Wonderfully located in the centre of Royal Deeside, The Grove is a cottage full of character with accommodation to suit both family holidays or a get away from it all break for a couple.
The cottage has been carefully renovated to provide a spacious layout without loss of its traditional feel. The sitting room adjoins a sunroom with patio doors creating a lovely bright room from which to enjoy the wildlife that visits the garden.
Whatever your interests Royal Deeside offers something for everyone be it exploring Castles, Nature Trails, Walking, Cycling, Fishing, Skiing or outdoor sports in the fabulous Cairngorm National Park, and not to forget the best of Whisky Trails to follow. Whilst enjoying a wee dram amongst the scenery, most distilleries now give a gift set of miniatures to their visitors so that the Driver dose not miss out.
Castles in the area are too many to mention so it's worth thinking of joining the National Trust for Scotland for free entry to Drum Castle at Drum Oak, Crathes Castle near Banchory or the beautiful pink Craigievar Castle which is reputed to have inspired Walt Disney's Cinderella Castle, to name but a few. Despite the choice don't forget to make time for the grounds and gardens of Kincardine Estate(5 mins away) and of course Balmoral (30 mins away) which feature woodland walks, cycle routes, wildlife hides, cameras and ranger guides, not to mention country sporting opportunities and golf.
The National Trust for Scotland also has many sites that are superb for wildlife, the best known is possibly Mar lodge. Mar Lodge contains four of the five highest mountains in the UK and is very important for the preservation of the Caledonian pine forest with its important inhabitants including blackcock, eagles, otters and red squirrels. Whilst there are walks to suit all at Mar Lodge if you would rather enjoy the scenery by car then try the wiggly A93/ A939 which runs along the eastern side of the Cairngorms from Glenshee to the Lecht. Please note however that it's a small winding road suited to those who wish to take the time to enjoy the glorious surroundings.
Closer to hand a 15-minute drive takes you to National Nature Reserves at Muir of Dinnet or Glen Tanar. Muir of Dinnet has attractive walks through Birch woodlands and along the loch shore for the flash of a damselfly's wings, continuing to the impressive Burn O'Vat waterfall and pot hole where the rock walls surround you in a damp embrace. The range of activities at Glen Tanar cater for all with way marked paths, bike trail, cross country skiing and pony trekking, as well as fishing and an access route to Mount Keen, the most easterly Munro.
POSTCODE: AB34 5AA
Short breaks are welcome throughout the year
Damage Security Deposit £150
Accommodation for 4 + 2 over two floors: Ground floor: Sitting Room with adjoining sun lounge; Kitchen/Dining Room; Snug sitting room with Double sofa bed. First floor: One King size and one King size/twin bedroom (zip n' link); Bathroom with over bath shower
Services: Central Heating & Electricity included * Bed Linen & Towels are provided * Dishwasher * Washing Machine * Fridge & Freezer * Electric Cooker & Microwave * Wifi * TV * CD Player * Cot & High Chair * Enclosed garden * On street parking * Bicycle Storage * Dogs Welcome
Extras: Pets £20/hd/week