Cowrie Cottage ref: CC511091

Portknockie, Banffshire, Moray

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Sea View 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Stairgate 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Ground Floor Wet Room 
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath 
  • Bath/Shower Seat 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Cowrie Cottage is a pretty, traditional stone fisherman’s cottage situated just a few steps from beaches of Portknockie. The cottage takes its name from the cowrie shell, which is avidly searched for and can be found on the nearby shoreline. Cowries have been valued for centuries in many parts of the world. In China and Africa they were used as currency (the Chinese character for money is a cowrie shaped shell) and these marine gastropods are still sought by collectors today. There is a collection of these tiny, ribbed shells left in the cottage and visitors are welcome to add to the collection (or take their finds home as a unique memento!). The caring owners have upgraded and refurbished this lovely cottage over the years and it now provides a high standard of accommodation, whilst retaining many attractive original features, including stripped pine doors, super fast broadband and a Sauna. With sleeping accommodation for 6 people, together with two lounges and a separate dining room, it offers an ideal holiday for a larger family or combined holiday.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Property has gas central heating, full double glazing and fitted carpets and comprises:
Entrance Hall: With hanging space for coats and stairs to first floor.
Lounge: With feature electric fire, free view TV/DVD and radio/CD.
Dining Room: With dining table and chairs for six.
Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and telephone for incoming and emergency calls.
Bedroom 1: With double bed (limited access to one side) and large fitted wardrobe.
Shower room 1: With walk-in shower, WC, wash basin and shaver point.
Rear hall: With washing machine, tumble dryer and access to outside.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With king size bed and sea views.
Bedroom 3: With two 3ft beds and sea views.
Small Second Lounge: With free view TV and DVD and full length window to rear.
Shower room 2: With shower cubicle, W.C. and hand basin. 

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and traditional cot and highchair available on request. Wi-fi Super fast broadband available.


Small enclosed courtyard with furniture. Sauna. Bike store. Off road parking for 1 car.
Please note: due to narrow doorways and 1 step between the kitchen and dinning room the property is not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    200 Yards
  • Distance
    4 Miles
  • Restaurant
    200 Yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    200 Yards
  • Railway station distance
    18.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

The charming village of Portknockie is known for its friendly locals and community atmosphere. In the village there is a pub, a hotel serving meals in the restaurant and bar, a fish and chip shop, a good small supermarket and a newsagent. Portknockie has a small harbour where fishing boats still ply their trade. There is a small sandy beach and a paddling pool built into the rocks, which is an added attraction for younger visitors. The harbour also has a slipway where visitors are able to launch their boats. The cottage has an adjoining garage suitable for storing canoes and bikes. The coast all along this region is renowned for its dramatic and ever changing scenery. Small coves and rocky outcrops are interspersed with wonderful sandy beaches. Nearby Bowfiddle Rock is a well known vantage point and there are lovely cliff top walks direct from the property as well as some excellent cycle paths, following coastal routes or further inland. The Speyside Way passes through just a few yards from the cottage. This particularly spectacular route runs through to the attractive seaside town of Cullen, taking you over the Cullen viaduct with the sweeping sands below. Boat trips run from the nearby towns of Buckie and Banff and are highly recommended to view the sea life closer to hand. Dolphins and seals are regular visitors (and are regularly spotted direct from the bedroom windows). The area is also renowned for its wealth of sea birds and even the occasional whale has been seen close to shore. Nearby Troup Head is home to the only land based gannet colony on the British Isles. There is plenty to see and do all along this lovely coast. There are numerous castles and distilleries on the famous ’Whisky and Castle Trails’. Cullen has a number of excellent facilities including restaurants, pubs, cafe and shops, a bowling green and golf course which is open to visitors. Nearby Findochty has a superb golf course and driving range within easy walking distance. The pretty harbour with its small fishing boats and private craft is a real delight and there is a pub right on the front making it an ideal spot to have a drink and watch the boats coming and going. Fishing is also a popular pastime and there are a number of famous rivers all within 20 minutes drive, such as the Spey and the Deveron. Fishing permits are available locally. Cowrie Cottage is also ideally located for exploring the two main Highland cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, being almost equidistant between them. With miles of unspoilt coastline, interspersed with pretty fishing villages, castles and distilleries it provides a superb base from which to explore this beautiful and fascinating area.

Things to do nearby

The Cairngorms National Park

Home to over 17,000 people and extremely popular with visitors all year round, the Cairngorms is Britain's largest national park and is home to an extraordinary range of landscapes, wildlife, history, people and activities.

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