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Downie's Cottage
(5 reviews)
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Sleeps 2
1 bedroom
1 double

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Downie's Cottage is available on a night basis from £150 per night - see below for details.

Step back in time to this unique and fascinating Grade A listed cottage. Downie's Cottage has been painstakingly restored with the support of Historic Scotland and retains all its original features – stone flagged floors, a box bed, hanging ‘lum’ and so much more. The restoration has taken many years but this is now a complete delight with all modern conveniences plus the atmosphere of times past. The original Downie family ran the croft as, what is thought to be, the highest working farm in Scotland but the cottage was abandoned some time between the wars and lay undisturbed complete with day to day articles like magazines, gloves, shoes and more lying about.

Inside there is underfloor heating, a wood burner, central heating, TV and Internet – quite a change from the Downie’s existence. Beautifully furnished in keeping with its age this is a cosy gem. The bathroom has a handcrafted bath you will be reluctant to leave as well as the modern shower. Outside there is a sauna in the steading and the patio has marvellous views across Braemar and the trout pond and the hot tub will pass many an hour for you. The cottage has limited space so some equipment such as a large fridge freezer and laundry is out in the steading.

This sweet and luxurious cottage sits high up above Braemar in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park. The views are unbeatable and you have a wealth of opportunities in the area from visits to Balmoral, golf, fishing, biking and walking to the ski slopes of nearby Glenshee. Nearby is the National Trust for Scotland Mar Lodge where guided walks are a great way to learn of the countryside and wildlife.

This is a one-off – a pleasure to stay in and something you will remember always. The track up to the cottage is difficult but there is a 4 wheel drive car available for guests to use going up and down the track if needed.

Short breaks available all year round - please call 01738 451 610 to book:

Short breaks available all year round - call to book 01738 451 610:

  • 29th March – 30th June £180 per night – min 2 nights.
  • 1st July - 29th August £200 per night - min 2 nights.
  • 30th August - 3rd September £200 per night - min 3 nights.
  • 4th September - 31st October £180 - min 2 nights.
  • November - £150 per night - min 2 nights.
  • 10% off for 6 nights and above.
  • December to 29th March closed.


Ground floor:

Vestibule and kitchen. Sitting room with dining table, King sized bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, wc & whb. Steading with sauna, laundry room.

Short breaks available all year round - call to book 01738 451 610:

  • 29th March – 30th June £180 per night – min 2 nights.
  • 1st July - 29th August £200 per night - min 2 nights.
  • 30th August - 3rd September £200 per night - min 3 nights.
  • 4th September - 31st October £180 - min 2 nights.
  • November - £150 per night - min 2 nights.
  • 10% off for 6 nights and above.
  • December to 29th March closed.

There is a 4x4 available for guests to use going up and down the track if needed.


  • Balmoral and National Trust for Scotland Mar Lodge with guided walksGolf, fishing, biking and walking.Glenshee ski slopes nearby.
  • 3 acres of enclosed grounds
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Electric cooker
  • Fridge
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Internet TV
  • Linen and Towels provided
  • Patio with garden furniture and fire pit
  • Sauna
  • Underfloor heating and all energy included
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Wood burning stove
  • 2 Pets only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet
  • Hot Tub
  • Reviews

    (5 reviews)
    Downie's Cottage reviews
    Beautifully restored yet still authentic cosy cottage with an unbeatable location and view.
    Ms Hirst - 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 with! 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!
    Ms Penny - September 2018
    Amazing peaceful location, lovely property and very helpful and obliging owner.
    Mr Bainsfair - August 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, 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!
    Ms Hubbard - July 2018
    I really don't have a bad thing to say about this property. It was beautifully renovated with huge character and warmth. The owners have literally thought of every tiny detail to make your stay comfortable and luxurious. The hot tub was fantastic. The views even better. Have already recommended this cottage to all my friends since our stay. The fact that dogs can come to a high end place like this is the icing on the cake. In one word - Perfection.
    Mrs Cliff - April 2018

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    This property is covered by our Holiday Protection Scheme.

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

    There is no charge for this holiday protection – it is included in the cost of your holiday. Please note that the protection does not apply to holidays in our properties with codes beginning with P (usually castles, mansions and lodges).

    Deposits may be transferred to a different date for a holiday at the same property within 12 months of the original holiday date, subject to availability, but not, however, for a different property. If the new booking is at a higher rate the tenant must pay the extra cost. No refund will be made if the new date is at a lower rate.

    1. Death, accidental bodily injury, or illness (excluding pre-existing or chronic illness/conditions, or illness arising through epidemics or pandemics)
    a) the Proposer and/or persons with whom he/she has arranged to travel.
    b) any close relative or business associate of the Proposer or of any person with whom he/she has arranged to travel or arranged to meet at the specified holiday establishment. We will require appropriate documentary evidence of illness or bodily injury from a registered medical practitioner. This evidence must state that the Proposer is unfit to travel.

    2. Jury service, witness call or unemployment through redundancy of the Proposer after the date of booking and prior to the commencement date of the holiday.

    3. Fire or theft which is the subject of an insurance claim at the Insured’s main residence or business premises within seven days before commencement of the holiday.

    4. Occupational postings not contemplated at the time the holiday is booked.

    5. Cancellation or curtailment of scheduled transport services due to strikes, riots or civil commotion, but limited to the cost of alternative transport up to £50 per person for the outward journey only.

    But not, however:

    1. Disinclination to travel.

    2. Failure of public or private transport.

    3. Suicide, attempted suicide, insanity, the influence of intoxicating liquor or the effect of drugs not taken in accordance with treatment prescribed and directed by a qualified medical practitioner or booking a holiday which is or would be against the advice of a registered medical practitioner.

    4. Pregnancy unless problems occur which prevent the person travelling. A  verification must be signed by a registered medical practitioner to this effect

    5. Any loss which is otherwise insured.

    6. Holiday accommodation booked outside Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands