The Mill Tomintoul - Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park

About The Mill

The Mill  - Cairngorms National Park

Location: Tomintoul - Cairngorms National Park

Sleeps: 4

Price Range: £510 - £680

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The Mill, Glenlivet Estate, Cairngorms National Park, Sleeps 4, Pets allowed. STB 4*'s.

The Mill is situated in arguably one of the most scenic of spots, the magnificent scenery from the property down the valley and beyond to the Ladder hills and to the peaks of the Lecht Mountains are truly inspiring. The position of the property is ideal for exploring the Cairngorms National Park. The property part of an original barn steading is adjacent to two other properties, The Cattle Shed and The Grain Store, both of which can be booked through us making the properties ideal for a large family or a group of friends.

The recently completed property, the largest property at the steading, has been painstakingly converted and rebuilt by the owners, now retaining much of its original character, with double height vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. The official name for the steading is Balneden, meaning “farm on the hillside” in gaelic, and records show that it was first used as a farm from the 1740’s. The owners are located nearby and are able to offer a free shopping service of locally produced food, including meat and vegetables, and a home delivery from Asda can also be arranged.

The property, the majority of which is all on the one level has been completed in a contemporary style, and has been well equipped and furnished. The property consists of a spacious open plan lounge/kitchen, complete with a wood burning stove. A focal point of this room is the five metre floor to ceiling window, making this room very light and bright. Further facilities include a twin/double bedroom, large bathroom complete with a separate shower enclosure and roll top bath. A master bedroom with direct access to the outside decked seating and dining area, completes the facilities. The lounge/kitchen and bedrooms have all been floored with oak, and these including the tiled bathroom, benefit from underfloor heating. A private outside seating and garden area is available for the use of guests.

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Facilities – The Mill

Downstairs

  • Large open plan double height vaulted ceiling living /dining room/kitchen, exposed beams and wooden floors with under floor heating with absolutely stunning views  – living area has wood burning stove,  large TV,  DVD  player and iPod docking station. Wi Fi access available free.
  • Dining area with seating for 4/5 people
  • Modern fully fitted kitchen with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge with ice box.
  • Laundry room – houses washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer – The laundry room is shared with the other properties.
  • Master bedroom with king size bed, large wall mounted TV with free sat box.  The bedroom has access to a private decked terrace which is ideal for some ‘al fresco’ dining, whilst enjoying the stunning views over the River Avon and Lecht mountains.
  • Twin room  – plus room for a guest bed – good quality single bed can be arranged on request.
  • Luxurious bathroom with bath, separate power shower, toilet and wash hand basin complete with under floor heating.


Included in the rent

  • All bed linen and towels.
  • Electricity, oil fired central heating and logs.
  • Use of travel cot and high chair, if required.
  • Childrens play area, with overlooking decking terrace for the adults. However this is not within sight or earshot of the cottages, to ensure that guests without little ones are not disturbed.
  • Parking for two cars.

Extras on request

  • To make your holiday as stress free as possible the owners will be more than happy to take delivery of a Tesco / Asda online shop for you, subject to them being at the cottage on the day of your arrival, meaning that your holiday will start without the familiar trip to the shops after a long journey.

Private Water supply

Good housekeeping deposit required - £75

 

Pets Allowed

Two well behaved dogs are allowed, however as the property is located near a working farm during the lambing season, April 16th - to the end of May, no dogs are allowed.

Winter Bookings

Balneden Steading is a superb place to spend a winter break. Situated in a remote glen, the cottages are still very close to the Lecht ski area and only 30 mins drive from Cairngorm Mountain. In snowy conditions, the 200 metre access path is ploughed daily to ensure that 4WD vehicles will always be able to get to the cottages. The owners have also made arrangements for 2WD vehicles. If the access track is impassable with a 2WD vehicle, there is a parking area at the bottom of the access track, and the owner will collect you and your belongings at the start of your break and drive you up to your cottage. At the end of the week your bags & belongings can be taken down to your vehicle for you. During the week you may need to walk up and down the access track, which is a 3-4 minute walk from the cottages. The owners provide torches, and you are advised to bring appropriate clothing and footwear to suit the conditions. People driving a 4WD will have no problem with the track. If you are not able-bodied and are driving a 2WD vehicle, it is not advisable to book any of the cottages.

 

Best Features

  • Great base for expoloring the Cairngorms National Park
  • Close to the Whisky Trail
  • Unspoilt views of the surrounding countryside

 

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The Mill Reviews


Reviewed this property on 14/09/2015
And awarded it
We stayed in The Grain Store in 2014 and loved it so much we returned this year, although with a 2nd dog we needed the extra space of The Mill this time. These are excellent 'home from home' properties with commanding views down the glen. The wifi is a bit ropey so not suitable for taking any work away with you, so that's another thing in favour of staying here. Double bed could be doing with upgrading but it didn't affect sleep so not a big deal. There isn't an enclosed garden area to let dogs roam but a training line attached to sturdy fence post sorted that. Weather was fantastic again this year too letting us enjoy the peace and quiet outdoors as much as possible. Great walks in the area for dog lovers.

Reviewed this property on 09/01/2013
And awarded it
We have just returned from The Mill in the Scottish Highlands having stayed for a full week including the New Year period. Our stay could not have been better, the Steading is unbelievable and is certainly the best accomodation that we have come across having had many previous holidays in rental cottages. We had a wonderfull time and would recommend the Mill to anyone.

Reviewed this property on 22/02/2011
And awarded it
I would agreee with previous review, very good. The views are wonderful and accomodation good quality. We were there in winter and the place was very warm.

Reviewed this property on 16/08/2010
And awarded it
The Mill certainly has the "wow" factor. From the moment you arrive at the cottages and look at the amazing view down the valley to when you walk in the front door to the incredibly spacious, airy and comfortable open plan dining kitchen/living room. It continues with the stunning bathroom and the exceedingly spacious bedrooms. The cottage had everything we needed for a very enjoyable week's stay and we did not want to leave. The owners could not be more helpful which added to the pleasure.

Guest's Opinion

Guests at The Mill rate it:
Excellent  
from 4 reviews

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