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!
- Cottage1345 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Cottage in Cullen, Grampian, Scotland - Direct Access To Walking Paths And 10 Minutes To The Harbour, The Beach & Cullen Golf Club
Selma & Rob Nicol
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- 20 Jun 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!
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Beautifully appointed house in a perfect location.
Fantastic house in beautiful location overlooking the sea. Well equipped garden to enjoy the views from. House was perfect, clean, comfy, homely but very beautifully furnished and everything you might need was there. So many amazing beaches close by and lots to do. Ice cream from Cullen or Portsoy is a must! One of the best I have stayed in and there have been many! Will definitely go back.
Thanks so very much for providing a review of your stay at Hill Crest. We do our best to provide our guests with a comfortable home away from home. The location is superb we agree and we look forward to your return.
Selma & Rob
Hill Crest is the perfect property. It is of an extremely high standard and is most tastefully decorated and furnished. Everything you could need is provided from bathroom robes to buckets and spades and hessian shopping bags! The location is equally wonderful. We spent many happy hours sitting in the lovely garden looking over the bay. Thank you Selma and Rob for maintaining such a beautiful property. This was our second stay here and we will certainly be returning.
What a lovely review! Thank you so much for your kind words and we look forward to your return visit.
Selma & Rob
First class accommodation with lovely views
This is a wonderful place to stay,superb cottage with everything you will need for your holiday. It was our first time in this area and was perfect for us as we are keen walkers. Owners were very helpful and friendly and we would highly recommend.
Thanks so much for your review. We always appreciate hearing feedback from our guests and hope to hear from you again on your next holiday to our area.
Selma & Rob
A Beautiful Cottage
This is a wonderful place to stay! The views are amazing and breathtaking, the cottage itself is high quality and we loved it!
Thank you for the treats you left for us and our dog! It was very thoughtful and really added to what was already a fantastic experience!
When we come again to this part of Bonnie Scotland, would not consider staying anywhere else!
Thank you very much for the review of the your recent stay at HillCrest. We enjoyed having you visit and look forward to seeing you again for your next holiday in our area.
Selma & Rob
Nothing short of Perfection!
Our five night stay at Hill Crest could not be improved upon. The cottage itself was so beautiful with care taken in every aspect. The kitchen was fully equipped with every necessary item to cook any meal! The island was a great space to sit around during dinner prep. The views of the sunsets from the kitchen window were amazing. The bedrooms were large with super cozy pillows and linens and the dining area and living room were equally lovely with views from all windows. Selma and Rob had a great variety of reading material from the area. We spent relaxing time in the yard and on the porch overlooking the North Atlantic and this space was so safe for our seventeen month old grand daughter. We even had breakfast in the gazebo because the weather was fantastic! Parking was never an issue. Hill Crest provided us with the perfect place for day trips to distilleries, Loch Ness, and castle exploring. Cullen itself, the harbour, the beach and hikes, all close by was a real Scottish experience. Selma's decorating made Hill Crest feel like a home and I can only say, "You will be captivated."
What a fabuous review - thank you so very much! You painted a picture of Hill Crest that made me want to stay there myself! Hill Crest is a lovely old home in a stunning location and we really treasure being able to share it with our visitors. We would love to have you back any time.
Selma & Rob
Lovely cottage in perfect location
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.
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
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)
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.