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A Charming Period Family Cottage On The Edge Of The Cairngorms National Park

Overview

Property

Updated: 07-Dec-2016
2 bedroomed cottage with stunning panoramic view 200 metres from the glens.

A comfortable, cosy and archetypal Scottish cottage steeped in history with a southerly panoramic view; Winters Cottage has 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 and is situated in the small hamlet of Dykehead near Glens Clova and Prosen, at the edge of the stunning Cairngorms national park. A welcoming cottage surrounded by breathtaking countryside is the perfect spot for keen walkers, golfers, fishers and those looking to unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine and a good book beside a roaring log fire! Rural yet within touching distance of the coast and some of Scotland's great towns and cities - Winters Cottage is a little gem.

Please note we welcome children over 5 years.

We are members of Visit Scotland (3* rating - 'very good').

Unfortunately we are unable to accept pets.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The next generation has taken on the mantle of caring for Winters Cottage. Our grandparents moved from Scotland to Warwickshire in the 1930s. We three ‘Winter’ sisters live in South Warwickshire and manage the cottage as a holiday destination, project managing the maintenance and restoration with care. Black ranges, box beds in the kitchen and oil lamps have all gone. Babies are no longer born at the cottage – our children no longer walk across the field to the primary school by the river at Cortachy. But this bothy still holds a special place in our hearts. We have passed our love of the cottage to our children and the next generation – the 7th in line – are now enjoying the magic of this special place. History repeats itself. How wonderful to know that some things don’t change.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

‘Winters Cottage is a little gem’



‘Another great week. Snow on the hills, osprey and marsh harriers on Loch of Kinnordy. Good Food at the Drovers Inn. Still finding new walks after 10 years!’



‘Red squirrels from the kitchen window – lovely surprise! Exceeded all our expectations’.
Mar 2015
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8 Reviews

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based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

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Stunning, peaceful character cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at Winters cottage, Total peace and quiet, the only noise you will hear will be the wildlife and the wind in the trees.

The cottage is full of character and charm and has everything you need for a self catering stay, very comfortable sofas in both rooms and a pleasure to come home to cook in the cottage after a days walking and then settle down in front of the open fire, Bliss.

The garden is huge and beautifully maintained and you will spot rabbits bobbing around in the morning or late afternoon.

Cannot fault anything about the cottage, the family have thought of everything to make your holiday comfortable and special.

For people that like to keep active I recommend two Munro's Mayar and Dreish both start from Glen doll car park about 40 mins drive away, there are various walks you can do from here to suit most fitness levels, our favourite being the Munros' and Jocks road.

There is a Corbett called Ben Tirran which sits behind the Glen Clova hotel 20 mins drive away, fantastic hill with 2 lochs on the way up, once on the plateau we spotted around 100 red deer with numerous stags amongst them, they watched us for a couple of minutes and then thundered off down the hill, what a sight!!! Pick this hill on a good day as the views are incredible.

Great trail running in the area as well as quiet roads for cycling.

There is a walking and cycling folder in the cottage which is very helpful.

The drovers inn is highly recommended for a nice meal ( 3 miles away) both the restaurant and bar are equally as nice to sit in and the menu is the same for both.

A fabulous active holiday in a stunning comfortable cottage which I would highly recommend, we would love to return.

Thanks Fiona xx

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Brian for your detailed review which the family very much appreciate. It was great to hear that you were able to take advantage of your experience in hill walking to climb way above the glen. We will put your comments in the walkers file for visitors to enjoy. Lovely to catch sight of the herd of deer too. Hope to see you again sometime. Fiona
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5

Homely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Winters cottage is by far the best cottage we have stayed in. Everything was thought of. The kitchen was fully equipped, the furnishings extremely comfortable, it actually felt like a home rather than a holiday let. It was spotlessly clean and tidy. Would I book it again? Yes every time I visit my family I will certainly be booking this cottage if it is available. Thank you so much for letting us stay and the great communications.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Heidi for taking the time to send a review. We appreciate your comments, particularly the point that the cottage feels like a home and not a holiday let. I will pass on your comments about the cleanliness to our housekeeper who likes to keep everything in order! We hope to see you again sometime.
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5

Beautiful views and very quiet.

  • 5 of 5

we stayed for four nights and found the cottage to be very comfortable and well equipped. While not used to storage heaters they did warm the cottage up quickly on chilly nights, there is a log burner and open fire if you prefer with a large log pile in the garden to the rear. Fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with bath and seperate shower. Furnished to a good standard with very comfortable beds and sofas. Beautiful views, lovely and clean throughout what more could you want?

