Portessie is a traditional fishing village that sits on the edge of the Moray Firth coast and if it's dramatic, unadulterated nature and landscape that you want Portessie is a great spot to rent a holiday home. This property has been recently renovated and now has all mod cons. It's a detached stone croft building located in Portessie itself and has glorious views of the rugged landscapes from most of the windows of the house. The property is all on the ground floor and has 3 double bedrooms, 2 of which have en suite bathrooms with showers. There's another bathroom with a bath, a large open plan living/dining/sitting area and a country style... kitchen with wooden units and all the appliances necessary to cook up some tasty meals preferably using some of the incredible local produce that this region is famous for.
Amenities: Central heating with gas fire in sitting room. Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x LCD TV with Freeview, DVD, stereo/CD player. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 3 cars. Large lawned garden with patio area and garden furniture. One well-behaved pet by arrangement. Sorry, no smoking. Shop, Post Office and pub 2 mins walk. Bijou restaurant on Portessie seafront 5 mins drive. Note: Although accommodation is all ground floor, this property is not suitable for wheelchair access.
Region: From the lush green farmlands of the Borders to the ruggedness of the Highlands, the Scots are proud of their land and identity. Scotland also has some of Britain's best beaches with glorious stretches of clean sand over which to roam.
Town: The attractive old villages of Gardenstown and Pennan are also nearby, as is Cullen, which has one Scotland's largest beaches. Within easy reach of this accommodation, Cullen is a popular destination with families because of its massive beach but also because there's plenty of nature spotting to enjoy. If there's a bird watcher in the family then they'll be pleased to know that the RSPB Reserve in Spey is also in the area. The Moray Firth is also a top place for spotting bottle-nosed dolphins and there are regular dolphin spotting boat excursions on offer throughout the day.
All prices are inclusive of the booking fee. Winter Short Breaks (WSB) are available at many properties in the "Winter" period - subject to availability. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. Off Season Breaks (OSB) are available at many properties in parts of the "Low" and "Mid" periods - subject to availability. The price for a 3 night break is either 75% of the normal weekly rental or, if it is higher, the quoted Winter Short Break price. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. OSBs can be booked within a calendar month of the start date of the holiday. "Last Minute Breaks" (LMB) are available at most properties throughout the "LOW", "MID", "HIGH", "PEAK", "XMAS" and "NEW YEAR" periods. The price for a 3 night break is either 65% of the normal weekly rental or, if it is higher, the quoted Winter Short Break price. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. LMBs can be booked within one week of the start date of the holiday.
Left on 08/29/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Kenneth Bland
This cottage had everything you would need on holiday and more. We loved it and do not want to tell too many people as it will make it too popular and unavailable.
John & Ruth Giblenn
Absolutely outstanding in every way.
Left on 06/20/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | John & Ruth Giblenn
This property was by far the best we have ever stayed in.Superbly furnished,spotlessly clean. We could not fault it in any way. Panoramic sea views from most windows.It was a credit to the owner.If all holiday properties were as good as this, we would have no worries.
Suburb all Round Cottage
Left on 05/31/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Twigymil
Fantastic location with superb view. Very homely, everything provided for a relaxed, comfortable holiday.
Very helpful and thoughtful,owner, it was as though the cottage had been prepared for family rather than holiday makers and plenty of parking and ample ground for running around, and close to all ammenites.
The first time we have stayed in a cottage where even cleaning materials were provided.
Very close to Spey Bay where we watched dolphins, also Port Gordon fo seal spotting. I would highly recommend this cottage for comfort, location and ease of convenience.
This cottage & location were fantastic in a rainy snowy March it was very cosy especially with the great fireplace and cosy atmosphere, I would imagine that in the summer it would be amazing. If you are looking an all year round getaway this is the place to be. This cottage has a wealth of warmth of its own, and I can see why guests return time after time.
chris & sandy keeling
brilliant value for money
Left on 05/28/2012 for a stay in August 2011 | chris & sandy keeling
The booking with Sykes was flawless and service was great.
