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.
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.
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!
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