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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

The River Clunie is at the rear

This is one of a delightful group of four houses set on the fringe of this Royal village with the River Clunie gently flowing past at the rear. Very well furnished and equipped to a good standard offering a pleasant, comfortable holiday break. Braemar has easy walking, climbing for the ambitious, golf, salmon and trout fishing or just peace and tranquillity to enjoy the majestic scenery. Braemar is famous for its celebrated Highland Gathering and the breathtaking Linn of Dee. Ballater 17 miles, Aberdeen approximately 50 miles. Shop and pub 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Video. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: The garden overlooks the river.

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£308-£1044
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Nuide House Ref: 19138

A very comfortable and substantial detached holiday property set in a marvellous elevated position in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, close to the home farm of this lovely highland estate. It is furnished and decorated to a very good standard, creating a comfortable home from home atmosphere - perfect for larger family gatherings. Surrounded by extensive lawns looking onto the glorious countryside, it is an ideal property to relax in after sampling some of the many leisure pursuits the area has to offer: wonderful walking and climbing, water sports at Loch Insh, mountain biking, skiing at Cairngorm, fishing on the River Spey (arranged through the estate), golf and horse riding all within easy reach. Inverness, Culloden and Cawdor Castle make interesting day trips or enjoy the area’s wildlife by visiting the Loch Garten nature reserve or the Highland Wildlife Park at Kingussie. Plenty of good shops and restaurants can be found in Aviemore, 15 miles, and Kingussie, 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Study. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Narrow, steep stairs to second floor: 2 twin bedrooms, one with additional single (for child), both with sloping ceilings.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring.

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£616-£1947
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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Carn Elrig View Ref: 26325

Comfortable detached holiday base

This extremely comfortable, sylishly furnished, detached holiday property is set down a quiet no-through road on the outskirts of Aviemore yet just a 15-minute walk from the bustling village centre with its many shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Equipped with all you need for a great holiday, it is a wonderful property to come back to after a hard day enjoying yourself in this magical area, with the the spectacular scenery of the Cairngorms as a backdrop. Ideal for families or those seeking an adventurous break, there is something for everyone in this year-round destination, with a wide range of winter and summer activities to choose from including walking, fishing, cycling, skiing and sledging (in season), bird watching, mountain biking, climbing and water sports at Loch Morlich. Visit the Rothiemurchus Estate for excellent walks and local produce or for a different kind of wildlife, take a trip to the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie to view polar bears, Siberian tigers, bison and wolves. Further afield, there are good road links to Inverness and the West Highlands, or within the National Park itself the Whisky Trail takes you through further stunning scenery. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Blu-Ray. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio. Ample parking. Garage/cycle storage with table tennis and ski rack. No smoking.

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£1711-£1711
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Old Kennels Ref: SJJS

The Old Kennels sits above Tomintoul, reputedly the highest village in the Highlands, with spectacular views across to the mountains beyond. This single-storey, traditionally built holiday cottage was where the gundogs were housed when the area was owned by the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon. It is now part of the Glenlivet Crown Estate with its series of trails and wildlife programmes organised by the estate ranger in Tomintoul. The property has been refurbished and modernised whilst maintaining its traditional atmosphere with a farmhouse kitchen and modern bathroom, and open fires in the living room and master bedroom. It has a large garden on two levels and a separate vegetable garden where guests can pick their own produce. It is an ideal family base to explore both Speyside to the west and Dee and Donside to the east, the latter by way of the spectacular Tomintoul to Cock Bridge road. Tomintoul itself, which is less than a mile away, now has three craft shops and a number of eating places, one of which is the spacious and atmospheric lounge bar of the Glenavon Hotel which provides excellent family bar lunches.
Situated within the Cairngorm National Park, there is a wide variety of sporting activity to be enjoyed. Fishing is available at all levels from the local River Avon and its tributaries to the nearby Spey. The holiday cottage is within easy reach of golf courses of all standards including the championship course at Aviemore and the Donald Steel designed 9-hole course at nearby Ballindalloch Castle. There is superb local walking and dogs are welcomed in the main rooms. The Speyside Way spur starts in Tomintoul and the Cairngorm mountains offer outstanding climbing and hill walking. The Extreme Dream indoor climbing wall at Aviemore, also with an exciting outdoor programme, is very welcoming to all standards. Visitors can go dolphin watching by boat off the Moray Coast an hour away and explore the magnificent beaches. The Tomintoul trekking centre at St Bridget’s farm is a BHS approved centre with animals and treks to suit all standards. The cottage is in the centre of the Whisky Trail with the renowned Whisky Castle shop in Tomintoul and an excellent visitors’ centre at The Glenlivet. In winter there is skiing locally at the Lecht and at Aviemore, where guests can also visit the reindeer herd on the Cairngorms.

