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The Brae Steading


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Fordyce, Aberdeenshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Set in a conservation village, yet close to sandy beaches, fishing villages and coastal walks.

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 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. 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.

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 and French doors leading to sitting-out area.
4 steps to...
Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee machine, Velux window and tiled floor.
Bedroom: With double 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. 1-acre garden (shared with owner). 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.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Highchair
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2018
    Lovely cosy apartment in a great location with wonderful views over the Moray Firth, and a great base to explore that coast / area from.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2018
    Stayed for the second year running, and have also booked for next year. Washing machine added this year was a big help. Our dog had a great holiday too. Dog friendly places to recommend are the cafe at Portsoy old harbour, and the hotel at Cullen next to the railway viaduct. There is a recently opened dog friendly coffee shop in Fordyce, but when we went to try it we were ignored and ended up leaving. They score 0/10, as in contrast to the Brae Steading they were in need of a refresher in customer care.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2018
    Excellent cottage for two with lovely views. Very clean and well equipped. Idea location for touring the beautiful coastal villages. That good we have already booked again for August.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/04/2018
    The Brae was a wonderful base for exploring the Moray coast. The owners were very helpful and friendly but never intrusive even though their house is next door. The steading was beautifully done out and had everything you could need. It is well located for the many beautiful beaches nearby and lots of interesting places to visit. My dogs and I had a brilliant time and we were blessed with superb weather. We will definitely return to this property.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/04/2018
    Top class the view from the living room is amazing I would recommend it to anyone and the owners were excellent.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 07/04/2018
    A luxurious cottage with everything you could need indoors and out, with a ramp for easier access if required. Situated just outside the village, it's a short drive to local amenities as no shops in Fordyce itself. Loved the decor and layout although we found the memory foam bed hard work but probably just because we weren't used to it! This cottage is definitely worth a stay, either as a base from which to explore or a serene place to rest and relax. We would love to stay again if up this way again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments. We were very sorry to hear the bed was not to your liking. Many of our guests have commented that they have found the bed very comfortable and have slept extremely well (some better than at home!). One guest asked where we purchased the mattress, as she wanted to buy one the same, another said it had been perfect for her bad back problems and another told us they had the best sleep they had had for years. Clearly, it is a personal thing and we sincerely hope it did not affect the overall comfort of your stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2018
    The Brae Cottage is a delight. It is immaculately clean, very comfy, soon gets warm and cosy, and has everything you need a holiday home to have. The location is superb, its very quiet, and the cottage offers a lovely view to the sea. The owners live next door and apart from a lovely welcome on our arrival and a reassurance that they were there if we needed them, we never saw them again! We had a lovely holiday and give the Brae Steading our highest recommendation.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/01/2018
    Recently stayed at the Brae, it was easy to find the directions spot on. On arrival there was a lovely welcome tea coffee and chocolates, even treats for the dog. The cottage was spotless and comfortable with everything you need. Thank you Diane. Fordyce is a lovely little village and not far from Portsoy which has a Coop. Take way fish and chips. Buckie has a tesco which also does fuel at a reasonable price. Easy for touring the local area which has stunning harbours.

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