Riverside Cottage in Ballater (Cairngorms)

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Overview of Riverside Cottage in Ballater (Cairngorms)

Entire homePrivate host

Riverside Cottage in Ballater (Cairngorms)

4.8/5 Exceptional

Entire home

2 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer
  • Outdoor space
  • Hot tub
  • Mountain view
Ballater, SCT

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationBallater Golf Club4 min walk
  • Popular LocationMuir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve7 min drive
  • Popular LocationMorven37 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
1130 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    2 single beds
Bedroom 2
    1 king bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
    No shower or bath

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Riverside Cottage in Ballater (Cairngorms)

Family-friendly holiday home in Ballater with hot tub
Riverside Cottage was one of Ballater's earliest buildings and when Karl first visited it, it had gone to ruin. The property has now been comprehensively but sympathetically renovated and offers a cosy yet spacious home away from home with all the usual modern amenities & more in a great location to explore Ballater and all of Deeside.

The two-story house sleeps up to 6 & has a comfortable lounge with 2 large sofas & a woodburning stove, a spacious kitchen, a garden view room with dining & seating area, cloakroom, and toilet downstairs. The bathroom & 2 bedrooms can be found upstairs, a super king double room & a twin room, which can be converted to a super king, both have bedside cabinets and wardrobes. The bathroom is well sized and boasts a built-in shower & separate large double ended bath. A further 2 guests sleep on a sofa bed located in the room overlooking the garden.

The garden features an eco-friendly fire heated hot tub, a great way to unwind after exploring some of the local activities available; be it fishing, a distillery tour, hiking, biking or even skiing in the winter!

Ballater also offers a number of local restaurants and cafes for dining out, alternatively the cottage has a fully equipped kitchen to cook for yourselves & there is also an outside dining area in the secluded courtyard for those warmer days.
Guest accommodation at this holiday home offers fireplaces and coffee/tea makers. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a shower and hairdryers.
Recreational amenities at the holiday home include a spa tub.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Speaks English

Property amenities


  • Cross-country skiing and snowboarding nearby


  • Hot tub


  • WiFi available

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended

Family friendly

  • Travel cot


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster
  • Spices


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Wood stove


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Garden


  • Washing machine
  • Near a laundromat


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location
  • Near a health or beauty spa
  • Near a hospital
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hunting nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Swimming nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 1130 sq ft (105 sq m)


  • Cross-country skiing
  • Cycling
  • Ecotours
  • Fishing
  • Fitness centre access
  • Golf
  • Health/beauty spa
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Skiing
  • Sledging
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Waterskiing
  • Wildlife and game walks

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession). EU consumer law relating to professional hosts will not apply to your booking. However, the Book with Confidence Guarantee and the cancellation policy set by the private host will cover your booking.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit and a deadlock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

Riverside Cottage Ballater House
Riverside Cottage Ballater

About this area


In a rural area and in the mountains, this holiday home is in a walkable area with great shopping. Balmoral Castle and Corgarff Castle are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Cairngorms National Park and Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve. Make sure you get close to the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Ballater Golf Club - 4 min walk
  • Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve - 7 min drive
  • Balmoral Castle - 10 min drive
  • Morven - 37 min drive
  • Loch Muick - 56 min drive


  • India On The Green - 2 min walk
  • Balmoral Bar - 3 min walk
  • Bean For Coffee - 4 min walk
  • Barrel Lounge - 4 min walk
  • The Bothy Ballater - 4 min walk

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 28 out of 32 reviews
5 - Excellent 88%
Rating 4 - Good. 2 out of 32 reviews
4 - Good 6%
Rating 3 - Okay. 2 out of 32 reviews
3 - Okay 6%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 32 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 32 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Cosy cottage and great location
Just a 2 minute walk from the town centre and a very well equipped and spotlessly clean cottage.
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Fabulous cottage
We had a lovely break staying Riverside cottage and Ballater. The cottage is very comfortable & clean. The kitchen has everything you need for preparing meals while on holiday. The hot tub was great fun but does take a wee while to heat up though. The dogs really enjoyed the underfloor heating & the humans enjoyed the welcome gifts. Keira & the team made checking in effortless. Would definitely recommend staying here
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

This little beautiful cottage was an amazing break away. We were more than impressed - If we could have stayed longer we would!
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2022

5/5 Excellent

The home was lovely and cosy. Amazing set up both inside and outside. Loved the lights that lit up the garden whilst sitting in the hot tub. Very cosy sittingroom and lovely spacious kitchen and dinner to enjoy cooking, wine and playing board games. Lovely big lounging bath to relax with a book at night. Great location, great host and would definitely recommend to others
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2022

3/5 Okay

Cosy cottage
Cosy cottage, brilliant central location in Ballater and for exploring nearby. Couple of small issues dealt with very swiftly with friendly, helpful owners. Thanks again!
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2021