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Overlooking the cliffs towards Gardenstown
Pretty harbour close to property
Beach and shore nearby
Lounge area with cosy woodburner
Lounge/dining area
Dining area
Relax in the lounge
Kitchen
Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
View towards the property
View towards the Gardenstown fishing village
1 / 12  Overlooking the cliffs towards Gardenstown
2 / 12  Pretty harbour close to property
3 / 12  Beach and shore nearby
4 / 12  Lounge area with cosy woodburner
5 / 12  Lounge/dining area
6 / 12  Dining area
7 / 12  Relax in the lounge
8 / 12  Kitchen
9 / 12  Double bedroom
10 / 12  Twin bedroom
11 / 12  View towards the property
12 / 12  View towards the Gardenstown fishing village

Balai House

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

  • Traditional bright and spacious apartment with 21st century comforts
  •  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 or experience one of the stunning sunsets
  • Explore the wide variety wildlife along the stunning Moray coastline and beautiful beaches
Property code: BALAI

This bright and spacious apartment occupies the ground-floor of the traditional house dating back to the 19th century has been beautifully modernised, close to the magnificent coastline, beach and harbour.

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. Limited on-street parking is available outside the property.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 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 supply of fuel included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • 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
  • Arrival: 5pm
  • For anyone wanting to bring bikes there is external access to the back garden with a large barn where bikes can be stored

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.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 21 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Peter 3rd October 2020

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We found Balai House to be comfortable, impeccably clean and very well located near the harbour, shop, pub and bus stop. The kitchen is practical and well equipped, and the owner was very helpful. Gardenstown proved to be a really good base for exploring the Moray coast although we also ventured inland to Dufftown and Old Deer. Troup Head, which isRead more probably walking distance via Crovie, should not be missed by anyone interested in bird life, or who just appreciates a dramatic coastal walk. Hide

Reviewed by Iain 14th September 2020

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Lovely, very comfortable house in a beautiful village. Nice to arrive to a welcome pack! Chris, the owner was extremely helpful throughout. Would definitely come here again.

Reviewed by Andrew 8th September 2020

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Reviewed by Neil 8th August 2020

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A very well equipped apartment, spotlessly clean in an excellent location.

Reviewed by Tracy 3rd August 2020

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Excellent contact with the owner from the start, who went out of his way to help us throughout our stay. Accommodation itself was perfect for our family of 4, spotless and well equipped, including a little welcome pack of food which was an unexpected surprise. Location was perfect for a relaxing break away with stunning evening walks to the neighboRead moreuring Crovie and lots to explore during the day. Hide

Reviewed by Sue 27th July 2020

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What a beautiful holiday home, the perfect location for a holiday. Chris the host was waiting for us with the keys on arrival, such a lovely gentleman, showed us around the cottage and told us a lot of places to visit, very knowledgable. We had a wonderful few days away and cant recommend this gorgeous holiday cottage enough.

Reviewed by Sarah 23rd July 2020

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Reviewed by Kirsty 13th July 2020

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Lovely, comfortable cottage with everything you could need provided. A very warm welcome from the hosts, and a fantastic location, close to a grocery shop, the pub and the beach.

Reviewed by Judith 9th March 2020

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Perfect place to stay very clean and tidy. Welcome by hosts and associated welcome pack perfect. Good wi-fi , new convenience store close by . All in, had a great time.

Reviewed by Isobel 15th February 2020

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Exc grnd flr in Main St of Gardenstown. Host made sure everything we could ever need was provided even ensuring a welcome pack of food which included everything for our Sunday breakfast as well as 2 tins of home baking. Only downside was that the garden isnt adjacent to the house. It was accessed via a lane and through a locked outbuilding but was Read morefully enclosed which was a bonus. Friendly pub a few houses along was perfect for an evening of gin rummy. Beach down a set of nearby steps. Hide

Reviewed by David 27th January 2020

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Great cottage, clean, comfortable and quiet. Parking location is tight on a narrow street, with limited spaces but manageable. The cottage has everything needed for a holiday away from home. Great area to explore and our 2 small dogs loved the beach and surrounding walks.

Reviewed by Angela 12th October 2019

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Reviewed by Trish 4th September 2019

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A warm welcome on arrival from owners and lovely food pack homemade cake, scones and bread. The cottage is a home from home with everything you could possibly need including supplies for dishwasher and washing machine. Lots of homely touches. Street is very narrow for parking but we have large SUV car and managed ok. Owners Chris and Barbara are exRead moretremely helpful and friendly and made our stay special. Hide

Reviewed by Udo 10th August 2019

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Tasteful interior, comfortable beds, helpful, friendly hosts make it a real home from home

Reviewed by David 1st August 2019

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Property is great and we were made very welcome. Owner is avail for any info. Only issue is parking in the very narrow street.

Reviewed by Bill 3rd July 2019

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A spotless, well equipped and comfortable cottage which, being dog friendly, met our needs perfectly. The owners who are on site couldn't have been more accommodating. A great spot.

Reviewed by Anne 19th May 2019

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Reviewed by Liz 20th April 2019

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We would recommend the cottage - one of the best equipped weve stayed in. The beach and harbour are excellent and dog friendly. Our dog happily exhausted himself racing up and down the beach. Everyone we met was friendly and theres even a local bus service into Banff.

Reviewed by Thomas 29th December 2018

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Fantastic location, peaceful, dog friendly and the owners were brilliant. Lovely welcome pack with home baking and essentials. Delicious!

Reviewed by Fraser 22nd November 2018

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Lovely welcome pack of home baking and grocery essentials.

Reviewed by Nicholas 3rd November 2018

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Nick & Marie, Newcastle Staffs, Chris and Barbara were very hospitable, the property was spotlessly clean and comfortable with everything provided you need to enjoy your holiday, welcome pack on arrival (homemade bread and cakes) was a winner. We had a fantastic stay at Balai House and would definitely recommend to out family and Friends.

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Location

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