Portsoy holiday cottage rental, Sandend with beach/lake nearby, balcony/terrace and walking and TV

Sandend Cottage

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31 reviews

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Sandend Cottage

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 5 Home 112998

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

The latest addition to our small ‘portfolio’ of luxury coastal cottages, we think this may just be our best. Set in the picturesque ‘get-away-from-it-all’ fishing village of Sandend, between the pretty harbour towns of Cullen and Portsoy, this cottage has stunning views over the wide sandy beach from the kitchen, lounge and two front bedrooms. The elevated garden terrace and summer house, again with stunning views, are ideal for outdoor entertaining and barbeques. Fantastic coastal walks right from your doorstep makes this an ideal cottage for dog owners or walkers and children will love the beach.

This part of the North East of Scotland also lends itself to day trips, exploring the Castle trail, partaking in a dram along the Whisky Trail or perhaps getting close to the dolphins and other wildlife along the Moray Firth. We are sure you will enjoy a break on the beautiful Banffshire Coast.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Nearest beach Sandend 100 m
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Aberdeen 84 km, Nearest railway: Keith 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Single beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

* modern, fully equipped kitchen

* comfortable lounge with gas 'log effect' stove

* utility room and 'wet area' accessed by side gate and back door

* downstairs bathroom with separate shower

* king size double bedroom

* twin bedroom

* single bedroom / further sitting area giving access to elevated terrace and summer house

Further details outdoors

* Tiered rockery with bench at the side of the house

* Private, elevated terrace and summer house. Although enclosed, young children should not be left unattended as there are a couple of steep drops.

* On street parking on a quiet dead end street leading through the small village to the harbour.

Further details

* Welcome pack on arrival

* Owners live locally in case of any problems.

The Aberdeenshire region

The Scottish Highlands were popularised as a tourist destination when Queen Victoria bought Balmoral Castle in 1848. It is easy to understand why, with the wide open spaces, the 'big' sky, rugged mountains and tranquil glens. Home to many of Scotland's most famous whiskies and the Cairngorms National Park, there are many opportunities for outdoor pursuits, including walking, fishing and mountain biking. There are also plenty of award winning golf courses to enjoy. The coastline is also stunning, with its mix of cliffs and coves and wide beaches with the whitest of sands. Whether you want to take advantage of the many activities on offer or relax and unwind, the Highlands will have something for you!


Sandend is a 17th century fishing village, one of the smallest and perhaps one of the most attractive along the Banffshire coast. It is known by the privileged few as a mecca for surfers and kayakers and occupies a beautiful location opposite a pretty beach, perfect for catching the waves or just building castles in the sand. At its east end is the newly re-opened Glenglassaugh Distillery, founded in 1875 but mothballed in 1986. Nearby are the remains of the Glassaugh Windmill, built in the early 1700s. Still standing are a stump surrounded by a lower base: which explains its local name of the cup and saucer.

Nearby Portsoy is a vibrant town, attractive with it’s twisting streets around the 17th century harbour. It has a number of pubs and restaurants as well as local shops and a small supermarket. It is also the home of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival which takes place at the end of June.

In the other direction Cullen is also worth a visit. Driving from Sandend, the cluster of cottages making up Seatown along with a wide expanse of sandy beach, are majestically framed by the arches of the disused railway viaduct. Cullen is famed as the home of ‘Cullen Skink’ – a lovely thick potato and smoked haddock soup, as well as one of the best ice cream shops in the area.

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28 Jul 2013


"Fantastic place to stay"

What a lovely time we had in April, We were so fortunate with the weather, & even though it was a bit cold outside the house was so cosy & welcoming. It is the first time we have stayed in a cottage that had everything you could think off, Even a breadmaker !! It was lovely sitting in the little window reading my book with the sun shining on the bay & the waves being blown back on themselves producing rainbows. we went out & about visiting different distillery's,& Little villages like Crovie. I think we both felt it was great just being in the house reading & relaxing. felt it would have benefited from unlimited broadband but that was our only shortcoming, will definitely be back

26 May 2013



Every aspect of the cottage far exceeded our expectations. The cleanliness, location and value were unsurpassed. We felt as though we were staying in a friend's home. Every need and comfort were provided and the lovely welcoming pack was an especially nice touch. We couldn't be happier with our stay at the beautiful Sandend Cottage!

Thank you so much - we're really glad you enjoyed your holiday in Scotland.

28 Jan 2013


"Christmas by the sea"

Spent a fantastic six days in this cottage which looks directly over Sandend beach. From the moment we stepped inside we all felt at home. A small welcome pack with a bottle of Cava was an added bonus and much appreciated. The place just had a lovely relaxed feel with lots of beutiful sea theme paintings of the local area. Facilities and equipment were exactly as described and it was clear that Wendy and Colin have put a lot of thought into the needs of their customers so whether you are escaping to leave the cooking behind or like us you plan to have Xmas dinner with all the trimmings, you will have all you need at your fingertips. Plenty of information available on what is on and available in the local area. The Moray coast is a lovely part of the world regardless of the season so if you tire of strolling along the beach you can explore the towns and villages along the coast. We would highly recommend Sandend Cottage and will definitely return.

