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Aberdeenshire in Scotland’s north east offers fantastic access to some of the best that the country has to offer; and as well as having plenty of holiday cottages in the region for you to choose from, you’ll also discover breath taking landscapes, rich history and lots of activities for all the family. With such an abundance of things to see and do, you won’t have to travel far from your cottage to find some fantastic ways to enjoy your holiday.

It’s an area that is tailor-made for relaxing outdoor holidaymaking, offering a wealth of activities and attractions to help make the perfect Scottish holiday break. For example you can enjoy some of the most stunning walks in the highland fells, explore the region’s rich history through its many archaeological sites and castles, or head for the coast to relax and enjoy the fresh air, with the most beautiful coastal views.

The region’s history is perfectly encapsulated in the incredible Dunnottar Castle. This stunning 14th century fortress offers breathtaking views and thanks to its cliff-top location allows you to bask in some of the region’s most beautiful scenery.

Staying in a holiday cottage is also the perfect way to explore the region’s whisky heritage. The Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie grants a uniquely fascinating insight into the production of oak casts. The only one of its kind in the UK, it forms part of the celebrated Malt Whisky Trail.

The outdoor pool in Stonehaven is equally unique. The last of its kind in Scotland, it offers clean seawater heated to 29 degrees C and makes for a uniquely relaxing way to enjoy your break in Aberdeenshire.

Skiing in the Cairngorms is of course one of the highlights of the winter months but thanks to a number of dry slopes it’s also possible to pursue your passion in the summer season if you like!

For those after the simple pleasures in nature the region has a multitude of rivers and waterways, making it a haven for anglers and wildlife lovers keen to relax and enjoy the unrivalled tranquility offered by their surroundings.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Aberdeenshire to find your perfect retreat.

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  • Kelpie

    Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC512090
    Kelpie is a tastefully decorated and very comfortable semi-detached holiday home to use as a base for exploring Royal Deeside, visiting family or just to relax in. Its quiet location away from the interesting shops and eateries in Banchory’s town centre makes it a great choice at any time of the year. Banchory is a vibrant market town on the banks of the River Dee, set within spectacular hill and mountain scenery much loved by tourists. Royal Deeside, with Crathes and Balmoral Castles and Gardens, has so much to offer the visitor, and Aberdeen with all amenities is just 16 miles away. Golf and bowling can be found just a mile away and there is excellent rambling and hill walking nearby. Fishing, winter sports and other leisure activities are readily available within the town and the surrounding area.

    Ground Floor: The property has six steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With smart TV and wireless speaker.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Seatown

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 27122

    Set just a few yards from the seafront this cosy, detached, holiday cottage is an ideal retreat for visitors to this charming village, set at the foot of the cliffs. Gardenstown has a long history of sea fishing with a lovely harbour, hotel and interesting shops. Soak up the atmosphere whilst on the lookout for dolphins which often pass by in these waters. Outside the village there is much to do including visiting the award winning Macduff Aquarium, or explore the Castle Trail. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceiling, 1 twin with sloping ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). NSH and electricity, first £25 included, remainder by keycard. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (£8per week).Telephone-honesty box. Sitting-out area. Garden furniture (May-September). On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced sea, 10 yards.

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  • 4 Lighthouse Cottage

    Aberdeen

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 31152
    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. 4 Lighthouse Cottage is a wonderful two-bedroomed holiday cottage, which has too a professionally designed interior throughout and still maintains its unique charm and character, including high ceilings, a Belfast sink in the kitchen and a feature roll-top bath.

    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.

    4 Lighthouse Cottage can be booked together with 1 Lighthouse Cottage (31151) and 2 Girdleness Lighthouse (UK5003) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Sky TV (basic package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With roll-top bath, shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area and furniture. Large, shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • The Aul’ Bank

    Whitehills, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: S26

    This unusual holiday property has been imaginatively converted from the local bank to extremely good effect. It features a wonderful spiral staircase which ascends from the bright, airy living room to the master bedroom. Set in the heart of the quiet traditional fishing village of Whitehills, visitors can easily walk down to the quaint harbour and marina, where locally caught fish can be bought. A walk along the rocky shoreline towards Boyndie Bay with views towards Banff makes an enjoyable afternoon, or visit the villages of Crovie and Pennan (of Local Hero fame), which cling to the rocky coastline further to the east. The Moray Firth is known for its mild climate, lovely sandy beaches and dolphin sightings. Shop 10 yards.

