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Banchory

The historic town of Banchory lies 20 miles to the west of Aberdeen. Located on the banks of the River Dee, the town is surrounded by beautiful rural countryside and is ideally situated to explore Royal Deeside, the Cairngorms National Park and the north east coast of Scotland.

Banchory features many attractions, including the 16th century Crathes Castle with its famous walled garden, and Drum Castle, located close by. There is a small museum with displays relating to local history, including the town''s famous resident, fiddler James Scott Skinner, who composed The Bonnie Lass o’ Bon Accord.

A short walk from the town centre, The Falls of Feugh tumble from the River Dee and at certain times of the year, salmon can be spotted leaping out of the water. Just across the stone bridge is a tea room, where an assortment of mouthwatering home-made cakes and scones await. Another notable landmark close to the town is Scoulty Tower, which is reached via a pleasant woodland walk. Those who climb to the top are rewarded with superb views of the Dee Valley and surrounding countryside.

Throughout the area there are numerous activities, including mountain biking, horse riding, canoeing, trout fishing, quad biking and archery. The Deeside Activity Park is the place to find an array of outdoor and indoor pursuits and there is plenty to keep the kids entertained, including a play area and an outdoor adventure zone.

For golfers, there are several superb courses, including the Banchory Golf Club, where Open Winner Paul Lawrie began his career. The surrounding area features some of Scotland''s finest countryside and has connections with Royalty. Queen Victoria was seduced by the area over a century ago and discovered Balmoral when searching for a second home.

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  • The Kennels

    Finzean near Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512080
    The Kennels is situated in the beautiful grounds of Finzean Estate, in the heart of Royal Deeside and is surrounded by rich woodland, heather hills and abundance of wildlife. It has been sympathetically restored to provide very attractive and cosy accommodation in a secluded, peaceful environment. Visitors are welcome to explore the estate grounds where fishing (no licence required), rough shooting, stalking and wildlife safari trips are available by arrangement with the gamekeeper. Finzean House was the former home of the renowned artist Joseph Farquharson and many of his works were based on the local scenery. There are fantastic walks at every turn, views aplenty and the cottage is ideally located for exploring the whole of Royal Deeside. Horse riding, golf and other numerous pastimes can all be accessed locally. This is a super choice for a truly relaxing break.

    Finzean, meaning ’the fair place’ in Gaelic, is very beautiful and has been the home of the Farquharson family for 400 years, including the twelfth Laird, Joseph Farquharson R.A., who loved this place, and made it known in artistic circles all over the world. The estate also boasts a lovely farm shop and café where visitors can enjoy homemade cakes and tea. A diverse range of activities including walking, birdwatching, and cycling are all available.

    The Kennels is a charming, holiday cottage providing excellent accommodation for four people. The Kennels is situated at the end of a private road on the Finzean Estate. It has spectacular, uninterrupted views across the Feugh valley to Clachnaben.

    The Kennels can be booked together with Deer Park Cottage (CC512081) and Garden Cottage (CC512079) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has Biomass central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Lounge area: Spacious with wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: Spacious with twin beds and built in wardrobes.
    Shower room 1: With shower, WC, heated towel rail and Velux window.
    Shower room 2: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All heating, electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Payphone. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of tennis courts. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 150 yards away.

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  • 2 Girdleness Lighthouse

    Aberdeen

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5003
    This charming and unique property can be found on the Aberdeen coastline, inside the original, walled, Aberdeen Girdleness Lighthouse compound, designed by Robert Stevenson (grandfather of the author RL Stevenson of Treasure Island fame). The lighthouse has a Grade A listing with Historic Scotland as a building of architectural and historic interest. In a majestic position just a few steps away from the lighthouse, 2 Girdleness Lighthouse is extremely well-presented and full of elegant charm and comfort, with its wood burner in the lounge and views over the bay from the twin bedroom. Every night the lighthouse sends its rotating beam out to sea to safeguard shipping - In Salutem Omnium (for the safety of all in Latin).

