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Downie's Cottage

Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Spa Facilities
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Quirky and unique accommodation perfect as a romantic retreat
  • Full of lovingly restored original features with modern comforts
  • Enjoy miles of beautiful walks from the front door
  • Explore the delights of Royal Deeside, including Balmoral castle
  • Sample the fine malts of Royal Lochnagar Distillery
  • Go hiking across the beautiful Mar Lodge estate
Property code: CA105

Gorgeously quaint and luxurious hideaway sitting amongst the heather-covered hills of Royal Deeside, perfect for a couple.

Nestled into its secluded hillside location in the stunning Cairngorms National Park, this truly unique property offers couples the opportunity to enjoy a romantic retreat in a very special setting. Abandoned between the world wars, this Grade A listed cottage has been lovingly and sympathetically restored with the help of Historic Scotland into a five-star holiday home. With its breathtaking views, 3 acres of grounds and its own sauna, you won’t want your holiday to end. You’re also 1 mile from the delightful village of Braemar with its independent shops, boutiques and eateries.

From the outside, this property is a typical crofter’s cottage with its whitewashed walls and squat appearance, but step inside and you’ll be blown away by its charming interior. Original features blend superbly with the light walls, colourful soft furnishings and bespoke wooden furniture to create lots of quirkiness and character.

With the choice of sitting in an armchair next to the wood burner or lounging in the recessed snug complete with tartan cushions, guests will love cosying up in the lounge. There is also a traditional country-cottage table and chairs to sit at whilst eating dinner. The quirkiness continues in the kitchen with its traditional farmhouse sink sunk into bespoke, wooden units which sit alongside a large storage cupboard. The bedroom’s wood panelling, cast-iron bedstead and traditional furniture hark back to a bygone age, but the clean finish brings it back into the modern day. In the bathroom, you can step into the contemporary shower or soak in the unique, handcrafted bath.

Outside, you can appreciate the tranquillity from the original dining furniture in your walled patio. Alternatively, you can relax in the sauna – the perfect end to a busy day. The track up to the cottage is difficult, so a four-wheel-drive car is available for guests to use.

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

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, hand basin and WC
  • Kitchen with electric cooker, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner
  • Underfloor heating throughout
  • TV
  • Hot tub and sauna
  • Large walled garden with patio furniture and fire pit
  • 2 dogs welcome by arrangement
  • Shops and restaurants 1 mile
  • Ample parking
  • Please note; if you do not have a 4x4 vehicle to get up the track from the main road, then the owners can lend you one

As well as having a range of shops and eateries, Braemar is also home to Braemar Castle which has an interesting and turbulent history. Balmoral, the Scottish home to the Royal Family is also nearby (10 miles) and offers visitors a variety of tours around the grounds, and if you’re lucky you might see the elusive capercaillie. Balmoral sits on the River Dee, which has some of the best salmon fishing in Scotland. The closest town to Balmoral is the Victorian village of Ballater (17 miles) with its variety of independent shops and eateries. There is also a range of activities on offer.

The Cairngorms National Park has plenty to offer guests such as endless walking/cycling trails, majestic mountains, glistening lochs, bustling villages and lots of distilleries, not to mention the wide range of outdoor activities on offer. Glenshee (9 miles) is a good centre for all sports, especially winter ones. Just north of Glenshee (4.5 miles from the property) is the National Trust’s Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve which is Britain’s largest nature reserve. As well as being home to 15 Munros, there is also plenty of wildlife to spot such as ptarmigans, pine martens, golden eagles, and mountain hares.

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Hoegner July 2019

We loved this place. All the comforts of home -- and much more -- with a quaint settling and in seclusion. Braemar and Ballater both close and lovely. For food options, we really enjoyed the newly-renovated Fife Arms in Braemar. Great jumping off point to tour around and do Scotch tours. Jackie (the owner of the cottage) was fantastic. Couldn't sayRead more a bad thing about this place -- it was great. Hide

Reviewed by Ms Hirst September 2018

Beautifully restored yet still authentic cosy cottage with an unbeatable location and view.

Reviewed by Ms Penny September 2018

Loved our weekend in the cottage. Glad for the 4x4 because our little car would never have made it up that drive. But the drive is worth it because once at the top the views are just stunning. And because you're so high up, the walks you can access from the cottage are also fantastic. Takes a bit off the effort of the morrone, which we were fine wiRead moreth! Quite spectacular to make breakfast and then stroll up the hill to start your day. Be aware the hot tub needs a lot of time to get up to temp. We didn't quite manage it, but it didn't matter as we really enjoyed the fire pit on our first night and on our second we had a sauna instead. If you aren't experienced with log fire hot tubs or you don't have a lot of time, I'd recommend this option. We had a great time in Braemar. It was lovely weather so we took the chairlift to the top of Glenshee to see the views. So rare to get a clear day in ski season, so it was worth it to try in summer. We had a wee trip to the Lin O Dee and dip our toes in the water and we had a guilty but very delicious fish and chips with a side of haggis from the hungry highlander. But the best bit was just hanging out at our lovely cottage, watching the squirrels, grouse and bats, feeding trout and saying hello to the ducks. A magical place! Hide

Reviewed by Ms Hubbard July 2018

My husband and I loved our stay at Downie's Cottage. It was simultaneously rustic and luxurious, thanks to the thoughtful restoration which has preserved the spirit of the cottage. The surrounding scenery was stunning, and we enjoyed sitting on the bench outside the cottage looking down onto Braemar. There are gorgeous walks right outside the door,Read more and my husband enjoyed some challenging mountain biking in the area. The cottage was very well-equipped - we particularly enjoyed the huge bathtub inside and the hot tub outside - and we also loved the sense of history which the place evokes. We enjoyed reading about the former inhabitants and the renovation process online. Cozy, comfortable and utterly charming! Hide

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