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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
  • 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.

This Grade A-listed cottage could be your next romantic hideaway, just for you (and your furry third wheel of course), for a true experience of remote, magical Scotland. The traditional property has been lovingly restored to retain and modernise its stunning original features, and is set in 3 acres of gorgeous, rolling grounds in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

Walking up to this single-storey property is like going back in time. The cabin-like facade and walled outdoor space is just the start. Inside, the rooms are transporting. The heart of the home, the living room has exposed beams and a wood burner, with a log pile for cosy evenings in with your canine curled by your feet. The kitchen is a quirky, purpose-designed room with snug nooks. And your bedroom, tucked away on the same ground level, is a treat of a king-size room, with en-suite bathroom, complete with both shower and feature roll-top bath. There's even your very own sauna in the building too, so you can have a restful, restorative break away. Plus, your dog will love the outdoor space around the cottage, with those 3 acres of enclosed grounds to sniff out.

The location of this cottage is unrivalled. Sitting above Braemar in the midst of Cairngorms National Park, you're surrounded by nature and views across this dramatic part of Scotland. Grab the collar and lead and take your pup for an adventure in the park, discovering hills and glens. Jump in the car to visit scenic Loch Muick (28 miles), or for energetic pups, explore the dramatic foothills of Ben Macdui or Glenshee (9 miles).

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

  • 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.

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

Reviewed by Ms Hirst September 2018

Beautifully restored yet still authentic cosy cottage with an unbeatable location and view.

Reviewed by Ms Penny September 2018

Loved our weekend in the cottage. Glad for the 4x4 because our little car would never have made it up that drive. But the drive is worth it because once at the top the views are just stunning. And because you're so high up, the walks you can access from the cottage are also fantastic. Takes a bit off the effort of the morrone, which we were fine wiRead moreth! Quite spectacular to make breakfast and then stroll up the hill to start your day. Be aware the hot tub needs a lot of time to get up to temp. We didn't quite manage it, but it didn't matter as we really enjoyed the fire pit on our first night and on our second we had a sauna instead. If you aren't experienced with log fire hot tubs or you don't have a lot of time, I'd recommend this option. We had a great time in Braemar. It was lovely weather so we took the chairlift to the top of Glenshee to see the views. So rare to get a clear day in ski season, so it was worth it to try in summer. We had a wee trip to the Lin O Dee and dip our toes in the water and we had a guilty but very delicious fish and chips with a side of haggis from the hungry highlander. But the best bit was just hanging out at our lovely cottage, watching the squirrels, grouse and bats, feeding trout and saying hello to the ducks. A magical place! Hide

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