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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 Full bath, 1 Half 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 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

Reviewed April 28, 2016

Stayed at the excellent property for an extended family break. Character house in a private setting but near enough to the road network for travelling and just a short walk to the local facilities and shops. We ate at the local pub, got quality meat...More

Date of stay: April 2016
1  Thank Hills722
Management response:Responded April 29, 2016

We are very glad you all enjoyed your stay. Thank you for such a nice review of our property.

Reviewed December 3, 2015

We went here for my wife's birthday, with extended family. The house is huge, with enough rooms that you are not on top of each other. It has a pool table and gym down stairs and a sauna, Jacuzzi and power shower up stairs.and a...More

Date of stay: November 2015
1  Thank B8016PZjohne
Management response:Responded March 27, 2016

We are glad you had a good time at The Old Manse.

Reviewed July 26, 2015

Excellent, large house set in lovely grounds with easy access to the local amenities. The caretaker Robbie was extremely helpful throughout the stay. There are lots of things to do in the region - from the excellent mountain biking routes in Fochabers, easy access to...More

Date of stay: July 2015
2  Thank Patrober
Management response:Responded August 28, 2015

We are really glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will return in the future. Robbie is indeed doing a fantastic job. John

Reviewed June 30, 2015

We had a fantastic stay at the Manse House in Fochabers. The house itself is lovely, with excellent facilities and surrounding grounds providing everything you could want on site. Located very close to shops in Fochabers and a short drive to Elgin, this house proved...More

Date of stay: June 2015
2  Thank AWilson1989
Management response:Responded July 1, 2015

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay at The Old Manse. Regards John and Shona

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Reviewed June 29, 2015

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Date of stay: June 2015
Management response:Responded July 1, 2015

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Reviewed June 8, 2015

We hired the house after travelling to Scotland for a surprise party for my stepdaughter. We chose the house as it was well located, being close to family, and also a good size for the whole family. I have to say we were delighted when...More

Date of stay: May 2015
1  Thank Michelle J
Management response:Responded June 17, 2015

Thank you for the great review and we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay. John and Shona

Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

A group of us stayed at the property for as a base to explore the veritable delights of the speyside whisky festival. The house is situated in fantastic grounds which provides ample space for groups or families to enjoy. The house is complete with enviable...More

Date of stay: May 2015
1  Thank ArchieD90
Management response:Responded June 17, 2015

Thank you for the great review and we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay. John and Shona

Reviewed April 22, 2015

We needed somewhere to stay before a family wedding, and what we got was a super holiday location. The house is big and old with bags of character and has everything you need for a good stay. It's grand but still homely. Furnishings are modern...More

Date of stay: April 2015
2  Thank fififolle
Management response:Responded May 6, 2015

We are glad you had a fantastic stay in our house and that you made use of the telescope. We have now arranged to have washing and drying facilities included within the property and will look in to the electric cooker speed to see if...More

Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile
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Date of stay: August 2017
Management response:Responded August 31, 2017
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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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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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