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Speaks: english

Harbourside Home in the Spectacular Coastal Village of Pennan.

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Aberdeen & Grampian House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Harbour House is located in the idyllic village of Pennan in the North East of Scotland.The property has a FIVE STAR GRADING FROM VISIT SCOTLAND.The house sleeps up to 6 people and is furnished,decorated and maintained to the highest standards.A wonderful relaxing stopover between visiting Edinburgh and Loch Ness and the Highlands.


* Downstairs there are two beautifully designed sitting rooms both with traditional woodburning stoves, exquisite furnishings and window seat overlooking the 18th century harbour.

* A large luxury kitchen diner is fully fitted with top quailty appliances and has spectacular seaviews.

* Outside there is a quaint seating area where you can relax while enjoying the sea views.

*Upstairs -Master bedroom with king-size bed and en suite bathroom with shower and deep soaking tub.

*Double bedroom and twin bedroom.Shower room.

The property is kept spotlessly clean and we provide everything you require,cooking essentials,towels,linens,all cleaning products,beach and picnic equipment.


Pennan has been a mecca for tourists ever since it featured in the film Local Hero.Many day visitors stop off to marvel at this tiny,spectacular village.By renting The Harbour House you can stay on after the visitors leave,stroll along the beach,enjoy the sunset and relax...

Pennan is situated on the Banffshire Coast also known as the Dolphin Coast.It is dotted with hidden coves to picnic in, Royal Burghs with wonderful architecture and picturesque fishing villages clinging to the coastline.

Staying in Pennan is a truly wonderful experience and we are pretty sure you will never want to leave..

* Nearest airport -Aberdeen 40 miles away

*Edinburgh -driving time around 3 hours

*Inverness/Loch Ness -driving time around 2 hours


We rent the house for stays of three nights or more and are completely flexible with arrival and departure days.

Keywords: Seaside cottage,Pennan,Local Hero film location,Aberdeenshire,Whisky Trail,Castle Trail,Royal Stuart Golf Course,Duff House Royal Golf Course,Dolphin Coast,Banffshire Coast

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Claudia (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Claudia

We live in Aboyne a small town close to Balmoral Castle and the Cairngorms National Park.We have been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. We own a restaurant on Royal Deeside as well as one of Scotland`s only 5 star hostels- Habitat @Ballater.

Along with our three teenage children we have travelled extensively in Europe and North America.We like to relax when we are on holiday and enjoy nice,comfortable surroundings after a days sightseeing. We have tried to provide everything that our guests will require to have a fabulous holiday in Scotland.

Claudia purchased this house in 2010

Why Claudia chose Aberdeen & Grampian

Pennan is one of the prettiest coastal villages in Scotland.It is situated on the Banffshire coast which is a real 'hidden gem' .The whole coastline is dotted with lovely villages in spectacular settings,there are interesting historical towns such as Banff and Portsoy.The birdwatching and wildlife are world famous.Being based in Pennan means you can easily drive to wonderful beaches,visit ancient castles and explore the wonderful history and culture of rural Aberdeenshire.

What makes this house unique

Pennan is quaint,quiet and peaceful.The 30 or so houses all line the single street and everyone knows each other.When you come out of the front door you are right on the harbourside and next to the pebbled beach.

You can sit outside with a glass of wine and enjoy the fantastic sunsets.When it`s cold outside you can curl up in front of the fire and listen to the waves.


based on 33 traveler reviews

Harbourside Home in the Spectacular Coastal Village of Pennan.
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Perfection in Pennan

  • 5 of 5

Harbour House is a holiday haven. It's well-equipped and well-organised, it's spacious and yet cosy, and it's beautifully decorated, with spades of seaside character. Claudia gave us a warm welcome, and some tasty goodies, and had one of the two wood-burning stoves stoked for our arrival. The setting is stunning, and the locals very friendly. We even bought a couple of lobsters from a creel fisherman in the harbour.