    The coastal location is superb, on a headland south of Aberdeen harbour yet only a 10 minute drive to the centre of Aberdeen, suitable for both business and leisure visitors. Aberdeen city centre, including Aberdeen’s shopping and leisure mall, railway station, ferry and harbour are only two miles away. The surrounding area is a natural beauty spot with the dramatic coastline forming part of the District Wildlife Site. The surrounding cliffs attract a wide range of wild birds and bottlenose dolphins, which are a popular sight swimming up and down the coast. In fact the nearby mouth at Aberdeen harbour is one of the best places in Europe to see dolphins. Balnagask Golf Club is within walking distance and shares the headland with the lighthouse; it offers nine and 18-hole golf courses, as well as pitch and putt.

    2 Girdleness Lighthouse can be booked together with 4 Lighthouse Cottage (31152) and 1 Lighthouse Cottage (31151) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Large with wood burner and Smart Sky TV (basic package).
    Kitchen/dining room: With oak floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Study: With single sofa bed.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and views over Aberdeen and the bay.
    One step up to...
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Sitting-out area with bench. Shared lawned 1-acre garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Breakers

    Collieston

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC512060
    Perched on the cliff side above the charming fishing village of Collieston, The Breakers is the ultimate seaside cottage. The large picture windows drink in the uninterrupted sea views across the harbour and down to the pretty horse shoe shaped beach and cove. This unspoilt seaside village seems untouched by time. Small fisherman’ s cottages straddle the hillside and look down onto the picturesque sand and shingle beach. Small craft bob in the bay and lobster pots line the shore side. The Breakers has a large lounge with recessed sun lounge area which looks out across the sea from every angle. The original open fireplace proffers a warm welcoming ambience. There are three attractive bedrooms, a bright, modern kitchen/dining room and a modern family bathroom. A door from the lounge leads out to an elevated decking area with uninterrupted views across the sea. Here puffins can be seen nesting on the rocks, seals play in the bay and on occasions whales and porpoises have been spotted close to shore. Simply idyllic!

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, satellite Freeview, TV, DVD and radio/CD with stunning views out to sea with harbour and pretty beach below
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/ dryer. A good sized modern kitchen with fold out dining table and chairs.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Steep narrow stairs lead to.....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bedroom 3: With single bed
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available.Enclosed elevated decking area with furniture. Please note that the off road parking for 2 cars is 50 yards away from the property. NB: There are significant drops within the grounds of the property.

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  • Birchland - Park Lodge

    Strachan, nr. Banchory

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 17329

    These lovely detached holiday lodges are set in an elevated position with marvellous views towards Cairn O’Mount. Situated in 8 acres of natural woodland, all the properties are very stylishly furnished with good attention to detail. Mountshade (ref 30297) has been constructed to make the most of its surroundings with its concertina doors from the living room, relax and enjoy the views from the decking area after a busy day out exploring. Park Lodge (ref 17329) has an open-plan living room with a cathedral ceiling, opening on to a well-equipped kitchen. Cairn View (ref 30456), as its name suggests, boasts a wonderful view towards Cairn O’Mount and sleeps 6 in comfort, ideal for families or couples. All three lodges have plenty of space between them, ensuring good levels of privacy. Visit Balmoral Castle or tour Royal Deeside, which begs to be explored, with fantastic walks on moor and mountain, river and loch fishing, cycle trails and pony trekking, or take in the scenic majesty of Lochnagar. The popular town of Banchory is just 5 miles away with interesting shops and restaurants, and the area is renowned for its Highland Games in summer. Aberdeen is approximately 30 minutes’ drive with its theatres, bars, gardens and shopping centre. Shop 5 miles and pub ½ mile.

    Ramp to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Tumble dryer. Payphone. Natural woodland gardens and grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

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  • 1 Lighthouse Cottage

    Aberdeen

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 31151
    This charming and unique property can be found on the Aberdeen coastline, inside the original, walled, Aberdeen Girdleness Lighthouse compound, designed by Robert Stevenson (grandfather of the author RL Stevenson of Treasure Island fame). The lighthouse has a Grade A listing with Historic Scotland as a building of architectural and historic interest.

    1 Lighthouse Cottage is a very special three-bedroomed holiday cottage, being the original lighthouse keeper’s cottage inside the walled compound. Built in 1833, it is now professionally interior designed within, yet retains its unique charm and period features including working window shutters; even the brass door hinges are originals and stamped NL (Northern Lighthouse).

