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“First week in Scotland”
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Glendavan House
Ranked #1 of 1 Dinnet B&B and Inns
Cupertino, California
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“First week in Scotland”
Reviewed 1 September 2014

On our first trip to Scotland my husband and I spent the first 5 days at Glendavan House. We could not have had a better way to start our trip. The property is lovely, but even more important the owners are lovely people. We felt very comfortable and at home as we slowly recovered from jet-lag. We got to thoroughly enjoy our running (see runningthehighlands.com), the Balvenie Distillery tour, the highland games, and great music at the pub in nearby Tarland. And after each adventure, we were able to relax back at our home-base at Glendavan House.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

My wife and I recently spent a single night at Glendavan House as we moved between two locations during our 3 week holiday in Scotland. We were warmly welcomed by Alan and shown around our accommodation in the ground floor Ogston suite - what a place! We not only had our en-suite bedroom but also our own large lounge and a conservatory overlooking the garden and patio - all furnished in a very elegant and traditional Scottish country house style. It was wonderful to watch the numerous Red Squirrels taking nuts from the feeders on the patio and then later to sit and read in front of a lovely open fire before taking to the very comfortable bed. And the limitless access to tea, coffee and 'nibbles' from the nearby pantry area was most welcome. The squirrels were back in the morning in even greater numbers and I enjoyed a morning stroll in the grounds with my camera - catching Alan by surprise as he gathered eggs from the hen coop in readiness for breakfast. And what a breakfast it was! Rebecca was equally welcoming as she took our breakfast order and I needed no persuasion to sample the 'Full Scottish' - one of (if not the) best breakfasts I've ever had. All in all, a wonderful stay in a beautiful house and with very charming hosts.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fredericton, Canada
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

My wife and I stayed in Glendavan House for one night on 10 June, and I wish we could have stayed longer! Not only is the house simply charming, so are Alan and Rebecca (we hope to meet Moira on our next visit). Both were very eager to chat and really seem to care about not only their client’s comfort, but also their overall vacation experience while in Scotland.

The house is warm and welcoming and the grounds are beautiful. We stayed in the Ogston Suite and I would highly recommend it. The bedroom and ensuite were spacious and the sitting room had a nice fireplace, which we enjoyed during our stay. The highlight of our visit was the conservatory; where we had a great time watching the various birds and squires, including a pheasant.

Prior to leaving we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast from what is actually an extensive menu for a B&B. Overall, Glendavan was one of our vacation’s highlights and we will be back.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Granada, Spain
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

It is really amazing, completely different to any other B&B we have been.
It is also expensive, but it's worth it.

The host were excellent and they made a reservation for us on an excellent restaurant (They ask us before and It was not expensive at all). After showing us the rooms they dissapeared (Of course they were available on their side of the house), so we had a lot of freedom there.

The huge and excellent rooms and the squirrels eating close to us completed that experience.

We do not use to go to that places (because of the price) but we really recommend you that place.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Tain, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Beautiful house, fantastic hosts, just wanted to stay longer. Stayed in the Ogston Suite, looks good in the photos but it's even better in real life, very spacious, elegant decor, great facilities. Hamper on first night was crummy and loads of food.lovely to have the fire lit ready for us as part of the lovely friendly welcome. We wished that we had stayed in on the second night to make the most of our time there. We will most definitely be returning as its perfect for us for a short break with some good walks close by.
Many thanks to Allan, Moira and especially Rebecca for making us feel so welcome and looking after their guest so very well.

Stayed February 2014
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Milton of Campsie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

We stayed here for our first childfree weekend in months. We had a gruesome journey to get here, 3 hour journey ended up taking around 9 hours due to car problems. All the time we spoke to owners to keep them updated about our later and later arrival. Nothing was too much of a problem for them. They even offered to come and pick us up from Aboyne at 11pm where our car was abandoned at a local garage, and took us the 7 miles there the following day. Very helpful, and as I say, nothing was a problem for them.
When we arrived the fire in our suite was blazing and very welcoming, as was the fish hamper we had ordered via a local deli. Recommended.
The Trantor suite was wonderful, four poster bed, exceptionally comfy, warm and welcoming private lounge, plus the two rooms that make up the Wc/ Victorian roll top bath.
The price we paid I think was £120 per night b & b, the luxury you get for the suite I expect is without equal in most places in Scotland. We will be going back.
And red squirrels, sunny Scotland, and such hospitality, what can I say. Treat yourself, you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Trantor was great-your own private log fire in the living room of the suite.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We stayed 2 nights at this wonderful home, and decided within hours that it simply was not enough time. Alan, Moira and Rebecca are warm and caring and will go the extra mile to make you feel comfy and welcome. Their home is just gorgeous as are thier breakfasts. The room/suites are well thought of and beutifully presented.
Wi-fi was good and fast, no problems while using and there is plenty of parking available
We stayed in the Trantor suite and while it was great, next time we will be booking the Ogston suite so that I can spend any spare sitting time watching the sweet little red squirrels and all the birdies.....teeny tiny they are some of them.
We highly recommend this home B & B, and if possible, book a few days rather than one or two, because you will just want to!
We will be back!
Thank you to the Milne family

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Glendavan House
Address: Glendavan House Road B9119, Dinnet, Ballater AB34 5LU, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater > Dinnet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Dinnet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Glendavan House 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Glendavan House is a 5* Gold Bed and Breakfast offering quality accommodation in spacious and luxurious suites of rooms. Each suite comprises large bedroom, en-suite bathroom and en-suite sitting room with real coal fires that will be lit for you in the evenings. The Ogston Suite also comprises a lovely conservatory from which you can watch the army of red squirrels and birds that play on the decking outside. Situated in glorious and peaceful countryside fringing the Muir of Dinnet Nature reserve and within the Cairngorms National Park, Glendavan House offers a fabulous retreat from busy life. Peace and relaxation guaranteed. ... more   less 
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