£75 / night
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Kirktoun Cottage – Home 5139886 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Kirktoun Cottage – Home 5139886

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 39 reviews

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Kirktoun is a delightful cottage, situated on the edge of Duffus village, on family run Duffus Estate. Originally built for the Estate's housekeeper and gardener, Kirktoun is now perfect for couples or families. Surrounded by fields and woodland, it is an ideal haven to escape to with open country views from every window. Within walking distance of Duffus with its pub, post office, shop and play park, you can be as relaxed or active as you feel. Kirktoun's spacious sitting room has a lovely restored open fire (with complementary logs from the Estate), perfect for cosy evenings in. There is a separate dining room - ideal for long, leisurely dinners with friends or family. Kirktoun has a good sized, private garden; part of which is enclosed - useful for containing children or the dog! You might also be lucky enough to spot some of our resident red squirrels which live in the woods behind. The patio area is great for summer BBQs or sipping wine whilst watching the sun set on those long, light summer evenings we are blessed to get up here in Moray.

Duffus Estate has a network of paths, many of which can be accessed directly from Kirktoun. Whilst you are out you might see roe deer, red squirrels or even some of our abundant birdlife. The local woods are also home to a host of wild flowers. Spring time is especially impressive due to the grand displays of snowdrops followed by daffodils and primroses. Close by are the glorious beaches of the Moray Firth with its resident dolphin population, golf courses galore, cliff top and forest walks, the Speyside whisky trail and many historic castles such as Brodie Castle and Cawdor Castle - this oft overlooked area of Scotland really has plenty for everyone.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

As Kirktoun Cottage is in a rural location, car is the best way of getting around and seeing the local area. There is a hourly bus service which runs through Duffus to Elgin during the day. The closest bus and rail stations are found in Elgin which is 5 miles away.

Interaction with guest

We live locally and try to pop in if we see your car at the property to say 'hello'. We do both work full time, have a young family and run the Estate, so sometimes we might not make it round - please don't be offended! We are however, very happy to help, so if you need any information or have any questions about the house please do get in touch by phone or email and we will do our best to help.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

- Please strip all used beds and vacate the property by 10am on the morning of departure.
- We kindly ask that dogs are kept out of the bedrooms, off all the furniture and any mess in the garden is cleared up prior to departure.


About the owner

Caroline D.
Average reply time:
1 hour 48 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
20 Sep 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 30 Sep 2014. Located in Moray, it has 39 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £458 to £687.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 20 Sep 2019.


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Guest reviews

39 reviews

Very Good

“Nice location dogs loved the beach.”

Reviewed 25 Mar 2019

My wife is disabled but can get around, a banister would have been a bonus, it was a nice place to stay and as I lived in the area in the 80s and 90s it was great to show my wife all the places to see, the beaches were fantastic. It was a shame that we didn't get to meet Caroline but we are aware she is a busy lady, if you enjoy the outdoors then this is a place to base yourself there is loads of places to see and do.

Owner's reply: Hi, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It’s lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay. Apologies I wasn’t able to pop in, I was away with work. Thank you for your suggestion regarding a extra banister - as you’ll appreciate there is a wide one on the right hand side of the staircase but we’ll certainly consider an additional one on the left wall to help all our guests. We would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes Caroline

“Great cottage with added bonus of being dog friendly and having a garage.”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2018

The location is great for us, near all the fabulous beaches, forest walks and on the Moray coastal bike route. The cottage was as good as last year with the improvement of the garage now being lockable to secure bikes. The cottage has everything we need for a good holiday and is very comfortable. Enjoyed Lossiemouth beaches and my children loved the planes from the air force base circling overhead. Portsoy is worth a visit for the ice cream alone! We have already booked for next year!

Owner's reply: Hi Thanks for the great review. I’m so pleased to hear how much you and your family enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you all back again next year. Best wishes Caroline

“Amazing time !”

Reviewed 12 Mar 2018

We stayed at Kirktoun Cottage for 3 nights and loved it ! Had a great time and the children,toddler and 6 year old enjoyed every minute. Lovely views and friendly cows. Would stay again in a heartbeat.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for such a lovely review. We try hard to ensure all our guests have an enjoyable stay. The cows in the neighbouring field are always an added bonus! We’d be delighted to welcome you all back in the future. Best wishes Caroline (Owner)

“Excellent Location”

Reviewed 5 Oct 2017

Fabulous location with lots of places to visit around about. Good walks and beaches. Post office at the road end was excellent, very well stocked and very friendly lady. Duffus Inn was very good, staff were very friendly and helpful. The property was very comfortable and well equipped. Could do with some TLC on the outside as first impressions were very poor. Clean windows would have helped with overall impression, otherwise we had a very enjoyable stay. (Note for anyone with mobility problems, no toilet upstairs and shower over bath).

