Communicating with the outside world

Please be aware that there is no mobile phone signal within a couple of miles from Pennan. This is why it makes it the perfect place to escape! However you are not completely cut off from the 21st century as the cottage has super fast broadband up to 50Gbps and the password can be found on the front of the router which is on the desk in the attic.

The landline number is 01346 561268. Feel free to use the phone, within reason of course. There is also a red phone-box opposite the Pennan Inn (take lots of change). This is the phone box used in the 1983 film ‘Local Hero’ which starred Burt Lancaster (DVD under telly).


No smoking is permitted anywhere in the cottage. There are smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on each level.


Our cottage is doggy friendly. Please help yourself to biscuits in the jar and you can use the beds and feeding bowls provided if you like. There are a few things that we would request:

  1. Keep the dog off the furniture, out of the bedrooms and bathrooms and overnight keep them in the kitchen.  The dog-gate is in the wardrobe at the left end in the downstairs bedroom.
  2. Wipe the dog’s paws after it has been outside.  There is a towel hanging in the hall cupboard if you do not have one.

Instruction Manuals

Instruction Manuals for all appliances can be found in the right hand drawer of the glass fronted crockery dresser. Note that no foil is to be used in the electric oven or grill.


The kitchen is fully stocked with all condiments for cooking and also tea and coffee (which are in the basket drawers in the kitchen). Please help yourself. Be aware that there are no shops in Pennan so you will need to bring your own food or head to Fraserburgh for Tesco or Asda or Banff for the Co-op (both places can be reached in 25 minutes by car).

Adjusting the Clocks on Oven & Microwave

For the microwave find the tiny button with the clock icon above and to the left of the red display. Press and hold it for 3 seconds using a pen until the hour starts flashing and then let go. Press the “+” or “-“ buttons to adjust the hours, press the clock icon button again, adjust the minutes and finally press the clock icon button one last time to set. The oven of course is completely different! Find the buttons below the red display, press and hold the 2nd (cooking pot) and 3rd (pot with stop on top) buttons and adjust the time by tapping the “+” or “-“ buttons. Pressing and holding them will speed up the adjustment.

Rubbish and Recycling

The bins are under the worktop to the right of the sink. The left hand one is for general waste, the right hand one for recycling glass bottles and jars and the one at the back is for all other recycling. Please line the bins with the bags provided. When full and at the end of your stay take them to the rubbish and recycling bins which are opposite the village hall at the west end of the village (exit cottage, turn left and walk 200 yards).

The Rayburn

To get the full Driftwood experience you must use the Rayburn. It’s incredibly warm once it gets going. It heats the kitchen and the hot water tank and you can also use it to cook. This is what you will need to do to get it going:

  1. Open bottom, left door and check ash pan.  Remove ash onto newspaper.
  2. Replace ash pan, close door and open circular vent 3 turns.
  3. Where the flue meets the stove top, on the left hand side, slide open the vent.
  4. Open top left hand door, insert a fire-lighter and light it with a match.
  5. Carefully build around firelighter 8 pieces of kindling wood “Jenga” style.
  6. Carefully build on top of the kindling a half dozen pieces of coal.
  7. Leave for 20 minutes or until coal burning well and then add more coal.
  8. Close vent at foot of the flue.
  9. Adjust circular vent by closing and then open with a quarter of 1 turn.
  10. Add coal as necessary and open circular vent as required.
  11. At bedtime do not fill with coal and it is a good idea to use up the hot water by having a deep bath.
  12. Once it heats up, the hot water tank will automatically be heated and you should turn the rocker switch in the hall cupboard to “Off”.
  13. The hot water will become very hot as there is no thermostat to limit the temperature of the water as is normal in most houses.


Most Crockery, cutlery and glassware can go in the dishwasher with the exception of the blender accessories and wooden items. Check that the spinning arm will not hit anything before switching on. When the cleaning cycle has finished and the door is opened a beep alarm will sound. Press the “On” button to cancel.


The storage heaters/radiators use off-peak electricity. The controls are set for the time of year. The left hand dial boosts the heat in the morning or evening however we never use it. The right hand dial sets the temperature so if too hot or too cold adjust accordingly.
The 2 bedroom heaters can also be used as conventional heaters by pressing the rocker switch. Don’t forget to turn them off again.

There is also a conventional heater under the oven which is useful to give a boost of heat for a short period which is especially useful on arrival. The Wood Burning Stove in the lounge is great. If you have not used one before this is what you need to do to get it “glowing”:

  1. Check ash pan and empty onto newspaper.
  2. Open circular vent by 3 turns.
  3. Open the fire door, place a firelighter in the middle and light it with a match.
  4. Carefully build around the firelighter 8 pieces of kindling wood “Jenga” style.
  5. Insert a couple of logs and then close the door.
  6. Keep an eye on it until the logs start to burn or you will need to start again.
  7. Once the logs are well alight, adjust the circular vent to be open by half a turn.

Showers and Spa Bath

The showers are electric and need to be switched on outside the bathroom and shower room to the right of the doors. As the water is heated as you shower, there will always be hot water. The bath hot water comes from the hot water tank which is controlled by the switch in the hall cupboard so there will be enough water for 1 bath every morning. At other times you will need to turn the dial on the control to 2 hours to heat the water. If the Rayburn is hot then you will have constant hot water and the hall cupboard switch should be set to off. Note that the spa button should only be pressed when the water level is above the jet holes in the bath otherwise the motor will burn out!

Hair Dryer

A hair dryer can be found in the wardrobe in the downstairs bedroom.


There is a Panasonic HDTV, Humax HD digital recorder and a Sony Blu-ray/DVD player in the lounge. The Panasonic HDTV has built in Freeview HD. If the red light is on in the bottom left hand corner then it is in standby mode otherwise switch on at the wall behind the TV. On the silver controller press the red button to turn on the TV, press the GUIDE button to see the program schedule and use the up and down arrows and the OK button to select the channel.

To select the Humax (if you want to record a program) or the Sony DVD player ensure the desired box is switched on – Humax green button on Humax controller – Sony DVD player green button on the small black controller – and on the silver controller press the HOME button, select Devices and select Humax or BluRayDVD. To record a program on the Humax, use the GUIDE button to select the program and press REC. To watch a recorded program press the MEDIA button and select the program.

Pressing the Home button on the silver controller also gives access to the, BBC Weather for Pennan and Pennan Tides websites.

Call me on 07598 523425 if you get stuck as I want to know what you did so that I can amend these instructions accordingly!