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Boat House

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


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  • 9 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Sauna
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Our Boathouse stay was fantastic!"

    Property is better than advertised and was perfect for our group. Thank you!

    Dear guest, Thank you, and how lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Boathouse, looking forward to welcome you back! Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Apr 2024

  • "Could not ask for a better home away from home."

    Everything went way beyond our expectations. Gorgeous property by the Dee. We used 3 out of the 5 bedrooms. The sauna was a plus ! Thank you!

    Dear guest, Thank you so much for your fantastic feedback, we are so pleased to learn you had a good time at the Boathouse. Looking forward to welcome you back! Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Giorgio5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had an amazing week at The Boat House."

    We had 3 generations of our family staying as well as our dog. The weather was kind to us, so we made great use of the deck and garden, which is really well equipped. The indoor space is much bigger than we expected, so it was easy to find a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of family life if needed. The location is ideal too - great access to all major routes and a perfect, private spot overlooking the River Dee. After a day out exploring, it was lovely to come back and cook a meal as the kitchen is well appointed and the dining space was really social. The football table, sauna and loungers were well used too. A big thank you to Emilian for quick responses to any questions we asked during our stay. A week of bliss and a great place for our family to get together and catch up - we'll definitely be back!

    Dear guest, thank you for this amazing feedback. We are very pleased your family and dog had such a good stay at the Boathouse. We can't wait to welcome you back. Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Perfect holiday, perfect house , perfect location."

    One suggestion , because we had all audults, a pool table instead of the table football would have been great. Only a personal preference.

    Dear guest, thank you for your beautiful feedback -we are happy to hear you had a perfect holiday. A pool table is a nice idea, perhaps something we will add in the future, hope to welcoming you back! Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Sep 2023

  • "Loved being by the river and all the space in the property."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and really appreciated the bottle of wine and the tray of teas and coffees, etc. A suggestion. We felt it would be better to have the double beds in the rooms with the en-suites and the twins sharing the family bathroom with the single room.

    Dear guest, Thanks for your feedback, always a pleasure to hear guests enjoyed their stay. And thank you for the suggestion, we will take this in concideration. Looking forward to welcome you back at the Boathouse, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Penny4.7Sep 2023

  • "The house was perfect for our family gathering, with lots to do for the four year old, and a great kitchen/dining room for the cooks in the family."

    The location could not have been better for us, with quick access to the airport, to the great Aberdeenshire outdoors, and to the city. We had a wonderful week; Emilian and his crew could not have been friendlier or more helpful. I hope we can stay there again in the future.

    Dear guest, what lovely feedback, thank you! We are happy to hear you had such a nice time at the Boathouse. Emelian and the team are amazing, thank you for mentioning them. We can't wait to welcome you back, Elisabeth. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous week."

    Very relaxing and close to everything by car. Would recommend.

    Dear guests, lovely to hear you had such a nice week in the Boathouse! Hoping to welcome you back in the near future. Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jul 2023

  • "A fantastic home in a beautiful location."

    Plenty of room, great for a large family or group- we didn’t want to leave. House was clean, and so comfortable.

    Dear guests, thank you for your lovely feedback! It’s heartwarming to learn guests love the house as much as we do and we are looking forward to welcome you again . Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by April5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful house in a gorgeous setting."

    Owner left a nice welcome pack which was greatly appreciated. Some issues with the bathroom situation however, the twin room has a bathroom with no door which we found to be very disconcerting and the two double rooms shared a bathroom which only had a hand held shower in the bath. Would be beneficial to have more pots and pans as we had to cook for eight people and was found this difficult to do with what was provided. Would love to return in the future but probably with less people given the bathroom situation.

    Dear guests, Many thanks for your feedback. As always this is important to us and helps us to make your future stay even more relaxing. Of course, some changes are easier to make then others, but we will certainly try and look forward to welcoming to back. Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Craig4.4Dec 2022

  • "We had a wonderful and comfortable Christmas at the Boathouse."

    It accommodated 6 adults and 3 children and the was lots of space for everybody. We would consider coming back.

    Dear guests, thank you for your feedback. We are very happy to hear your Christmas at the Boathouse was wonderful. Looking forward to welcome you back in the future! Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patrycja5.0Dec 2022

  • "It would be difficult to improve location and facilities, everything first class, including the weather."

    So many great places to explore and visit without having to travel too far. Loved the sauna.

    Dear guests, thank you for your beautiful feedback! It's so nice when guests love the house as much as we do. Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Oct 2022

  • "The property was lovely we had a great time ,in a great position for traveling around the area ."

