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Grade 4 Star rating
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2
Bedrooms
1
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Overlooking the gentle meandering bends of the River Dee where wild red deer roam, this former taxidermist’s workshop and cottage has been completely rebuilt under the ‘Mar Estate Golden Jubilee Project’. After lapsing into dereliction, this magnificently appointed property has been restored to its original 1884 timber construction, taking into account every last detail. Further enhanced by the addition of modern day facilities, it stands as a real gem of a holiday home, amidst spectacular scenery. The village is home to the annual Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering. Games were first held here in the 11th century, when contests were set for the local clans in order to pick the bravest and strongest for Malcolm Canmore’s army. Perth is little over an hour’s drive away, as is the beautiful granite city of Aberdeen. Shops 3 miles.

Living room with superb views. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Natural grassed area overlooking River Dee

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£294-£681
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Skellater Cottage Ref: CC512029
Situated in an elevated position with views of the surrounding farmland and hills, this delightful traditional stone cottage offers beautifully presented, comfortable accommodation.  Set in its own garden, Skellater Cottage offers the ideal place to relax on a summers evening and enjoy the peace of the countryside. During the winter months you have the welcome comfort of an wood burning stove to return to after a day out exploring this lovely area.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor with electric heating and comprises:
Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel provided) free view TV and DVD with sofa bed (for + 2 with linen provided if required)
Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washing machine.
Bedroom : With double bed. A spacious room with built in wardrobes and a chest of drawers.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. High chair available.Garden with furniture and BBQ. Off road parking for 2 cars. Please note that should there be adverse weather conditions you will require a four wheel vehicle to be able to get directly to the property door, although of course you can park your car on the roadside and walk up to the property if necessary.  Access to the cottage (if no 4x4 vehicle) would still be available but parking right next to the cottage may not be. Assistance, in these unusual circumstrances, would be given.  The owner owns a stretch of local river from Luib Bridge to Ballater Bridge (20km), day/week/season permits are available, £20 per rod per day, discount given for weekly/season permits. Please ask the owners for details.

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£260-£425
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Meall Darroch Ref: 10970

This traditional cottage sits on the banks of the River Dee. Meall Darroch looks pretty as a picture and has the welcoming warmth of an open fire. The holiday cottage has been fully modernised, carefully furnished and fitted with numerous labour saving appliances to make your stay totally relaxing. In this idyllic location there is freedom and space amongst moorland, heather and mountains - great walking country with real challenges for climbers. Yet this spectacular area is close to the tourist route - Braemar famous for the celebrated Highland Gathering and the breathtaking Linn of Dee. Shop and pub 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

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

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£234-£576
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Ailnack Cottage Ref: 25224

This, cosy, single storey cottage is set in its own garden yet close to the centre of the village with good selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. It makes a great base for exploring this fascinating region. Near the Crown Estate of Glenlivet in the Cairngorm National Park there is pony trekking and walking. Further afield are the ski slopes of the Lecht and Cairngorm, cycle trails, fishing, adventure playground with flying fox and maze and the Whisky Trail. The majestic mountain scenery surrounds the village and the sandy beaches of the Moray Coast are an hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

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

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Coin-operated tumble dryer. Small freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£243-£664
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Bearberry Cottage Ref: W43359

Fully refurbished for 2014, this lovely detached bungalow is situated in a quiet area of Ballater, in the heart of Royal Deeside within the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by mature gardens backing onto woodland, it is warm and bright, offering all conveniences for your comfort with parking for approximately 3 cars on the driveway. The property further benefits from an enclosed and secluded rear garden with an excellent view of Craigendarroch Hill and a patio to enjoy al fresco entertaining on sunny days. Ballater’s shops, restaurants and pubs are just a short stroll. Ballater is renowned for its Royal connections, with several shops displaying Royal patronage whose variety will suit all tastes. This delightful village is an excellent choice for exploring Royal Deeside’s rich heritage including the Balmoral Estate (8 miles) and a number of other historic castles in the area. Ballater and the surrounding area offer a wide range of summer and winter activities to suit all ages including hillwalking, cycling, climbing in the Cairngorm Mountains, wildlife watching, gliding at nearby Aboyne and skiing at Glenshee and The Lecht. Go fishing in the Dee or visit the numerous golf courses which pepper the area, including Ballater’s own 18 hole course in its beautiful setting on the banks of the Dee. The city of Aberdeen with all its facilities is just 40 miles. Alternatively, enjoy some scenic touring through Glen Muick, Braemar, Linn of Dee and Strathdon. Shop, pub and restaurant, 0.25 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs and library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only.

