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The Ice House

St Cyrus, Angus
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Historic former icehouse with panoramic rooftop views
  • Unique accommodation designed to blend in with landscape
  • Atmospheric wood burner for chilly evenings
  • Stunning interior with original features and contemporary detail
  • Surrounded by 3.5 acres of land with direct access to the beach
  • An abundance of scenic walks from the doorstep
Property code: CA348

Studded into a backdrop of volcanic cliffs, this quirky beach house is literally part of the rugged landscape, with rooftop sea views and direct access to the beach.

Steeped in history and brimming with charm, escape to this beach house for a magical holiday with loved ones. With sea views from the rooftop and an abundance of cosy corners inside, come rain or shine the retreat is the perfect Scottish escape. Once a skipper's quarters, ice storage building and place for fishermen’s nets, immerse yourself in the history of the local area and imagine this fantastic plot standing proud in years gone by. Quirky curved ceilings add character to this charming home which boasts views across volcanic cliffs and St Cyrus Nature Reserve. Leave no one behind as canine companions are welcomed to this abode; they will soon find their favourite spot in front of the wood burner which promises to keep tails and toes toasty warm throughout your stay.

Step inside to the hub of the house where you are greeted by the classic charm and warm furnishings to complement the stone interior of this humble abode. When days are cold snuggle up at the cosy end of the lounge where the wood burner can be fired up and you are invited to curl up with a good book. For a more communal spot of relaxation put your feet up on the sofa or swing in the suspended chair. Switch on the TV or natter about your journey and make exciting plans for the days ahead. Both ground floor bedrooms are treated to patio doors so you can let the outside in or watch the rain from the comfort of your bed. When mornings are light and balmy, step out for a mug of something warm and wake slowly in the fresh air. A family bathroom invites you to soak aching muscles and tired feet in the bath or you can freshen up quickly in the shower. After long days adventuring, the infra-red sauna welcomes you to enjoy a moment of peace away from the hustle and bustle of dinner time preparations!

Climb up to the mezzanine level where the remaining king-size bedroom and a sofa bed can be found. For those of you with an interest in documenting your special days, take a seat at the writing desk and jot down your magical memories.

Sitting in its 3.5-acre plot, you can stretch your legs in the great outdoors without having to hop in the car. Roam the grounds and take in the surrounding scenery; four-legged friends can chase their tails and sniff new scents. For exciting evenings at home, light the fire pit and cook up an al fresco dessert of toasted marshmallows which can be enjoyed in one of the sheltered patio areas. For sandy toes, cross the bridge to the dunes; afterwards, wash paws and feet in the heated outdoor shower.


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

Please note there is a refundable £250 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 3 bedrooms: 1 king-size, 2 double
  • 3 bathrooms: 2 en-suite shower rooms, 1 bathroom with infra-red sauna; additional heated outdoor shower
  • Range cooker, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, dryer
  • Wood burner – starter pack of logs provided
  • Solar energy – all electricity and heating included
  • TV with Freeview, Blu-ray with sound bar
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Private garden
  • Off-road parking
  • 2 dogs welcome - please note dogs are not permitted on the beds
  • BBQ and fire pit
  • Shops and hotel within 1 mile
  • Sleeps 6 + 2: mezzanine level offers additional single sleeping arrangements, and a single fold-out mattress is also available by arrangement

Head out of your door and wander over the sandy summits of St Cyrus Dunes to the beach. Lapping waves meet the long stretch of sand and invite you dip your toe in the ocean or if you're feeling brave, you can face the fresh water and go for a swim. Wander the shoreline to dry off and then settle down for a picnic or a spot of sandcastle making and stick chasing. After lunch, roam St Cyrus Nature Reserve and see what wildlife and waterfalls you can spot.

This property boasts immediate access to a great waking/cycling trail. Sheltered by the cliffs, explore the path and admire the ever-changing scenery as you work up a healthy appetite.

If you fancy getting out on the green and playing a round of golf, 6 miles from your door the Royal Montrose Golf Club is a tough but rewarding course and the clubhouse has a great range of food and drink or you to enjoy after a bout of hard work. Pack your clubs and focus on playing a great round of holiday golf before the adventuring begins again.


This property is personally managed by Carol.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 17 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Fiona 5th October 2019

This was our third visit to The Ice House. We love it! Both house and location are stunning.

Reviewed by Mrs Carter

The Ice House is located in a very rural setting, surrounded by a blankets of flowers, greenery and lots of wild life. The garden was full of rabbits. It's a short walk across the sand dunes to access the long stretch of sandy beach which was very quiet and peaceful when we visited in early July. The Ice House itself has been decorated in a shabby Read morechic style with lots of lovely natural features; wooden floors and exposed stonework. A number of items of furniture create features and picture perfect settings, enhanced with clever use of creative lighting. The kitchen is well equipped and we felt very comfortable. The view from the roof area was great and we enjoyed the the garden facilities, when it was sunny. We found it to be very dog friendly and our labrador loved it. We would love to visit again. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Stuart

Had a fantastic week in the Ice House at the beginning of June. 4 adults and a dog, all of which loved the place. Plenty of room and large comfy bedrooms. Great walks from the door and a massive beach and great beer in the pub up in the village. The game that you play on the dining table made for a fantastic evening - won't spoil the surprise by saRead moreying what it is. Dunnottar Castle, perched on a cliff is well worth a visit - one of the best we've seen. Loads of walking in the area. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Bowers April 2019

The Ice House is a very special place indeed. Th house itself is totally unique and very cosy and well furnished. Th outside space is great too and ideal for a dog to run around the enclosed area safely. The setting itself is stunning and so close to such a beautiful sandy beach. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and felt a huge benefit of enjoying thRead moree beautiful, tranquil setting . I would highly recommend it as a holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Houston February 2019

Along with our sons and their partners we spent three wonderful days in the Ice House during the February mid-term holiday. The house is incredibly comfortable and very well equipped with everything you could possibly need for your stay. The Ice House made an excellent base for exploring the east coast although we were loathe to go very far away...Read more This was a perfect location for long walks along the beach with the dogs and for the more adventurous in our party to swim in the sea. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Carter December 2018

Really has all you could ask for, location, views and amenities. It was the little things taht made a difference, fully equiped kitchen, beautiful bathrooms with under floor heating, and plenty of cosy seating to realx and unwind

Reviewed by Mrs Donnelly October 2018

Beautiful property, well kept with plenty of crockery and pans etc. Two ovens and lots of hob space to make meals for 6. Very comfortable beds. Good Wi-Fi. Good walks in the area. Walk from the door for a few minutes to hit a gorgeous beach. Easy to visit Aberdeen, stonehaven, Arbroath. So much to see and do will have to come again!

Reviewed by Mrs Von Kaehne October 2018

We returned to The Ice House this year as we enjoyed it so much last year. It is a few minutes' walk from the beach and 10 minutes' drive from Montrose. The house itself is beautiful and has great facilities.

Reviewed by Mr Durrell September 2018

This is a wonderful property located in a beautiful Nature Reseve. We had a very relaxing holiday, and with the beach and dunes just a few yards away, it was a great holiday to take the dogs with us. During the week we often had the beautiful sandy beach to ourselves. On a chilly evening there was nothing better than sitting by the wood burner, witRead moreh a book and a glass of wine. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Smith September 2018

The Ice House is a fantastic property in a great location. The beach was quite busy over the weekend but peaceful and perfect to escape to during the week. Only drawbacks are the garden isn't enclosed, we had other people's dogs coming into the garden fro

Reviewed by Mrs Kimpton September 2018

The Ice House is absolutely perfect! There was nothing that we can complain about! The setting was idyllic. We stayed for our 30th wedding anniversary and wanted something special and we got it in the Ice House. I can't recommend it enough! It would be ni

Reviewed by Mr Hacker August 2018

Well equipped house in a stunning Location. The house was clean and in the kitchen you find everything you need and more. The wonderful, sandy beach is only a short stroll away. So much to see nearby.

Reviewed by Mr And Mrs Prangnell August 2018

Wow! Absolutely stunning house and setting. Perfect peaceful getaway with 2 young children, one with special needs who loved the space and peace. The garden was incredibly spacious and perfect for our dogs. The walk to the beach was stunning across the na

Reviewed by Mr Olsson July 2018

Marvellous property in a most beautiful and unique location

Reviewed by Mr Lamont July 2018

Had a great time,house is amazing and the beach is stunning, what a place to have a break only a few hours drive from my home.

Reviewed by Prof Tierney-moore June 2018

This is an amazing place. You need to like isolation and wildlife along with huge beaches and luxury accommodation so stay away if you want discos and bars! The house is very well appointed and the surroundings are stunning It felt like an episode of Spri

Reviewed by Mrs Shellard June 2018

The Ice House was a real treat, beautifully presented and everything we could wish for. We have been self catering with our dog for many years in Scotland and this house rates as one of the best. Comfortable beds, sofa and beautiful bathrooms (top of our

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