The cottage is great its fully equiped with every thing you
could need and all rooms are well appointed and clean.The cottage is in great location over looking the sea and you can easaly forget its in ammid other houses.Its well sittuated in easy drive of a great variaty of things to see and do or you can just sit on the patio relax and watch the boats go by brilliant.
Perfect holiday accommodation, very homely, magnificent view.
Left on 12/04/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Polly
Fantastic location with superb view. Very homely, every last thing provided for a relaxed, comfortable holiday.
Very friendly and helpful owners, also very thoughtful, it was as though the cottage had been prepared for family rather than holiday makers.
The first time we have stayed in a cottage where even cleaning materials were provided.
Watching seals from the patio was an added bonus.
Very close to Spey Bay where we watched dolphins, also Port Gordon where we spent some time so close to the seals.
I would highly recommend this cottage for comfort, location and friendly owners.
Had a fabulous meal with family in the Old Coach House Hotel in Buckie. The staff were fantastic and the food was 5 star.
This cottage & location were fantastic in a windy October, I would imagine that in the summer it would be idylic. If you are looking for a cold, minimalist cottage this one is not for you.
This cottage has a wealth of warmth and heart, no wonder guests return time after time.
Spiers Family Staycationers
Left on 09/16/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Spiers Family Staycationers
Braehead Croft is the ideal location for exploring the multitude of riches that the area provides. If its spotting Dolphins or Seals the nearby coast provides ample opportunity or exploring the multitude of small fishing villages - Portsoy and its icecream was a particular favourite. Local history is well catered for with numerous castles or for those who enjoy a dram Portessie is close to the Whisky Trail.If its the excitement of our airforce then Kinloss & Lossiemouth are close by. But if you just want to look out over the Moray Firth then Braecroft is in the perfect location and with every comfort provided.
Great cottage with stunning views and beautiful countryside
Left on 09/16/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Ann
We couldn't fault the cottage on any front and the views from the house and garden were stunning. The town has everything you need without travelling further afield. The countryside around is beautiful and steeped in history and the beaches on the east coast are always worth a visit. Even the whisky trail is worth doing just for the scenery. The local people couldn't be more friendly. In fact there was everything you could wish for in one package.
Ladner BC Canada
Left on 08/17/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Mairi Maxwell
The owner was there to greet us to this lovely cottage. Everything was first class, the view was fabulous we even had performing dolphins one evening at sunset. We hope to return and most certainly would recommend Braehead croft, home away from home.
Left on 07/22/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Mrs Greenwood
Holiday was well managed. House comfortable & well equipped. Outstanding sea views, convenient location for shops and places of interest. A totally good holiday experience. No negatives
Mary & John
A week at peace
Left on 12/18/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | Mary & John
fantastic cottage in a superb location, every thing you could want for even binoculars left for whatching the dolphins. A very peaceful break away from the rat race.
burton on trent
Left on 12/09/2009 for a stay in December 2007 | barbara
this accommodation is fantastic for a family. We have been a couple of times in summer and winter and the place is lovely. The area is ideal for visiting other areas and the people are so friendly. Its great that there are 3 bathrooms and plenty of room for privacy. would recommend to anyone.
A fabulous "Home from Home" with amazing views of the Moray Firt
Left on 12/08/2009 for a stay in May 2009 | Angie
Directions were excellent and we found the cottage exactly as described. The owners were very helpful and provided everything you could possibly need and more. The croft is spacious, clean and comfortable, with plenty of room for 5 adults. The property is in a beautiful location, with fabulous sea views from the lounge and bedrooms, and a lovely patio area and garden to sit out in and enjoy. We spotted a pod of dolphins following a boat, and seals, all from the garden !
There are plenty of shops, supermarkets,pubs and take away facilities within walking distance or a short drive away. There are plenty of places to visit. Elgin, Lossiemouth,Inverness are favourites of ours, and the Baxters Experience is a must !
We loved the freedom the property gave us, and have become regular visitors, driving 1500 miles on our last trip! This cottage is a rare gem . I want to live there !
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