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Former Royal Estate Cottage, completely renovated & extended, child/pet friendly

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,301 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 en-suite bedrooms in secluded location, but close to lovely Ballater village.

The picturesque village of Ballater lies in the heart of Royal Deeside. It has a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and a supermarket. Knocks Cottage is in a very peaceful location, 3 mins drive from Ballater’s centre, its large garden bordering the quiet Birkhall to Balmoral Castle road. This 19th century, former Royal Balmoral Estate cottage was completely renovated in 2017, refurbished and equipped to the highest standards. Its garden is surrounded by the Royal Balmoral Estate and it is perfectly situated for walking, cycling, skiing, golfing and salmon fishing( by arrangement). There is comfortable accommodation for 6 adults plus a small child. I do get asked about slightly larger parties and will always try to make it work. One additional adult and/or small child can be accommodated, so please ask at the time of booking. The re will be an extra charge of £20pppn though, to cover higher costs of laundry, cleaning, ironing, hot water etc.

There is parking for 4 cars and a large secure store for cycles (cycle racks provided), fishing rods, skis and golf clubs. For the longer days there are tables, benches and recliner chairs outside, and a barbecue outside, overlooking the garden..

With oil-fired central heating throughout, there are 3 en-suite bedrooms, all with TVs.

One ( 4ft 6" double) bedroom is on the ground floor with en-suite bathroom and shower over the bath. The other 2 bedrooms are upstairs, each with an en-suite shower room. One has a 5ft kingsized bed, the other has twin beds, but these can be made up as a 6ft super-king on request.

There is a very well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar; dishwasher; microwave; fridge/freezer; double oven; 4-ring hob; Krups Nespresso coffee maker, and a wide range of cooking and dining equipment; a sitting room with a 43'' HD Satellite TV; a dining room that seats 6; a cloakroom; utility room with a sink and drainer, washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board and storage cupboards and a separate area with desk and a toy box. A double sided log burner in the original granite cottage gable- end gives the sitting room and dining room an open-plan feel. There is good Wi-fi reception. Children are welcome (a stair gate, cot and high chair are available) as are dogs (but not on beds or sofas, please).

The cottage is ideally placed for walkers and cyclists with miles of local tracks. There are 2 cycle rental companies in Ballater. Wildlife enthusiasts might want to try a Land Rover safari on either the Royal Balmoral or Invercauld Estates, go into nearby Glen Muick to see red deer and, perhaps, the resident golden eagle – or just sit in the garden and watch birds and visiting roe deer. For golfers, there are courses at Ballater, Balmoral and Braemar and for skiers, the Glen Shee centre. Highland cattle enthusiasts will spot the photogenic Royal herd on the road below the cottage. The River Dee flows barely half a mile away and can be fished for salmon and sea trout by arrangement with the Balmoral or Invercauld Estates. Tullich trout fisheries are only 2 miles out of Ballater towards Aboyne.

Of course, the cosy cottage is also an ideal place to spend time doing absolutely nothing but relaxing in warmth and comfort, getting ready to enjoy the scenery and explore the beautiful villages of Royal Deeside.

More Details

Ann Chant
Member since: 2017
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Ann Chant

We had been coming to this beautiful area on fishing and walking holidays for 10 years when the chance to buy the cottage cropped up. it was just about derelict and the garden was totally overgrown, but we thought it would be the perfect post-retirement project. We were lucky enough to succeed in our bid for it and have spent the last 20 months transforming it into the comfortable, warm and welcoming place it is today. We get a huge amount of pleasure from it.

Ann Chant purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Ann Chant chose Ballater

The setting is very special - quiet and secluded but only a few moments from the village of Ballater, with its wide range of facilities. Built in the 1840s, the 4 Knocks Cottages are on an iconic row at the Birkhall end of the Balmoral to Birkhall Road. They look lovely from the road and the surrounding woods make it a pleasure to look out from inside the cottage too.

What makes this cottage unique

It's now fitted and furnished to high standards of modern comfort and convenience but it still retains its historic character. It's ideally situated for those who enjoy fishing, walking, cycling and golfing but also quiet walks in beautiful surroundings. And everyone enjoys settling down round the log-burner on an autumn or winter evening, no matter how energetic ( or not!) the day has been.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful holiday we have enjoyed, staying in your lovely cottage.It is, without doubt, the loveliest cottage we have ever stayed in.We all enjoyed Ballater Week, especially the Highland Games, and Merlin has loved all the walks in and around the area, and meeting so much wildlife. We love the area; love Knocks Cottage and hope to come back one day.
Aug 2018
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Ballater Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1301 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please observe guidelines for general and recycling waste and for the weekly bin collections. Notices are on the bins.
  • Please clear up any dog dirt from the parking area and garden. Poop Scoop bags are provided.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fitted mirrored cabinet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , With fitted mirrored cabinet.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , With wash-basin.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , With fitted mirrored cabinet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Ground floor, with en-suite bathroom and TV.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , En-suite shower room and TV. Can be made up to super-king.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , With en-suite shower room and TV. Cot/crib on request.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing


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Former Royal Estate Cottage, completely renovated & extended, child/pet friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Exceptional cottage

  • 5 of 5

This lovely cottage has everything you need and more. Beautifully appointed, spotless and a privilege to live in. I suspected that this cottage would be something special through correspondence with the owner. She was a pleasure to deal with and very eager to please all of our party. Would love to visit this cottage again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful cottage extremely well equipped and in a lovely quite wooded area.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent holiday walking up Lochnagar, etc and simply relaxing. Ann Chant was very helpful making suggestions on where to eat so that we could making bookings in advance. The cottage is beautifully kept and has everything you could need if you enjoy cooking. We would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An absolute Gem

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your lovely cottage. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here . What a little gem you have . It has made our holiday stay thoroughly enjoyable. You have thought of everything down to every last detail

Thank you so much.

Tina, Don & Tom

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How nice to know that Tom and his family were so pleased with the cottage. We do try hard to make sure our guests have everything they need to let them enjoy their stay in it. I think Tom's party were one of those who made fishing an important part of their holiday too - this gorgeous area has so much to offer. Ann
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Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with our grown-up children and their partners and our labrador. The layout is perfect, with each bedroom having ensuite facilities and own TV. Most of our time was spent in the evening making use of the various games in the property. As a family we have been travelling to Scotland for some years now and this was the first time it was too hot to sit outside! The garden is beautiful and is safe at the front for the dog, I enjoyed walking around it and looking at the various plants. Everything required for a dog to have a great holiday was left in the cottage for us, and she soon learned where the sweetie box was kept! Everything you could imagine was available for the cottage and the garden and all of good quality which can be unusual in holiday letting.

The area is beautiful, we spent every day walking somewhere new, Ballater, Braemar, Loch Kinnaird, Glen tannar and many more. Ann has left a selection of walks available, I would recommend the river walk which starts in the carpark in Braemar, with views of the cairngorms. The selection of books available was also great.

We didn't eat out much as we preferred to sit in the lovely dinning room or make use of the fabulous bbq, but we did use the Indian takeaway in the village, India on the green, I cannot speak highly enough of the quality of food from this restaurant.

Overall a fantastic holiday in the most beautiful and comfortable cottage with everything you need thought of for you.

Thank you☺️

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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We didn't know area and the house and location were just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

The property is impeccable, very well equipped, decorated nicely with brand new furniture, located in the Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of a wonderful forest in the grounds of Balmoral castle.

We were receiving family from Argentina, all different ages, very used to amazing places, and the combination of the landscape plus the comfort and Scottish country style of the house was perfect. On top of that, Ann the owner, took care of every detail, left us a lovely welcome with everything we needed for the first day and advice on what to do in the area what completed our perfect holiday. We hope to return soon! Thanks.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure to have Paula and her family staying in the cottage for their special holiday. They certainly made the most of all the wonderful things to see and do in this area and I'm so pleased they were impressed with the cottage. They will be very welcome indeed to come back again - there's still lots they didn't manage to get round to doing or seeing this time. Ann
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A Gem Close to Ballater

  • 5 of 5

It is difficult to imagine a better place to stay near Ballater and close to all of the attractions in the southern Cairngorms. The historical cottage is located next to 3 Knocks Cottage, and they share the same entrance drive.

The owner recently renovated the entire cottage. It is spacious and bright, and the decorations and furnishings reflect considerable thought and taste. We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay in this quiet cottage and were especially pleased with the kitchen. It has almost everything you might find when preparing a special meal in your own home.

Read all the reviews, and they will reflect the many positive aspects and features -- you shall not be disappointed.

Thank you Ann!

David and Sally

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased Sally and David had such an enjoyable stay in the cottage. As they say,it is in a really quiet and peaceful location but Ballater is just moments away and Balmoral, Braemar and the wonders of the Cairngorms are all close by. Ann
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
The Alexandra,Ballater
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
The Clachan Grill,Ballater
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Glen Shee
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Loch Muick
Car: recommended

HM The Queen's Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, is only 6 miles up the road. It is open to the public from Easter til the end of July. The Royal Lochnagar Distillery is half a mile before the Castle.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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