We were a small family group, with a 13 month old. There was plenty of space for the baby to crawl around a play, and he made use of the buckets and spades provided. He also enjoyed the deep square bath tub, and seaview from his highchair.

I stayed in one of the box beds, which are full size singles. Plenty of room for an adult, warm, cosy and fun.

The kitchen was particularly great, if you like to cook whilst staying away. It had everything we needed (or wanted!), from the coffee machine, to a pot big enough for lobster!

I have no hesitation in recommending Harbour House to others.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great! can't wait to return

  • 5 of 5

Great house in a great little picturesque town. I will def be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of owners--they haven't left anything to chance. Upon arrival my traveling companions and I were greeted with a welcoming fire in the woodburning stove, a basket of goodies to make our stay memorable and the owner who welcomed us into the wonderful cottage right on the edge of the harbor at Pennan. The layout was perfect with three bedrooms to give everyone the space we needed and the equipment in the kitchen--even a cappuccino machine--was more plentiful than any other place I've rented through HomeAway. We had picnic equipment, toys for children (if we had brought any), firewood and coal, washcloths (which anyone who has traveled in Europe knows are almost nonexistent). The home was very clean and all amenities were as described. Thank you, Claudia, for a wonderful stay. The little village has friendly residents but do not go there for nightlife (which we didn't) as this time of year there is none. If you're looking for a totally peaceful and beautiful village you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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top notch holiday base

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable and cosy cottage eqipped to a very high standard. An excellent base for touring the beautiful Moray/Aberdeenshire coast. We had a very enjoyable few days and would be more than happy to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, sister and I spent five days at the Harbor House in mid-May while tracing family history. We chose the HH because it was close to where our father was also turned out to be the very nicest place we stayed at during our 3 weeks in Scotland. Our hosts had thought of everything that we could possible want or need to make our stay enjoyable...a warm fire, a wee dram of Whisky, lots of lovely books and a little care package of local products for us to sample. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was very well equipped. We enjoyed walking over the hills to the beach and caves at Aberdour as well as the Five Farms walk from Crovie via Gardenstown and the RSPB site at Troup Head. The town itself is stunningly beautiful, Pennan Inn is a great place to eat in town and there's also a Tea House and a cute little craft shop down near the harbor in Gardenstown.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First rate accommodation in a fabulous setting.

  • 5 of 5

The Habour House is a beautifully presented cottage with every modern convenience you could want for your holiday. We only stayed for 3 nights , but would like to have stayed longer and would love to return. The cottage was spotlessly clean and tidy and the furnishings and interior were high quality and in keeping. The view from the front windows over the harbour are fabulous and for anyone with an interest in the film 'Local Hero ' , as I do , would be thrilled to be here ! As an added bonus, The Pennan Hotel, just a few yards away , has a fantastic menu and is very welcoming. I would recommend The Harbour House to anyone ... it's a real haven and we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pennan Inn
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pennan Inn
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

Birdwatching,dolphin watching and wildlife boat trips,maritime heritage trail,Portsoy Boat Festival,whisky distillery tours,agricultural heritage centre,North East of Scotland Agricultural shows,castle trail,Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum and Heritage Centre.


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Pennan House Rental Rates

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Aug 26 2016 - Aug 28 2016
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We offer 20% discount on quoted rates for 1 or 2 person occupancy.

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Aberdeen & Grampian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
  • Ensuite for master bedroom with shower and Japanese Soaking Tub for 2,basin and toilet. Other two bedrooms share the second shower room.It has walk in shower,basin and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom has en suite.Bedroom 3 has traditional wooden box beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Guests visiting The Harbour House will find it has absolutely everything you require for a fabulous stay.We advise guests they only need to bring their clothes, toiletries and food ! We provide the rest - local guide books and maps,binoculars,picnic set,thermos flask,beach windbreaker,picnic rug, beach chairs,childrens fishing nets,buckets and spades.Highchair and cot on request.

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