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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 2 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Granite Cottage Ref: 12655

This traditional detached holiday cottage is set in a highland village location surrounded by mountains, woodlands, abundant wildlife and magnificent scenery. The village lies adjacent to the River Spey for fishing, has a golf/tennis club and is only 1/2 hour drive from the Cairngorm Mountains and ski resort and 40 minutes’ drive from the Lecht ski resort. Close by is the RSPB Reserve at Loch Garten, watersports at Loch Morlich and Loch Insh. Shop opposite, pub/hotel and steam railway in village.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (off the kitchen), 1 bunk. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room and dining room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Pet free of charge.

WAS
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£220-£764
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Kangei Ref: CC512056
Kangei is a traditional stone cottage situated in a quiet backwater close to the centre of Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of Speyside. One of a pair of cottages, it is ideally located for exploring the whole of the Highlands. The pretty cottage lounge has a superb exposed granite stone wall, deep leather sofas and a welcoming wood burning stove. The cottage has recently undergone an extensive renovation programme and the large, modern conservatory with open plan kitchen/dining area with under floor heating, adds space and light to this charming olde worlde cottage. There are two good sized bedrooms, (one with modern en suite), and a family bathroom. The cottage garden opposite provides an ideal spot for a BBQ or quiet drink whilst planning the next day’s excursion.
For larger groups or friends or family, Kangei may also be available to let with the adjoining cottage, Failte which sleeps 4/5

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and under floor heating and comprises;
Lounge: With wood burning stove, satellite Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD
Kitchen/Dining/Conservatory: With electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; dining furniture, views across the garden
Bedroom 1: With two single beds and fold down bed (for + 1) and en suite shower, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All  bed linen included. Electricity allowance of £5 each day is included with additional usage by meter. First supply of fuel for wood burning stove supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available.
 Lawn area with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for 1 car.

WAS
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£270-£510
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Corrie Cas Ref: W3057

Excellent walking

Set in an exclusive development just 1 mile from the Aviemore centre, this semi-detached bungalow is well furnished and tastefully decorated. Wind surfing, sailing, hill walking, skiing (dry or snow), river rafting and fishing, plus the world famous opsreys at Boat of Garten are only a short drive away. Aviemore is also an ideal starting point for touring further north, with both the Whisky and Castle Trails easily accessible. The Cairngorm mountain range, with the mountain railway in use both summer and winter, provides an excellent backdrop to the property and a major tourist attraction. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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£400-£580
Shortlist
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 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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Croftside House Ref: S4401

Set on the fringes of Aviemore village, a wonderful location for enjoying the great outdoors in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, these superbly appointed and beautifully furnished properties offer a very high degree of comfort. Sitting in a quiet cul de sac, they are ideal for family gatherings. All of the four properties (refs S4401, S4402, S4615 and S4538) enjoy their own private hot tub (each for 4 people) and three have a digital, infrared sauna with music and colour system. All four properties enjoy corporate membership for 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 years) to Dalfaber Country Club offering swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and 9 hole golf course. At extra charge, badminton, squash court, indoor and outdoor tennis court, table tennis, snooker and carpet bowls.
Aviemore is a renowned centre for outdoor pursuits – excellent climbing and hill walking, competition standard mountain bike tracks, water sports on Lochs Morlich and Insch and, of course, skiing and snow boarding in season are just some of the activities on offer. The fishing and golf are similarly excellent. Sled dog rides, train trips to the resort at the top of the mountain, and the Strathspey steam railway are also found here and Britain’s only freely roaming reindeer herd can be spotted against the stunning backdrop of Glenmore. Shops, good restaurants, themed bars, live music are all within 0.5 miles. Other great attractions in the area are The Highland Wildlife Centre with Amur tigers, wolves and polar bear, The Landmark Centre, Tree Zone; an incredible aerial adventure and Aviemore Highland Resort Leisure Centre with its own wavepool, water slides and cinema.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen/breakfast area and French doors. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional sofa bed. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Underfloor oil CH inc. Video. DVDs. Parking. Games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and darts, digital sauna with colour and sound system. Wheelchair access.

All properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (full package). Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Tel – honesty box. Fenced garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Hot tub. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£668-£1964
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

WAS
NOW
£470-£1625
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Tall Pines Ref: 27369

Ideal touring base

This detached holiday bungalow is set in a quiet area of the village of Carrbridge, sheltered by mature trees, and ideally positioned for woodland walks which are close by and touring the Cairngorm National Park. All on one floor with good furnishings and fittings, the multi-fuel burner makes it a cosy property at any time of the year. Aviemore, 7 miles, is known for its good skiing as well as riding, watersports and golf. Inverness is 24 miles away where you can visit castles, museums, or take a walk along the river banks. There is golf locally, a half hour drive away is the championship course at Nairn, on the Moray Firth Coastline. Near to the property is a bowling green and Landmark Park, Scotland’s most exciting heritage park. Further south, in Kingussie, is the Highland Wildlife Park where wolves, Siberian tigers and a host of other animals can be seen. There are many historical houses and castles in the area to visit or follow the Whisky Trail to the numerous distilleries. Also nearby is the Cairngorm Whisky Centre, which has whisky-making presentations and a tasting room with over 100 brands of whisky. Great hillwalking, bird watching, off road cycling, mountain biking, climbing and skiing can be also found in the region (Storage is available for all outdoor sports equipment and a ski rack in utility room). Regular train service from Carrbridge. There is lots to see and do for all ages. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Two high chairs. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming and emergency calls only. Enclosed garden with paved area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£421-£938
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£343-£883
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£1711-£1711
Shortlist
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)

WAS
NOW
£513-£1772
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