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South Mains Cottage

Craigievar near Alford, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 1060434)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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3 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a great stay, this was a lovely location and comfortable cottage."

    Let down by a few wee issues. Double bed did not have a sheet on, and this could not be supplied for 2 nights. I feel whoever set up the cottage should have fixed this on the day, or at least left a note apologising. Nightlights on upper landing not working - electric socket out of order. This made trip to the downstairs bathroom perilous at night for my elderly parents. Hot tap in kitchen urgently needed fixing - came gushing out at high pressure, spraying us on several occasions, before we learnt to be wary. Also, while we understand caution about Covid, kitchen would have benefitted from wooden spoon (or silicon if you want it dishwasher safe), teapot, measuring jug and weighing scales.

    Reviewed by LaraghOct 2021

  • "The property was ok."

    Kitchen supplies are in need of renewal as knives were inadequate, can opener was broken and things like a ladle or whisk not present. Seating in the lounge for 7 is a push with all the other furniture present. Window in up stair bedroom is in need of repair as the trim is not attached. Location however excellent for walking, cycling and exploring the area. Castle was closed so cannot comment on that aspect. Would we stay again? Unsure.

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2021

  • "Wonderful location, loved all the walks from the door, the castle and grounds are lovely and the cottage feels very cosy."

    We had such a nice time, we got lucky with the weather and we loved the surrounding countryside. The kids loved playing in the river Dee and Balmoral is a great place to visit, there are endless places to walk and we saw lots of wildlife. We were sad to leave at the end of our stay!

    Lovely to read that you enjoyed your time at this unique estate. It is a great area for a mix of castles, scenery, beautiful trees and rivers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AdamMay 2021

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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.

The property

Alford 5.4 miles.

Set amidst the stunning scenery of National Trust for Scotland’s Craigievar Castle and its beautiful estate grounds, is this historic semi-detached dwelling, South Mains Cottage, offering seven guests a home from home in Aberdeenshire.

Originally built for the workers on the estate, the cottage is furnished in a classic country style, echoing the history of the building in its interior, offering everything you need for a fantastic break in Scotland.

Discover a lovely furniture arrangement within the sitting room after a long day of walking, with a feature fireplace adding a traditional feel to the décor and a TV to enjoy on a quiet evening.

The country farmhouse kitchen is a true delight; prepare your meals here and admire the quaint features, like the large Belfast sink, with a dining table and chairs to gather around at mealtimes.

A spacious ground floor bathroom offers a bath and an overhead shower attachment, so you can enjoy either a refreshing rinse or a hot soak, with a pretty single bedroom on this floor too.

Head upstairs to find the remaining three bedrooms, consisting of a double room with dual aspect windows and another original fireplace, along with two twin bedrooms, both with plenty of storage for your personal belongings.

Spend time out in your own private garden as you sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning stroll about the grounds, taking in the picturesque views of the unique, pink castle.

Let South Mains Cottage be your haven to return to after each Aberdeenshire adventure.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060436, 1060432, together sleeping 15 guests.


  • Over two floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twins, 1 x ground-floor single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, CD player, DVD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars beside the cottage
  • Private garden
  • 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: 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

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About the location


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.

There is no WiFi at this property.
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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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