Self Catering Cottage in Elgin City
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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
This Cottage sits high on the banks of the River Lossie and overlooks Elgin City Centre and the Cairngorm mountains beyond. It has its own private enclosed garden and is tucked away within 5 acres of wooded grounds belonging to a magnificent Georgian mansion. This secluded location is a haven for wildlife with red squirrels, song birds and deer, so with shops and local amenities just a short stroll away, the Cottage offers an exclusive 'country' retreat with all the benefits of city life - in fact the very best of both worlds!
There are three bedrooms, two recently refurbished bathrooms (one with a shower and the other with a bath), a large kitchen with dining facilities and a spacious living room with a large table for dining or other activities, so six people can easily feel at home. We can also provide a cot, highchair and stairgates or an extra camp bed for those with young families. All of the rooms are at ground level except for one bedroom which is in a raised turret. This room has bunk beds with comfortable mattresses so is suitable for adults but with its large collection of children's books, puzzles, a DVD-player and TV, it also forms an exciting, ready-made den for children.
The private garden is enclosed with lawns, mature fruit trees, shrubs, patio areas and areas for alfresco dining, relaxing, exploring and playing games after a busy day. A selection of garden games are provided such as swing-ball to keep everyone amused. The cottage is accessed via an exclusive private drive and there is parking for four or more cars.
Two convenience stores, two pubs, two fast food takeaways and a bus stop are just outside the pillared gates and a Tesco superstore, a leisure centre and Elgin city centre are just a short stroll away. Riverside paths and Cooper Park adjacent the site provide fantastic places for country walks.
The Cottage has free oil-fired central heating to keep it cosy throughout, free Wi-Fi, free electricity for reasonable use and is well equipped both inside and out. It is perfect for family holidays, quiet breaks, touring, golfing, fishing and walking. There are castles, the Malt Whisky trail, beautiful beaches, the Moray coast and the Cairngorm mountains with ski resorts for downhill and cross country nearby. The cottage is convenient for Gordonstoun School, Kinloss army base and RAF Lossiemouth.
Please come and stay, you can be sure of a hearty welcome and if you need help or advice during your stay - I can normally attend at just a moments notice!
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Burghead 7 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness or Aberdeen 60 km, Nearest railway: Elgin 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Moray region
A few ideas: Visit the seaside (Lossiemouth has beautiful sandy beaches and Hopeman has cliffs and sandy coves), visit the WDCS Wildlife centre at Spey Bay, see the Bottlenose dolphins and porpoises in the Moray Firth, go fishing for trout or salmon, go sea fishing at a local village harbour (Burghead and Lossiemouth are good), go seal spotting around the coast, visit Findhorn to go sailing or to get some spiritual healing at the Findhorn Foundation's Ecovillage.
Visit the falconry centre at Huntly to see and fly some beautiful birds of prey, visit Spynie Palace just outside Elgin, visit Baxters Visitor Centre at Fochabers, visit a distillery on the Speyside Whisky trail, visit the Cooperage Visitor Centre in Speyside, visit a castle (Brodie Castle, Cawdor Castle, Huntly and Ballindalloch Castles are nearby), attend the Highland Games in any one of a number of local towns throughout the Summer, drive south to see the beautiful mountains scenery of the Cairngorms and visit lovely Scottish towns such as Aberlour, Granton-on-Spey and Tomintoul.
Visit Inverness the capital of the Highlands (45 mins drive) then drive down the banks of Loch Ness to see if you can spot the Loch Ness Monster - you can't help but look out for him!- or drive North and drive across the bridge to the Black Isle and visit Cromarty where you will see beautiful scenery, pass good vantage points to spot dolphins and see massive oil rigs in the Cromarty Firth.
Go skiing at The Lecht (the local mountain Ski Resort), visit Fort George at Ardersier- a protective Fort built in 1769 and presently used as army barracks - it's fascinating how modern it looks (30 mins drive).
Things to 'see and do'- In Elgin
See the ruins of Elgin Cathedral, visit the biblical garden alongside, walk to Mary Hill for a panoramic view over Elgin, enjoy riverside walks along the wooded banks of the River Lossie, visit Cooper Park and take the children boating in the pond, visit the local Elgin Natural History Museum to learn about the amazing geology and fossil finds in the area.
See the collection of vintage cars and motor cycles at Moray Motor Museum, visit Johnstons Cashmere Visitor Centre and Shop, play golf at Elgin Golf Club or practice on their driving range, go ten-pin bowling at the bowling alley, go ice skating, swimming or take a sauna at the local leisure centre (5 min. walk), or go-kart racing at Elgin's go cart track, else shop for a special malt whisky at the Gordon & Macphail shop and/or arrange a whisky tasting with a friend.
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14 Dec 2014
"wonderful - a home from home"
Very friendly welcome when we arrived and given lots of local knowledge re shops and facilities all round helpful attitude . Cottage was clean and comfortable- I hardly ever get a good night's s… More
Many thanks for taking the trouble to review. Hope to see you back soon.
25 Nov 2014
Had a lovely time, peaceful place, perfect location to catch up with family. Comfortable and cosy, plenty of space, well furnished and equipped.… More
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed. Please come back soon.
3 Nov 2014
"Disappointed and misled"
The cottage itself was not bad but the double bedroom had a damp musty smell, we had no control over the heating and very often we were cold. It advertised free electricity but there was a meter and … More
Our guest book is full of wonderful comments praising our cottage for, amongst other things cleanliness, comfort, location and the excellent service we provide, so your previously unmentioned comments and poor review came as a surprise. I am sorry you felt disappointed and misled but it would have been better to have aired your grievances during your stay so I could have had the opportunity to try and make your experience more enjoyable at the time. As you know I live adjacent the cottage and all guests have my full contact details so it is normally very easy for me to deal quickly with any issues.
Anyway in response to your comments- guests do have control over the heating because it is set to individual requirements. There was an initial problem with my forgetting to alter the heating schedule when the clocks went forward but I thought that was quickly resolved. You now say you were "very often cold" but you said at the time that you were warm. If you had said that you were cold, the heating would have been stepped up immediately.
Like with most holiday cottages free electricity is capped to a level which after experience is considered quite adequate for the majority of guests and as you didn't exhaust the electricity provided for you (despite having a full cottage with seven people), I assume it was adequate for you too, so I don't really understand why you mention this at all. If you had said you had problems with the outside lighting I could have shown you how it works. You state there was no "internet" (I think you mean WiFi) but there was and I even helped you connect to it on your mobile phone.
Your other comments have been taken on board. The double bedroom has now been freshened up with a new coat of paint, the windows in the turret room have been restricted from opening with snap-on, child-proof, fittings and the table has been moved. In addition the WiFi signal has been boosted. Thank you for helping me make this beautiful holiday cottage even better for future guests.
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