden sands and ideal for children and dogs to let off steam.
Johnshaven gives you the chance to have a great weeks holiday without leaving the village, Meals available at The Anchor, (Gary and Jan) Drinks at The Ship, (Bobby and Ed) and our very well stocked shop, Johnshaven Stores (Ewan and Kate) supplies everything that you would need.
Puffin Cottage has the advantage of having an enclosed garden, front and back with a tall side gate which makes the rear garden very safe and secure for children and dogs.
Being right down at the seaside, means that you can sit in the lounge and watch the constantly changing seascapes.
We have a telescope and binoculars upstairs in our undeveloped loft which has two Velux windows, ideal for doing a bit of bird and dolphin watching.
There is a seat to the front of the cottage where you can sit and read or enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. There are also two picnic areas in the garden, one with a table and 4 chairs near the back door and another picnic bench with fitted benches at the rear of the garden.
There is a very well equipped children's play are at the back of the large park behind the cottage. There are also tennis courts and a putting green.
Our Jewel in the crown in Johnshaven is The Anchor Hotel where you can have delicious food both downstairs in the bar (doggies allowed downstairs) and in the comfortable upstairs restaurant. After your meal of course you can go and sit in an alcove beside the stove, over at The Ship Inn and enjoy a relaxing drink in the very friendly pub.
In nearby Gourdon 3 miles away, we have an award winning Fish and Chip Restaurant..
Inverbervie just 4 miles away has an excellent Chinese and Indian Takeaways.
Inverbervie has a good sized Co-op, a chemist and a bakers.
Montrose 10 miles, has a Tesco, Co-op, Lidl's, Boots and many more High Street stores.
We had a great time at Puffin Cottage. We have had a great week with some good weather. Tried The Anchor, had the Seafood Stew, to die for! Also the Gourdon fish and chips (Hornblowers), so good we called twice! The cottage was just like being at home, so cosy. Hope to come back soon.
Beautiful cottage fantastic location this cottage is spacious very clean and has everything anyone would require we stayed in january and on arrival cottage was lovely and warm the owners. Are a lovely couple and extremely helpful the cottage is situated in a beautiful village with friendly residents so nice too look out the front window and watch the tides rolling in great cottage for families with kids and pet friendly we shall certainly be staying again cant recommend this highly enough
What a fantastic cottage in a wonderful setting. The cottage is spotless and cosy. Everything that you might need is provided for, both for human and dogs. The cottage is ideal for coastal walks. The views from the cottage are perfect for spotting birds and sea life. Unfortunately the dolphins were in short supply ! The locals are friendly and welcoming. You can get beautiful food in the Anchor Inn which is only a five minute walk from the cottage.
I would recommend Puffin Cottage to anyone looking for some time out in a great location with all your needs catered for, and you don't pay any extra for your furry friends !!.
Puffin Cottage is everything it is said to be. The cottage was very clean, well equipped and our welcome from Chris and Lindsey warm and friendly. If you want a holiday with your pets this is the place to come. Miles of interesting walking straight from the door, two pubs which are dog friendly, excellent food in one of them and a very well stocked village store. Wander along the harbour to watch the lobsters being landed and go to the pub and order one for your evening meal.
Once you have arrived in this beautiful fishing village there is no need to get in the car again until you leave. You can spend hours weather watching from the warmth of the cottage and if you are lucky you will even see the dolphins.
If, however, you want to wander further afield visit Gourdon for fish and chips or to buy 'smokies' from the smokery, A trip to Dunnottar Castle or Howe of the Mearns via the scenic routes are interesting outings, take a picnic and enjoy the scenery.
We will definately be revisiting Puffin Cottage and would highly recommend it as a perfect holiday venue.
I live half an hour away from Johnshaven, but felt like I was a million miles away from city life in this lovely cottage. We love to take short breaks in Scotland, so have had many experiences, this was definitely one of my favourites. The cottage is delightfully homely, well equipped and the owners are a pleasure to deal with. However the view from the front of the cottage was the best surprise. We had children with us and they had great fun in the playground behind the cottage. Weather was seriously snowing down, but that just made the weekend and cottage better!!!! Highly recommend if you want a relaxing weekend in a commercially untouched Scottish fishing village.
I have stayed in Puffin Cottage twice and I will be booking it again on my next trip up north. It is like a home from home, clean, well-maintained and with everything you need to make your holiday go smoothly, including a dishwasher. The sea is only yards away and I never tired of looking at the view from the living room window, or of sitting on the bench at the front with my morning coffee watching the seabirds. Johnshaven is a lovely place to stay with a nice friendly pub which serves meals (we ate there three times), a well-stocked village shop (I didn't go to a supermarket all week and we could even get croissants there in the mornings ) and an arts and crafts shop which sells original jewellery and arty gifts. There are loads of interesting places to visit round about and lots of places to eat - I would recommend Hornblowers in Gourdon for fish and chips and Charleton Fruit Farm near Montrose for freshly made strawberry tarts. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and I hope to book for two weeks on my next visit.
Puffin Cottage was everything that was described on the web site. It was the perfect holiday cottage in a fantastic location with stunning sea views. The cottage was very well equipped down to every last detail to make you feel very much at home. It was spotlessly clean and very tastefully decorated, very spacious with an open fire which would make it very cosy in the winter months. Chris and Lyndsey were very welcoming and went through all the relevant details of the cottage itself as well as the surrounding areas of interest and the great array of books and leaflets of all the activities and amenities in Johnshaven and the surrounding area. Folders from other guests regarding restaurants and areas of interest that they had visited was very useful. What was a pleasure for us was being able to bring our pet dog Phoebe to such a beautiful cottage with a safe and secure enclosed back garden which was a great size and would be fantastic in the summer with family and friends having a BBQ.The beaches are beautiful and perfect for walking your dog, St Cyrus, Kinnaber and Lunan Bay were our favourites. We walked into neighbouring village Gurdon and enjoyed a very nice meal at the Hornblower restaurant. Local amenities were also very good the local shop had everything you needed and many a happy hour was spent in the local pub The Anchor chatting to the very friendly locals. The main reason for our holiday in Johnshaven was to catch up with family and friends but was made all the more special by being able to stay in such a beautiful and comfortable cottage with fantastic sea views in a great little fishing town.We would be very happy to recommend this cottage to our family and friends and will certainly be coming back ourselves in future years and would like to thank Chris and Lyndsey for being so very hospitable.,
Places of interest in the area include: Dunnotar Castle Stonehaven. Glamis Castle (Queen Mother's birthplace). House of Dun (National Trust) Grassic Gibbon *Centre. Birdwatching at Montrose Wild Life Centre. See Puffins at nearby Crawton Cliffs (at the right time of the year). St Cyrus's sandy, award winning beach. Walking in the Angus Glens. Shopping in Aberdeen and Dundee. Not forgetting the Whisky Trail, The Heritage Trail and The Castle Trail. Leaflets on these and many more are available in the cottage. Local maps are also provided and marked with places of interest.