    The children loved the garden activities,which entertained them for hours .it was a lovely family house , with everything we needed for a really enjoyable holiday.

    Dear guests, Many thanks for your feedback which is import to us. We are happy to hear you had such a lovely holiday at the Boathouse. Looking forward to welcome you back in the future. Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Aug 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at the Boat House."

    Kids loved the extensive garden and the area is great for days out.

    Dear guest, Many thanks for your feedback, we're happy to hear you had a nice stay at the Boathouse. The garden has always been loved by our children too. Looking forward to welcome you back in the future. Kindest regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Jul 2022

  • "Very nice property."

    road very rough in to house,ideally situated and garden lovely. we had a good stay and enjoyed the facilities.local restaurants good would recommend the shepherds rest at elrick

    Dear guest, We are delighted to here you had a good and enjoyable stay. Thank you for your feedback, as always it's much appreciated, how nice you found another restaurant for recommendation. We are looking forward to welcome you again at the Boathouse! Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2022

  • "Super private large house with huge garden and literally feet away from the River Dee."

    We were a family of five adults and for the duration of the week we didn't want for anything. The kitchen had enough crockery, glasses, cutlery and more to make our time there extremely comfortable. We were pretty lucky with the weather, I can imagine this house would be spectacular in the Summer months and a house you would really enjoy spending the evenings there due to its setting, its privacy and huge patio complete with mobile BBQ. I think children and dogs would absolutely love it there and like the adults they are both catered for from what we saw. I really cannot find any negatives with this place. If I had to produce one at a push, then it would be up that the floorboards are pretty squeaky throughout and as an early riser, I had to call upon all my years of Military training to not disturb the others as I went down for my coffee. I enjoyed the challenge each morning of finding new paths!! You really will enjoy this house. Thank you to the owners. You have a great holiday home.

    Dear guest, Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, reading you had a nice stay at the Boathouse makes us very happy. We are glad to learn you enjoyed your morning routine and looking forward to welcome you back in the future! Warm regards, Elisabeth and Leo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great property and perfect for us having a family reunion after covid."

    Fantastic that the property was pet friendly and baby friendly with all the essential provided. A few wee snags within the property need attention but they never put a dampner on the week. Will definitely look to rebook in the future

    Dear guest, We are delighted to hear you have had a lovely stay at the Boathouse and we are very happy to hear we made it also a good experience for you little one! If you don't mind, can you please let us know via email or whats app what we can do to make your next stay even better. Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lieba4.1Apr 2022

  • "The house was amazing."

    So comfortable and spacious and we loved the Sauna. In the smaller double, with the en-suite, we needed a door on the loo and a blind on the window for full comfort and we couldn’t get the shower to go hot. Everyone else had a faultless stay and we just loved it. Thank you.

    Dear guest, First of all, we are very happy to hear you had a lovely stay at the Boathouse. Your feedback is important and much appreciated. We have ordered black out blinds for the second twin bed room, are looking into a solution for the bathroom door and asked an engineer to check the hot water facilities in this bathroom. Thank you so much and looking forward to welcome you back in the future. Warm regards, Elisabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Juliet4.7Apr 2022

  • "What a fab setting, what a fab house."

    Weather was all seasons on all days but the snow made our day Tuesday. We have had a lovely week and thank you very much for the loan of this property.

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Apr 2022

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  • Five bedrooms: 2 x king-size, 1 x twin with balcony, Small open en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, hand held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor wet room with shower and heated towel rail
  • Ground-floor sauna
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with open fire
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room
  • Snug with open fire
  • Electric central heating with 2 x open fires and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, coffee maker
  • Smart TV, WiFi, table football, selection of gamesg
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available on request
  • Private parking for 3 cars.Front garden with lawn, gravelled area and furniture
  • Rear garden with lawn, decking and furniture
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.9 miles, pub 2.5 miles
  • Note: The garden is not enclosed and livestock are on the grounds, and the River Dee can be fast flowing, children should be supervised at all times and pets must not roam freely outside
  • Note: Check-out time is 11am

The property

Nestled on the banks of the River Dee on the outskirts of Peterculter, Aberdeenshire is this stunning, detached zero carbon cottage, Boat House.

With five bedrooms sleeping nine guests, as well as family-friendly amenities such as highchair and travel cot, there's plenty of space in Boat House for a family getaway.

Ample parking ensures an easy arrival, including private parking for three car.

Take in the picture-perfect view of the beautiful white cottage in a rural setting surrounded by woodland, before stepping inside and making yourself at home.

