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Aberdeenshire in Scotland's north east offers fantastic access to some of the best that the country has to offer; and as well as having plenty of holiday cottages in the region for you to choose from, you'll also discover breath taking landscapes, rich history and lots of activities for all the family. With such an abundance of things to see and do, you won't have to travel far from your cottage to find some fantastic ways to enjoy your holiday.

It's an area that is tailor-made for relaxing outdoor holidaymaking, offering a wealth of activities and attractions to help make the perfect Scottish holiday break. For example you can enjoy some of the most stunning walks in the highland fells, explore the region's rich history through its many archaeological sites and castles, or head for the coast to relax and enjoy the fresh air, with the most beautiful coastal views.

The region's history is perfectly encapsulated in the incredible Dunnottar Castle. This stunning 14th century fortress offers breathtaking views and thanks to its cliff-top location allows you to bask in some of the region's most beautiful scenery.

Staying in a holiday cottage is also the perfect way to explore the region's whisky heritage. The Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie grants a uniquely fascinating insight into the production of oak casts. The only one of its kind in the UK, it forms part of the celebrated Malt Whisky Trail.

The outdoor pool in Stonehaven is equally unique. The last of its kind in Scotland, it offers clean seawater heated to 29 degrees C and makes for a uniquely relaxing way to enjoy your break in Aberdeenshire.

Skiing in the Cairngorms is of course one of the highlights of the winter months but thanks to a number of dry slopes it's also possible to pursue your passion in the summer season if you like!

For those after the simple pleasures in nature the region has a multitude of rivers and waterways, making it a haven for anglers and wildlife lovers keen to relax and enjoy the unrivalled tranquility offered by their surroundings.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Aberdeenshire to find your perfect retreat.

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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Breakers Ref: CC512060
Perched on the cliff side above the charming fishing village of Collieston, The Breakers is the ultimate seaside cottage. The large picture windows drink in the uninterrupted sea views across the harbour and down to the pretty horse shoe shaped beach and cove. This unspoilt seaside village seems untouched by time. Small fisherman’ s cottages straddle the hillside and look down onto the picturesque sand and shingle beach. Small craft bob in the bay and lobster pots line the shore side. The Breakers has a large lounge with recessed sun lounge area which looks out across the sea from every angle. The original open fireplace proffers a warm welcoming ambience. There are three attractive bedrooms, a bright, modern kitchen/dining room and a modern family bathroom. A door from the lounge leads out to an elevated decking area with uninterrupted views across the sea. Here puffins can be seen nesting on the rocks, seals play in the bay and on occasions whales and porpoises have been spotted close to shore. Simply idyllic!

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, satellite Freeview, TV, DVD and radio/CD; sofa bed (for+ 2) with stunning views out to sea with harbour and pretty beach below
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/ dryer. A good sized modern kitchen with fold out dining table and chairs.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
Steep narrow stairs lead to.....

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
Bedroom 2: With double bed
Bedroom 3: With single bed
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available.Enclosed elevated decking area with furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: There are significant drops within the grounds of the property.

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£350-£725
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
The Knock Ref: UWS

A spacious and very well-equipped traditional stone house, sitting in a woodland area on Mar Estate at Inverey. Offering magnificent views across the Upper Dee Valley to Ben Macdui, the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, here you will find mountain activities which have made this part of the Highlands a famous tourist area. It is an ideal area for those who simply wish to wander through idyllic scenery and perhaps see a glimpse of an osprey, golden eagle or capercailzie.
Braemar village nestling amongst heather covered hills, is the setting for the annual Highland Gathering, also Braemar Castle with its barrel-vaulted ceilings, underground prison and central tower with spiral staircase, has much historical interest. The area abounds with castles, including Balmoral, the Scottish baronial mansion which has been a royal residence since 1852. The Royal Family traditionally spend their summer holidays here, and the grounds are ideal for walking and pony trekking. Dunnottar Castle is one of Scotland’s finest ruined castles, a huge 9th-century fortress set on a three-sided sheer cliff jutting into the sea, with dramatic views out to the crashing sea.
For family entertainment, pay a visit to the Archaeolink Prehistory Park, which gives an insight into the area’s Pictish heritage. The park includes a reconstructed Iron Age Farm, a hillside archaeological site and lively audio-visual displays designed to bring prehistory to life. Also well worth a visit is the Cairngorm Whisky Centre in Tomintoul (1 hour), with its tasting room offering more than 1,000 brands of whisky.
There is extensive hill walking and challenging mountain climbing opportunities from the door and in the winter months if sufficient snow, good skiing at Glenshee (20 mins). For those who do not wish to climb the mountains but still want to see the awe inspiring views, take the chairlift at Glenshee to the observation point a short distance from the top of the Cairnwell mountain. Braemar golf course (18 holes) is a gem. Fishing on the River Dee (for information see caretaker). Roe and red deer are present and stalking can be arranged (in advance) through the Estate. Shop and pub 4 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove. Spacious kitchen/dining room. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Three twin bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking

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£470-£1625
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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Boghead Cottage Ref: CC512003
Nestling in the heart of Royal Deeside, this detached cottage has been converted, using the original stone, from an old steading and enjoys magnificent views of Deeside and Mount Keen.  Views of Lochnagar (one of Scotland’s 284 munros - mountains over 3,000ft) can also be admired after a short uphill walk.  Boghead Cottage is situated on a 36 acre farm with ponds, small burns and woodland - an area where many different species of bird can be found, along with pathways for walking, relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity. 

Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and hot water and heating is powered by solar panels and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With wood-burning stove, freeview TV and DVD
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, radio, dishwasher and washing machine
Shower Room: With WC and basin

First Floor: Galleried Bedroom: With king-size bed

All fuel and power included.  (Initial supply of fuel provided for wood-burning stove).  Bed linen and towels provided.Off road parking for 3 cars. Patio area with furniture, BBQ and pond. Boules area. Cycle store. No children under 16 years.

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£300-£630
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Brae Steading Ref: 29653


This detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home, is located just outside the lovely conservation village of Fordyce, 1½ miles from the Moray coast. A magical place, the village is a warren of narrow streets and beautiful houses still following a medieval plan, and all wrapped around a magnificent centrepiece, Fordyce Castle, simply sitting on a bend in the village street. The holiday cottage is very comfortable and warm, and takes advantage of the panoramic views of both sea and countryside, with the arched French doors in the living room leading to a sunny sitting-out area at the front. Fordyce also offers an attractive park opposite the old kirkyard as well as a Victorian garden. The sandy beach at Sandend is a quick drive or a 45-minute walk from the cottage, where local fish can be bought and surfers enjoy the waves. Good coastal walks abound through the old fishing villages of Portsoy and Cullen, or alternatively travel inland through castle and whisky country. There are plenty of golf courses in the vicinity, and the variety of bird and wildlife both onshore and off will please the keen nature lover. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and French doors/dining room/4 steps to kitchen with Velux and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Access to owner’s 1-acre garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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£176-£459
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
8
Pets
2


At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg ref 30187 and Claybokie ref 30188 are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the three properties, sleeping 16 people comfortably. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in an historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. It is one of five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast, ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properties 30187, 30188 and 30458 can be booked together to accommodate up to 35 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 3 double, (one 5ft), one with additional single, 4 twin, one with French window. Shower room with toilet. 2 bathrooms with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Biomass central heating included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Two dishwashers. Payphone. Balcony. Ample parking.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

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£1470-£22999
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Crovie Cottage Ref: 23956

This attractive holiday cottage is situated in a superb position within the conservation village of Crovie, on the rugged coastline of the north east. Very well presented with a sea view from the twin bedroom and all modern conveniences. Guests can sit out on sunny days literally yards from the sea and look for dolphins, whales and other marine and bird life ever present in the vicinity. Excellent walking, sea cruises and fishing are available in the surrounding area. Golf 5 miles. Beach 2½ miles. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

10 steps to entrance. First floor: Living room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD recorder. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: The sea is 5 yards away.

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£212-£716
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Seaside Hoose Ref: 30457


This charming cottage is centrally situated in the quaint village of Gardenstown. Fully renovated with a cosy atmosphere and a mix of contemporary and French style furnishings, it is a superb base to spend a holiday in this lovely area. Ideally positioned to take in lovely views of the sea from the living rooms and bedrooms, it is within a short walk of the quaint harbour and beach beyond. Sample the delights of the owner’s teashop next door which serves a selection of light refreshments though the day or enjoy a drink or evening meal in the local hotel nearby. Gardenstown is on the Coastal Trail, one of several delightful fishing villages strung out along this rugged coastline where dolphins and seals are often spotted. Macduff Marine Aquarium features the diverse marine life of the Moray Firth, while a few miles past Macduff is historic Portsoy, known for its annual boat festival. Discover pretty churches and cottages, castles and cliff top walks, seabirds and quiet beaches all along the coast, from Aberdeen to Inverness. For the birdwatchers, RSPB Troup Head is just 1½ miles, or an hours walk, from the property. Shop ¼ mile, pub and rstaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: 1 small step to living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Internet connection. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£308-£815
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Boghead Cottage Ref: SDDF

