The picturesque village of Ballater lies in the heart of Royal Deeside. It has a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and a supermarket. Knocks Cottage is in a very peaceful location, 3 mins drive from Ballater’s centre, its large garden bordering the quiet Birkhall to Balmoral Castle road. This 19th century, former Royal Balmoral Estate cottage has been completely renovated, refurbished and equipped to the highest standards. Its garden is surrounded by the Royal Balmoral Estate and it is perfectly situated for walking, cycling, skiing ( Glenshee and Lecht ski centres are both only about 30 mins away) and salmon fishing( by arrangement). There is comfortable accommodation for 6 adults plus a small child. I do get asked about slightly larger parties and will always try to make it work. One additional adult and/or small child can be accommodated, so please ask at the time of booking. The re will be an extra charge of £20pppn though, to cover higher costs of laundry, cleaning, ironing, hot water etc.
There is parking for 4 cars and a large secure store for cycles (cycle racks provided), fishing rods, skis and golf clubs. For the longer days there are tables, benches and recliner chairs outside, and a barbecue outside, overlooking the garden..
With oil-fired central heating throughout, there are 3 en-suite bedrooms, all with TVs.
One ( 4ft 6" double) bedroom is on the ground floor with en-suite bathroom and shower over the bath. The other 2 bedrooms are upstairs, each with an en-suite shower room. One has a 5ft kingsized bed, the other has twin beds, but these can be made up as a 6ft super-king on request.
There is a very well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar; dishwasher; microwave; fridge/freezer; double oven; 4-ring hob; Krups Nespresso coffee maker, and a wide range of cooking and dining equipment; a sitting room with a 43'' HD Satellite TV; a dining room that seats 6; a cloakroom; utility room with a sink and drainer, washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board and storage cupboards and a separate area with desk and a toy box. A double sided log burner in the original granite cottage gable- end gives the sitting room and dining room an open-plan feel. There is good Wi-fi reception. Children are welcome (a stair gate, cot and high chair are available) as are dogs (but not on beds or sofas, please).
The cottage is ideally placed for walkers and cyclists with miles of local tracks. There are 2 cycle rental companies in Ballater. Wildlife enthusiasts might want to try a Land Rover safari on either the Royal Balmoral or Invercauld Estates, go into nearby Glen Muick to see red deer and, perhaps, the resident golden eagle – or just sit in the garden and watch birds and visiting roe deer. For golfers, there are courses at Ballater, Balmoral and Braemar and for skiers, the Glen Shee centre. Highland cattle enthusiasts will spot the photogenic Royal herd on the road below the cottage. The River Dee flows barely half a mile away and can be fished for salmon and sea trout by arrangement with the Balmoral or Invercauld Estates. Tullich trout fisheries are only 2 miles out of Ballater towards Aboyne.
Of course, the cosy cottage is also an ideal place to spend time doing absolutely nothing but relaxing in warmth and comfort, getting ready to enjoy the scenery and explore the beautiful villages of Royal Deeside.