Owner's reply: Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your stay. We are indeed very lucky to have such a good pub and post office in a village the size of Duffus and within walking distance to the property. I am so sorry you felt the outside of Kirktoun needs some ‘TLC’. We have had a particularly wet September which has meant our regular grass cutting routine has been disrupted. All our properties do get their windows washed monthly. Kirktoun actually had its windows washed this week - unfortunately just after your stay. We shall certainly take a look at the insides of the windows and see if these require cleaning more regularly.

“Quiet location with well equipped cottage”

Reviewed 13 May 2017

Cottage was clean and well equipped with nice welcome pack which was enjoyed during my all to brief stay. Will revisit

Owner's reply: Hi, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. I'm pleased to read that you enjoyed the welcome pack. We aim to give our guests a wee 'taste' of Moray. We'd be delighted to welcome you back anytime.

“Ideal location with everything we needed.”

Reviewed 12 May 2017

Less than 10 minutes from Lossiemouth, lovely beaches here. Scenery lovely, we had fab weather during our 2 night stay. Would recommend the cottage and would stay for longer the next time. Well equipped with everything you need for a longer duration and pet-friendly with an ideal enclosed garden. Play park within 5 minutes walk.

Owner's reply: Many thanks for writing a review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed both your stay and the area. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future.

“Perfect rural getaway”

Reviewed 24 Apr 2017

This cottage is very spacious, has all amenities you'd need and is perfect for families with dogs. The garden is large, well fenced off and leads straight into a forest with walks to explore. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay due to the space inside and outside the cottage. Look forward to coming back soon.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for leaving a review. The property is indeed ideal for those with dogs as there are so many lovely walks locally, including the Estate woodland accessed directly from the cottage. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay.

“Tranquil Cottage in the Country”

Reviewed 17 Apr 2017

Had a wonderful break at the Kirktoun Cottage in Duffus. Beautiful Cottage, gorgeous scenery and great location. I was there with my family and dog for a big family gathering in Nairn. Fantastic place to walk your dog and spend time in the fresh air. The Cottage owner left us a welcome pack with bred, milk, eggs and jam all locally produced which was a wonderful touch. Will definitely be back here when visiting friends and family in the North again. Perfect

“Home from Home”

Reviewed 7 Aug 2016

2nd times we have stayed at this lovey house. Welcome pack as always very gratefully received and everything you could wish for to make the week simply taking into consideration a grandson of 13 and two dogs. Great to have a freezer. Easy access to beaches, woods and walks and this time once more we went out with 58 adventure and saw minke whales and also visited Inverness Aquadrome which was great fun for everyone. As they say we will be back!

Owner's reply: Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Kirktoun cottage. It does make the hard work all the more worth to know it is appreciated. I am sorry we were away ourselves so I couldn't welcome you back to Kirktoun personally, but hopefully we'll be able to welcome you back again in the future.

“Highly recommended accomodation”

Reviewed 26 Jun 2016

My wife and I with our Golden Retriever (Roddy) have just spent a week in what is a lovely well equipped and very comfortable cottage. The furnishings and rooms etc are of a fairly high standard and all necessary amenities are included. The large totally enclosed garden was an added bonus and our pal Roddy made the most of it during our stay. The cottage is ideally suited for visiting the Moray Firth area and the town of Elgin. Within 200M of the cottage there is a restaurant that is excellent for lunches and evening meals etc. Will certainly consider returning again in the future!

Owner's reply: Hi, thanks for leaving us a review. I am pleased that you and Roddy enjoyed your stay. The garden and surrounding walks does indeed make it an ideal place to stay with dogs. We are very lucky to have the Duffus Inn within walking distance of the property. We would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future.

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How do I find more info about the property?

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to send the owner a message.

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Send Caroline (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Caroline (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Caroline the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online and send Caroline (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Caroline (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from Caroline (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

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Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Caroline (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Why can't I call Caroline (the owner) before booking?

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In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

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How can I retract my booking request?

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Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Caroline (the owner) a message.

If Caroline (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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