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Old Manse Holiday House Cottage in Fochabers Moray

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4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
9 guests
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Due to Covid-19 and the vulnerability of some of our staff, we may not be able to accept certain bookings at this time. We trust you will understand during this difficult time. Situated in the picturesque village of Fochabers, this recently renovated and new on the holiday market 200 year old Grade 'B' listed former Church of Scotland Manse is set in extremely secluded and professionally maintained grounds within a few minutes' walk of the banks of the river Spey, famous throughout the world for its Salmon fishing and scenery. In the heart of the Scottish Whisky and Castle trails, this house provides groups of up to 9 the ideal base to explore the North East of Scotland, where dolphin spotting is possible at the WDCS wildlife centre, walks along the Speyside way, Tugnet ice house, monster ...Due to Covid-19 and the vulnerability of some of our staff, we may not be able to accept certain bookings at this time. We trust you will understand during this difficult time. Situated in the picturesque village of Fochabers, this recently renovated and new on the holiday market 200 year old Grade 'B' listed former Church of Scotland Manse is set in extremely secluded and professionally maintained grounds within a few minutes' walk of the banks of the river Spey, famous throughout the world for its Salmon fishing and scenery. In the heart of the Scottish Whisky and Castle trails, this house provides groups of up to 9 the ideal base to explore the North East of Scotland, where dolphin spotting is possible at the WDCS wildlife centre, walks along the Speyside way, Tugnet ice house, monster bike trails, Speyside cooperage, golf courses, forest walks and during the winter months, skiing and snowboarding, mean there is something for everyone in this beautiful part of the world. The rural village of Fochabers is situated 10 miles from the small Cathedral city of Elgin where there is the local train station and larger shops available. The village itself is home to the world famous 'Speyfest' an annual festival of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music. There is a spacious drive with ample parking for Five or Six cars and a large green lawn with children's football goalposts, along with a summer house complete with BBQ facilities. The village shops and pubs are within a couple of minutes stroll from the end of the drive and public transport can also be picked up from the village square. The property has a large basement (Take care on 200 year old well worn stone steps) with games room which includes an American style pool table (free to use if careful) and small Gym, complete with treadmill, bike, rowing machine etc. The Ground floor comprises the main entrance hall, the main living room complete with suit of armour an open fire with wood supplied, the dining room, which can seat up to 12, the kitchen and the study/WC. The living room also has a 50 inch television with Freeview and Blu-ray/DVD player complete with a large selection of films for all ages. (There is also a large collection of books, both factual and fiction for guests use). The first floor comprises 3 bedrooms and the main bathroom, which has a Sauna, Shower with Steam facility and Whirlpool bath that seats 2 comfortably. The master bedroom has a huge Super King size sleigh bed, 3m high corniced ceilings and an en-suite with roll top bath and double shower. It has Two large windows with views out over the gardens. The second bedroom has a king size sleigh bed and en-suite shower room with electric shower and views over the front lawn. The third bedroom has a king double bed with views to the rear of the property. The final bedroom is on the top floor and has sloping (Coombed) ceilings. This room has a king size bed and a single and is very spacious. There is a vanity unit for brushing teeth etc. to save going to the main bathroom below. This bedroom has a window that looks out over the front lawn and out over the mature trees to the hills beyond. All towels, bed linen, central heating, electric and wi-fi included. Beach towels are available for taking out of the property. Unfortunately the property is no smoking and no pets are allowed in the house due to owners allergies. For piece of mind and the security of guests there is a external CCTV system monitoring the grounds. Please respect this property as it is our family home and do not organise any parties. A caretaker is on hand to assist with any issues that may arise and give assistance to you if needed. NO STAG/HEN PARTIES AND NO GROUPS OF UNDER 25 YEAR OLD PLEASE. For insurance purposes the maximum occupancy is 9 persons with a disclaimer to be signed on arrival. If you choose to stay hear we are sure you will not be disappointed. Please read some of the recent reviews. Luxury Historic Retreat from £20 pppn.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
No Stag or Hen parties and no groups of under 25 year olds please. Please treat this historic building with the respect it is due.
Bathrooms
1 Half bath, 1 Full bath, 2 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
John and Shona S
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2014
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

We had a lovely long weekend whilst staying in the Old Manse in Fochabers. The weather was pretty wet and we made a good attempt at sight seeing but it was always a pleasure returning to the house as there was plenty to entertain everyone....More

Date of stay: April 2018
1  Thank Anne W
Management response:Responded April 19, 2018

Thanks for your lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you return in the future. John and Shona

Reviewed November 28, 2017

We were a group of 9 staying here for a wedding taking place in Keith, and we didn't want to leave! The house was everything we could have hoped for, and had everything we needed. We made great use of the pool room in the...More

Date of stay: November 2017
1  Thank 651fionam
Management response:Responded December 11, 2017

Thanks for the great review. I sounds like you had a fantastic time and we are really pleased to hear that you are thinking about coming back again. Regards John and Shona

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

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Date of stay: August 2017
Management response:Responded August 28, 2017

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Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

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Date of stay: July 2017
Management response:Responded July 31, 2017

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Reviewed June 17, 2017

Myself and family stayed in this fantastic house for three nights to attend a family wedding at Innes house near Elgin. The Old Manse is a characterful house with loads of space. It is set in a large garden surrounded by trees so very private...More

Date of stay: June 2017
2  Thank 5000yrsold
Management response:Responded August 28, 2017

Thanks for the review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Regards John and Shona

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Reviewed April 24, 2017

Plenty of room for everyone. We had a family of 3, a couple and 2 singles. Everybody had a very lovely room and all enjoyed the jacuzzi, sauna and shower in the main bathroom. We loved it!

Date of stay: April 2017
1  Thank Emma L
Management response:Responded May 2, 2017

We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you will return in the future. Thanks for the review. John and Shona

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Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Date of stay: December 2016
Management response:Responded December 30, 2016

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Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

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Date of stay: September 2016
Management response:Responded September 29, 2016

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Peterhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 2, 2016

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Date of stay: July 2016
Management response:Responded August 17, 2016

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Reviewed May 17, 2016

Very good facilities in the house, owners made us feel welcome with all the clean linens and towels, we've had a very good time and would definitely recommend this to anyone. It exceeded our expectations in every way.

Date of stay: May 2016
1  Thank 823bk
Management response:Responded May 18, 2016

We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back in the future. Regards John and Shona

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Grill
Blender
Books
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Game Room
Gym
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Parking
Patio
Pool Table
Private Garden
Sauna
Cooker
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
Golf, fishing, climbing, skiing, walking, cycling, horse riding, surfing, kayaking, rock climbing the list goes on. There is so much to do in this beautiful part of Scotland. The 'Speyside Way' passes by this property and a local taxi firm can take you and/or luggage to any point on this amazing walk. This is of course the heart of whisky making country and the ideal location to base yourself to explore Speyside and beyond.
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