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it - and that there were enough pots and pans for the turkey! Hope to be around to say hello if you visit again! Regards Wendy

20 Oct 2012


"Comfortable, spacious, well-appointed and thoughtfully-designed."

We had a wonderful week's holiday. Although we had been to Sandend several times, this was the first time we had stayed at (Inchard or) Sandend Cottage. Our daughter-in law's first comments were "Oh, I want to live here!" It was evident that a great deal of thought had gone into planning the visitor's experience, from the welcome pack to the utilities, from the furnishings to the decor. Once we were accustomed to the layout of the cottage and its facilities we soon relaxed and had a very happy time; the good weather was a further bonus! We know the Sandend area well so the extensive range of literature and maps held few surprises but would be of great value to the first-time visitor. We intend to be back in Sandend in the near future so this cottage will most likely be our holiday home again.

5 Aug 2012


"A little bit of holiday Heaven!"

What a find! A beautiful cottage in a fantastic location. We have stayed in many self catering cottages and this has to rate as one of the best. The owners have thought of everything. Anything you could ever need on holiday has been provided for you. Fantastically stocked kitchen, constant hot water, brilliant little touches everywhere. I really don't know where to start. The terrace, garden furniture and BBQ were fantastic to have and we enjoyed many lovely sunny evenings bbqing the local fresh fish we bought, washed down with a nice chilled glass of wine listening to the waves and watching the sun go down. We spent everyday on the beach, surfing and building sandcastles. Beautiful beach and really never very busy. Having the tap at the back door and being able to rinse wetsuits and little feet was a great idea too. The beds were really comfortable as was the lounge furniture. I have nothing but praise about this little gem. We will be booking for next summer and would love to go back in the winter months too to appreciate it in a different way. If you are looking for a Scottish costal holiday, with or without children, then please try this cottage. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you so much! We tried to put everything in the cottage that we'd like to find when we go away - and also take on board suggestions from other guests, so we are always so pleased to hear we are getting it right! Hope to see you when you visit next summer!

4 Aug 2012


"Fabulous cottage in the most amazing location."

The cottage- absolutely beautiful, excellent standard. Very comfortable with all the facilities one could require. The most amazing sea view where you could just spend hours looking for dolphins or watching the surfers who are not deterred by weather or time of day! Lovely sun room in the back garden which allowed us to enjoy a BBQ even on a day when the weather wasn't the best. The beds are very comfortable and it was such a relaxing feeling to wake up to the sound of waves each morning. The bedroom which was used by our children aged 5 and 3 was even made up with age appropriate bedding, ben10 and princess. They thought this was great. Very thoughtful of Wendy, the owner of the property who I have to add was extremely helpful throughout the booking process. Sandend- what a stunning location. The beach is absolutely perfect, lovely and clean, quiet but not lonely. The children and dogs thought it was wonderful, both managing to get in the sea for a paddle. The nearby areas have a lot to offer, The Shore Pub on the harbour of Portsoy does lovely meals, catering for vegetarians and children as well as meat eaters. The staff were exceptionally friendly. Cullen is a nice area with a few shops, golf course and beach. Lovely safe walks along a disused viaduct. Our party included persons from 3 years through to 61 years, each and every one of us thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and will most certainly return to the location and cottage. Very highly recommended.

28 Jul 2012


"Fantastic Cottage with Stunning Views."

I stayed at this beautiful cottage with my mother, sister and children for a week in July. It exceeded all our expectations!! The communication with the owner from the outset was great and Wendy had thought of everything to make our stay wonderful, from the welcome pack to the lovely beds and feather duvets. The cottage is much bigger than I had expected which was great as we had 2 dogs with us. The views from the cottage are breathtaking even if the weather is not the best. Nothing like falling asleep to the sound of roaring waves!! We intended to return to Sandend Cottage next summer but this time we are going for 2 weeks!!

3 Oct 2011


"A gem of a cottage in a perfect location"

We couldn't have asked for better accommodation it had all and more than we expected; cosy clean and comfortable. It was in the perfect spot overlooking the bay. The location was scenic and peaceful and it was a good base for exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside . We have already booked to go again next year.

3 Sep 2011


"Great cottage fantastic location"

We usually rent a cottage once a year in rural Scotland. The combination of the cottage and the location made this a brilliant holiday. Cottage is very well equipped and comfortable. If you like beaches, the location is hard to beat. Lots to do in the local area - interesting coastal villages and north-east towns to potter around in.

23 Aug 2011


"Excellent home away from home"

Great holiday cottage, quality furnishings and equipment, everything you could wish for in a home from home with young children, excellent location, easy to find, lots of things to see and do in the area.

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