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Gairnlea Cottage

Ballater, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 1058616)



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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "A compact clean place perfectly located and tastefully kitted out."

    Reviewed by GerryJan 2022

  • "An excellent property."

    Cosy and homely. Log fire an added bonus. Situation perfect. Correspondence with owners first class.

    Reviewed by AnneNov 2021

  • "Had lovely stay at gairnlee cottage perfect for 2 people or even a single ..."

    Had lovely stay at gairnlee cottage perfect for 2 people or even a single traveller as it felt very safe and secure nice to come back each evening to cosy log fire cottage had everything you would need and so so clean bonus was the near proximity to local shops cafes and also ideal for walking routes love ballater have been many times allbeit staying in hotels but will definately consider gairnlee for future trips all in all had a great stay so would recommend it give it a try

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage done to a high standard and close to the town"

    Reviewed by LeeSep 2021

  • "A lovely place to stay, Ballater 5mins walk, a very lovely place."

    ..also met the owners of the property also very nice and helpful! Would definitely go back to that accommodation

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2021

  • "Cottage was nice and cosy for 2 people with everything you needed."

    Great find in a quite spot with a lovely garden for relaxing in. Only 5 mins walk to the main street in Ballater.

    Reviewed by KayJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, great location, would consider another visit later this year if available."

    Reviewed by TomJun 2021

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The property

Nestled in the idyllic village centre of Ballater is this intimate semi-detached annexe, a snug base for a couple looking to explore the Cairngorms National Park.

Gairnlea Cottage welcomes you into a beautiful enclosed garden, shared with the adjoining property, boasting amazing views of the surrounding countryside hills and the local church, a perfect spot to dine alfresco or sip on your morning coffee.

Step inside and feel at home as you admire the chic furnishings in the living/dining room, here you can snuggle up on the stylish sofa for a film night as the woodburning stove warms the room, or tuck into your delicious home-cooking on the tall dining table as you toast to a wonderful trip away.

Resting behind is the well-equipped kitchen, fitted with an electric oven and hob, a microwave, a fridge with an ice-box and a washing machine.

As the evening draws to a close, find the inviting double bedroom, decorated to a high standard with ample storage and bedside lamps for an evening read.

Serving the bedroom is a glossy shower room, benefiting from a large sumptuous enclosed shower and a heated towel rail, complemented with contemporary features throughout.

Gairnlea Cottage is an ideal resting spot for a romantic escape to Scotland.

Note: This property can be booked as a group with Ref: 1053964, together sleeping up to six guests.


  • All-ground-floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with large enclosed shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine, TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Roadside parking available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Shared front garden with lawn and patio with seating, and a private shed with bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.3 miles

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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