Gowanbank House Huntly Aberdeenshire AB54 8EB
For Owner Direct rates Tel: 01729 851181 Texts to 07885 211787 (7 Days)
Needing Luxury Self Catering in Aberdeenshire ? – this magnificent Victorian mansion house has real personality, sitting within it’s own gardens in one of the most prestigious residential areas of Huntly – Aberdeenshire. Gowanbank House offers 3 large reception rooms and large Dining Kitchen and 5 large upstairs Bedrooms. Huntly and the Deveron valley are often known as the forgotten part of the North East of Scotland, but once you come here to visit you will want to come back again and again. The market town of Huntly has its own golf course and railway station with links to Aberdeen and Inverness, the A96 also providing excellent driving links to both cities also. This very beautiful part of Scotland, is rural but not too far from the towns – like Turriff, Banff, Elgin and nearby fishing villages. It is ideal for walking, cycling, water sports, following the Whisky Trail or the Castle Trail, exploring rugged coastline, visiting pretty fishing villages, salmon and trout fishing the River Deveron, pony trekking, golf and even skiing, which is within one hour’s drive.
- Victorian House, Sleeps up to 10, Detached, Town Location, Elevated Sea Views, Covered Decking, Fridge / Freezer, Washing / Dryer, Car Parking, TV / DVD, WIFI, Central Heating, Multi Fuel Stove, Open Fire, Bedding and Towels, Pet Friendly, Lecht Ski resort 45 mins drive.
The River Deveron and Fishing
Huntly enjoys the company of the salmon rich River Deveron and it’s beautifully scenic valley, less illustrious than it North East neighbours the Dee and Spey, is North East Scotland’s best kept secret. However keen anglers return year after year, generation after generation. The River Deveron rises in the high hills above the Cabrach along with its main tributaries the Blackwater and the Bogie. The peaty water flows over a bottom of shingle and rock and is fast flowing in its upper reaches. Joined by the River Isla it slackens its pace as it meanders through the fertile countryside until its 60 mile journey ends in the sea at Banff. There are superb glides in its middle to lower reaches and due to the rocky bottom it has plenty of white water and can fish well in low water. It is prone to flash flooding and the water runs black but fines down to that golden brown colour which fly anglers love. Salmon is present from early February. During April and May the brown trout fishing is superb. Then towards the end of May until July Sea Trout up to7 lb! join the river.
Welcome to the Cairngorms Grampian & Moray
If you can tear yourself away from the beautiful Deveron Valley. The Cairngorms Nation Park to the south offer spectacular panoramic mountain views and unlimited activities. Sample whisky nosing in Dufftown, enjoy historic Scottish castles, idyllic fishing villages to the North or beautiful empty beaches in Moray, Grampian, The Cairngorms is Britain’s largest national Park and has the largest area of arctic mountain landscape in the UK at its heart, with diverse communities around it. It is home to 17,000 people and 25% of Britain’s threatened birds, animals, and plants. It includes moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and glens. Ben Rinnes at 840m is the highest hill in the area, with outstanding views to the Cairngorm mountains and the Moray Firth coast at Lossiemouth. To the North lies Aberdeenshire and some of the most wonderful rural scenery to offer for you and your family including pretty coastal villages like Gardenstown, Cullen, Findochty, Portsoy and Banff. Stunning beaches all along the Moray Firth coast including Findhorn, Rose Isle and Hopeman. The Moray Firth coast is also haven for wildlife, and you can often see dolphins, seals, otters, whales and falcons throughout the year. Roughly one half of its border consists of amazing coastline ranging from the awesomely rugged to the most wonderfully beautiful. The sunsets on the Moray coastline in themselves are renowned for their beauty as many a visitor will testify, its Northerley latitude and position making it a good place to even see the mysterious “Aurora Borealis” Northern lights. So If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, somewhere to wind down and relax, then look no further, this accommodation offers you that and so much more.
Localities of Huntly, Dufftown and Tomintoul
Huntly the most local town, has a beautiful Castle as well as supermarkets, Shops, restaurants and gift shops. Huntly formerly known as Milton of Strathbogie is well known for Huntly Castle a beautiful castle overlooking The Gordon Schools. It also is the home of the famous Deans bakers which produce world-famous shortbread biscuits. There is salmon and trout fishing on the Rivers Deveron and Bogie, which are administered by the River Deveron Salmon Fisheries Board To the West is Dufftown heart of the Whisky trail and also the highest village in the highlands “Tomintoul” these attractive places have a selection of food and gift shops one with a great selection of scottish gifts. On the way to Dufftown is the excellent 18 hole Golf course. Dufftown also has an excellent butcher, baker and a well known kilt maker. Tomintoul the highest village in the highlands has a selection of food and gift shops including with a great selection of Scottish gifts. The Croft Inn pub, with excellent beer is about 2 miles from the cottages.
