Bankhead House provides accommodation on three floors, with the studio on the ground floor (formally the shop area) and the living spaces on the first and second floors. Recently refurbished, it is simply decorated in whites and greens, taking inspiration from the colours in the local landscape and hung with original artworks by Scottish artists.
There are painted wooden floors scattered with rugs throughout, and the house is fully centrally heated. The living /dining room also has a wood burning stove to warm your toes after walks along the cliffs. As an added attraction, the house includes a complementary art studio for sole use of guests – a great escape for adults or a relaxed messy space for kids to make a masterpiece too. The studio also doubles as storage for golf, cylcing and surf gear. Complementary Therapy treatments also available on site, so come and be pampered!
“The house is a gem, comfortable and relaxed in lovely, quirky Gardenstown. We’ve all had a fantastic time, a truly memorable holiday. And the studio – what a treat!” Andrew and Caroline
Coming up the stairs from the front door, you will find the living / dining room, a bright and cosy space with windows on two sides, looking over the rooftops to the sea a short walk away. In here you can spend a leisurely breakfast watching the comings and goings of village life in the lane below, or lounge on the delightful day-bed as the sun dips into the sea at the end of the day. The room also houses a couple of armchairs, dining table and chairs, TV/DVD player and a collection of games and toys. Elsewhere in the house is a collection of books that you are free to read or swap with your own. Free wi-fi is available in the local deli.
Off the living / dining room you’ll find a well equipped galley kitchen with electric oven, fridge freezer, microwave, toaster and plenty of cooking equipment for your stay. We provide complimentary coffee, tea and sugar. Also on the 1st floor you’ll find the double bedroom, another bright room with ample space for luggage and all your essentials.
Upstairs on the 2nd floor there are two twin rooms with combed ceilings and traditional Scottish dormer windows with a lovely bright outlook. All bedding and towels are provided, just ask if you need extra during your stay. Our beds are piled with fluffy pillows, warm duvets and quilted bedcovers, with extra blankets provided for our winter guests. We can also provide a cot, highchair and baby bath. There are retractable stair-gates fitted to enclose the first floor.
Back on the ground floor, the complementary studio space benefits from large screened windows and offers a great private space to make some artwork while on holiday, whether you’re a novice or professional artist. Why not make a family masterpiece as a souvenir of your trip? It’s also a really handy space to store beach finds, wet wellies, golf or cycling equipment. The studio has chairs, tables and basic tools, but if you’re looking for some help or particular equipment let us know and we’ll do our very best to provide what you need. We also run full art holiday weeks if you’re really keen.
The village general store is located less than a minute’s walk from Bankhead’s front door and provides a lovely selection of high quality local produce, fresh coffee, newspapers and free Wi-Fi. Our friendly local pub is also a stones throw away, with a temptingly wide selection of Scottish whisky and home cooked food, and down by the harbour is a small restaurant specialising in superb steaks and fresh fish. As you come into Gardenstown there is a small Spar store for everyday needs and fuel pumps.
The house is just minutes from all the best bits that Gardenstown offers – the delightful village harbour, pebble beach with soaring red sandstone cliffs, friendly local pub and deli/general store, and of course the sea, with its ever-changing moods and colours. Bankhead offers a charming base for walks, exploring and relaxing. A short drive from Gardenstown brings you to whisky, heritage and art trails, golf, horse riding and surfing clubs, and miles and miles of clear fresh Scottish air to recharge your batteries.
Get in touch if you have a large group as we have another self catering property in Gardenstown called Stroma, than can be let alongside this one. Let us help you make your holiday memorable!
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
Gardenstown is off the A98, running from Fochabers in the West to Fraserburgh in the East.
From Aberdeen take the A90 North to Fraserburgh and Peterhead. After about 20 minutes branch left onto the A952 towards Fraserburgh. After about 10 minutes, at the roundabout take the first exit to New Pitsligo, A950. Go through New Pitsligo and at the T junction turn left onto the A98 towards Inverness. After about 15-20 minutes turn right onto the B9031 towards Gardenstown. Follow road for approximately 8 miles, until you reach the B9123 signposted to Gardenstown. Follow the road down the hill through the village until you see the sign for Main Street (and Garden Arms Hotel). Turn left along this road and Bankhead House is at the very end, facing you.
Getting There by Railway
Closest Rail Station Huntly. Approx 45 minute drive to Gardenstown. We cab arrange taxi transfers.
From Aberdeen Rail Station busses are available to reach Macduff. Taxi available from there.
Getting there by Aeroplane
Inverness Airport is approx 60 miles west of Gardenstown.
To continue by car take the A96 to Aberdeen and Fraserburgh. After going past Fochabers, take 1st exit to Fraserburgh and Banff, the A98. After Banff continue on the A98, going over the bridge to Macduff and Fraserburgh. After leaving Macduff take left turn on B9031 towards Gardenstown. Follow road for approx 8 miles, until you reach the B9123 signposted to Gardenstown. Follow road down hill through the village until you see sign for Main Street (and Garden Arms Hotel). Turn left along this road and Bankhead House is at the very end,facing you.
To continue by public transport, take the 35 or 35A Stagecoach Bus to Macduff Bus Depot. From here take the 273 to Gardenstown. Please contact us if you intend to travel by bus or need transfers
Getting There by Ferry
Aberdeen is out closest ferry port.
To continue your journey by car, take the A90 North to Fraserburgh and Peterhead. After about 20 minutes branch left onto the A952 towards Fraserburgh. After about 10 minutes, at the roundabout take the first exit to New Pitsligo, A950. Go through New Pitsligo and at the T junction turn left onto the A98 towards Inverness. After about 15-20 minutes turn right onto the B9031 towards Gardenstown. Follow road for approximately 8 miles, until you reach the B9123 signposted to Gardenstown. Follow the road down the hill through the village until you see the sign for Main Street (and Garden Arms Hotel). Turn left along this road and Bankhead House is at the very end, facing you
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