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Garden Studio

(Ref. 1082949)

Waterton near Insch, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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67 Customer Reviews

  • "The place, The Hosts, The surrounding countryside were absolutely wonderful."

    Sheila &Allen have done a fantastic job, can’t wait to go back again. Gary & Carol , Somerset.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2024

  • "Absolutely loved our stay, the property was cosy, clean and comfortable, couldn't have asked for anything more Sheila and Allan were the perfect hosts."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2024

  • "Extremely well appointed."

    wonderful views of bennachie.very comfortable a really great place to stay and relax. superb.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2024

  • "Great location with brilliant veiws for exploring a beautiful part of the country so much to see and do."

    Wonderful hosts who go the extra mile to give a truly Scottish welcome. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2024

  • "An absolute fabulous studio."

    We've never stayed anywhere with as many extras. Everything you could possibly need and more...The owner has put in everything she would expect in a holiday home, and it shows. Lovely cosy studio. Great views. Super comfortable. It snells fresh as soon as you open the door. Lovely, bright and warm. Luxury toiletries. Plenty of lovely fluffy towels. Great base for exploring the area. The owners are lovely. Ultimate luxury..... absolutely perfect in every way.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2024

  • "Wonderful stay at garden studio."

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Apr 2024

  • "Second visit and we were not disappointed."

    We had a great time and Sheila and Alan were fantastic. We would definitely recommend the Garden Studio to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Apr 2024

  • "What a wonderful hideaway."

    Can not fault anything regarding the Garden Studio, everything has been thought of. It is situated excellently for visiting the Cairngorms, especially Balmoral and Ballater. Thank you Sheila and Allan for the welcome package and for making a memorable Scottish stay.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Apr 2024

  • "This is a really special property."

    Very clean. Very well maintained. Very well appointed. We had a lovely time finding nice walks during the day and coming home to soak in the hot tub with its excellent views.

    Reviewed by Alf5.0Mar 2024

  • "This is the best cottage we have stayed in by far, the quality of the build and the little thoughtful touches were outstanding."

    Super clean and a lovely welcome pack including some home-made fudge which was superb. Lovely views and surrounding area. Would love to return and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Mar 2024

  • "Just wow, Sheila and Allan went above and beyond and really set the bar extremely high for expectations!"

    We travelled from Stoke-on-Trent and honestly, it was so worth the 400+ mile drive each way. The whole time spent at the property we couldn’t believe we had found somewhere so perfect that felt so much like home. Spent most of the week deciding when we’re coming back and it took us a whole 10 hours from leaving to book up with Sheila and Allan again! Thank you so much to both of you for an amazing week away! See you next year

    Reviewed by Katelyn5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a lovely stay at the Garden studio."

    Allen and Sheila have created a wonderful little place to stay with the property really well equipped. It was very clean and tidy with some great extras left too.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Feb 2024

  • "Great stay."

    Beautiful house in a lovely setting. We thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Lili5.0Feb 2024

  • "Garden studio is by far one of the best hot tub getaways I have ever been on, it ..."

    Garden studio is by far one of the best hot tub getaways I have ever been on, it was so clean comfortable, the care package on arrival was just perfect, the house was so clean aswell and the hot tub was perfect to just sit in the middle of nowhere and watch the world go by, also Allan and Sheila are just the nicest people available if you need anything, and Sheila’s fudge is to die for and if your wanting a good steak then I would recommend the special evening menu from porterhouse steak house in Inverurie Thank you again for a wonderful start for 2024 Sam and Stephen

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had a wonderful time during our stay that was made even better by how lovely the owners were."

    We had some trouble getting to the property during some bad weather but Alan and Sheila went above and beyond to assist us and make sure we had a brilliant stay. Would absolutely rebook and recommend to others, the cabin itself was nicely decorated and very clean.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jan 2024

  • "Fantastic property with lovely owners who made us feel welcome and treated us so well."

