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Gannet Cottage, Gardenstown
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Gannet Cottage is a traditional fisherman’s cottage situated directly on the Moray Firth in the village of Gardenstown.
Gardenstown was founded in 1740 and there would have been dwellings on the cottage site from an early stage in the villages’s history. The present cottage would have been used to “house” a few fishing families, at the same time, in the past, but over the years has been gradually modernised to bring it up to present day standards while retaining some of the traditional features.
The accommodation comprises on the ground floor a sitting room with three windows offering views directly out to sea, and across to the mouth of the harbour. Their is a wood burning stove; flat screen wall mounted TV; Bose sound player as well as unlimited Wi-Fi access.
Also on the ground floor is the bathroom with underfloor heating; fully fitted with shower over bath. The kitchen is big enough for a family to eat round the table, and has oven; hob; fridge; microwave etc. There is also a washing machine.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms; one with a double size bed and one with two single beds.
Please note the staircase is an original feature of the cottage and is quite steep, with the entrance step to the double bedroom coming directly off one of the treads. (try getting that through the planning procedure nowadays…) The cottage is suitable for children, but care would be needed as there is a steep drop to the shore in front of the cottage. This is a traditional cottage with low ceilings and door heights etc. All in all the quirkiness adds to your break. Ideal for a family of four or a romantic holiday for two.
The Seatown area of Gardenstown is a conservation area and the cottage is situated in a bay of natural beauty with cliffs over to your left and before that a sandy beach; while there is a walk along the front to the harbour to your right.
Although it is a dead end, with care you can drive along the road between the cottages and the sea, and the nearest parking is approx 100 metres away at the turning circle for the beach. Stopping briefly at the cottage is possible to quickly load/unload.
Gardenstown is an old fishing village, founded in 1740 clinging to the cliffs at the edge of the Moray Firth. Seafront Cottage is directly on the seafront in the conservation area called Seatown. Although the harbour still has commercial fishing, it is far removed from the early days when it was a bustling commercial fishing port, with most of the harbour now given over to pleasure craft.
Within the village of Gardenstown there is a hotel/bar and a small “village store” with petrol sales. Walks literally start at the front door.
Gannet Cottage makes an ideal base for touring this unique corner of North East Scotland, visiting the other coastal villages – each with their own unique character – the whisky trail; the castle trail; the nearby towns of Fraserburgh, Macduff, Banff, Turriff as well as the splendour of the Highlands, or within just over an hour's drive the cities of Aberdeen - or Inverness.
You choose, knowing that you can return to your own eyrie each night, directly on the Moray Firth; light the stove; pour something cool (sample from the Whisky Trail?) and enjoy the experience of sharing sunsets and tides…
Property address: 18 Seatown, Gardenstown, Banffshire, Scotland.