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£343-£883
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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, 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.

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 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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Hylands Cottage Ref: W43321

Enjoys splendid views
Ideal location

Boasting glorious views of the Cairngorm Mountains and Craigellachie Nature Reserve from its south-facing garden, this well-equipped detached, single-storey holiday property lies in a quiet village setting. Aviemore’s shops, pubs and restaurants are just a 10-minute stroll and guests can enjoy free membership (2 adults and 2 children) of Dalfaber Golf and Country Club, 500 yards. Its facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym, tennis, squash, snooker, games hall, children’s activities, fishing, golf, a bar and restaurant. Aviemore is an all year round holiday destination at the heart of the action in the Cairngorm National Park. It offers a wide range of winter and summer activities to suit all ages and hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. Nearby activities include superb walking and mountain biking in the renowned Rothiemurchus Estate and on the Speyside Way, climbing in the Cairngorm Mountains, bird watching at the Boat of Garten Osprey Centre, water sports at the award-winning Loch Morlich beach and skiing at Scotland’s foremost snow sports centre. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

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

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD and library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£358-£1016
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

These tastefully converted holiday cottages overlook the stunning Dee Valley in the Cairngorms National Park. Each with their own character, they are ideally situated for exploring the north east of Scotland. Victoria Cottage (Ref: RCHN152) is so named because of its association with Queen Victoria as the place where she first met John Brown; Byron (ref: RCHN150), because this was where the poet is said to have written ’Fair Morven’ and finally Fir Tree (ref: RCHN151), due to the planting of said tree next to the cottage. All are warm and comfortable and benefit from fine views to the front.
Aberdeenshire is a wonderful area to explore and has everything an outdoor enthusiast could wish for such as golf, horse riding, fishing, gliding, cycling and some fantastic walking in the Cairngorms. With complimentary tickets for all the National Trust properties, the National Park offers something for every visitor and covers mountains, moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs, glens and castles.
Ballater itself is a lovely village situated close to Balmoral and its famous castle. A short drive away is Lochnagar Distillery which is well worth a visit. If visiting in winter, try skiing at nearby Glenshee and Lecht ski areas. Excellent location and facilities. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Galleried double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Parking (3 cars).

All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Sitting-out area. No smoking. No children.

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£195-£430
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Craigowrie View Ref: 27414

This detached holiday bungalow with solar panels for hot water, is surrounded by fields and moorland, just 2 miles from Nethy Bridge and Boat of Garten, in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park and 10 miles from Aviemore. Mountain biking, golf, hill walking, mountaineering, skiing, and watersports at Loch Insh, and the famous whisky and castle trails are easily accessible. Visit Carrbridge for Landmark Centre or take the Strathspey steam train from Boat of Garten to Aviemore. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room with patio doors. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double with en-suite shower rooms and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£35per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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£244-£891
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Broomlands Cottage Ref: CC512057
Broomlands Cottage is a traditional old stone cottage situated in the attractive Highland village of Dulnain Bridge in the heart of the Cairngorm region. It is known to be the oldest property in this historic village, dating back before the Jacobite rebellion. The cottage is small, warm and welcoming. With exposed stone walls and a large wood-burning stove in the lounge it engenders a sweet, twee cottage-style appeal. It has been well- modernised and updated in recent times and is ideal for couples looking for attractive and affordable self-catering accommodation close to all amenities. There are spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains and the Rivers Spey and Dulnain just a few minutes from the cottage.

Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
Lounge / diner:  with wood-burning stove, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD; a pretty cosy cottage lounge with feature exposed stone wall and large wood-burning stove as a focal point; small dining table and chairs for 2
Kitchen:  with electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice-box and washer / dryer
Bedroom:  with double bed and en-suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All electricity included. Bed linen and towels supplied.  All logs supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available. Enclosed fenced garden with outdoor furniture. Off road parking. Cot and high chair available. 

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£240-£395
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Birch Tree Cottage Ref: 80154

This holiday home is set in a small estate, within the Cairngorm National Park occupying a quiet position just 10 minutes from the heart of Aviemore. Extended to include dining/sun room, it has a south-facing terrace overlooking parkland, heather and birch trees. Superb walking and climbing in the Cairngorm Mountain Range with skiing in season. Fishing and golf locally. Shops, selling all kinds of sports equipment, and pub 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. Dining/sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet.

Electricity real effect fire in living room included. Woodburner in sun room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity included (£30per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large garden to rear with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Steep bank in garden.

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£228-£888
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