Braehead Steading Ballater
Cairngorms National Park

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Braehead Steading - Cairngorms National Park

Location: Ballater - Cairngorms National Park

Sleeps: 8

Price From: £913 p.w.

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Braehead Steading, near Ballater

Sleeps 8 - Two Pets Welcome - WiFi now available

Small Party Discount Available - see offers

Braehead Steading is situated on the outskirts (1.5 miles) of the small and picturesque village of Ballater, which is in the heart of Royal Deeside. The village is within the boundaries of the Cairngorm National Park, and offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland and makes a perfect base for exploring. The property is ideal for a large family, or perhaps a group of friends who want to enjoy the many activities and attractions this area offers. Braehead Steading has been equipped to a high standard and is tastefully furnished throughout.

Entering the property takes you into a spacious hall with a dining area, off which the lounge with its large feature window, and the kitchen are located. From the kitchen a hall leads to a utility room, a bathroom, a small sitting area with access to the upper twin bedroom, and a double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. This side of the house is like a separate wing, which would be ideal for a family with perhaps grandparents who would like to be in a quiet spot away from the main house.

From the dining room another stairs lead to a further two bedrooms, a king with an en-suite bathroom, and a twin which enjoys views to the front of the property. Completing the facilities on this level is another bathroom complete with a separate shower. Outside the garden is enclosed and offers a safe environment for guests with young children or perhaps a pet.

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  • Sitting room, sofas and armchairs, electric fire, Digital TV, DVD, Video, CD player, radio, feature window with door to garden.
  • Kitchen, electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and all the usual kitchen equipment, small dining table with seating for four.
  • Dining hall with table and seating for eight.
  • Utility room, washing machine, tumble dryer.
  • Bathroom, corner bath with shower over, wc, whb, heated towel rail.
  • Bedroom with double bed, en-suite shower room, wc, whb, heated towel rail.
  • Sitting area with stairs to twin bedroom.


  • Master bedroom with king size bed, en-suite bathroom, whb, wc, heated towel rail.
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over, wc, whb, heated towel rail.
  • Twin bedroom with dressing room.
  • Twin bedroom.

Included in the rent

  • Bed linen and towels.
  • All electricity and heating costs.
  • Oil fired central heating.
  • Under floor heating in bath/shower rooms.

Other Facilities

  • Ironing facilities.
  • Indoor and outdoor drying areas.
  • WiFi.
  • Hair dryer.
  • Travel cot and highchair.
  • Enclosed garden with furniture.
  • Off road parking for three cars.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £200.00 is required at the property.

Best Features

  • Large spacious property with village amenities just a short distance away.
  • Fantastic location in the heart of Royal Deeside and within the Cairngorm National Park.
  • A good base for winter sports which are available at Glenshee and the Lecht.

STL Licence No: AS-00912-P  EPC Rating: D





Braehead Steading Reviews

The latest reviews of Braehead Steading...

Reviewed this property on 28/12/2023
And awarded it
Party of 6 from 2yrs to 62yrs! What an amazing place to spend Xmas???? photos do not do justice to this property, it's huge, it's warm and comfortable, got everything you need and few things you didn't realise you needed. It's beautifully decorated and immaculately finished but homely at the same time. Absolutely loved it. We thinking about visiting again in the summer, if this is the standard of Wilderness Cottages properties we'll definitely be using one of their properties.

Reviewed this property on 11/09/2023
And awarded it
We had a lovely holiday at Brae Steading. The house was clean and it had everything in it that we needed for our stay. The size of rooms downstairs and bedrooms meant we had plenty of space for our group of 7. There was a lovely big dining room and a lovely dining room table for us to sit together for our evening meal. There was plenty of plates etc in the cupboards and we liked the idea of the 2 fridges and used them both. We liked the huge space we had in the garden and enjoyed sitting outside the patio doors. It was good being so near the trails. Our group enjoyed their holiday and plan to return.

