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Courtyard Cottage

Drumoak near Peterculter, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 1060438)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "The property is perfect for a couple who wants a peaceful break and was perfect for all the locations we wanted to visit."

    A real home from home for a week . The coastline and the other N.T.S. Locations were close to hand. We will certainly book another break here.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2022

  • "Very nice, well presented cottage in a lovely location."

    Would definitely stay here again.

    Thank you very much for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TimothyMar 2022

  • "My self and my wife had the most fantastic stay 1 week of relaxation before Xmas we will definitely come back again"

    Thank you very much for your feedback, glad to read you had a fantastic stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RodneyDec 2021

  • "This is a fantastic apartment at castle drum."

    There are many lovely walls and wildlife to observe. It is also close to other wonderful properties both for buildings and for parterred gardens. Overall breathtakingly beautiful.

    Thank you very much for the kind words about your stay at Drum Castle. We have passed them onto the staff at the Castle. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HeatherOct 2021

  • "It’s a wonderful place to stay, brilliant location, beautiful surroundings and very well looked after."

    Reviewed by AndyAug 2021

  • "A very special place for a special occasion."

    Grounds and surrounding area are beautiful. Nice it took dogs, who had a great holiday too roaming grounds.

    Great to read that you enjoyed your stay at Drum and we look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "Lovely place for walks and exploring Deeside."

    Comfortable and clean apartment. Only (slight/trivial) problem was getting wifi and phone signal, mainly due to thick castle walls.

    Good to read that you enjoyed the area, it is a great location. We advertise that there is no wifi because of the problems with the signal and thick stone walls. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "The location."

    Lots if lovely walks in the case grounds and surrounds. Idyllic.

    Reviewed by HeatherMay 2021

  • "Great place to stay, fairly remote & very quiet."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

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  • First floor apartment
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, underfloor heating and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating, underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking is available in the main car park, but guests may park outside the cottage to unload belongings
  • Access to courtyard and castle grounds
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.4 miles, pub 3.3 miles
  • Note: This property has no WiFi
  • 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: Access is via an external staircase with handrail (approx 12 steps) and a further four steps upon entering the apartment
  • Note: Fuel for the open fire is not provided; logs and coal are available locally at petrol stations and shops in Peterculter, we kindly ask you not to collect wood on the Estate
  • Note: The Tower is not currently accessible to visitors
  • 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

The property

Peterculter 3.7 miles.

Courtyard Cottage is a first floor apartment settled within the historic courtyard of the National Trust for Scotland’s Drum Castle.

Steeped in 700 years of history, this property was once home to the Irvine family, its rich history evidenced in its antique artefacts and décor throughout.

Enter the apartment via several stairs, leading you into a quaint living space where you can relax with your loved one, lighting up the woodburning stove to create a homely aura for a romantic evening.

Make use of the contemporary kitchen amenities to rustle up a delicious home cooked meal to enjoy in the dining area, or dine out in one of the nearby restaurants to celebrate a special occasion.

At the end of each evening, find rest in the spacious double bedroom, decorated in tasteful green hues, accompanied by ample storage and sleek oak flooring to create a contemporary space to unwind.

Choose between a serene bubble bath and invigorating shower in the elegant bathroom, the perfect area to get ready for the day, with the added luxury of warming underfloor heating.

Wander around the historic hallways of Drum Castle, visiting the impressive library that holds over 4,000 books, being sure to visit the exquisite 17th century chapel, before spending a sunny afternoon in the award-winning wildlife garden and the Garden of Historic Roses, home to enchanting rare wildlife and potent scents.

Alternatively, weave your way through mystical turrets, up to the ancient battlements, soaking up the exceptional views of Bennachie’s hills and the serene encompassing countryside.

Explore the surrounding nature through the Old Wood of Drum and Royal Forest, home to oak trees that date back to 1700, as well as being a habitat for red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers.

Head into Drumoak village centre to find a local shop to pick up all your essentials, as well as a small coffee shop where you can indulge in a warming cup of coffee.

A wider selection of shopping experiences and pubs can be found in the suburb of Peterculter or the town of Banchory, both with various local eateries and boutique stores.

Travel further afield to Aberdeen city centre, an exciting cultural hub where you can find incredible restaurants, retail shopping and delightful cafés, as well as attractions such as the Aberdeen Ghost Walk, the maritime museum and Duthie Park.

Venture further afield to the magnificent Cairngorms National Park and experience breath-taking views as you take on a challenging hiking trail, with more adventures to be had on bike rides and via watersports.

The nearby Crathes Castle, also owned by National Trust for Scotland, is well worth a visit; an impressive turreted castle sitting among sculpted yew trees and with nature trails to explore, it makes the perfect day trip for a leisurely day out, the rich wildlife along the six waymarked trails being a particular marvel.

Feel like royalty on an intimate weekend away at Courtyard Cottage.

National Trust For Scotland

Whether searching for your next city to explore, or seeking a homely dwelling to relax in with your loved ones in rural surroundings, the wonderful collection of properties from National Trust for Scotland is sure to have something perfect for you. Discover the beauty of Scotland's two national parks and stunning countryside, with lots of properties catering to a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on your doorstep, with some featuring additional facilities for angling, field sports and cycling, making it easy to enjoy your stay to the fullest. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the lively city scenes of Scotland, with properties in and around Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow, all teeming with historic sites, beautiful architecture and plenty of entertainment. Being Scotland's largest conservation charity, National Trust for Scotland has been able to beautifully preserve and renovate many historic buildings to offer unique holiday locations. With over two-million visitors each year across twenty-seven castles and great houses, forty-six munros, thirty-five major gardens and designed landscapes, and seven national nature reserves, National Trust for Scotland has something for everyone. Each property is equipped with all you need for a self-catered stay, with kitchens complete with essential appliances and more, dining areas to come together for hearty meals, and many sitting rooms boasting open fires or woodburning stoves to settle down in front of, not to mention elegant bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms where you can feel refreshed. Bring your canine companion along with you to some of the properties, and keep up to date with the world via the WiFi connections offered in most cottages. With more and more people discovering the beauty and allure of Scotland every year, ensure your stay is special with a National Trust for Scotland cottage.

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About the location


Aberdeen 8.3 miles; Cove Bay 9.5 miles; Banchory 10.2 miles; Portlethen 10.6 miles

The vibrant suburb of Peterculter - also known as Culter, is a charming location resting 8.3 miles away from Aberdeen city centre, sitting on the northern banks of the serene River Dee. Peterculter is home to a generous selection of shops, pubs, restaurants, a museum and heritage hall, village hall and activity centre, with historic tales found throughout attractions such as the quaint river of Culter Burn, and a statue of folk hero Rob Roy Macgregor, known for apparently leaping across Cutler Burn to chase away pursuing Hanoverian troops. The hustle and bustle of Aberdeen city centre is just a short journey away, boasting views of high cliffs, open farmland and rugged mountains, contrasted with sandy beaches and far-reaching sea views, as well as contemporary entertainment such as retail centres, welcoming pubs, exciting bars, and fine dining. Further afield is the extensive Cairngorm National Park, an adventurous and popular tourist hub spanning over 1,748 square miles of majestic views found on walking trails, cycle paths, outdoor activities, watersports and so much more! Peterculter is a lovely destination to experience the adventure, history and culture of Aberdeenshire in a more tranquil resting spot.

Note: This property has no WiFi
Note: Access is via an external staircase with handrail (approx 12 steps) and a further four steps upon entering the apartment.
Note: The Trust will require access to the property on 6th June as new blinds are being added that day.
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: The Tower is not currently accessible to visitors.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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