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Stonehaven & the Mearns
Stonehaven was the county town of the ancient county of Kincardineshire, also known as the Mearns, bounded by Aberdeenshire to the north and Angus to the south. There has been a settlement here since prehistoric times and it is now a pleasant seaside town, something of a dormitory for Aberdeen.
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Plenty to See and Do
Stonehaven is notable for the dramatic Stonehaven Fireball Festival held at Hogmanay, when participants parade through the town swinging flaming wire cages round their heads. The purpose is to ward off evil spirits.
A 15 minute walk south of Stonehaven takes you to the ruins of the 9th century Dunnottar Castle situated in a dramatic setting on the cliffs - it was used as the location for Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson.
South of the castle are some quaint villages, such as Catterline, Kinneff (where the Crown jewels were hidden from Cromwell's army in 1651) and Arbuthnott (home of the early 20th century author, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, whose classic, Sunset Song, which was set in the area, was voted Scotland's favourite book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2005).
The Mearns is an area of gentle, rather than rugged, beauty, with hills, woodlands and what are known in the local dialect as 'parks', rolling, tree dotted pastures. It provides opportunities for many wonderful walks. Intrepid walkers could attempt to trace the Causey Mounth, the old 12th century drove road between Stonehaven and Aberdeen, along which are several megalithic, prehistoric monuments, such as the Bourtreebush Stone Circle.
Apart from stunning Dunnotter, the area is also dotted with other castles, some ruined, some still inhabited, such as Muchalls, Fetteresso and Cowie. The vantage point on the Cairn o'Mount road affords magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. To the south, the little coastal village of St Cyrus has a nature reserve and a splendid sandy beach.
|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|14-Nov-2017||The Cottage by the Shore FF5 (overall)||Bij vragen waren ze soms moeilijk bereikbaar (zowel telefonisch als per mail - geen reactie ontvangen op mail die gestuurd werd met specifieke vraag).|
|12-Nov-2017||Seaview Cottage AD4 (overall)||Very comfortable cottage. Excellent location with great views and plenty to do and see in the surrounding area. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed. Very clean. Had a very relaxing break and hope to return again one day.|
|11-Nov-2017||Taigh nam Braithrean DX9 (overall)||Family enjoyed our second trip to Taigh nam Braaithrean as much as our first. Happy to recommend and we'll certainly be back.|
|09-Nov-2017||Pitcorthie Cottage CH9 (overall)||The cottage was very nice and value for money. Great location for getting around the coastal towns and villages and walking the coastal route. We were lucky with the weather!|
|09-Nov-2017||Horsemill Cottage CC6 (overall)||Through Unique Cottages, we found a wonderful place for a week of relaxation and scenic beauty - with accurate descriptions, great directions, and no hassles or difficulty.|
|08-Nov-2017||Loch Head Cottage FB7 (overall)||Very efficient booking service. Booked with Unique several times now.|
|08-Nov-2017||Enrick Farmhouse BL4 (overall)||The cottage was wonderfull. We would have loved to Stay longer. Everything was fine und we have nothing to complaint. Especially the People, who are working in thè Call Centre are very friendly with a lot of Patience, when we have to Call them, due to our problems with the Language. It s Easier to talk😊
We will definately rent a House From your Company again. Next Year we would like to See England. But only One Time. Promis!!!
Have a Great day,
Kerstin und family
|08-Nov-2017||Traquair Cottage EH1 (overall)||The cottage worked well for our dog with the enclosed garden and the forestry on the doorstep provided excellent dog walks.
The cottage was warm and we had a plentiful supply of wood for the open fire.
Unfortunately the thermostat on the cooker was broken so anything I tried to cook was cremated. Although the cottage had been cleaned before our arrival the radiators and corners in most rooms were grubby and the sitting room carpet was partially threadbare.
|08-Nov-2017||Fyne View Cottage CX3 (overall)||Nice little house, been three times before. warm and comfy.|
|07-Nov-2017||Fortingall Stables EL9 (overall)||Accurate description, beautiful cottage, well equipped and very comfortable.|