Every care and attention has been made to ensure that Craigen Cottage is a welcome home from home. Warm, comfortable and stylish this Victorian cottage, set in the conservation area of Ballater, retains its original charm and character. Drawing inspiration from local sights of natural beauty or historical interest each of Craigen’s three double bedrooms has its own individual theme. For your enjoyment there is also a beautiful collection of art by local artists and a collection of contemporary books.
A welcoming Sun Porch overlooking the front cottage garden, with its stone seat and Summer House, opens into the main house. The bright Entrance Hall leads to a very comfortable Sitting Room with feature granite open hearth, log burner and solid wood flooring. For your entertainment there is a large flat screen television with Sky TV, Telephone, Broadband wi-fi and an extensive collection of contemporary books and games.
At the other end of the Hall is the solid teak bespoke Dining Kitchen complete with Belfast sink, built in ceramic hob and double oven. Windows to both front and back gardens provide a lovely bright outlook to this room and farmhouse-style table and chairs provide seating for up to six people. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster along with a tempting range of cookery books for culinary inspiration. Also on the ground floor is a stylishly decorated Shower Room with Mira electric shower,wash hand basin and W.C. Whilst an attractive Rear Porch with bench seating is very handy for taking off your boots after a brisk walk or storing your golf clubs safely. Upstairs lies a charming bathroom with wood paneling and three piece white suite, decorated in modern vintage style.
"The Ballater Sleeper" Charming downstairs Double Bedroom with cast iron double bed and interior inspired by the former Ballater Railway Station*. Picture window overlooks the enclosed private garden and lovely vintage railway sleepers that border the lawn. Newly fitted solid oak flooring.
“The Craigendarroch” Climbing the traditional wooden staircase takes you to another Double Bedroom with dormer window, looking out onto the charming front garden and dome shaped Oak-clad hill that stands protectively over Ballater. The Craigendarroch (or “Hill of Oaks”) into which Ballater nestles like a pretty Alpine village provides inspiration for this fresh room with Laura Ashley vintage bed and ornate butlers side tables. The room has a vanity area with vintage mirror, hanging rail for your clothes and gorgeous stripped wooden floorboards and cosy wool rugs.
“The Lochnagar” Across the corridor leads to a further Double Bedroom with two single silver metal sleigh beds and comfortable furnishings. Looking out to the hills beyond in the distance and thoughts of the stunning mountain or Munro “Lochnagar” inspire this calming room decorated completely in tonal shades of blue. With a vintage painted chest of drawers and wardrobe in which to store your clothes, original artwork on the walls completes this special room.
Outside and Garden
What makes Craigen Cottage really special is it’s lovely mature cottage garden.Surrounded by a softly painted picket fence and fully stocked with delphiniums, lupins and other cottage garden plants; in the summer months the pink granite walls are smothered with roses and honeysuckle and arches bare pretty clematis. Enjoy a cup of tea–or a glass of wine- from the lovely Summer House complete with Annie Sloan painted furniture.