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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Cornmill Ref: CC512042
Originally built over 150 years ago, The Cornmill is a beautiful old stone mill that has been lovingly and sympathetically converted to make a cottage style house in a rural location.  The property provides an exceptionally high standard of accommodation whilst retaining a wealth of original features. Situated in its own natural grounds amidst open farmland it offers the height of modern living inside and the romance of an old stone cornmill outside - even the remains of the old mill wheel has been retained. The main accommodation is open plan. The superb reception room has high vaulted ceilings and large French windows and glass panelled walls that drink in the light. It has been superbly furnished and decorated by its artist/ owner. Many of her wonderful vibrant paintings adorn the walls and the good sized bedrooms also have an artistic theme, such as Rococco in the main double bedroom on the first floor. There are two modern bathrooms and a well equipped modern kitchen area. The garden grounds lead out onto unspoilt open farmland and, whilst quiet and secluded, it is just a short walk to the pub and restaurant in the charming small village of Auchleven in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Lounge Area: With Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD and French windows opening onto the garden area.
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
Bedroom 1: With king size bed and wash basin
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Second Lounge: With French windows opening onto the garden area.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and wash basin
Bedroom 3: With two single beds
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden with rockery area and original mill wheel on the side. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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£340-£725
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0


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, these three delightful properties are 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. 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 room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 4 twin, one with sloping ceiling, one zip and link can be 6ft double, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included. Freeview TV. Gas Aga. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher.Telephone-honesty box. Large landscaped garden with terrace, siting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Piano.

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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ceomara Ref: 24662

Set in a superb elevated position in the village of Gardenstown, this lovely terraced holiday cottage has beautiful uninterrupted views over the sea below and beyond. Built into the old red sandstone cliffs the villages along this coastline have a quaint atmosphere and it is possible, in certain conditions, to walk to the neighbouring village of Crovie. Wildlife watching and other activities are nearby. Boat trips are available from the harbour where you may catch a glimpse of the dolphins that often swim in the bay. Shops 800 yards, pubs 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet. Shower room with bidet and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms with sloping ceilings and Velux.

Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in outbuilding. Dishwasher. Freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced cliff beyond garden and steps in garden.

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£268-£643
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Daylesford Ref: SEEV

Situated down a quiet lane in the delightful coastal village of Portsoy, this lovely period, detached house has been refurbished to a high standard. The property also benefits from an enclosed walled garden to the rear which is perfect for enjoying a barbecue in the evenings. Portsoy, which is host to a popular boat festival in the summer, is ideally placed for exploring the rugged and varied coastline of the Moray Firth. There is plenty to do in the area with several fine golf courses close at hand, the Whisky and Castle Trails waiting to be explored and excellent sandy beaches along the coast - from Banff to Nairn and Lossiemouth especially. Shops 500 yards, pubs ¼ mile.

Living room with open fire and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with door to garden. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with electric woodburner, sea and hill views. Twin bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Single bedroom.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed garden, covered well and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking

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£260-£831
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Historic accommodation, set in tranquil location

Delgatie Castle sits peacefully amid fields and forests, on a large country estate. It has a long and chequered history, dating back from 1050 and was once home to the late Captain Hay - a feudal baron. Now open to the public, the castle provides a wealth of interest for visitors, plus the opportunity to sample delicious home baking in the cosy tea room. The properties on offer here have been tastefully renovated and refurbished to provide spacious holiday accommodation; which still retains much individual character. Ashwood and Elmwood are two of the four cottages, which form The Coach House; whilst the elegant Symbister Suite, located in the north wing of the castle, has, as you would expect, all the style and ambience of a real stately home - master bedroom. The ground floor of Elmwood (B4272) has been adapted for guests with disabilities, and also has a classification for unassisted wheelchair access. Turriff (3 miles) is home to a host of activities and interests. River fishing, with brown trout and salmon both available at cost. You can play golf on any of the several 18-hole courses in the area, or enjoy some time on a boating lake or even a putting green. Alternatively, play tennis, bowls, or go riding or shooting. Try the indoor sports and swimming pool complex. Nearby there are stately homes and castles to explore, museums and heritage centres, picturesque coastal villages, nature reserves and colourful parks, as well as famous distilleries. Advance grocery service available on request.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.

All properties: Heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair on request. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared enclosed lawned area. Shared use of estate grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Visit Scotland 3 Star. NB: Pond in grounds.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Longcroft Cottage Ref: 28233

This detached holiday cottage has been renovated to provide superb accommodation, whilst still retaining its character and charm. Modern conveniences and a high level of comfort combine to make this an ideal base from which to tour this area rich in historical sites and places of interest, including Haddo House, Pitmedden and Tolquhon Castle, as well as many historical stone circles. Visit Aberdeen and Inverurie, or go fishing, cycling, horse riding, golf and walking nearby. Shops and pubs 4 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

Woodburner in living room included. Underfloor electric central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps from patio to lawn with raised banking.

