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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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stuartturner
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Perfect cosy cottage in the perfect highland village”
Reviewed 14 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

I travelled from London to Braemar during the first week of august and was lucky enough to come across this gem of a cottage. Pre arrival I had email conversations with the owners and telephone contact in the days before arriving. Fairly straightforward to find once in Braemar on arriver I was warmly greeted by Derek the owner who had already got a lovely log burning fire set and lit and was at the front door to great me. First impressions was really cosy, homely, clean property in-which the owners clearly take a great deal of pride.
The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay, good WiFi access, TV collections of DVD, board games - really everything has been thought of.
Owners Sandra and Derek were so very warm and welcoming and are available just next door to this property should any issues come up which was good to know. Struggling to find anything to fault to be honest - HIGHLY recommended

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Management Response
16 Aug 2016
We are so pleased to hear that Castleton Cottage proved to be such a great 'home' for your time in Braemar, and you had everything you needed to hand there. We will be sure to pass your comments along to the owners and hope that you return to enjoy the cosy relaxing property again soon!
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Snarley S
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cozy and warm yet spacious”
Reviewed 22 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
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My first reaction on entering the cottage was that it was bigger 'in real life' than I expected from the photos. The counter with the bar seats is very big, far bigger than most proper dining tables I've seen, and will easily hold a game or a jigsaw puzzle with plenty room for other necessary things like snacks and drink.

The washing machine was very handy to have, did 2 shorts and a long as i was there for three weeks. The bedroom is very spacious and has a lot of storage space which is ideal for longer stays when you don't want to 'live out of your suitcase'. You won't need to wash the linen that goes with the cottage (towels, bedlinen etc) as Sandra takes care of that.

I had no problem with the bathroom, but taller people might have problems as the shower is under the sloped roof, which was standing height to me but might give you trouble if you're over 1.80 meters.

It is only a short (and I mean really short!) distance to the village high street with all its shops and the supermarket. And it's the same distance to some of the walks on the forested hill to the east of Braemar. Sorry most hills and mountains in Scotland got pretty unpronounceable and therefor hard to remember names!

The woodstove was lovely on the colder nights and it was fun to rekindle my repressed pyromaniac persona after so long a time living without a woodstove. I only used it 5 or 6 nights in the 3 weeks that I stayed there, as due to climate change Scotland just about experienced the sunniest and warmest month of May since measurements began. From snow to shorts in a week!

The cottage holds the warmth well as long as you remember to close the doors. As I like sleeping cold I kept both doors between livingroom and bedroom closed and opened the bedroom window. Only improvement I can think of was a thinner duvet (or a choice between thick and thin) as the current one was very warm and i was constantly trying to kick holes in the duvet to stick my feet out from under to cool down.

For electricity you need to feed the meter. Just remember to keep a few pound coins handy. If you use the woodstove or if it's summer you won't need many.

Sandra knows a lot about the area and was a lovely host along with Derek, wonderful warm and welcoming couple. They met me at the bus stop at the Invercauld Hotel as I had mentioned I would arrive with the bus, and we walked the 100 meters to the cottage. They showed everything in the cottage and explained how it all worked.

A car is handy but not necessary while staying in Braemar. It makes some of the more distant walks easier to get to (like Glen Derry, Glen Callatar and Glen Ey) but there are plenty walks around the village as well. When at the duckpond, don't forget to go across the road into the little quarry - amazing view! Also don't forget to book a highland safari from braemarhighlandsafaris.co.uk. Looking down into Coire Kander on the Glen Callater tour was an amazing experience, especially if you've never been on a proper 4x4 drive before, like me.

The Co-op shop stocked all the necessaties and has plenty non-necessary stuff like snacks and drinks so I never felt the need to go to Ballater for 'big' groceries while in Braemar. I also saw the Tesco deliveries truck roaming around for those that require a very broad and specific range of groceries.Sadly the weight lost by walking was gained again because of the sticky toffee pudding the Co-op stocked.

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Liked best: Close distance to public transport, shops and walks.
Liked least: The very thick and very warm duvet (but it's a very minor thing).
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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S R
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“definitely recommended”
Reviewed 25 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Castleton Cottage could not have been better for our recent stay in the Cairngorms. The location in Braemar is convenient for great local walks and trips further afield, and there are a number of good options for dinner out or evening drinks all within easy walking distance. The property itself really did have everything we could need and more, it was lovely and clean, the bed was so comfortable and the wood burner was a real treat. The owners, too, gave us a lovely welcome and were very helpful in suggesting places to visit during our stay - many thanks to them!

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
26 Apr 2016
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your stay at Castleton Cottage, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday there. It is wonderful to hear that you had everything you needed to hand, plus that wood burner to cosy up to! How lovely to have the owners available to point you in the direction of all the great places to go in the area too! We certainly hope you return for another stay soon.
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Martin R
Hexham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Very pleasant stay”
Reviewed 25 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Very pleasant week's holiday. The cottage was as advertised and was absolutely fine. The basket of logs for the stove was especially welcome as Braemar can get chilly in October! The owners, Sandra and Derek, who live next door could not have been more helpful and friendly - super hosts.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Brilliant Holiday”
Reviewed 5 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Stayed for a week at the end of July 2015, the cottage was every thing we could ask for, for two people, it was lovely and warm (not brilliant weather), the bedroom was large with lots of hanging and drawer space, the rest of the cottage was excellent and had everything we could need. The owners Sandra and Derek were very friendly and helpful with information on where to eat, visit, walks, local history etc - can't wait to go again.

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Liked best: The cosyness of the cottage and location
Liked least: nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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John2905
Watford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Dissappointed”
Reviewed 31 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We stayed at Castleton Cottage for a week from 17th August 2014. The cottage itself was cosy in its own way, I guess decorated to the taste of the owner rather than being more neutral as we normally find holiday cottages to be. To our taste it vas very cluttered. When we arrived the log fire was lit and we were left some basic supplies which were very welcome. We were given a full explanation of where things were and how they worked as well as suggestions of good places to eat locally.

Comments:
No Place Mats
No Bread Bin
No Cheese Grater (there is a Zester)
No Pizza Tray
No Pizza Cutter
No Colour Coded Cutting Boards
Hot Water not quite hot enough for a hot bath
Bathroom Mirror not high enough for someone of six foot
Plenty of board games but no coffee table big enough to play them on

Criticisms:
Towels very worn and need replacing. Only one tea towel provided.
Cutlery a mishmash of different styles
For the small cost of electricity it should be included in the rental

Best points:
Location
Log Fire
Quietness

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Clutter of cottage
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Daisy C
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cosy cottage for two”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

The cottage was cosy, well equipped and had a lovely log burning fire, lit for us on arrival. Extremely helpful and friendly owners, willing to lend us anything and who provided great information about the surrounding area along with things to do.The location was breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful. If you have a busy life, this is such an ideal holiday choice. The 17 mile mountain bike circuit MUST NOT be missed. One of my favourite holidays so far.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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