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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Coire Cas Ref: S4538

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 room with wooden floor. Dining area/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Small sauna and fitness room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single with additional Z bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil CH inc. Video. DVDs. Cycle store. Digital sauna with colour sound system. Friday to Friday.

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.

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£558-£1464
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Cruachan Ref: CC512046
Cruachan is an attractive, single-storey terraced cottage situated in the pretty Highland village of Newtonmore in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains.  This lovely wee cottage has a warm and cosy ambience, with an original fireplace in the main lounge, thick stone walls and two pretty bedrooms. There is a bright modern bathroom and well-equipped kitchen.  The garden is mainly grassed with a small stone patio area.  Newtonmore is a peaceful, friendly village, just 12 miles south of Aviemore.  Known as ‘Monarch of the Glen country’ which was filmed close by, it has a real Highland flavour and some unusual and unique attractions. There is an excellent golf course just a short walk from the back of the cottage, and an interesting Highland Folk Park (free entry) a must for all visitors.  Newtonmore Highland Games on first Saturday of August which includes the Clan MacPherson rally and Mass Pipe Bands marching into the Eilan.  Free tennis courts (rackets and balls provided in cottage).  Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Experience has been enjoyed by previous guests to Cruachan.  Hogmanay in Newtonmore draws people from all around to enhoy the Torchlight Parade and firework display and a free dram to welcome in the New Year!  There is a good selection of small local shops, cafes and restaurants, all within a few yards of the property. The surrounding area is renowned for its wealth of outdoor activities.  There is a large riding centre which offers pony trekking in the surrounding hills and mountain-bike trails, canoeing, sailing, climbing and hill-walking are all available locally.  This area is also famed for its excellent fishing, with the mighty River Spey close to hand. For walkers, the Speyside Way provides over 100 miles of way-marked trails through stunning countryside.  Aviemore, the ‘capital’ of the Cairngorm National Park, is just 10 minutes drive away offers a wealth of sporting opportunities.  Although renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, Aviemore is a village for all seasons and there is a vast array of all year round activities and outdoor pursuits. For the less energetic there is a funicular railway that runs up the side of the Cairngorm mountain range, with incredible views from the top. Visit Britain’s only herd of free-ranging reindeer at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre or take a husky trail ride through the foothills of the mountains – a memorable and unique day out.  Cruachan provides a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.  Tea/coffee/sugar also supplied.

Ground Floor: Property is at ground floor level, has electric storage heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD and radio/CD
Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with a freezer compartment, dishwasher and washing machine
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With smaller 2’6" single bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair supplied on request.Enclosed garden with grassed area leading out to woodland beyond. Small shed available for outdoor equipment storage. On street parking. Complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.

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£265-£450
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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
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

WAS
NOW
£279-£1264
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Viewington Cottage Ref: CC512050
Viewington Cottage is a charming Victorian terraced cottage situated close to the centre of Ballater in the heart of Royal Deeside. This delightful self catering cottage has undergone complete refurbishment by its current owners and now provides bright, modern accommodation for four, whilst retaining many of its attractive original features. The main living area is open plan and runs the length of the cottage. The lounge area has deep leather sofas and a feature wood burning stove. The kitchen and dining areas at the far end of the room are modern and well equipped. A small French window door opens out onto the cottage garden for visitor’s sloe use. There are two pretty bedrooms upstairs and family sized shower room which is immaculately presented. Ballater is a picturesque and historic Victorian village situated on the banks of the famous river Dee.

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Lounge Area:With feature wood burning stove, Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD, Wi-fi
Dining Area: With table and chairs for four to dine; glass panelled door leads out to garden
Kitchen Area:With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With 3ft bunk beds
Shower Room:With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi facilityGarden area accessed through French window to lawned area (not fully enclosed). On street parking opposite property.

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£360-£510
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Coach House Ref: SRRT

Set in the grounds of the Edwardian Auchendean Lodge, this holiday apartment shares unbeatable views of Strathspey, from the double bends of the River Spey, the Cromdale Hills and Abernethy Forest, right to the Cairngorm Mountains. A variety of fresh herbs from the organic garden are usually available late spring to autumn. Explore the area, perhaps even the isolated Loch Avon, by foot, horse or bike. The Strathspey Steam Railway stops at Broomhill station, offering a scenic ride in the style of a by-gone era. Day trips include Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Loch Ness and much of the west coast. Bird watching, golf and fishing locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile.

