Dunanfiew Cottage

Near The Lecht, Cairngorms National Park

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Dunanfiew Cottage is a traditional, detached cottage set in a very remote spot up a private track near Strathdon in Aberdeenshire, making it the perfect place to ‘get away from it all’.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove

Dunanfiew means ‘hillock of the fold’ and inside it is cosy and inviting. The living area is open plan with an original wooden-beamed ceiling and comfy seating around the wood-burning stove in a feature stone fireplace at its heart.

There is a dining area alongside and the other end of the room is taken up by a spacious, modern kitchen area that is well-equipped and even has a dishwasher so you don’t have the chore of washing up. The sunroom at the front of the cottage provides further seating to spread out into and there is also a handy WC on this level.

The traditional wooden beams continue upstairs where there is a double and a single bedroom that both also have coombed ceilings and original gate latch doors. The master double bedroom has wonderful views out over the hills from its dormer window and the neat single bedroom is light and bright and leads through to the family bathroom.

The cottage sits in a walled rough grassed garden that has expansive views out over the surrounding countryside. There is ample parking and even a pretty burn at the bottom of the garden (care to be taken with children). As the cottage is so remote there are amazing, totally unpolluted dark skies that are ideal for stargazing in the evenings.

The private track can be driven (with care) in a normal car and with no other houses in sight, when you arrive you really do have the place all to yourself.

Map & Local

Dunanfiew is within the Cairngorms National Park and you can walk off out into the hills right from the doorstep. Fishing for brown trout and salmon is available on the nearby River Don and there is plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for including red squirrels, buzzards, eagles and roe deer.

The Allargue Arms (2 miles) at the end of the private track serves food, so it is ideal if you fancy a night off from cooking followed by a gentle stroll back afterwards.

Heading north is the impressive Corgarff Castle (3 miles), a 16th century tower house with an unusual star-shaped wall that surrounds it. At one time it was home to troops who were tasked with stamping out illegal whisky production and smuggling. It has since been restored and is open to the public during the summer months. The Lecht ski resort (4.5 miles) is one of Scotland’s top ski resorts offering skiing and snowboarding in the winter, as well as mountain biking in summer and go-karting all year round.

You are very much on the whisky trail here with the distillery at Glenlivet only 40 minutes’ drive away, where you can take a tour and learn all about the history of the famous tipple. At the Loch Garten Osprey Centre in Boat of Garten (29 miles) there are many different birds to spot from capercaillies and crested tits to spotted flycatchers and whooper swans. A pair of breeding ospreys also return to the reserve every year in the spring/summer and there is a fascinating live video feed that looks right into the nest for a close-up view of the fluffy chicks.

If you head south from the cottage there is a small grocery shop/PO in Bellabeg (10 miles) and the nearest place to stock up on supermarket supplies is in Ballater (17 miles) where there is also a swimming pool.

Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




Sitting/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, gas hob and electric oven, fridge, microwave, washing machine and dishwasher, etc


Double bedroom
Single bedroom
Bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Sets of towels
Linen (Single Bed)
Linen (Double Bed)

Available Extras



Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by background gas central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (logs INCLUDED). Water is from a private source which is filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium, 2 small). No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • 2 Week Discount (£50)

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 3
22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017 £365.00
06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017 £465.00
27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017 £525.00
03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 £465.00
01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017 £525.00
02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017 £465.00
23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017 £365.00
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017 £465.00
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 £325.00
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017 £525.00
28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018 £525.00
07 Jan 2018 - 09 Feb 2018 POA
10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018 POA
24 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018 POA
03 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018 POA
31 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018 POA
14 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018 POA
05 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 POA
26 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018 POA
02 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018 POA
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 POA
01 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018 POA
15 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018 POA
13 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018 POA
27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018 POA
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018 POA
28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 POA
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA
06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking and where more than one tariff is shown, the number of bedrooms made available may vary. This is allows us to offer larger properties at lower rates for smaller parties. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.

For Badnabein, the tariff for 4 persons is based on the downstairs bedrooms only (ie one double and one twin bedroom or two doubles) being made available.


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Fantastic location, the house was clean and comfortable but lacked 'a bit of sparkle' the conservatory is a great asset ...

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A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting; nicely appointed with everything you really need. Good walking from the cottage...

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The location is great and the cottage is lovely. It would benefit from the following additions: a tin opener; a microwav...

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We're glad you enjoyed yourselves at Dunanfiew. The owner will check through for a tin opener as there should be one and...

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