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£237-£606
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sea Holly Cottage Ref: 30681


This gorgeous little semi-detached cottage has been lovingly and carefully restored by the owner to make a wonderful choice for a holiday by the sea. It retains many of its original features such as beams and wood panelling, which have been carefully incorporated into the individual style of the cottage. Situated just a few hundred yards from the shore of the Moray Firth, there are lovely sea views from the living room and the bedrooms, and there is a small, pretty garden to the front and side of the house, offering guests the chance to enjoy the sunshine after a day out. The immediate area has a wealth of attractions, including Macduff Marine Aquarium is just across the road, an award-winning attraction that is both informative and entertaining. Puffin cruises operate from the harbour, offering visitors the chance to see the gannets at Troup Head, the only land based gannet colony in the UK. Other marine life, such as dolphins and seals, can also be regularly seen. For golfers, there is a wealth of choice, with Royal Tarlair just up the road, which has wonderful sea views over the fairways, or Duff House Royal which is a couple of miles away in neighbouring Banff. There are good eating places here and lots of little interesting shops, as well as supermarkets. Further afield, explore the other quaint fishing villages and lovely beaches strung out along this magical coastline. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Some rooms with low sloping ceilings.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£351-£811
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Langdale Ref: CC512047
Langdale is a delightful, late Victorian detached house set well back in its own garden grounds close to the centre of the Royal Deeside village of Ballater. Its generously proportioned rooms and high ceilings ensure a sense of space and light throughout. The house has been sympathetically modernised to provide all modern comforts whilst retaining the ambience of a Victorian family home. There is a large modern kitchen with breakfast table and chairs, a separate more formal dining room and an extremely spacious main lounge that looks out across the gardens. A small snug/library provides a quiet space for reading or poring over the local maps, planning the next day’s activities. The beautiful original curved wooden staircase splits into two dividing the four bedrooms across the first floor into two adjoining areas. All bedrooms are large and airy. With two en suite and two further bathrooms, this is an ideal property for a two family holiday or groups.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD and radio/CD; large, airy room with views over garden.
Dining Room: With polished dining table and chairs; large, formal room with patio for visitors’ use
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob (Aga not in use), larder fridge and dishwasher; dining table and chairs; a light, bright spacious room with fitted units throughout
Utility: With microwave, table top freezer, tumble dryer and washing machine
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With king size bed
Bedroom 3: With two single beds and en suite small shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 4: With single bed and occasional bed (for + 1 ) if required
Bathroom: With bath, shower, WC and wash basin

All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided.Enclosed (very low wall on one side) garden with dining table and chairs. Table tennis table and storage space for outdoor equipment available in garage. Off road parking for two cars.

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£395-£875
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Mill of Old Mains Ref: 19328

This beautifully restored watermill set in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, makes a very spacious and attractive holiday retreat, set within 4 acres of grounds with a small stream babbling through, and offering extensive views over bordering hills and pastureland of the surrounding countryside. Very comfortably furnished throughout, with all modern conveniences including satellite TV, open fire and oil fired central heating it offers complete privacy and being set on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park makes a superb base for exploring the surrounding area. Historic Kildrummy Castle is a 5 minute drive away and Balmoral Castle and Lecht Ski Centre are reached within 30 minutes. The village of Glenkindie is nearby, with a shop, post office and hotel serving good pub food, as well as restaurant cuisine. The town of Alford which is approximately 12 miles east, has further amenities, while local attractions and leisure pursuits include Castle and Whisky Trails, Stone Circle Trail, hill-walking, mountaineering/climbing, fishing, golf, ski-ing (wet and dry), Lonach highland games, and many historical points of interest. Shop and pub ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio door. Kitchen with slate floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French door, 3 twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet (can be accessed by hall), all with sloping ceilings.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£50per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. 4 acres with large enclosed lawned garden, terrace, patio and furniture. Balconies. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Small, unfenced stream close to property.

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£376-£1195
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Totally renovated, traditionally spacious, detached holiday cottage set in the small hamlet of Inverey, 4 miles out of Braemar on the road to the Linn of Dee. Wide open expansive views to the rear of the heather clad hills and mountains and attractive mature woodland with wonderful walks from the front door. Tracks lead to Derry Lodge and on into the Grampian Mountains. Golf, restaurants and shops in the village. Shop and pub 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single (accessed via double).

Open fire in living room included. Electricity heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars).

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£260-£712
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