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Tore View - mill cottage on the beach by Pennan, Banffshire

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Vernon's review of Tore View
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Tore View, holiday cottage Banff - sleeps 2-6

Beautifully converted 19th century mill cottage on the beach near the village of Pennan, Banffshire.

In the sheltering arms of rugged, curved cliffs we find a beautiful, hidden beach, pebbles and rocks giving way to pale, flat sand as the tide recedes, late afternoon sun slanting across the water and colours wavering with the movement of the swell. Looking down on the beach the neat, pretty stone mill cottage Tore View is perfectly placed for a relaxing seaside holiday. I take a few moments to soak in the lovely new landscape, to slow down and let go of all thoughts of work and obligations and to be pulled completely into the moment. The sea is my element and I love to be near, on or in it so I couldn't be happier with this lovely Banffshire holiday cottage.

We grab our hand luggage and step across to the cottage to find some refreshment - on goes the kettle and how lovely to find that all we need is here – tea, milk, even home made chocolate brownies, still warm from the oven. Lynn (or was it Bill?) must have baked them to coincide exactly with our arrival. We settle down with steaming mugs and take in our surroundings – we're in a large, bright kitchen furnished in rich colours and warm wood; behind us is a hallway with doors opening off to other rooms and stairs leading intriguingly up to another part of the house.

Revived by tea and brownies, we are ready to explore a little before unloading the car and unpacking our things. The tide is nearly out and we walk across the sand to dip our toes in the water; from here we can see around a headland to a larger beach fronted by a row of quaint, white houses, the tiny, picture-perfect harbour village of Pennan. Later we'll find ourselves sitting in that same harbour, enjoying good, wholesome pub food while looking out on perfect blue skies and seemingly endless sea. Some of the scenes in Local Hero were filmed here and I'm told that everyone who visits makes a call from the red 'phone box by the shore.

The rest of the cottage is in the same vein as the kitchen, furnished with well chosen antiques, local tartans brightening the upholstery and windows. All three bedrooms are charming and have lovely views – ours has a lovely iron bedstead complete with knobs and the cutest window peeping out on the hills, so that I can lie on the bed and look out. In the upstairs living room too, ingeniously placed windows make the most of the views and the light and it's a treat to sink into the deep, leather sofa and take it all in at our leisure. Bill and Lynn have done a beautiful job of converting the old mill into holiday accommodation, leaving some walls bare and beams revealed, allowing the natural colours and textures to complement the furnishings and adding lovely details such as the antique lamps that hang from ceilings and sit at bedsides and original cast iron radiators.

We are in a quiet, undiscovered part of Scotland, so we have had beautiful beaches all to ourselves, sat quietly watching for seals and dolphins and listened to waves on the shore, sometimes lapping gently, sometimes crashing wildly and I've left the wee window by the bed open at night, just for the treat of being lulled to sleep by the sea's soothing rhythm. What a perfectly relaxing way to end a day.

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Further details about this accommodation

Tore View has been renovated to a high standard keeping many of the interior stone walls and antique beams as a character feature along with the original date stone of 1841. The cottage has been tastefully decorated using local Clan Gunn tartan and antiques from the local area including antique cast iron radiators and fishermans' kists.
The cottage has scenic views over the Tore burn, the old stone bridge and the cliffs beyond.
Free satelite HD TV, WiFi and an iPod docking station are provided.
Outside is a private patio, also with stunning views.

Downstairs:
Large entrance way and kitchen with exposed stone walls and integrated kitchen appliances including dishwasher and induction hob.
2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom.
Large ceramic tiled bathroom with roll-top bathtub and shower.
Separate WC.

Upstairs:
Large lounge with exposed stone walls.

Well-behaved dogs allowed for a charge of £15 each. Please arrange when booking.

Our top 5 things to see and do while staying at Tore View
hotel Banffshire's unspoilt coastline offers many stunning, often deserted, beaches, some with long stretches of clean golden sand, others with rocky cliffs and shingle. You don't need to go more than a stone's throw from the cottage to find your own beautiful, secluded beach and Pennan beach is just around the corner, with its pretty village, pub and Local Hero's famous red 'phone box. New Aberdour beach has sea caves to explore.
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This is Scotland's dolphin coast and is an excellent area for spotting dolphins, porpoises, minke whales, orca, seals and even humpbacked whales. You are quite likely to see dolphins and seals from the beach by the cottage - bring binoculars.

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There are plenty of castle to visit in the vicinity. Spend a day at Ballindalloch, home of the MacPherson-Grants since 1546, a real fairy tale castle with beautiful gardens, or at Fyvie Castle, now run by the National Trust , equally impressive and also with lovely gardens. Huntly Castle has four ruined floors to explore, along with bakehouse, brewery and dungeon.

hotel Macduff Aquarium was justly awarded an 'Icon of Scotland' award by VisitScotland, housing a unique exhibition of fish, invertebrates and seaweeds usually only experienced by donning wetsuit and tank. The Georgian town of Banff with its lovely architecture and harbour is a great place to visit..
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The nearby Pennan inn does good, local food as well as an excellent Thai green curry. New Pisligo Arms Hotal has an interesting menu with flavours from all over the world and The Harbour Restaurant, Gardenstown serves delicious meals in a lovely setting with a great atmosphere.