Living room with open fire. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with electric range cooker and Belfast sink. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with open fire. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Open fires - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Electricity range (double oven)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone–honesty box
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Vegetable garden
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Steps and sloping banks in garden

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£279-£1264
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Ardach Ref: 80210

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Cairngorms National Park

Situated in 2 acres of grounds at the edge of Abernethy Forest, this traditional granite-built holiday home welcomes visitors with its cosy open fires, supplemented by central heating. Spacious, and with a large garden, it is ideal for families and makes a wonderful base for rambling or fishing on the River Spey. Loch Garten is just 4 miles away with its nature reserve and RSPB shop, and visitors are able to observe ospreys at their nest at the Osprey Centre via a link from a nest-side camera. The surrounding pine forest is rich in bird life as well as red squirrels and you can enjoy trails in the nearby woodland. For lovers of golf, there is a golf course just 100 yards from the property, or there is a championship golf course in Nairn where you will also find sandy beaches. Aviemore, the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, is 12 miles away with a wide range of sporting activities including climbing and skiing. Canyoning, mountain biking and rock climbing can also be enjoyed with coaching at Full on Adventure. A little further is Newtonmore, 28 miles, with its living history Highland Folk Museum, which makes a great day out for all the family. Set in 80 acres, it brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland settlers. Other attractions are the Whisky Trail linking a number of distilleries, or visit one of the many historic houses. Cawdor and Brodie Castles are also well worth a visit. Grantown-on-Spey, 6 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub serving good food nearby.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room/playroom. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Open fires in living rooms and dining room included. Electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. Video. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking.

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£368-£1143
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Einich Ref: 25845

Excellent mountain views

With wonderful views across the golf course, this traditional, detached granite house is located in the Highland village of Newtonmore. Set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park with breathtaking scenery, majestic mountains and abundant wildlife, it is only 14 miles from Aviemore where plenty of good shops and eateries can be found. Places of interest include the Cairngorm Funicular Railway, the Highland Wildlife Park, the Highland Folk Museum, watching the ospreys at Boat of Garten, or following the famous Whisky Trail. Skiing, mountain climbing, horse riding, cycling, golf, shooting and fishing are all available locally. Inverness, Loch Ness, Culloden, Cawdor Castle and Fort William make great days out and offer something for all the family. Enjoy the areas wildlife by visiting the Loch Garten Nature Reserve. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with dining area. Laundry room. Boot room. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Snug. 4 bedrooms: 3 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, oil, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Wii and small library. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£514-£1314
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Lochnagar Lodge Ref: SYYD

This truly magnificent, split-level property, with its own hot tub, enjoys wonderful views of the Cairngorm mountain range and is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the lively centre of Aviemore. Providing guests with an unforgettable holiday experience, Lochnagar Lodge offers spacious detached accommodation. There are two living rooms, one with a cosy wood-burning stove and the house has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard throughout to ensure an extremely comfortable and relaxing holiday. Aviemore nestles in the heart of The Cairngorms National Park, at the head of the Speyside Way and boasts a wonderful range of shops, restaurants and bars. There is also a very wide range of outdoor activities to partake in including ski-ing, snowboarding, mountain and quad biking, climbing, hill walking and a variety of water sports on nearby Loch Insh, Loch Morlich and the River Spey, to name just a few of the myriad of activities available. Take a trip on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre or take a trip to the Highland Wildlife Park at nearby Kingussie, all of which are within easy reach. About 12 miles from Kingussie lies the Ardverikie Estate, which has been the setting for films including the BBC TV’s drama series Monarch of the Glen as well as the location for movies such as The Missionary and Mrs Brown. Another visitor attraction for all the family to enjoy not far from Kingussie is the Highland Folk Museum which offers an insight into Highland life in a living history setting. All in all, this is a fantastic base for exploring the many delights that this area has to offer, and there is so much to see and do for all ages. Shop and pub ½ mile.

