Elgin holiday farmhouse accommodation with beach/lake nearby, internet access and walking and log fire

Old Duffus Farmhouse

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Excellent 5/5

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Old Duffus Farmhouse

Farmhouse / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8 Home 81084

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Farmhouse / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Old Duffus farmhouse, on family run Duffus Estate, provides a spacious yet homely atmosphere, perfect for families or other larger groups. Surrounded by fields and with stunning views of impressive Duffus Castle, the property is the ideal place to retreat to and relax. Just imagine a stroll through the castle ruins as the sun sets across fields of golden barley......or a sunny evening BBQ with a killer castle view!

It sleeps 8 (2 doubles & 2 twins) and both bathrooms are on the ground floor therefore making it easier for those with more limited mobility. There is a wood burning stove for keeping cosy in the sitting room and also an open fire in the kitchen - great for setting the atmosphere for those long, lazy dinners around the large farmhouse kitchen table. Complementary logs are provided from the Estate.

The area is packed with things to do: from exploring the gorgeously unspoilt Moray coastline with its miles of golden sandy beaches, cliff top trails, caves, sea stacks and dolphin spotting to the Speyside whisky trial, numerous historic attractions such as Spynie Palace and Brodie Castle, golf and cycling to name but a few!

The nearby village of Duffus has a lovey local pub, shop, post office and play park whilst Elgin boasts some lovely independent shops, for example, Gordon & MacPhail - the local whisky and deli emporium!

The property is located east off the B9012 approximately 2 miles south of the village of Duffus and approximately 5 miles North of Elgin. It is within easy reach of the A96 that runs between Inverness and Aberdeen which both have airports.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach Covesea 3 km
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Inverness 55 km, Nearest railway: Elgin 7 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (2), Single beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The accommodation consists of:

Ground Floor:

Farmhouse Kitchen / Diner - with open fire & fully equipped

Utility Room - great storage

Living room - castle views, new wood burning stove, flat screen TV /DVD,

2 Double Bedrooms - one with castle view

Family bathroom with shower

Large shower room

First Floor:

2 Twin rooms - castle views

Den / playroom


- A cot, highchair and stairgate available.

- All bills are included in the rent.

- Welcome pack provided on arrival.

- Owners are happy to provide any extra information about the area and things to do.

- The property has double glazing throughout and has oil fired central heating.

Further details outdoors

- Large garden complete with unrivalled castle views to front

- Ample parking to the rear

- Garden furniture, BBQ and some outdoor toys / games provided.

- Please note for child safety that there are agricultural buildings to the rear of the property with occasional use by farm vehicles.

Further details

- Up to two dogs are permitted subject to certain restrictions.

- Smoking is only permitted outside the property.

- You are responsible for your own travel insurance and that the owner is not liable for any injury or damage to your belongings during your stay. You are responsible for ensuring that windows and doors are locked either when absent or sleeping.

- On departure, it is expected that the property is left in a similar condition to when you arrived. The owners kindly ask that beds are stripped and all linen and towels are left in the utility room. Dishes and crockery are washed, bins emptied and furniture, games and books returned to their original location. Please empty the fridge and freezer of any leftover food.

- Any breakages or damage deemed by the owner to be out-with fair wear and tear will be charged at the appropriate rate.

The Moray region

Morayshire is an oft forgotten gem in the Scottish highlands. Within easy access from both Inverness and Aberdeen - it has a lot to offer in terms of places of interest, beautiful scenery and things to do. Moray is also renowned for its micro climate - giving marginally dryer and warmer days. You have to experience it to believe it!!


Set in the heart of Morayshire, the area has the best of both worlds. Within minutes of many glorious sandy and quiet beaches such as Covesea and Roseisle or just a short drive from the Cairgorms with their rugged mountains, glens and rivers. There is a plethora of historic sites to visit including National Trust properties such as Brodie Castle and Leith Hall, the famous Fort George, and Spynie Palace to name a few. Feeling active - then there are numerous golf courses suitable for all abilities, the Elgin leisure centre with swimming pool and ice rink, sailing in Findhorn or fishing on the Spey.

Feeling indulgent - then head to the hills and taste some magical Speyside malt Whisky at some of the worlds finest distilleries such as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich or relax at the Boath House Aveda spa. For shopping there is Johnston's Woollen Mill famed for its cashmere, Baxters famed for its...tinned soup, and for the whisky connoisseur - Gordon & MacPhail's shop and deli on South Street in Elgin. For the kids there is the the Loft play barn by Kinloss, the Cooper Park in Elgin, and further afield, Landmark at Carrbridge with its adventure park and water slides. Feeling like a meal or drink - the local cafe at Covesea offers fantastic local seafood whilst nearby Lossiemouth and Elgin have a variety of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. The restaurant at Boath House, near Nairn, even boasts a Michelin star.

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27 Aug 2015


"Excellent property, excellent location"

We live in Australia but originated from this area and took the extended family to see where their roots lay. The farmhouse was brilliant, loved the big country kitchen. Everything that we could wish for was provided. The welcome hamper was much appreciated.

Hi, thanks so much for writing us a review. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you but I am really pleased you had an enjoyable stay.

27 Aug 2015


"Brillant holiday at Old Duffus Farmhouse"

We loved Old Duffus Farmhouse. Its location is superb, where else can you have breakfast (lucky for us the weather was good) sitting out in the front of the house in the sun facing a Scheduled Ancient Monument 'Duffus Castle'. The house itself was brilliantly suited to our needs, a large well stocked farmhouse kitchen with central table to sit at meals and chat long into the night. A spacious sitting room for TV watching, chat and games with a cosy wood burning stove. Well appointed bedrooms, and two good sized bathrooms. We did not know the area very well, but the owners Caroline and Ed have an information sheet on personal favourites of things to see, do and places to eat which was brilliant and well used by us. The Farmhouse also has guide books etc to explore Moray which is rich is heritage and we especially enjoyed Fort George and Spynie Palace. We spent a day in Elgin and thoroughly enjoyed the museum and the Cathedral. A visit to Johnstons Mill and afternoon tea there got a gold star for the best day of the holiday from my sister! Finally a note about the beautiful coast. We spent an afternoon at Burghead, which is lovely, with an interesting Pictish visitor centre, great harbour, and of course the Old Bothy coffee shop and restaurant, great food, service and ambiance. For the teenager in our party the Wifi in Old Duffus Farmhouse was a must and we had a great night out bowling in Elgin. Finally, for me the icing on the cake was spotting the dolphins when we were at Fort George, indeed a visit to Fort George was an ambition of mine for many years and it did not disappoint. We would love to come back again to Moray and stay again at Old Duffus Farmhouse as there is still loads to do in the area.

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. I am so pleased you all had such an enjoyable stay at Old Duffus Farmhouse and that you also had chance to explore the beautiful surrounding area. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

2 Apr 2015


"Very helpful owners, ideal location"

Travelled with family aged 4months-94years and property suited all of us. Perfect location for attending a local wedding and exploring the coast. In my sleep deprived state I left a few items behind and the owners couldn't have done more to return these to me. Very happy with our stay.

Many thanks for taking the time to write us a review. I am so pleased your whole family enjoyed their stay with us here in Moray. The house is indeed well suited for a combination of ages. It was certainly no problem at all returning your items.

8 Nov 2014


"Really comfortable, well equipped house in great location"

Would recommend a stay in this lovely farmhouse. Comfortable and well equipped in an great location with lovely views of a ruined castle. Loads to do in surrounding area for people of all ages. Great choice for a relaxing break

7 Oct 2014


"Charming, characterful and child friendly!"

I stayed at the Duffus farmhouse recently with a group of friends and we had a lovely time. The house is big, well decorated and very well equiped. We arrived at night and it took my breath away opening the bedroom curtains the next morning to see the ruins of Duffus Castle practically in the back garden of the farmhouse. The little touches like the welcome basket with eggs from the estate small holding, the log burner in the living room and the equipment for babies and toddlers all make a huge difference to an easy, relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

16 Aug 2014


"A wonderful week in a lovely traditional house with superb views!"

