Unusually, the cottage is gable end on to the street which hides the full length of the house from view - the spacious, many roomed interior therefore comes as an unexpected surprise! Built in the early 1700s, this quaint cottage is listed for its special architectural/historic interest. Portsoy was an important port, trading with Scandinavia and the Netherlands. This cosmopolitan influence gives The Old Bakehouse a balanced mix of traditional Scottish and Dutch architecture.
Originally a bakery, situated beside the 16th Century Star Inn, the cottage has survived against the odds! It was severely damaged by a bakehouse fire and was derelict for many years. Destined for restoration with the Star Inn in the 20th Century, The Old Bakehouse missed its chance yet again, and instead narrowly escaped demolition - not because of its dilapidated condition but simply to provide a renovated neighbouring building with parking spaces to fulfill a planning application! Happily it was rescued by the North East Scotland Preservation Trust, and in 1989 The Old Bakehouse was finally so beautifully restored that it won a Restoration Award. Now a comfortable and cosy holiday cottage, its history and quaint features attract as many visitors as its deservedly popular location close to the ancient Harbour, in the heart of Portsoy, one of the most attractive villages on the stunning Moray Firth coastline. Steeped in history, yet with modern home comforts, The Old Bakehouse makes the ideal holiday destination by the sea!