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Downie Park House

Cortachy, Angus
Sleeps 18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms 7
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Fishing onsite / nearby
Castles
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Large and striking family home sleeping 18
  • Impressive galleried hallway
  • Quirky oval-shaped living room
  • Games room for fun family competitions
  • Explore estate woodland and surrounding fields
  • Close to the Cairngorms and the coast
Property code: CA104

A historic house along a tree-lined drive, surrounded by fields and moorland, that is an elegant space for family gatherings.

Approached via a long tree-lined drive, this magical property offers sumptuous accommodation for up to 18 guests. Forming part of the Cortachy and Airlie Estates, the house is situated in a stunning location at the foot of the Angus Glens and is surrounded by woodland, farmland and hills. There are wonderful walks throughout the estate, with fishing, shooting and catering available by arrangement with the owner. This beautiful property makes an ideal backdrop for weddings, celebrations and reunions.

This is an imposing but welcoming house with a large stone-flagged and pillared entrance hall, a stylish two-storey hanging staircase and several beautifully light and spacious oval rooms. Picturesque views of the garden and surrounding countryside can be enjoyed from every room. The house has been imaginatively refurbished and decorated in a light and occasionally quirky style, with fine fabrics and a selection of antiques dotted throughout. With fine cotton bed linen and original deep claw-foot baths, this is a wonderful retreat to relax in at the end of a fabulous day.

Entering this idyllic home, you will find the spectacular stone-flagged hallway with its impressive staircase. Exploring the ground floor, you will discover the light, attractive and spacious oval drawing room which features an open fire, plenty of seating and glorious views. The magnificent high-ceilinged dining room has a large dining table, an open fire and wonderful views, and is the ideal location for sharing a celebratory meal. There is also a charming TV room and a lovely breakfast room, both of which are perfect for relaxing in. There is also a boot room and bathroom on the ground floor.

The lower ground floor features a fully equipped kitchen with additional dining space, and a games room where you can try your hand at table tennis. There is also a cosy twin bedroom on this floor as well as a utility room, larder, bathroom and separate WC.

Heading up the stunning staircase, the first floor offers five beautifully decorated and stylish bedrooms. There are two double rooms with a shared Jack and Jill bathroom, a king-size room with an en-suite bathroom and two double bedrooms, including one built into the oval of the building. There is also an additional bathroom.

Finally, the second floor offers three more bedrooms: two double rooms including one oval room with gorgeous hand-painted walls, and a twin room. There are also two bathrooms on the second floor.

Going outside, you can unwind in the delightful gardens which feature extensive lawns and flowerbeds. You can also explore the surrounding estate woodland. The River South Esk runs through the grounds, and you may be lucky enough to spot deer from time to time. Ample parking is available.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

Please note there is a refundable £500 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 9 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 6 doubles, 2 twins
  • 7 bathrooms – 1 en-suite bathroom, 1 bathroom with shower over the bath, 1 bathroom with separate shower, 3 bathrooms, 1 Jack and Jill bathroom with a handheld shower
  • Aga, dishwasher, drinks fridge, tumble dryer, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and additional freezer, microwave and washing machine
  • Open fires with fuel provided
  • TV with Freeview
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Ample off-street parking
  • Catering, fishing and shooting available by arrangement with the owner
  • 2 dogs welcome - please note dogs must be kept on the ground floor only
  • Pubs and shops within 5 miles

There are many attractions throughout this lovely area, with the Loch of Lintrathen (12 miles) and RSPB Loch of Kinnordy Nature Reserve (7 miles) both perfect for keen walkers and nature-lovers. The setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth and the childhood home of the Queen Mother, Glamis Castle with its stunning gardens (11.5 miles), is also nearby.

You will be ideally situated for visiting the popular market town of Forfar (9.5 miles) which has a variety of independent shops, restaurants and pubs, and is home to numerous attractions including the Meffan Museum and Art Gallery, Forfar Loch Country Park and the Pitmuies Gardens. The pretty town of Kirriemuir is also nearby (6.5 miles), and is the home of Kirriemuir Camera Obscura, the fascinating Gateway to the Glens Museum and the JM Barrie Birthplace – in honour of the creator of Peter Pan.

There are several golf courses in the area, including Alyth (15.5 miles), Glenisla (15 miles) and Kirriemuir (5 miles). Other attractions within easy reach are the Pictish Room (11 miles), Redwings Mountains horse sanctuary (6 miles) and the tea rooms and nature reserve at Murton Farm (12 miles). Heading north, you will reach the outskirts of the glorious Cairngorms National Park (12 miles).

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Miss Beattie June 2019

What and amazing property I only wish we had more time to explore the huge and enchanting house and grounds. I highly recommend it for large groups and those with kids, although do be aware there are many many stairs, some of them steep. There are numerous bathrooms and too many rooms to use There is a beautiful river on the property to explore andRead more a lovely long walk along the driveway for easier access. Eliza Hide

Reviewed by Mr Cheatle April 2019

From booking through to departure, our entire experience was absolutely fantastic. Can't fault anything - and would like to give a special "thank you" to Dot for being thoroughly welcoming throughout and for everything she did to make our experience so great.

Reviewed by Mrs Caird December 2018

Our family of 17 plus 2 dogs celebrated the new year at. this wonderful house . The house is extremely large lots of room for everyone to relax , we even managed to have a ceilidh in the beautiful entrance hall. The kitchen was perfect and big enough to enjoy breakfast together. The house is extremely cosy with endless hot water , it has been very Read moretastefully decorated , has a quirky feel to it . The house is set in breath taking surroundings , we all enjoyed walks by the river each day , even joined by some deer . A big thank you to Dot who met with us before our visit so we could see the house , she was so friendly and welcoming and was there to greet us on our arrival at New Year. I thoroughly recommend this house . Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Smiles February 2018

We had a fantastic weekend celebrating special family birthdays at Downiepark in February. The house is beautiful, full of character, warm and comfortable, but not so formal that you can't relax. The grounds around the house were perfect for games with the children in the afternoon and the house itself had something for everyone from 70 to 2 years Read moreold to enjoy when the partying started. Table tennis for the teens, music in the hall, quiet space for those who wanted a break and room for everyone to eat together. We did not want to leave! The caretaker, Dot, could not have been more helpful and was keen to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Hide

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Location

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

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