Friday, August 28, 2009

Large detached self-catering Holiday Cottage sleeps eight Ballater Aberdeenshire Scotland

Large, detached, self-catering Holiday Cottage, sleeps eight, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This spacious, stone-built detached property ensures a delightful, peaceful break amidst the glorious river and mountain landscape of Royal Deeside. Presented to a high standard, Braehead Steading is very well furnished with many attractive antique pieces and complimentary fabrics, with underfloor heating and most attractive bedrooms and bathrooms creating a cosy ambience all year round.
Ballater (2 miles) is probably best known for its train station, which was Queen Victoria’s first port of call on her inaugural visit to Balmoral in 1848. While the station is no longer in use, it has been preserved, and nowadays houses an elegant tearoom. In addition, Ballater offers a variety of interesting shops, inns and eating establishments. Deeside is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts. Leisurely walks can be enjoyed along the scenic banks of the River Dee, while the really adventurous can tackle some the region’s famous mountains; the Balmoral Ranger’s Visitor Centre on the shores of Loch Muik provides the ideal starting point for many of these walks. There are also good opportunities for canoeing and mountain biking, and even skiing during the winter months. Inexpensive golf courses are easily accessible in Braemar, Ballater and Banchory. Braemar is also famous for its Highland Games, the annual Braemar Gathering, which were first held in the 11th century. Castles and gardens can be found at Balmoral and Crathes as well as Craigievar. For a day trip, Aberdeen is within easy driving distance. The city’s striking architecture has earned it the name ‘The Granite City’, and the buildings are transformed into sparkling silver in the rain. Some of the many attractions in the city include the Art Gallery with its fine collection, the wonderful Anthropological Museum and the Winter gardens. Pool and leisure centre in Aboyne, 15 minutes’ drive. Trout fishery 500 yards. Large living room with electric ‘coal-effect’ fire set in attractive recess and large arched front window with door to patio. Dining hall with ceramic-tiled floor and door to garden. Spacious, well-equipped, oak-fitted kitchen with Rayburn plus electric oven, and ceramic-tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/W.C. Separate bathroom with shower over corner bath. Two separate staircases to first floor: one leading to twin-bedded room, the other leading to double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/W.C. with shower attachment, twin-bedded room, and separate bathroom/W.C. with over-bath shower.
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