Situated in the quiet fishing village of Portknockie, McKenzie Cottage is a traditional detached stone built fisherman’s cottage, wonderfully renovated in 2010 to a high standard whilst retaining its original character. It enjoys a village setting within a quaint street and is only a short stroll to the picturesque harbour with its creel and leisure boats. The village still retains the charm of its fishing heritage days. There are a few small shops, together with a hotel and Inn within easy walking distance. The ground floor of the cottage has a lounge, large kitchen/dining area, modern bathroom with shower and utility room. Upstairs there are two bedrooms.
Cottage in Portknockie, Nr. Cullen, Grampian, Scotland - Nestled In A Quiet Street Close To The Picturesque Portknockie Harbour
- Calendar last updated:
- 10 Jan 2019
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
I hope to return soon!
McKenzie Cottage is a lovely cottage, fantastically well-equipped, in a quiet location. It makes a great base for a holiday on the beautiful Moray coast.
I can thoroughly recommend it!
Thank you for your lovely comments. We're glad you enjoyed your time on the Moray Coast. Haste ye back!
Mold problems in lounge & bathtub! Terrible smell from kitchen drain. Lots of dust bunnies! Not impressed not even a place to sit outside the cottage! I’ve stayed in several cottages in the area and always had a small welcome basket! But not this one! It could use a dishwasher for sanity reasons!
The silicon seal in the shower will be replaced and the mould in the lounge window frame will be treated as soon as the cottage is unoccupied at the end of the summer season. This is one of a randomly positioned cluster of very old fishing cottages which were originally built without plumbing facilities. Part of the quirky charm of the building is the addition of a kitchen which required a pumped drain for the sink. The system is regularly flushed with bleach as recommended by the plumber who installed it. The cottage listing does not include a dishwasher and there is no implication that there is outdoor sitting space.
Lovely cottage in a quaint wee village.
The cottage was lovely, cosy, comfortable and very well equipped. The village is well kept and quaint with the best fish and chips I have had in a long time. We just walked along the amazing coastline from Portknockie and explored local caves, beaches and harbours. Even teenagers enjoyed it (although reluctant with the walking). I would thoroughly recommended this place.
Thank you very much for the kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I agree about the fish and chips - they're well known in the area. The local walks offer so many lovely views of the coastline and beyond.
Beautiful, cosy little cottage, 2 minutes walk from the coast
Modern on the inside, traditional on the outside. It's a beautifully quirky place to stay, would recommend!
Thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.
We had the most wonderful stay at McKenzie cottage. Fully equipped to a very high standard and everything you could ask from a holiday let. Modern bathroom with deep bath and excellent shower. Kitchen has everything you could ask for with a utility room with washer and dryer, and beds are really comfortable.
Excellent location for walks and especially golf, with more than half a dozen courses nearby, all with spectacular views. Plenty of shopping and sight seeing made this one of our best short breaks away yet. Many thanks to owners Morag and Richard.
6-Night stay at McKenzie Cottage
We booked by email and phone calls directly with the owner, making a bespoke booking (Sat.-Fri.) instead of the usual week in high season. The owner provided location details and a key through the post (the key was posted through the letterbox on departure). The listing description was for the most part accurate, although we could not operate some of the appliances listed (CD player/radio) and in fact radio reception was only available through digital TV (up to 6 pm) as we had no computer with us. This was a minor inconvenience. The house was on the whole clean and tidy although some areas could benefit from more thorough cleaning (e.g. upstairs bedroom floors). We found the central heating a boon (cold snap in late April!) and easy to operate, although the heat distribution was uneven and we had to follow closely the instructions in the folder (i.e. leave downstairs doors open). The kitchen was well equipped for cookware, crockery, cutlery etc. and the units were relatively new (ditto in utility room), although there was no dishwasher. We found the electric kettle and microwave fiddly to use, however, though not a big problem. The bathroom although small had good ventilation via an extractor fan. A glass shelf which should have been above the washbasin was missing, and there was an awkward crack in the centre of the floor surface, but we could live with these deficiencies. Storage space upstairs was adequate although there wasn't much room for furniture and one could only stand upright in the middle of the room owing to the chalet style (this was mentioned in the listing description). As there was only a skylight in each bedroom (with a translucent blind), blackout could not be achieved and the arrival of morning meant bright daylight! (from around 6 am). Our stay was during a bin collection week but fortunately one of the neighbours took charge as we wouldn't have known where to leave the bins - in fact it was round the back of the house in a different street! Also, we weren't clear on recycling arrangements as these were poorly explained and of course differ widely across the country. But many of these are minor quibbles - all in all we rated this one of our better holiday lets: it was comfortable, well located and the owners had made an effort to facilitate their visitors stay as much as they could, for which they deserve praise. Although there were few places for eating out in the vicinity, I would nevertheless recommend this let to any of my friends.
The Moray Firth is known for its moderate climate. Walkers on the splendid coastal paths can see various wild life, including seals on the rocks at Buckie and with a bit of luck you may be treated to the spectacle of a passing school of dolphins. The long sandy beach at Cullen is within walking distance.
Portknockie lies within 60 miles of Aberdeen and Inverness Airports. The use of a car is recommended.
The town of Buckie lies 5 miles to the West. Here you will find larger supermarkets and other amenities. The larger town of Elgin is 33 miles to the West. To the East is Cullen (2 miles), Portsoy (12 miles) and Banff (22 miles).
Portknockie is a good base for visiting local places of interest, including Duff House (Banff), Dufftown Distillery (Home of Glenfiddich and part of the famous Malt Whisky Trail), Baxters Visitor Centre (Fochabers - famous for warm freshly made pancakes). We have provided much more information, including Ordnance Survey maps, in the cottage.
Booking Notes: Details of booking and availability can be found on our website. Changeover Day: During the high season the changeover day is Saturday. More flexible short breaks can be agreed in the low season. Notes on prices: Rates include gas, electricity, bed linen, towels, cleaning and WiFi broadband.