We have just completed our 3rd stay at Bearberry Cottage. We first stayed at Bearberry in December 2018, we stayed again in December 2020 and our most recent stay 20th - 27th January 2023. There are many reasons why we keep returning to Bearberry, not only is the cottage exceptionally well equipped, you could literally want for nothing in terms of kitchen utensils, SMART TV's in almost all of the rooms, down to an abundance of logs for the fire, to the bird and squirrel food to keep the local wildlife content. This would probably be overlooked by many other cottage owners, but not Lorelle and Athol who know that the small details make the difference.
The cottage itself is exceptionally clean and welcomes pets to the property. Each time we have visited we have brought our Cocker Spaniel, Honey along with us who has been perfectly at home particularly in the large enclosed garden. The design of the cottage is spacious and modern and the information provided by the owners Lorelle and Athol is done thoughtfully. Its also good to know that a lot of the walking suggestions and restaurant suggestions are based on their own experiences so you get a real perception.
Each time we have been to Bearberry we have discovered something new in terms of walking. During our last visit we explored the Invercauld Estate just a 10 minute drive away by car and we also explored the Muir of Dinnet - there's just so much to see and do, plus the cottage is located approximately 8 miles away from Balmoral Castle, and whilst the castle is only open at certain times of the year to the public, you can still park up and stroll across the suspension bridge and walk to the castle gates.
The folder provided at the cottage is also helpful in terms of the shops in the local village of Ballater along with the restaurants, pubs and takeaway's. It indicates in the information folder put together by the owners whether the places are dog friendly, which we found exceptionally helpful. The information book also provides instructions for almost every appliance in the house from the log fire to the SMART Tv's which again is exceptionally helpful.
Bearberry Cottage is utterly charming, well located, exceptionally clean and well equipped and if you enjoy getting out and exploring this is definitely the place to stay. I am absolutely certain that we will return many more times to Bearberry Cottage - it feels just like home, but with an element of surprise each time we stay as there is always something new to discover in the local area.
We have been lucky enough to travel to some beautiful places around the world but Bearberry Cottage remains firmly in our top 5 of favourite places to holiday.
— Colette Kennedy, 28 Jan 2023