Reviewed this property on 07/09/2023
And awarded it
The accommodation we stayed at the Braehead Steading was perfect for our needs and was so comfortable. Easy access to the town and perfect for discovering the surrounding areas. A great holiday and rest.

Reviewed this property on 07/09/2023
And awarded it
We had a wonderful stay in Braehead Steading, it's a lovely house with a very high standard of facilities and plenty of space for a large group. The area is amazing with wonderful views, great walks and local amenities in Ballater. Will definitely return.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2023
And awarded it
We had a lovely stay at Braehead Steading. The house although large felt very warm and cosy. It was clean, comfortable and fully equipped with everything we could possibly need.

Reviewed this property on 12/06/2023
And awarded it
superb week at Breahead Steading, the weather was so kind to us, wall to wall sunshine and hot for 7 days. The cottage is spacious and very clean, the garden was super and our boxer dog really enjoyed the secure and large grassed garden. The surrounding area and Ballater Village are truly special, and a visit to Braemar was also brilliant. Dependant on the time of the year we managed to visit Balmoral Castle which was excellent. cottage has everything you could need for catering, there were only 2 of us and our dog, but the house is massive and has a lot of bedrooms and bathrooms. Lovely sitting out every evening having a craft beer and a dram. Thanks

Reviewed this property on 05/03/2023
And awarded it
Fabulous accommodation which was clean , spacious and had a well equipped kitchen . It was ideal for our group of 6 friends looking for a comfortable, relaxing break together. The accommodation is a beautifully furnished home with the added bonus of 4 bathrooms .The steading was so warm and cosy during our February stay. Great location with plenty of guest parking .Conveniently located a short drive from Ballater and an easy walk in to Ballater via the old railway line.Really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it .

Reviewed this property on 10/10/2022
And awarded it
What a wonderful cottage, ideally situated with plenty to do within a few miles. Braehead Steading was spotlessly clean and fully equipped for our week away, more like a home from home. We couldn't have wished for anything more, thank you.

Reviewed this property on 18/10/2021
And awarded it
We have just spent 10 days in the most wonderful house. Ideally situated for walking and exploring the Cairngorms. The house was immaculately presented, clean, fully equipped and comfortable, plenty of room for all 8 of us! We recieved a friendly and professional service from Wilderness Cottages and will definitely book with them again. Thank you

Reviewed this property on 28/09/2021
And awarded it
We had a fantastic weekend at Barrhead. Very comfortable accommodation. Well equipped and kitted out. The standard was really high throughout. It was a home away from home. Stunning views. Great access to Ballater and surrounding countryside. We'll be back!!

Reviewed this property on 03/08/2021
And awarded it
This is a lovely house - very spacious, clean, tidy and well-equipped and with a very satisfactory number of bathrooms. The big garden was a bonus, as was the nearby Deeside Way: an easy route into Ballater, and used by all of us for walking, running and cycling. We had a wonderful holiday, and would be very keen to return.

Reviewed this property on 27/07/2021
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A fantastic holiday house, set up really well for 2 families sharing, well equipped kitchen, plenty outdoor space/seating, will definately be visiting again.

Reviewed this property on 08/09/2020
And awarded it
Lovely house in a cracking setting.. Very clean and tidy Perfect distance to nearest town Ballater. Nice dog friendly garden. This was our 3rd visit, we love it.

Reviewed this property on 02/03/2020
And awarded it
We had a wonderful few days at Braehead Steading. The house is great, plenty of space for the 8 of us. Nearby Ballater was great for our food and drink etc. We went skiing at Glenshee and then came home to our cosy house and cooked in the big kitchen. The owner was very helpful, showing us a lovely walk right behind the house. We'll certainly be back here.

Reviewed this property on 29/06/2019
And awarded it
Thanks for an excellent holiday! The cottage was perfect for our party (3 couples, 1 adult, and a dog) as a location for walking during the day and as a space to cook, eat and relax in the evenings. Rooms were very comfortable. The overall feel of the place was lovely. Easy to get to and very easy access to Ballater. In terms of logistics could not have been easier when showing up, and things like recycling, cooking, etc all obvious. In terms of walking some great walks out the back of the property (we followed the Tullich Burn) and 20 min drive to Lochnagar and Loch Muick. Highly recommend!

