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Grade 4 Star rating
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8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
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The Hunting Lodge is an Austrian chalet set in its own grounds in green managed woods and large open spaces, accessed by a rough track, this property provides peace and privacy yet is close to all amenities, and the excellent grocer in Kingussie will deliver. True to its name, The Hunting Lodge offers fishing and rough shooting by arrangement, and is also well placed for accessing all areas of one of the best-served holiday areas in Scotland. Located within the Cairngorm National Park, Kingussie has links with the TV drama series Monarch of the Glen, which was broadcast by the BBC and was set in the area. The Ardverikie Estate, where Monarch of the Glen was filmed, is about 12 miles from Kingussie and was also a location for the movies Mrs Brown and The Missionary. Notable attractions for visitors to the area include The Highland Wildlife Park where Scottish wildlife can be experienced in the setting of the Scottish Highlands; there is a safari section as well as the more usual walk-around area. A variety of animals found in Scotland today can be seen there, as well as those from mountainous regions all over the world. Another tourist attraction found locally are the ruins of the early 18th century Ruthven Barracks which were built on the site of Ruthven Castle near the original site of the village - the flood plain of the River Spey caused the village to be relocated to its present day site. Just 3 miles away is the The Highland Folk Museum, which was the first British mainland open air museum. Visitors can enjoy learning about Highland life going back to the 1700s in a living history environment with the backdrop of a wonderful natural setting where red squirrels can also be observed. Newtonmore is 3 miles away and Aviemore is 12 miles. Shops 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

Living room/dining room with wood-burning stove, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping), wooden floor and French doors. Sitting room with TV, bar, games room, wood-burning stove and sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Well-equipped kitchen. Utility. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, wood-burning stove, TV, bi-fold doors to garden and en-suite wet room with bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed and French doors to balcony. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Sloping ceilings in some bedrooms.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three Satellite TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer (coin operated)
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Freezer
  • Broadband connection
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • ½-acre lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Secure store
  • Games room with table tennis, board games, darts
  • Fishing, rough shooting available
  • Access to office with printer, fax, telephone and wi-fi
  • No smoking
  • Wheelchair access
  • NB: 2 steps to garden and unfenced burn

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£1018-£2635
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

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 0 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. 2 steps up to kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

CD. Parking (2 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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Pebble Cottage Ref: CC512048
Pebble Cottage is an attractive detached villa situated in a quiet no through road just a short walk to the centre of Aviemore. This beautifully presented self catering cottage incorporates some unusual and charming features in the design, including a lovely arch window to the front, a superb open plan living area with feature wood burning stove and chandeliers, and a lovely gallery style double bedroom with balustrade on the first floor. There are two further bedrooms on the ground floor. The fully fitted kitchen opens onto a charming conservatory that leads out onto decking and thence to a very private garden area. With distant views across to the Cairngorm Mountain range and just 0.25 mile walk through the quiet lanes to the centre of Aviemore, the hub of the Cairngorm National Park, it is ideally located for exploring this wonderful outdoor centre of the Scottish highlands. The owners of Pebble Cottage have also included membership entrance (up to 4 people) to the MacDonald Dalfaber Golf and Country Club, just a few minutes walk from the property. This renowned leisure centre offers a wealth of facilities, including swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, indoor sports, gymnasium, golf course and lots more.

Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
Open plan living space
Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, Free view TV and DVD, Wii console and Radio/CD; wide, full length steps leading down to...
Dining Area: With large, modern dining table and seating for six with chandelier above; feature coloured lighting built into stairs
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
Utility Area: With washing machine and tumble dryer
Bedroom 1: With two single beds
Bedroom 2: With 3’ bunk beds
Shower room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Conservatory: Leading from kitchen with lovely views over gardens to mountains beyond and leading out onto decked area and gardens.

First Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed; room accessed via independent staircase from lounge area, gallery style timber overlooking main living space.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All electricity, first supply of logs for wood burning stove, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Enclosed gardens to rear with large decking area; garden shed for visitors’ use. Guest membership (up to 4 people) for entrance to the MacDonald Dalfaber Golf and Country Club included. Off road parking for two cars.

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£340-£725
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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.

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£350-£725
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Croftronan Cottage Ref: 26466

This detached holiday bungalow is set in a delightfully peaceful location, surrounded by fields and moorland. The house features an attractive dining room/kitchen with French doors opening on to a small enclosed area of the extensive gardens. The open fields surrounding the house give way to native woodland that is the home of an osprey nest at Loch Garten. The area is renowned for outdoor pursuits. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two digital TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream beyond garden.

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£288-£680
Shortlist
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

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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Baltinna East Ref: SGGW

In a romantic setting amid stunning scenery, made famous by the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen TV series, these two architect-designed, timber clad, adjoining properties (Baltinna West UTY and Baltinna East SGGW) make a truly tranquil holiday retreat. They can be booked individually or together for two couples, and are set within an enclosed garden, each with its own private sitting-out area. Oozing character and warmth, each have their own charms and both benefit from cosy wood-burning stoves in the living room and sheepskin rugs on oak floors. Nestling between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountain ranges, Newtonmore is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, a walker’s and birdwatcher’s paradise. Outdoor pursuits found locally include 7 golf courses, fishing on the River Spey, mountain biking, skiing, tours taking in distilleries, RSPB sites, interactive museums, and the towns of Aviemore and Inverness. Shops ¼ mile. Pubs serving very good food within walking distance. Excellent restaurants locally.

Partially open, double-height living room with wood-burning stove and rugs on oak floor, open-plan with modern kitchen/dining area and drying room with pulley. Fully tiled wet room with body jet shower and toilet. First floor: Spacious beamed double bedroom with large windows and wash hand basin.

  • Cycle store

  • Wood-burning stove – logs included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi broadband
  • Enclosed garden with own decked area
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£306-£720
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

These two adjoining, terraced holiday properties are located in a good central location in the pretty village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, within the stunning scenery of the Cairngorm National Park. Livet End (ref: W43262) and Livet House (ref: W42515) are Victorian town houses that can be booked separately or together. Very comfortably furnished, they make a great base for touring this wonderful area, full of mountains, rivers, forests and abundant wildlife. An ideal destination for walking, climbing, fishing and skiing (the Lecht and Cairngorm Range are just a short drive). Within an hour you can be on the beautiful Moray coast with its long sandy beaches. Wildlife safaris and clay pigeon shooting are available on the Glenlivet Estate and the area is in the heart of the Whisky Trail. Tomintoul itself has a good selection of shops, galleries, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, all within a short walk of the properties. Shop and restaurant 50 yards, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one with two additional singles. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single. Bathroom with toilet.

Three Freeview TVs. Gas cooker. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Welcome pack.
Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£40per week November-March). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£40per week November-March). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£220-£694
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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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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.

WAS
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£350-£510
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