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Glenbardie House and Glenbardie Bothy are the perfect places to stay to explore Royal Deeside and the Cairngorm National Park. Each with its own garden and driveway, they sit within a one acre walled property at the foot of the oak covered Craigendarroch Hill on just 600 metres from the centre of the Victorian market town of Ballater. Both houses offer a peaceful retreat, yet local amenities are just a short walk away.
Glenbardie House sleeps 12 people and Glenbardie Bothy, six people. A cot is also available at Glenbardie House. One dog is permitted in both houses. Whilst Glenbardie Bothy is wheel chair friendly, Glenbardie House is not, as there are many steps both outside and inside the house. However, it does have a ground floor bedroom. The houses are comfortably furnished and well equipped, with Sky Sports package, offer Wifi, garden furniture and BBQ. Both houses are non smoking.
Glenbardie House : Ballater Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 870664ha
This traditional Aberdeenshire granite six bedroomed house has its own small tower, from which flies the Soltire flag. It was built 100 years ago by a ship owner and is a Grade C listed building. This type of tower is normally found along the coast, as this was the place where a wife would watch for her husband’s ship.
The house, which is south facing, has a large circular driveway to the front and a secluded flat garden at the rear where guests can relax, play games and barbecue. The rest of the garden is wild, and in winter, deer have been seen.
The public rooms, including a pool room, have high ceilings, with original cornices, roses, pitch pine floors and fireplaces. Along the hall, which has a tartan carpet, is the kitchen which has an electric/gas Aga and kitchen table.
Four of the bedrooms are ensuite, and only two twin bedded rooms share a bathroom but do have their own wash hand basins. The other twin bedded room (ensuite) is on the ground floor.
The kitchen has an Aga range - electric ovens and six gas burners, a dining table with seating for eight people, two fridges, and a separate upright freezer, in addition to the one found above one of the fridges. There is a utility area just off the kitchen with sink, washing machine and tumble dryer.
The house receives Sky TV - sports package and offers unlimited broadband....moreless
October Half Term Oct 10 - Oct 30, 2015 7 night min stay
Winter I Oct 31 - Dec 19, 2015 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit£100
NB Shorter stays are considered. The cost is dependent on the number of days requested and whether it includes a weekend. A weekend stay is dearer as it effectively blocks two weeks as the changeover day is Saturday.
Deposit of £200 required to confirm booking. Balance in full required 30 days before stay begins. Payment by bank transfer.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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The Victorian market town of Ballater, www.visitBallater.com, boasts excellent shops, many displaying their Royal Warrants, pubs and restaurants, sports centre, cycle hire and golf course. The River Dee, which creates a natural boundary for the town, is renowned for its salmon fishing. Ballater even has its own newspaper, the Ballater and Craithie Eagle and a “slightly irreverent” on line site called the Ballater Bugle. When the Queen is in residence during the months of August and September, the Royal Guard is billeted in the Victoria Barracks in the village.
The House or The Bothy is an excellent base for touring this beautiful and varied part of the Scottish Highlands. The immediate area offers an abundance of activities offering something for everyone. Balmoral Castle and Royal Lochnagar Distillery are 8 miles to the west. There are many local castles, whisky and heritage trails, fishing, sports and wildlife, cycle and hiking trails, horse riding and the skiing centres of Glenshee and the Lecht.
Day trips to Speyside with its whisky, the Scottish Cairngorms to the north and Aberdeen to the East are manageable.
The granite city of Aberdeen is the closest centre for rail and air links and car hire.
Useful sites are: Ballater Scotland, Undiscovered Scotland, Royal Deeside and Visit Scotland. Below we’ve tried to give you a better idea of what the area has to offer:
CYCLING - The old railway line (Balater to Dinnet) is popular with walkers and cyclists alike. Visit Cycle Scotland and the Forestry Commission ??
FISHING - Fish Dee. Also fish for rainbow trout at Tullich Fishery, 2 miles (3kms) away.
GLIDING - Deeside Gliding Club ,Aboyne, holds the UK altitude record of 38,600 feet.
GOLF - Other than BALLATER (18 hole course), there are courses at: ABOYNE (18), ABOYNE LOCK (9), ALFORD (18), BANCHORY (18), BRAEMAR (18) Email:email@example.com, INCHMARLO (9), INCHMARLO LAIRDS (18), LUMPHANAN (9), PETERCULTER (18), TARLAND (9 holes) - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HORSE RIDING - Balmoral Estates or Glentanar Estate
JOGGING/RUNNING - Choose from forest, hill and river trails around Ballater. Both the Ballater Highland Games and the Braemar Gathering have a hill race competition. There is the BALMORAL RUN 26 - 27 April, 2014. Set in the grounds of Balmoral Estate.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITY CENTRE - Deeside Activity Centre 14 miles (23kms) from Ballater
SNOW SKIING - The Lecht2090 is the closest ski slope to Glenbardie
Glenshee is Scotland’s largest ski-centre 8 miles (13kms) south of Braemar.
Alford Ski Centre at Howe of Alford
SWIMMING - Craigendarroch Hilton Hotel, Ballater
WALKING / HILL CLIMBING
A stay at Glenbardie would not be complete without a walk along the River Dee and for the more active to the top of Craigendarroch Hill, and the one at Cambus O’May. Also, visit Royal Deeside, Forestry Commission and Walk Highlands.
For the avid climber, there are many Munros www.munromagic.com.
WATER SKIING - Aboyne Loch Water Skiing .
WILDLIFE - Ballater lies at the Eastern border of the Cairngorm National Park ,home to a quarter of Scotland's native woodland
CASTLES - Balmoral Castle open from October to July. Others of note are: Braemar Castle, Craigievar Castle, Crathes Castle (a favourite) Drum Castle.
VICTORIAN HERITAGE TRAIL leads you to some of the many sights Queen Victoria enjoyed during her visits to the area. Close to Ballater there is Glen Muick, with its wonderful loch. Others are Cambus O'May, Crathie Church, Braemar and the Linn of Dee.
DISTILLERIES - DEESIDE has The Royal Lochnagar Distillery and the tours are very enjoyable. Another is the Fettercairn’s Hillside Distillery, one of the oldest malt whisky distlleries in Scotland.
SPEYSIDE boasts The Malt Whisky Trail. This links several famous distilleries: Strathisla (Chivas Regal), Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, The Glenlivet, Cardhu, Glen Grant, Dallas Dhu and Benromach.
Festivals and Events in the area:
BALLATER HIGHLAND GAMES. August during Victoria week. Email: email@example.com
ABOYNE HIGHLAND GAMES . First Saturday in August. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BRAEMAR GATHERING First Saturday in September. Email:email@example.com
LONACH HIGHLAND GATHERING AND GAMES, Strathdon
Fourth Saturday in August. The highlight of these games is the March of the Lonach Highlanders. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VICTORIA WEEK - BALLATER
Held during August, the week celebrates the town’s connection to Queen Victoria. The “week” is actually ten days of activities and includes the Ballater Highland Games.
BALLATER WALKING FESTIVAL?17 - 24 May 2014 for hillwalkers of all ages and abilities. Email: email@example.com