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The Knock

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Inverey, Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps8
Bedrooms4
Bathrooms3
Pets 1
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Description

This spacious property is in an ideal location for exploring this stunning area of Scotland.

A spacious and very well-equipped traditional stone house, sitting in a woodland area on Mar Estate at Inverey. Offering magnificent views across the Upper Dee Valley to Ben Macdui, the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, here you will find mountain activities which have made this part of the Highlands a famous tourist area. It is an ideal area for those who simply wish to wander through idyllic scenery and perhaps see a glimpse of an osprey, golden eagle or capercailzie.
Braemar village nestling amongst heather covered hills, is the setting for the annual Highland Gathering, also Braemar Castle with its barrel-vaulted ceilings, underground prison and central tower with spiral staircase, has much historical interest. The area abounds with castles, including Balmoral, the Scottish baronial mansion which has been a royal residence since 1852. The Royal Family traditionally spend their summer holidays here, and the grounds are ideal for walking and pony trekking. Dunnottar Castle is one of Scotland’s finest ruined castles, a huge 9th-century fortress set on a three-sided sheer cliff jutting into the sea, with dramatic views out to the crashing sea.
Well worth a visit is the Cairngorm Whisky Centre in Tomintoul (1 hour), with its tasting room offering more than 1,000 brands of whisky.
There is extensive hill walking and challenging mountain climbing opportunities from the door and in the winter months if sufficient snow, good skiing at Glenshee (20 mins). For those who do not wish to climb the mountains but still want to see the awe inspiring views, take the chairlift at Glenshee to the observation point a short distance from the top of the Cairnwell mountain. Braemar golf course (18 holes) is a gem. Fishing on the River Dee (for information see caretaker). Roe and red deer are present and stalking can be arranged (in advance) through the Estate. Shop and pub 4 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove. Spacious kitchen/dining room. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Three twin bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking

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Features

  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle


Customer Comments

  • 7

    10/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 03/03/2018
    The Knock is an extremely spacious cottage on the Mar Estate, in the remote hamlet of Inverey. You have 5 toilets and three showers and at least of two of the latter were strong and hot - very much welcome! There were only 5 of us, which actually made the place seem a bit empty, with the cavernous kitchen feeling positively hollow even when we were all in it. The beds were OK, neither especially good or bad. We fired up the stove in the lounge but it never seemed to throw out much heat, which would have been welcome given the sub-zero temperatures outside. The DVD player is duff. The electric heaters kept the rooms at a decent temperature despite the yard-long icicles forming outside, but the kitchen and some of the other rooms were often on the cool side. The internal furnishings are of a adequate, though not of a high standard and some small touches would have made all the difference. For example, there was no salt, pepper, cooking oil or washing powder on the property, so we had to buy it all. Inevitably you use a tiny fraction in a week and you end up leaving it behind, as well as the inconvenience of having to go out and get it in the first place. Easy to fix. It very much feels like a working rather than a luxury cottage. Whilst the important bits were clean when we arrived, germophobes won't appreciate the carpet in one of the ensuite bathrooms. It turns out that there is a cottage guide folder, but as it was tucked away on the book shelves next to sofa, I only found it near the end of our stay. It would be nice if it was a bit more comprehensive. Be aware that you're unlikely to get any mobile phone reception or data in the cottage, and we were unfortunate enough to lose the broadband on our second day. Exceptional weather conditions meant that the OpenReach guy didn't manage to get out to fix it. Obviously this shouldn't be something that everyone experiences, but bear in mind that the property's internet is pedestrian at best - you can forget streaming films or listening to music. We very much had an old-school time of it, and that was OK, if somewhat inconvenient for checking weather and avalanche forecasts. I certainly wouldn't plan to do any work there. There are cafes with free WiFi and 4G in Braemar, which is a 10 minute drive. Inverey is quite remote, so if you're going there in winter, like we did, a 4x4 is strongly recommended. Estate employees plough up and down the road regularly, but there's only so much they can do, and you'll appreciate the extra traction. Also be aware that the Cairnwell pass (one of two roads that connect Braemar to the outside world) is often closed in heavy snow, and driving the eastern way adds at least 90 minutes onto your journey if you're going South. There were masses of deer around, so keep your dog under control and take some tick removers if you're going in the warmer seasons. We had fairly limited interaction with the caretaker/estate staff, but they were warm, friendly and helpful when we did, if occasionally somewhat hard to contact because of the lack of mobile signal. Overall I'd give The Knock a solid 7/10 for walkers/MTBers who want access to the central and southern Cairngorm Munros, those who are doing shooting or fishing or folk who want to get away from it all . I wouldn't recommend it as a base for exploring the tourist attractions of this part of Scotland, because a.) there aren't that many and b.) you're going to have a lengthy drive for many of them. In our experience it was a quiet and peaceful place where those who are happy to entertain themselves will feel content. I would stay there again if I had a larger party and would go there forewarned.


  • 9

    06/01/2018
    Confirmed guest, 30/12/2017
    The location is idyllic - beautiful and peaceful. The lack of local amenities - and no mobile phone signal and an internet that either doesn't work or is very slow - is part of the attraction!


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