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Steading, Craigievar Castle

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  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Every fairytale castle needs a grounds cottage with roses climbing the walls, and this picture perfect house is Craigievar's. The cottage originally accommodated the castle's estate workers and is built around a cobbled courtyard, overlooking Craigievar's famous pink turrets. Read More >
Being single storey, Steading Cottage is ideal for those who are less mobile. Gentle walks can be found round the castle's kitchen garden, or venture further into the waymarked woodland paths. An open fire will be ready and waiting to be lit when you get back.

For larger groups guests may be interested in booking the adjacent North & South Mains.

Accommodation details

  • 1 storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting/dining room - 3 steps down from hall, with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • Immersion water heater

  • Electric storage and panel heaters

  • Parking available at the side of the cottage

  • EPC Rating: F21


About Craigievar Castle
This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.

Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.

About the area
Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.

Things to do

  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.

  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.

  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.


Getting there
Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.

This holiday accommodation is available for winter and festive breaks. However, the access road to the castle may become impassable in heavy snow. Although this happens infrequently, in the event of this curtailing your holiday we will refund any days of the holiday that were not used.
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The Coach House, Holmwood House

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  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 5
  • 3
  • Not allowed
This Victorian oasis lies just a few miles from the cosmopolitan centre of Glasgow, providing a holiday base that is tranquil, relaxing, and only 20 minutes away from the heart of the action. Read More >
Set in acres of surrounding greenery, Holmwood's former Coach House would have accommodated the merchant owner's stable grooms. The house has plenty of space for all the family, with its own enclosed garden for children to play in safely.

Accommodation details

  • 2 storey - entry is on the first floor via an external stairway

  • Sleeps 5 - 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single

  • Sitting room/dining area

  • Kitchen

  • Spacious bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • Downstairs WC with wash basin

  • Gas central heating

  • Electric fire in sitting room

  • Private parking available

  • EPC Rating: D55


... Our guests said...
"... a beautiful property in a beautiful setting...As my wife wrote in the visitors book, it is like a suburban oasis. Thank you so much." (Mr.Knowles, Wallasey)

About Holmwood House
James Couper, a local paper manufacturer commissioned the building of Holmwood House in 1857. By 1858 it was complete, designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson and widely thought to be his finest domestic work.

Richly ornamented with neo-classical motifs and acres of surrounding greenery, the house is a symbol of how mercantile wealth grew to compete with aristocratic inheritance during this fascinating period in history.

About the area
Glasgow is a vibrant cultural hub, home to world-class art exhibitions, pioneering theatre practitioners and Scotland's national ballet company.

Holmwood is ten minutes away from Glasgow city centre by train, with a walk of ten minutes to the station.

Things to do

  • Cook up a storm with fresh vegetables purchased from Holmwood's own vegetable garden.

  • Spend a night at the theatre. The Citizens Theatre offers traditionally staged plays, the Arches has great atmosphere and an avant garde programme, while the Tramway is a fantastic contemporary space created from an old tram shed.

  • Visit the Tenement House to see a different side of Glasgow life, from the early 20th century. This four room house was lived in by independent woman, Miss Agnes Toward for over 50 years.


Getting there
Holmwood is on Netherlee Road, Cathcart, Glasgow and is 4 miles south of the city centre. Netherlee Road is off Clarkston Road (B767). The nearest station is Cathcart, 1 mile away.
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The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

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  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 16
  • 8
  • Not allowed
The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.

Accommodation details

  • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

  • Sleeps 16 - 3 double and 5 twin bedrooms

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Drawing room

  • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

  • 3 additional WCs

  • 3 showers rooms

  • Electric storage heaters

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: G12


About Fyvie Castle
Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.

Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.

The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.

Things to do

  • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.

  • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

  • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.


Getting there
Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).

Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.

Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.

Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.

Please note that guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a good housekeeping deposit to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is 500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

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