4 bedrooms with spectacular views of Royal Deeside and the Balmoral Estate
Rhinabaich Cottage is a granite built farmhouse typical of rural Aberdeenshire. It is located in the Cairngorms National Park and sits in a sheltered position on the southfacing slope of Gellaig, one of the largest mountains on Deeside.
The cottage is modern and cosy inside, and features a spectular multiwindowed lounge with panoramic open views down and across the Dee Valley, and over the Balmoral Estate to Lochnagar, the highest mountain of the east Grampians.
Open fires in the lounge and dining room augment the oil-fired central heating, and logs are provided in the winter. Wifi, Freesat TV and Blueray DVD are all provided too.
The cottage has four bedrooms: a Master bedroom and smaller double bedroom downstairs, and a further double bedroom and twin single bedroom upstairs. A travel cot is available if required.
The modern oak kitchen has a contemporary five burner gas cooker, with NEFF oven and microwave, fridgefreezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer: everything to make your holiday comfortable.
The recently refurbished bathrooms each have toilets and showers, and one has a bath.
Outside there is ample private driveway parking, a well stocked spacious garden, garden furniture, a Weber Barbecue,a table tennis table and a 12 foot trampoline with safety net.
The land around the cottage offers fascinating exploring of the delightful stream, hillside and woods, and of the nearyby ruins of ancient cottages, remnants of one of the many thriving crofting communities which dotted the area in times gone by.
The location is just ideal for a relaxing break amid the glory of Royal Deeside, with stunning views of the River Dee, over the Balmoral Estate and on to magestic Lochnagar, the highest mountain in the east Grampians.
The cottage offers complete privacy, but is just 4 miles from Ballater, a beautiful and vibrant village which has long enjoyed the patronage of the Royal Family, as Balmoral Castle is nearby.
All linen is provided, including towels, sheets etc.
Pets are not allowed, and the cottage is non-smoking.
At the end of your holiday, you don't need to clean,do laundry etc as this will be done for you. We just ask that you strip your beds and leave the cottage and garden tidy for us.
Whether you just want to relax and enjoy the lovely views, shop in the charming artisan shops of Ballater, fish in the Dee or walk the paths through the forests and climb or ski in the mountains of Royal Deeside, we are sure you will have an unforgettable holiday at Rhinabaich Cottage.
See more on our Facebook page!
Top Traveller Review
A delightful place to unwind or enjoy the Scottish Highlands
About the Owner
About Nick Macklon
We are medical doctors, working in the UK and Copenhagen.
Nick Macklon purchased this cottage in 2014
Why Nick Macklon chose Scotland
Rhinabaich cottage has a wonderful mix of complete privacy without being too isolated, and enjoys some of the best views on Deeside. it's elevated location on a south facing hillside means it enjoys the sun all year round, and all day clouds permitting!
The 800 meter track to the cottage rises from the main road between Ballater and Braemar and is suitable for all cars.
It is a very comfortable house. Excellent beds in the 4 bedrooms, fully equipped NEFF kitchen and shower rooms on both floors. The lounge has a feature open working fireplace.
Outside there is a table tennis table and a trampoline is tucked away beside the garage.
What makes this cottage unique
The peaceful, sunny location, surrounded by mature trees and hillside with superb open views is quite unique. The cottage itself is spacious and cosy with carpets in all public and bed rooms. A special feature is the lounge with surround large glass windows offering 240 degree vistas of the Dee valley, surrounding hills and the royal estate of Balmoral.
(4 traveller reviews)
A delightful place to unwind or enjoy the Scottish Highlands
We had a wonderful week. The weather was perfect and we are sure to return. The cottage is in a perfect location to explore the Highlands, Aberdeen and the National Parks. Would thoroughly recommend.
Lovely cottage, in the middle of nature with some charming villages close by. We loved the living room with the fireplace, big screen TV and the LPs we could play. All bedrooms have super comfy beds. Very nice and well equipped kitchen too, and excellent butcher at Ballater! Beautiful surroundings, the river Dee at your feet, lots of deers and bunnies to spot, and a great whiskey distillery around the corner. Everything you want for a holiday in Scotland. We had a great time and definitely recommend!