Reviewed this property on 06/03/2019
And awarded it
Braehead Steading was a fantastic place to stay. The house is really lovely - warm and spacious with everything you could need. The area is perfect for outdoors activities - mountains, lochs, rivers, easy walking trails for the children, less than an hour from the coast and airport. The village is about a mile or so along a flat path (The Deeside Way) with some great cafes. Tourist info centre is very helpful too. Highly recommended!

Reviewed this property on 16/08/2017
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A beautiful place to stay accommodation excellent setting stunning and will be using again in future

Reviewed this property on 07/06/2017
And awarded it
A wonderful retreat for eight golfers completely central to all relevant amenities. The river walk from Ballater at 01:00 was a wee bit of a stumble! But we made it... lol

Reviewed this property on 20/04/2016
And awarded it
This was our second stay in a year. We used the steading as a base while filming in the Highlands and it was a great place to relax after a long day. Underfloor heating and huge baths made so much difference when it was 2 degrees outside. A very well maintained residence in a great location. As steading has no broadband I brought a wifi dongle with me (EE network) and it got very good 4G reception. Cafe's in nearby Ballater also have wifi, so this was never a problem.

Reviewed this property on 24/02/2016
And awarded it
Braehead steading is a lovely property, beautifully finished and a vey comfortable stay. We stayed while skiing locally and the underfloor heating was lovely to come home to. Very spacious house, will definately be back.

Reviewed this property on 14/09/2015
And awarded it
We used Braehead Steading as a location base while filming in the area. We all fell in love with the place and were really happy with the rooms and facilities. The dining table was well used by cast and crew, seating up to 8 people, it made a big difference to meetings and the great meals prepared in the kitchen. Very enjoyable stay - highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 19/02/2015
And awarded it
Braehead Steading is a lovely, spacious, clean and well equipped house, and wonderfully warm for a winter break. We had excellent walks just from the back of the house, and used the railway track to cycle over to Glen Tanar. A really good base for skiing, walking and cycling. We left with lots of things remaining to do next time.

Reviewed this property on 09/09/2014
And awarded it
We stayed in this property in Deeside recently. It was a fantastic place for us as a family of 5 adults & 2 children, because it was so spacious, & the layout was ideal for us, with 2 bedrooms in one wing of the house & 2 bedrooms in the other wing. (Ideal for 2 families sharing for example). The property was well equipped, nicely maintained & had everything we could have wanted! It was also warm so I'm sure it would be very cosy in colder weather. I would certainly recommend it!

Reviewed this property on 23/05/2014
And awarded it
An exceptionally comfortable and well-equipped house located just outside Ballater. If, like us, you enjoy hill-walking, Braehead Steading makes a great base for reaching the southern Cairngorms and the Mounth. Oh, and there's a distillery just along the road near Balmoral.

Reviewed this property on 16/04/2014
And awarded it
This is a stunning property and the owner was so incredibly helpful. Couldn't fault it and we'd definitely come again!

Reviewed this property on 31/12/2013
And awarded it
We had a warm welcome on arrival from the landlord,who had decorated the house beautifully for Christmas and turned the heating on, it was very welcoming. The house was spotless, spacious, well equipped and in a fantastic location. It didn't take long to feel at home and to wish we had booked an extra week. We would thoroughly recommend this house, which felt more like a luxurious home than a holiday cottage.

Special Offer

Small Party Discount - 2024 - for 2 bedrooms

Small Party Discount of 20% for parties of up to four guests. Based on a two bedroom layout. (King-size & twin rooms) Excludes the Festive Weeks. (Minimum stay 4 nights)

Available: 07/01/2024 to 16/12/2024

Offer Code: 2022-329B2892

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