A stunning 1865 renovated Church Manse for privacy, wilderness and natural adventures; a newly refurbished shoreline traditional croft house by Loch Morar and an Aberdeenshire beachfront fishing cottage in Gardenstown with seascapes to die for.

A stunning 1865 renovated Church Manse for privacy, wilderness and natural adventures; a newly refurbished shoreline traditional croft house by Loch Morar and an Aberdeenshire beachfront fishing cottage in Gardenstown with seascapes to die for.

17/03/2019

Book your holiday at one of these three new additions to Best Scottish Cottages. if your looking for a stunning waterside property you can head to the East Coast fishing village of Gardenstown and stay in a delightfully refurbished fishermans cottage. Over on the west coast you can relax by the tranquil waters of Loch Morar at Croft House or take the pass over to Glenelg and stay in a exquisitely renovated 1865 Church manse on the waterfront.

 

Croft House Morar

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Croft House,  Bracorina is a newly refurbished traditional croft house serving up stunning views in a beautiful spot on the tranquil shores of Loch Morar.

Bracorina is the name of a secluded settlement in Lochaber, located on the northern side of Loch Morar, just 5 km east of the village of Morar, at the end of a minor road.  The Croft House, offers three spacious bedrooms, two washrooms, a large open plan kitchen with dining area and an additional living room. This luxury home sleeps up to 7 guests and is the perfect home to escape and relax with family or friends.

Boasting uninterrupted views over the dramatic landscape unique to the Highlands of Scotland, the cosy croft house is in an excellent location for exploring the nearby villages of Morar, Arisaig and Mallaig which are all within a 15 minute drive of the property. Share your views with only the wildlife insight and the outlying fields with grazing sheep and cattle for company. The house has been totally refurbished recently and offers a fully equipped modern kitchen with an open plan dining room, log burner and seating area with French doors overlooking Loch Morar.

The living room is a spacious room with an open fire and LED TV and a large window seat with stunning views. Downstairs there's a newly fitted bathroom with bathtub perfect for relaxing after a day on the hill. Up on the first floor you will find 3 large and beautifully decorated bedrooms, sleeping up to 7 guests with plenty room for an extra cot for young children. The rooms are configured as 1 king size, 1 double  and one triple bunk room.

You can catch a glimpse of otters breakfasting at dawn or deer wandering leisurely down from the hill to graze by your doorstep. The wildlife here is spectacular with eagle and golden eagle sightings nearby. The waters out front share some interesting secrets including Eilean Bàn ("white island"), an unheralded isle on Loch Morar. Plunging to depths of 1000 feet (400 feet deeper than Loch Ness), Loch Morar is the deepest fresh water loch in Scotland.  The only sign of modernity on the island - is the low wall of a short-lived seminary, built around 1700 and you would have to hire a boat to reach it.

Eilean Bàn has been left untouched for the past 200 years, and as a consequence has become a jungle, brimming with huge conifers, colossal bracket fungi, and voluminous hollies, with bluebells and mosses filling every gap in between. To explore beyond the ruins is to take a leap back into Scotland's past - or, indeed, a leap forward into a future in which human beings are no more. It is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience.

Take the Jacobite steam train for a day trip on the stunning railway line across the Glenfinnan monument (made famous in the flying car chase by little wizards Harry and Ron in Harry Potter). Hire kayaks from Arisaig Kayaks and get close up and personal with the wildlife on the loch out front. Take a day trip to Fort William and head up Ben Nevis by gondola with lunch at the top on the highest mountain in Scotland. Close by to your holiday house, there are stunning walks and paths where you can do a circular route to Tarbet and catch the Mallaig Ferry back up Loch Nevis (Gaelic for Heaven). Stroll along the silvery sugar white sands at Morar, immortalised in the Burt Lancaster classic film Local Hero or head to Mallaig for fresh fish and chips on the pier.

This unique cottage is a perfect place to explore the Scottish West Highlands. It boasts stunning views from all windows and offers true seclusion for a relaxing family getaway, where you can truly slow down and enjoy special time together.

 

Creagan Mhor

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Stunning 1865 renovated Church Manse combining history and luxury to create the perfect highland shoreline retreat for families and special gatherings - privacy, wilderness and natural adventures await.

Creagan Mhor, a mile from the village of Glenelg, is one of the most spectacularly positioned houses on the entire North Western Sea Board. This renovated 1865 Church Manse stands proudly at the top of the Sound of Sleat [Gaelic for smooth or even] a short Kayak ride from the wild and beautiful South Eastern side of Skye. Overlooking the Sound with breathtaking views of Skye, Gavin Maxwell's Sandaig, Eigg, Rum and Ardnamurchan point.

Glenelg offers visitors a truly unforgettable stay. Jaw-dropping land and seascapes with breathtaking scenery, ever changing colours on the hill and the majesty of the waters of Loch Hourn. Neighbouring Knoydart, known as Britain's last great wilderness, to the legendary hikers' challenge of the Five Sisters of Kintail and the Cuillins of Skye. The old-fashioned turntable ferry takes you to Skye in the summer months  - perfect for walking, climbing, cycling or sightseeing at your leisure.

Set in nearly an acre of highland garden with access to the beach, from a gate in the garden, Creagan Mhor is marked on Admiralty maps, as occasional ships and yachts make their slow but steady progress through one of the most stunning waterways on earth, South or North towards Rhona, Kyle and Applecross and beyond. Creagan Mhor [meaning large rock, which you can't miss on the beach] is situated half way between the village and the original ferry to Skye, the house is quite simply unique. Unparalleled views from every window, the manse is lovingly renovated to a high standard; warm, spacious, friendly, bright and magical.

Beautifully restored with an eye for detail within, the owners have renovated Creagan Mhor retaining the original features in keeping with the history of the house to ensure enjoyment for future generations. Sumptuous handmade curtains and handcrafted extra thin astragals on the windows are just some of the finer attentions to detail to be found. From the spacious entrance hall, there is a huge cream kitchen/diner attached to an additional airy dining room. Huge windows mean there are spectacular views of mountains and glens wherever you look.

The natural beauty surrounds you at every turn where you share the grounds with the local wildlife; eagles, sea eagles, stags, roe deer, otter, seals, dolphin and porpoise out in the Sound. This superb house offers a memorable chilled out family stay where special memories are made. Adults can enjoy superb relaxation and quality family time while the youngsters are free to roam, explore and play in the natural playground on their doorstep. Soothe the soul and relax at Creaghan Mhor and make like Bing Crosby, who incidentally stayed in the house for some full on rest and relaxation while on a golfing tour in 1947.

 

Beach Cottage

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Charming traditional East coast cottage in an enviable beachfront position with sea views from every room - lull yourself to sleep with gentle waves lapping and moonbeams dancing on the seascape out front.

Beach Cottage is situated in the historic fishing village of Gardenstown. The village is the largest of three fishing villages on the North East coastline and sits alongside Pennan and Crovie only 8 miles from the town of Banff and Macduff.

This is serious whisky and castle trail country and there are numerous distilleries and castles to visit. Visit the Lighthouse Museum at Fraserburgh or view the live link to the Gannet colony at RSPB Troup Head. Take a trip to Royal Deeside or visit the stunning art collections at Duff House in Banff. Take a boat cruise to look at seal colonies or the Moray Dolphins in action, golf courses abound and there are numerous beaches and coves to visit and walk with the family.

The village is very welcoming with good facilities including a pub by the harbour sheltered harbour which is great to fish from, sandy beach and an 11th century chapel with a footpath along the cliffs to Crovie. A great local walk when the tide is out, (2 miles approx) takes you along the bottom of the cliffs from Gardenstown to Crovie. Beach Cottage is pet friendly and there are some great walks for four legged guests along with pet bowls and dog towels available for their use.

Spacious inside, Beach Cottage, spanning three floors can sleep seven guests over two double bedrooms, one room with bunk beds and a single bed. The master bedroom is en-suite and all rooms enjoy stunning views. Perfect for families with children the property has two separate lounges one with its own stove and each lounge has their own TV's, including a smart TV and integrated DVD players. The kitchen is beautifully presented with a breakfast bar, internet radio and all the utensils you require for your stay..

Seals are often seen on the beach and dolphins and whales have been sighted in the bay. Most of the beach is sand but there are some rocks which provide endless entertainment for rock pooling. There is a private enclosed front area with seating taking in the sea views whilst enjoying a BBQ.

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