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

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
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 & Rob Nicol
Member since: 2013
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Calendar last updated:
8 September, 2018

About Selma & 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 & Rob Nicol purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Selma & Rob Nicol chose Cullen

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 around the Cullen around the Moray

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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.


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Hill Crest - Seaside Clifftop Cottage - Panoramic Views of Fabulous Cullen Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Absolutely Superb

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Where to start?

We have stayed in many holiday rentals over the years and Hill Crest is by far the best cottage we have ever visited. Our party consisted of three generations and a dog and there was ample space both inside and outside the cottage for everyone.

Starting with the location and the stunning views over the bay which will stop you in your tracks, we were blown away. Selma met us with the keys and showed us around the property....a very nice touch.

The cottage was beautifully decorated and furnished and absolutely immaculate! Everything you could ever need was provided by the thoughtful hosts.

We immediately felt at home.

The weather was great which always helps! We had a walk along the upper coastal path to Portnockie stopping off for a beverage or two, then returning via the lower path that takes you past Bow Fiddle Rock. Would definitely recommend this because the views are amazing.

The chip shop and ice cream shop are both great and worth a visit. We had a Tesco delivery which saved us from having to do a shop as soon as we arrived. Great idea!

We will definitely be back to this wonderful cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for that wonderful review of your recent stay at HillCrest. We are very grateful for the great feedback and look forward to your next visit. Selma & Rob
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Fabulous cottage by the sea

  • 5 of 5

Loved, loved this beautiful home on the sea. Cullen Bay is so peaceful. We enjoyed watching the dolphins in the morning. So sweet. We loved sitting on the deck sipping wine; eating in the gazebo and walking the beach. Selma was readily available and very thoughtful. The kitchen has everything you ever needed. The laundry room with a dryer was so very nice. Perfect home to be in. Top notch. Please do come and stay.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of your recent stay at HillCrest. We are pleased you found the cottage comfortable and pleasant and that our fabulous Moray Coast dolphins chose to visit while you were staying. We hope to see you again sometime. Selma & Rob
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Beautiful property and location

  • 5 of 5

This property is beautiful and well appointed. The view is amazing and perfect for watching the dolphins. I will return again!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay and we do hope to see you again for another visit. Selma & Rob
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If I could give them higher than five stars I would. Excellent owners and property.

  • 5 of 5

Selma and Rob were great to work with. The cottage and view was outstanding. Since we were flying vacationers from another country having the cottage so well supplied with all the basics we needed was terrific. The extra welcoming touches were very special too, fresh cut flowers and a goodie basket. The cottage is decorated very well, upgraded thru out and the furnishings are top notch. I would absolutely recommend this property !! If I could give them more than five stars I would.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brilliant cottage that has everything you need and more

  • 5 of 5

Hill Crest is a wonderful cottage inside and out and the views are breathtaking I totally recommend this cottage and we will definitely return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to time to submit a review. We always appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon for another visit. Selma & Rob
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Wonderful house in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

By far the best property we stayed in on our holiday. The owners are lovely and have thought of everything when it comes to their guests’ comfort. We will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Metres
Aberdeen or Inverness
Nearest Golf
100 Metres
Cullen Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Cullen Beach
Car: recommended


Clifftop location in a seaside village on the coast with walking path beside property to the harbour and beach below. The harbour is a 5 minute descent and the beach only a few minutes more. Trails are then available in either direction along the coastline.


Walking is appropriate in the village but a car would be recommended for outings further away. Car rentals are available in neighbouring towns. There are local buses which travel between the towns. There is a train station 15 miles away in Keith. The airports are located in either Inverness or Aberdeen with the about the same length of journey to each (50 miles).


Portsoy - 5 miles

Banff - 11 miles

Buckie - 6 miles

Elgin - 23 miles

Aberdeen & Inverness - 55 miles each (airports)

Keith - 10 miles (nearest train station)

Further Details:

Amenities within Cullen are a 5 to 10 minute walk from the cottage in the town centre and include a small grocery store, bank, post office, chemist, GP's surgery, several cafes, pubs, the Fish & Chip shop and local Ice Cream Shop. A variety of antique and craft shops are also available as well as the local library. There are several larger towns within a 10 minute to 30 minute drive along the coast which have a wide variety of resources and activities available. The renowned Speyside Scottish Whisky Trail and Castle Trails are both within easy reach by car from Cullen. Locally there are many opportunities to walk or cycle on the many available trails along the coastline.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 30% 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 flexible with arrivals at 4:00 p.m. and departures by 10:00 a.m. Occasionally we are able to allow access earlier and will let you know the week before your holiday if that is possible. Otherwise guests are requested not to arrive before 4:00 p.m. to allow cleaning and maintenance 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. We reserve the right to offer late deals on unsold breaks at reduced prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.