For me personally, the quietness was the icing on the cake, just sounds of birds, bees and the wind in the trees, brilliant! I can definitely recommend this cottage and hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your detailed review about Winters Cottage which is much appreciated. It's always helpful to get feedback from our guests so we can understand what's important to you and what you enjoy most. Delighted you saw an eagle! We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to seeing for you again sometime.
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Just a lovely well kept family home

  • 5 of 5

The description of the property is well made. What a lovely stay we had. Everything is so well organised - so well thought out. It makes me happy to think this wonderful cottage is in good hands and that it's history and charm can be enjoyed by guests such as ourselves. The location is amazing, with easy access to amazing mountain scenery, whilst also having easy access to the coast and towns

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your complimentary review which is much appreciated by all the family. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and that you found the history of the old cottage interesting. Hope to see you again some time. Fiona
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Fantastic place in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful family cottage that has lots of history and set in a wonderful location. We spent 3 nights at Winters Cottage. Even though it is set in a tiny village it is near enough to most places.

We saw quite a bit of wildlife whilst staying in the area, deer, rabbits, hawks, falcons, red squirrel and eagles. Cant recommend the cottage enough!

If you like walking, take a short ride to Glen Doll remember to take a packed lunch and enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

Beautiful place -Will return!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We very much appreciate you taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again another time. F
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5

Just what the doctor ordered....marvellous!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely cottage this place is and set amongst some truly stunning scenery. A group of us from London were after a relaxing break up north to celebrate News Years, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and this place duly delivered. The cottage itself is warm, has a great eat in kitchen for dinner parties (which we utilised) and a lovely living room to relax infront of a nice warm log fire. There is the nearby Drover pub which is a 'short' walk away which we thoroughly enjoyed with good helped with the staff being lovely. The walks were impressive and it was good to get some real fresh air into our lungs, to then reward ourselves after with a few games of pool and drinks at the Clove Hotel. It was a fantastic 4 days, a perfect way to see in the New Year and we will definitely be returning!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate the comments about your stay thank you. Glad to hear you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again sometime.
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Location

From the Owner

In 1860 James Winter moved to the cottage from his father’s farm in Glen Prosen where he raised 5 children with his wife Eliza. He opened a post office and drapers store to sell linen from his business in Laurencekirk in what is now the kitchen/ morning room. We can just remember the mahogany shop counter, wooden floors and open fire in the 1950s. The shop closed in the late 50s but we still have mementos of times gone by, including hand made linen, Victorian furniture, books, a family bible and a clock given by Peter Pan author J M Barrie to his sister who married cousin William. The cottage was handed down the generations to our father Donald and on to our generation. We are proud caretakers for generations to come and we hope you love the cottage as much as we do!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Aberdeen Airport at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Drovers at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Kirriemuir at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Dundee at 23 Miles Nearest Motorway : A90 at 6 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Drovers at 3 Miles Nearest Ski : Glenshee at 30 Miles Nearest Beach : Lunan Bay at 20 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Walking/Cycling/Fishing/Golfing

Highland Games - Braemar and locally Cortachy

Glamis Castle/J M Barrie's birthplace/Scone Palace/Captain R F Scott's ship 'Discovery'/National Trust House of Dun, Montrose

Edinburgh Festival/Pitlochry Theatre/Perth Festival

St Andrews/The House of Bruar, Pitlochry

Scotland's Gardens Scheme/The Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry/Cambo Estate 'Snowdrops by Starlight' nr. St Andrews

St Andrews beach/Lunan Bay and coastal trails

Winters cottage is situated in an exceptional area for keen walkers and is the ideal spot for those looking for a walking holiday. Situated at the edge of the Cairngorms national park, the cottage is surrounded by four historic glens with paths ranging from easy to extremely strenuous (see Angus Glens Walking Festival June 2017). The Winter family recommends ‘Jock’s Road’ in particular; named after one of its bravest ancestors Jock Winter, a local shepherd, who battled to keep the path open in 1887 .

Coast/Beach:

The nearest recommended beaches to Dykehead are Lunan Bay (35 minute drive) and blue flag awarded St Andrews (40/45 minute drive), 28 and 35 miles away respectively. Look carefully and you might spot some dolphins! Both beaches are stunning with clean, safe bathing and wide sands for walking or having a picnic. There is plenty of parking and from the beach at St Andrews it is easy to walk into town at the end of the day for supper before making your way back to the cottage.

Travel:

Dundee train station - 23 miles (half hour drive)

Dundee Airport - 27 miles (35 minute drive)

Aberdeen Airport (just over an hour's drive)

Edinburgh airport - approx. 82 miles (one and a half hours)

Car hire available at both airports. Car hire delivery available at Dundee station.

Distances:

Distance to:

Glen Prosen – 200 metres

Glen Clova – 200 metres

Glen Isla - 11 miles

Glen Doll - 12 miles

Cortachy - 0.5 miles

Kirriemuir- 5 miles

Forfar -8 miles

Brechin - 20 miles

Montrose -23 miles

Dundee- 25 miles

St. Andrews - 35 miles

Perth - 36 miles

Edinburgh - 80 miles

Further Details:

Our favourite pub is the Drovers Inn (3 miles), a Michelin Guide pub with a great atmosphere, an open fire and excellent food. For extensive information on local restaurants please visit the Winters Cottage website.

4 miles away in Kirriemuir - Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Scotland, TSB, the Post Office, butcher, baker, 2 Co-op supermarkets, newsagent, Boots pharmacy, ironmongers, hairdressers, GPs, library, police, petrol station, Fairtrade coffee shop etc.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rate 7
29 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
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Christmas 2016 (Thurs)
22 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
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New Year 2016 (Thurs)
29 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
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4 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
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1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
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29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
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27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
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22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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£340
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2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
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£268
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30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
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£224
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Rate 9
28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£220
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Rate 10
21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
£425
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28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
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£425
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

CHILDREN OVER 5 VERY WELCOME

Booking Notes:

To book: either email Fiona on the Owners Direct website or visit the Winters Cottage website and complete the booking form: www.winterscottage.co.uk

Or contact Fiona Howard by email: winterscottage@btinternet.com

Or by phone: 07979 518076/01608 682570

We ask for a booking fee of £100. The balance (+ £100 damage deposit) is due approximately 6 weeks before your holiday. The damage deposit is returned approximately 1 week after your holiday. You are welcome to pay either by cheque, bank transfer or on line banking. Please ask for our banking details.


Changeover Day:

Our normal changeover day is Saturday. However, we are very flexible and are happy to consider days that suit you, particularly in low season. Arrival time is 3 pm and departure time is normally 10 am. Again, we are flexible - do please ask.

Notes on prices:
Prices are FULLY INCLUSIVE: i.e. heating/ electricity, coal, logs, linen and towels and we do not charge VAT.

You are welcome to enquire about short breaks. We have a minimum stay of 3 nights (except Nov/ Dec when it's 4/5 nights) (please see 'Property Pricing').

We ask for a £100 deposit with the booking. A £100 damage deposit is due with the balance, 6 weeks before the holiday. The damage deposit is returned approximately 1 week after the holiday.

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Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Really easy to reach yet set in glorious highland scenery. At Perth you’ll soon be there. See the Grampian mountains coming into view. By Kirriemuir look out for Peter Pan; that’s where he comes from and he’s never grown up! Can you see the red squirrels or deer feeding by the castle? Through the woods, over the river and up to Dykehead. You’re there and only 15 minutes since you left a different world. Sit under the verandah with a cup of tea and gaze at the wonderful view. It’s great to be back. Riverside walks, fishing, golf and the glens on your doorstep. Walk the coastal path or picnic at Lunan Bay 35 minutes away. Visit historic Perth or Dundee, city of Scott’s Discovery.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, The shower enclosure is behind the bathroom door
  • The newly decorated bathroom includes a Heritage white bathroom suite and separate Showerlux shower unit with Mira Sport electric shower and a heated towel rail. There is also a radiant wall heater.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a comfy double room, recently decorated - perfect for snuggling up after a brisk day out in the glens. Bedroom 2 - the large twin room - is spacious yet cosy and offers a stunning view of the garden and the surrounding hills; the home of local wildlife - red squirrel, pheasant, oyster catchers, stoats and rabbits!

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The cottage is heated by 'Total Control' night storage heaters, a multi-fuel burning stove and an open fire. All electricity, coal and logs are included in the price. All prices are fully inclusive and we do not charge VAT. This is a no smoking cottage. We regret we are unable to accept pets. CHILDREN OVER 5 ARE VERY WELCOME. Outside: The cottage sits at the edge of the hamlet and has off road parking for 2 or 3 cars. The private veranda and well maintained garden is on the south side of the house with an uninterrupted, panoramic view over much of Cortachy and the Earl of Airlie's estate to the hills beyond. The cottage provides a BBQ, outdoor furniture and the garden is approximately half an acre in size. Plenty of space for family games on the lawn! Utility Room: The 'boot room' provides an area to store your outdoor sporting equipment. There is an ironing board, clothes drier, picnic basket, cool bag, bucket & shovel for ashes & mop & bucket. Bicycles can be left under the veranda or locked in the garden shed. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage is professionally cleaned after each booking. All linen and 'The White Company' towels are provided. A change of linen and towels is offered mid holiday if there is a 2 week booking. Other: The hall cupboard houses an iron, picnic rug, broom, ladders, light bulbs, torch, shaver/toothebrush charging plug, firelighters/matches, shower mat, cleaning materials etc.

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