2 cottages, sleeping 4 to 6
Braemar is an attractive large village with many shops and hotels in the heather-covered hills of Royal Deeside just west of Lochnagar Mountain (3791ft) not far from The Queen's summer holiday retreat at Balmoral, and about 60 miles west of Aberdeen.
This is 'the big country' – magnificent scenery at all times of the year being in the Grampian/Cairngorm Mountain area with its romantic old castles, whisky distilleries, fishing, golfing, and lovely coastline to visit - as well as the lively City of Aberdeen
Not for nothing did Queen Victoria choose Deeside all those years ago to build her beloved 'Balmoral' - nor would the Royal Family continue to favour it but for the outstanding scenery the serenity and the quietness of the stunning countryside - now known as 'Royal' Deeside.
The thriving city of Aberdeen is about 40 miles to the east, and Inverness and the Moray Coast are waiting to be explored further north.
Royal Deeside accommodation, 2 cottages:
Treasure Island Cottage
Treasure Island Cottage is a small and compact, very attractively - converted old stone cottage situated quietly on a side lane near the centre of Braemar. It has the distinction of being where Robert Louis Stevenson wrote some of his famous book 'Treasure Island' when he lived there way back in 1881.
Now completely modernised and with a large (shared) safe garden, the cottage is ideal either for a couple or a family with young children as the small twin-bedded room can only be reached through the double-bed room and the cottage could truly be described as 'bijou'.
Heating is by wood-burning stove and electricity (£10 included). Bed-linen and towels are included. Sorry, no pets within the cottage. Smoking is not permitted within the property. Wi-Fi is available, subject to provider.
Accommodation (Sleeping 3 plus a child):
- Sitting room with wood burning stove, TV/DVD, CD/Cassette.
- Kitchen/Dining with electric-cooker, fridge, microwave and washing machine.
Upstairs (by 14 steepish stairs):
- Double Bedroom and (through the Double Bedroom):
- Single bed-room with an extra pull out single bed.
- Bathroom with bath (with shower over bath), wc & basin.
Fern Cottage, Braemar
This traditional granite cottage has a peaceful location on the edge of both the village and the nature reserve, Morrone Birkwood. It stands in its own fully enclosed garden (furniture, barbecue) and has lovely hill views.
With all the cosy charm of a period cottage, including open fire and many original features, it is also large enough to accommodate a family in considerable comfort.
Red deer, red squirrels plus a variety of bird life including birds of prey are regularly seen from the cottage and there are ducks and peacocks nearby.
Heating is by gas central heating included up to £15, and open-fire (starter pack included). Bed linen, towels included. Up to £10 of electricity is included. Pets are welcome.
Accommodation (Sleeps 5 + 1):
- Sitting room/dining room with open-fire and TV, DVD and CD player.
- Kitchen with electric-cooker, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine (tumble drier, shared with Victoria Cottage and freezer in garden shed).
- Double Bedroom.
- Twin Bed-room.
- Single Bedroom with extra single pullout bed for a child.
- Room with bath (shower over) and basin.
- Separate WC.