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Balnaboth House, Glenprosen, Angus

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16+ guests12 bedrooms17 beds6 bathrooms
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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. It is very quirky and probably unlike anywhere else you've stayed. 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.

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 is quirky, or "full of character" (which also means that cleaning is a nightmare). 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!
Balnaboth was our family home for over 30 years, it is a charming, rambling very old house (400yr+) full of character & excellent for parties. It is very quirky and probably unlike anywhere else you've stayed. 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 h…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds
Bedroom 5
1 queen bed
Bedroom 6
1 single bed
Bedroom 7
1 queen bed
Bedroom 8
2 single beds
Bedroom 9
1 double bed
Bedroom 10
1 double bed
Bedroom 11
2 single beds
Bedroom 12
2 single beds

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Wifi
Hot tub
Dryer
Indoor fireplace
Washing machine
TV
Essentials
Travel cot

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Glenprosen, Angus, United Kingdom

Balnaboth is the mansion house of a largish (6000 acre) highland estate. As such it has a (good) private drive of over a mile, with gate lodge (& open gates) and the bottom.
The house sits in the fork of the river Prosen & the Logie burn (probably accounting for the name, in Gaelic). It's quite high in the hills (850') and behind it the hills rise to Munro level (over 3000').
The outside landscaping was originally laid out by our Victorian ancestors with little bridges across the streams, huge lawn, and an imposing avenue of beech trees.
The place abounds with walks, through the woods, over grass meadow, or up into the heather hills.
Spring is beautiful with extensive rhododendron flowering beside the lawn; there is nothing like croquet on the lawn in summer; the autumn colours are magnificent; and the place is magical in winter snow.
Balnaboth is the mansion house of a largish (6000 acre) highland estate. As such it has a (good) private drive of over a mile, with gate lodge (& open gates) and the bottom.
The house sits in the fork of t…

Hosted by Hector

Joined in April 2015
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Born & brought up in Glenprosen & lived in this house (Balnaboth) for much of my life.
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House rules
Check out: 12:00
No smoking
Pets are allowed