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Balai House

Banff (8mls NE), Aberdeenshire
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Family friendly
Decorated for Christmas
Apartment
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional bright and spacious apartment with 21st century comfort perfect for a family holiday or that ‘get away from it all’ romantic break
  • Located on the main street of Gardenstown a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque fishing harbour catch a glimpse of the dolphins that swim in the bay
  • Explore the wide variety wildlife along the stunning Moray coastline and beautiful beaches
Property code: BALAI

Nestling in the pretty fishing village of Gardenstown, this bright, spacious and airy ground-floor apartment is part of a 19th century house which has been beautifully updated to provide cosy and welcoming accommodation. With ample space for up to four guests, the apartment makes a wonderful retreat for families and couples looking to explore the stunning countryside and the spectacular coastline of this beautiful part of Moray.

 

With a traditional exterior and a delightfully furnished and tastefully decorated interior, this cosy and relaxing property makes a lovely getaway for a family holiday or a romantic break for two.

 

On entering this lovely apartment, you will find the attractive, light and inviting open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. The pretty lounge is an ideal space to relax in – you can sit back in the comfortable sofas with a good book or snuggle up in front of the wood burner and enjoy a movie on the TV – there’s also a selection of DVDs to choose from. You can share a fantastic meal in the comfort of the charming dining area which is ideal whether you’re grabbing some breakfast or enjoying a romantic meal for two. The stylishly designed kitchen is separated from the main room by a low dividing wall and is a pleasure to cook in. Exploring the property further there are two cosy bedrooms – a spacious double bedroom which can be made up as a twin room on request, and a twin room with two small divan beds. There’s also a shower room complete with WC.

 

Heading outside, you will find the delightful hillside garden with a small patio with garden furniture so you can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening.

 

  • 2 bedrooms: 1 double (or twin on request) 1 twin with two small divan beds (2’6” x 6’3”)
  • Shower room: with shower cubicle and WC
  • Lounge: with multi fuel stove, TV/DVD, iPod/iPhone dock, Bluetooth speaker and USB charger
  • Kitchen: electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer box, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, Bosch Tassimo coffee machine
  • Electric, heating and first pack of logs included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • On street parking outside the property
  • A welcome food hamper is provided containing a selection of fresh produce
  • Beach within walking distance, shop 0.5 miles, tearoom 0.1 mile
  • Hotel pub/restaurant 200 yards, bar meals available, please prior book if you wish to dine in the restaurant
  • For anyone wanting to bring bikes there is external access to the back garden with a large barn where bikes can be stored
  • Short Term Let license number: AS-00-143F
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

The quaint and picturesque village of Gardenstown is one of three fishing villages (alongside Crovie and Pennan) on the Aberdeenshire coast between Fraserburgh and Macduff. Gardenstown is a cliff-side village with a good pub, bustling harbour and an 11th century chapel. The property is ideally situated on the main street, with the harbour within a quarter of a mile. You can take a stroll along the waterfront and admire the stunning sunsets and breathtaking views, and maybe catch a glimpse of seals or dolphins swimming in the bay. You can get closer to the wildlife in the area – and in the sea – by taking a boat trip from the pretty coastal town of Macduff (8 miles). Macduff is renowned for its fishing industry, with seafood arriving daily at the harbour. The town is also home to a choice of pubs and restaurants – many specialising in seafood – and there are popular attractions including the Royal Tarlair Golf Club, Macduff Marine Aquarium, Macduff Maritime Garden, Tarlair Outdoor Swimming Pool and The Platform – a popular shopping centre. Crossing the Deveron Bridge, you will reach Macduff's neighbour Banff (9.5 miles), a historic town which is home to Banff Castle, Banff Museum and the splendid Duff House. Nature lovers can visit the RSPB Scotland Troup Head Nature Reserve (3 miles). Other local landmarks include Delgatie Castle (13 miles) and St Drostan's Well (8 miles). There are plenty of activities to try including golf, fishing, riding, sailing, canoeing, surfing, walking and cycling.

Lee Davies

This property is personally managed by Lee.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 22 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Paula 5th November 2023

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Very comfortable and warm. Really well equipped and a warm welcome from the owner.