    We had been looking forward to this and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2024

  • "This property was absolutely beautiful and had no faults whatsoever."

    Sheila and Allan were so friendly and have created such a beautiful holiday home. I look forward to coming back.

    Reviewed by Cara5.0Dec 2023

  • "Me and my partner went to Garden studio for a relaxing weekend and we were absolutely baffled at how clean, well kept, exquisitely decorated the place was!"

    The owners also gave us a basket full of goodies including some delicious home made toffee fudge (which also included the recipe which both me and my partner found absolutely amazing!). The hot tub was clean and warm with beautiful scenery to enjoy while relaxing. The place provided all the basic amenities including spices and toilet roll and towels, fluffy bathrobes and flip flops. The whole place also had an amazing floral scent when we first walked in and Sheila and her husband (the owners), took the time to welcome us and make us feel at home and told us how to use the hut tub and were available in case we needed anything across the duration of our stay. Overall an amazing experience!

    Reviewed by Felix5.0Dec 2023

  • "Garden Studio was fantastic."

    My partner and I came away for my birthday and we had the best time. So peaceful and relaxing and remarkably clean. Sheila and Allan were lovely and even left us a wee welcome basket. Can’t wait for our next stay.

    Reviewed by Olivia5.0Nov 2023

  • "11/10 it was absolutely fantastic the views were incredible, the cottage was immaculate."

    Hosts were spot on couldn’t spot any fault.

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2023

  • "The stay was amazing, everything exceeded our expectations and we had a great time."

    Reviewed by Charlie5.0Nov 2023

  • "All round 10/10 would not do it justice."

    Absolutley superb. Sheila and Alan were always quietly on hand to give any assistance necessary. All the little extras ie. Welcome box, consisting of wine, bread, butter, fudge and milk as well as essentials already there ie. tea, coffee condiments only served to enhance our welcome. We will widely reccommend the Garden Studio to our friends and family. Immaculate.

    Reviewed by Ellie5.0Sep 2023

  • "This place is outstanding lovely couple left us a fabulous basket of goodies and the fudge is mouthwatering."

    The place is absolutely spotless. Great hot tub with slippers and dressing gowns provided catering for our every need I was having a coffee one morning and spotted deers passing in the cornfield. I’d give this property more than 10/10 you won’t be disappointed x

    Reviewed by Harline5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely presented studio in a rural setting with stunning views."

    Ideal base from which to tour moray coast , east coast , and rural Aberdeenshire. The owners live adjacent and are welcoming but not intrusive ,and obviously take great pride in the accommodation ( rightly so) which is immaculately presented .

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Aug 2023

  • "Far and away the best self catering property we have stayed in."

    Owners Sheila and Alan were very welcoming and there if you needed them.great location with great views.we had a fantastic relaxing week and wish we could have stayed longer.we’re already booked for nxt year.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "Shelia and Allan were absolutely amazing made us feel very welcomed location was perfect very peaceful and tranquil"

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful property so well cared for and lovely hosts."

    The food pack was such a nice idea with lovely home made fudge. I would thoroughly recommend this property for a relaxing stay

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2023

  • "The Garden Studio is a home away from home."

    Me and my partner stayed for a week and cannot fault a single thing. The property was spotless and smelt so nice and clean. Sheila and Allan were so lovely and were there if we needed any help. The hot tub was an added extra!! It was an 8 hour drive for us so not sure if we will be going this far again, but if we do, The Garden Studio is definitely where we will come. Can’t recommend the property/owners enough!

    Reviewed by Jessie5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week in this amazing property."

    Hosts, Alan and Shelia were so welcoming and helpful. Looking forward to returning next year.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jul 2023

  • "The house is very comfortable, our stay was absolutely top!"

    We give 6 out of 5 stars!

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent property very clean and everything you could want both inside and out, and a nice welcome pack."

    The views were super from the patio and hot tub and the owners were lovely. I would give it more stars if I could, this is a short review but there is nothing to complain about and you can't improve on perfect. Wish we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Fred5.0May 2023

  • "Hosts are incredibly lovely and welcoming, ensured our stay throughout those 6 days was great!"

    Left a basket of food as well which was so thoughtful. Fully equipped kitchen, beautiful views, cosy wee cottage, so clean and pleasant and definitely a lot of thought and detail have been put into this home, I could not recommend this place more! Especially to relax as it’s nice and quiet, peaceful. Hot tub is fab, everything was up to the highest standards. I’ll definitely be back again! Love, J.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0May 2023

  • "100% recommended!"

    Kitchen fully equipped. Hot tub a good size. Spotless, modern, cozy & well loved / maintained. Views outstanding. Recommend a trip to Balmoral & Royal Lochnagar distillery (next to each other).

    Reviewed by Carl5.0Apr 2023

  • "Would highly recommend."

    5 star accommodation. We had a very relaxing break, the hot tub is amazing and the studio is finished to the highest standard. Will definitely be back again soon.

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Apr 2023

  • "This luxury property was amazing."

    The couple Sheila and Allan are lovely people. The hamper with its home made fudge was a nice touch. Views are stunning .. will definitely be back .. Brenda and Kevin

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Mar 2023

  • "Everything and more you could want from a holiday cottage."

    Reviewed by James5.0Feb 2023

  • "The Garden Studio is a beautiful, well looked after holiday destination, which has many little touches that make you feel right at home!"

    The owners had the best hospitality and kindness throughout our full weeks stay and we honestly wouldn’t change a single thing about our holiday! We will highly recommend the Garden Studio to everyone we speak to and will definitely be back in the future!!

    Reviewed by Abbie5.0Feb 2023

  • "I booked this holiday for my parents, they absolutely loved it, all the personal touches really meant a lot to them and the friendliness of the hosts was spot on, they couldn't rave about the accommodation more, especially the comfortable bed."

    Reviewed by Jess5.0Feb 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay - the property was immaculate!"

    Owners welcomed us and showed us how to turn on the hot-tub. The welcome box was an added bonus - absolutely everything has been thought of! Will definitely recommend and definitely be back to visit. A very relaxing and lazy weekend - the studio is a credit to the owners who were lovely!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2022

  • "Garden studio was absolutely perfect!"

    ! Immaculately clean and such a homely feel. Alan and Sheila greeted us on arrival and it was lovely to meet them. Every single thing about garden studio was stunning and every detail was catered for and well thought out. The views from the studio itself are amazing, and the views at night from the hot tub are incredible! We had a fair few clear nights so got some stargazing in, and also saw a fair few shooting stars. I can’t put into words how amazing our stay was at garden studio and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Nov 2022

  • "This property was lovely and felt like a home away from home."

    The views were incredible and even in the winter months felt warm and cosy. Everything was up to an amazing standard, Alan and Sheila have done incredibly with the property.

    Reviewed by Kirsten5.0Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely loved our stay here."

    Garden Studio was cosy,comfy and equipped with everything you need and the welcome box,especially the fudge was cherry on the cake.The hot tub was bliss. Sheila and Allan were friendly,always available and the only thing that they hadn’t provided were the gorgeous views from both the house and the hot tub. I honestly cannot rate this property high enough.I would highly recommend a stay here to anyone that likes tranquility in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2022

  • "Property of a very high standard."

    Views to match. Hot tub put to use once dark to enjoy moon and stars. Studio always cosy. Owners very welcoming, also providing a selection of goodies to enjoy. Bird feeder in the garden was in constant use. First time in ares to try the local roads for cycling, great for this. My wife has an ebike and there is an outside plug point at the studio to make charging easy. Already booked to go back next year.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "The studio was comfortable, clean and just what we needed."

    Location was excellent for exploring Aberdeenshire.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful location for a peaceful and relaxing holiday."

