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Hill Crest - Seaside Clifftop Cottage - Panoramic Views of Fabulous Cullen Bay

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage in Cullen, Grampian, Scotland - Direct Access To Walking Paths And 10 Minutes To The Harbour, The Beach & Cullen Golf Club

Hill Crest Holiday Cottage is a traditional stonebuilt period property superbly located in a prime elevated site with panoramic, unobstructed views overlooking Cullen Bay in the Royal Burgh of Cullen, a charming and historic village on the Moray Firth in Scotland. Hill Crest is a spacious and comfortable 4 bedroom cottage with all the modern conveniences as well as having the benefits of a lovely private and enclosed patio garden, gazebo and large decked area overlooking the bay. This cliff top cottage is only steps from a walking path which leads directly to the harbour, the beach and the local links golf course to the west. The coastal trail to the east will take you through incredible scenery, with opportunities to view a variety of wildlife, to the ancients ruins of Findlater Castle. Dolphin watching, boating, fishing, surfing and cycling are only a few of the many activities available for visitors to this delightful area. Make your holiday escape one to remember!


Owner
Selma & Rob Nicol
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2018

About Selma & Rob Nicol

The Owners of this special property are Selma and Rob Nicol. We are both Canadian, although Rob grew up in Buckie which is a short distance from Cullen. We met in Canada in 1991 and eventually married in Scotland in 1998 at Eilean Donan Castle (very romantic!) and moved to a lovely little farmhouse just outside of Buckie on the Moray Coast. I nursed at the local hospital and Rob had an upholstery business. In 2005 family obligations necessitated a return to Canada but we continued to regularly return to Scotland to visit family with the intention of some day moving back. During our time on the Moray Coast, and when we visited from Canada, we were regular visitors to Cullen as loved its village charm, beautiful beach and of course the ice cream! We began to dream of some day having a holiday cottage here. During a holiday visit late in 2011, while walking the trails around Cullen, we spotted Hill Crest with a For Sale sign and knew we had found our cottage.

Selma & Rob Nicol purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Selma & Rob Nicol chose Cullen

We purchased the cottage only a few days before returning to Canada. Rob returned a few months later and began an extensive renovation and I joined him a few months after that to handle the furnishing and decorating component. It was a crazy time but with lots of support from local tradespeople and family and friends we managed to complete the job. In August of 2012 we returned to Scotland permanently and had the pleasure of living in Hill Crest ourselves while looking for a new home. We loved every minute and actually I had a difficult time leaving for our new house. Hill Crest is so charming, the views are stunning, the local people are absolutely lovely and it was a privilege to stay there in my eyes.

What makes this cottage unique

It is peaceful, serene and nature is at your doorstep every day. The sea and skies are different every day and I have never seen such beautiful sunsets. We saw the dolphins in the bay from the bench looking out to sea, which is in front of the house, the first week we were there and I knew we had picked a very special place to live. I can only hope our visitors enjoy Hill Crest as much as we have!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Some excerpts from our Guest Book:

"What a lovely cottage! I couldn't find anything that was missing! Made the most of the lovely terrace and relaxed a lot, so I haven't done half the things I wanted to do. Two weeks were not enough so I have to come back."

"What a wonderful week we have had in Cullen - warmth and sunshine every day, great walks, lots to do - but most of all we greatly enjoyed the comfort and amenities of your cottage."

"We knew we were going to have a great time the minute we walked through the door."

"A fabulous house with everything you might need. A stunning location with views second to none. We have had an amazing time."
Feb 2013
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Amenities

Cullen Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite Shower Room - toilet , shower , On Main Floor
    Family Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , On First Floor
  • Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 1 with w/c, sink and shower, Bathroom with w/c, sink & bath/shower over for bedrooms 2, 3 & 4
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed & ensuite, Bedroom 2 with king size bed, Bedroom 3 with single bed, Bedroom 4 with single bed plus infant cot on request. All bedrooms have sea or garden views with the upstairs double having sea views on three sides.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Hill Crest Holiday Cottage is a very special place to unwind, relax and take a well-deserved break in Bonnie Scotland! It is a spacious comfortable family home with all the modern conveniences plus period charm. Hill Crest is a no-smoking holiday home. Some pets considered. Contact the owner for more information. Outside: Hill Crest Holiday Cottage has a fabulous cliff top location with a patio garden in the back of the house which is in a very sheltered area and has a table with parasol that seats 6. The paths are gravelled and lead across the garden to our newly decked area which has a lovely covered timber gazebo with a table and bench seating. There are also a further 4 timber deck chairs for sunning and enjoying dolphin watching in Cullen Bay! It is the feature of this property of which we are most proud and hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Utility Room: Large capacity washing machine, condenser dryer, drying rack, outdoor drying facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Egyptian cotton towels and beach towels are provided plus all high quality bed linens. Property is cleaned weekly at changeover on Saturday and on request on changeover day for longer visits. Extra linens, blankets and pillows are available on request. Other: Separate dining room with gas fire, extendable dining room table and sea views from three windows. Cosy reading nook beside the fire.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews
5

Absolutely Superb

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Wow! Where to start?

We have stayed in many holiday rentals over the years and Hill Crest is by far the best cottage we have ever visited. Our party consisted of three generations and a dog and there was ample space both inside and outside the cottage for everyone.

Starting with the location and the stunning views over the bay which will stop you in your tracks, we were blown away. Selma met us with the keys and showed us around the property....a very nice touch.

The cottage was beautifully decorated and furnished and absolutely immaculate! Everything you could ever need was provided by the thoughtful hosts.

We immediately felt at home.

The weather was great which always helps! We had a walk along the upper coastal path to Portnockie stopping off for a beverage or two, then returning via the lower path that takes you past Bow Fiddle Rock. Would definitely recommend this because the views are amazing.

The chip shop and ice cream shop are both great and worth a visit. We had a Tesco delivery which saved us from having to do a shop as soon as we arrived. Great idea!

We will definitely be back to this wonderful cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for that wonderful review of your recent stay at HillCrest. We are very grateful for the great feedback and look forward to your next visit. Selma & Rob
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5

If I could give them higher than five stars I would. Excellent owners and property.

  • 5 of 5

Selma and Rob were great to work with. The cottage and view was outstanding. Since we were flying vacationers from another country having the cottage so well supplied with all the basics we needed was terrific. The extra welcoming touches were very special too, fresh cut flowers and a goodie basket. The cottage is decorated very well, upgraded thru out and the furnishings are top notch. I would absolutely recommend this property !! If I could give them more than five stars I would.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Brilliant cottage that has everything you need and more

  • 5 of 5

Hill Crest is a wonderful cottage inside and out and the views are breathtaking I totally recommend this cottage and we will definitely return soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to time to submit a review. We always appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon for another visit. Selma & Rob
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5

Wonderful house in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

By far the best property we stayed in on our holiday. The owners are lovely and have thought of everything when it comes to their guests’ comfort. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Hill Crest is the perfect property. It is of an extremely high standard and is most tastefully decorated and furnished. Everything you could need is provided from bathroom robes to buckets and spades and hessian shopping bags! The location is equally wonderful. We spent many happy hours sitting in the lovely garden looking over the bay. Thank you Selma and Rob for maintaining such a beautiful property. This was our second stay here and we will certainly be returning.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! Thank you so much for your kind words and we look forward to your return visit. Selma & Rob
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5

First class accommodation with lovely views

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay,superb cottage with everything you will need for your holiday. It was our first time in this area and was perfect for us as we are keen walkers. Owners were very helpful and friendly and we would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. We always appreciate hearing feedback from our guests and hope to hear from you again on your next holiday to our area. Selma & Rob
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Metres
Aberdeen or Inverness
Nearest Golf
100 Metres
Cullen Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Keith
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Cullen Beach
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

Clifftop location in a seaside village on the coast with walking path beside property to the harbour and beach below. The harbour is a 5 minute descent and the beach only a few minutes more. Trails are then available in either direction along the coastline.

Travel:

Walking is appropriate in the village but a car would be recommended for outings further away. Car rentals are available in neighbouring towns. There are local buses which travel between the towns. There is a train station 15 miles away in Keith. The airports are located in either Inverness or Aberdeen with the about the same length of journey to each (50 miles).

Distances:

Portsoy - 5 miles

Banff - 11 miles

Buckie - 6 miles

Elgin - 23 miles

Aberdeen & Inverness - 55 miles each (airports)

Keith - 10 miles (nearest train station)

Further Details:

Amenities within Cullen are a 5 to 10 minute walk from the cottage in the town centre and include a small grocery store, bank, post office, chemist, GP's surgery, several cafes, pubs, the Fish & Chip shop and local Ice Cream Shop. A variety of antique and craft shops are also available as well as the local library. There are several larger towns within a 10 minute to 30 minute drive along the coast which have a wide variety of resources and activities available. The renowned Speyside Scottish Whisky Trail and Castle Trails are both within easy reach by car from Cullen. Locally there are many opportunities to walk or cycle on the many available trails along the coastline.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due 4 weeks before the holiday. If a booking is made less than 4 weeks before the holiday the full rent is due immediately. Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations less than 4 weeks before holiday. Should the property, subsequent to booking, become unavailable through any cause, the owner's liability is limited to the repayment of any rent already paid.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible with arrivals at 4:00 p.m. and departures by 10:00 a.m. Occasionally we are able to allow access earlier and will let you know the week before your holiday if that is possible. Otherwise guests are requested not to arrive before 4:00 p.m. to allow cleaning and maintenance to be completed. Keys will be provided on arrival.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks will be considered during non-peak periods with a minimum three night stay. We reserve the right to offer late deals on unsold breaks at reduced prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.