Reviewed by Patrick 16th October 2023

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Reviewed by S E 9th September 2023

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It was like home from home, so comfortable. We really didnt want to leave. Chris gave a welcome pack that was very generous. Parking not always available but plenty of parking in the harbour car park. Would love to return in the future.

Reviewed by John 21st August 2023

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Fantastic location, fully equipped apartment and a great host. We had everything that we needed and the welcome pack and I believe home cooked bread was a really nice addition. I have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to anyone. One very satisfied customer

Reviewed by David 22nd July 2023

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First class location Great bathroom, adequate cooking facilities Would return in future

Reviewed by Heather 14th July 2023

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Reviewed by Andrew 10th July 2023

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Perfect property in a perfect spot. Mr Broom was very helpful getting us settled in and was on hand if we needed anything (we didnt) 5 mins to the beach, 2 mins to the harbour, a handy wee shop right next door and a pub at the top of the road. Everyone very friendly in the town. Really great time away

Reviewed by Maureen 17th June 2023

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Reviewed by Jan 4th June 2023

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Comfortable cottage but no where to let dogs out for early morning and late night run. Only walk to beach. We did find some grass at gospel church but not ideal. Most things closed Mon to wed so no where to eat at night unless you go out in car. Lovely welcome pack in cottage.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 4th May 2023

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Great cottage lovely location for a relaxing and peaceful holiday, everyone person you meet are so welcoming and friendly. Chris is such a lovely gentleman and makes you feel welcome and has a lovely cottage with everything you need for your stay the welcome hamper is a great thought

Reviewed by David 29th April 2023

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Reviewed by W 5th November 2022

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This cottage was excellent. It was very clean and very well equipped. We received a good welcome and the owners provided a very good welcome pack of foods. We would fully recommend this cottage however it was not always able to park close-by.

Reviewed by Chris 19th September 2022

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What a lovely place to stay! We travelled up on Monday 19th September 22 and stayed until Friday 23rd. The owners greated us when we arrived and told us of many different places to visit which we found very helpful. All the people we saw in Gardenstown were very welcoming, the pub was really nice and the 'wee shoppie' well stocked and reasonably prRead moreiced. We had lots of lovely walks with our dogs roly and bo. Many thanks, Chris and Becca Hide

Reviewed by Meena 20th August 2022

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The cottage is absolutely lovely. Clean, comfortable and extremely well equipped with everything you might need: from welcoming food items such home baked bread and scones, bacon and eggs for breakfast, even some milk ( such a welcome for tired travellers) and plenty other items such as dishwasher tablets, cleaning materials, blue roll!! AND it's dRead moreog friendly! Short walk from the lovely beach and the lovely friendly Steve's Wee shopper is right next door for daily supplies! We loved it!!! Hide

Reviewed by Alistair 10th August 2022

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A really lovely apartment. We had a wonderful stay. Great location. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Christine 26th June 2022

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Apartment was clean and very well equipped, owner was very pleasant and helpful. There were two negatives for us, lack of parking and nowhere to walk the dogs without driving away from the property. Due to the issue with parking this property is not suitable for anyone with physical mobility issues.

Reviewed by Paul 18th June 2022

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lovely people, great accommodation, lovely village, could not have been made more welcome, far better than we expected.

Reviewed by Rainer 30th May 2022

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Very wellcoming. Kitchen is well equipped above standard. A nice cottage in an old village with friendly host. Would come again.

Reviewed by Anita 21st May 2022

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Reviewed by MAGGIE 17th April 2022

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.Had a lovely stay here. Excellent place everything you need is there. Hosts are lovely ,very helpful. baking and lovely things for your tea very generous. Would certainly recommend this property

Reviewed by Moira 25th February 2022

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Lovely welcoming cottage, received a full welcome pack of freshly baked bread, lemon drizzle cake. Also milk, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, tin soup, jam, butter, tea,coffee,sugar, hot chocolate,sorry if I missed anything out, owner was lovely, lived upstairs, so was always on hand for any help or info, but left you alone. Will definitely return

Reviewed by james 16th February 2022

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Lovely accommodation, welcoming pack and all facilities were fantastic.

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