    Sheila and Allan were the perfect hosts, providing a well-stocked welcome pack and it was good to know they were close by if needed. The wee support structure for the hot tub was fab and made it easy to get the lid on and off. Highly recommended, thank you.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2022

  • "This studio is a little peace of heaven which is immaculately furnished in a beautiful country setting."

    The hot tub is a perfect addition and Sheila and Alan are very friendly welcoming hosts. We totally relaxed and visited many sites within the area.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Jun 2022

  • "Had a fantastic time,the Studio was beautiful, the scenery was amazing."

    Loved the hot tub,it was good to have your own little laundry.Alot of nice touches in the Studio ,the owners are such a lovely couple,l can honestly say it one of the best holiday homes we have stayed in Tony and Linda ,Fife

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2022

  • "Like being at home away from home."

    Everything needed was provided.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2022

  • "This is the best Cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Sheila and Alan have created a beautiful cottage. The attention to detail was amazing. Even lovely matching dressing gowns to go to the excellent hot tub. Well presented and short of nothing. They are also lovely people to meet. A credit to them. Would we recommend doubt. Gail and Steve.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2022

  • "The most loveliest cottage we have ever stopped in."

    Perfect in everywhere and immaculately presented. A home from home.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Apr 2022

  • "Had a great stay at the Garden Studio accommodation far beyond our expectations such a high standard."

    The setting and views stunning. Allan and Sheila gave us a very warm welcome and again the welcome pack provided had all the essentials and more the homemade fudge was amazing. Would highly recommend this property and have already booked for June 2023.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had the best time for our honeymoon everything and more what we were looking for Sheila and Allan attention to details is second to none!"

    We will definitely be back!!! Hot tub and fudge were a bonus x

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Mar 2022

  • "5 stars ⭐️ everything was perfect, so welcoming and definitely hope to be back in the near future."

    Thank you !

    Reviewed by Caitlin5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent stay."

    Excellent hosts. Asked about local farms where we could collect eggs and within an hour they delivered hen and duck eggs to our door and refused payment. Incredibly well stocked kitchen with everything you need. Hot tub was great, unfortunately couldn't use it one day due to high winds, but went for a trip to local villages. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great little place to stay!"

    The kitchen area has everything you need and more. We were worried being there in the cold weather that it would be cold but it definitely wasn’t it was nice and cosy at night and the hot tub was great for heating you up too, we would love to go back and stay again!

    Reviewed by Brooke5.0Feb 2022

  • "Everything you needed was provided all high quality, couldn’t have asked for a ..."

    Everything you needed was provided all high quality, couldn’t have asked for a more comfortable stay and the hosts were very friendly

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely place perfect for a chilled out getaway!"

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jan 2022

  • "Very happy with the studio, would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Dec 2021

  • "We arrived the day before my 29th birthday and what a way to enter the last year of your 20s!"

    The house was stunning, attention to detail was perfect, everything you could possibly need was there. To top it all off, sitting in the hot tub able to see planets above you was just incredible. We will most definitely be back. Thank you Sheila & Allan ♡

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Nov 2021

  • "Nothing was too much trouble for Sheila and Alan."

    Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Nov 2021

  • "We have stayed in a few places in Scotland and this is one of the nicest places we have stayed."

    The hosts were very welcoming and it was clear they wanted guests to have a lovely relaxing time. The cottage was immaculate with extra personal touches that we were not expecting. The hamper and fridge provisions were a lovely surprise. A beautiful area for cycling and walking with some lovely villages. The hot tub was a real bonus too. We will be booking again soon.

    Reviewed by Simone5.0Oct 2021

  • "Set it the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside with views to Benachie, this is a fabulous garden studio for two people."

    Great layout and facilities, all the home comforts and more! Lovely views with a wonderful hot tub. The hosts left a welcome pack in the kitchen, which was very nice. We had a great stay and would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Lili5.0Oct 2021

  • "The garden studio was perfect, the owners were very helpful and friendly, the ..."

