Victorian farmhouse from the outside, modern eco-build within. This once-derelict steading has been transformed into a vibrant, spacious base for families and groups – find bright prints, scattered antiques and patriotic signage. Bigger gatherings can spread across to No 4 next door too.
Outside is your own private space for entertaining and relaxing with wood-fired hot tub, barbecue and firepit. A separate building holds games and there’s 30,000 acres to explore: browse the owners’ field guide before heading off to spot deer, hawks and red squirrels.
Stock up for your stay at Banchory farmers market or 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.