Fochabers holiday house rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access, walking and fireplace

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  • House
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
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Key information

  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking. See Policies & House Rules
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

From the owner

Due to Covid-19 and the vulnerability of some of our staff, we may not be able to accept certain bookings at this time. We trust you will understand during this difficult time.

Situated in the picturesque village of Fochabers, this recently renovated and new on the holiday market 200 year old Grade 'B' listed former Church of Scotland Manse is set in extremely secluded and professionally maintained grounds within a few minutes' walk of the banks of the river Spey, famous throughout the world for its Salmon fishing and scenery.

In the heart of the Scottish Whisky and Castle trails, this house provides groups of up to 9 the ideal base to explore the North East of Scotland, where dolphin spotting is possible at the WDCS wildlife centre, walks along the Speyside way, Tugnet ice house, monster bike trails, Speyside cooperage, golf courses, forest walks and during the winter months, skiing and snowboarding, mean there is something for everyone in this beautiful part of the world.

The rural village of Fochabers is situated 10 miles from the small Cathedral city of Elgin where there is the local train station and larger shops available.

The village itself is home to the world famous 'Speyfest' an annual festival of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

There is a spacious drive with ample parking for Five or Six cars and a large green lawn with children's football goalposts, along with a summer house complete with BBQ facilities.

The village shops and pubs are within a couple of minutes stroll from the end of the drive and public transport can also be picked up from the village square.

The property has a large basement (Take care on 200 year old well worn stone steps) with games room which includes an American style pool table (free to use if careful) and small Gym, complete with treadmill, bike, rowing machine etc.

The Ground floor comprises the main entrance hall, the main living room complete with suit of armour an open fire with wood supplied, the dining room, which can seat up to 12, the kitchen and the study/WC.

The living room also has a 50 inch television with Freeview and Blu-ray/DVD player complete with a large selection of films for all ages. (There is also a large collection of books, both factual and fiction for guests use).

The first floor comprises 3 bedrooms and the main bathroom, which has a Sauna, Shower with Steam facility and Whirlpool bath that seats 2 comfortably.

The master bedroom has a huge Super King size sleigh bed, 3m high corniced ceilings and an en-suite with roll top bath and double shower. It has Two large windows with views out over the gardens.

The second bedroom has a king size sleigh bed and en-suite shower room with electric shower and views over the front lawn.

The third bedroom has a king double bed with views to the rear of the property.

The final bedroom is on the top floor and has sloping (Coombed) ceilings. This room has a king size bed and a single and is very spacious. There is a vanity unit for brushing teeth etc. to save going to the main bathroom below. This bedroom has a window that looks out over the front lawn and out over the mature trees to the hills beyond.

All towels, bed linen, central heating, electric and wi-fi included. Beach towels are available for taking out of the property.

Unfortunately the property is no smoking and no pets are allowed in the house due to owners allergies.

For piece of mind and the security of guests there is a external CCTV system monitoring the grounds. Please respect this property as it is our family home and do not organise any parties. A caretaker is on hand to assist with any issues that may arise and give assistance to you if needed. NO STAG/HEN PARTIES AND NO GROUPS OF UNDER 25 YEAR OLD PLEASE.

For insurance purposes the maximum occupancy is 9 persons with a disclaimer to be signed on arrival.

If you choose to stay hear we are sure you will not be disappointed. Please read some of the recent reviews. Luxury Historic Retreat from £20 pppn.

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Amenities

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
  • Bedroom 2: King Bed
  • Bedroom 3: Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4: Double Bed Single Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 2 En suites, 1 Toilet Only

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Essentials

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Sauna
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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Interaction with guest

During Covid-19 there will be no interaction with guests and the property will have been vacant for at least 4 days prior to your stay and after it as well as being fully disinfected. The keys will be in a lock box with the code being sent to you just prior to arrival after you have confirmed you are no Covid-19 risk.
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Cancellation policy

Full refund

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

Partial refund

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

No refund

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

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Things to know

Check in: 16:00 Check out: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.

Payment

This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Damage deposit: £350.00

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Smoking

No smoking at this property

House rules

No Stag or Hen parties and no groups of under 25 year olds please.
Please treat this historic building with the respect it is due.

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About the owner

John And Shona S.
Average reply time:
1 hour 20 minutes

Calendar updated:
13 Aug 2022

Years listed:
7

Based in:
United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English
This House has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 9. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 27 Jan 2015. Located in Moray, it has 37 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1546 to £2061.
The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 13 Aug 2022.
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Reviews

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Vacationer724776

Magical stay in Fochabers
Jun 2022

We stayed at the Manse and this property is stunning. The kitchen has everything you need, the beds and baths were quite comfy and the location allowed us the ability to walk everywhere! The owners ar… More 

Reviewed 7 Jul 2022

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Excellent
May 2022

Our second stay at The Old Manse. Just as good as the last stay. Very clean and well equipped. The children were pleased to see the rope swing was still there too!

Reviewed 5 Jun 2022

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Owner's reply:
We are really glad you enjoyed your stay and we would love if you returned at some point. John

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

Patrick1122
Molnlycke, Sweden

Lovely Place!
Apr 2022

We rented the lovely house for the Speyside whiskey festival, and it was over our expectations, we enjoyed every minute. We will come back!

Reviewed 11 May 2022

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Owner's reply:
We are really glad you enjoyed your stay and we would love if you returned at some point. John

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

David W

Great location for exploring the region
Apr 2022

We had an excellent stay at The Old Manse - great location for exploring the region. The pool table and sauna were good fun. Good communication from the hosts (John and Shona) and Robbie the caretaker… More 

Reviewed 11 May 2022

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on all reviews.

Owner's reply:
We are really glad you enjoyed your stay and we would love if you returned at some point. John

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

275kirstieg
Kelty, United Kingdom

Amazing place
Apr 2022

Stayed here for a family getaway. Great area. Lots to do with the kids. Plenty of space in the property. We had an Easter egg hunt in the gardens surrounding the property. It was perfect. Kids loved t… More 

Reviewed 11 May 2022

This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on all reviews.

Owner's reply:
We are really glad you enjoyed your stay and we would love if you returned at some point. John

This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not TripAdvisor LLC.

Review 1-5 of 37

FAQs

How do I find more info about the property?

You can get in touch with John and Shona (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 John and Shona (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 John and Shona (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 John and Shona 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 John and Shona (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 John and Shona (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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Simply enter your holiday dates in the Book your stay form to calculate the cost of your stay.
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You can also request a quote from John and Shona (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. John and Shona (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 John and Shona (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 John and Shona (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 John and Shona (the owner) a message.

If John and Shona (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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37 reviews
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 £264 

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