Cottage in Cullen, Grampian, Scotland - Direct Access To Walking Paths And 10 Minutes To The Harbour, The Beach & Cullen Golf Club
Selma & Rob Nicol
About Selma & Rob Nicol
The Owners of this special property are Selma and Rob Nicol. We are both Canadian, although Rob grew up in Buckie which is a short distance from Cullen. We met in Canada in 1991 and eventually married in Scotland in 1998 at Eilean Donan Castle (very romantic!) and moved to a lovely little farmhouse just outside of Buckie on the Moray Coast. I nursed at the local hospital and Rob had an upholstery business. In 2005 family obligations necessitated a return to Canada but we continued to regularly return to Scotland to visit family with the intention of some day moving back. During our time on the Moray Coast, and when we visited from Canada, we were regular visitors to Cullen as loved its village charm, beautiful beach and of course the ice cream! We began to dream of some day having a holiday cottage here. During a holiday visit late in 2011, while walking the trails around Cullen, we spotted Hill Crest with a For Sale sign and knew we had found our cottage.
Selma & Rob Nicol purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Selma & Rob Nicol chose Cullen
We purchased the cottage only a few days before returning to Canada. Rob returned a few months later and began an extensive renovation and I joined him a few months after that to handle the furnishing and decorating component. It was a crazy time but with lots of support from local tradespeople and family and friends we managed to complete the job. In August of 2012 we returned to Scotland permanently and had the pleasure of living in Hill Crest ourselves while looking for a new home. We loved every minute and actually I had a difficult time leaving for our new house. Hill Crest is so charming, the views are stunning, the local people are absolutely lovely and it was a privilege to stay there in my eyes.
What makes this Cottage unique
It is peaceful, serene and nature is at your doorstep every day. The sea and skies are different every day and I have never seen such beautiful sunsets. We saw the dolphins in the bay from the bench looking out to sea, which is in front of the house, the first week we were there and I knew we had picked a very special place to live. I can only hope our visitors enjoy Hill Crest as much as we have!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The Best Place Ever!
Everything about our stay here was perfect. There in not one thing that would have made it a better experience. Selma and Rob made checking in a breeze. Their cottage was beautiful, clean and has a wonderful location. The view is fabulous—beautiful sunsets. We had to call them about a minor problem, and Rob was there to fix it the next morning. This is by far the best VRBO stay we have experienced in over 20 stays.
Very clean, tidy and in a great location. The garden was beautiful with a sea view and generous seating area. Weather was great and couldn’t of asked for a better holiday!
Thank you so much for taking the time tor review your recent stay at HillCrest. We are pleased you enjoyed the cottage and look forward to your next visit to our area.
Selma & Rob
Hillcrest is a charming property in an idyllic location by the sea. The house is well equipped. Selma & Rob, lovely hosts who went the extra mile. All home comforts catered for. Welcome pack well thought out and much appreciated. Overall, a brilliant holiday.
We appreciate you taking the time to review your recent stay at HillCrest. Thank you for all the positive feedback. We would love to have you back again any time for another visit.
Selma & Rob
Had a lovely weekend at Hill Crest! The cottage was stunning, thoughtfully well equipped, spotless and perfectly located for a peaceful retreat. The views are spectacular with direct access to some lovely walks.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent stay at HillCrest. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again for another visit in the future.
Selma & Rob
Beautiful location and a very comfortable cottage
We have spent 5 days at Hill Crest in January and we had a wonderful time. We felt very welcome - Christmas decorations where there and a welcoming food package, fire was on and more. The environment is really amazing. We loved Fiddle Bow rocks!
Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay at HillCrest. We are pleased you enjoyed the cottage and some of our beautiful coastal scenery and would be pleased to have you return for another visit anytime!
Selma & Rob
Perfect in every way! We couldn’t have asked for anything else!
Wow. Beautiful accommodations which exceeded all our expectations. Definitely a 5 star stay.
We are always grateful when our guests take the time to give us feedback about HillCrest and we are so pleased you found staying at our property such a positive experience. We would love to see you come for another visit anytime!
Selma & Rob
Clifftop location in a seaside village on the coast with walking path beside property to the harbour and beach below. The harbour is a 5 minute descent and the beach only a few minutes more. Trails are then available in either direction along the coastline.
Walking is appropriate in the village but a car would be recommended for outings further away. Car rentals are available in neighbouring towns. There are local buses which travel between the towns. There is a train station 15 miles away in Keith. The airports are located in either Inverness or Aberdeen with the about the same length of journey to each (50 miles).
Portsoy - 5 miles
Banff - 11 miles
Buckie - 6 miles
Elgin - 23 miles
Aberdeen & Inverness - 55 miles each (airports)
Keith - 10 miles (nearest train station)
Amenities within Cullen are a 5 to 10 minute walk from the cottage in the town centre and include a small grocery store, bank, post office, chemist, GP's surgery, several cafes, pubs, the Fish & Chip shop and local Ice Cream Shop. A variety of antique and craft shops are also available as well as the local library. There are several larger towns within a 10 minute to 30 minute drive along the coast which have a wide variety of resources and activities available. The renowned Speyside Scottish Whisky Trail and Castle Trails are both within easy reach by car from Cullen. Locally there are many opportunities to walk or cycle on the many available trails along the coastline.