Staycation in the Highlands. Whisky Trail + views!


Entire cottage hosted by Yvonne

6 guests, 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bathroom
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Glenarder is a Highland cottage with views over mountain & glen. The interior is 'Modern Country' with attention to comfort and detail, all centred around a communal kitchen, a cozy living room, the most comfortable beds ..and fresh Scottish air.

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Glenarder is a beautiful highland cottage set amidst stunning Speyside scenery, pictures cannot fully do justice. Get away from the busy world ... reconnect and feel renewed, enjoy the unobstructed views all around the cottage and breath in the fresh Scottish air.

Set in the beautiful Ballindalloch Estate, with totally unobstructed views all around you will be surrounded by heather covered hills, glens and Scotland's riches rural country side. Complete privacy and a landscape to take your breath away.

Romantic, secluded and fabulous for families or small groups. Just as fitting for single travellers looking for some quite rejuvenation.

All guests are provided a welcome package of fresh local farm eggs, bread, milk, butter, tea, coffee and shortbread.

THE COTTAGE. First and foremost Glenarder is a holiday home, a calming retreat, a place of rejuvenation and celebration ....therefore, the order of the day is comfort, warmth, minimum fuss and most importantly authentic to the Scottish Highland living experience. We are proud to say Glenarder Cottage offers you luxury accommodation and furnishings while giving you a relaxed style and warmth to the home environment - often not found in holiday rentals.

We have designed it with groups in mind, providing two sitting areas which allows for everyone to have their own space (and TV if wanted). We aim to provide the basics to get you going such as coffee, milk, tea etc as well as a great basic pantry to use.

The interior design is authentic to the Highlands and respectful of the cottage's character. It has been lovingly renovated and designed by ourselves, we come from a luxury fashion industry background and this is reflected in the selection of exceptional furnishings and finishes to make your stay special. Much thought has been put into anticipating your needs, providing warmth and comfort but also keeping it practical for holidays and Highland life. We have selected pieces from our travels around the world as well as as many local products as possible such as lovely Johnston's of Elgin Chair and a highland door curtain using local tweed made only 2km from Glenarder.

The cottage was renovated in 2015 -2017 and features a large farmhouse kitchen, fantastic for entertaining, dinners round the table, or quite nights by the fire after a day outdoors. .The kitchen and utility room has been designed by DeVol Kitchens, renowned for their -beautifully simple- handcrafted kitchens, an ode to Modern Farmhouse design.

The bathroom combines farmhouse modernity with soothing tones and textures. The bathroom features claw foot soaker tub and shower with beautiful artisan tiles and marble sink. Enjoy the selections of Made in Scotland selected by the owners for your enjoyment, fluffy towels and an a outstanding private view over the property and to the hills in the back. It's our 'mini Highland spa'.

Bedrooms feature a Super King bed, hand made and luxurious as well as new double beds. All the beds are luxuriously made up in exceptional linens and bedding to ensure great sleeps.

The lounge features a wood burning fireplace, a large comfy Harris Tweed Couch and lovely views to the front of the property.

Outside we have set up a lovely patio area complete with a outdoors fire pit, a bbq, picnic table and seating. We even provide the BBQ coals to get you started.

Please see photo descriptions for further information about specifics and layout.

****Please review bedding and bedroom layout to make sure it works for you***

*****COVID 19 POLICY*****

This policy must be shared by yourself with all person in your group who will be staying with you at Glenarder. This policy applies to all members of your group.

Health and safety: 

We have gone above and beyond through this challenging period to double down on vigorous cleansing and sanitisation of our property in order to insure health safety for guests. All hard surfaces have been sanitized once, left to dry and sanitized again. We regularly wash all linens between guests and refresh the air by opening all doors and windows for a good blast of fresh air. 

****We take no liability for any persons who become ill or victims of the COVID 19 virus before, through or after a stay at Glenarder. Each individual must make their own travel and hygiene decisions.
**** No persons who are not listed at your booking can stay with you or visit you through your stay at Glenarder.

This is a very fluid situation:

If at any time during/prior/or after your stay you become aware that you have COVID 19 symptoms or virus you must inform the host (Yvonne Mandel) and appropriate medical authorities. If you do become ill with COVID 19 you must be prepared to depart Glenarder immediately or upon request.

Community restrictions:

First of foremost it is your decision to travel and stay at Glenarder or Cancel. If you choose to continue with your plans you are 100% accountable for your own and your group’s care and any disruption you and your party may suffer due to changes in health, government and local authority announcements or restrictions.

At this time if you choose to continue with your reservation you must have alternative “Plan B”, back up housing and travel arrangements in place. If at any time during your stay changes or demands such as community lock down or stay at home government restrictions are announced you must enact those restrictions and your Plan B housing arrangements.  If it is required by government restrictions that people leave accommodations, return home you must do so immediately at your own cost and arrangements. All guests are accountable for their own decisions and choices of travel regard to option of checking in or cancelling, travel and mobility through this period. 

