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The Brae Steading

Sleeps 2
2 dogs
1 bedroom
1 bathroom

Set in an elevated position with magnificent countryside and sea views a short distance from a conservation village, yet close to sandy beaches, fishing villages and coastal walks.. All on the ground floor.

Porch: With washing machine and storage for coats and boots.

Living room: With Freeview TV, DVD player, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and French doors leading to sitting-out area.

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Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee machine, Velux window and tiled floor.

Bedroom: With kingsize bed.

Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot available on request. Highchair. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area with garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub (from October 2021). Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a borehole. There are 2 steps in the garden.. This detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home, is located just outside the lovely conservation village of Fordyce, 1½ miles from the Moray coast. A magical place, the village is a warren of narrow streets and beautiful houses still following a medieval plan, and all wrapped around a magnificent centrepiece, Fordyce Castle, simply sitting on a bend in the village street. The holiday cottage is very spacious, comfortable and warm, and takes advantage of the panoramic views of both sea and countryside, with the arched French doors in the living room leading to a sunny sitting-out area at the front. Set within 1 acre of private grounds with dedicated guest outside area with garden furniture and BBQ available.

Fordyce also offers an attractive park opposite the old kirkyard as well as a Victorian garden. The sandy beach at Sandend is a quick drive or a 45-minute walk from the cottage, where local fish can be bought and surfers enjoy the waves. Good coastal walks abound through the old fishing villages of Portsoy and Cullen, or alternatively travel inland through castle and whisky country. There are plenty of golf courses in the vicinity, and the variety of bird and wildlife both onshore and off will please the keen nature lover. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

This property accommodates:

2 Adults

1 Infant


Clear Sea Views
Parking Available
Hot Tub Access
Walk-In Shower
Eco Friendly Features
Washing Machine
Cot / Travel Cot
High Chair
Golf Nearby
Bike Storage


“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, from the welcome by the host as we arrived with our 2 big dogs, the dog friendly environment, the Welcome box of goodies, both human and canine and, of course, the hot tub. Already recommended it to friends.”
— Gillian, 25 January 2022
“What an absolutely incredible stay! Thank you so much! The Brae Steading is very well equipped and thoughtfully laid out and well stocked with kitchen essentials! The views are breathtaking, especially when enjoyed from the hot tub, which we did a few times daily!! Plenty to explore in the surrounding area, stunning coastal walks, castles and so much more! Me and my partner loved it so much that we booked to return next year for my birthday, we hadn't even got home before booking!! ;) cannot wait to come back with the dog in early summer!”
— Tracy, 23 November 2021
“Fantastic cottage in beautiful location. Lovely hosts there if needed and lovely welcome pack.”
— Susan, 26 October 2021
“If you want to get away from it all and relax this is the place to go. We were welcomed with a box of goodies including treats for the dog. We had 360 views of forest, fields and sea. It was so quite you could hear a pin drop. They had just had a hot tub installed which I enjoyed relaxing in every evening. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful and had left a very informative folder on our table of everything we needed to know about the cottage, good places to eat and really great directions for quite a few walks some of which we enjoyed very much. It is on a few minutes walk into the sleepy village of Fordyce and there are nice walks and beaches just ten to twenty minutes drive away. We wished we could of stayed long we liked it so much and highly recommend staying here.”
— Paul, 25 October 2021
“This is an absolute gem! The cottage is well equipped, tastefully furnished and has the most amazing views. Drinking a nice glass of wine in the hot tub looking out to sea was a highlight. The hosts, Andy and Emma, are fabulous and do everything they can to make your stay a joy. We had our two dogs with us and they were also made to feel so welcome.Would definitely recommend staying here.”
— Elaine, 1 October 2021
“This is a 5 property. It has everything you need and is very nicely decorated in a contemporary style. The outlook from inside through the very large arched window was spectacular looking towards the coast over the fields of wheat. The facilities are top notch and the outside seating areas are fantastic. This is definitely a wonderful property ”
— Margaret, 21 September 2021
“Great location, the view from the lounge is stunning. Brilliant walks on the doorstep and the surfing at Sandend is superb. The cottage was immaculate, had everything we needed and more! Andy and Emma were fantastic hosts, highly recommended and cant wait to go back!”
— Andrew, 31 August 2021
“We stayed there for a week 31.07 07.08 and could not fault a thing. From the lovely, well thought out welcome basket to the well appointed accommodation, there was nothing to disappoint. The location was idyllic with far reaching views to the Moray and Aberdeenshire coast and across to Moray Firth, and plenty of wildlife to see. The hosts were very helpful, welcoming and at hand should we have needed them. Would thoroughly recommend a chilled out holiday there. 100% fantastic.”
— Heather, 20 August 2021
“Enjoyed an excellent stay, the property was spotlessly clean, and provided all the comforts of home. Owners were also extremely nice, and very helpful without being intrusive.Local area was stunning, and totally relaxing.Local restaurants provide a high quality of food and not to costly.Well Worth a visit.”
— Susan, 31 July 2021
“Perfect getaway for change of scene & relaxation in home from home space with expansive viewsglorious long sunsets, welcoming hosts, and a great coast trail to potter along as the mood took me.”
— Sandie, 28 July 2021
“Absolutely stunning property and superb hosts everything you need for a wonderful holiday”
— Black, 24 July 2021
“Emma and Andy we're brilliant from start to finish. The welcome box was just what we needed after a long drive. Nothing was too much trouble and chatting with Emma we were told even more places to visit !!Fordyce is a lovely village but has nothing in it except an absolutely outstanding Bistro in the old kirk. Well worth a visit but book on first day of arrival because it doesn't open every day and gets booked up very quickly.Portsoy is only a few miles away and they have a good coop with everything you'll need. It also has a lovely hotel for food. Cullen is excellent for walks along the beach. Visit as many coastal villages as possible. There is some amazing views The Brae Steading is amazing and you won't be disappointed with either the views nor the facilities provided Thanks Emma and Andy for an amazing holiday.”
— William, 12 July 2021
“Lovely cosy and well appointed cottage. Good view towards the coast and a short walk from the beautiful village of Fordyce. Next to fields and a wood for dog walking ( wet in October so take wellies ). Good selection of books, music and movies. Local information and ordnance survey maps provided. Short drive to the lovely beach at Sandend And coastal walks. Good back roads for cycling straight from the door and dry storage for bikes in the barn next door. No shops in Fordyce but short drive to Portsoy or Cullen for facilities. Well located in a great area to explore.”
— Peter, 26 October 2020


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