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Glenprosen, by Kirriemuir, Angus
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This half-round property is set amidst trees in the grounds of the Bainaboth Estate, offering a peaceful retreat.

"Acres of peaceful and secluded countryside surround these magnificent cottages..."

At the heart of Glenprosen, one of the renowned ‘Glens of Angus’, lies the Balnaboth Estate on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park; 6,000 peaceful and secluded acres surrounding 16th-century Balnaboth House. In its midst, these six characterful holiday cottages each offer a unique and magical holiday retreat; indeed the creator of Peter Pan himself (Sir James Barrie) was born in nearby Kirriemuir and holidayed here.

These cottages were once occupied by shepherds, gardeners or other staff of the Ogilvy family when this was a traditional Victorian sporting estate. Red squirrels play in the trees, otters frequent the burns, and deer graze all around. Because of the varied scenery, that varies from beech woods to forest, pasture to heather moor, mountain streams to river pools, the area enjoys a spectacular range of wildlife, including species largely extinct elsewhere in Britain, such as black game and ptarmigan.
Magnificent walking, bird-watching, mountain biking and (in season) cross-country skiing abound on the estate and, further afield, downhill skiing at Glen Shee (25 miles). Fishing is available on a 5-mile stretch of the River Prosen, and there are twenty golf courses within an hours’ drive.
Enjoy the seclusion of this beautiful glen - peaceful, relaxing, scenic - yet just a few minutes’ drive from bustling market towns and busy fishing harbours which hug the Angus coastline, as well as from the city of Dundee which offers many attractions for all the family. The exciting Dundee Contemporary Arts is a stunningly-designed centre which incorporates galleries, a print studio and two art-cinema screens, while the Mills Observatory is Britain’s only full-time public observatory with a resident astronomer.
Good road, rail and air access to Angus provide easy access from all parts of the UK or international destinations. Shop 9-10 miles.

Set amidst trees near the main house, this unique, half-round cottage has been converted from the original dairy. Open-plan sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove and kitchen area. First floor: Wood-panelled double bedroom with 5ft bed, coombed ceiling and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

  • Multi-fuel stove – fuel at cost
  • Electricity rads and partial NSH by meter reading
  • TV (no reception)
  • Washer/dryer
  • Garden area with furniture

  • Electricity by meter reading
  • Bed linen included
  • Towels £3 per person per week
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Small shared sauna available at Balnaboth House (£15 per hour)
  • Grounds of 6,000 acres
  • Parking
  • River fishing on a 5-mile stretch: trout foc, salmon £15 per day/£75per week (16 February to 5 September); £30 per day/£130per week (10 September to 31 October)
  • Grazing and stabling for visitors’ horses by arrangement
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • NB: River and pond in grounds

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  • Highchair
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Truly Unique
    Truly Unique
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2017
    A charming, surprisingly spacious cottage, dark inside, although it is in a deep glen under trees. The visitor books seemed to attract a lot of unfounded negative comments. You need to understand that you will be in the sticks, in a potentially dark location. Decoration and lighting could make a great difference. Using the bath was difficult due to the coved ceiling and the shower-hose ran hot and cold. Although limited by the architecture, it would be possible to remove the bath and install a shower cubical. Although the building looked clean, a deep clean wouldn't go amiss. The bedding was clean and the bed comfortable. Paying additionally for electricity was a bit odd and could be expensive. The setting is breathtaking and very quiet. There are no local amenities, nor even a TV signal, for which I have rated 10. About 10 miles to closest shops, so one has to be self-sufficient. Beware, local (Scottish?) road signage is, erm, appalling, this is compounded by zero data signals, so have a road map! Local walks and views were stunning, with wild-life abundant, deer, red squirrels and everything between on the estate and around about. We even saw a pine marten! We would certainly stay on the estate again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 24/06/2017
    We wanted peace tranquility & to get away from the electronic world. Tinkerbell & the Balnaboth estate delivered completely. The cottage is quaint & quirky. It's simply furnished but very comfortable. We could have made use of a full crockery set as we had visitors from Edinburgh. We had bought DVD with us but the DVD player didn't work but both these little issues did not spoil our stay. The location is idyllic. We booked knowing we were miles from the main road so planned provisions accordingly. We do think a previous reviewer booked the wrong place for themselves. The walks are beautiful, the wildlife amazing - 33 species of birds on the estate, red squirrels, deer, its wonderful. You can walk from the cottage or a short drive will take you to explore other glens. We will return. Ideal place to enjoy what nature has to offer.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 01/05/2017
    Disappointed, the photos and description made out the cottage was excellent. That was not the case, it was damp & musty & tired. Bought coal, which was damp so couldn't get a proper warm fire going, so little light which made it depressing. There was no welcome basket, very little washing up liquid, very little hand wash in bathroom, 1toilet roll, no kitchen roll, no cling film, no tinfoil. All very mean. Bedroom & bathroom warm, bed comfy and location stunning so that made up for something.