    The coastal location is superb, on a headland south of Aberdeen harbour yet only a 10 minute drive to the centre of Aberdeen, suitable for both business and leisure visitors. Aberdeen city centre, including Aberdeen’s shopping and leisure mall, railway station, ferry and harbour are only two miles away. The surrounding area is a natural beauty spot with the dramatic coastline forming part of the District Wildlife Site. The surrounding cliffs attract a wide range of wild birds and bottlenose dolphins, which are a popular sight swimming up and down the coast. In fact the nearby mouth at Aberdeen harbour is one of the best places in Europe to see dolphins. Balnagask Golf Club is within walking distance and shares the headland with the lighthouse; it offers nine and 18-hole golf courses, as well as pitch and putt.

    1 Lighthouse Cottage can be booked together with 4 Lighthouse Cottage (31152) and 2 Girdleness Lighthouse (UK5003) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wood burner, Sky TV (basic package), DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Telephone - incoming calls only. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area and furniture. Large, shared grounds. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Birchland - Cairn View

    Strachan, nr. Banchory

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 30456

    These lovely detached holiday lodges are set in an elevated position with marvellous views towards Cairn O’Mount. Situated in 8 acres of natural woodland, all the properties are very stylishly furnished with good attention to detail. Mountshade (ref 30297) has been constructed to make the most of its surroundings with its concertina doors from the living room, relax and enjoy the views from the decking area after a busy day out exploring. Park Lodge (ref 17329) has an open-plan living room with a cathedral ceiling, opening on to a well-equipped kitchen. Cairn View (ref 30456), as its name suggests, boasts a wonderful view towards Cairn O’Mount and sleeps 6 in comfort, ideal for families or couples. All three lodges have plenty of space between them, ensuring good levels of privacy. Visit Balmoral Castle or tour Royal Deeside, which begs to be explored, with fantastic walks on moor and mountain, river and loch fishing, cycle trails and pony trekking, or take in the scenic majesty of Lochnagar. The popular town of Banchory is just 5 miles away with interesting shops and restaurants, and the area is renowned for its Highland Games in summer. Aberdeen is approximately 30 minutes’ drive with its theatres, bars, gardens and shopping centre. Shop 5 miles and pub ½ mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in shower rooms) included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

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  • Deer Park Cottage

    Finzean near Banchory

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512081
    Deer Park Cottage is situated in the beautiful grounds of Finzean Estate, in the heart of Royal Deeside and is surrounded by rich woodland, heather hills and abundance of wildlife. It has been sympathetically restored to provide very attractive and cosy accommodation in a secluded, peaceful environment. Visitors are welcome to explore the estate grounds where fishing (no licence required), rough shooting, stalking and wildlife safari trips are available by arrangement with the gamekeeper. Finzean House was the former home of the renowned artist Joseph Farquharson and many of his works were based on the local scenery. There are fantastic walks at every turn, views aplenty and the cottage is ideally located for exploring the whole of Royal Deeside. Horse riding, golf and other numerous pastimes can all be accessed locally. This is a super choice for a truly relaxing break.

    Finzean, meaning ’the fair place’ in Gaelic, is very beautiful and has been the home of the Farquharson family for 400 years, including the twelfth Laird, Joseph Farquharson R.A., who loved this place, and made it known in artistic circles all over the world. The estate also boasts a lovely farm shop and café where visitors can enjoy homemade cakes and tea. A diverse range of activities including walking, birdwatching, and cycling are all available.

    Deer Park Cottage is a lovely traditional property and stands in a secluded spot with its own garden to the front, in the private grounds of Finzean Estate.

    Deer Park Cottage can be booked together with The Kennels (CC512080) and Garden Cottage (CC512079) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has Biomass central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed and sloping ceilings.

    All heating, electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Payphone. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of tennis courts. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 150 yards away.

