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Ballater, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "Great stay as usual the owner always makes sure everything is spotless and tidy can't wait to return"

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great cottage, could do with a few little extras."

    Maybe a small radio and hooks next to back door for when it's wet, that would save trailing from front door with wet dog, that way leash and dog towel could be hung in kitchen. Apart from that everything else was excellent.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2023

  • "Could not fault out stay at Westwood Cottage."

    It was lovely, everything you needed and more was supplied. Cottage was spotless, central to everything. Pet friendly with enclosed garden. Perfect for our stay. Would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2023

  • "Exceptionally clean and comfortable property, It didnt disappoint and we would love to return."

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jul 2023

  • "Once again, Westwood does not disappoint."

    Super, extremely well appointed house, in very quiet area of Ballater. Spotlessly clean. Great outdoor grassed area with nice garden furniture. Returning here after days out was just a pleasure. Will definitely book Westwood again.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Jun 2023

  • "Again a good holiday that’s why we chose this cottage for our break, in a lovely location next to cafes and beautiful scenery for walking our dog."

    That was our third year and so far managed to pick another glorious week weather wise. We’ve been going to Ballater for over thirty years and so far this is one of the best cottages we’ve stayed in.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0May 2023

  • "Nice, clean, pleasant cottage."

    All you needed was provided.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2023

  • "What a wonderful property which gave us a wonderful holiday ."

    First time visiting the area and we were not disappointed . Westwood was clean, warm and cosy and had all the amenities needed for a weeks stay . Even the dog was impressed with the garden … will be back to visit when we can find a space at Westwood

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, everything provided for great stay."

    Enjoyed by us all.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Mar 2023

  • "Very comfortable stay!"

    So central and convenient for the village… Everything we needed to make our break very relaxing - home from home! We’re looking to when we can book again!

    Reviewed by Cath5.0Jan 2023

  • "Superb! This cosy, warm, comfortable and well equipped cottage was just perfect."

    We loved the juxtaposition of retro and contemporary throughout, adding to its charm and character. The excellent location inspired many walking miles both in the immediate vicinity and on snow covered Lochnagar. What a fantastic holiday - thank you!!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jan 2023

  • "Lovely property and a great base for a holiday."

    Lots of walks from the door. Heating very efficient so very comfortable when the temperatures dropped. Everything we needed for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent property."

    Could only find one slight negative. Lack of an electric razor point in the bathroom Lived in Ballater for 13 years. Lovely to be back. Cottage was ideally suited. Loved it

    Reviewed by Angus4.7Sep 2022

  • "A fantastic holiday cottage."


    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous again."

    Second time here and it was better as you had added the garden furniture and more utilities in the kitchen. Our only “nice to have” would be a BBQ. It’s a real pain when someone parks opposite the entrance though, makes it almost impossible to get in or out :( We will be back. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Darren4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had an amazing week at Westwood, so clean and comfortable, and a great base to walk, eat and travel from."

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jun 2022

  • "2nd holiday in this cottage still impressed with the cleanliness."

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely, clean and well appointed cottage."

    We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "The property was spotlessly clean and very comfortable."

    It is situated in an ideal area for walking in the beautiful forests around Ballater.

    Reviewed by Flora5.0May 2022

  • "This cottage is very much a home from home - just what we needed for having a relaxing break."

    We have explored the area quite a bit and being able to come back to the cottage and enjoy a relaxed evening was just what was needed at the end of our days trekking. The timed heating and hot water were very welcome eliminating the need to 'remember' to turn these on ready for when it was needed. The cottage is ideally placed for getting to the many places of interest in the area easily by car and we enjoyed putting out walking shoes on to explore the walking routes from Ballater. Thank you for providing a lovely place to stay Jacqueline, we would certainly stay with you again when in the area.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable stay in a quiet but convenient location."

    The one minor thing was lighting in the kitchen was poor. This was due to a high ceiling, maybe additional wall lights,under cupboard lights would help. Thanks Kt

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Apr 2022

  • "Thank you for your hospitality, our stay was amazing, it was a warm comfortable stay."

    After lots of days out and about the beautiful surrounding area it was great knowing we were coming back to a relaxed quiet home with all the facilities we needed. We appreciated the information leaflets for trails, which we took advantage of. We also enjoyed dining out, takeaways and using the kitchen with all the equipment we needed. The amenities were described accurately with some extra nice touches. My dog loved all the walks and the secure garden. Check in and out was simple, secure and the whole experience was fantastic. It was affordable for me, but does fluctuate at certain times of year, so if the price is right I have no doubt I will return.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had such a lovely stay at this little cottage, the photos really don’t do it justice."

    A lovely warm little house in a superb location, the kitchen was well stocked with the little things that you always forget to take like cling film. Lots of walking on the door step, would really recommend a walk round Lock Muick too. Some reviews say that the parking is difficult but we didn’t struggle and our cars massive, just pull past and reverse on to the drive. Only thing missing was some outside furniture but admittedly we had unseasonably warm weather for March so there may be some in the warmer months!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2022

  • "Westwood is a beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean and in a great location for a holiday in Aberdeenshire."