We all had a brilliant week at Old Duffus. There were seven in our party aged from 14 to 75 and each and everyone of us enjoyed our stay. The house was very spacious and cosy with everything you needed and more. Everybody slept well due to the beds being so comfortable. The surrounding area was beautiful with a fantastic castle for a view. Not only this, but the location of the cottage near RAF Lossiemouth made for some exciting dashes to the garden. The garden's generous size and enclosure made for a perfect cricket pitch for the kids! There is plenty to do and see in Elgin and Lossie, with them both being a short drive away from the house. Would definitely recommend Rizza's ice cream parlor in Lossie. Yummy!! The welcome pack was a lovely touch, making us feel at home straight away. We will definitely be returning to Old Duffus!!

26 Jul 2014


"Fantastic week in a lovely, spacious house - with a castle in the back garden!"

We had a great week in Old Duffus. There were four adults and three young children in our group, and the house could have comfortably accommodated another two adults. The rooms are really spacious, and the kids loved running up and down the hallway and in and out of the (enclosed) garden. The house is really well kitted out for a family holiday - cooking in self-catering kitchens can be such a pain but I think the only thing I couldn't find was a garlic press! We really enjoyed dinners round the huge country kitchen table, or in the back garden where we could enjoy the stunning summer sunsets over Duffus Castle. We appreciated so many of the thoughtful details and extras - the garden furniture, BBQ, garden toys, fantastic little hamper with locally sourced goodies... I could go on! Great location for a family holiday too - the kids got a real kick out of being so close to a castle (the first thing you see when you open the curtains in three of the bedrooms!) and visited it several times. Easy to find geo-cache there if you need a wee pre-dinner activity! We really enjoyed working our way through some of the suggestions in the folder - Roseisle was beautiful, as was Findhorn, and we had a great afternoon in the rock pools and on the beach at Hopeman. The cooperage at Speyside was worth a visit, and we enjoyed the Biblical Gardens and Cathedral in Elgin. There were plenty of things we ran out of time for - looking forward to our next visit!

3 Jul 2013


"fantastic house and location"

we stayed here in a family group of 6 adults and 4 children. so much space for us all in the house and the outside space is amazing. Short drive from Elgin and Lossiemouth. House has everything you could need and all the girls loved the big mirrors! We will be back to stay in this wee gem of a find

5 Sep 2012


"Fantastic Property with built in daily air show"

We have just returned from a second visit to this cottage, and I am sure that we will in the future make it 3 visits. A fantastic cottage with all the facilities you need. All bedrooms are large and can easily fit a large family or couple of families. The kitchen is fitted with everything you might need. Superb grounds and views - not many properties can boast of having a castle ruin practically in their back garden. Anyone interested in planes will love the daily air show provided by the tornados flying out from RAF Lossiemouth. Beautiful beaches within easy driving distance and a good chance of seeing seals and dolphins. A real get away from it all place but within easy access of local villages and towns. Locals are very friendly.

18 Aug 2012


"A great unspoiled location with a Historic setting"

A long journey from Cheshire England is soon forgotten as you approach old duffas, the house is set with duffas castle in the background making a splendid holiday location.The house provides spacious comfortable accommodation with a large back garden to relax in. Where else can you watch television relaxing with a roaring log fire, and have the views of a Historic Castle in the back ground. On a misty morning or at twilight the castle looks spectacular , take a walk at midnight around the ruins and feel the chill run down your spine as you are constantly looking over your shoulder expecting a lonely figure to appear from the shadows. Lossiemouth provides a warm welcome , local shops , cafes , excellent beaches and golf courses . Visit Lossisle country park before travelling around the coast line which boasts unspoiled harbours and picturesque villages. Try the Whisky tour at the bustling shopping town of Keith , indulge yourself in the many splendid whiskies on offer. The F4 tornadoes jets from RAF lossiemouth provide excellent entertainment flying over the house and out over the Firth of Forth ,so bring your binoculars . At the weekend . the jets rest and small private planes fly past the castle. making way for excellent photos. This area of Scotland is worth exploring with its mild climate , friendly people , lovely beaches harbours and local food.

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