    The garden studio was perfect, the owners were very helpful and friendly, the hot tub was a bonus, the area was great for getting around a visiting sites of interest would most definitely go back again

    Reviewed by Cynthia5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage the owners Sheila and Alan go above and beyond you ensure you have everything for a comfortable stay."


    Reviewed by Charles5.0Sep 2021

  • "What a wonderful place to stay the only draw back is once you arrive you don't want to leave."

    The owners have thought of every little detail possible to make your stay enjoyable we will be returning again.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2021

  • "Absolutely fantastic home, and overwhelmed by the hospitality of the owners."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2021

  • "This has been the best cottage I have stayed in!"

    The host had made us feel so welcome through the amazing detailing in the place, the little extras were very much appreciated! It was perfect. Definitely coming back here!

    Reviewed by Shelise5.0Aug 2021

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  • One double bedroom with TV
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room
  • Water underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and coffee maker
  • 2 x TV's and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Garden with lawn, patio, furniture and hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: The WiFi signal at the property is not very strong
  • Note: This property does not accept children

The property

Insch 1.5 miles.

Resting amongst idyllic countryside in the peaceful village of Insch in Aberdeenshire is this stylish detached annex, Garden Studio.

Ideal for an intimate retreat for a couple or a base for a solo traveller, the annex boasts far-reaching countryside views and a gorgeous hot tub, making it a wonderful destination for your next trip to Scotland.

On arrival at Garden Studio, park your car in one of three off-road spaces and make your way into your home-from-home.

Step into the ground floor which hosts a living/dining room, perfect for enjoying your breakfast while admiring the view through the patio doors.

From here, take advantage of the kitchen/diner and whip up a delicious meal to fuel your day of adventures.

Just off the kitchen/diner you will find a handy utility so you can freshen your clothes and towels throughout your stay.

After dining alfresco at the picnic bench in the garden, enjoy a soak in the hot tub while taking in the fresh air and tranquil setting before rinsing off in the shower room and heading to bed.

Climb the stairs to the mezzanine bedroom, home to a TV and a plush double, where you can rest your eyes ahead of another busy day of exploring your surroundings.

If you can tear yourself away from this charming abode, venture out for date night at one of the nearby restaurants such as quirky Morgan McVeighs, visit the gift shop at Kellockbank Country Emporium, or perhaps spend a day in the beautiful city of Aberdeen.

The historic city is home to the fascinating Aberdeen Science Centre, where you can unleash your curious side and learn about the world of science.

For a relaxing day of walking, make your way to Cruickshank Botanic Park to discover the delightful rose garden and rock and water gardens, or for a picnic in the heart of the city, Seaton Park is within easy reach and makes for a lovely day out.

Just a short drive from the annex is Slains Castle, ruins of a 16th century castle which still tower above its picture-perfect surroundings.

Heading in the opposite direction, you will reach Craigievar Castle, a castle dating back to 1626, boasting magnificent Jacobean Woodwork and a distinguishable pinkish tinge - a photo opportunity not to be missed!

Garden Studio is a romantic retreat, ideal for explorers and relaxers alike, all year round.

EPC Rating: Band C

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AS-00319-F

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About the location


Inverurie 11 miles; Huntly 14 miles

Insch is a village in the Garioch region of rural Aberdeenshire and is centrally placed between the larger towns of Huntly, Inverurie and Alford. The village itself offers good local services, with a selection of shops and takeaways offering an international cuisine. Insch also boasts its own museum located in the former ticket office of Insch's historic working railway station, which is full of interesting artefacts and everyday stories of how life was lived in this area. The Dunnideer Hill Fort and nearby stone circles are well worth a visit and after a short climb up to the fort, the views over the rolling Aberdeenshire countryside are quite breathtaking. Golfers are well provided for as Insch has its own well established 18-hole course with undulating greens. A wonderful base for a break exploring this beautiful area of Scotland.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter