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.
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.
Short stays are considered on application, but they do attract a higher rate.
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.
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About the Owner
NB Shorter stays are considered. The cost is not worked out on a pro rata basis and is dependent on the number of days requested and whether it includes a weekend. A weekend stay is the dearest as it effectively blocks two weeks as the changeover day is Saturday.
(5 traveller reviews)
We came to stay at Glenbardie from California; there were 4 adults and 5 kids (ages 6-11), and it was the PERFECT house. Clean, plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms, laundry, amazing kitchen, lots of space for everyone, and perfectly situated to walk into town for groceries, coffee, and delicious meals. We went hiking, horseback riding, castle hopping, cake-eating and much, much more. The caretaker was absolutely lovely, the owners are responsive and generous. We hope to come back again to Glenbardie, it was a dream vacation in Scotland!!
Overal very acceptable in terms of accommodation and furnishing. Great to have some essentials in.
Property met with expectations and as detailed in listings etc.
Property clean and well maintained.
Local help on hand to answer any questions.
Definitely recommend to others.
Lots to do locally including golf, walking, visiting places of historic interest.
This really is 5 star
This lovely house - and helpful owner - rescued our holiday. Having found ourselves in a dreadful place in Huntly, Angela pulled out the stops to get the house ready for us at a couple of hours notice. When we arrived, late in the evening, after a very trying experience, we were thrilled. The house was warm comfortable and clean. There was everything we needed and more. Amazing huge dining table that our whole family could sit at, lovely cosy living room, with comfy seats for all . . . and a log fire. With a mixed group, ages from 2 to 85, everyone was happy. The pool table was well used all week with a pool league organised. Bedrooms all lovely with nice bedding and plenty of ensuites. The downstairs twin was great for Grannie! The house is in easy walking distance from the town, which has plenty to offer in the way of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. We were so sorry to have to leave this luxurious but homely house and would certainly recommend it to everyone.
Just returned after a fantastic couple of days in Ballater. The house was fantastic and more than catered for all of our needs!
Lovely large rooms, nicely furnished and the house was kitted out with everything that anyone could possibly need. Added to that the wonderful scenery and close access to the centre of the village.
A perfect place to stay and look forward to returning in the future.
Thanks from us all!
Where to stay at any time of year!
We stayed in Glenbardie House for a week at New Year 2014. As a group of 8 friends we have been renting properties in the Highlands at that time for several years and, though the others were of an excellent standard, this is the first one that we are returning to!
Both the owner, prior to arrival, and the housekeeper thereafter were friendly and helpful and the house was a comfortable, warm and dry haven during what was sadly a very wet week. The kitchen is especially well equipped and the food shopping in Ballater is really good. As a party of eight each couple had an ensuite bedroom which was great. The pool table provided a popular diversion on wet afternoons!
As said in a previous review of The Bothy, the location is excellent with many places to visit and great walks on the doorstep. We're returning at the same time this year to enjoy the many walks and areas we didn't see and look forward to relaxing again in front of a roaring fire at the end of the day!
Activity and Interests
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
- Tourist Attractions
- Activities Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Pool Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Player
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- water skiing
- 230 m²
- Yellow room ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Papaya room ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Tower room ensuite - Toilet, Bath (no shower), There is a shower fitting but no screen around bath
- Shared bathroom for twin bedrooms - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Ground floor ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Guest toilet - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, This is located close to the back door
- 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
- Yellow room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, South facing ensuite
- Papaya room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, South facing ensuite
- Back room - 1 Double Bed, Separate ensuite bedroom at rear of house
- Twin 1 - 2 Single Bed, Shares bathroom but with own wash hand basin
- Twin 2 - 2 Single Bed, Shares bathroom but with own wash hand basin
- Ground floor - 2 Single Bed, Ensuite shower room
- 12 garden chairs
- Max. occupancy: 12
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- children welcome
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- 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. Should catering be required, this is possible to arrange, but is subject to availability. So, please ask well in advance to avoid disappointment.