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The Old Merchant House


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Portsoy, Aberdeenshire
Grade 3 Star rating
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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
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. Golf available nearby. 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.

Show amenities 


  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Sea View
    Sea View
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • 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
  • Waterside Breaks
    Waterside Breaks

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2018
    We had a lovely time at the Old Merchant House, and would recommend anyone looking for a relaxing holiday on the north coast to stay in this charming house. We had one minor issue (missing corkscrew) and it was remedied quickly and efficiently. We had a great time exploring the countryside and historic sights in the area, and ate beautifully fresh fish from the local fishmonger (the Co-Op just up the hill is great for groceries, too).

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2018
    We loved de location of the house and the house was cosy and a real smuggler house. The master bedroom has beatiful views and a good kingsize bed. Other things let us down a little bit: we were asked to call to make an appointment for key collection, but only got the voicemail, there wasn’t a welcome pack, the kitchen towels were wet and used and for 5 people there were only 4 towels provided. We also had a problem with the hot water. The housekeeper came the same evening and tried to solve the the hot water problem. It wasn’t solved. We discovered ourselves that the hot water was only working when the heating button was switched on (it was switched off at our arrival). But overall we enjoyed our stay at the Old Merchant House.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2018
    This is a well situated property which is a potential gem but sadly there are issues which require to be addressed. Firstly the windows were very dirty to the extent it was hard to see through some of them. This was important as the views to the front are beautiful. Secondly the whole property needs decorated inside and out. This seems especially pressing as it is situated next to a derelict property plus the adjoining tea room is currently for sale and also looks poorly maintained. Thirdly, there are numerous small repairs required such as toilet roll holder falling off the wall, blind hooks coming of the wall, lack of lock on downstairs toilet; fourthly, availability of only one set of keys - not adequate for a property which sleeps 6. Fifthly, replacement of all non-stick pots and pans which have long since lost their coating and one had a dangerously loose handle, sixthly, lack of some basis kitchen equipment such as a sieve and corkscrew; seventhly the kitchen needs upgraded and the fridge is too small for a let to sleep 6. Lastly, there is a plethora of unnecessary and dusty ornaments and nick knacks which could mostly be removed. The towels and kitchen equipment provided need to be sorted and an inventory provided so that it is clear if anything is lost or broken. All these aspects (only one of which would cost significant investment) would greatly enhance the amenity of this property. The shore front bar no longer serves meals but was welcoming and a good place for an evening drink. Be warned - virtually no mobile phone connection but good wifi!

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