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Ballater, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 989445)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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40 Customer Reviews

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

    Reviewed by DeborahJun 2022

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

    Reviewed by JanetteJun 2022

  • "Lovely, clean and well appointed cottage."

    We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 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 FloraMay 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 JulieApr 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 KeithApr 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 LindaApr 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 ChrisMar 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 FionaDec 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 DebraDec 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 RobertNov 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 NNov 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 SallyOct 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 VivienOct 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 CaroleSep 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 SarahAug 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 JenJul 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 WillJul 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 NJun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage."

    Excellent location near to all the town’s amenities.

    Reviewed by MarkJun 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 PatriciaJun 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 JanetteMay 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 CraigMay 2021

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

    Reviewed by StromaNov 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 SandraSep 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 TrinhAug 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 GavinJan 2020

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

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 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 KennethSep 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 AnthonyAug 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 DebbieJul 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 BrendanJun 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 PaulMay 2019

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

    Reviewed by MeganMay 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 MikeMar 2019

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

    Reviewed by AndyMar 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 NeilDec 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 RussellNov 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 SueOct 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 JenniferOct 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.

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...

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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
  • Christmas