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    Response on behalf of the Owner; I am at a loss to explain damp and musty as the property is bone dry, as is the free sack of firewood. The cottage is sheltered by hills and pretty well surrounded by trees, so the light is slightly restricted, but to make up the windows in the downstairs room are large, and it has 8 lights already. All our cottages have a welcome pack of tea and coffee, I will have to better check the other consumables.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 17/04/2017
    Enjoyed an easter break here. Deceptive spacious cottage perfect location. Very few places to eat nearby and food shops some miles away. Remember to take cash for payment of electricty, storage heating and coal, at time of visit £4.oo per bag. A bag of logs are provided. Take a fleece throw and onesie for the evening. Dont forget matches/lighter for lighting wood burner. Would benefit from some clothes hanging space in bedroom. Nice decoration and features inside. Peacocks visit regularly. Top tip on clear dark evening go outside and look up at the sky, the stars are amazing.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 15/10/2016
    The Tinkerbell cottage was a lovely place to stay if you want peace and quiet this would be for you, The only problem is no signal for tv or mobiles and the nearest phone box is just over 1 1/2 miles away, and to phone a mobile was £4 a min and you can only pay by card. The views and the walks in the area are lovely. The only problem we had no wood or coal was left so we brought it in kirriemuir.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/10/2016
    The cottage was lovely and cosy. The drive from Kirriemuir was beautiful but seemed a huge distance when emergency supplies were needed. Matches would have been useful so we could have had a fire on the first night but soon rectified by the second. Being able to see the milky way from our bed was a wonderful experience and though there was only one main room it was set up as if there were 4: kitchen, dining room, lounge and "snug". We didn't find the promised bags of coal for sale but that was probably more not wanting to rummage around the sheds out the back rather than them not being there. The cooker needed a bit of common sense to work out how to use it but the notes from previous visitors in the visitors book were really helpful. We enjoyed lovely hot baths most days and didn't mind about paying extra for the electricity though it had appeared to be a point of contention for others. I would warn people about using the pay phone at the end of the lane. My bank card was stopped as a consequence of my bank thinking it was fraudulent use. Meant my hubbie had to treat me for the rest of the stay. We can thoroughly recommend visiting the Glencadam distillery in Brechin. They do not do official tours for the public but the head distiller showed us around by prior arrangement and we had a wonderful time. We also saw so many animals and birds: deer, rabbits, hares, pheasants, red squirrels, partridges, buzzards and what we swear was an eagle but probably not, that our countryside "fix" is sorted for the rest of the year. We enjoyed visiting the Clova Hotel in Glen Clova but couldn't find the Drovers Inn so cannot comment of the food and drink there. Had a wonderful relaxing holiday, enjoying the countryside, good food and distant gurgle of the river and wind in the trees. We love Scotland and didn't think there was many parts that we hadn't already touched on but Glen Prosen was new for us and we will definitely try to return.

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7.8 out of 10 – based on 13 reviews collected by Reevoo
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