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Kitchen/dining area
Full of traditional charm
Enjoy cooking on the lovely Aga
Dining area to enjoy an evening meal
Unwind in the spacious lounge
Enjoy the woodburner
Tranquil lounge to relax in after a day out
Stylish super-king-size bedroom
Spacious dressing room with cot
The super-king-size bedroom is full of character
Comfy double bedroom with traditional touches
Comfortable twin bedroom
Addtitional double bed on fourth floor accessed by narrow stone spiral staircase
Original spiral stone staircase
Stylish roll top bath
Full of historical interest
Plenty of storage for outdoor clothing
Patio table and chairs to enjoy an evening dram
Lovely character touches
Enjoy a spot of fishing on the River Dee
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Garden grounds
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Durris Tower

Banchory (6mls W), Aberdeenshire
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
Cot available
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Cosy country living with 21st century comfort, sleeping six guests (+ two)
  • Peaceful Scottish countryside views and secluded location
  • Wood burner to create a cosy atmosphere
  • Perfect choice for an extended family break or friend’s reunion
  • Accommodation arranged over four floors, hosting a variety of rooms
  • Helpfully located seven miles from Banchory and driving distance from the vibrant city of Aberdeen


Property code: 41409

Magnificent semi-detached property, near Aberdeen, with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside; perfect for all the family with four bedrooms and inviting shared garden space.

Stylish and unique, this stunning four-bedroom period property, sleeping six guests, is the perfect base from which to explore this pocket of Aberdeenshire. With a striking kitchen/diner located within the former cellar, a cosy lounge with wood burner and large shared grounds with mature gardens and a forest, this is a fantastic venue for celebrating special occasions with family or friends. If you can tear yourselves away from the estate, discover the nearby historical town of Banchory, visit the city of Aberdeen or follow Scotland’s Castle Trail to Dunnottar Crathes Castle and Drum Castle.

Leave coats, boots and bags in the welcoming entrance hall before stepping down into the fabulous kitchen/diner. This striking room boasts a white-washed curved ceiling, Aga-style oven, stylish pendant lighting and a dining table with comfortable bench seating. From here, climb up the spiral stone staircase to reach the lounge, a cosy yet spacious room with exposed beams and a wood burner set into an original fireplace. With plenty of inviting sofas and armchairs as well as a TV/DVD player, this is the perfect place to unwind with family after a long day. Spread across three floors, the four bedrooms are decorated in tasteful neutral tones with antique furniture and sash windows providing wonderful rural views. After a long and tiring day, soothe aching muscles in the fabulous roll-top bath.

Outside, an al fresco dining area leads onto extensive shared grounds. With mature gardens, lawns, a forest and access to the River Dee, there is plenty of space for dogs and children to play and explore while grown-ups enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. There is off-road parking for three cars.

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

  • 4 bedrooms: 1 super-king-size, 2 doubles, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 shower room with shower and WC on first floor. 1 bathroom with roll top bath with shower over and WC, on the second floor
  • Electric AGA-style oven and hob, additional electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and TV/DVD
  • Lounge: With wood burner (first basket of logs included) and TV/DVD, on the first floor
  • Study: With TV/DVD, on the first floor
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Wi-Fi included 
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Outside: Seating area, amid large shared grounds including mature gardens, forest and access to River Dee
  • Location:Pub 4 miles and shop within walking distance
  • Arrival: 4pm
  • Additional Info: Babies in arms and children over 5 years welcome
  • Dogs to be kept on the ground floor, only allowed in lounge if accompanied
  • Book 2 weeks and receive a 10% discount

Nestled in the midst of a large private estate, this property offers peace and tranquillity guaranteed. Set out on foot to explore the estate or take to Scotland’s Castle Trail, which connects Dunnottar with Sauchen, Methlick and Turriff. Less than 10 miles from the property is the National Trust for Scotland's Drum Castle which boasts one of the country's oldest tower houses, a rose garden and tales of Jacobite rebellion.

Take to the water with a spot of trout and salmon fishing on the River Dee or head for the green with a round on one of the many golf courses nearby. The historical town of Banchory is just 7 miles away, home to restaurants, tea rooms, farm shops and takeaway restaurants. A little further afield, the vibrant city of Aberdeen (13 miles) is rich in history, shopping and leisure facilities. Learn about the city's seafaring history at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, take a boat trip from the harbour to spot dolphins or wander around the peaceful Seaton Park.

This property is personally managed by Lisa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Veronica 28th December 2019

A stunning, comfortable property situated in a peaceful location but close enough to a couple of small towns. Excellent walking both coastal and inland and some quirky historic castles and sites to visit. The property is entirely accessed off a turret staircase with one or two rooms on each floor which can be a bit tiresome at times. The kitchen isRead more in the basement and its 2 floors to drawing room and another 2 above that for the bedrooms. However I feel the reasonable price does reflect this. Hide

Reviewed by Gloria 21st December 2019

Staying at Durris Tower was a unique experience for us - like living in a National Trust property! The spiral staircase did seem a little daunting at times, but the house was well-equipped and comfortable. Unless you are used to cooking with an Aga, though, be prepared for a bit of angst if you are making a big meal (ie Christmas dinner). For our fRead moreamily, it was a wonderful place to meet up to spend Christmas together, in the beautiful woodland just outside of Aberdeen. Hide

Reviewed by Kathryn 25th August 2019

We had a wonderful stay at Durris Tower- it is a beautiful and quiet place, and the house is very well equipped. We loved the cosy kitchen and the children adored the spiral staircase. Its in easy reach of amenities in Banchory and nearby tourist attractions. We are definitely planning a return visit.

Reviewed by Ebeth 27th July 2019

Spacious property beautifully furnished and decorated with fine art. Location was convenient for visiting both the coast and the Cairngorms. Good dog walking nearby at Crathes Castle.

Reviewed by Garry 1st June 2019

What a fabulous spacious tower it was.. on many floors!! Kitchen was perfect for 3 familys staying together..cosy and fully equipped . Only Thing i would say is, you have to be fairly fit as there are numerous stairs..

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View to property
View to property
Kitchen/dining area
Full of traditional charm
Enjoy cooking on the lovely Aga
Dining area to enjoy an evening meal
Unwind in the spacious lounge
Enjoy the woodburner
Tranquil lounge to relax in after a day out
Stylish super-king-size bedroom
Spacious dressing room with cot
Show 12 moreThe super-king-size bedroom is full of character


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