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.
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- Min. Stay3 nights
Alexander Cottage, Gardenstown, Banffshire - Only 30 metres from the Sea
- Calendar last updated:
- 24 Sep 2018
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
I was disappointed by how unclean the property was.
Having read previous comments I was prepared to find a property that required some renovation however I was surprised by how poorly the cottage had been cleaned. I was travelling with my young daughter and had brought her play mat with us however the rug in the living room was thick with dust and hair and the surrounding flooring required cleaning too. I had requested that a cot be made available and this was also covered with dust in places. Throughout the house there was dust and cobwebs and quite a strong smell of damp in the living room. It was not how I expected to find a commercially let property. All this was a pity as the cottage itself is quite charming and the location is lovely. Additionally lots of clean towels and bedding were made available which was very useful. If the property had been better maintained I would have had a far more enjoyable stay. My only other comment would be that I was disappointed in the speed with which the owner responded to my enquiries. I am still waiting for my deposit to be refunded to me despite it being over two weeks since my return.
I am really sorry we have fallen short on this occasion. The cottage is old and quite original which some guests love and others hate. We call it our marmite cottage!
We will be doing a refurbishment over the winter but in the mean time the price is much lower than our other cottages to take account of its more rustic nature.
I might add that the damage deposit is held and administered by HomeAway and likewise as owners we do not see any of your fee until long after you have gone and we never see your damage deposit unless we make a claim which we haven't.
Quaint little cottage but requires a little TLC to bring it up to date.
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.
A lovely stay in a lovely little village on the North East Coast
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.
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!
romantische Lage, Wohnung alt und etwas abgewohnt
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
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.
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.
Additional pricing information
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.