Sehr schöne Landschaft
Gemütliches Ferienhaus, nur leider funktionierte die Schlüsselübergabe bei der Ankunft nicht. Nach mehreren Telefonaten u 3stündigem Warten kamen wir endlich ins Haus.😬
Een genoeglijk familiehuis in de Schotse Hooglanden
Het huis heeft een geweldig mooie ligging tegen de berg waardoor het ook een fantastisch uitzicht biedt op de beek beneden en de omgeving. Zowel het huis als de omgeving ademen rust uit. Het is een goede lokatie om van alles te doen, behalve in de tuin waar we heerlijk van de zon hebben genoten en gezellig rond het vuur en de barbecue zaten, hebben ook de kleintjes genoten van de fantastische trampoline die met een net rondom goed beveiligd is. Het huis zelf biedt een warm onthaal, het maakt dat je direct comfortabel voelt.
Binnen een uur is er veel te bezoeken aan kastelen (let op dat de toegangsgelden prijzig zijn en voor Crathes Castle wel de moeite waard) tuinen en prachtige natuur. Betreft wandelmogelijkheden is er direct vanuit het huis voldoende uitdaging en met een kleine tour per auto hebben we adembenemende uitzichten ervaren. In het huisje liggen allerlei tips voor tochtjes.
Nick Maclon is zeer hartelijk en service gericht, de cottage is ruim zodat we met 6 volwassenen en 2 kleine kinderen ons goed konden huisvesten. De slaapkamers zijn voorzien van goede bedden en bedlinnen, wij vonden de kastruimte wat beperkt. De woning is schoon en goed onderhouden en de woonkamer biedt een gezellige zit met open haard en heel veel uitzicht door de ramen rondom.
De keuken is ruim en goed voorzien van oven , magnetron en fijn fornuis. van alles is voldoende aanwezig. Voor boodschappen kan je in het dorp ballater op 8 minuten afstand rijden goed terecht.
Rhinabaich Cottage heeft onze familieweek tot een groot succes gemaakt.
From the Owner
“Rhinabaich cottage has a wonderful mix of complete privacy without being too isolated, and enjoys some of the best views on Deeside. it's elevated location on a south facing hillside means it enjoys the sun all year round, and all day clouds permitting! The 800 meter track to the cottage rises from the main road between Ballater and Braemar and is suitable for all cars. It is a very comfortable house. Excellent beds in the 4 bedrooms, fully equipped NEFF kitchen and shower rooms on both floors. The lounge has a feature open working fireplace. Outside there is a table tennis table and a trampoline is tucked away beside the garage.”
Activity and Interests
Royal Deeside really is a special place.
The beauty and majesty of the scenery is matched by the warm welcome offered by the pretty villages of Ballater and Braemar, both of which provide excellent shopping for foodies and outdoor types alike.
The Royal family's famous Scottish retreat, Balmoral Castle is nearby and open to visitors much of the year, as is the Lochnagar Whisky Distillery.
Spectacular walks abound, for all levels of fitness, and the Ski Slopes of Glenshee and the Lecht at just 40 minutes away, providing rental equipment and day passes.
Golfers are spoilt for choice, with beautifully situated courses nearby, and the famous Trump Links Course less than an hour away, at Balmedie, which also has one of the best beaches in the UK.
The area is dotted with ancient castles and gardens open to the public, and the Speyside Whisky Trail and original fishing villages of Aberdeenshire are within striking distance.
In the summer, Highland Games can be enjoyed in Ballater, thee Lonach in Strathdon and of course at Braemar, as famously visited by the Royal Family.
Nearby Ballater is lively all year round, and cycle hire, guided walks and outdoor safaris can be booked whatever the season.
For more information on the year round program of local events, visit
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
23 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Cleaning at end if stay, clean linen, heating and electricity all included
Owner's Cancellation Policy
From the Owner
“The peaceful, sunny location, surrounded by mature trees and hillside with superb open views is quite unique. The cottage itself is spacious and cosy with carpets in all public and bed rooms. A special feature is the lounge with surround large glass windows offering 240 degree vistas of the Dee valley, surrounding hills and the royal estate of Balmoral.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Fireplace ...
- Garage ...
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Microwave ...
- Oven ...
- Pantry Items
- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Dining Room
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Music Library ...
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Stereo ...
- Television ...
- Video Library ...
- wheelchair accessible ...
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- ski lift pass
- 150 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Electric shower
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Electric shower
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, A kingsize double bed with top quality mattress
- The master bedroom has a kingside divan bed and goose down duvet, and electric blankets. The wardrobe contains the travel cot and has a large section for guest use. The room has a charger and speakers for iPhones. Good wifi signal form the router in the hall. All beds will be made up for you in high quality linen on arrival.
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Garden ...
- Barbecue ...
- Tennis ...
- Max. occupancy: 8
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- The change over day is Friday. Please leave by 10.00am/ arrive after 4 pm to allow cleaning etc.