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).
From 21/12/2019 to 23/12/2019
From 28/12/2019 to 30/12/2019
From 14/12/2019 to 16/12/2019
From 07/12/2019 to 09/12/2019
From 22/02/2020 to 24/02/2020
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019||£425.00|
|20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||£595.00|
|06 Jan 2020 - 07 Feb 2020||£425.00|
|08 Feb 2020 - 03 Apr 2020||£475.00|
|04 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020||£525.00|
|25 Apr 2020 - 08 May 2020||£475.00|
|09 May 2020 - 22 May 2020||£525.00|
|23 May 2020 - 29 May 2020||£595.00|
|30 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020||£525.00|
|27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020||£595.00|
|29 Aug 2020 - 18 Sep 2020||£525.00|
|19 Sep 2020 - 09 Oct 2020||£475.00|
|10 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2020||£525.00|
|31 Oct 2020 - 18 Dec 2020||£425.00|
|19 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2020 - 05 Jan 2021||£595.00|
|06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||POA|
|06 Jan 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA|
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.
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'Absolutely beautiful cottage, stunning and only wish we could have stayed longer! Just the relaxing break we needed. Loved the wood burner and the conservatory in the mornings.'
'Fantastic stay - excellently equipped, plenty of hot water and everything you could possibly need. Great location, enjoyed exploring.'
'We have had a fantastic week in this beautiful little cottage. Everything we could have needed was provided. We will be back!'
'The cottage is situated in stunning countryside and is beautiful inside and out. Everyone has been warm and welcoming and we have been delighted by the deer and friendly cows too!'
'We really enjoyed our stay here, the cottage is kitted out to an extremely high standard. The view across the valley is fantastic and it is a great location to visit castles, lochs and the surrounding countryside.'
'Fantastic views and loved watching the deer on an evening. A visit to Dunnottar castle is a must, can take dogs and reasonably priced. We had everything we needed at the cottage.'
'We have had a fantastic 2 weeks here. The cottage is really gorgeous, spacious and thoughtfully accessorised! We had everything we needed and more.'
'We have really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage - spacious, luxurious and very special. Great view for spotting wildlife! Very comfortable bed! Have had a wonderful week which has gone too quickly!'
'Great cottage, great location. We didn’t see the badgers but my wife is certain she saw a capercaillie in a field nearby! Very happy to recommend the cottage and area to friends and family!'
'Thank you for such a relaxing holiday. We just loved the beautiful views changing all the time. This cottage is certainly unique in location with every thought given to comfort and entertainment.'