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The Aul’ Bank

Whitehills, nr. Banff Grade 4 Star rating View Map
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Converted from a local bank, this property is ideally located for a peaceful break in Aberdeenshire.

This unusual holiday property has been imaginatively converted from the local bank to extremely good effect. It features a wonderful spiral staircase which ascends from the bright, airy living room to the master bedroom. Set in the heart of the quiet traditional fishing village of Whitehills, visitors can easily walk down to the quaint harbour and marina, where locally caught fish can be bought. A walk along the rocky shoreline towards Boyndie Bay with views towards Banff makes an enjoyable afternoon, or visit the villages of Crovie and Pennan (of Local Hero fame), which cling to the rocky coastline further to the east. The Moray Firth is known for its mild climate, lovely sandy beaches and dolphin sightings. Shop 10 yards.

Living room/dining room with electric woodburner, rugs on wooden floor and spiral staircase. Galley-style kitchen with wooden floor. Utility. Double bedroom. Shower room with double power shower and toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Table-top freezer
  • No garden
  • Roadside parking
  • No children under 6 yrs

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  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-24
    Cottage was lovely. Owners have gone to a lot of trouble to furnish it. However they have forgotten about the practicalities of living. There is no hanging space in the bedrooms. There is one single wardrobe in the lounge. The freezer in the bedroom could not be used as it was too noisy for sleeping. The boiler continually switched itself off and on. It's not functioning as it should. The spiral staircase does not comply with building control regulations and in my view is dangerous for children. The lower support on the stairs stops in mid air. In the kitchen there was limited space for our own food stuffs. This was due to an over abundance of crockery - tea set, dinner set, everyday dinner set and glasses galore. At night the light from the street sign could not be blocked out as the curtains would have completely covered the radiators. The blinds need to be blackout type. If these issues were addressed we would consider returning.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 2015-06-13
    Although proprietor was very helpful, there were persistent problems with the gas boiler(which were eventually repaired)which affected showering and having hot water and heating.To be fair, we were offered alternative accommodation, but it was sufficiently close to end of holiday to not be worth the effort. Upstairs bed,having a footboard,restricted its use for tall people.Shower seal leaked at the bottom of door allowing much leakage on to bathroom floor. Whitehills was a pleasant harbour village with two good restaurants. Directions were incorrect as being "opposite Post Office" is not now correct as Post Office has moved.

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6.8 out of 10 – based on 5 reviews collected by Reevoo

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