Rathven Parish Church Hall ref: UK13347

Portessie, near Buckie, Moray

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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Sea View 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Open Plan 
  • Church or Chapel 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Unique Cottages 


This beautiful property never fails to impress, having held the title of ‘Best Conversion of an old building in the UK’, Rathven Parish Hall seamlessly combines modern living with original features. This property offers a magnificent open plan living, dining and kitchen area, all on the first floor to maximise the endless sea views. The warm underfloor heating and wood burner give the property a wonderful cosy feeling, while the huge glass windows allow natural light to fill the room, with an amazing view of the Moray Firth.

The small fishing village of Portessie is situated around 2 miles from the larger town of Buckie. It sits amongst other stunning coastal towns and forms part of the Walk Highlands route. These walks offer ever-changing and dramatic views along the Moray Firth shorelines.
There is a popular coffee shop nearby, and in the larger town of Buckie you will find all the local amenities you could need for your stay. Visit one of the many fish restaurants and enjoy the fresh catch of the day, or learn about the area at the Fishing Heritage Centre.

Take a trip to the nearby village of Portknockie and marvel at the natural sea arch of Bow Fiddle Rock. Carry on a little further to Cullen and sample the famous Cullen Skink Soup, a warming Scottish dish made of smoked haddock, onions and potatoes.

If you like a round of golf, then you will be spoilt for choice in this area, with several courses very easily accessible. Portessie is also very well placed to enjoy the regions Whisky Distilleries, with many in this area of Moray and Aberdeenshire.

A fun family day put can be had at Spey Bay, 9 miles away, where you can take lovely walks and enjoy a visit to the Scottish Dolphin Centre too. The larger town of Elgin is 18 miles away and has everything from parks to museums, providing something for everyone. Rathven Parish Church Hall is not only a stunning property, it also has the perfect position from which to enjoy all this area of Moray has to offer. Beach 700 yards. Shop and pub 1½ mile, restaurant 700 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

2 steps to entrance.
Bedroom 1: With double bed, 30" Freeview TV and en-suite with walk-in shower, toilet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

First floor

Open plan living space: With wooden floor and beams.
Living area: With wood burner and 42" Smart TV.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: Galley-style with breakfast bar, electric oven, gas hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, steamer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine.
Utility room: With washing machine and toilet.

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Third floor

Fourth floor



  • Nearest town
  • Shops
  • Distance
  • Restaurant
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    1.5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    18.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

The beautiful county of Moray lies east of Inverness and Nairn and is well hidden from the main Scottish tourist route. The coast is fairly flat, characterised by large stretches of sand dunes backed by forests and wide bays. Further inland the landscape changes to agricultural, rising up across empty moorland, criss-crossed by rivers and glens towards the foothills of the Cairngorms.

Elgin, Moray's capital is an elegant town offering an array of historic features to view including the magnificent 13th Century cathedral. There is also a Biblical garden, museum with fossil collections and Drumin Castle, a 14th Century tower house.

Not surprisingly this area is a haven for hikers. A network of paths and quiet back roads link the coastal towns and villages making it easy to explore the mosaic of farmland, woodland and shore. Follow the Moray Coastal Trail from Forres and you will eventually reach historic Cullen. Along the way you will find information boards describing your journey.

This unspoilt county abounds with wildlife, such as ospreys, otters, crested tits, red squirrels, pine martens and bottlenose dolphins. Visit Culbin Forest which stands on one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain, and Culbin Bar the best example of a shingle spit.

Visitors to the region will also discover a string of ancient Highland communities all offering you a warm welcome and a variety of attractions. From Historic ruins and castles to dynamic eco-communities, from scenic coastal woodland walks to thrilling climbing, skiing and mountain biking. Whether you want to stroll along the riverbank or beach, or tackle something more adventurous, there are always plenty of options when it comes to getting active.

Moray offers a real taste of the true traditions of the Highlands that is sure to have you coming back again and again.

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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