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The Old Merchant House

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Portsoy, Aberdeenshire
Grade 3 Star rating
Pets 1
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This holiday home offers wonderful accommodation filled with traditional features and boasts a truly wonderful location in ’Castle Country’.

The Old Merchant House is a stunning 18th-century old smugglers’ house on the historic harbour front at Portsoy with stunning sea views. Built in 1726 the house is packed with original features including exposed beams, wooden floors and a wood burner situated in the original 18th-century stone fireplace. Accommodation is over three floors, sleeping 6 in three comfortable bedrooms, while from the kitchen and living room; guests can enjoy the marvellous seascape and activities of the 17th-century harbour. A good pub and coffee shop are within yards of the house, with all the other shops and eateries just a short walk away. This part of the north east of Scotland is often referred to as ’Castle Country’, being home to around a thousand castles or castle ruins, providing a wealth of history to explore. Along the coast there is an abundance of wildlife to see. Take a trip to Troup Head where you will see the RSPB gannet colony plus loads of other sea birds; see the seals basking at Port Gordon; go on a boat trip or just get your spyglasses out and spot the famous Moray dolphins or a minke whale. This part of Scotland lends itself to day trips with something for everyone. Beach 20 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Most rooms with wooden floors.
First Floor:
Living/dining room: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge and freezer.
Second Floor:
Utility room: With washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2018
    Lovely place to stay for a short break in Portsoy.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2017
    A lovely house in an amazing location metres from the picturesque harbour. Very clean and well equipped. Comfortable and relaxing with extra karma from the views. Portsoy has decent amenities for its size with more available in nearby towns. We went sea fishing out of Portknockie (9 miles travel) which was a great experience and at £30 per head for 3 hours great value for money. Caught lots and no skill involved.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2017
    Recently stayed at the ' Old Merchant House' with my husband and son. Was extremely impressed with the overall experience . The house overlooks the historic harbour and excellent views can be seen from the front facing windows. The house was clean, warm, well equipped and very atmospheric. Lovely coastal walks are available from the village and by car further tourist attractions are nearby. Would certainly book again and come with a larger family group.

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8.8 out of 10 – based on 4 reviews collected by Reevoo
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