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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|
|23-Sep-2017||Tirinie Cottage DP3 (overall)||Just nothing wrong. Everything was arranged perfectly. thx!|
|23-Sep-2017||Curlews Cottage CB5 (overall)||An easy website to navigate,|
|23-Sep-2017||Poltalloch Garden House BD1 (overall)||Online booking was easy.
Payment reminder helpful!
|23-Sep-2017||Corrunich Cottage DT4 (overall)||good selection of unusual cottages. Ours was in an exceptional location...1uite remote but well-equipped in really lovely location. Will definitely use this agency again.|
|23-Sep-2017||Crannag CA3 (overall)||Booking was easy and questions dealt with promptly|
|23-Sep-2017||Trimontium View AA2 (overall)||they were courteous and quick to take the booking|
|23-Sep-2017||House on the Shore BJ8 (overall)||The site provides service as advertised, and responded promptly to some questions that I had. I am not a big fan of their non-refundable reservation deposit, but the fact that they charged it is clearly displayed, so I can't complain. I didn't have any complaints with the cottage itself, so I can't comment on how they would handle that. My cleaning deposit was returned promptly and cleanly. Overall an excellent experience and I would use them again.|
|23-Sep-2017||Pyatshaw Burn Cottage CC7 (overall)||The reason to only mark it as two stars is mainly because of the showroom floor.
We felt that the tiles used on this floor are dangerous, very slippery, and unsafe to be on when wet. The shower had a wood pad to stand on which again was slippery when we and very unsteady on the tiled floor as the non slip pads were missing.
We also felt that a self catering accommodation should be supplied with a four ring hob not a two ring. (not easy to cook a full meal)
No wardrobe in the bedroom to hang clothes seemed a little strange as well, with just a hook for hangers.
In your description the property is said to be light and airy. We found this not to be the case do to the large overhang on the balcony and being partly surrounded by tall trees.
However the location was very good and ideal for our needs.
|23-Sep-2017||Coire Bheag ES4 (overall)||Sehr schönes Cottage, stilvoll eingerichtet mit guter Ausstattung in traumhafter Lage.
Übergabe unkompliziert und rechtzeitig vor Anreise per E-Mail.
|23-Sep-2017||Windgill Cottage BG2 (overall)||very prompt response, polite customer service, helpful, return phone call about enquiry.|