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Tranquil rural location yet less than a mile from the sea...

Banff, Aberdeenshire, UK
  • Cottage900 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

GAMRIE LODGE - The Owl Cottage - 2 bedrooms

The Owl cottage comfortably sleeps a total of 4 guests whilst the adjacent Swallow cottage sleeps an additional 2 guests.

Our standards are high, each cottage provides the same first class self-catering accommodation all on ground level. Each cottage is furnished and equipped to the highest standard to provide a relaxing holiday environment in a tranquil rural location, yet less than a mile from the sea.

Maybe you're planning a romantic break, or an action-packed holiday with the kids, or simply taking some time out for a well earned bit of peace and quiet.

Whatever your requirements, short break or long term stay at all times of the year, we hope either of our cottages The Owl (sleeps 4) or The Swallow (sleeps 2) can provide what you're looking for.

Parents can relax knowing that the large lawns and walled garden provide a safe open space for children to play.

A well-behaved dog is welcome subject to prior arrangement.

Built around a private gravelled courtyard within the lightly wooded grounds of a fine Grade B Listed Regency Buchan former Manse dating circa.1828 the former stables and coach house have been sympathetically converted to provide two spacious and tastefully appointed self catering holiday cottages.

Each cottage is double glazed, centrally heated, and complemented in the main sitting room with a glass fronted feature cast iron multi-fuel stove.

In the main bedroom you have the choice of two single beds or a 6ft wide super-king.

All accommodation is ground level.

** FREE WiFi ** included in both cottages.

Come and stay in this beautiful area of Scotland and be prepared to be enchanted by the rolling countryside, explore local deserted wave washed beaches and enjoy the hospitality of local towns and villages like Pennan, Crovie, Portsoy and Gardenstown.

Whilst spending time at Gamrie Lodge the area provides a multitude of activities including golf, riding, fishing, cycling and walking.

For those looking for less energetic experiences, why not explore the plentiful supply of dramatic ruins and historic buildings or seek out the many other idyllic places to slow down, rest, and take it easy with a book, sketch pad or easel.

Property Manager

Mr Stuart France

Member Since 2004
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Feb 12, 2018
Why Mr Stuart France chose Banff

Always wanted to live in a period property in the country but close to the sea. Gamrie Lodge ticked all the boxes although many of the renovations have been lengthy and costly.

What makes this Cottage unique

The house has a spiral staircase extending up all four floors, who couldn't love that!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Main bedroom contains a super-king size beds as standard, however this can be split into twin beds on request.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
          • Rural


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Local Maps
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Parking
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Tumble Dryer
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Stove
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Grill
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                          • Blender
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Games for Kids
                                  • Radio
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Furniture
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Patio


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • suitable for elderly or infirm


                                              • library
                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • caves
                                              • churches
                                              • coin laundry
                                              • forests
                                              • bay/sound
                                              • museums
                                              • pond
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • golf privileges optional
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • whitewater rafting
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • All accommodation is on ground level with easy access throughout. A well-behaved dog is welcome subject to prior arrangement. Parents can relax knowing that the large lawns provide a safe open space for children to play.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                3 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Comfortable cottage

                                                                Dory K.Gennep

                                                                Big modern cottage (beside from the coinmeter for electricity...). Rental price is very good! This cottage should be rented all year as the area (underestimated???) is wunderful. It offers you a beautiful coastline, little villages, hilly rural landscape, and as whole Scotland was suffering from showers, here it was dry with sunny spells! We did not have to use the car a lot, as almost all beautiful walks were in the neighbourhood. For walkers we advise buying the OS 29 Banff & Huntly at the tourist office Banff (open from March until the end of October). Gamrie Lodge offers no folders or visitorsbook so you have to find out for yourself.

                                                                Memorable stay in this delightful retreat

                                                                Julia G.

                                                                We booked one of the cottages for half term this Autumn. Easy distance from Aberdeen airport but felt that we were really tucked away from hectic life. The cottage was immaculate and spacious.

                                                                Whilst contemporary in its style, it still retains a cosy feel - the warmth from the fire in the living room when we set the logs was so welcoming after days walking in the countryside or by the sea.

                                                                We love good food and cooking and found that the kitchen was well laid out, well equipped and easy to use. We shopped in Banff - a lovely, friendly town with straightforward shops to keep you stocked throughout your stay.

                                                                The bedrooms were clean and well laid out - storage, even with all the winter clothing, was good. The main bedroom has a basin which was helpful given that there is only one bathroom - saved on any queuing to brush teeth!

                                                                Overall I would very happily recommend this lovely place - great for friends over Hogmanay I am sure but I am sure that it is also great in the summer.

                                                                The owners were around but not intrusive - helpful and obviously keen to make sure everything is there for you.

                                                                Enjoy your stay!!


                                                                Ian M.Canberra Australia

                                                                Beautifully presented,everything supplied ,Great setting and very near beautiful little villages. We will return.

                                                                Ian and Cath



                                                                Banff, Aberdeenshire, UK

                                                                Whilst spending time in this beautiful area you can enjoy a multitude of activities including golf, riding, fishing, cycling and walking... For those looking for less energetic experiences tour the Malt Whisky Trail, Caste Trail, Coastal Trail and numerous historic buildings and gardens... Many of the local restaurants cook with locally grown produce. Several specialise in serving freshly landed fish, ask us for details... A complete tourist information display is included in each cottage with leaflets providing details of all the local activities and events. Note that most either close or have restricted opening times during the winter months... Gardenstown provides a small selection of shops for essential groceries and includes a Bakers, Butchers, Pub, Petrol Station and Doctors Surgery. In addition to these Banff also has two Supermarkets, Banks, several Restaurants a Hospital and Veterinary Surgery.

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                ** IMPORTANT NOTE ** The rates advertised refer to The Swallow cottage; ONE bedroom. The Owl cottage has TWO bedrooms and the extra weekly rate for The Owl is as advertised +£100 Both cottages are linked via an enclosed gravelled courtyard, ideal for guests renting both cottages. During our peak summer season a group of 6 guests staying in both cottages for one week is an outstanding daily rate of less than £22 per person. Visit our website for full details of both cottages.

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