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North Mains Cottage

Craigievar near Alford, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 1060432)

4.3

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "A delightful and well-appointed cottage."

    There was plenty of space in the living area, the beds were comfortable, and the house was warm. Parking near the cottage was tight but OK. The kitchen was well-appointed and excellent in every aspect except the cooker (which was out of the Ark and could have been upgraded at any sale for a tenner!). Disappointingly, the kitchen floor was wet in puddles when we arrive and the toilet was still dirty. A bathroom shelf was hanging off the wall (removed on request). Only one window opened and it was hard to cool the cottage down or to ventilate it. But a good spot and we'd go back there happily.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are formalising plans for soft refurbishments across the NTS cottages and have noted your comment about the cooker, the shelf and the windows. We are very sorry that the cottage was not spotless when you arrived. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2022

  • "A stunning location, the house was exactly as it said, cottage living at its best."

    The new bathroom with the heated towel rail was fab, perhaps a non-slip math for inside the shower, as it can get quite slippy. A few pegs for the line would be great but not a big deal. Such a warm and cosy property and we were spoilt with the location, the wildlife at night and the Tawny Owl in the woods behind us, picture-postcard perfection. We were rudely interrupted on Wednesday night by a couple who thought it would be funny to knock three times on the Kitchen window, at about 9.30 pm, frightening our dogs and our child, not funny at all. As far as I could tell in the dark, they were staying in a campervan in the car park. But otherwise, a nice relaxing place to stay away from phones, emails and technology.

    Many thanks for your feedback and the suggestions of the anti slip mat for the shower and some more pegs. We have sent these suggestions onto the property manager. We try to prevent overnight parking /camping at Craigievar but not always successfully. Some have removed the signs that say no campervans or campers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BerniceApr 2022

  • "Great little cottage in a superb location."

    Very peaceful and great for walks and lazing about. The cottage is conveniently situated with easy access to the Cairngorms, Balmoral and the east coast. The cottage is very clean, comfortable and well equipped. It is also very warm - you’ll not need the log burner unless it is minus something silly outside! The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The bathroom is modern with an electric shower - however the shower is tepid at best. This is not a major problem but should be looked at for future stays - this is one of the coldest parts of the UK after all! Despite this, there is very little to find fault with the place. We’ll definitely go back.

    Thank you very much for the feedback. It is in a great location, very quiet and light pollution. We will investigate the cool shower. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2022

  • "Very rough uneven surface to cottage and we found it not well signposted I dark which resulted in us damaging our car."

    We also had a power cut due to ? Toaster problem

    The normal road up to the cottage suffered badly in the recent heavy rain and parts of it were washed away; we couldn't get a contractor in for a number of weeks hence the uneven state of the access route. That is assuming the visitor followed the advice we have always given to ignore satnav instructions when coming from the south; these always try and bring you up the south drive which is unsuitable for motor vehicles. There are no signs on that drive to the cottages. There are signs on the north / normal drive to the cottages but one of them has had one of the uprights smashed by a car driving into it, so the sign is propped up on the ground - it will be replaced for next season. All electrical devices were PAT tested at the start of the season; I offered to drive out to rectify the problem but the client said it wasn't necessary. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2021

  • "Comfortable cottage in a great location for exploring Aberdeenshire."

    Thank you very much for your feedback, and yes it is a great location for seeing beautiful Aberdeenshire . Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "A very peaceful and restful stay - no internet or phone signal, a bonus!"

    Would definitely stay again. beautiful surroundings and excellent walks for the dog.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "The cottage was everything we were looking for as a peaceful break , location perfect and the castle although not open spectacular ."

    However the one fault in our stay was the horrendously uncomfortable bed which did dampen our experience . Lack of sleep was a problem . In my opinion if you upgraded the sleeping facility it would be perfect !

    Thank you for your comments about your stay in North Mains. The bed is about 4 years old and is a firm mattress but following on from your comments we will re-assess the bed when we can assess the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DorothyJun 2021

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Summary

  • Two first floor bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, CD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars beside the cottage
  • Access to the castle grounds
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5.3 miles, pub 2.4 miles
  • Note: There is no WiFi at this property
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: Fuel for the wood-burning stove is not provided, logs and coal are available locally at petrol stations and shops, we kindly ask that you do not collect wood from the estate
  • Note: The beds in each room cannot be made into one large bed, please consider this when booking
  • Note: If the Accommodation becomes inaccessible due to bad weather the National Trust for Scotland will take all reasonable steps to inform you and to offer an alternative National Trust for Scotland property
  • Note: There are 3 steps up to the path leading to the entrance of the cottage
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here . Note: Check-in from 5pm, check-out by 9:30am

The property

Alford 5.4 miles.

