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A short break in Portsoy, Scotland, with 3 suggested itineraries
Where to stay in Portsoy
Brandon Lodge Bed & Breakfast
I spent 2 nights at Brandon Lodge Bed and Breakfast, located in a quiet rural setting, just 3 miles from the historic harbour town of Portsoy in Aberdeenshire. Check out my recommended itineraries below to discover some of the best things to do in and around Portsoy.
Once comprising three linked stone cottages, Brandon Lodge has been converted into a beautiful and spacious home that reflects its heritage and coastal location. Surrounded by tranquil countryside, extensive views, bird song and curious deer that wander up the driveway - it is the perfect place for a relaxed getaway.
Despite feeling a world away from the stresses and noises of modern life, it is only a short detour from the main road and only a few miles from the picturesque harbour town of Portsoy, one of my favourite villages on the east coast. I could quite happily spend hours at the 17th century harbour watching the tide ebb and flow, an experience enhanced by some local ice-cream or a fish supper!
I need to give a special big shout out to owner, Lorna, for going above and beyond to meet my gluten free diet, not only did she put some gluten free biscuit bars on my hospitality tray to enjoy with my tea, and sourced items for my breakfast, she also baked some gluten free pancakes to welcome me on my arrival. Not only is this the first time a host has went to that extra effort for me, it turned out it was the first time she had ever made them which I would never have guessed as they were totally deeeeelicious - there was not a crumb left!
Lorna has created beautiful guest accommodation filled with gorgeous artwork and decorated in cool coastal colours - I LOVED the design of my room which was modern and light with shades of the ocean. I was also delighted to find the en-suite stocked with my favourite toiletries from The Scottish Fine Soap Company - Sea Kelp scented - the ideal products to complete a sea-themed stay.
Big fluffy towels and a plump mattress added a touch of luxurious comfort and I had no problem falling straight to sleep in my serene Aberdeenshire retreat.
Although the rooms don't have a TV, there is one in the guest sitting room where you can catch up on your favourite programmes or chill out in front of the fire with a book. There are only 2 guest rooms at Brandon Lodge so there is plenty of space for everyone.
I always let hosts know in advance that I’m gluten free as this lets them prepare some breakfast options which meant Lorna was able to offer me berries and yoghurt followed by a good choice of cooked items and toast.
I could tell you about how good my breakfast was – and it was! - however, the thing I appreciated the most was Lorna quickly getting to work in the kitchen to make sure I was well fed when I had to leave earlier than anticipated in the morning due to a family emergency. She also offered to cancel a dinner booking I had made at a local hotel that evening so I had less to worry about. Her genuine efforts to find ways to reduce my stress and keep me on an even keel when I was in a total tizz helped more than I can express in this blog post.
I've said it before but I feel the need to mention it again, my experience of the bed and breakfast accommodation on this trip was seriously impressive, every host went the extra mile to provide a high standard of personal service which is one of the reasons they are all handpicked members of Scotland's Best B&Bs. But it went beyond that, every host showed genuine warmth and I left every property feeling like I had made a new friend.
If you're planning a trip to Portsoy, I can absolutely recommend a stay with Lorna at Brandon Lodge.
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