The Coo Hoose

Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
+44 (0)1339 887315
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Warm, stylish and immaculate Royal Deeside retreat. Peaceful, rural and only a 15-minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Aboyne


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

In a serene woodland setting is this old Scottish steading – converted by owners who have a background in restoration and design. They live with their children in the big manse 30 yards away, are full of enthusiasm for their new project, and love the wildlife that surrounds them: woodpeckers, owls, red squirrels, roe deer. Your stylish, light-flooded retreat is a high-spec, architect-designed conversion, with a large expanse of glazing on both sides of the living area, and bedroom windows – at either end – appropriately discreet. Colours are soothing, sofas are leather, and the wood-burner comes stocked with logs, guaranteeing good nights in. Fresh flowers, recipe books and novels add a homely feel, there’s a barbecue on the patio and Cowshed toiletries by the bath (you get a fabulous shower room, too). You’re walking distance from Aboyne, its shops, restaurants and impressive village green, focus for the Highland games. Prosperous Royal Deeside is famous for castles and fishing (the river Dee is a stroll away) – and munro-baggers are spoiled for choice!


  • 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

Check in
After 4.00pm the day of your arrival
Check out
Before 10.00 am the date of your departure.
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights. 5 nights on weekdays. 5 nights at weekends. 5 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £170
Weekly price
from £1190
Damage deposit
No damage deposit required.
Extra bed/sofabed available £30-£100 per person per week.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1703 beds2 bedrooms


Catriona was extremely helpful and it was unusual that any queries we had could be dealt with by the owner on site. Her friendly response is quite unusual in these days of self catering accommodation in our 50 plus years of self catering where the minimum is done for maximum profit. Quiet and restful but Aboyne was a 10 minute stroll away with cafes and a visit to The Fife Arms in Braemar to the pub for lunch was a good experience. A visit to the Finzean Farm Shop was also another highlight for food and lovely things to buy in their shop.

Gloria, Edinburgh

The Coo Hoose was absolutely brilliant - furnished to a very high standard, wonderful hosts who live in the main house, and everything you could wish for. Excellent garden furniture and a BBQ if the weather is good, and a great place from which to explore royal Deeside, the Cairngorms and Aberdeenshire - the road over to Tomintoul and Gantown on Spey is spectacular - and of course there are plenty of distilleries to tempt you up there. Great food at the very popular Boat Inn, and we were recommended to try "Dinnies" Fish and Chips in the village - and they were superb as well!!

Rob, Henley-on-Thames

We stayed a week in the Coo Hoose and found it exceeded expectations in all respects. The quality of design, furniture and equipment was “5 star”. There was a good welcome pack of essentials including fresh milk. As the weather was generally cool and frequently wet, we appreciated the good underfloor heating system below the oak flooring. A reliable and instant supply of hot water 24/7 was also welcome. It is surrounded by woodland and watching red squirrels a few metres from the panoramic window was an extra bonus.

David, Stamford

I adored the Coo Hoose. The wood fire was blazing away as we walked into this incredibly stylish cottage. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the kitchen and open plan living room just fab. We loved being so close to the river Dee and walks in Glen Tanar. The Boat Inn was charming, served good food and is a easy walk. Catriona was full of ideas to make our visit memorable particularly suggesting a visit to the Fife Arms in Braemar. I will never forget the flying stag at the bar or the number of whiskies on offer. The Coo Hoose is a gem and we will be back.

Clare, Edinburgh

We have just returned from a week at the Coo Hoose, It is a wonderful, cosy cottage in a great location on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. The cottage has been completed to a very high specification with many thoughtful details and we had everything we could possibly need for a wonderful break. The welcome pack, for example, included eggs, fruit, biscuits and the most wonderful brownies in addition to the usual tea and coffee. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone wanting to visit this part of Scotland and we hope to return.


Fantastically well-appointed cottage, furnished and decorated to a very high standard. Comprehensive welcome pack and the log burner on in advance of our arrival made for a superb arrival. Owners very helpful and the cottage contained DVDs, maps and lots of information regarding local attractions. We had a relaxing stay and fully intend to return in the future.


We came to The Coo Hoose from Providence Rhode Island (U.S), and it was money and time well spent. Lovely hosts who thought of every imaginable detail, and a gorgeous cottage that was perfect in every way. We loved the heated floors, the beds and beddings, the fireplace, and the full kitchen. The location is perfect (secluded and private, yet practically in town). The decor is modern and quirky (not twee), and was from out of a magazine. Loved the hens, and the countryside. It has set the standard so high, that no other rental/hotel will be able to come close. We loved it and hope to return.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Catriona & Richard Elson

  • Aboyne is a charming village on the River Dee, set in the magnificent back drop of Royal Deeside and lies at the edge of the Cairngorms mountains. A perfect and peaceful retreat for romantics, castle explorers, and Malt Whisky distillery enthusiasts.
  • The location is famous for its micro climate and often on the national news for both the warmest and the coldest place in the UK. Whatever the weather there is something here for everyone or just curl up on the sofa in front of the roaring log fire.
  • The Boat Inn our local pub is just a short walk away on the banks of the River Dee. Wonderful Aberdeenshire local produce and can be found in restaurants and farm shops for the foodies, Upper Deeside offer some of the best game, fish and beef in Scotland.
  • The River Dee is a stone’s throw away for the fisherman and Deeside can claim some of the most picturesque golf courses in Scotland. Local outdoor pursuits for the active include; Skiing, Cycling, Munro and Corbett bagging, Horse Riding, and Gliding.
  • The Royal family love Deeside and spend the summer months at Balmoral or Birkhall with the family. There are Z-plan Scottish Castles, beautiful walled gardens, art galleries, the Granite City – Aberdeen and much more for the castle explorers.
  • Deeside is surrounded by terrain suitable for all abilities. Explore forest trails, single track desents and quiet roads. The area is a walkers paradise and offers some of the best walking in Scotland. There is no less than 24 Munros (mountains over 3,000.


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.