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“Superb B&B in great location in Deeside”

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Schoolhouse Ballater
Ranked #12 of 17 Ballater B&B and Inns
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Superb B&B in great location in Deeside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

Schoolhouse B&B was a great find, we highly recommend it. Very welcoming and friendly, large comfortable rooms, with lots of original features and wonderfully decorated.
The location is very quiet, and away from busy roads and it's still only a couple of minutes walk to the centre of Ballater, with its many shops, cafes and restaurants. The B&B is also very warm, whilst it's a traditional house with all the charm you would expect, it has been renovated and highly insulated, so the house was warm and comfortable throughout and meets great environmental standards - important if you are visiting in winter (walking, skiing and lots more) as Ballater enjoys clear, crisp and cold Scottish air! It is awarded as a Green Tourism B&B.
Ballater is a superb charming place to stay - The Queen's residence at Balmoral, superb walking from the B&B and nearby Lochnagar and other mountains, cross country skiing and downhill skiing just at Glenshee. It's very unspoilt.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

My brother's family and mine stayed here overnight recently (2 families with 2 adults and 2 kids each). We were able to obtain 2 x 4 person rooms side by side with a lovely living area in between with a fireplace and comfy couches. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and warm with a large double bed and bunks for the kids. Cathy and Alan were fantastic hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Ballater is a lovely location. This is probably some of the nicest family accommodation I have stayed in. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone needing to stay in the area.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

We had booked into this B&B and wanted to bring our daughter's 5 yr old Beagle along on our road trip from Edinburgh. We called ahead and asked Catherine who said no problem at all. On arrival we found a lovely converted school house with very confortable rooms, a great breakfast and friendly Scottish hospitality. The beds were very comfortable and the house was lovely, clean and light.

Would defintley recommend this to anyone and look forward to visiting there again.,

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Spicewood, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

Satying at the School house was a great way to spend the second night in Scotland. Large room with comfotable bed. Cathy and Alan were extremily friendly and welcoming during our stay. The food was great. When traveling through Ballater this is a mustplace to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

Stayed for 3 nights & was made most welcome in this lovely B&B. Ballater is in an idyllic location & it was a shame I was there as part of a business trip as I would have liked to have seen more of it. My twin room had a wonderful view of the mountains. Free wi-fi meant I could work in the evenings and still gaze at the scenery! Would strongly recommend as nothing was too much trouble from my very friendly hosts.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Brielle, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

The School House Hostel, B&B and center of learning was a wonderful first experience into hostel accommodations. Alan and Cathy Low our host went out of the way to make our stay superb, they even offered to take us for an even hike up one of the nearby hills. Located in Ballater Scotland a lovely village on the southern fringe of the Cairngorm Mountains this was our kick off to and incredible vacation to Scotland, if our travels bring us back this way will stay here for sure.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

We stayed here at short notice after the hotel we'd booked turned out to be a disaster. They were very accommodating, friendly and made us feel exceptionally welcome. The room was lovely, the bed very comfy, the breakfast delicious (even if the toast was a little on the cold side) and the whole place felt vey homely. It is one of the best B and Bs we've stayed in and we hope to return in the future.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Schoolhouse Ballater
Address: Anderson Road, Ballater AB35 5QW, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Ballater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Schoolhouse Ballater 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Schoolhouse provides exceptional accommodation for couples, families and friends. Stylish yet very comfortable, visitors from all over the world will feel relaxed and welcome. Children are well catered for with and the family rooms are spacious with safe and comfortable bunkbeds. Double beds are super king size with luxurious bedlinen and all rooms have en-suite facilities with wonderful showers. There's a lounge with giant sofas and the fire is often lit in the evenings. With hard wood and bamboo flooring throughout, Schoolhouse is fresh and clean and there's a large garden and car park.Owners Cathy and Alan speak French and German and Cathy is a storyteller, so Scottish stories by the fire is a popular attraction. Schoolhouse is a great place to sleep and a great place to stay! ... more   less 
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Schoolhouse Ballater Scotland

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