You will find excellent amenities inside Boat House; whip up your favourite home-cooked dishes in the clean and contemporary kitchen/diner, with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and a dishwasher for an easy tidy up, whilst a handy utility hosts a washing machine and tumble dryer to keep your clothes fresh throughout your holiday.

Start the open fire and set the dining table for ten for added comfort whilst you tuck into a hearty evening meal.

Whether you seek a quiet space away or enough room for all guests to gather together, you'll be spoilt for choice in Boat House; settle into the armchair in front of the open fire with a book in the charming snug, whilst plenty of inviting sofas and armchairs can be found in the main sitting room for film nights on the Smart TV, or make the most of the rural views in the sitting/sun room; grab a drink from the kitchen, start the woodburning stove and stretch out on a plush sun bed.

Completing the ground floor, you'll find a convenient cloakroom with basin and WC, as well as a wet room and sauna, perfect after the day's adventures to relax and let any stress roll off your shoulders.

When your eyes grow heavy, five fabulous bedrooms await; ideal for a couple, the master bedroom boasts a large balcony overlooking the River Dee and woodlands to savour your morning coffee, as well as an en-suite double shower with double basin.

Another double offers an en-suite shower room, alongside two more doubles and a single, all of which offer storage space and minimal décor for a peaceful place to rest your head.

Kick-start your day with a bath or energising shower in the family bathroom before venturing out to explore Royal Deeside.

Make the most of the beautiful grounds surrounding Boat House by making dinner an alfresco affair, enjoying a picnic in the grass by the River Dee, or bring garden games for the whole family to enjoy.

Self-catering is easy thanks to the cottage's location just along the North Deeside, where guests can find plenty of shops to stock up on your favourite ingredients.

Milltimber and Cults offer plenty of nice restaurants including fine dining at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.

Alongside amenities, Peterculter has a wonderful golf course to offer.

Jump in the car and take the family to Aberdeen, where guests can get inspired by Aberdeen Art Gallery, enjoy interactive displays in the Maritime Museum, and wander down the cobbled streets for independent shops in the Old Town.

Venture north of Aberdeen to find Newburgh Seal Beach, where you can watch the seals lying in the sun, or will they watch you from the water when you walk along the beach?

For more coastal delights, head to Stonehaven for fish and chips along the picturesque harbour, a dip in the outdoor heated pool and take the dramatic clifftop path to the incredible ruins of Dunnottar Castle.

For more historic fun mixed with impressive sights, The Boathouse isn't far from the marvellous Drum Castle, Craigievar Castle and even Balmoral Castle; all promising wonderful outings. Winter can bring along the opportunity to ski at Lecht Ski Centre, but if you're seeking hard core adventures all year-round, Munrow Baggers, the towering Lochnagar mountain is a scenic drive away, along with the stunning Loch Muick with its beautiful walk; the trail also passes the lodge of Balmoral, named Glas-allt-Shiel.

If you're after closer hikes that are a little less hard core, Scolty Hill rests near Banchory and Clachnaben is perched in Glen Dye.

If you want to explore the heather moors of Cairngorms National Park dotted with lochs and surrounded by mountain regions, stop off in the pretty town of Banchory for charming cafés, wander the grounds of the 16th-century Crathes Castle and fishing along the River Dee.

Boat House is a beautiful base to holiday with your loved ones.

EPC Rating: Band C

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £600.

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About the location


Aberdeen 8.3 miles; Cove Bay 9.5 miles; Banchory 10.2 miles; Portlethen 10.6 miles

The vibrant suburb of Peterculter - also known as Culter, is a charming location resting 8.3 miles away from Aberdeen city centre, sitting on the northern banks of the serene River Dee. Peterculter is home to a generous selection of shops, pubs, restaurants, a museum and heritage hall, village hall and activity centre, with historic tales found throughout attractions such as the quaint river of Culter Burn, and a statue of folk hero Rob Roy Macgregor, known for apparently leaping across Cutler Burn to chase away pursuing Hanoverian troops. The hustle and bustle of Aberdeen city centre is just a short journey away, boasting views of high cliffs, open farmland and rugged mountains, contrasted with sandy beaches and far-reaching sea views, as well as contemporary entertainment such as retail centres, welcoming pubs, exciting bars, and fine dining. Further afield is the extensive Cairngorm National Park, an adventurous and popular tourist hub spanning over 1,748 square miles of majestic views found on walking trails, cycle paths, outdoor activities, watersports and so much more! Peterculter is a lovely destination to experience the adventure, history and culture of Aberdeenshire in a more tranquil resting spot.

Note: Check-out time is 11am