Nestling in a secluded, wooded position overlooking the River Dee valley, this superior stone house has been totally renovated to offer the finest facilities and provide every comfort to ensure an enjoyable stay. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and fine views, and the drawing room has an open fire making the property ideal for all year round holidays. Herds of red deer, stags and hinds, graze by the river during the evenings giving a feeling of tranquilility amidst the beautiful highland scenery. It is situated in area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the Cairgorm National Park and offers access to some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland, with the challenging Cairngorm mountains within easy reach. Fishing, stalking and shooting may be arranged through the estate. Winter sports are also catered for with skiing at Glenshee only a 20-minute drive.
For the less energetic a visit to the 16th-century Crathes Castle and Gardens at Banchory (40 miles) offers an exciting day out. The gardens provide a wonderful display at any time of the year with great yew hedges and a fascinating presentation of the art of topiary dating from 1702. There is also a children’s adventure playground. Closer to Mar House is Balmoral Castle – the Royal family’s Highland residence which offers the opportunity to pony trek and the chance to view various exhibitions, including one on the local wildlife. Golf is available at Braemar only 4 miles away and there are also excellent courses at Ballater and Aboyne.
Inverness is within easy reach and offers many attractions for all the family. Unusual places of interest include the Kiltmaker Centre, where a small visitor centre explains the whole process of making tartan, and the novel Balnain House, which explores the development of Highland music. Inverness Castle, perched above the river, offers the Castle Garrison Encounter, an entertaining interactive exhibition in which the visitor plays the role of a new recruit in the 18th-century Hanoverian army. Shop and pub 3 miles.
Drawing room with open fire. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast table. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; two double (one with 5ft bed) and two twin.
- Open fire - fuel inc
- Elec, full oil CH, bed linen and towels inc
- Acres of grassed land surrounding the property
- Parking (for 3 cars)
Customer Reviews of Mar House, nr Braemar, sleeps 8
1st comment: Excellent location with walks directly from Mar House and also close by. Facilities very good with a lovely log fire with plenty of fuel. April 2012.
2nd comment: Mar House is isolated (bliss!), yet close to (within walking distance - 1/4 mile) of the caretaker Ian, who is very helpful and a ’mind’ of local information. Set in beautiful mountain surrundings and backed by pine forest, it is for us the idylllic ’hide away’. The garden is large, with a gently undulating frontage. Behind the house the land is very steep and ’wild’. An old stone wall disectes the hillside garden and wild flowers, bracken, wildlife and majestic trees are bountiful. The village of Braemar (a 3 mile drive away) has an excellent convenience store (Co-Op)open 7 days a week until late. (Note: on Sundays you cannot buy alcohol before 10.00 am). There is also an equally excellent butcher, selling not only fresh meat, but also fresh vegetables,fruit,breads and pies (the poppy seed rolls and pasties are excellent),and a variety of frozen goods including Mackies Ice Cream - yum! One word for us describes this holiday property: Epic! Sept 2011.
3rd comment: The setting is fantastic, the scenery on your doorstep breathtaking fantastic walks on the doorstep, abundance of wildlife to watch. Very homely house, nice and comfy feel. We loved it. Sept 2011.
4th comment: Mar Cottage was situated ideally for our needs of accessing some very remote munroes. 10 minute cycle to the Linn of Dee. Cottage very secluded and quiet. Loads of wood provided for the fire which we had every night as it got cool. Every home comfort available and we didn’t feel we were in each others way all the time - plenty of space. Excellent location and cottage. April 2011.
5th comment: Excellent location as there was no phone signal. The dog loved the location as the door could be left open for free safe access. If needed internet access at Ballater. Good swimming pool at Aboyne. April 2011.
6th comment: The accommodation was very spacious and well beyond what was expected. The photographs and website did not do it justice. Feb 2011.
7th comment: Clean, comfortable, warm and excellent location. Nov 2010.
8th comment: The house is attractive and set away from the road along a track which makes it quiet and private. Having four bedrooms with four en-suite bathrooms makes it ideal for couples and adults staying. The house is well equiped, lots of hot water and efficient central heating. Sept 2010.
9th comment: Spacious accommodation, equipment was plentiful and comprehensive, situated in lovely natural position, top quality walking is available from the door - an outdoor enthusiasts dream . Sept 2010.
10th comment: Perfect secluded location. Spacious, well proportioned cottage. A little bit of luxury for everyone, especially with en-suite bathrooms attached to every bedroom. The cottage is set in a huge, natural, Scottish hillside garden, surrounded by woodland, which is full of wildlife - my ’heaven on earth’. Aug 2010.
11th Comment Everyone has their own space. Plenty room for the kids to play and the adults to relax. Your not living on top of each other. The bedrooms are all en-suite which is marvelous, because everyone can do their own thing in their own time. Having the dining room space is a bonus and the utility room was good for drying wet outdoor clothing, boots etc. July 2010.
12th Comment The cottage is ideally situated and very private, very safe for the children and the dog. Lovely location and only a few minutes drive into the village. Excellent walks right on the door step. The accommodation is excellent in that all the rooms are of a great size and each bedroom is ensuite. 8 of us were on vacation and you never feel you are living on top of each other. The cottage is well laid out and has everything you could want and more. This is our second visit and we are returning again in October. April 2010.
13th Comment Very spacious and comfortable very well equipped. The most beautiful location. Oct 2009.
14th Comment It was the perfect place to unwind everything had been thought of to provide a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Sept 2009.
15th Comment Very clean, everything you could wish for in the kitchen, peaceful, homely feeling, outside surroundings like a dream come true. Wonderful. Aug 2009.
16th Comment We took our grandchildren, and they absolutely loved the house from the moment they saw it. Plenty of space for them, and they couldn’t get over the four (!) en suite bedrooms. Wonderful feeling of space, and the house had everything you could want. The heating was first-class, and you didn’t have to use the open fire at all unless you wanted to. Very clean, and in good order throughout. July 2009.
17th Comment We were all very impressed with the quality and value of the accommodation at Mar House. The photos of the house on the website didn’t do it justice! We’d definitely stay there again. May 2009.
18th Comment Excellent house in beautiful surroundings. Would recommend house. Feb 2008.
19th Comment The house exceeded our expectations - fully equipped and very homely. We even had logs supplied! The visitors book was full of compliments and made a great read! Aug 2008.
20th Comment We had an excellent week at Mar House. There was everything we needed. Very clean and well kept. Ian the caretaker was especially helpful. Oct 2008