Originally built as a home for the workers of the National Trust for Scotland’s 18th century Craigievar Castle estate, North Mains Cottage is a charming semi-detached dwelling offering four guests a wondrous base for an adventure to Aberdeenshire.
A small private garden at the back is great for secluded dinners and wildlife watching. Fire up the wood burning stove to warm up after a walk in the parkland around the castle.
For larger groups, guests may be interested in booking the adjacent South Mains and Steading Cottage.
On 2 storeys, North Mains Cottage sleeps 4 guests, with accommodation comprising:
2 twin bedrooms
L-shaped sitting room with dining area and wood-burning stove
Compact bathroom with shower over bath
Parking available beside the cottage
Craigievar Castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, standing for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside the castle 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.
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.