Near Alford, AberdeenshireGuest Rating
Set in a remote spot at the end of a mile of private track near Alford, Aberdeenshire is Coldwells Cottage, a detached rural house in a pretty garden that is ideal for couples looking for a romantic countryside retreat.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
The main living space inside is really bright and inviting and has been laid out open plan with a chic kitchen area at one end, comfy seating at the other and breakfast bar dining in between. Biomass heating keeps it all nice and cosy, although there is also the option of the wood-burning stove that is quite blissful to spend the evening in front of watching a film or enjoying a wee dram.
The stylish bathroom has the choice of a walk-in shower or a luxurious rolltop bath and the seating in the charming sunroom is great for taking in the view out over the garden to the surrounding fields and beautiful hills beyond.
There is a utility area in the entrance hall with laundry facilities and storage for shoes and boots, etc and stairs from the sitting room lead up to the spacious double bedroom with its king-size bed.
Outside the large covered porch area is useful for drying dogs or removing outerwear. A patio area wraps around the house with steps leading down to the rest of the garden which has been laid to grass with a seating area for picnics or barbeques and views for miles around. The owners live just across the way so are on hand for any queries but are happy to leave guests to enjoy themselves.
Alford (5 miles) has a grocery shop and a choice of places to eat with a restaurant in The Haughton Arms and the Alford Bistro within the village, both of which serve excellent meals.
Alford Golf Club welcomes visitors to enjoy a round or two and there is a swimming pool and various sports courts to hire within the Alford Community Campus. History enthusiasts will love the little Alford Heritage Centre (open Apr to Oct) that offers an interesting insight into rural life over the years and the Grampian Transport Museum will appeal to lovers of both modern and historic vehicles.
A must for the agenda is a visit to the ruins of historic Kildrummy Castle (13.5 miles), a 13th century stronghold that was once the seat of the Earls of Mar. The castle has quite a turbulent history and fascinating display boards are dotted around the site that show how it once would have looked.
Mountain bikers can head over to Pitfichie Forest (12.5 miles) to try the various trails there with a stop off along the way to see the Whitehill Stone Circle. There are also blue and red graded mountain biking trails on the Glenlivet Estate just over an hour’s drive away.
If snowsports are of more interest The Lecht ski resort (36 miles) is just the place with 20 different pistes of varying difficulty and 14 lifts that make short work of the ascents. For a bit of practise beforehand Alford has its very own dry ski slope which can be used for skiing, snowboarding and tubing for the kids.
From the station at Insch (7 miles) it is only a 40 minute train journey into the heart of Aberdeen for a day’s shopping or sightseeing. Unusually for a city, Aberdeen also has a lovely sandy beach to wander along.
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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.
Open plan living area with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, electric double oven with induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, etc
Sunroom with bluetooth music player (2 steps down)
Utility room/entrance hall with washing machine and tumble dryer
Bathoom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.
Double bedroom (king-size).
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels INCLUDED. The first £25 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable at the end of your stay. Heating is by bio fuel central heating (first £25 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay) and wood-burning stove (all logs INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Water is from a private source which is UV 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 (2 medium, 2 small). No smoking.
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 (£25)
- Save 10% w/c 29 Jun 19 From 29/06/2019 to 01/07/2019
- Save 10% w/c 06 Jul 19 From 06/07/2019 to 08/07/2019
- Save 10% w/c 13 Jul 19 From 13/07/2019 to 15/07/2019
- Save 10% w/c 22 Jun 19 From 22/06/2019 to 24/06/2019
- Save 10% w/c 29 Jun 19 From 29/06/2019 to 01/07/2019
- Christmas 2019 From 21/12/2019 to 27/12/2019
- New Year 2019 From 28/12/2019 to 03/01/2020
- October Half Term 2019 From 12/10/2019 to 01/11/2019
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019||£525.00|
|29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019||£595.00|
|31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019||£525.00|
|21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019||£475.00|
|12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019||£525.00|
|02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019||£425.00|
|20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||£595.00|
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Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. 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.
'Thank you for a lovely holiday. The cottage is absolutely beautiful and has such stunning views. Our highlight was seeing the deer at the back every evening.'
'We have had the most wonderful holiday in this beautiful home from home. The views are stunning and we've had some lovely walks with our dog. We are leaving reluctantly.'
'Thanks for a fantastic stay. The accommodation has been perfect and the views are stunning - especially this morning, as we pack to leave, and we'd quite like to stay!'
'We are already planning our next visit to this stunning romantic cottage! So modern and with every wish list amenity. Amazing walks with our dog - the whole experience has been breathtaking and we will recommend.'
'An amazing 10 days in a beautiful cottage in a stunning location. We came here to bike, walk and relax and we certainly did all these things! We hope to be back.'