    We stayed there for 4 nights over New Year with our friends and dog and would not hesitate to recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Dec 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Westwood cottage."

    It had everything we needed, we had a very relaxing and comfortable stay there. The cottage was very clean.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Dec 2021

  • "A lovely , clean , well equipped cottage ."

    In a great location and an ideal starting point for some wonderful walks. I hope to come back again :)

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2021

  • "We love Ballater anyway & have stayed many times."

    We have stayed twice at this property as it provides everything thing you need. In the summer it was great for sitting outside & in winter it's warm and welcoming. Hopefully we'll be back next year, if it's not already booked up.

    Reviewed by A N5.0Nov 2021

  • "Great cottage."

    Facilities excellent . Car parking a bit tricky with bike rack on car and very difficult to get in or out if car parked on roadside opposite. Would be a case for double yellow lines on road opposite. Neighbours friendly. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2021

  • "A very comfortable, clean and well equipped cottage."

    Very convenient for local facilities with plenty of walks from the door. A relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Oct 2021

  • "This cottage was absolutely pristine."

    It was so clean and the decor was just so lovely. Everything was so good. Just had to ask a couple of times for people not to park opposite please which would have made it impossible for us to get out in our car or get back in.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Sep 2021

  • "Westwood is a beautiful property- the photos don’t really do it justice!"

    Fresh and new inside, beautiful view from the front. Short walk to everything you need in Ballater and a minute from the river. We absolutely loved it!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and comfortable, also very warm."

    It is a bit neat reversing into the driveway but manageable. Ballater itself is a good place to visit with a variety of shops. There are plenty of walks to go on and the mountains aren’t too far away. We plan a return visit.

    Reviewed by Jen5.0Jul 2021

  • "Nice house, well equipped, close to the center of Ballater."

    If I could I would score it a steady 3.5. Need to be good at parking to get in and out and there is a possibility you could get trapped in! Also, not very private, across the way can see straight into the main bedroom and access at the back is shared. A few minor issues need looking, squeaky bathroom door needs oiling, bath plug-in needs unblocking.

    Reviewed by Will3.8Jul 2021

  • "Highly recommended - A gem of a place in a quiet street but very central location - way more spacious than I thought and very comfortable."

    The shops and so many walks and hikes are on your doorstep. Westwood was great - every little thing thought of from board games to DVDs to more than fully equipped kitchen (all the little things you forget to take like cling film!) The poly pocket maps of walks were much appreciated. Ballater itself is so picturesque and plenty of gift shops, eateries and good sized Co-Op. Staff in tourist information very helpful too.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4Jun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage."

    Excellent location near to all the town’s amenities.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2021

  • "The pictures undersold this property."

    The facilities were all there, the downstairs space & sun soaked garden made our stay very relaxing. Of course the surrounding area has some of the best scenery in the world.

    Reviewed by A N4.7Jun 2021

  • "We have been going to Ballater for 25 yrs and couldn’t get our usual accommodation so we were a bit wary if we could get anything that we would like, we were absolutely delighted to stay in this cottage as it had everything we needed."

    First class, after the disappointment of having to cancel last year. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Janette5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, well equipped and in nice quiet surroundings."

    We went with the purpose of munro bagging of which there were plenty within 30 minutes drive.

    Reviewed by Richard Craig4.7May 2021

  • "House was fab, great location, well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    Reviewed by Stroma5.0Nov 2020

  • "A very comfy cozy house with lots of little extras location excellent area ..."

    A very comfy cozy house with lots of little extras location excellent area outstanding overall had a very happy enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great place, we didn't want to leave!"

    We also love this part of Scotland, and Ballater is a charming town but not too touristy.

    Reviewed by Trinh5.0Aug 2020

  • "We enjoyed a midweek break at Westwood which is perfectly situated in the heart of this friendly little town."

    Beautiful walks from the door with coffee shops and restaurants literally just around the corner. A very well appointed cottage with the best kitchen we have come across with all the dishes, utensals and modern appliance you could ever need. The living space is very usable with lots good downstairs space, excellent tv & wifi, a modern bathroom and that all important comfortable bed! We slept soundly and really relaxed here. There is ample parking on the driveway and so many dog friendly places close by, we loved our stay and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Jan 2020

  • "Immaculate, well equipped cottage in a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2019

  • "Superb holiday home in very quiet street in charming village of Ballater."

    Very clean and equipped with quality goods. A pleasure to return after walking in the magnificent Royal Deeside. Five star recommendation!!

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Sep 2019

  • "Ballater is an attractive small town, an ideal base for touring, lots of small individual shops, restaurants and the beautiful Old Royal Station."

    The location of the cottage is ideal, it is quiet but you can walk everywhere in town within 10 minutes. The quality of the cottage, and particularly the way it is equipped, far exceeded our expectations. We were extremely comfortable and would highly recommended it.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2019

  • "Spotlessly clean well equipped cottage in a beautiful location ,so peaceful and ..."

    Spotlessly clean well equipped cottage in a beautiful location ,so peaceful and relaxing , will definitely return one day

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was in a great location with shops and restaurants nearby which is ideal in such a rural location."

    Would definitely return soon.

    Reviewed by Brendan5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage is in a good location within a few minutes walk of all the facilities in Ballater."

    The facilities in the cottage, especially those for cooking are excellent. The cottage has been modernised so everything is quite new. I would highly recommend it

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2019

  • "A really comfy base in a wonderful location."

    Reviewed by Megan5.0May 2019

  • "A very pleasant cottage , spotlessly clean, uncluttered and surprisingly spacious with good facilities."

    Ballater is a lovely village with many walks from the front door of the cottage. The area around Ballater is beautiful with a short drive to Balmoral Castle, the Linn of Dee is a must for anyone who likes the great outdoors.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Mar 2019

  • "First class accomadation, very well equipped with good space located in a central village location, highly recommended, will return."

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Mar 2019

  • "This property is delightful, sometimes you go away to then get away and normally you only really want to sleep in the rental."

    I have to say this place was a joy to come back to and one you looked forward to. Ballater is a beautiful quiet town with some lovely walks. A bit tucked away but a place one should not miss. If we go back here then I will request this property as it was more than what the pictures show.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Dec 2018

  • "This is a fabulous cottage right in the heart of Ballater."

    The open plan layout is great. You will not be disappointed if you stay in Westwood.

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Nov 2018

  • "A perfect holiday home in a wonderful location!"

    Westwood has everything you may need to make your stay most comfortable. It was immaculately clean & obvious from the quality fittings, the recent renovation is of the highest standard. The enclosed garden was a bonus & perfect for dog owners. We loved the downstairs open plan which wasn’t clear from the listing, but a definite plus. Ballater and the entire area is breathtaking. It’s easy to see why the Royals make this their Scotland home. Forest trails are plentiful near by and the town is full of cafes, tasteful quaint gift shops and a royal approved baker & butcher. Would absolutely recommend & can’t wait to go back!!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2018

  • "A lovely, comfortable holiday cottage."

    All home comforts included plus extras. Nice to have tea, milk and biscuits when we got there, and all the little things like kids bowls cups made the holiday very easy! Thanks for a great week.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2018

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  • Two bedrooms
  • 1 x double, 1 x twin (can be zip and link king on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, combi oven, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear enclosed garden with lawned area and bike storage (available on request)
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: If guests wants access to the shed for bike storage please contact the owner for the code
  • Please note that this property can only accept check-in's on Fridays. This property only accepts 7 night stays.

The property

Set in the popular town of Ballater in Royal Deeside is Westwood Cottage, a well laid out, newly renovated property.

The two-bedroom spacious accommodation is ideal for two couples or a family of four looking to visit the historic town with its close links to the Royal Family.

The cottage is situated in a quiet street close to the River Dee within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and tourist attractions.

This is an ideal location for anyone looking to visit the highlands with cycling, hill walking, golf, skiing and fishing all close by.

You can visit the Royal Highland summer residence of Balmoral, taste the whisky at the local distillery and enjoy the magnificent scenery surrounding this delightful town.

The property has off-road parking for two cars.

The front door leads to a small entrance hall.

The downstairs offers an open-plan living, dining, kitchen area, great for socialising and enjoying time with family and friends.

A large corner sofa, TV and WiFi ensure this is a great place to relax.

The newly fitted kitchen has everything you need with a double oven and combi oven, electric hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

A well-placed dining table offers a place for everyone to enjoy a family meal, play a game or two or chat about the day’s events over a refreshing drink.

Upstairs there are two well-appointed bedrooms one with a king-size double bed, one with twin zip and link beds that can be put together to make a further king if required.

The rear door on ground level leads onto an enclosed garden with a lawned area, as well as a shed to lock away bikes or golf equipment.

The Victorian town of Ballater has been a popular tourist location since Queen Victoria first visited, the old station has recently been renovated to house the local Tourist Information Centre plus a delightful tearoom.

With the whisky trail and castle trail also on your doorstep you will never be short of something to do.

Take a drive up Glen Shee for some breath-taking scenic views, try a 4X4 Safari and discover red deer, plus a host of wild birds and wildlife native to these mountains.

In the winter months skiing and snow-boarding is a popular outdoor sport with two ski resorts Glen Shee and Lecht close by.

This lovely getaway makes for a memorable holiday in delightful part of Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location


  • Braemar 17 miles
  • Grantown-on-Spey 38.5 miles
  • Aberdeen 40 miles

Situated on the banks of the River Dee, the delightful village of Ballater is a centre for tourism and has much to offer visitors to the area, particularly because of its location in the Cairngorms National Park and its close proximity to Balmoral Castle. This attractive village has a lovely neat village green, specialist shops, charming tea rooms and superior granite cottages, all adding to its genteel ambience. The River Dee flows through Ballater and is well renowned for its salmon fishing during the fishing season. Royal Deeside is so-called because of its connection to the Royal Family, who have frequently visited the town since the time of Queen Victoria. There is excellent walking all around the area, as well as outdoor activities such as cycling, golf, skiing or wildlife excursions. The popular centres of Grantown-on-Spey and Aviemore are within easy reach, as is the city of Aberdeen.

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Please note that this property can only accept check-in's on Fridays.
This property only accepts 7 night stays.