***No refunds for early departures wether by choice or regulation will be issued***

The very latest date you can stay at Glenarder is your check out date at 11:00 am or any the date of any government or local authority announce related restrictions in the UK or elsewhere. In this situation we are not responsible for your welfare or alternative plans.

Any stay or extension of stay must be agreed to by ourselves. In this event the nightly rate will be a full (£180.00 per night) and will not be discounted.
*We take the right to update this announcement as circumstances evolve.

Yvonne Mandel


What this place offers

Mountain view
Valley view
Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable/satellite
Washing machine
Air conditioning

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Where you’ll be

Aberlour, Moray, United Kingdom

On the Malt Whisky Trail in beautiful Speyside, often referred to as 'Gods Country'.

World renowned for fly fishing on the iconic River Spey, Scottish country estates and the most castles in any area in Scotland. Home to the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, the Speyside Autumn Whisky Festival and the Speyside Way. Speyside is famous for it's world class golf courses, fishing,field sports and working estates such as Glenlivet and Rothiemurchus.

Glenarder provides the perfect home base for distillery tours. The closest distilleries to us are Cardu, Duillaine and Tamdu (2km), Macallans (5km), Aberlour (10km), Glenfiddich (10 km), Glenfarclas (7km) and Glenlivet (14), Cragganmore (14 km), and many, many more. (see our guidebook map).

We are located only 2 km from the majestic Spey and situated within the Ballindalloch Estate. The area is enjoyed enjoyed for its beauty and peace of life.

Speyside and its surrounds is an outdoors persons paradise with endless walking trails, canoeing and castle trails. The most notabl walking trails include the Speyside Way, Glenlivet Estate, Ben Rinnes etc. There is even the Speyside Kilt Walk to and highland games to be enjoyed by all.

Our location sits on the edge of the Cairngorm's National Park in the Scottish Highlands. This means we are within an hours drive to Avimore, Rothiemurchus Estate where ski-ing, snowboarding, reindeer center, and outdoor activities to suit all abound.

Ballandalloch Castle with its lovely gardens, river walk and tea room is one of our closest neighbors as is the Knockando Woollen Mill.

Close to The towns of Aberlour and Craigellachie, both of which offer great facilities for families. Specialty grocery stores, swimming pool, churches, tennis, lawn bowling, pubs, parks, and quality restaurants. Granton-on-Spey is also close as well as Elgin and Keith.

Quality selection of local restaurant's, whisky lounges and entertainment

Great for kids. Beaches, castles, parks, ice-cream shops etc 40 minutes to the beautiful the Moray Firth coastline, voted one of the best in Europe, The Scottish Dolphin Center, endless beaches, and historic fishing villages.

Activities galore, beach sports, golf ,fishing, skiing, snowboarding, distillery tours, sailing, golf, hunting, biking, walking paths, kayaking, canoeing, etc

Local artisans and globally renowned visitor centers: The National Trust Knockando Woollen Mill and tea room, Johnston's of Elgin Cashmere, Walkers Shortbread and many more.

Easy access to Inverness, Avimore, Balmoral, Lochness, Perthshire or the West Coast and the Highlands.

Hosted by Yvonne

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Although I love travel I love home more. Through all this moving and travel Glenarder .....our wee house in Scotland has become 'our happy place'. As a family it has given us a common place to hang our hat and to call home. We love the contrast between urban living in our daily city life and quite, peaceful Glenarder. Scotland is the home of my birth and all my family life there so trips home have been part of our family life, it is so special that we now have our own home in Scotland and it is a pleasure to share that special place on earth with other people. Mother of two. Fashion industry. Born in Aberdeen, Scotand, most recently we have been living in London, and Moscow. And for the present are are located between Toronto, Canada and Glenarder! Previous to our time in Moscow we lived and brought our children up in the beautiful city of Montreal where we enjoyed Quebec and N.E East coast US. For the past 6 years whe have spent a lot of time travelling between Montreal, Scotland and Moscow. My husband works for one of the big luxury brands which gives us the great opportunity of being posted in different parts of the world. We have had the opportunity to live and travel in many countries such as Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, USA, Canada, Paris etc I love fashion design, sustainable design, property renovation, pop culture, reading. We have had many great experiences hosting meeting people from all over the world who bring their own energy and happiness into Glenarder making Glenarder a place of many happy memories in the making.
Although I love travel I love home more. Through all this moving and travel Glenarder .....our wee house in Scotland has become 'our happy place'. As a family it has given us a com…

During your stay

Depending if we are in the area or not we may meet you to let you in and show you around, otherwise we will make arrangements for your entry. Either way you will be left to your own to enjoy the peace and quite. Unless off course if you need us through your stay, then we are easily contactable. Our housekeeper lives very locally and can be onsite quickly if you need assistance.
Depending if we are in the area or not we may meet you to let you in and show you around, otherwise we will make arrangements for your entry. Either way you will be left to your ow…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to £175

Cancellation policy

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