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

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Mr Stuart France
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Just got home after spending a week in "The Owl". The only reason we decided to visit Scotland was that my brother-in-law married a Scottish lass and we felt duty-bound to visit. To be honest, I wasn't initially keen on "wasting" my prized annual leave on somewhere so cold and barren.

It just goes to show what ignorance can do. My wife, two young children and I, have just had a magical time! We saw some beautiful countryside, met warm, wonderful people, ate huge helpings of delicious food, felt the history and drank the whisky! But the thing that topped it all off for me was the quality of the accommodation. Everything was catered for and we felt really at home immediately. Absolutely first much so we actually feel as if we've cheated a bit for paying so little!

If you're wondering about a holiday in Scotland and want to get away from the touristy haggis-and-shortbread bits, come here. It's wonderful..."
Aug 2011
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Banff Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • -Please do not hang clothes, towels or the like on curtain rails.
  • -Please do not leave the door of the multi-fuel stove fully open when in use.
  • -Please use the appropriate recycle bins located by the main entrance to Gamrie Lodge and also ensure food is not left in tins, packets or jars.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 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.
  • 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
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier 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.


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Tranquil rural location yet less than a mile from the sea...
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 5 reviews

Comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Memorable stay in this delightful retreat

  • 4 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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

Ian and Cath


  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
39 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
29 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
89 Miles
Glenshee Ski Centre - Braemar
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Gamrie Bay
Car: recommended

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees


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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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