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Puffin Cottage is just over the road from the pebble beach at Johnshaven on the beautiful east coast of Scotland. The former fisherman's cottage is now a welcoming holiday home where couples or families can explore the coast between Aberdeen and Dundee and inland towards the Cairngorms National Park and Royal Deeside. Accommodation is entirely on the ground floor and is child and dog-friendly. There is space for four people to sleep in two bedrooms, with a sofa bed in one bedroom to sleep an extra person. In the evenings, you can sit in the garden and watch for dolphins or walk to the Anchor Hotel for a drink or a meal of fresh seafood.
Johnshaven is an idyllic spot and ideal for those who want to relax in beautiful surroundings. It's a lovely community with a busy village shop, lobster shed, park, waterfront cafe and a gift shop. A clever way to learn the lie of the land is with a walk along the Coastal Trail south to the sandy beach of St Cyrus, part of a National Nature Reserve that stretches for an impressive three miles from the village to where the North Esk River meets the North Sea. The footpath is a favourite place for spotting birds and, in summer, butterflies. Alternatively, walk north on the Coastal Trail to the fishing village of Gourdon. Visit Maggie Law Maritime Museum and fuel your return walk with fantastic fish and chips. If you fancy cooking fresh fish back at the cottage, stop by Gourdon Harbour for the freshly filleted catch of the day.
Other than walking, cycling, golf and fishing, there's plenty to do in the area. Local attractions include Glamis Castle, where the Queen Mother was born, Dunnotar Castle in Stonehaven, the Grassic Gibbon Centre, and the National Trust House of Dun. Take your binoculars to birdwatch at the Montrose Wildlife Centre or, in spring and early summer, go to Crawton Cliffs and visit the sea puffins for which the cottage is named. Angus and Dundee are great for shopping and sightseeing, or jump in the car and follow the Whisky Trail, Heritage Trail, and Castle Trail. There's something for all ages and interests, no matter what time of the year you stay.
Puffin Cottage is available for bookings all year round and is welcoming in every season.
Lindsey Wardle joined Independent Cottages in July 2021
Puffin Cottage is a single-storey detached cottage with sea views and a private enclosed garden safe for children and dogs.
Outside: There are gardens to the front and rear. The front garden, which is on the other side of the road, has a lawn that runs down to the beach, and the enclosed rear garden backs onto a park. There is garden furniture and a barbecue. There is parking in front of cottage on the road.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are included. A travel cot is available—guests to provide cot bedding and beach towels. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Smoking indoors is not permitted.
July and August are 7 day only bookings from Saturday to Saturday, Short breaks can be taken outside these months at £90 a night.
We do however have a winter break rate for November, December (Excl Xmas and New Year), January and February of £70 a night for short breaks and £425 per week. These weeks don't have to be Sat to Sat.
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