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  • Lairds Cast

    Inchmarlo, Banchory

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: S99

    In an area renowned for superb fishing and golf, this wonderful property could not be in a better location! Just 50 yards from the rushing waters of the lovely River Dee and very close to Banchory Golf Course, this spacious and very comfortable accommodation makes full use of its situation, with patio doors from the living room offering an uninterrupted view of the river itself - where fishing may be arranged with the owner (subject to availability). With all modern facilities, it ensures a very relaxing stay in total comfort.
    Banchory is a superb base for a varied holiday with Crathes Castle and garden, and Castle Fraser both well worth a visit. Also boasting two golf courses in the town, there is a wider choice in the surrounding area with excellent hillwalking and skiing available in the Cairngorms just a short distance away. A short drive leads to Ballater, where Queen Victoria first arrived in Desside in 1848. Although the line has long since closed, visitors can still visit the elegant train station in the heart of the town centre. Ballater is also an excellent base for local walks and outdoor activities. A popular walk leads to Lochnagar, the much painted and written about mountain by the current Prince of Wales.
    Balmoral is easily accessible for the day and the local distillery at Lochnagar is well worth a visit, with tours and tasting of the local malt available. For an alternative day out, Aberdeen - Scotland’s third largest city, is well worth a visit. Many of the parks have been transformed into ‘flower gardens’ and are some of the most beautiful in Britain. There is also an excellent choice of restaurants and pubs and the livley city harbour comes alive in the evening with a number of theatres. Shops ½ mile.

    Spacious open plan living/dining room with open fire, patio doors and views over River Dee. Contemporary kitchen. Double bedroom with views over river. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Shower room. Separate toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Gardens with furniture
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Bank in garden leading to unfenced river

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  • Skene House Cottage

    Westhill, nr. Aberdeen

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29020

    This unique holiday property forms an annexe of the stunning Skene Castle – a privately owned property in peaceful seclusion, west of Aberdeen. Enjoy leisurely days out touring this lovely area, from the wonderful landscapes of Royal Deeside to the golden sands of the coastline from Aberdeen all the way to Banff. Aberdeen enjoys a cosmopolitan reputation and offers plenty of good restaurants, bars, theatre and shopping. The region boasts more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK so take time to soak up the historic past in some of the many others in the surrounding area. For golfers, there are numerous excellent courses including Royal Aberdeen the venue for the 2014 Scottish Open, while walkers and wildlife lovers have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and stone floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (four poster) with additional single and additional pull-out single (for alternative sleeping), one with additional single and wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of 30 acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps and sloping banks in grounds.

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  • Little Blackhall Lodge

    near Banchory

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: UK5134
    A stunning location and wonderful gardens make this a real stand-out property! This lovely fishing lodge, built on the site of the demolished Blackhall Castle, is a real home from home. Its tastefully furnished interior is beautifully complemented by sweeping lawns and mature trees which were once part of the old castle gardens, and being in a superb position just a couple of hundred yards from the River Dee, there are lovely walks along this delightful river. With plentiful wildlife, you may encounter ospreys, otters, red squirrels and pine martens during a relaxing stroll. The seldom used owner accommodation is attached to the house but the gardens and grounds are all available to be enjoyed by guests at any time. A well stocked trout pond nearby is available for fishing by arrangement with the estate overseer.
    Banchory, a bustling market town, is just a couple of miles away and has plenty of interesting shops and eateries as well as being the gateway to Royal Deeside. The area, a favourite haunt, first of royalty and ever since of tourists, has many delights to offer and makes an ideal base from which to explore castles, mountains and coastlines, all within an hour’s drive. Watch the salmon leap at the nearby Falls of Feugh, or visit Crathes and Drum Castle, just two of the many on the Castle Trail which winds its way through the area. A spectacular drive over the high pass of Cairn o’Mount will take you to the village of Fettercairn where there is one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland. Slightly further afield is the delightful village of Ballater, Balmoral Castle (open most of the year to visitors) and skiing at the Lecht, only an hour’s drive. Quad biking, cycling, archery, horse riding and golf (two courses in Banchory itself) are all easily available and walking in the beautiful scenery (try Lochnagar and the Lairig Ghru) adds to the many outdoor activities available in abundance in this magical area. Beach 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, 2 dishwashers and Freeview TV.
    Utility room: With electric cooker, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for open fire included. Payphone (honesty box). Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with terrace and garden furniture. 99 acres of grounds with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Fishing on-site by arrangement (at cost, licence required). Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is direct access from the grounds to the River Dee, 200 yards and there is a fenced pond in grounds.

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