Reviews

5
based on 8 reviews
Jenni Calder (South Queensferry)
Dooker's Hoose, Cullen

We spend a week in Cullen most years and the Dooker's Hoose is ideal for us -- comfortable, well-appointed, dog-friendly, and minutes from the beach, the harbour and our favourite cliff and shore walks. An added bonus this year was the Cullen Sea School, which our 8-year-old grandson enjoyed greatly. He is now a confident kayaker. Those who depend on connectivity (like my actor daughter and son-in-law) may find the unreliable phone signal and lack of wifi a problem, but in all other respects Cullen and the Dooker's Hoose are perfect for a relaxing and stress-free holiday.

Really lovely to have families enjoying the cottage and coming back every year. It is true that the telephone network is completely unreliable in the Seatown, which is a great excuse for disconnecting and having a good old fashioned holiday!

replied by the owner (8/22/2017 1:59:05 PM)

Not specified  |  0  |  stayed in 7/2017

Liza Hawthorne (Skye)
Stress-free by the sea

Dookers is simply a lovely family cottage. From the moment you open the door it feels like you are staying in the home of a generous relative! It is comfortable but completely unpretentious. Little clues about the owners pop up everywhere to make you smile. We stayed 4 nights as we were working at The Traditional Scottish Boat festival in the next village over the weekend. The cottage was remarkably warm, which was a pleasure, and the fair weather deterred us from lighting a fire. ( which would be easy enough to do with the abundance of driftwood on the beach) Power showers were hot and adequate. Kitchen is well equipped but the oven is not entirely up to a gourmet meal without a little patience. No tv or wifi was a complete pleasure, though Tesco mobile got great reception (unfortunately!) - but not so with EE. My 12 year old loved it. Beach walks and watching the sea. And a fair bit of time allocated to perusing book and antique shops in Cullen. It is an easy drive to Portsoy, and to our favourite spots Cullykhan Bay and Gardenstown. Dookers Hoose is made for time out!

Family with older children  |  0  |  stayed in 6/2017

Karen (Wiltshire)
Perfect place!

Had a wonderful short break in Cullen at Dookers Hoose - a fabulous traditional cottage close to the sea. We arrived to be greeted by Terry who showed us around and pointed out all we needed to know and told us to phone him at any time if we had any queries or wanted any information. The cottage was an ideal base for us, it was the perfect place to unwind after busy days exploring the area. It is kitted out with everything you might need whilst away - including a hair drier which my daughter forgot to pack! We had Cullen Skink at the wonderful Three Kings pub which is within walking distance, despite having turned up after last orders for food, and also had fish and chips from Linda's Fish & Chip shop - not sure if we could recommend the deep fried battered macaroni cheese pie - but am glad we tried it!! Fish, as expected, was supurb! Would love to return one day and if so, would definitely stay at Dooker's Hoose again, I can see why Rosemary's guests keep coming back!

Family with older children  |  0  |  stayed in 5/2015

Perrichet (France)
Bon séjour

Maison typique où l'on se sent vraiment chez soi. Nous y avons passé des jours heureux, merci ! Françoise

Family with older children  |  0  |  stayed in 8/2014

Colin Banks (United Kingdom)
Wonderful Holiday

We stayed at the cottage for two weeks in July 2014. There was a degree of apprehension driving such a long way and not knowing what we would find. However, the owner did everything she could to ensure that it will all be ready for us. On arriving in Cullen we collected the keys from the landlady in the village. On arrival to the cottage we found it to be clean, tidy and wonderfully equipped especially the kitchen which had all the essentials you will need for the holiday. The electric cooker took some time to cook, so our chips were a little anaemic but everything else was fine. The kitchen has a washing machine and there is a washing line in the yard and a clothes dryer was also available. It also has a dishwasher which was really helpful. The living room was very cosy with an open fire and personal artwork displayed on the walls from the owner. The cottage was really bright with many windows allowing the morning sun to shine right into the rooms. The bedrooms had excellent storage and the master bedroom had a lovely skylight window giving a lovely view of the beach. The owner has provided an extension to the cottage and there is now a modern downstairs shower. The side gate leads to the yard giving you the opportunity to brush off your sand from the beach and shower if necessary. This reduces the amount of sand coming into the cottage. I wish there had been a better Hoover to keep the cottage clean during our stay, as the sand had a tendency to get everywhere! We bought some firewood for the fire but we didn’t need it. There is also a lovely wood burner in the master bedroom which we never used. Watch out for the local cat who came through the skylight at night time, wanting love and affection! The cottage has an excellent location. You are about 20 steps from the sea wall and there are convenient steps right next to the cottage that lead you to the beach! The close location to the beach provides you with the opportunity to pop back to the cottage if you have forgotten something. It also allows you to walk down to the beach with a glass of whisky to watch the sun go down. You have a feeling of being very safe. Countless times we left the doors unlocked and sandy shoes outside the cottage to find them still there days later. The cottage also has a garage which includes a few essential seaside extras including a windbreaker and spades etc. The village has a few essential shops such as a post office, pharmacy co-op and newsagents. It has a fish & chip shop, ice cream shop, Chinese takeaway and an Indian restaurant, although we found this to be really expensive! The town of Buckie has a Tesco store if you want to stock up on supplies. Take a walk along the beach and climb up the cliff path to Portknockie. The view is magnificent. Alternatively head along the coastal path past the harbour and visit the beautiful pet cemetery. Either route, you stand a good chance of seeing the dolphins. We all just stopped and stared for 10 minutes as they passed Cullen bay. Local areas we visited included Buckie, Elgin, Fraserburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. The beach at Lossiemouth is incredible! We used our car but there is a bus that takes you to the major towns. Check out the Baxters visitors centre. On both visits we failed to finish their traditional pancakes. All in all I would give the cottage 8 out of 10. If you want a holiday with tranquility, allowing you to escape from the outside world, then this is probably the ideal place for you. Take into account that the cottage has no television (owner advised us of this) and you will have a very poor mobile phone 3G signal. It took us a couple of days to escape from the technology and take advantage of what we had. We were blessed with good weather, but two weeks in poor weather with 3 children may have limited in what we could have done. However, it’s a case of finding new ways of finding entertainment. The two weeks brought us together as a family and forced us to forget about the stress and troubles of our daily working life. Thank you, Rosemary.

Family with older children  |  0  |  stayed in 7/2014

Lawrie (Tayside)
Ms

We have been holidaying in this fabulous little cottage for many many years, and with many members of my family ! It is ideally placed, quaint and homely with a lovely long Cullen history in the Seatown. Recent changes have improved the facilities eg addition of velux windows and a new downstairs shower room make the cottage more suitable for busy families who are bursting to get out and enjoy the loveliness of Cullen ! The cottage is great all year round, and certainly having the wood burner upstairs as well as the open fire downstairs is a welcome necessity during the stormy nights ! Always fabulous to listen to the soothing or crashing waves - depending on the season. Dookers is an enchanting seaside retreat - a little piece of Heaven ❤️

Family with young children  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 3/2014

Fiona (Argyllshire)
Ms

Stayed at the cottage many times over the years. Excellent location for walks on the beach and visiting the local area. Cottage is comfy and the recent addition of downstairs shower and velux windows make a big difference. Reasonably well equipped cottage for a family holiday.

Not specified  |  stayed in 3/2014

Andrew King (Airth)
Mr

We have had many happy family holidays here. A home away from home. In a Fabulous location near the harbour and beach! The New shower room downstairs is lovely and an added bonus. The master bedroom has a lovely view over the Bay of Cullen and we regularly saw seals and dolphins.

Family with older children  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 7/2013

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