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Bearberry Cottage

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Ballater, Aberdeenshire
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 1
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Short stroll away from Ballater, this holiday property is an excellent base for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, with hillwalking, cycling, climbing and gliding all locally.

This lovely detached bungalow is situated in a quiet area of Ballater, in the heart of Royal Deeside within the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by mature gardens backing onto woodland, it is warm and bright, offering all conveniences for your comfort with parking for approximately 3 cars on the driveway. The property further benefits from an enclosed and secluded rear garden with an excellent view of Craigendarroch Hill and a patio to enjoy al fresco entertaining on sunny days. Ballater’s shops, restaurants and pubs are just a short stroll. Ballater is renowned for its Royal connections, with several shops displaying Royal patronage whose variety will suit all tastes. This delightful village is an excellent choice for exploring Royal Deeside’s rich heritage including the Balmoral Estate (8 miles) and a number of other historic castles in the area. Ballater and the surrounding area offer a wide range of summer and winter activities to suit all ages including hillwalking, cycling, fishing, climbing in the Cairngorm Mountains, wildlife watching, gliding at nearby Aboyne and skiing at Glenshee and The Lecht. Go fishing in the Dee or visit the numerous golf courses which pepper the area, including Ballater’s own 18 hole course in its beautiful setting on the banks of the Dee. The city of Aberdeen with all its facilities is just 40 miles. Alternatively, enjoy some scenic touring through Glen Muick, Braemar, Linn of Dee and Strathdon. Shop, pub and restaurant, 0.25 miles.

All on the ground floor.
Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs.
Kitchen/dining area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and Freeview TV.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Large, enclosed garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: Couples and family bookings only.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Bungalow
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/05/2018
    Bearberry Cottage is ideal as it is comfortable - Well equipped and spotlessly clean. Garden enjoys sun all daylong. Quiet situation. Well worth returning.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/04/2018
    We loved Bearberry Cottage. In 30 years of 'cottaging' in Scotland, Bearberry is right up with the very best we have experienced. We usually book remoter locations, but this very quiet residential setting proved peaceful yet within easy walking distance of all amenities. The walks straight from the door were delightful, perfect for our dog. The bungalow is freshly decorated, well furnished and the owners have upgraded the interior to a high standard. The central heating is very effective and the wood burner adds an extra option to cheer up winter evenings. I have marked the cottage down from 10/10 on only one category, value for money, because mid and high season prices are very high compared with other properties we use. However, the visitor book shows that this is no deterrent to others. Bearberry won't disappoint, that's for sure.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    We have just returned from our second, memorable visit to Bearberry Cottage. The house is so comfortable and spotlessly clean, with superior furnishings,fixtures and fittings. It is the best equipped holiday home that we have ever stayed in and we have booked numerous quality properties in Scotland and England over the years. The house is a five minute walk to the village and there is a good variety of coffee shops and restaurants in Ballater. We were very sorry to leave Bearberry Cottage this year and have already booked two weeks in 2019!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2018
    Fantastic cottage, home from home, everything you need for a very comfortable stay . Love the wood burner heats up the room in no time. Will definitely return to Bearberry in the near future as one of the best cottages I have stayed in.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/03/2018
    Had a great week despite all that the weather could throw at us! Even with moderate snow-fall the village was fully functional with plenty of stock in the shops, eateries open and serving full menu and everyone cheery and getting on with their lives - well done Ballater! Once the snow descended we were still able to get out for some walks along the old railway line and the wood burner in the cottage came into its own (central heating perfectly adequate but wood burner gave that extra warm and cosy glow) - nice long afternoons and evenings with the papers, books and tv/dvds and all the mod cons the cottage has to offer, what's not to like!!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    This was our third visit to Bearberry and we are sure it won’t be the last it is so well maintained and relaxing we couldn’t rate it highly enough. The surrounding area is beautiful and ideal for touring we still find lots of new places to visit and old favourites to return to. The caretaker obviously takes pride in keeping the cottage spotless and the owners make sure everything is available for guests to enjoy their stay. This time we noticed a new boiler, outdoor seating and more games books and dvds have been added to the vast collection. If you are thinking about booking this cottage just do it you will not be disappointed it is brilliant.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/02/2018
    Beautiful cottage all home comforts provided.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2018
    This has to be our favourite holiday property ever. This was our third visit to Bearberry Cottage and it was once again wonderful in every way. The cottage is to such a high standard with everything you can think of covered. We will certainly be returning.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/11/2017
    Best self catering cottage we have ever had. Can't speak highly enough about it.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/11/2017
    Not an inexpensive option however very well appointed and comfortable. Despite it being early November we were out and about every day and enjoyed the wonderful scenery and our favourite walks.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    Excellent accomodation

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2017
    After several stays in Bearberry we continue to love the cottage and it’s location. It is perfect for us. It’s smart and comfortable and has everything you could need for a relaxing stay. The fact that it is the owner’s holiday home rather than just a rental is clear in that the cottage is always well maintained, clean and everything provided is of good quality. The only negative, we are not the only ones who love it and getting booked in is getting difficult due to people returning again and again! Thank you for the lovely times we’ve spent there so far.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    Fabulous cottage 😀

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9.9 out of 10 – based on 24 reviews collected by Reevoo
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