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Spyon Cop

Near Strathdon, Cairngorms National Park

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Spyon Cop is a stunning newly built hideaway occupying a fantastic situation set into the hillside with the gorgeous, rolling Aberdeenshire landscape laid out before it, near Strathdon (5 miles) in the Cairngorms National Park.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: No
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
Licence No: AS 00489F
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • Green Credentials
  • WiFi

With great eco credentials and a charming living grass roof that allows it to merge into its surroundings, the house offers a rare blend of both style and substance. In fact, it has been shortlisted for the Scottish Design Awards 2023 for its wonderful architecture. Inside, the contemporary space has been cleverly designed and dressed with a delightful mix of retro pieces set against industrial modernity that is sure to be an instant hit with everyone that stays. 

Right at centre stage is the open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen with its bank of huge windows that perfectly showcase breathtaking floor-to-ceiling mountain views. As the incredible wood-burning stove is ceiling-hung it creates the illusion of it floating and means that the fire can be enjoyed at the same time as the beautiful scenery. This is a chance to fully disconnect from the outside world and have break away from the TV, although WiFi is provided for planning out the day’s agenda.

In the impressive master bedroom the snuggly chaise longue by the window may be hard to tear oneself away from and there is even a high level window in the sleek en suite shower room to keep a further eye on that view from. The other two spacious double bedrooms are equally appealing and incredibly bright due to their large picture windows that show off the woodland and winding River Don that is a real treat to wake up to.

Everything is on the one level and has been very well insulated against the elements, as well as having the added luxury of underfloor heating. Sit around the fire pit out on the deck area to fully appreciate the landscape laid out before it and watch buzzards soaring majestically overhead.

The house sits against the rugged backdrop of the hill behind and is accessed by 500 metres of steep, rough track that may not be suitable for low slung vehicles. It should be driven very slowly and carefully, being sure to watch out for friendly sheep on the approach and in poor weather there is the option of parking in the nearby castle car park and walking the last section.

Map & Local

It may be tempting to stay put and drink in the wonderful setting but as the house is in the Cairngorms National Park there is so much to explore that even a week’s stay may not be quite enough. Just a 10 minute walk away is Glenbuchat Castle, a medieval z-plan tower house that has a fascinating history.

The Steading Bar (4 miles) is handy to head to for bar food or a drink, with a fine selection of whiskies to sample, or the Kildrummy Inn (6 miles) offers a more formal dining option.

Pop into the little friendly shop in Bellabeg (5 miles) for a pint of milk or there is a supermarket for further supplies in Alford (15 miles). Whilst in Alford the Grampian Transport Museum is an interesting place to stop off at with its unusual displays of interactive vehicle exhibits and a particular highlight being the Guy Martin Collection.

If the preference is getting out and about on four legs there are horse riding lessons and hacking on offer at the Glen Tanar Equestrian Centre (17 miles) as well as fishing on a nearby loch. Braemar (30 miles) is known for its famous Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering, but is also a very picturesque village to wander around with some lovely shops to peruse and great souvenirs to take home.

Those looking to indulge in snowsports will enjoy the excellent facilities and choice of ski lifts at the Lecht Ski Centre (16 miles) or bikes can be hired at Ballater (19 miles) in order to take advantage of the quiet local roads.

Local Events and Attractions


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 sitting/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, induction hob and electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, etc
Utility room with sink
Double bedroom (king-size) with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Double bedroom
Double bedroom
Bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £45 of electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by air source central heating and wood-burning stove (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED. 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. No smoking anywhere on the property.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

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 6
01 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 £1,395.00
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £1,595.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £1,795.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £1,395.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £1,295.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £1,395.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £995.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £1,595.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £1,595.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £995.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £1,295.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £1,395.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 POA
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 POA
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 POA
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 POA
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 POA
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 POA
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 POA
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 POA
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 POA
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 POA
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 POA
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 POA
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA
06 Jan 2028 - 05 Jan 2029 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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