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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
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Mar House Ref: UWR

Nestling in a secluded, wooded position overlooking the River Dee valley, this superior stone house has been totally restored to offer the finest facilities and provide every comfort to ensure an enjoyable stay. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and fine views, and the drawing room has an open fire making the property ideal for all year round holidays. Herds of red deer, stags and hinds, graze by the river during the evenings giving a feeling of tranquillity amidst the beautiful Highland scenery. It is situated in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the Cairngorm National Park and offers access to some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland, with the challenging Cairngorm mountains within easy reach. Fishing, stalking and shooting may be arranged through the estate. Winter sports are also catered for with skiing at Glenshee only a 20-minute drive.
For the less energetic a visit to the 16th-century Crathes Castle and Gardens at Banchory (40 miles) offers an exciting day out. The gardens provide a wonderful display at any time of the year with great yew hedges and a fascinating presentation of the art of topiary dating from 1702. There is also a children’s adventure playground. Closer to Mar House is Balmoral Castle – the Royal family’s Highland residence which offers the opportunity to pony trek and the chance to view various exhibitions, including one on the local wildlife. Golf is available at Braemar only 4 miles away and there are also excellent courses at Ballater and Aboyne.
Inverness is within easy reach and offers many attractions for all the family. Unusual places of interest include the Kiltmaker Centre, where a small visitor centre explains the whole process of making tartan, and the novel Balnain House, which explores the development of Highland music. Inverness Castle, perched above the river, offers the Castle Garrison Encounter, an entertaining interactive exhibition in which the visitor plays the role of a new recruit in the 18th-century Hanoverian army. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Drawing room with open fire. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast table. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; two double (one with 5ft bed) and two twin.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Acres of grassed land surrounding the property
  • Parking (for 3 cars)

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£513-£1772
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
8
Pets
2
Open Hearth House Ref: 29920

From the upper floors of this imposing, detached, spacious Victorian house, enjoy stunning views towards the excellent golf course and the sea beyond. Very comfortably furnished, the property makes a wonderful family house and is perfect for hide and seek with its attic rooms, maids staircases and various living spaces. Take a stroll to the quaint harbour and wonderful sandy beach, ideal for windsurfing, swimming or just playing in the sand. The village itself is home to a world class golf course which attracts many visitors through the year, while to the north, the brooding presence of Slains Castle, widely acknowledged to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s ’Dracula’ is well worth a visit. Nearby, The Bullers of Buchan, an awesome natural phenomenon where the sea rushes into a vertical cavern, is an absolute must. For wildlife lovers, visit Forvie Nature Reserve just a few miles away to enjoy the stunning scenery of sand dunes and swirling waters. The city of Aberdeen is just 23 miles away, offering all contemporary facilities, and the coastal trail north takes in many other quaint villages offering many a pleasant day out. Beach 400 yards. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Library. Conservatory. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 steps to utility room. 1 single bedroom with steep stairs to ground floor. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. 4 steps to 4 double bedrooms, one (6ft four poster), two with shared access to en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fires in living and dining rooms and woodburner in library (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£911-£2220
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Mar Lodge Ref: SJJX

This exquisite little detached holiday cottage is located in a wonderful secluded corner of the private Knockespoch Estate, about 1/2 mile from the main house. Boasting extensive elevated views towards the Tap o’ Noth (a vitrified stone fortress perched on top of the Hill of Noth) the atmosphere is of peace and relaxation. Knockespoch Estate is on the edge of the village of Clatt, a tiny village in the lee of the Correen Hills, an ideal holiday base for exploring this unspoilt area of the north east. Golf, fishing and hill walking all available. Shop 3 miles, pub 4 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove in stone surround and cathedral ceiling. Kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and open fire. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity and electricity rads included (Winter £25 per week, £15 per 3 or 4-night short break)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone-landlines only
  • Large lawned garden with furniture and views towards Top o’ Noth
  • 300 acres of natural unspoilt woodland
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply from well
  • Trout and ‘half-rod’ fishing available on pond foc
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Ponds within woodland

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£509-£529
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
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, 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.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one 5ft with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with French doors and en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 twin, one with French doors and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included. Satellite TV. Gas hob. Two electric ovens. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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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£1175-£22999
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Situated within the grounds of Craigievar Castle, these picture perfect holiday cottages are surrounded by 90-acres of parkland. The castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture and has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower looks just as it did when it was completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture. Stroll around the castles kitchen garden, or enjoy waymarked trails through the surrounding parkland, where swallows, fieldfares and redwings can be spotted. Alford, with its butchers, bakers, pubs and restaurants can be reached in an easy 15 minutes by car. Visit Alford Heritage Centre, which contains displays on village and farm life from the past. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen. Crathes Castle is less than 20 miles away and Aberdeen can be reached in 40 minutes’ drive. Care has been taken to furnish the properties as they would have been when they accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid. Shop and restaurant 7 miles, pub 2½ miles.

