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Downie Park House

Cortachy, Angus
Visit Scotland - 5 star
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
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Party houses
Wedding venues
Towels included
Cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Experience a magical Christmas at this festive retreat, enjoy a feast like royalty around the dining table  
  • Indoor games room for everyone to enjoy or explore the extensive grounds and woodlands
  • Visit the Cairngorms National Park perfect for all outdoor pursuits




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 – 2 Super-kings, 2 king-size, 3 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, fridge/freezer and additional freezer, microwave and washing machine
  • Open fires with logs provided
  • TV with Freeview
  • Wi-Fi included
  • BBQ (please provide charcoal)
  • 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
  • Games room including table tennis and piano room

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).

Lisa Hogg

This property is personally managed by Lisa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 3 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sidharth 21st August 2021

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Excellent property with a lot of character and story. Huge space around the house and across 4 floors. But the bathrooms need urgent upgrade. It has 2 useable showers. Bath fittings are rusted. With some basic uplift to the bathrooms - this property will be a desirable destination for us to reconsider.

Reviewed by Stephen 31st July 2021

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This is a beautiful house with loads of space.

Reviewed by Sanjeeva 1st August 2020

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Fantastic location with acres of surrounding land and a shallow river going round the estate. Thankfully we carried 10 bikes and was well worth it for all adults/kids to cycle on/off road. Cottage was well equipped with plenty of space for everyone.

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