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Issueburn West Tower

Grange, Moray
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Quirky
Castles
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Fairy-tale retreat on the border of Moray and Aberdeenshire
  • Modern take on an imposing, historic tower house
  • Self-contained wing with inviting accommodation over four storeys
  • Far-reaching views across picturesque Strathisla
  • Ideal for visiting the famous whisky distilleries of Speyside
  • Beautiful Highland walks and access to the stunning Moray coast
Property code: CA185

With panoramic views across rolling countryside and Scottish hills, a private wing in this towering, four-storey holiday home makes a unique and romantic retreat for two.

For couples seeking a unique romantic retreat, this quirky dwelling offers cosy accommodation over four floors with a room on each level accessed by a spiral turret staircase. Located in the countryside, close to open farmland, enjoy spectacular views from the top-floor balcony, a lovely spot to share a bottle of wine on balmy summer evenings. Perfectly positioned to explore the counties of Moray and Aberdeenshire, spend the days exploring the unspoilt countryside and rugged coastlines of the Highlands. Built in 2018, your unusual holiday home forms part of the owner’s own property, an imposing tower house surrounded by open countryside. Arranged over four floors, each room offers cosy accommodation with beamed ceilings, bright splashes of colour and underfloor heating. The ground-floor windows are small with iron bars across them – just like they would have been in the 15th century.

Enter into the kitchen, a bright space equipped with everything you need to prepare your hearty breakfasts and simple suppers. Share cosy meals at the rustic table for two in front of the traditional wood burner. Wind your way to the first floor where you will find the welcoming sitting room. Light the wood burner and snuggle up in the comfy sofa to relax in its gentle warmth. Your inviting double bedroom is situated on the second floor, a pretty room with underfloor heating and en-suite bathroom.

Watch the wildlife from the third-floor garden room or share an alfresco drink on the balcony. Outside, there is a pretty walled garden with fruit trees to relax and sip your morning coffee as the sunlight plays across the distant fields. There is private parking for one car.

  • 1 bedroom – 1 double
  • 1 bathroom – 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and WC (Please note there is no shower/handheld shower in this property)
  • Electric cooker with induction hob, microwave, under-counter fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • 2 wood burners – all logs provided
  • Underfloor heating in all rooms apart from the turret stair case so be sure to pack your slippers
  • Flat screen TV with Freeview
  • DVD and radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Hairdryer
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed garden
  • Garden furniture
  • Fuel station, supermarket, cafés, takeaways and hospital 4 miles away at Keith
  • Regret no children under 5
  • Due to the thick walls within the property, mobile signal may be limited/non-existent in the tower itself
  • Due to insurance restrictions, the maximum length of stay in this property is 7 days

Your countryside escape enjoys a tranquil location in open countryside making it the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The area around your turret hideaway is a haven for wildlife, with a colony of swifts living close by and badgers, woodpeckers and bats frequent visitors to the area. Join the Speyside Whisky Trail at nearby Keith (5.5 miles), a friendly town with traditional shops, welcoming pubs and restaurants, and four distilleries in the town alone, including the Strathisla Distillery, dating back to 1786. Step on board the Keith-Dufftown Railway for a scenic ride to the Malt Whisky Capital of the World. Dufftown boasts seven distilleries and a tour of the world-famous Glenfiddich distillery is highly recommended.

Explore the beautiful coastal reserve at Spey Bay (18 miles), year-round home to bottlenose dolphins. Walk along the Speyside Way to the viaduct spotting otters and ospreys en-route, visit the Scottish Dolphin Centre to find out more about these fascinating creatures and take a tour of the Tugnet Icehouse. Skim across the Moray Firth on a sea safari (17 miles) in search of seals, porpoises and minke whales taking in the spectacular scenery as you sail. Lace up your hiking boots for a day walking the Cairngorms National Park. Explore the foothills from Grantown on Spey (39 miles), see the red squirrels scamper through the treetops at Anagach Woods and enjoy panoramic views on a circular walk along the Cromdale Hills. During the winter months, skiing and snowboarding is available at The Lecht ski resort (43 miles) where there are runs to suit all abilities.

Lisa Hogg

This property is personally managed by Lisa.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Donald 18th July 2020

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A quirky and unique property in the style of a medieval castle with the added attraction of cosy wood burning stoves, a beautiful garden, and birdlife including Swifts nesting in the walls.

Reviewed by Mr Fellows July 2019

If there is nothing you like better than lying on a hot beach and doing nothing, then this is not for you. If, like me however, you love exploring and meeting people, I thoroughly recommend staying at Issueburn West Tower as a base to enjoy Aberdeenshire. This was my first holiday in the area and there are so many places to visit. Make sure you areRead more a member of Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland; you will quickly justify the membership fees by visiting countless castles and grand stately homes. The roads are plenteous and generally quiet. If you are not into your history, there are still plenty of lovely destinations you can go to, especially along the coast. Issueburn West Tower is, as you will have gathered, a rather unique property and certainly justifies its costs. It is most attractive inside and out and has all the basics you will need, presented in the charming context of a tower-house. I found the owner to be most friendly and helpful and although next door, privacy was never a problem. The rooms are cosy and the location most attractive. A basic (reasonable) level of fitness would help with the spiral staircase. I never bored with going up or down it! I'd love to go back and enjoy it at a different time of year, especially for the wood-burning stoves and dark skies. If you are into gardening or ornithology then I imagine that would be a bonus. I don't know why I put off visiting Aberdeenshire for so long. Thoroughly recommended and very memorable! 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.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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