Lower ground floor: Entrance hall. Large sitting room with French doors. Separate toilet. Five steps up to large, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking). Utility. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Eight steps up to: Living room with wood-burning stove and French doors. Five steps up to: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with dressing room and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden to front and rear with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Hot tub
  • Welcome pack
  • Kennel available
  • No smoking

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£748-£1898
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Glenfern Ref: SNNP

Set within ¾ of an acre of private land, this stunning Victorian villa has been renovated to a very high standard offering a boutique experience in a quiet rural location. Ideally located in the village of Kingussie, the capital of Badenoch, and right in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, there are numerous activities to keep you busy. The Cairngorm Funicular Railway transports visitors to the Ptarmaigan Top Station, situated just below the Cairngorm summit. The Highland Wildlife Park is home to wildlife from around Scotland as well as many endangered animals from international mountains and tundra. Waltzing Waters offers the world’s most elaborate water, light and music production, and there are a variety of castles, garden and distilleries to visit. Stunning scenic walks, horse riding, cycling, mountain climbing, golf, shooting, fishing, watersports and skiing are available locally. Inverness (the highland capital), Loch Ness and Fort William are also easily reached. Shops 300 yards, pub 400 yards.

Large drawing room with open fire. Dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped breakfast kitchen with patio doors to garden and wooden floor. Conservatory. Utility/drying cupboard. Billiard room with bar and TV. Master suite double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Sauna. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom and toilet; one with over-bath shower and one with separate shower cubicle.

  • Open fire - logs included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Eight flatscreen satellite TVs
  • Eight DVDs (small library)
  • CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Large, enclosed garden with courtyard, patio and furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Hot tub
  • Children’s climbing frame with swings and slide
  • No smoking
  • NB: 5 steps in garden. Significant drops within boundaries of property

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£1956-£3535
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Cottertonbeag Ref: 14110

Nethy Bridge is a quiet village within the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. Set in glorious woodland with pleasant walks by the river, superb walking, cycle tracks and superb RSPB reserves. Golf at Nethybridge and Grantown-on-Spey, as well as numerous village courses nearby. Various watersports and a beach at Loch Morlich on the way to the ski centre. Take the venicular railway to the restaurant to see the breathtaking, panoramic views. A spacious, quality house in a quiet location to relax in. Shop and pub ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with patio door. Conservatory. Utility room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, 1 bunk.

Open fire in living room included. NSH and electricity included (£35per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden. Ample parking.

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£296-£825
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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Strowan Ref: 30638

Situated close to the village centre and just a short walk to all of Ballater’s excellent amenities, this very attractive, comfortably furnished, end-terraced holiday property has been lovingly restored to a very good standard throughout. Great for families or couples who enjoy a varied holiday, there is a multitude of activities on the doorstep; Ballater is a popular area with walkers and cyclists, and is close to both Glenshee and the Lecht for skiing. There is a gliding airstrip near Aboyne within a 15-minute drive. Ballater golf course is a 5-minute walk away, and the area is renowned for its stunning scenery and fantastic walks and wildlife. A picturesque Victorian village in the heart of Royal Deeside, Ballater is surrounded by glorious countryside, including Craigendarroch Hill, the Dee River, and is located in the Cairngorms National Park. Ballater is 43 miles west of Aberdeen and 8 miles from Balmoral Castle. Renowned for its royal connections, the village has many shops and businesses displaying the Royal warrants of the Queen and Prince Charles. A short drive will take you to the slopes of the Lecht, a popular, seasonal destination for skiers and snowboarders. If you prefer a more sedate holiday, there are plenty of shops, cafes and eateries just a stroll from the house. An ideal destination at any time of year. Beach 43 miles. Shop, pubs and restaurants 300 yards.

Ground floor: 2 steps to living room/kitchen with laminate floor. Dining room with patio doors and laminate floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with sloping ceiling, 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single and sloping ceiling. Separate toilet. Second staircase to first floor: Study/play room.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs (one Smart TV). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£444-£1088
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