House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A 19th Century granite house located in the heart of the old village, Bankhead was once owned by the local ironmongers, but now provides bright and characterful three bedroom accommodation that sleeps 6, with views over the village to the sea and glorious sunsets. As an added attraction, the house includes a complementary art studio for sole use of guests – a great escape for adults or a relaxed messy space for kids to make a masterpiece too!
The house is just minutes from all the best bits that Gardenstown offers – the delightful village harbour, pebble beach with soaring red sandstone cliffs, friendly local pub and of course the sea, with its ever-changing moods and colours.
Bankhead House provides accommodation on three floors, with the studio on the ground floor (formally the shop area) and the living spaces on the first and second floors. Recently refurbished, it is simply decorated in whites and greens, taking inspiration from the colours in the local landscape and hung with original artworks by Scottish artists. There are painted wooden floors scattered with rugs throughout, and the house is fully centrally heated. The living /dining room also has a wood burning stove to warm your toes after walks along the cliffs.
Coming up the stairs from the front door, you will find the living / dining room, a bright and cosy space with windows on two sides, looking over the rooftops to the sea a short walk away. In here you can spend a leisurely breakfast watching the comings and goings of village life in the lane below, or lounge on the delightful day-bed as the sun dips into the sea at the end of the day. The room also houses a couple of armchairs, dining table and chairs, TV/DVD player and a collection of games and toys. Elsewhere in the house is a collection of books that you are free to read or swap with your own.
Off the living / dining room you'll find a well equipped galley kitchen with electric oven, fridge freezer, microwave, toaster and plenty of cooking equipment for your stay. We provide complimentary coffee, tea and sugar. Also on the 1st floor you'll find the double bedroom, another bright room with ample space for luggage and all your essentials.
Upstairs on the 2nd floor there are two twin rooms with combed ceilings and traditional Scottish dormer windows with a lovely bright outlook. 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 first floor.
Back on the ground floor, the complementary studio space benefits from large screened windows and offers a great private space to make some artwork while on holiday, whether you're a novice or professional artist. Why not make a family masterpiece as a souvenir of your trip? It's also a really handy space to store beach finds, wet wellies, golf or cycling equipment. The studio has chairs, tables and basic tools, but 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 if you're really keen.
Our friendly local pub is also a stones throw away, with free wi-fi, 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 a great selection of everyday needs and fuel pumps.
Bankhead offers a charming base for walks, exploring and relaxing. A short drive from Gardenstown brings you to whisky, heritage and art trails, golf, horse riding and surfing clubs, and miles and miles of clear fresh Scottish air to recharge your batteries.
Get in touch if you have a large group as we have another self catering property in Gardenstown called Stroma, than can be let alongside this one. Let us help you make your holiday memorable!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gamrie Bay 100 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||70 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Aberdeen 86.7 km, Nearest railway: Huntly 46.3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
The bathroom is split - there is a wc and basin in one room and a separate shower.
The house is over three floor and has steps up to the front door as well, so may not be suitable for those with restricted mobility. Child gates installed.
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 Bankhead'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.
Bankhead 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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