we stayed at this cottage for a week and at first glance it looked lovely however when we went to bed all the beds are rock hard and the bedding shocking. The pillows have seen better days so it wasn't comfortable. The next day my daughter sat on a dining room chair and it collapsed under her fortunately she didn't suffer a bad injury. Then on the same day we went to put lamp on and discovered that the shad was broken. The bathroom small toilet and the shower need to be scrubbed clean as they are not. On the third day my husband noticed that there was a lot of water on his window sill so we had to sort that out. They ask you to strip your beds before you leave and we were so shocked to find stained mattresses and my bed had a stained mattress topper on it had we known this in the beginning we wouldn't have stayed. The cottage is in need of decorating and is very shabby in some areas. We loved the area and will be going back but not to this cottage
Needs a bit of TLC
In general, we were disappointed with the cottage. The location is excellent; I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Portknockie and the surrounding area, but I couldn't honestly recommend staying in this cottage.
It *could* have been an excellent house, and maybe was a few years back, but in general it felt grubby and lacking in care and attention. Things like dirty dishes and utensils in the drawers, dirty marks on radiators and walls, extractor fans clogged with dust, doors not closing properly, locks that need the keys wiggled in a specific way to work etc.
There was also a lack of attention to the little welcoming details - no tea or coffee, no washing up liquid or soap in the bathrooms, no dishwasher tablets etc. There were no handtowels in the bathrooms etc - the little things that make a good first impression were definitely lacking.
Appliances were in various states of disrepair - the dishwasher was missing a wheel on the rack, which meant it fell off the rail every time it was moved, and the cutlery rack had a loose bottom so items fell into the machine. The fridges were propped up on cardboard to keep them level. There were dirty, burst sandbags sat at the back door which brought dirty sand into the house every time you went outside.
On the positive side, the house was warm, the internet connection was excellent, and the property was a good size for a party of eight, but again, the little things let it down - one tiny fridge and a single shower aren't really enough for that many people for a week. Likewise, the small bathroom upstairs was lacking hot water.
So much as I hate to put a negative review on TripAdvisor, and I really don't like to moan about things, we were really disappointed in the house and I think the owners need to spend some time and money bringing the place up to a suitable standard again.
We enjoyed a wonderful stay in Portknockie over Easter at Keltie Cottage.
On arrival, and throughout the week, the cottage was warm and toasty which kept us nice and cosy after some beautiful walks along the cliff tops in the blustering wind!
The kitchen was well equipped, towels were provided in every room and the large dining table meant we could all sit down and eat together.
Excellent WiFi access, comfortable sofas and a large TV in the living area kept us entertained when the weather was too cold and rainy to venture out - the fairy lights in the fireplace added a cosy, homely touch too!
On the whole we found the cottage to be cosy and spacious with everything you need for a self-catered trip away! We would love to visit again in the warmer weather to have a BBQ in the garden and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the sunshine!
The cottage was beautiful, clean and homely. There were 5 adults and 2 children in our party and we had plenty of room. Portknockie is one of the nicest locations I have visited and would love to return. I would not hesitate to rebook Keltie.
I enjoyed the fact that the cottage had plenty of space; there were 7 of us staying and we did not feel at any time that we were tripping over each other. The village was fantastic and very friendly and there were some fantastic walks. The village is in good place for visiting other local attractions.