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Harbour Cottage - seaside cottage Scotland

free wifi 6
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£140 per night standard rate £150 per night peak rate (e.g. bank holidays)  
Minimum stay 3 nights 20% discount for one or two person occupancy
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Vernon's review of Harbour Cottage
seaside cottage Scotland


Harbour Cottage - sleeps 6

Delightful, traditional seaside cottage overlooking the harbour and beach in the picturesque village of Pennan, Aberdeenshire.

Hidden away in a small, sheltered cove with its own tiny harbour and white sandy beach, our first sight of Pennan delights us as we round the final bend and come down the hill into the village. It's a perfect wee Scottish fishing village: traditional whitewashed cottages hug the shore, curls of woodsmoke drift up from warm hearths in the still air and clear blue water lazily laps the shoreline. We spot the red phone box by the harbour, now quite famous after featuring in the film 'Local Hero' and the Pennan Inn, known for its Thai curries and soon we've found our lovely seaside cottage, looking just as it does on the photos, a pretty blue and white stone house close to the beach and harbour.

Inside, we discover a smart, modern kitchen with a fantastic view of the harbour, where we can sit at the table or in the window seat and watch fishing boats quiety chug in and out or spot bird and sea life. We find everything we could possibly need in the kitchen, including a basket of tasty homemade local goodies to get us started - plenty for tea and breakfast next morning - and make short work of the delicious Aberdeen butteries with homemade jam, which soon become a feature at teatime.

There have been many such welcome extra touches here at our harbour cottage and no cries of 'Oh, why didn't we bring the such and such...'. A good collection of books and games, buckets and spades and fishing nets are all here for guests to use. We spent a very pleasant final evening in the main living room, snuggled down by the stove with a good bottle of malt, watching the house's copy of 'Local Hero', exclaiming over locations that we recognised.

We are spoilt here at Harbour House with a choice of two sitting rooms. The front room has a lovely sea view and we've found it a great place to sit during the day, enjoying comings and goings on the sea and in the harbour and making the most of being on holiday by the seaside. At the back, the main living room has lovely comfy chairs and sofa and is spacious but cosy, decorated in pretty, natural colours with lovely wooden floors, warm exposed stone and beams; here we've spent some very pleasant evenings relaxing by the stove with a good book or film. A rather unusual, wooden staircase with a nautical feel to it takes us upstairs to the bedrooms.

Our master suite is luxurious - we can step from our novel Japanese soaking tub onto a warm, tiled floor before slipping into fine linen and best of all, we can see and hear the sea from our window. Along the landng, the equally comfortable twin room overlooks the harbour and is decorated in a maritime style, which is repeated and exaggerated in the lovely children's room next door. It's great fun to climb up into a neat cabin bed, draw the curtains across and drift off to sea...

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Further details about this accommodation

Modern, stylish dining kitchen with top quality appliances, crockery and glassware; large window seat overlooking the beach and harbour.
Off the kitchen there is a small vestibule area for coat and boot storage.
A door leads through to two public rooms, both of which are beautifully decorated and furnished:
Traditional wood panelled sitting room with wood burning stove, comfortable seating and television.
Second sitting room with wood burning stove, sea view.
Charming seating area overlooking the cliffs and harbour.

An unusual open staircase leads to the upper floor:
Master bedroom suite with view along the beach, beautifully decorated with fitted closets, kingsize bed, atmospheric lighting and luxury linens. The ensuite bathroom is fully tiled and has a Japanese soaking tub, shower and under floor heating.
Twin bedroom to the rear with traditional wooden box beds. Once you climb up the steps into bed you can close your curtains and snuggle down. Each bed has its own bookshelves and night light. This room has space for a travel cot if required.
Double bedroom to the front of the property with a window seat overlooking Pennan's picturesque harbour, decorated with a stylish seaside feel.
The spacious shower room has under floor heating and is beautifully decorated with hand painted tiles, quality fittings and a pebble mosaic floor.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at Harbour Cottage
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. Pennan beach is right on the doorstep beside the pretty village and harbour and featuring Local Hero's famous red 'phone box. New Aberdour beach has interesting sea caves to explore.
hotel 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 at Pennan - bring binoculars.
self catering 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.
hotel The 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.