Originally built as a home for the workers of the National Trust for Scotland’s 18th century Craigievar Castle estate, North Mains Cottage is a charming semi-detached dwelling offering four guests a wondrous base for an adventure to Aberdeenshire.

After a stroll around the parkland, take a seat on the inviting sofa, beside the traditional woodburning stove in the living/dining room, soaking up the delightful décor of the room.

North Mains Cottage has been carefully furnished in an antique, country style, in keeping with its history, and there are plenty of unique delights to find, including a beautiful antique chest, which houses the TV.

Head into the bright and spacious kitchen, with sunny yellow walls and a host of appliances to assist you in cooking up a feast for your loved ones, as well as a handy washing machine and dishwasher.

Serve up your home cooked feast in the dining area at the classic round table, before retiring upto one of the two bedrooms for your night’s rest.

Choose from two lovely twin bedrooms, with plenty of storage for your things and Scottish tartan blankets, they offer the perfect setting for waking up to views of the splendorous castle's pink turrets and stunning estate grounds.

The charming ground floor bathroom features traditional wood-panelled walls and is home to a bath with an overhead shower, where you can freshen up and prepare for the day ahead.

Spend quality time with your loved ones in this idyllic setting at North Mains Cottage.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060434, 1060436, together sleeping 15 guests.

Note : From 8th to 29th October 2022 scaffolding will be erected around Craigievar Castle and some disruption is to be expected. The castle will be closed during this period.
Note: A major conservation project is scheduled at Craigievar Caste in 2023. The castle will be surrounded by scaffolding and remain closed throughout the year.

Craigievar Castle Cottages

Enjoy an unforgettable holiday with your loved ones at these three delightful cottages, nestled on the splendid Craigievar Castle estate, with a magnificent pink castle providing a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, maintaining its beauty across four centuries, with the help of the wonderful preservation work of National Trust for Scotland. Surrounded by extensive parkland, amounting to 37 hectares, guests at North Mains Cottage, South Mains Cottage and Steading Cottage can enjoy free reign of this magnificent landscape. There is plenty of wildlife holding residence here too; you can explore the waymarked woodland trails and catch sight of red squirrels, roe deer and perhaps even the elusive wildcats that roam the area. Take a guided tour around Craigievar Castle to learn of the rich family history and see the lovingly preserved collection of family portraits and ornate original furniture. The castle lies near to the town of Alford, where guests can find essential amenities, a local butcher’s, a shop and a pub, whilst the Alford Heritage Centre offers you the chance to learn more about the local history as it pays tribute to the workers of the area, with displays on past village and farm life. Take a scenic drive through Royal Deeside's ancient Caledonian pine forest to reach another National Trust for Scotland location, Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Here you can enjoy opportunities for mountain-biking, shooting, fishing and stalking, as well as a variety of rambles across the landscape, with the winter months offering brilliant downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee. Find even more delights slightly further afield at the National Trust for Scotland’s Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life, with over 30,000 annual bedding plants and plenty of agricultural history to discover, as well as the equally impressive Haddo House, a Palladian-style stately home designed by William Adam. The 'Granite City' of Aberdeen is within reach via car or the regular local buses from Alford, with a world of attractions to explore, from the many eateries and pubs, to the waterside scenery and beaches, you'll have no trouble filling a day out here with exciting activities. Make wonderful memories with your loved ones at the enchanting Craigievar Castle Cottages.

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About the location

ALFORD, ABERDEENSHIRE

Aberdeen 25 miles

Nestled in rural Aberdeenshire, the small town of Alford sits by the River Don and the hills of Bennachie and Coreen and has a variety of shops, restaurants and amenities. Steeped in history, the town is home to the Battle of Alford battleground and Alford Heritage Centre as well as the Grampian Transport Museum. For those who love the outdoors, the nearby Haughton and Murray country park offers an abundance of beautiful walks, and the 18-hole Alford Golf Course is ideal for both experienced and novice players. In the surrounding area there are a number of castles including the National Trust for Scotland's, Scottish Baronial Castle Fraser and its historic walled gardens. An ideal location for exploring Aberdeenshire, there is something for everyone in Alford.

Note: There is no WiFi at this property.
Note: The beds in each room cannot be made into one large bed, please consider this when booking.
Note: There are 3 steps up to the path leading to the entrance of the cottage.
Note: If the Accommodation becomes inaccessible due to bad weather the National Trust for Scotland will take all reasonable steps to inform you and to offer an alternative National Trust for Scotland property.
Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here
Note : From 8th to 29th October 2022 scaffolding will be erected around Craigievar Castle and some disruption is to be expected. The castle will be closed during this period.
Note: A major conservation project is scheduled at Craigievar Caste in 2023. The castle will be surrounded by scaffolding and remain closed throughout the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas