Glenlivet, near Ballindalloch, TomintoulGuest Rating
Ballnellan is a spacious and beautifully appointed house that is set in a superb position surrounded by mountains right in the heart of the highlands, on the Glenlivet Crown Estate within the Cairngorms National Park.
|Sleeps: 4/8||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Fri||Pets Allowed: No|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 2|
This is the perfect spot to really 'get away from it all' whilst still having easy access to plenty of nearby activities and attractions. Inside, there is a choice of places to relax and spread out with both a large, most comfortable sitting room with a wood-burning stove and a sun room that has further seating.
The open plan, L-shaped kitchen/dining area is kept toasty by the colourful three-oven electric Aga, although there is an electric hob and oven that provide useful backup. There is also a utility room off the kitchen that comes in very handy for storing climbing and walking gear.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms – a master double bedroom with an en suite shower room, three further double bedrooms (two of which can be converted to twin rooms for extra flexibility) and a family bathroom with a bath and separate shower.
Outside, there is parking for a number of cars right at the front door and a useful ramp that leads to the rear door. The house is surrounded by an extensive fenced rough grass garden with a summerhouse and the charming Ballnellan Burn gurgling away at the front.
There is also a purpose built BBQ hut in the garden, so the great outdoors can be enjoyed whatever the weather. The BBQ hut has plenty of room for the whole party and is the perfect setting for socialising and entertaining, day or night.
The Glenlivet Estate operate 4x4 wildlife tours that run out into the rugged countryside of the estate for spotting red and roe deer, grouse, mountain hares and buzzards soaring in the skies overhead.
In Tomintoul (7 miles), the highest town in the Highlands, there are a few different eateries to try and some interesting shops to look around. This is very much whisky country with the Tomintoul Distillery just over a mile away and the Glenlivet Distillery (4.5 miles) just up the road where there are tours and tastings.
Fishing for sea trout or salmon is available on the River Avon near Tomintoul. As there is so little light pollution, this is a wonderful place to see the stars in all their glory, so enthusiasts should make sure to bring their telescope with them.
To the south east are the mighty Cairngorm mountains that will certainly keep walkers and climbers occupied or, if snowsports are of more interest, The Lecht Ski Resort is only 13.5 miles away.
Wildlife fans will love the RSPB reserve at Loch Garten where the star attraction is a pair of ospreys that return every year to raise their chicks. There is a direct video feed of the nest that allows visitors to continue to follow their progress even after they return home.
Just under an hour’s drive away is the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (29 miles) that is home to the UK’s only free roaming herd of reindeer with walks that lead up into the hills to find the herd and even the chance to hand feed them which is an experience not to be missed! On the way back from the centre it is worth stopping off at beautiful Loch Morlich for a picnic or to have a go at the various watersports that are on offer.
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.
Sitting room with wood-burning stove and TV (Freeview)/DVD
Open plan dining kitchen with electric Aga, electric oven and induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, etc
Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 fridges, freezer
Double bedroom (king-size) with en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Double/twin bedroom (zip link converts super king-size)
Double/twin bedroom (zip link converts super king-size)
Bathroom with bath and hand shower, separate shower, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
- Cot (excluding linen)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £25 of electricity is INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (first £25 INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay) and wood-burning stove (basket of logs INCLUDED). Charcoal for the BBQ Hut is not provided, so it is recommended you bring your own. EE 4G Broadband via the owners home router is available at a cost of £20 per week. Download speeds are good enough to stream iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime, but may be slower at peak times. There is a Roku Streaming device connected to the TV to give access to online content. The local EE mast serves every household in Glenavon, and is the only available option for Ballnellan. Water is from a private source which is UV filtered, Ph controlled and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured at times, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. Sorry, pets are not accepted. 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 28/05/2022 to 30/05/2022
From 04/06/2022 to 06/06/2022
From 20/05/2022 to 23/05/2022
Changeover Day: Fri
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4||Sleeps 8|
|06 May 2022 - 26 May 2022||£795.00||£895.00|
|27 May 2022 - 02 Jun 2022||£1,195.00||£1,195.00|
|03 Jun 2022 - 23 Jun 2022||£795.00||£895.00|
|24 Jun 2022 - 21 Jul 2022||£1,195.00||£1,195.00|
|22 Jul 2022 - 25 Aug 2022||£1,315.00||£1,315.00|
|26 Aug 2022 - 15 Sep 2022||£795.00||£895.00|
|16 Sep 2022 - 06 Oct 2022||£695.00||£795.00|
|07 Oct 2022 - 27 Oct 2022||£795.00||£895.00|
|28 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||£595.00||£695.00|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||£1,195.00||£1,195.00|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||£1,295.00||£1,295.00|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA||POA|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||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 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 Ballnellan, the tariff for 4 persons is based on two bedrooms only being made available.
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Lovely and well equipped cottage, in peaceful and tranquil surroundings.
We had a lovely stay - the cottage was set up perfectly and was in a beautiful setting. What a fabulous week with the fa...Read More
Clean, well-furnished property, and a nice welcome gift - thank you
Stunning rural location & very peaceful. Loved the BBQ hut by the stream. Property well equipped.
Excellent accommodation in an excellent location. Very little to fault with this cottage, only the cleanliness could be ...Read More