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Downie's Cottage

Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Restored 19th century cottage with hot tub and sauna sleeps 2 people in Braemar. Dogs welcome.

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Lovingly and sympathetically restored 19th century cottage sleeps 2 and offers a relaxing retreat in the rural village of Braemar. With a hot tub and sauna this cottage offers a delightful mixture of old and new.

Locally you can enjoy many sports including a round of golf at Braemar, the highest golf course in Scotland! Hillwalkers can benefit from the many low level walks in the stunning Cairngorms National Park or why not try your hand at skiing in Glenshee. If you prefer a more relaxed visit then a Braemar Castle is worth a trip as is the Royal home at Balmoral, where you can view the gardens and enjoy a cup of tea and a home-made cake.

The cottage itself is located in 3 acres of fenced in parkland and has a wooded area and rainbow trout filled pond. With traditional features such as wooden beams, limewashed walls, flag floors, a brass king size bed and a hand crafted wooden bath it is a delight to the eyes. Add to that modern features such as underfloor heating, a sauna, internet, TV and large American fridge freezer, there is everything you need to get away from it all. An outside area offers you a seating area with hot tub and fire-pit.

Dogs welcome. Access to the cottage is via half a mile of unmade track. A 4x4 vehicle is available to give access if necessary.

Low season costs £300 for minimum 2 nights and high season £600 for minimum 3 nights. A 7 night stay costs £950 in the low season and £1200 in the high season.

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