Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
A deceptively spacious 19th Century granite house two minutes walk from Gardenstown's picturesque harbour, Stroma offers relaxed, comfortable accommodation with 4 generous bedrooms that sleep 10, and a large open plan living/dining/kitchen area. The cottage is very child friendly and as an added bonus it includes a big complementary art studio for sole use of guests – a great escape for adults, the teenagers' hangout, or a relaxed messy space for kids to make a masterpiece! Its also really handy for drying fishing, surfing or walking gear.
The cottage is a real home from home where you can unwind in comfort. Step outside the door and the delights of Gardenstown are a short stroll away – walks along the beach nestling below wonderful red sandstone cliffs, dolphin and whale spotting, friendly local pub authentic village heritage centre, and the sense of being in a special peaceful place framed by a huge sweep of sea and sky.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gamrie Bay 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Aberdeen 86.7 km, Nearest railway: Huntly 46.3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (7), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
As you enter through the front door you will find the open plan living / dining / kitchen area on your left, a welcoming spacious room with windows front and back, two large plump sofas and an armchair, large dining table and chairs. There are also board games and a collection of books to read or swap for your own. The kitchen area is also large and well equipped with plenty of cooking equipment and ample storage for your stay. Enjoy our complementary tea and coffee while you plan your day's activities or as a warm welcome as you sink into the sofa at the end of the day. Also on the ground floor you'll find 2 large and bright twin bedrooms, and a shower room with WC.
Upstairs on the 1st floor there is another twin room, a generous space with ample room for luggage. This room also has a sofa bed that can sleep an additional guest if needed. Across the hall on the same floor is the large family room with 1 double bed and 1 single bed. Both the upstairs bedrooms have combed ceilings and sea views over the rooftops. Look out for the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, a truly fantastic natural light display sometimes visible between March and October. Also upstairs you'll find another shower room with electric shower and wc.
All bedding and towels are provided, just ask if you need extra during your stay. Our beds are piled with fluffy pillows, warm duvets and quilted bedcovers, with extra blankets provided for our winter guests. We can also provide a cot, highchair and baby bath. There are retractable stair-gates fitted to enclose the ground floor.
Down on the lower-ground floor, the studio space benefits from a separate side entrance that means wet wellies and treasured beach finds can be left to dry, golf and cycling kit can be stored or the whole family can get creative with no fear of making a mess. Whether you're a novice or professional artist, the studio offers a great basic workshop space with easels, chairs, tables, sink and wood burning stove. If you're looking for some help or particular equipment let us know and we'll do our very best to provide what you need. We also run full art holiday weeks in our main teaching studio space if you're really keen.
|Further details outdoors|
There is parking for three cars directly outside.
We do not accept pets
The Aberdeenshire region
Aberdeenshire forms part of the North East corner of Scotland, a large and diverse area that wraps around the vibrant city of Aberdeen. A hidden gem, this mainly rural region has traditonally been known for farming and fishing, and many families still carry on this work - the fields and hedgrows are a constant change of colour and visual delight throughout the year.
Scotland is famous for it's whisky and Aberdeenshire offers some of the best whisky trails, following a line of distinguished distilleries where you can get an insight into the making process and taste the final thing. There are also castle and gallery trails that highlight the rich historic culture of the area, from small heritage centres to imposing baronial mansions. The internationaly famous Scottish Traditional Boat Festival takes place every summer just along the coast form Gardenstown, and is a riot of food, crafts, music and song alongside the maritime theme. You could also visit the Taste Of Grampian Food Festival, and sample the excellant local produce prepared by celebrity chefs.
Aberdeenshire offers lots of treats for families too, from the Huntly Falconry centre where you can up close and personal with amazing birds of prey, to the Macduff Marine Aquarium that has the largest open air tank in Britain. Take the kids to the Lighthouse Museum in Fraserburgh, run them ragged at the carting and soft play area at Williamsons in Turriff, or meander along our fantastic wild beaches, spotting dolphins and minke whales. If the teenagers fancy an adrenilin rush they could take surf lessons on Banff Links, try cross country skiing at the Nordic Centre in Huntly, hike up the Cairngorn mountains or paraglide along the coast.
Or you could always just put your feet and admire our outstanding views of sea, sky, mountains and rolling fields.
We are based in the small village of Gardenstown on the Banffshire Coast, North East Scotland. This a warm and welcoming community nestling between red sandstone cliffs and rolling countryside, where you'll find a village pub, general store, harbourside cafe and a Spar minimarket. A travelling fish van also visits the village, but for a really authentic taste of the area have a quiet word with one of the small boat owners in the harbour, and they may bring you a gleaming fresh catch of mackerel or lobster.
The village general store is located a few minutes walk from Stroma’s front door and provides a lovely selection of high quality local produce, fresh coffee, newspapers and free Wi-Fi. Our friendly local pub is also close by, with a temptingly wide selection of Scottish whisky and home cooked food, and down by the harbour is a small restaurant specialising in superb steaks and fresh fish. As you come into Gardenstown there is a small Spar store for everyday needs and fuel pumps.
Gardenstown is also home to a small gallery and a number of artists who regularly open their doors during the North East Open Studios event every September. The village community also runs a number of events through the year including the very tasty Strawberry Fayre every summer, with a smoked fish BBQ and raft making competitions in the small harbour.
This is a peaceful and uncommercialised seaside hideaway where you can spend the morning beach combing (keeping one eye out for dolphins in the bay), and after a lunch explore one of the local walks that fan out from the village. In the county town of Banff 8 miles away, you'll find hotels and restaurants, supermarkets, a hospital, and the major visitor attraction of Duff House, an 18th Century manor house and gallery with adventure playground.
Stroma offers a wonderful home from home for families and groups, a great base for exploring, relaxing and spending time together. A short drive from Gardenstown brings you to woods, hidden coves, whisky, heritage and art trails, golf, horse riding and surfing clubs, fishing on rivers and sea, and miles and miles of clear fresh Scottish air to recharge your batteries.
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1 Dec 2012
"Lovely location, very comfortable and would go back again."
Made to feel very welcome, very steep descent to the cottage had to drive my elderley fathers car up for him when he wanted to go out. Beautiful walks along the beach to hill top walks. Beautiful coast of Scotland.
14 Aug 2012
"Everything we could have wanted."
We needed to book quickly and be somwhere comfortable as we had a family funeral to attend. The house provided us with a haven of calm at the end of some emotional days. There was plenty of wood to ma… More
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