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Boatman’s Cottage

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Portessie, near Buckie, Highlands
Grade 4 Star rating
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Dating from 1863 this traditional sail-makers cottage lies just 100 yards from the seafront in Portessie.

Just 100 yards from the seafront in Portessie, and an additional 200 yards to the sandy beach, dating from 1863 this traditional, detached sail-makers cottage enjoys sea views from the bedrooms and the decked area, and views of Seal Island from the twin bedroom. Comfortable and cosy, it is situated just a short stroll from the harbour and beach with rock pools. With attention to detail, the kitchen and downstairs bathroom have been renovated to a good standard and the property benefits from the downstairs windows having shutters. You will receive a refreshment welcome pack upon arrival and not forgetting your four-legged friends too, they will also have a doggy welcome pack waiting. This coastline’s stunning scenery, charming fishing villages and picturesque harbours invite exploration, and at Buckie harbour there are local boat trips offering a chance to spot dolphins, whales or seals. Ideally located to reach the many golf courses dotted around the area. Just 5 minutes’ walk behind the cottage lies miles of disused railway line, which has now been converted for cycling and dog walking adventures. There is on-site parking for 1 car and additional on road parking on the seafront (with no restrictions). The world famous Whisky and Castle trails are nearby. Shop and restaurant 500 yards, pub 350 yards.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV and CD player.
Living/dining room.
Low door and step to...
Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bathroom: With bath and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed, sloping ceiling and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet (Jack and Jill with bedroom 2).
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot. Welcome pack. Decked area. Private parking for 1 car; additional on road parking. Please note: There are 9 steps to the decked area.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • 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
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2018
    A charming well modernised comfortable cottage in a period residential community which is remarkably quiet. The cottage is well equipped and surprisingly roomy although the low doorways take some getting used to. The streets are narrow and quaint. The area is one which has bars rather than pubs if that is where you would look for meals out. There is a delightful seafront cafe, Bijou by the Sea, which is modern, light, airy and the food is excellent (see TripAdvisor) and is within easy walking distance. Portessie is, like all of the coastal villages either side a fishing community with an interesting harbour area and a coastline which is a riot of varied fauna & flora. For those who like being out and about on foot there are short easy strolls or longer walks available on a beautiful coastline with dolphins close inshore and a seal community on a beach within a few miles. A perfect location for a quiet, laid back and restful break.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your wonderful comments, we are lucky to have a lovely disused connection of railway lines to walk along where you can enjoy the fauna & flora of the coast.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/05/2018
    Great place to stay for a peaceful holiday . Every thing you could wish for . Kevin the owner could not do more and is a really nice person . He even supplied a fan on my request. The location was perfect for the sights we wanted to see and to watch the seals in the nearby bays were a bonus. I would recommend this beautiful cottage to anyone. Kevin and your wife a big big thank you. X

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your lovely comments, we appreciate that you had a long journey and you wasn’t disappointed at all, we hope you will visit us again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2017
    Couldn't have wished for better. As always this cottage offers a comfortable, well presented and restful environment.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner- We appreciate your comments & score. We always endeavour to work hard to make your holiday experience at Boatmans a relaxing, enjoyable stay. We look forward to seeing you at Boatmans cottage again.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 19/08/2017
    It's a lovely cottage, very well equipped. It had a musty damp smell.Its location is great if you want a quiet peaceful break. You need to drive quite a bit to see anything of interest.There are not many places to eat, or shops within walking distance.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. Thank you for your comments and we will investigate the smell. We agree that the cottage is a great place for quiet breaks. The heating is set at a comfortable heat setting through day and night, if this is turned off it may have caused smell, as you may be aware the cottage is nearly 200 yrs old, built with granite onto earth.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2017
    Boatmans cottage was welcoming and comfortable. Equipment was well stocked. Area was quiet and relaxing. Would definitely stay again if returning to that area.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Boatmans cottage and look forward to seeing you again

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2017
    Nothing in the area for families you have to drive to find anything and no restaurants to eat out.the holiday wasn't worth the money I paid for it.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Thank you for your feedback. Part of the charm of Boatman’s Cottage is the peaceful location, with a local bar and restaurant which can be found within a few hundred yards. The nearest town is Buckie which has an extensive array of cafes, restaurants, shops, swimming pool, golf course and more. Buckie can be reached by either a stunning coastal walk behind the cottage or alternatively by the number 35 bus. For additional activities to do with the family we would also recommend the Buckie Heritage Centre.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/07/2017
    Fantastic property. Was great having the two living areas, both with tv/dvd, as it gave our two teenagers their own space. We joked that they had the west wing and the adults had the east wing!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. Thank you, we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay at Boatmans and look forward to having you stay again!

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8.8 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by Reevoo
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