Tern Cottage

Forres, Moray

In Findhorn: a writer’s retreat, a couple’s escape, a sailor’s pad, a wildlife lover’s delight. Beaches are long, coastal tours are fabulous


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 2


It would be an absolute pleasure to stay at this terraced cottage-with-garden in the fisher part of town, back from the sea but not so that you can’t hear it; when the breakers roll in, it’s thrilling. A one and a half storey home built in the 1830s, it was once lived in by a family of ten. Now you have space to spare, heaps of light, in spite of small windows, and a log-fuelled burner; you couldn’t be cosier. There are hooks at the front door for coats and wet togs and the living area is floored in handsome pale oak; all feels contemporary and inviting. A comfortable sofa is topped with goose feather cushions, good art hangs on white walls and the quality of the finish is exceptional. Lizzie, a voice coach by profession who lives next door, has an artist’s eye and fills the house with flowers. There’s an elegant little kitchen for uncomplicated cooking, and steep stairs up to the big loft, comfy with duvets and rugs, where you walk through a little dressing room with futon to get to the main bedroom. You’re a short walk from everything: fresh seafood, artisan bread, and boats for wildlife adventures across the Moray Firth. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Children over 5 welcome. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £530
Damage deposit
Extra futon available in 2nd bedroom.
1 Cottage for 2
From £752 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Felicity Bingham-Hope

  • Walk for miles on white sandy beaches. Catch the water taxi across the bay to Culbin Forest. Take a picnic and explore the vast forest, dunes and shoreline. Sing to the seals as they bask at low tide & if you're lucky spot dolphins in the Firth!
  • Follow the delicious smell of freshly baked bread to the fabulous artisan bakery & cafe just a stone's throw from the cottage. You can buy early morning bread from the bakers themselves before the cafe opens...just go around to the back door and knock!
  • Watch thousands of migrating wild geese fly over the cottage in the Spring & Autumn. A sight to behold! This is an ornithological paradise. Birds come to feed in the, almost landlocked, tidal basin here. Ospreys can often be seen fishing in the bay.
  • Enjoy freshly caught seafood (lobster a specialty) at one of the village pubs on the waterfront. Sip locally brewed beer, relax and unwind and breathe in the fresh salty sea air....and if you're lucky watch a spectacular sunset over the water!
  • See houses made from whisky barrels & straw bales at the world-renowned Findhorn Foundation & Eco-Village just a mile away. Take a guided tour and learn about this unique community.
  • Treat yourself to a concert at the Universal Hall Arts venue just a mile away. A wide variety of performances including The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera & The National Theatre of Scotland plus lots of other music & dance events!