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

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Downie's Cottage is available on a nightly basis from £180 per night - see below for details.

Step back in time to this unique and fascinating Grade A listed cottage and now 5* grading with Visit Scotland. 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 from March to December only - please call 01738 451 610 to book.

  • 28th March - 30th June: £180 per night (min 2 night stay). £1100 for a 7 night stay.
  • 1st July - 9th Sept: £200 per night (min 3 night stay). £1250 for a 7 night stay.
  • 10th Sept - 2nd Dec: £180 per night (min 2 night stay). £1100 for a 7 night stay.
  • Short breaks are available from March - December only.


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 from March to December only - please call 01738 451 610 to book.

  • 28th March - 30th June: £180 per night (min 2 night stay). £1100 for a 7 night stay.
  • 1st July - 9th Sept: £200 per night (min 3 night stay). £1250 for a 7 night stay.
  • 10th Sept - 2nd Dec: £180 per night (min 2 night stay). £1100 for a 7 night stay.
  • Short breaks are available from March - December only.

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

    (6 reviews)
    Downie's Cottage reviews
    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 say a bad thing about this place -- it was great.
    Mr Hoegner - July 2019
    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