Cullen from the beach. Old stone railway viaducts are now pedestrian/cycle path. Links golf course close by.Cullen from the harbour. Only small pleasure boats remain. Sandy paradise for small children
SEASIDE VILLAGE, 4 BEDROOMS
Hosted by Robert
Robert is the host.
9 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
1.5 baths
9 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
1.5 baths
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My childhood home. Cullen is one of the most beautiful villages on the Moray coast. Lovely beach, breathtaking views, old harbour, golf, spectacular cliffside walks, pubs, antique dealers, fully equipped, walled garden. 3 double beds, 3 single. One bathroom (shower over large bath), plus two separate toilets (upstairs and downstairs) plus washbasin in one bedroom. Separate laundry room with washer, dryer and sink.

The space

Visitors say the house has the feeling of a ''real home''. Built in 1939 for Sandy Duffus, a retired ship's engineer with the British India company and his wife Ealasaid McKenzie - aunt of the present owner - ''Claigmar'' has a roomy feel with high ceilings and good soundproofing. Plenty of breathing space. Enjoy a late night around the fire while others sleep in peace.

Guest access

The house is all yours during your stay. The key-holder, a neighbour, will be there on arrival but you'll see her again only if you call for help. There's a phone and internet wi-fi with unlimited broadband. Two TV's also. And there are usually a few novels around, in English and in French, should you be short of reading material.

Interaction with guests

The owner, who grew up in Cullen, lives in Canada and is happy to chat with future guests - in English or en français - by phone or by e-mail. The people of Cullen are discreet but easily approachable.

Other things to note

To be absolutely precise: There are three large bedrooms with double beds; one of them also has a single bed; in addition, there is a small boxroom (with a window) with two superposed, adult-sized, bunk beds. Also a ''Graco'' baby park/bed and a baby high chair. There is a kitchen plus a "scullery" including a cool larder (if its door is kept closed!) Both these rooms are old-fashioned in style but fully equipped with modern appliances. The owner has deliberately resisted suggestions for a cosmetic, bungalow-style renovation along the lines popularized by some UK television programmes.


Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
TV
Heating

Prices
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

The house is on a double lot with an elevated patio at the back, and extensive lawns. There's no problem parking in the street. If preferred, visitors can park within the back yard although the entry gate is narrow and should be negotiated with care. Dogs can run free on the beach but should be kept on a lead in rural areas. LET US REPEAT: ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - One floor up
Potential for noise - Primary School opposite. During school year, some parents drop off and pick up children by car.

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4 nights minimum stay

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Dana User Profile
October 2016
We very much enjoyed your comfortable home in terrific Cullen. Highlights were ease of use, friendly host and hostess and the extra special "treats" that made the arrival and first morning great. If in Cullen again, we wouldn't hesitate to stay again!

Rebecca User Profile
July 2016
The host had everything prepared for us, even food for the next morning! Everything was labeled to explain how to use the various appliance and it was all easily accessible. The town as quiet and a little short on night life but that was fine as we were not there much anyways.

Johanne User Profile
May 2016
Exactly as described, host was gracious & very helpful with all my questions.

Trish User Profile
June 2014
I can't recommend Robert and his beautiful home in Cullen highly enough. We stayed here for four nights and it was a fantastic home base for visiting the whisky trail and Inverness (with a rental car). The village itself was sleepy but beautiful, the views from the beach were stunning and everything (pubs, cafes, groceries, antique shops, etc.) is easily walkable from the house. The house can easily accommodate a large family or even two and has everything you need. For just two couples, it was a luxury to have so much space. Robert was extremely communicative and made sure everything was perfect---he is also very knowledgeable about the area and can answer any questions you may have. I would definitely stay here again.

Brian User Profile
September 2017
I would just like to say we had a great stay and it was so well located for our needs, very comfortable and so well equipped. We will certainaly look be coming back for another stay Communication was excellent and the house was excellent to stay in

Natalya User Profile
August 2017
Robert's place is as good as all the reviews, if not better. The photo of the front of the house is a little out of date now though, the trees reach higher than the first floor windows and the woodwork is no longer green - took us by surprise when we drove up. All bedding and linen was provided, as well as laundry detergent, fabric softener, loo rolls, hand soap and dishwashing supplies. There was also a supply of leftover toiletries from previous guests, which came in handy! The house is quiet, even with the school arrivals and departures, the double glazing keeps the noise down. Plenty of crockery and cutlery, tea towels and good supply of basics when we arrived - such as bread, milk, eggs, tea, coffee, sugar and even some pasta, pasta sauce and an onion so you could whizz up a quick meal without leaving the house upon your arrival. Easy access to loads of wonderful places around. We were there for ten days and left with loads we still wanted to see. Personally, we preferred the fish & chip shop in Portknockie to the one in Cullen but the ice-cream in Cullen knocks spots off the one in Portsoy. A lovely comfortable home that even with grandparents, parents, three 'kids' (aged 13, 16 and 24) and four dogs, never left us feeling on top of each other. Yes, there is just one bathroom but with the generation gap that wasn't an issue! Plenty of hot water too. We didn't see the care-takers but spoke to Steve just before we left to say thanks and to let him know we were leaving and locking up arrangements. One final thing for dog-owners - the garden is enclose by a wall all around but it is not secure in that in places the wall is very low, easy to step over and even easier to jump over. This wasn't a huge issue in the end as one of us always went outside with the dogs and they had a lot of walks but if you have a 'runner' you need to be aware.

Fiona User Profile
August 2017
A charming, spacious old house with many home comforts and an incredibly well-equipped kitchen. It is in a great location and very quiet. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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Robert User Profile

Born in Scotland, Robert McKenzie is an M.A. graduate of the University of Edinburgh and holds a translation diploma (French/English) from the Université de Montréal. A lifelong journalist specialized in Quebec politics, he was also based in Paris for a major Canadian newspaper and has worked in Algeria and the Congo.

Languages: English, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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