|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The detached house of Clayhooter was built to a very high standard by the current owners 10 years ago and is set in its own grounds of over 2 acres.The property comprises four double bedrooms (and a cot if required), en-suite shower room, bathroom, lounge, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, sun lounge and downstairs toilet. The house has oil central heating, is double glazed and has an oil fired burner in the lounge.Outside there is a south facing patio area and a large lawn surrounding the house.
The property is set in very peaceful surroundings with uninterrupted views but is still within easy reach of the coast, Aberdeen City, the Cairngorm mountains, Royal Deeside,all the local facilities and tourist attractions.
The dining room easily accommodates eight adults and offers spectacular and uninterrupted views over the beautiful and peaceful countryside and hills, including The Buck and Clayhooter, either during breakfast or the colourful sunsets (and occasionally the Northern Lights) over dinner.
Internet access is now available and free to any residents at 'Clayhooter'.
Although my family, (one wife, Hazel, two daughters, two sons in law, three granddaughters, one grandson and a black labrador) now live in the English Midlands I was born in Aberdeen and spent my early years in Huntly,- about 12 miles from Lumsden, and I have great affection for Scotland. I am now retired and spend time in Scotland whenever I can.
Graham Rait purchased this house in 2000
We built this property 12 years ago, to our design, and we feel that it has all the facilities that you could want in a holiday home. We consider it to be a very user-friendly house with a very welcoming atmosphere and a very safe home and environment for children.
If you need any further information read the reviews from Australia, USA, Spain and the UK or telephone me on 01536 726623
Peaceful, safe, fantastic views, within reach of so many attractions from castles, mountains, distilleries, beaches, golf, fishing, walking, climbing, skiing, restaurants, etc, etc, and Aberdeen is less than an hour away. What else could you want on a Scottish holiday.
Clayhooter was exactly as depicted on line - it was spotlessly clean and well maintained with a fully equipped kitchen.
Although in a rural area, it was surprising how close we were, by car, to Aberdeen, Royal Deeside, Banff,etc to the north, and in about 2 hours, we were in Dundee. There were many walks in the nearby districts.
Unfortunately we couldn't dine at Glekindie Arms as it was closed and up for auction: however, there was Kildrummy Inn for Sunday lunch, Forbes Arms at Brig o' Alford, choice of cafes in Huntly, etc etc. Our favourite was lunch or afternoon coffee was at Kildrummy Castle Hotel, where, whether wet or fine, we were entertained by the squirrels.
We travelled from Australia and had a wonderful holiday whilst based at Clayhooter. We;ll be back!
"Clayhooter" was a very comfortable and immaculate home, which met all of our requirements. The setting was gorgeous and perfect for long walks, birding, close to several towns and excellent restaurants. The village was a short walk for papers and basics. Our granddaughter enjoyed the games, books and puzzles that were available for her. TV was available for us, which we enjoyed in the evenings. Neighbors friendly. We could have just stayed! Definitely would recommend "Clayhooter to our Friends.
The location was perfect for sightseeing. Many excellent castles and gardens were within a 6 to 20 mile radius.
Day Trips: The drive across the top of the Cairngorms to Inverness and on to Urquhart Castle is totally spectacular; Castle Fraser; Fyvie Castle; Huntly Castle; Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens; Kildrummy Castle Gardens, and Leith Hall Gardens. The Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown was an interesting outing a bit farther away.
Food: Kildrummy Castle and The Glenkindie Arms. Groceries: ASDA & Tesco - Huntly and Inverurie. The Grampian Transport Museum in nearby Alford was most interesting and the fish & chips shop almost next door scored high.
The house is clean, light and airy and yet so cozy on those dull days. Spend time in the sun room soaking in the view and watching the wildlife.
There is so much to do in the area castles (in abundance), mountains, distilleries (sample the goods!!! ) walk along the beach and then visit a charming cafe for scrummy fresh seafood. If you don't want to go far there are some lovely walks straight out of your front door
The house is light, clean, spacious, very child friendly, more fully equipped than my own home and three bathrooms really helps on family holidays! The views are stunning and the setting is so peaceful that traffic passing down the lane is a novelty although the village with shop, garage and pub is just a 5 minute stroll away.