First floor: Living room/dining room with open fire, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, shower attachment, toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
  • Electricity blanket
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod/mp3 dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Drying facility available
  • Use of owner’s freezer in shared utility
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared 1½ acre grounds, sitting-out area, pitch & putt, access to 350 acres of quiet conservation forest from garden
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Drops, unfenced pond and steps in grounds

WAS
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£306-£644
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Ziggy’s Neuk Ref: 29611


Enjoying a quiet setting within a few minutes’ walk of the town centre, this lovely detached holiday property has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing a holiday as possible. Grantown-on-Spey is located in the spectacular Cairngorms National Park and makes a superb base for exploring the many attractions and experiencing the activities this area has to offer. The house is just a short walk from the Speyside Way and the Anagach Woods, a beautiful natural Scots pine wood where you can birdwatch, walk or take your bike. The town is situated halfway between the Cairngorm and Lecht ski centres. It is also perfectly placed for following the Castle and Malt Whisky Trails. Visitors can go dolphin watching by boat off the Moray coast and explore the many beaches just 20 miles away. Fishing, golfing and mountain biking are all available in the area and there is so much to see and do for all ages. Shops and restaurants 300 yards, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceiling.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freesat TVs. DVD. DAB Radio. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Garage with pool table. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£404-£1088
Shortlist
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Rowanlea Ref: CC511362
Approached via its own private track and surrounded by spectacular scenery in the heart of the Spey valley, Rowanlea Cottage is a delightful stone cottage standing alone in 15 acres of private land. This charming cottage has been superbly renovated, extended and refurbished in recent years. With wood-burning stoves, exposed stone walls and original solid wood floors and doors, it oozes olde worlde charm whilst providing bright and spacious modern living. It looks out across open countryside to the Cromdale Hills beyond. The farmhouse kitchen / dining room has a large wood-burning stove and plenty of space for family dining. The lounge also has a welcoming wood-burner and lovely countryside views. The pretty sun-room is an ideal spot to sit and enjoy the views whilst watching the myriad bird life immediately outside. There are three beautifully presented bedrooms and a family sized bathroom. Situated in the heart of Speyside it is ideally placed for wide range of outdoor pursuits. There are superb walks and mountain bike trails direct from the cottage.

Ground Floor: The property has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
Lounge: with wood-burning stove, satellite Freesat TV/DVD and radio/CD. Views across the hills.
Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge and dishwasher.
A large farmhouse style kitchen/dining room with exposed stone wall, feature wood-burning stove, large family dining table and superb views across the countryside.
Utility room: leading from kitchen with chest freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
Conservatory: with easy chairs and superb views of countryside beyond.
Bedroom 1: with double bed
Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin
Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 2: with king-size bed
Bedroom 3: with two single beds

All electricity included. Bed linen and towels suppliedLarge gardens. Set in 15 acres of field with numerous outbuildings including stables, ideal for storing bikes and canoes etc. Off road parking for 3 cars.

WAS
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£350-£725
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Glencairn Cottage Ref: CC512059
Situated in the heart of the pretty stone village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, and set within the Cairngorm National Park, Glencairn Cottage is a delightful whitewashed stone cottage oozing with charm. Completely refurbished in recent years it is ideal for couples or small families. The lounge has deep leather sofas, a traditional Victorian fireplace with wood burning stove and a modern dining area. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped. There are two attractively presented bedrooms and a bright, modern bathroom. the good sized private garden at the back of the cottage has a large lawn area; ideal for pets, children or a quiet drink after a day’s activities. Set within the Glenlivet highland estate, this area is a walkers and cyclists paradise. An extensive network of way marked trails extending to over 100 miles gives unlimited access for outdoor enthusiasts.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With wood burning stove (for use October - April only),  Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and free Wi-fi
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
Utility Room: With washing machine and space for outdoor gear
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With 3ft bunk beds
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair availableEnclosed garden with picnic table and chairs. Lockable shed for storing bikes. On street parking. Second dog accepted by arrangement.

WAS
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£265-£450
Shortlist
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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