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

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH. Cot. Microwave. Washer/dryer.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Shared landscaped and woodland grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£315-£22999
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

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.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one 5ft, one (6ft zip and link, can be twin), one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included. Travel cot on request. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with decked area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 9 acres of natural woodland. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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

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£212-£680
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Area of outstanding natural beauty

These two very comfortable semi-detached holiday cottages (26817 and 26818) occupy a stunning elevated position on the headland just outside the beautiful village of Pennan. Both properties boast fantastic sea views; Mill Shore Cottage has a cosy living room which features windows on two sides allowing uninterrupted viewing of Mill Shore below – a secluded shingly beach with sandy shallows beyond, offering a unique perspective on the abundant marine life – seals can be spotted easily in the bay, whilst further out whales and dolphins are often sighted. Pennan Lodge again has marvellous views of Pennan itself and the bay beyond. In addition to the amazing marine life, just round the corner and visible from the cottages is Troup Head, a renowned nature reserve featuring the only UK mainland colony of gannets. Next door is Cullykhan Beach, another secluded cove reached by a steep walk down to the shore. Pennan is renowned for its famous phone box as featured in the film ’Local Hero’ but it is a lovely village in its own right, typical of those strung out along this rugged coastline, including Crovie and Gardenstown, reached by steep winding roads to the bottom of the cliffs from which they cling. This is an AONB providing wonderful areas for walking. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pub ¼ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Convector heaters included.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Two tumble dryers in garage. Shared payphone. Enclosed lawned garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared cycle store. Shared external games room with air hockey, table tennis and small pool table. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£156-£466
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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Bogairn Cottage Ref: 19740

This most attractive stone built holiday cottage is a great haven to enjoy a break in an area famous for its whisky, shortbread and castles. A lovely house, very well furnished and equipped with a conservatory taking in panoramic views of the countryside and hills. Aberlour village has some very good places to eat out, and lots of interesting shops. Walking on the Speyside Way, fishing or golf which are available in abundance throughout the region. The Moray Coast and some of Scotland’s best loved castles are but a short drive. This is a wonderful home to come back to after a day’s exploration. Shop and pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned and gravelled garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£212-£707
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Creel Cottage Ref: 28679

Creel Cottage is a cosy former fishermans cottage on three levels, full of character that typifies these houses; wonderful sea views and stone walls. Nestling at the foot of grass-covered cliffs with the seas just yards away in the village of Pennan, it is a stones-throw from the local tavern and famous phone box of Local Hero fame. An ideal seaside holiday retreat. There are many good cliff walks in the area, offering the chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery or you may wish to tour the surrounding area with its wealth of historic buildings and castles. Golf, fishing and bird watching available in abundance in this magical area. Beach 50 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub/restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with dining area/kitchen. Open tread, spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with Velux.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Economy 7 central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. On road parking. No smoking.

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£254-£440
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Coast Cottage Ref: 27095

This delightful semi-detached holiday cottage is situated in one of the oldest parts of Banff, near the historic St. Mary’s churchyard. There is a golf course ¼ mile away, as well as a stunning beach and coastline which stretches from Macduff to Whitehills and beyond. Further inland the Whisky and Castle trails offer stunning scenery. Renowned for dolphins and other marine life, boat trips are available along this magical coast. The area hosts The Scottish Tradtional Boat Festival in Portsoy (July). Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. 1 step to dining room/kitchen with patio door. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk with additional pull-out single and wooden floor.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed decking area with furniture. Garage (1 car), 30 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£194-£578
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Bayview Ref: CC512065
Bayview is a charming traditional seaside cottage occupying a prime position in the picture postcard village of Collieston. Originally two fisherman’s cottages; Bayview has been sympathetically converted and extended and now provides a high standard of accommodation in a superb setting. Situated in a quiet no through lane in an elevated position above the harbour, it looks down onto the pretty horse shoe shaped sandy beach and harbour.
All rooms enjoy fantastic sea views. The pretty lounge has a welcoming open fireplace and modern sofas. The conservatory at the far end of the cottage has large windows that maximise the views; an ideal venue to spot the passing sea life; porpoises, dolphins and seals are frequently seen close to shore. There is a bright, modern kitchen/dining room. Upstairs are two beautifully presented double bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. The gardens consist of small lawn terraces let into the adjoining slopes that lead down to the sea, via a series of meandering paths.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, Freesat/ Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-fi and blue tooth speaker. Stunning sea views
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. DAB radio
Conservatory: With superb views across the harbour to the sea beyond

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With single bed and trundle bed underneath to make additional full size single bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Terraced gardens mainly laid to lawn. Lawned area with outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: Some unprotected drops from the terraced garden slopes to the path below - no more than 113 cms at the most.

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£300-£630
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