Near Ballater, StrathdonGuest Rating
Badnabein Steading is set in a very remote location on a rural estate in Corgarff, Aberdeenshire, just 7 miles from Tomintoul. Nestled into the hill behind, it affords magnificent views out over the farmland all around.
|Sleeps: 4/8||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
The open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room is immense, with plenty of room for everyone to spread out. The spacious kitchen has a traditional Belfast sink, as well as lots of worktop space for cooking preparation. What's more, with the farmhouse dining table alongside it the cook doesn't have to miss out on all the fun.
There is comfortable seating centred around the cosy wood-burning stove, ideal for a cosy night in after a day's walking in the hills. The French doors that lead out to the garden flood the whole room with light, giving a lovely airy feel.
The spacious hallway has handy storage for coats and off it are two attractive double bedrooms. One of them has a king size bed and the other one is a zip link double, which can be unzipped to make into twin beds. The downstairs wet room is modern and fully tiled with a large walk-in shower.
Upstairs, off the spacious landing are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, both of which are bright and light with coombed ceilings and traditional gate latch doors. The family bathroom completes the accommodation, with its wood-panelled bath and Velux window from which you can admire the stunning views.
Outside, there is parking right at the door (there are substantial stone steps up) and a pretty gravelled seating area from which you can further enjoy your beautiful surroundings. It is also an ideal spot for star gazing due to the very dark night skies.
The mile and a half of track leading up to the house is relatively smooth and can be driven (with care) in a normal car. There is another cottage further along the lane, but you still feel that you are really 'getting away from it all'. At the start of the lane is the Allargue Arms Hotel (1.5 miles) that has a bar and a restaurant serving hearty Scottish meals.
Trout fishing is available within the estate and being situated within the Cairngorms National Park means that you are ideally placed to enjoy its range of activities, from walking and climbing to watersports and skiing/snowboarding at the Lecht (2 miles) in the winter.
In a commanding position on the hill is Corgarff Castle (0.5 miles), a mid-16th century medieval tower house that is now open to the public during the summer. It sits within an unusual star-shaped perimeter wall and inside the soldier's bunks that used to be housed there have been reconstructed, right down to fine details such as the paintings on the ceiling.
Tomintoul (7 miles) has riding and cycle hire and there are mountain biking trails on the Glenlivet estate (18 miles). Glenlivet is also home to the famous whisky distillery where you can take a tour and sample a 'wee dram'.
The nearest shop is at Bellabeg (9 miles), which has a small shop with PO, but for supermarket shopping either stock up before you arrive or head to Ballater (18 miles). Nature enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to the RSPB Reserve at Loch Garten (27 miles), where you can see the famous pair of breeding ospreys. There is even a video camera set up at the nest so you can continue to follow their progress when you get home!
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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 TV/DVD, wood burning stove, electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, etc
Wet room shower with WC and hand basin
Twin bedroom (zip-link converts to double).
Bathroom with bath, WC and hand basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by background oil central heating (INCLUDED) and wood burning stove (One large basket of 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. No WiFi, but reasonable 4G coverage available locally on most networks. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 medium, 2 small). No smoking.
Please note: Timber felling operations and associated works are expected to take place at times between mid-April and October. During this period guests should be aware that timber lorries will be using the track but speed limits will be in force.
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).
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4||Sleeps 8|
|06 Jan 2020 - 07 Feb 2020||£595.00||£695.00|
|08 Feb 2020 - 03 Apr 2020||£595.00||£695.00|
|04 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020||£695.00||£795.00|
|25 Apr 2020 - 08 May 2020||£595.00||£695.00|
|09 May 2020 - 22 May 2020||£695.00||£795.00|
|23 May 2020 - 29 May 2020||£995.00||£995.00|
|30 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020||£695.00||£795.00|
|27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020||£995.00||£995.00|
|29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020||£695.00||£795.00|
|19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020||£595.00||£695.00|
|10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020||£695.00||£795.00|
|31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||£595.00||£695.00|
|19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£995.00||£995.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||£995.00||£995.00|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA||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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Great cottage, beautifull design and location. Well equipped!
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Very clean, nice, spacious and well equiped cottage, we recommend it !
When you love the silence of the countryside this is the place to be.
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'A fantastic house and wonderful location. The space and isolation was the best bit!'
'Beautiful house, lovely setting - an unforgettable holiday.'
'A great house for a family get-together. The welcome gift of wine and cake were lovely - thank you!'
'What an amazing place to spend Christmas in a true winter wonderland! Spectacular walks around the property and fabulous views.'
'Thank you so much for such a lovely cottage - beds were extremely comfortable, excellent cleanliness and lovely welcome gift. A home from home.'
'Best shower in Scotland! Thank you so much for letting us staying in your beautiful house.'