No 2

Braemar, Aberdeenshire
+44 (0)1339 887315
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Swish Victorian house for friends or families in a village in the Cairngorms; come here for winter sports or walking, return to much comfort


5 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Right in the village, nicely set back from the road but with views of the surrounding mountains, this beautifully furnished Victorian house is the perfect setting for a special gathering of friends or family.

There’s space to spread out, from the formal living room with a wood-burner to the snug with a big TV for the young ones. Head to the wooden weather observatory, built by Prince Albert, on the front lawn for a morning coffee or evening G&T – or the suntrap of a patio garden at the back.

The kitchen has every mod-con including a big range cooker and a wine chiller; there’s a breakfast bar, and a long table in the dining room for everyone to gather around. Head into the village for restaurants and shops. You’re surrounded by the beauty of Cairngorms National Park and you may spot red deer and golden eagles. In winter, you can reach skiing slopes in ten minutes or make use of the sleds at the house; summer activities include walking, climbing, mountain biking and water sports – plus a distillery visit or two.

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We think you'll love

  • Family dinners in the dining room, with the wood-burner lit and the wine flowing
  • Taking yourself off to the weather observatory for a quiet morning coffee and muse
  • The views of mountains all around you
Dining table laid for eight at No. 2 in Ballater, Aberdeenshire with neutral tones and large light feature

You should know

  • You’re in the heart of the village, surrounded by neighbours
  • Most rooms are doubles so there’s not much flexibility if you’re coming with two young families


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights. 5 nights on weekdays. 5 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £325
Weekly price
from £2275
Damage deposit
No deposit required.
Extra bed/sofabed available £30-£100 per person per week.
1 House for 8
From £3255 beds4 bedrooms


Immaculate. The attention to detail is so refreshing. Add that to the perfect location and the beautiful interior and you have a truly winning combination. The Highlands are good for the soul and so is this property. Go on, treat yourself - you won't be disappointed!

Michael, Henley On Thames

We had the most wonderful time at No.2. In our experience it's the tiny details that make a holiday cottage successful and this house was full to the brim with thoughtful touches from a plentiful supply of logs, good quality towels and linen to lots of store cupboard ingredients and more magazines then we could get through in one week! It really was exceptional and I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. It's just across the road from the newly refurbished Fife Arms and there are hundreds of walks from the door (if you can bear to leave this beautiful cosy cottage!) High recommend!

Harriet, Godalming

Beautiful place in a beautiful location! We stayed at No 2 during half term week and to say we were impressed is an understatement. The house is finished to a very high standard and no expense has been spared. Catriona clearly has an eye for detail! The house is equipped with all your needs, from all the kitchen appliances to the two wood burners, Wi-fi and two tv’s. Braemar is also a lovely village surrounded by stunning scenery & lovely walks right from the door step. We will certainly look to stay here again on our next trip North and have no hesitation in recommending No 2.

Andrew, Northampton

I joined a friend who was spending the week at No2 Braemar, for Burns night, 25th January, 2019. The house is a joy! Luxurious and oh so comfortable, spotlessly clean and exceptionally well kitted out. It is a fabulous house overlooking the beautiful village of Braemar and the hills beyond. A 5* experience definitely to be repeated!

Heather, ABOYNE

I stayed here for 4 nights in August with my Mum and my sister. What a wonderful house it is. The attention to detail is second to none. We really felt like we were staying in a five star property. It is right in the village, but set back from the main road, so good location for the shops and cafes. The scenery is amazing and we had a wonderful time exploring that part of Scotland and trying to spot the Queen (its not far from Balmoral). Id definitely return.

Katie, Blackpool

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The neighbourhood

The house is in the heart of the village of Braemar. You’ll find several restaurants – try The Bothy opposite the house for lunch or the Moorfields House Hotel for dinner. There are masses of outdoor activities to choose from nearby: fishing and golf, walking, mountain climbing and skiing. The town of Ballater, 25 minutes’ drive away, has a wider selection of restaurants and shops, including Prince Charles’ restaurant, The Rothesay Rooms, and the kid-friendly River Café, just outside.

Local points of interest from Catriona & Richard Elson

  • The village is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful glens and ancient pine forests. The wildlife aren’t shy to visit either, red squirrels in the garden, golden eagles, and red deer make their way to the village when it’s really cold.
  • There are 24 Munro’s to bag (mountains over 3000 ft high) in the Braemar area and the Cairngorms National Park is the largest in the country. Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards the 1988 British Olympic ski jumper, trained and taught at Glenshee Snowsport Centre.
  • Queen Victoria and Prince Albert fell in love with the area and bought Balmoral Castle for their Scottish holiday home. Since then The Royal family often visit and always attend the Braemar Gathering every September.
  • Braemar is found on both the Snow Road and the North East 250 Scenic driving Routes. They take you through some of the most picturesque country side and traverses the highest public road in Britain. Journey through Speyside, the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside.
  • You can experience some of our Countries most beautiful scenery, while at the same time being able to explore castles, wildlife, fly fishing, golf courses, mountains, forests and distilleries. The area is a walkers, cyclist and mountaineers paradise.


Catriona & Richard Elson

Richard and Catriona Elson live in the village of Aboyne with their teenage children. They have two self-catering special places: Coo House (in the grounds of their manse) and No. 2 (40 minutes from Aboyne; the key is left in a keysafe although there is someone on hand in the village if needed). Catriona studied antique furniture restoration at art college and has a great eye for interior décor – you’ll find striking and individual furnishings in both houses. Richard is a keen fisher and rugby aficionado.