Nestling in the heart of Royal Deeside, this detached holiday cottage has been converted from an old steading (built with the original stone) and enjoys magnificent views of Deeside and Mount Keen. Views of Lochnagar can also be admired after a short uphill walk. It is situated on a 36-acre farm with ponds, small burns and woodland - an area where many different species of birds can be found, along with many pathways for walking, relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity. Numerous outdoor activities are readily available, and Aberdeen is nearby with its many amenities. An ideal location for the Whisky, Castle and Victorian Heritage Trails. Balmoral, Castle Fraser, Drum and Bramar Castles within easy reach. Golf, fishing, walking, riding, gliding, cycling, skiing all available. Shop 11/2 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove, laminate floor and French doors to patio. Compact well-equipped kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • 36 acres of natural farmland and woodland
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • NB: Step to patio. Pond and stream in woodland

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Peaceful setting

This is an attractive holiday bungalow in a peaceful rural setting on a farm near the River Deveron. Tour the castles or whisky trail in this historic area, visit the museums, and the city of Aberdeen, with its floral display and architecture is only an hours drive. Visit the nearby Falconry, forest walks and ½ hour drive to the lovely Moray coastline. Fishing permits may be purchased in Huntly, 4 miles away. Shop and pub 4 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine.Telephone-incoming calls only. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars).

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£245-£587
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Cairns Cottage Ref: 18910

This extremely well appointed self contained holiday property forms a wing of the owner’s house, delightfully situated on the outskirts of the village of Aboyne in the heart of Royal Deeside, away from main roads and with marvellous uninterrupted views over the River Dee to the hills and woods beyond. Activities close at hand include walking, fishing, golf, swimming and even gliding. In the winter, skiing at the Lecht or Glenshee is readily accessible. In the surrounding area there are many gardens and castles to visit, including Balmoral. The choice of restaurants nearby ranges from village pubs to gourmet dining. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No children under 10 years.

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£312-£781
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
The Coyles Ref: SOOJ

These two holiday properties stand near to each other in their own grounds, each with their own garden, and enjoy a convenient setting close to the heart of the delightful small market town of Ballater with good shops, hotels, restaurants and golf course near at hand. The Coyles (SOOJ) is a wonderful family house and perfect for larger gatherings, whether enjoying a special birthday or a relaxing get together with friends, with plenty of living space and very good amenities throughout to ensure a memorable and convivial holiday. On two levels, it offers a high standard of comfort throughout and is a great choice at any time of the year. The Coyles Cottage (SBH) is set in a delightful part of the garden and is well equipped throughout with a lovely sunny conservatory, and benefits from triple glazing and central heating throughout, affording year-round comfort. An excellent centre from which to discover the many places of interest nearby; Ballater itself is a lovely base with many links to the Royal family and historic castles nearby include Balmoral, Crathies and Craigievar. The Grampians offer wonderful hill walking and wildlife, and the surrounding area of Deeside is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Leisurely walks abound on the banks of the River Dee or alternatively tackle some of the Monros and other mountains in the Cairngorms - a short drive away via some majestic scenery. Skiing is 35 minutes’ drive going through parts of the Whisky Trail, and canoeing and mountain biking are also readily available throughout the region. Shops and pub 100 yards.

Living room with electric fire in surround and bay window. Sitting room with open fire in surround, TV and bay window. TV room. Well-equipped kitchen with gas/electric range (for cooking). Two utilities, one large with door to garden. Sun room with French doors to garden. Games room. Separate toilet. First floor: Five bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; two double, two twin, one single. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity fire included
  • Two satellite TVs
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Gas/electricity range (double oven) included
  • Combi microwave oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Two tumble dryers
  • Additional dishwasher
  • Internet connection
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Parking

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£435-£1717
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

These lovely detached holiday lodges are set in an elevated position with marvellous views towards Cairn O’Mount. Situated in 8 acres of natural woodland, all the properties are very stylishly furnished with good attention to detail. Mountshade (ref 30297) has been constructed to make the most of its surroundings with its concertina doors from the living room, relax and enjoy the views from the decking area after a busy day out exploring. Park Lodge (ref 17329) has an open-plan living room with a cathedral ceiling, opening on to a well-equipped kitchen. Cairn View (ref 30456), as its name suggests, boasts a wonderful view towards Cairn O’Mount and sleeps 6 in comfort, ideal for families or couples. All three lodges have plenty of space between them, ensuring good levels of privacy. Visit Balmoral Castle or tour Royal Deeside, which begs to be explored, with fantastic walks on moor and mountain, river and loch fishing, cycle trails and pony trekking, or take in the scenic majesty of Lochnagar. The popular town of Banchory is just 5 miles away with interesting shops and restaurants, and the area is renowned for its Highland Games in summer. Aberdeen is approximately 30 minutes’ drive with its theatres, bars, gardens and shopping centre. Shop 5 miles and pub 4 miles.

Ramp to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

NSH included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Tumble dryer. Payphone. Natural woodland gardens and grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

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£249-£605
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