£86 / night
Price for guests, Nights

Kirktoun Cottage – Home 5139886 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

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 beautiful new fitted kitchen, completed in December 2019, along with 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 Kirktoun. 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, hare or even some of our abundant birdlife - woodpeckers, partridge etc. 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

100% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least two weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 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.

- Up to 2 dogs permitted. 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

Thanks :-)


About the owner

Caroline D.
Average reply time:
1 hour 16 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
04 Aug 2020
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 45 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 04 Aug 2020.


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Guest reviews

45 reviews

Very Good

“Gorgeous cottage great for kids and dogs!”

Reviewed 10 Jan 2020

We're fairly regular visitors to Duffus and have stayed in a number of the Duffus Estate properties over the years - either as a couple, family or larger group. We'd never stayed at Kirktoun… More

Owner's reply: We were delighted to welcome your family back to Duffus Estate, this time to Kirktoun Cottage. We recently completed upgrading the cottage so it’s lovely to hear you enjoyed using the new kitchen. All the best for 2020 and hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to welcome you back to Duffus in the future. Caroline

“Great countryside get away for a small family”

Reviewed 9 Jan 2020

We’ve just had a perfect few days on the outskirts of the village of Duffus close to the lovely moray coast. The cottage has a lovely warm feel, in a beautiful countryside spot, well furnished … More

Owner's reply: Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. I’m so happy your familt enjoyed their stay - we’ve recently completed upgrading Kirktoun so I’m delighted to hear you like the new kitchen. Best wishes for 2020 Caroline

“Perfect country getaway”

Reviewed 6 Jan 2020

We spent a week here over Christmas and it was a delightful spacious cottage, well kitted out with lovely scenic views. Will definitely return!

Owner's reply: Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay in Kirktoun. We would love to welcome you back in the future. Best wishes Caroline

“Spacious But Still Cosy”

Reviewed 6 Jan 2020

Only five minutes from the centre of the village (great village shop for quick shopping) and close to Elgin, Lossiemouth and numerous pretty coastal villages and beaches, Kirktoun is a gem. Inside is … More

Owner's reply: Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed using the new kitchen as well as getting out and about to eat. Happy New Year. Caroline

“Warm, spacious and peaceful but needing some TLC”

Reviewed 8 Oct 2019

We drove up from the Midlands in a deluge of rain and it hardly stopped for the whole of our visit here. That may have accounted for our slight disappointment on arrival at Kirktoun Cottage. It just l… More

“nice quiet area rural”

Reviewed 11 Sep 2019

nice quiet rural location only 5 miles from elgin cottage has everything you need for a break , furniture coffee table and leather couches have seen better days but still comfortable overall valu… More

“Amazing cottage”

Reviewed 30 Aug 2019

An amazing cottage which was well equipped and set in a wonderful quiet area. The welcome hamper was amazing. The boys and the dog loved the garden and so did Mum sitting out on the patio area relaxin… More

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes Caroline

“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

“A terrific cottage.”

Reviewed 16 Jan 2019

Easily found following directions emailed by the owner (apparently some SatNav systems will misdirect travellers). Greeted by a crystal clean and warm cottage along with a nice welcome package of loca… More

Owner's reply: Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Caroline

“Lovely Cottage”

Reviewed 1 Oct 2018

We had a great stay at the cottage.. minutes from the local shop and food serving pub but very quiet and secluded.. our dogs settled in well and there are lots of lovely local walks.. we will return!

Owner's reply: Thanks for your lovely review. We would be delighted to welcome you back to Kirktoun Cottage in the future. Best wishes Caroline

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How do I find more info about the property?

You can get in touch with Caroline (the owner) through the contact form on this page.

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

What if I have questions before I book?

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.

What's the difference between 'Book your stay' and 'Contact the owner/manager'?

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.

What is a booking request?

When you pay online through the Book your stay form, a booking request is sent to Caroline (the owner). You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then.

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How do I know what it will cost for my stay?

Simply enter your holiday dates in the Book your stay form to calculate the cost of your stay.
Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

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.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your holiday booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my holiday?

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.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

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

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

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?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your holiday or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my holiday?

You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Caroline (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your holiday booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

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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