No 4 Steading Cottage

Banchory, Aberdeenshire
+44 (0)1330 850689

There's a communal space next door with books galore, wild tracks to follow in every direction, and a warm eco-house to come home to


5 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 7

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Discover the estate with the owners’ field guide; spot hawks, red squirrels, woodland birds and deer. These 30,000 acres of woods, moors and river are stuffed to the gills with wildlife.

Your attached Victorian ‘steading’, one of five on PM Gladstone’s former estate, sleeps seven in comfort. Inside it is characterful, spacious and stylishly patriotic. You can barbecue royally on your ‘Big Green Egg’, and take a private soak in your wood-fired tub which sits at the end of the woodland path. Pop into Banchory for the farmers market; stock up at the Finzean Farm Shop.

The stately village of Aboyne (13 miles) is worth the trek for the delightful Boat Inn and the Spider on a Bicycle restaurant. Climb to Cairn a’ Mount (rucksack and maps provided) or hire bikes in Ballater. Spend a day in Aberdeen: it’s 21 miles.

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We think you'll love

  • Soaking in the hot tub down the track, with woodsmoke drifting by
  • The freedom for children to roam
  • The combination of wildlife, comfort, and peace
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You should know

  • A three-mile drive from little Banchory, this feels remote
  • Mobile coverage is patchy, but you do have a landline
  • A steep stair leads to two of the bedrooms


  • 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
  • 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

Check in
From 4pm Friday
Check out
By 10am Friday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 15-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £236
Weekly price
from £1295
Camp bed available.
1 Cottage for 7
From £2365 beds4 bedrooms


This place is a delight of wild land and woods with comfortable boltholes in a converted Victorian steading. The hot tub in the woods is quite special and discretely lit so you can have a dip as the stars come out in complete privacy.

Jennie, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

This former steading, near the Glen Day office and outbuildings, is linked by a network of tracks and paths to the Gladstones’ wildlife estate. Royal Deeside lies in one direction, the Angus glens in the other, and the village of Banchory, with small shops, restaurants and an occasional farmers market, is a 12-minute drive. You can climb the estate’s moors to Cairn a' Mount (10 miles), wild swim in the river, and order meals from the Finzean Farm Shop.

Local points of interest from The team at Glen Dye

  • Glen Dye sits within striking distance of breathtaking mountains, glorious beaches, and a sparkling city.
  • Wild swimming in the River Dye is available on the door step, followed by a soak in your own private Swedish wood fired hot tub.
  • Visit stunning Dunotter Castle, sample the best fish and chips, eat home made ice cream - all in nearby Stonehaven.
  • Beautiful woodland and hill walking from the front door, yomp up Clochnaben and amble home to an open fire.
  • Take a trip to Balmoral via Ballater - a spot of lunch at the Rothsay Rooms, soak up the scenery and follow the road to Braemar. There you will find The Fife Arms, a warm welcome, and a wonderful experience.
  • Hire all our properties for THE best gathering of friends and family. Special occasions, weddings, or just a great excuse to get everyone together in an amazing location....


The team at Glen Dye

Charlie, descendent of Gladstone and former record producer (note your record player and vinyl), is opening up the Glen Dye Estate. He and his wife Caroline, dog- and countryside-lovers who adore the great outdoors, live on an organic farm in Wales. Staying at Glen Dye Lodge one week in four, they’ve written a field guide for guests, and offer outdoor-experience weeks twice a year. Friendly Manager Rachel is on hand throughout your stay, and Guest Manager Audrey meets and greets and lives on site.