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Downie's Cottage

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

  • Quirky and unique accommodation, a perfect romantic retreat to explore the delights of Royal Deeside, including Balmoral castle
  • Full of lovingly restored original features with the emphasis on comfort
  • Enjoy walking across the beautiful Mar Lodge estate, visit the Royal Lochnagar Distillery and sample the fine malts
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 2022.

  • Short breaks welcome
  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 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
  • Smart TV
  • Hot tub and sauna
  • Garden with patio furniture and fire pit
  • Shops and restaurants 1 mile
  • Ample parking
  • March to June bookings minimum 2 nights, July to September minimum 3 nights and September to December minimum 2 nights
  • Please note the road up to the cottage is uneven with some pot holes and not suitable for low profile cars. 
  • A 4x4 vehicle is available through 2022 only to get up the track if necessary 
  • Short Term Let license number:  AS-00290-F
  • EPC rating: D
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Lee Davies

This property is personally managed by Lee.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Margaret 14th July 2023

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Very quirky little cottage, like a little museum. A different break so worth trying. Loved the sauna and the garden for the dogs and the bed was really comfy. Couldnt use the outside tub as the weather wasnt great when we were there. Grateful for the use of the 4x4 to get up and down the track. The welcome pack was excellent. The walks around thereRead more were amazing and challenging, so be fit! Braemar and Ballater are well worth a visit and no midges! Hurray! Hide

Reviewed by Helen 5th September 2022

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What an absolute gem, the pictures online sold it to me but the reality is even better. Breathtaking situation up in the hills overlooking Braemar . So lovely to have wonderful walks through the heather direct from the door. The cottage is a delight, restored to perfection, like living in a time capsule but with all the modern facilities , FascinatRead moreing to read the case study detailing history and renovation. The final delight - opening the door last morning to come face to face with Stag. Hide

Reviewed by Lisa 15th August 2022

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Perfect cottage in very peaceful location remote yet walkable to the village in about 20 minutes! The bathtub was awesome. Used the hottub just once but was easy to heat & stayed hot for ages. Completely secure garden for our dog to run freely around too. Loads of wildlife including 2 wee red squirrels visited the garden! Kitchen so well equipped wRead moreith everything you could possibly need, even a dishwasher and microwave to add convenience. The pantry room was useful too. Hide

Reviewed by Lara 8th August 2022

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lovely and authentically renovated cottage, fantastic and quiet location with a great view, very thoughful details throughout the entire cottage interior.

Reviewed by Helen 19th April 2022

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Cosy and welcoming , traditionally restored cottage on a beautiful hillside overlooking Braemar . The cottage had everything we needed and more. We didnt get a chance to use the hot tub or sauna but they looked inviting . We had a lovely starlit evening around the fire pit . Already dreaming of our next visit .

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