Souter’s is a comfortable small house providing the perfect location for a peaceful holiday on Royal Deeside. It is situated just to the east of the Balmoral Estate half way between Ballater and Braemar. It is very cosy with oil-fired central heating and plenty of logs for the wood-burner in colder weather. This is a family home so it is fully equipped with everything you would need for an enjoyable stay.


The open plan living area has seating for 6, a dining area for 6 or 8 at a pinch and a kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer, electric and microwave ovens, gas hob and coffee maker. The TV has Freesat, and guests can use streaming services such as Netflix with their own accounts. There is connected DVD player. There is a wood-burning stove in the living room and central heating throughout the cottage.

Two double bedrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs have double beds with space for a child’s cot (not provided) if necessary. A third small bedroom with combed ceiling has two single beds. This is best suited for children.

The downstairs bathroom has a bath and electric shower.


The extensive back garden has views over the River Dee. A large decking area by the back door leads to the upper level of the garden with a tree swing suitable for older children (and younger adults?). We have a small slide for younger children running down to the lower grassy area.

The summerhouse catches the afternoon and evening sun making a pleasant place to relax. Inside there is a sofa and two chairs; a kist contains lots of games. There is plenty of furniture around the garden. Part of the garden shed provides covered storage for your bikes.

There is parking for two cars in the drive and further parking nearby in the lane.


We can accept well behaved dogs by prior arrangement. The area around the cottage is ideal for those early morning and late night walks.

Other bits and pieces

Reasonable use of electricity, gas, oil and fuel for the fire is included in the weekly charge. Bed linen and towels are provided. For everyone’s comfort, the cottage is non-smoking.