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Steading Cottage

Craigievar near Alford, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 1060436)



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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/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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3 Customer Reviews

  • "This is such a cosy but well equipped cottage."

    It felt homely straight away. It’s in the grounds of the, fabulous, fairytale-pink Craigievar Castle so there’s about 60 hectares of woods and other paths / fields to roam ( our dogs were in heaven). The staff and volunteers at the castle - which is a ‘must-see’ are friendly and full of great stories of the area. It’s remote so no pub or restaurant within about 9 miles but you need transport if you go to the Highlands. Also, no WiFi and very limited phone connection if that’s important to you. We found it to be a really relaxing break from hectic life with the magnificent Cairngorms to explore and lots to do and see in the surrounding area including wildlife. When all the walking and cycling makes you hungry there’s great food nearby and everyone we met were friendly. We will return.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "Lovely location and cottage had everything we needed except it would have been good to know in advance there was no mobile phone signal as well as no WiFi!"

    The members of staff at the castle, particularly John were very helpful.

    Good to read that you enjoyed your stay at Steading Cottage at Craigievar and that John was very helpful. We have rechecked and the details for the cottage on this website do mention that Wifi is not available. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "Beautiful location for the cottage right next to the wonderful castle, lovely ..."

    Beautiful location for the cottage right next to the wonderful castle, lovely walks including a more strenuous marked one up behind the property, Alford has good Coop nearby and plenty to see and do all around, great place

    Reviewed by BernadetteJun 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.

A sublime stone cottage, enveloped with climbing roses, Steading Cottage can be found on the beautiful National Trust for Scotland’s Craigievar Castle estate, once a home for the castle's estate workers and now offering four guests a wonderful getaway.

Built around a quaint cobbled courtyard and facing Craigievar Castle’s famous pink turrets, Steading Cottage is perfect for a small family or group seeking a tranquil retreat to Scotland.

Discover a unique living/dining room to relax in after a fun-filled day, with an original fireplace hosting an open fire in the centre of the room.

Light up the fire and take a seat on the purple sofa or one of the plush armchairs, before flicking on the TV for a film night.

At the other end of the room, you will find a table at which you can dine, with a fitted galley kitchen providing a fantastic space to rustle up your delicious dishes with a range of high quality appliances at hand.

When you're in need of rest, find two elegant bedrooms, comprising a double and a twin, both with to excellent furnishings and ample storage for your belongings.

Completing the interior is the family bathroom, where you can freshen up in the morning with the shower over bath setup, before pulling on your walking boots to enjoy a morning stroll around the peaceful grounds.

Delight in all kinds of adventures in Aberdeenshire from the picturesque Steading Cottage.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060434, 1060432, together sleeping 15 guests.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with open fire
  • Electric storage and panel heaters and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, CD player, radio
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • Off-road parking beside the cottage for 2 cars
  • 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 woodburning 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: 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.

Note: There is no WiFi at this property.
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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