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Self-Catering Portknockie

Keltie in Portknockie, The Highlands

From: €355 weekly Guests 8 Rooms 4 Bathroom 2

Keltie Self-Catering

Holiday home
This traditional semi-detached former fisherman's cottage is only a three minute walk from the beaches and harbour of the charming village of Portknockie. The property is spacious and has been stylishly and comfortably furnished throughout. There is a well-equipped kitchen, a sitting room with a living flame gas fire and a dining area. There are four bedrooms, two of which are doubles, and two twin rooms one of which is on the ground floor. There is a well-appointed bathroom and a large shower room. Outside is a small patio garden with furniture and barbecue and the property enjoys fabulous sea views across the rooftops from two of the four bedrooms. With its versatile accommodation, this cottage is a perfect base for a family holiday in this lovely part of Scotland.

This cliff top village is in a stunning location and overlooks a natural harbour on the Moray Firth coast. From here rugged cliffs can be explored along with coves and beaches, and discover the local landmark of Bow Fiddle rock. The area is a magnet for birdwatchers, with colonies of seabirds making the cliffs their home and providing a magnificent spectacle for ornithology enthusiasts. Offshore, dolphins and seals are a regular sight in this area. Portknockie has a variety of shops, including a general food store, public house, butcher's shop and more besides. Beneath a dramatic setting of a railway viaduct is the town of Cullen, which is famous for it's fish soup, known as "Cullen Skink" a delicious smoked haddock and potato dish. The North east of Scotland is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.

From the lush green farmlands of the Borders to the ruggedness of the Highlands, the Scots are proud of their land and identity. Scotland also has some of Britain's best beaches with glorious stretches of clean sand over which to roam.

Gas central heating. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot, highchair and stairgate. Roadside parking for 3 cars. Enclosed patio garden with furniture and BBQ. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop, pub and beach 5 mins walk. Note: Dogs allowed in garden and kitchen only.

Vacation Rental Amenities

  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fishing
  • Fishing available
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • By the sea
  • Near Pub
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Self-Catering Reviews

Mrs Robinson
September 2020
Great base for touring the area.. Very spacious! A bathroom, shower room and toilet upstairs. Pity there wasn't a toilet downstairs as it would have made a big difference to my personal comfort. Sleeps 8, so it would be beneficial for the owners to put a shower over the bath for big groups staying, otherwise there'll be queues for the single shower room. Lovely beach walks to Cullen and Findochty and many dog friendly pubs. Enjoyed Cullen bay hotel. Also good bus service right outside the door. Didn't use the car much as parking was on a first come basis. Tesco 8 mins drive away. Would definitely recommend accommodation though we didn't have much communication with the hosts.
August 2020
we stayed at this cottage for a week and at first glance it looked lovely however when we went to bed all the beds are rock hard and the bedding shocking. The pillows have seen better days so it wasn't comfortable. The next day my daughter sat on a dining room chair and it collapsed under her fortunately she didn't suffer a bad injury. Then on the same day we went to put lamp on and discovered that the shad was broken. The bathroom small toilet and the shower need to be scrubbed clean as they are not. On the third day my husband noticed that there was a lot of water on his window sill so we had to sort that out. They ask you to strip your beds before you leave and we were so shocked to find stained mattresses and my bed had a stained mattress topper on it had we known this in the beginning we wouldn't have stayed. The cottage is in need of decorating and is very shabby in some areas. We loved the area and will be going back but not to this cottage
Mr Todd
July 2020
Door locks very difficult to operate.. Bathrooms needed a good clean. Upstairs twin room window leaking. Ceiling coming down over kitchen window. Broken lamp in sitting room. No cover on hall ceiling light. Broken dining chair. All bedding, pillows need replacing. Stained mattress cover rear double bed. All mattresses are worn out. Worst of all was the state of the front double room mattress, stained beyond belief. If we had seen it at the start of the holiday we would not have stayed. We do have photos!
Mrs Greensmith
May 2019
Lovely location to stay,house is large and comfortable.. The garden is alot bigger than it shows on the photos as has a large gravel planted area above patio but does need tlc.Local people are very friendly.Lots to see in the area and a good base for touring.Parking is on street so although states spaces for 3 cars these are normally already filled by neighbours .2 local pubs both friendly.The fish shop is worth a visit as well.
Mrs Howson
August 2018
A spacious well equipped cottage in a beautiful area.. We had a lovely family holiday. Plenty to see and lots of clean beaches for the children to play on.
Mrs Merrick
July 2018
The main lights in the living room and in the dining area were very dim, so brighter bulbs would have been nice, as we sat and read in the evenings.. Towels in both the bathroom and the toilet, and maybe more towels available, since there were two women there with long hair, so we needed a towel for that as well as for drying ourselves. Cottage was lovely, though requiring a lick of paint here and there, and we slept really well there - unusually for me!
Mr Ford
June 2018
The cottage was in a great location, prime site for touring the area.. The village was lovely and the locals very friendly. There are not many facilities in the village now - the shop/ post office is up for sale, very low on stock and reduced opening hours. The fish and chip shop is excellent but you will have to queue - well worth the wait, and the opening hours are short. The local pub seems to be on reduced opening hours and not very inviting from the outside. Keltie has the potential to be a great cottage but currently it is looking a bit jaded. Paintwork and wallpaper is in need of a freshen up, the window in the upstairs front bedroom (the one with single beds) has a broken bottom hinge and demands some ingenuity if you open it and then try to close it! The front door has gaps around it and it was very windy during our stay - lots of draughts and rattling! Some of the bedding is looking past its best. There is a request in the cottage for guests to put out the bins on a Sunday. The elevated nature of this property and several flights of steps makes "putting the wheelie bins out" a bit of a challenge, especially for elderly guests. Beware of the upstairs flue for the boiler which is just about above where the wheelie bins are kept. We noticed on several occasions that when the boiler ignited it also ejected significant amounts of water from the flue onto anyone walking past below. The flue does not have a venting cap over it which suggests that when it rains water gets into the flue pipe and sits there until the boiler fires up. The rear patio needs weeding and the furniture is looking a bit fragile/ tired. There is very good, free wi-fi (does not appear to be limited to a certain number of laptops/ tablets or phones) and free-view TV in the property. However, the mobile signal for this area is poor. There is a landline for guests and an honesty box but there seems to be a bar on calls to mobiles. But you can use the telephone aspect of apps, such as Whats App, to piggy back on the strong wi-fi signal with good, clear results.
Ms Stott
May 2018
We were all very happy with the accommodation, the kitchen was well stocked with utensils, appliances, crockery etc plenty of towels were supplied, beds made up on arrival and there was coffee, tea, sugar there if you hadn't had a chance to shop before arrival, cleaning equipment supplied.. ..It felt like a home from home. The chippy down the road, about a 5 min walk is highly recommended, wish it was closer to home, staff were lovely and food exceptional, it gets very busy so a good idea to call the order in! There's a Tesco about 10/15 minutes drive in buckie and fuel at the Tesco petrol station is much cheaper than other petrol stations in the area. If you get a chance then we'd recommend booking a meal at The Galley in Whitehills and getting ice cream or sorbet from Portsoy ice cream parlour, they are all homemade and have 26 rolling flavours out of just over a hundred to choose from. There's an abundance of castles and waterfalls to visit, inchberrie is worth a walk around with your camera to hand. Portknockie is a great base to explore from, the cliff walks are glorious and bow fiddle rock is picturesque, both of which are a short walk from the fishing cottage.
April 2018
We enjoyed a wonderful stay in Portknockie over Easter at Keltie Cottage. On arrival, and throughout the week, the cottage was warm and toasty which kept us nice and cosy after some beautiful walks along the cliff tops in the blustering wind! The kitchen was well equipped, towels were provided in every room and the large dining table meant we could all sit down and eat together. Excellent WiFi access, comfortable sofas and a large TV in the living area kept us entertained when the weather was too cold and rainy to venture out - the fairy lights in the fireplace added a cosy, homely touch too! On the whole we found the cottage to be cosy and spacious with everything you need for a self-catered trip away! We would love to visit again in the warmer weather to have a BBQ in the garden and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the sunshine!
David H
April 2018
In general, we were disappointed with the cottage. The location is excellent; I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Portknockie and the surrounding area, but I couldn't honestly recommend staying in this cottage. It *could* have been an excellent house, and maybe was a few years back, but in general it felt grubby and lacking in care and attention. Things like dirty dishes and utensils in the drawers, dirty marks on radiators and walls, extractor fans clogged with dust, doors not closing properly, locks that need the keys wiggled in a specific way to work etc. There was also a lack of attention to the little welcoming details - no tea or coffee, no washing up liquid or soap in the bathrooms, no dishwasher tablets etc. There were no handtowels in the bathrooms etc - the little things that make a good first impression were definitely lacking. Appliances were in various states of disrepair - the dishwasher was missing a wheel on the rack, which meant it fell off the rail every time it was moved, and the cutlery rack had a loose bottom so items fell into the machine. The fridges were propped up on cardboard to keep them level. There were dirty, burst sandbags sat at the back door which brought dirty sand into the house every time you went outside. On the positive side, the house was warm, the internet connection was excellent, and the property was a good size for a party of eight, but again, the little things let it down - one tiny fridge and a single shower aren't really enough for that many people for a week. Likewise, the small bathroom upstairs was lacking hot water. So much as I hate to put a negative review on TripAdvisor, and I really don't like to moan about things, we were really disappointed in the house and I think the owners need to spend some time and money bringing the place up to a suitable standard again.
April 2018
We enjoyed the location of cottage nice places to visit in and around .... We enjoyed the location of cottage nice places to visit in and around portknockie we would definitely consider coming back to this cottage ideal for families
Mrs Jaundrell
July 2012
The cottage was beautiful, clean and homely. There were 5 adults and 2 children in our party and we had plenty of room. Portknockie is one of the nicest locations I have visited and would love to return. I would not hesitate to rebook Keltie.
Mrs McKeown
September 2011
I enjoyed the fact that the cottage had plenty of space; there were 7 of us staying and we did not feel at any time that we were tripping over each other. The village was fantastic and very friendly and there were some fantastic walks. The village is in good place for visiting other local attractions.
Miss Austin
August 2011
The Location of the cottage was so scenic and peaceful. The hospitality of the staff at the local Seafield Inn was very endearing and the food and friendly welcome by staff and locals at the Three Kings Pub in nearby Cullen is a must!
August 2011
This cottage was much better than I expected. It was very comfortable, clean and much larger inside than appeared from the outside. Everyone we met was friendly.
August 2011
This cottage was much better than I expected. It was very comfortable, clean and much larger inside than appeared from the outside. Everyone we met was friendly.
Mrs Cartwright
December 2010
Well equipped and warm cottage. Great location for exploring local area.
November 2010
This is a great place big enough to cater for 9 easily. I was on my own and oh the bliss of all that room to myself. It really was heaven in the Highlands for me. If you like it quiet with no mobile bothering you then this is for your. If you are too caught up in the rat race you need to travel around to get a signal. The broadband was enough to keep me in touch with the other world. What a great town didn't want to leave.
November 2010
This is a great place big enough to cater for 9 easily. I was on my own and oh the bliss of all that room to myself. It really was heaven in the Highlands for me. If you like it quiet with no mobile bothering you then this is for your. If you are too caught up in the rat race you need to travel around to get a signal. The broadband was enough to keep me in touch with the other world. What a great town didn't want to leave.
Mrs Cammack
August 2010
Loved the cottage and the lovely walks along the coastline on the cliff tops. Locals very friendly and not far to travel to sandy beaches and the local towns.
Mr Smith
August 2010
Having returned to Keltie for another year, it is a 'port in a storm'. Exceptional holiday home, I would recommend to anyone, how I would like to move there yesterday. Many thanks.
Ms Turnbull
April 2010
House, generally is great. Brilliant facilities for family holiday.
Mr Karki
January 2010
Everything was good and we had good time over there.
Mrs Mack
January 2010
The house was ideal and the locals very friendly. The owner called to check all was well which was appreciated. Plenty of lovely walks with beautiful scenery, hope to be back.
Mr Smith
September 2009
Keltie was a haven of peace, surpassed our expectations, so much so that I have just booked next year. Exceptional and extremely highly recommended - many thanks.
Mr Mell
August 2009
This is a fantastic property in a wonderful location. Really good for exploring, walking and peace and quiet. Mention cycle route 1 in your advertising and you would fill the cottage!!
Mrs Griffiths
August 2009
The accommodation was excellent, the owners welcoming and positive about people enjoying their house.
Ms Eisfeld
June 2009
The cottage is very spacious and very well equipped. The free internet in the house and the phone were a godsend!!!! The owners were really helpful.
Mrs Kennedy
May 2009
Great area, loved it!!! Best equipped house we've ever had!! Wonderful cliff walks. World famous geological area. Spey Bay Dolphin Centre- excellent resource - free tours and lots of dolphins.
Mrs Jameson
October 2008
Portknockie is a pretty fishing village, and the whole area has a lot of character, with fishing boats still going out each day from this part of the coast. The local beaches are stunning, there are excellent walks nearby. I thought the cottage was good value and we absolutely loved our holiday - many thanks
Mr Campbell
October 2008
The cottage was very good. The owner seemed to provide for everything.
Mrs Slade
September 2008
Location and view.
Mrs Kennedy
July 2008
The cottage was of an excellent size to make life comfortable for our party. We were not getting in each others way and could get together if we wanted to.
Mr Reynolds
February 2008
Quiet even though on a main road.
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