Skiing holidays in Scotland
Within and easy 45 minute drive from you will find the Lecht ski resort www.lecht.co.uk Tel (01975) 651440. This fantastic activity centre is best suited to beginners and intermediates, featuring an exellent Dry Ski slope. The longest natural run being 900m, there is also a network of short lifts on both sides of the A939 Cockbridge – Tomintoul road. Straddling the A939 on the famous Cockbridge to Tomintoul road, the Lecht 2090 sits feet above sea level amid the beauty of the Eastern Cairngorms. This natural playground offers exciting outdoor activities throughout the year from Deval Karts / ride (incl. Uplift), Quad Bikes / session, Fun Karts / session, Kiddie Karts / session, Chairlift / return ride, Summer Ski or Board. Up to date snow reports also the www.lecht.co.uk/wap.
Aberdeenshire and Moray – their Fantastic Coastlines
Aberdeenshire has some of the most wonderful rural scenery to offer for you, along with the pretty local village of Gardenstown, there are also the coastal villages of Cullen, Findochty, Portsoy and Banff. So If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, somewhere to wind down and relax, then look no further, this accommodation offers you that and so much more. The Moray Firth coast is also haven for wildlife, and you can often see dolphins, seals, otters, whales and falcons throughout the year. Roughly one half of its border consists of amazing coastline ranging from the awesomely rugged to the most wonderfully beautiful. The sunsets on the Moray coastline in themselves are renowned for their beauty as many a visitor will testify, its Northerly latitude and position making it a good place to even see the mysterious “Aurora Borealis” Northern lights.
The Wildlife and Nature in this region
The Deveron valley is a fantastic area for viewing birds, wildlife and wild flowers. After you have enjoyed the resident rabbits, sheep, buzzards and deer, you can explore further within this area and see Stags, Rut and Mountain Hare. With winter good timing Stoat visitors including Fieldfare, Redwing, Snow Bunting, Waxwing and Brambling. Many birds including Flocks Pink Footed Goose, Whitefronted Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose visit the Cairngorms every year. Also Badgers, Red Squirrel, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, and Long Eared Owl, Pipstrelle, Long Eared Bats.
The Moray Whisky Trail and the Highland Games
Dufftown is famous for 2 annual Whisky Festivals in May and September Dufftown is at the very heart of the Malt Whisky Trail. Whisky nosing and tasting sessions can be arranged all year at the Dufftown Whisky Shop. A chance to sample 6 different whiskies and to learn what makes them so different. The annual Whisky Festivals are: the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival from Friday 28 April – Monday 1 May and Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival 22 -25 September. From May to September each year, there are whisky nosings on Tuesday evenings and Ceilidhs on Thursday evenings. The Glenfiddich distillery is open to the public (free) while close by is the picturesque ruined Balvenie Castle with it’s renaissance facade maintained by Historic Scotland. Other local distilleries to visit and whiskies to taste include Macallan, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, the Glenlivet (free tours), Aberlour and Cardhu. Each year the village of Braemar, Scotland invites people from all over the world to attend the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games. The Gathering is always held on the first Saturday in September and it is perhaps the most famous and finest Highland Games anywhere. It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen
Activities on your doorstep
Huntly the most local town, has a beautiful Castle as well as supermarkets, Shops, restaurants and gift shops. Huntly formerly known as Milton of Strathbogie is well known for Huntly Castle a beautiful castle overlooking The Gordon Schools. It also is the home of the famous Deans bakers which produce world-famous shortbread biscuits. There is salmon and trout fishing on the Rivers Deveron and Bogie, which are administered by the River Deveron Salmon Fisheries Board. Local outdoor activities include Nordic Skiing in Clashindarroch Forest, mountain biking. The local football team is Huntly F.C. Nearby is the start point of Scotland’s longest horse ride trail, Highland Horseback, running 200 miles to the West Coast.
In this area there are literally dozens of Castles to visit from Ballindalloch Castle near Aberlour on the river Spey to Balmoral a beautiful drive over the mountains to Royal Deeside where you are spoilt for choice with Drum, Crathes, Craigevar or castle Fraser. Between Forres and Nairn is Brodie and Cawdor Castles and to the east of Dufftown is the ruined Huntly castle and close to Turiff is Fyvie castle above with its 5 towers and 5 centuries of history, further a field castles such Balmoral, Braemar, Crathes and castle Urquhart on Loch Ness or cities such as Aberdeen, Elgin, Forres and Inverness are easily accessible.
Evenings out and local area information
Gowanbank House is situated on the outskirts of Huntly which has a beautiful Castle as well as supermarkets, Shops, restaurants and gift shops. Huntly formerly known as Milton of Strathbogie is well known for Huntly Castle a beautiful castle overlooking The Gordon Schools.
It also is the home of the famous Deans bakers which produce world-famous shortbread biscuits. There is salmon and trout fishing on the Rivers Deveron and Bogie, which are administered by the River Deveron Salmon Fisheries Board. Local outdoor activities include Nordic Skiing in Clashindarroch Forest, mountain biking. The local football team is Huntly F.C. Nearby is the start point of Scotland’s longest horse ride trail, Highland Horseback, running 200 miles to the West Coast.
Aberdeenshire Luxury Self Catering – Accommodation
This magnificent Victorian House enjoys all modern Luxury sleeping up to 11 people in 5 large upstairs Bedrooms consisting of 3 Double Bedrooms and 1 Twin Bedroom all with Full Central Heating. The Lounge – is light and airy thanks to the generous bay window but your privacy is assured thanks to the high privet hedge outside. There are 2 sofas and additional seating with a large LCD television. The room is sunny but the Victorians thought of everything because as the sun sinks in the sky you are not blinded by the sun as the sun’s rays are diffused by the original yellow stained glass window. The lounge includes the original Victorian fireplace. The Drawing Room – for those wishing to escape the television and sit and chat or read then the second lounge offers you a place to escape. This room is even lighter with twin aspect windows. Here you can sit in comfort away from the buzz of modern life and enjoy the peace while you look out on the pretty front garden. The Dining / Kitchen – fully equipped with a gas oven and hob, a large Gorenge fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, toaster and dishwasher. The cupboards are well equipped with crockery, cutlery and pots and pans. Complimentary tea, coffee and sugar is provided. All cooking equipment including utensils cutlery, crockery, mugs, pots, Coffee cafeteir, toaster, cork screw are provided for your convenience. The utility room – houses the washing machine and tumble dryer Kitchen dining area – just off the kitchen is a more informal dining area, Here you will find a large farmhouse table that can easily accommodate the party while keeping the cook in range of the meal time chat. Please note the Aga is currently not working nor connected and cannot be used. Master Bedroom 1 – is twin aspect with windows to the front and side. A particular feature of the bedroom is the original Victorian fireplace. The bedroom is furnished with a super king sized bed providing more than enough space to relax for a good nights sleep. There is hanging space provided in the original arts and crafts wardrobe with full length mirror and a large set of drawers for extra storage. You will also find a couple of easy chairs should you wish a quiet place to sit. King Bedroom 2 – with king sized Rococo style bed complimented with matching bed side cabinets. Again there is plenty of storage with a matching original Edwardian wardrobe and a dressing table with drawers. Should you wish a quiet seat you will find a large armchair to escape to. Bedroom 3 – is to the back of the house with views out to the back garden. There is a Victorian style brass king sized bed as well as a large wardrobe and shelves. A pretty arm chair upholstered in William Morris Arts and Crafts fabric offers a quiet place to retreat to. Bedroom 4 – also to the back of the house and again has twin aspect windows to the side and views out to the back of the garden. This bedroom has twin beds. Here you will find a couple of chairs for relaxing and storage behind the door and within the cupboard. Bedroom 5 – is a single bedroom. It is the smallest bedroom but perfectly formed. The large window has views to the front of house Hanging space is provided behind the door. Additional Sleeping for 2 people – we can provide an extra 2 Beds for a 10th and 11th person – please ask for details Family Bathroom – The family bathroom includes a free standing bath with shower over. The Gardens – Gowanbank sits in its own private gardens. To the front of the house the decorative garden and full height hedges provide privacy while still allowing the daylight to stream into the house. To the rear you will find a large garden with patio area and table.
Fishing the Rivers – The Deveron, Spey and Findhorn
Two wonderful rivers, the Spey and the Findhorn, lend much to the character of the area and many smaller rivers and streams drain the interior into the Moray Firth. Typical breeding species are Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Common Sandpiper. Goosanders inhabit the smaller upland tributaries with a few Red-breasted Mergansers breeding on the lower reaches. There is relatively little standing water in Moray & Nairn but Lochs Oire, na Bo, Loy and Spynie provide winter wildfowl interest; Loch Spynie in particular holds a spectacular winter goose roost, and a rich wetland breeding bird community in summer. The Deveron River, situated at Turriff is mid way between the river mouth at Banff and the headwaters above Huntly and offers the angler some of the finest salmon and trout fishing in Scotland. Bookings can be arranged via Frank and Carol Henderson, Turriff Tackle & Trophies Tel 01888 562428. Aberdeenshire also supports two other fine rivers the Dee and the Don and sea fishing can be obtained on the Moray Coast.
Basic Scale of Weekly Hire Charges
January weeks £800
February / March £800
April (excluding Easter) £850
May / June £900
October, November, December (excluding Festive) £900
July, August, September and Festive £1000
Hire charges only include all Heating, Electricity, Towels and Bedding.
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Pet Friendly – Yes clean well-behaved dogs are welcome. A supplement of just £10 per pet per week booking to cover extra cleaning is required
Gowanbank House Huntly Aberdeenshire AB54 8EB – Listed since 2015
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