If you ever venture to the Highlands for a Scottish break, then look no further. Eastbank in Ballater is by far one of the most superior holiday cottages we have ever stayed in. A beautiful log burner, thoughtful family touches, lovely garden, gated driveway, car port and only a short walk to the town where there is a good array of shops, cafes and a supermarket.
The cottage happily sleeps 6 adults in 2 double rooms (one ensuite) and a twin room, however, each bedroom has their own bathroom. Downstairs, there is a beautifully laid out conservatory, gorgeous dining room (although we made that a no go room for our littles), a lovely office area, a twin bedroom and the lounge. Both the lounge and conservatory have Sky tv packages and there is wifi throughout the house. But by far, the pièce de résistance is the kitchen.
The kitchen was like my dream kitchen! Farmhouse style, butler sink and the most wonderful Aga. I have never cooked on an Aga before, but it was wonderful and the dog certainly enjoyed sleeping in front of it in the evenings. The breakfast bar was also a fab addition and our son enjoyed sitting there having his breakfast in the mornings. Fresh eggs delivered each week and a lovely loaf of bread and bottle of wine to enjoy for our arrival. And I've saved the best bit until last...THE PANTRY! I was green with envy when I opened the doors to the pantry. So cleverly set back into the wall and better stocked than my own cupboards at home. Amazing!
The cottage is stunningly beautiful and you'll be hard pushed to find any faults (I'm yet to find one!) and so ideally placed for a wonderful Highland getaway. Things to do nearby are:
Craigendarroch Hotel (1 mile)
Ballater Golf Course (1 mile)
Balmoral Castle (7 miles, Apr-Jul)
Royal Lochnagar Distillery (8 miles)
Braemar Castle (16 miles, Apr-Oct)
Spittal of Glenshee for skiing (31 miles
Aviemore (51 miles)
And plenty more as you are right in the middle of the stunning Cairngorms.
Jerry and Joss have made their family home into a 5* holiday cottage and when we next travel to the Highlands, we will definitely look it up again!