We found there was so much to do: hill walking, paddling at the beautiful beach at Sandend, fresh seafood at Banff and visiting the Sea Life Centre, horse-riding (even for our one year old!), fly fishing, trips to Alford, Huntly, Ballater and Braemar, the Whisky Tour..., I could go on. The children were equally happy riding their bikes down the quiet country lanes, or pottering around the child-proof garden leaving Mum and Dad to enjoy a large glass of red (or two!) and a well earned rest. We certainly found the whole experience very relaxing - we even saw some deer in the garden!
My only complaint was we didn't have long enough to do everything. We're visiting again this year and I can't wait!! I've heard the food at the nearby award-winning Glenkindie Arms is superb; just hope we can get there this summer.
PS. For those who enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snow-boarding, the house is ideally located for the Cairngorms.
PPS. A downstairs bedroom and toilet makes the house an ideal holiday venue for the less able as well as the active (access to the house is via a couple of steps).
If you require a great home away from home, then this is it. The house is modern, cosy, had all the amenities one could wish for and on top of that it is situated at the end of a quiet lane with the most magnificent views from the house and from the superb sun room.
Large garden, all around the house, therefore plenty of room for the
children to play and barbecues to take place.
Walks from the house are numerous and the beautiful coast and beach a short car ride away.
A Shop and Pub in easy walking distance completes a really relaxing holiday with plenty of sights to explore in the area and beyond.
Stables are nearby and therefore horse riding in a lovely area is also possible.
I would recommend winter or summer, I could imagine the terrific tobogganing when the snow is on the ground.
I look forward to repeating the trip sometime in the future.
Jacque Matthews, Brixworth.
We had a fantastic holiday.
The house has a lovely ,homely feel particularly as it had a large toy selection which was great to keep our todlers amused !! It was clean ,tidy and very spacious.
It is literally built in the middle of a field so every view is of the Scottish countryside ! We walked through the woods went to a distillery and spent a day on the beach.
We ate at the Alford Bistro (great for kids lunch.) steak and chips is superb.
Thank you for having us !!
Clayhooter,on the outskirts of the village of Lumsden, has outstanding and uninterrupted views over the surrounding hills and the varied wildlife.The village has a public house, two shops,a hairdresser, garage and a children's play area. Lumsden is 32 miles from Aberdeen and its airport at Dyce and is very well placed for the many leisure and cultural activities which are available in the area. There is skiing at The Lecht ,when conditions allow,several golf courses, horse riding and pony trekking, walking or climbing either locally or in the Cairngorms, fly fishing in the renowned local rivers - the Dee, Don and Deveron or at the trout fishery in the village, and the Highland Games in the summer.The coast with its spectacular scenery,beaches and its old fishing villages is only 40 minutes away and Lumsden is set in the middle of the castle and whisky trails with famous castles such as Balmoral,Craigievar,and the distilleries at Glenfiddich,Glenfarclas, and many more all close by.
Other Activities: Castles and distilleries. Pony treking.Gardens.
Golf: Within a 20 mile radius there are 6 golf courses that cover the full range of difficulty and slightly further away there are several links courses. Visitors are made very welcome at these golf clubs but you should always check first to make sure that the course has not been pre-booked for a competion. Prices vary from about £15 upwards.
The nearest course at Alford (9 miles) is flat but interesting, Huntly (13 miles), is a mixture of hills and flat ground and is situated in beautiful countryside between the rivers Deveron and Bogie and Huntly castle. The courses at Dufftown and Lumphanon are very hilly and challenging and should only be only be played by those looking for some competion from the natural elements. Tarland is very pretty and for those wanting an easier game it is a nine hole course, although you can play round twice from different tees to make up the 18.
Ski: The Lecht Ski Centre is 20 miles from Lumsden through Strathdon and is open whenever possible when conditions allow. The Cairngorm Ski Centre is about an hour and a quarter away by car. Before setting off to either of these Centres, check on-line at Ski-Scotland to ensure that the Centres and the roads are open.
The owner of Clayhooter accepts payment in the original currency specified,(British pounds), before use of the conversion tool, which is provided for your convenience only. The owner may accept other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.
25% deposit is to be paid as confirmation of the booking with the balance to be paid 28 days prior to the holiday start date.
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