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Downie's Cottage

Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Shop nearby
Spa Facilities
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Quirky and unique accommodation, the perfect romantic retreat to enjoy a short break
  • Full of lovingly restored original features with the emphasis on comfort
  • Enjoy miles of beautiful walks from the front door
  • Explore the delights of Royal Deeside, including Balmoral castle
  • Sample the fine malts of Royal Lochnagar Distillery
  • Go hiking across the beautiful Mar Lodge estate
Property code: CA105

Gorgeously quaint and luxurious hideaway sitting amongst the heather-covered hills of Royal Deeside, perfect for a couple to enjoy a short break.

This Grade A listed cottage has been superbly restored to create a uniquely special property and is situated just under a mile from Braemar, where you can find a number of shops and restaurants. The beautiful Cairngorms National Park is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors, with miles of superb walking, climbing and mountain biking on offer. Nearby Braemar Castle offers a fascinating insight into the area’s past and beautiful Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the Royal Family, makes a great afternoon out where you can go on a guided tour or head out on a safari through the estate with a ranger.

As you enter this immaculately renovated croft, with all its original features beautifully restored, you may feel you have been transported back in time. Yet with underfloor heating, and a TV and a modern shower – which can be discreetly hidden away if you wish – it also has all the mod cons you might want. From the hallway, you come into the smart little kitchen, with its large butler sink and beautiful handmade cupboards. The lounge, with its stone-flagged floors, low beamed ceiling and original box bed – now a cosy sofa – is a wonderfully enticing space. Enjoy a romantic meal for two before snuggling up in front of the wood burner in the evening. The beautiful bedroom, with its king-size, brass bed ensures a blissful night’s sleep. In the morning, enjoy a long soak in the handmade wooden bath or an invigorating start to your day in the contemporary shower. Next to the cottage is the steading, which has been converted into a spacious utility room and also a luxurious sauna – perfect for soothing aching limbs after a day out exploring.

Wander outside and take in the beautiful views across the 3-acre gardens with trout pond from a seat at the unique teak root table and chairs. This idyllic spot is enhanced by the addition of a wooden hot tub – the perfect spot to relax together with a glass of something chilled. There is plenty of parking space next to the property and if you do not have a 4x4 vehicle to get up the track from the main road, then the owners can lend you one.

It should be noted that a new house is being built near the cottage during 2021.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • Short breaks welcome
  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, hand basin and WC
  • Kitchen with electric cooker, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner
  • Underfloor heating throughout
  • TV
  • Hot tub and sauna
  • Large walled garden with patio furniture and fire pit
  • 2 dogs welcome by arrangement
  • Shops and restaurants 1 mile
  • Ample parking
  • Please note; if you do not have a 4x4 vehicle to get up the track from the main road, then the owners can lend you one

As well as having a range of shops and eateries, Braemar is also home to Braemar Castle which has an interesting and turbulent history. Balmoral, the Scottish home to the Royal Family is also nearby (10 miles) and offers visitors a variety of tours around the grounds, and if you’re lucky you might see the elusive capercaillie. Balmoral sits on the River Dee, which has some of the best salmon fishing in Scotland. The closest town to Balmoral is the Victorian village of Ballater (17 miles) with its variety of independent shops and eateries. There is also a range of activities on offer.

The Cairngorms National Park has plenty to offer guests such as endless walking/cycling trails, majestic mountains, glistening lochs, bustling villages and lots of distilleries, not to mention the wide range of outdoor activities on offer. Glenshee (9 miles) is a good centre for all sports, especially winter ones. Just north of Glenshee (4.5 miles from the property) is the National Trust’s Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve which is Britain’s largest nature reserve. As well as being home to 15 Munros, there is also plenty of wildlife to spot such as ptarmigans, pine martens, golden eagles, and mountain hares.

It should be noted that a new house is being built near the cottage during 2021.

Carol Gall

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Hoegner July 2019

We loved this place. All the comforts of home -- and much more -- with a quaint settling and in seclusion. Braemar and Ballater both close and lovely. For food options, we really enjoyed the newly-renovated Fife Arms in Braemar. Great jumping off point to tour around and do Scotch tours. Jackie (the owner of the cottage) was fantastic. Couldn't sayRead more a bad thing about this place -- it was great. Hide

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