    Living room/dining room with electric woodburner, rugs on wooden floor and spiral staircase. Galley-style kitchen with wooden floor. Utility. Double bedroom. Shower room with double power shower and toilet. Open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Table-top freezer
    • No garden
    • Roadside parking
    • No children under 6 yrs

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  • The Chalet

    Keith, Banffshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: B5765

    This attractively furnished holiday chalet is situated in a quiet rural area, adjacent to a farm in expansive countryside. This chalet is light and airy with exposed wooden beams and a patio door opening onto a veranda. Extensive hill and woodland walks in the immediate vicinity. Aberdeen, Inverness and Aviemore are all 50 miles. An ideal centre for visiting whisky distilleries, castles and golf courses and exploring the beautiful Moray Firth coast with its dolphins. Keith itself is 2 miles and has shops and restaurants, swimming pool, tennis courts and bowling green.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio door. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ladder stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Beams throughout.

    First £5 electric panel heaters and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Verandah and chairs. Ample parking.

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  • Bryn Awel

    Macduff

    Grade
    4
    3
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    Ref: W40994

    Excellent touring base

    This cosy traditional semi detached fisherman’s cottage is tucked away in the corner of a quiet side street in the fishing town of Macduff. The owners’ family home for several generations, it has retained its original character yet offers contemporary facilities. The rear of the house offers partial sea views and there is a steep rear terraced garden with a patio, for sitting out on sunny afternoons. Macduff has its history steeped in fishing and boasts an aquarium showcasing the marine life found in these parts. Banff is noted for its architecture, in particular Duff House which contains masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Golfing, walking, cycling and fishing are available in the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electricity ’coal-effect fire’ included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video/DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed gravelled garden with patio and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Woodside

    Boyndie, Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: CC512063
    Woodside is a spacious, detached, single storey cottage situated in open countryside with lovely views across the sea. This modern bungalow is set in its own large gardens with lawns, mature shrubs and patio areas, it offers peace and seclusion in a pretty country setting.

    All the rooms are generously proportioned and have a warm, welcoming and homely feel. The main lounge has patio doors that open onto the gardens with fields and sea views beyond. There is a separate dining room adjoining. The spacious kitchen is well equipped and looks out across the bay. There are two good sized bedrooms, one en suite and a large family-sized bathroom. This is an ideal cottage for two couples or a family holiday.

    Nearby Whitehills harbour on Scotland’s Dolphin Coast is packed with yachts - the historic fishing village has pubs and restaurants and you can enjoy freshly caught fish from ’Downeys’ famous fish shop. Less than 10 minutes walk away is a golden sandy beach, home to Banff Surf Club. Inland is Boyndie, which was home to an RAF Strike Wing in WWII, where Mosquito planes took off to attack U-boats in the North Sea.

    Along the coast, picturesque old ’seatoun’ Portsoy was used as a film location for a remake of the Ealing classic ’Whicky Galore’. In Banff, golfing, fishing, cycling and walking are all available. ’The Whisky Trail’ begins in Aviemore and follows the Speyside Way ending in banff, where Duff House is one of the stops on ’The Castle Trail’ walk. The cottage is ideally placed for exploring the spectacular coastline of the Moray Firth - named as one of the top 12 of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled coastlines by National Geographic Travel magazine.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and solar panels and comprises;
    Lounge/Diner: With gas fire, satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-fi. Dining area. Patio doors lead to garden.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Garden grounds with patio area and outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Birchland - Mountshade

    Strachan, nr. Banchory

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: 30297

    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 with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms, one 5ft, one twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included. Travel cot on request. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with decked area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 9 acres of natural woodland. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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

