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Steading Conversion Near Coast With Private Garden And Open Views Across Fields

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage near Cullen and Portsoy, Grampian, Scotland, UK - Peaceful Location Within 15mins Walk To Beach, Coastal Footpaths For Occasional Dolphin Spotting

Situated on the Moray Firth coast, midway between the popular villages of Cullen and Portsoy, Brankies Cottage is perfectly situated for exploring the Moray and Banffshire area. The Speyside whisky trail is within east driving distance as is the Castle trail. The cottage has open views across fields, some with livestock, and hills with a private secure garden area and plently of parking available. Located approx. 1/2 mile from the main A98 coast road, the cottage is easily accessed from Aberdeen and Inverness. Popular local beaches of Sandend and Cullen are reached within 5 and 10 mins by car. Sandend beach can be walked to in 15mins and the secluded Sunnyside beach can be accessed past Finlater Castle along clifftop paths. There are numerous Golf Courses nearby including Royal Tarlair and Duff House as well as local courses at Cullen and Strathlene. There are around 15 courses within 25 miles of the cottage including championship courses.

Property Manager
Christine Pert
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
July 2, 2017

About Christine Pert

Christine Pert. Architect.

Lives across the courtyard in the steading, with husband and two girls age 18 and 14. We have lived at the steading for eleven years and keep improving the buildings and courtyard garden. Hugo the family Springer spaniel , loves nothing more than a walk on any beach, which we often have to ourselves!

We have stayed in lots of holiday cottages in the past and have tried to incorporate all the best bits into Brankies Cottage.

Christine Pert purchased this barn in 2002

Why Christine Pert chose Aberdeen & Grampian

Lovely location surrounded by fields and within walking distance of the sea.

What makes this barn unique

Within five minutes drive of Cullen on one side and Portsoy in the other. The area has lots to offer but lies off most tourist routes so visitors can enjoy piece and quite if they wish it or you can head off to Elgin, Inverness or Aberdeen and still visit castles and distilleries.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Lovely cottage" - A+W Buchan

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage. Beautiful surroundings. Cottage had everything we needed." - John and Rachel.

"Lovely Cottage! Had a great time!" - Mark, Rhoda and family.
Sep 2011
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Banff Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Plus Cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: No smoking within the cottage. Please no pets to be allowed in bedrooms or left unattended. Internet access is available but limited connection suitable for down loading mail but unfortunately not for watching i-player of games due to poor connection speed in area. Ask owners for security code. Outside: Private garden with fence and gate. Open views across fields to West. External seating and small table on patio. BBQ. Rotary drier. Parking available for 4 cars including two spaces under timber carport. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and dish towels included. Towels are provided but please bring your own beach towels. Cleaning at changeover. Essentials like kitchen roll, washing powder etc. also included along with welcome tray. Other: Store with high chair, baby bath and travel cot. Ironing board, cleaning materials and drying rack. Ground source heat pump supplying all heating and hot water. If you have a child there are a selection of toys. (Lego,Playmobile, train set & castle.


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Steading Conversion Near Coast With Private Garden And Open Views Across Fields
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

The steading was lovely, lots of light, lovely furniture, very cosy and very clean. Great also for families with little children. Not far from the beach and near the coastal trail with nice walks. I loved the cottage with its little garden. It had enough space for the four of us and I would definitely go there again.Highly recommendable.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property in a stunning location. Really enjoyed our stay. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Fabulous cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was perfect - very clean and had everything and more than we expected. It was very well laid out and spacious and felt like a real home from home. The patio was bathed in sunshine most evenings and one evening when the weather was no so nice, the log burner was a real treat. We had good communication with the owner who was very helpful and we knew if we needed anything, we only had to ask. We would definitely recommend this cottage to friends. We visited the beach at Sandend on a daily basis and were lucky enough to spot dolphins on two occasions. I enjoyed walking to Sandend and along the coastal path to Findlater Castle and also down to the lovely Sunnyside beach - all within easy reach of the cottage. We had a good afternoon at the Gordon Castle walled garden, enjoyed watching seals on the west beach at Lossiemouth and visited the Spey Bay dolphin centre. We drove round quite a bit of the stunning coast in the area and visited lots of the little villages with pretty harbours. We had very tasty fish and chips from 'Hook Line & Sinker' in Portsoy, a nice lunch at 'Bijou' in Buckie which boasts lovely views and bought fabulous fish for dinner from the fish merchant in Sandend who are open in the mornings. We really did have a great holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the cottage. It is just beautiful and Chris is a real good host. She supplied us with fresh milk, water, some cookies, fresh flowers and a lot of toys for the kids. Thank u very much for our great time me in Scotland.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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You will want to come back!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three had a marvellous time staying in this beautifully decorated and spacious cottage. The views from the cottage – and especially from the livingroom – is absolutely serene. Sandend Beach is minutes away and wonderfully peaceful. All our favourite places are within very easy drive: the Grampians, Inverness, Ballater. And then there are wonderful nearby attractions: Huntly Castle, Duff House and Delgatie Castle – which have now become favourites.

The cottage itself is not only beautiful but the wonderful attention to detail (from the boot room to Chris’ hints on where to buy ice cream to the gorgeous dolls house for our little one to play with) makes it delightfully comfortable. The open-plan kitchen and living room make for cosy evenings with lots of cooking and conversation. We love the wood burner and wet room.

Really – we can’t praise this cottage enough. We love it so much that we’ve just booked our next holiday there. I doubt we’ll stay elsewhere during our annual visits to Scotland.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully renovated conversion with stunning views and great access to lots of things to do. We were pleasantly surprised on our arrival at the space the cottage has to offer. I feared we might feel a little cooped up, but we were more than happy whiling away the mornings, relaxing in the spacious living area and taking our time to get ready to leave for the days adventures. Beautuiful sandy beach very close by, lovely owner and thoughtful touches such as children's toys and age appropriate bedding.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is really rewarding to receive such a positive comment. We enjoyed developing the steading and try to create a welcoming atmosphere for all our guests.
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Numerous coastal and inland walks. Surfing popular at Sandend and Banff beaches. Dolphins, otters and seals can be seen along the coast. Ospreys can be seen at Spey Bay. Wildlife cruises available from Banff and Buckie. Good value walks to local hills, less than 1500ft, but excellent views. Quiet roads popular with cyclists.

Line fishing at Cullen or on the Deveron.


10-15mins walk (3min drive) to Sandend beach - very safe for kids, popular spot for bodyboarding and surfing. 30mins walk to secluded, picturesque Sunnyside beach (only reached by foot). Cullen beach 10mins drive.


Aberdeen airport approximately 1 hours drive. Bus stop for main bus route on main road 1/2 mile from cottage. Nearest train station is Keith. Use of car recommended.


Sandend village 10mins walk. Fordyce village with cafe, 3miles away. Popular tourist villages of Portsoy and Cullen within 3 miles. Macduff aquarium and Duff House with 14miles.

Further Details:

Shops, pubs, banks and hotels in Portsoy and Cullen (3miles). Supermarkets and pools in Banff and Buckie (12 miles). Main shopping and leisure centre in Elgin (25miles)


Rates & Availability

Banff Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 7 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Must be 18 or over to book. £80 non-returnable deposit to book. Balance required within 6 weeks of holiday start.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is preferred change over day but can be flexible. Arrival after 4pm, departure before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Christmas / New Year / 2015/16 dates and prices available on request.
Short breaks available on request with minimum stay of three nights.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.