Close up showing Nursery House on Left & Logie Wing back leftView of Balnaboth across the lawn pond
Balnaboth House, Glenprosen, Angus

Entire home/flat

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10 bedrooms

16 beds
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Balnaboth was our family home for over 30 years, it is a charming, rambling very old house (400yr+) full of character & excellent for parties. We can sleep 20 comfortably.Tucked into the hills on the edge of the Cairngorms. The lawn is huge, with a discrete hot tub under the trees.

The space

Balnaboth was originally 4 separate houses, 13th Century hunting lodges in the Royal Forest of Glenprosen. It readily separates into 3 distinct self-contained units for families wanting their own space, but to come together in the large dining room.

Guest access

Pretty well everywhere (bearing in mind there's over 30 rooms). A few are shut up for storage. But we can also let the Nursery House (3 bedrooms, sleeping up to 6), or Logie Wing (4 bedrooms, sleeping up to 8) separately.

Interaction with guests

We now live in a much smaller house 2 miles down the road.

Other things to note

This is a very old house. Exactly how old, we don't know, but it was 1815-20 when the 4 existing houses were joined together and there has been some form of dwelling here since at least the 13th century. Though "Listed", and a Mansion House, it's not shiny smart, it has been a family house for hundreds of years. When an Ogilvy ancestor, the then Earl of Airlie, was exiled to France in 1746, his brother Walter Ogilvy kept his head down at Balnaboth, until he eventually succeeded to the Earldom. We still have his law books in the library. Australians may be interested that his son, the Hon Donald Ogilvy who succeeded to Balnaboth, appears to have been brother in law to Lachlan Macquarie an early governor of NSW; both married daughters of James Morley in India.
Sir James Barrie, author of Peter Pan, rented Balnaboth for 2 summers in the 1920's and wrote of it with great affection.
The house is about 10 miles north of Kirriemuir (20 minutes by car), and 1 1/2 hours drive from the Forth road bridge (Edinburgh). Aberdeen is just over an hour, and Glasgow 2 hours.
Being old, the house quirky, or "full of character". The main wing has a Georgian Drawing room, dining room & large kitchen, even a library. The Logie Wing is similar (this was an 1820 addition), but the Nursery House is of a completely different and earlier era, with smaller, wood lined rooms, and generally more cosy and intimate. Both wings have separate external doors, but can be accessed from within if the whole house is taken.
There is no mobile phone reception within 3 miles. There is broadband, but it's satellite & only good for (email & light browsing) reception is fine (freesat satellite)
Private water supply (excellent & regularly tested)
Plenty of parking, also space (by prior arrangement) for marquee on lawn
Bear in mind that this is NOT a modern house, far from it. There is good oil fired central heating, but also a lot of draughts!


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Bedroom 5
2 single beds
Bedroom 6
1 king bed
Bedroom 7
1 queen bed
Bedroom 8
1 queen bed
Bedroom 9
2 single beds
Bedroom 10
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 4 single beds

The space
Bathrooms: 5
Bedrooms: 10+
Beds: 16
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities
Internet
Free parking on premise
Kitchen

Prices
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Weekly Discount: 38%
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House Rules
No smoking

No dogs inside the house except by prior arrangement. Also to be kept on leads outside (red squirrels are in the trees all round, & woodcock, curlew, oystercatchers, lapwing, even black grouse nest nearby)
No fires except in the two designated wood burning stove (logs provided)
The house is pretty secluded so you should not disturb others with noise, but please be sensible.
Absolutely no fireworks without prior permission
Please treat the house and grounds with the care you would your own

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - Only 2 bedrooms are on the ground floor, and whilst they are servedby a toilet, the only practicable bath/shower room for them is upstairs
Pet(s) live on property - There is an old goose and 10 or so peacocks that frequent the lawn

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Chris User Profile
September 2017
Balnaboth is everything you could imagine about a Scottish mansion. Grand dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, courtyards and even a sauna and a hot tub make this the perfect place to book for a group of friends! It's very comfortable and has a regal feel to the place. You will not be disappointed! Thanks again Hector!

Erin User ProfileErin is a superhost.
August 2017
This was one the best stays I have had on air bnb! Very gorgeous space, could walk for hours, right onto the glen. Beds all comfy, loads of cookware. My whole Canadian family fell in love with the place. Great hospitality from hector and family. Thanks again for making our 10th wedding anniversary the best

Louise User Profile
July 2017
We went to Balnaboth for a 30 birthday weekend and the house, grounds and Hectors welcome were brilliant. It fitted 15 of us plus a baby easily, lots of room inside and out - we used the badminton set and BBQ on the front lawn and even without the sun shining we had a great time. The house has lots of character and this made it feel like a feel like a real homestay. It's quite remote so come prepared with food, but Hector's directions were spot on and once your there you don't really want to leave. If your coming from Edinburgh it's also an easy distance for the weekend.

Emma User Profile
April 2017
Beautiful house, full of character and set in some lovely countryside. Everything was spotless and all the amenities were fully functioning. Great value accommodation for the size of the property/ grounds and the number of facilities available. Communication with Hector was always easy and straightforward. Would stay again. Highly recommended!

Nicola User Profile
September 2016
We had an absolutely wonderful stay in beautiful Balnaboth House. Our hosts were very welcoming and explained everything about the amenities. The extensive grounds were delightful as was the goose, who came for breakfast at the backdoor and the spectacular peacocks. It was a wonderful stay.

Ruth User Profile
August 2016
Hector was wonderful and welcoming! We had the most beautiful and exciting few days there and the entire family had an amazing time! Everything was better than expected and communication was great! I only wish we could have stayed longer. Highlights include the hot tub and the beauty of the house and grounds. Oh and the goose brought even more character to this enchanted building.

Colin User Profile
July 2016
Balnaboth house is a great highland venue for a large gathering of people. Hector gives a good tour upon arrival and the house is full of character. Would definitely go back in the future.

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Born & brought up in Glenprosen & lived in this house (Balnaboth) for much of my life.

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