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  • Bonnie View Lodge

    Inverkeithny near Huntly

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512075
    Bonnie View Lodge is one of six properties at Deveron Valley Cottages, on the edge of the Grampian Hills. Bonnie View Lodge is ideal for people who want to get away from it all. This very beautiful part of Scotland offers many activities for the discerning visitor including walking, golfing, salmon and trout fishing, skiing in the Highlands and surfing the waves of Scotland’s sandy beaches at Sandend and Banff. The unspoilt fishing villages of Crovie, Pennan, Gardenstown, Portsoy and Cullen are well worth a visit and although rural, the cottages are within an easy drive of Huntly, Turriff and Banff. The area boasts many festivals throughout the summer including Fochabers Speyfest, Dufftown Whisky Festivals, Portsoy Boat Festival, Turriff Show, Keith Show and various local highland games. Explore the rugged coastline, try pony trekking, golf, tracing your ancestors or visiting National Trust properties. An ideal base to explore this lovely part of Scotland.

    Bonnie View Lodge is a scottish built log cabin all on one level. It is the place to come and relax and unwind. Outside there is a large decking area overlooking the River Deveron and surrounding countryside.

    This property can be booked together with Swallow Cottage (CC512073), Deveron Lodge (CC512074), Woodland Retreat (CC512072), Anchingoul Cottage (CC512076) and The Bothy (CC512077) to accommodate up to 26 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors to balcony with wonderful views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All fuel for wood burner, bed linen and towels included. First £10 of electric included, remainder payable by coin meter. Cot available on request. Optional Wi-Fi at £15 per week. Balcony with furniture. Shared 11-acre natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river within 100m.

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  • Dess Lodge

    Dess, Aboyne

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: SGGP

    This most attractive, Victorian, detached baronial gatehouse is situated just off the road between Aberdeen and Balmoral and offers gracious living in the heart of Royal Deeside. The interior has been attractively furnished in traditional style with pitch pine finishings, open fire, tartan flooring and tasteful antiques. Surrounded on three sides by the gardens, its location is ideal for a holiday exploring this beautiful area. Enjoy the charms of the surrounding towns and villages - from Banchory with its bustling high street to Ballater, famed for its royal connections. Many historical places of interest, from the castles of Crathes and Balmoral to the standing stones of Tomnaverie. Superb scenery surrounding the area enhances any day out. Shops 2 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Living room with open fire in Portland surround, original shutters and sofa bed (alternative sleeping). Kitchen/dining room with slate floor, exposed granite walls, door to garden. Spiral staircase to first floor: Two bedrooms; one double with en-suite shower room and toilet, one twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Raised lawned sitting-out area with furniture
    • Private parking for 1 car; additional parking space on site
    • No smoking
    • Please note: There is a drop and bank in the garden

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  • Bayview

    Collieston, Ellon

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC512065
    Bayview is a charming traditional seaside cottage occupying a prime position in the picture postcard village of Collieston. Originally two fisherman’s cottages; Bayview has been sympathetically converted and extended and now provides a high standard of accommodation in a superb setting. Situated in a quiet no through lane in an elevated position above the harbour, it looks down onto the pretty horse shoe shaped sandy beach and harbour.
    All rooms enjoy fantastic sea views. The pretty lounge has a welcoming open fireplace and modern sofas. The conservatory at the far end of the cottage has large windows that maximise the views; an ideal venue to spot the passing sea life; porpoises, dolphins and seals are frequently seen close to shore. There is a bright, modern kitchen/dining room. Upstairs are two beautifully presented double bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. The gardens consist of small lawn terraces let into the adjoining slopes that lead down to the sea, via a series of meandering paths.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Freesat/ Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-fi and blue tooth speaker. Stunning sea views
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. DAB radio
    Conservatory: With superb views across the harbour to the sea beyond

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and trundle bed underneath to make additional full size single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Terraced gardens mainly laid to lawn. Lawned area with outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: Some unprotected drops from the terraced garden slopes to the path below - no more than 113 cms at the most.

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  • Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar

    Braemar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30759


    At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms, one with French doors. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Biomass central heating included. Travel cot on request. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Payphone. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned grounds. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

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