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“Amazing-Trantor Suite” 5 of 5 stars
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Glendavan House
Road B9119, Dinnet, Ballater AB34 5LU, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Dinnet B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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“Amazing-Trantor Suite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We stayed here for our first childfree weekend in months. We had a gruesome journey to get here, 3 hour journey ended up taking around 9 hours due to car problems. All the time we spoke to owners to keep them updated about our later and later arrival. Nothing was too much of a problem for them. They even offered to come and pick us up from Aboyne at 11pm where our car was abandoned at a local garage, and took us the 7 miles there the following day. Very helpful, and as I say, nothing was a problem for them.
When we arrived the fire in our suite was blazing and very welcoming, as was the fish hamper we had ordered via a local deli. Recommended.
The Trantor suite was wonderful, four poster bed, exceptionally comfy, warm and welcoming private lounge, plus the two rooms that make up the Wc/ Victorian roll top bath.
The price we paid I think was £120 per night b & b, the luxury you get for the suite I expect is without equal in most places in Scotland. We will be going back.
And red squirrels, sunny Scotland, and such hospitality, what can I say. Treat yourself, you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Trantor was great-your own private log fire in the living room of the suite.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at this wonderful home, and decided within hours that it simply was not enough time. Alan, Moira and Rebecca are warm and caring and will go the extra mile to make you feel comfy and welcome. Their home is just gorgeous as are thier breakfasts. The room/suites are well thought of and beutifully presented.
Wi-fi was good and fast, no problems while using and there is plenty of parking available
We stayed in the Trantor suite and while it was great, next time we will be booking the Ogston suite so that I can spend any spare sitting time watching the sweet little red squirrels and all the birdies.....teeny tiny they are some of them.
We highly recommend this home B & B, and if possible, book a few days rather than one or two, because you will just want to!
We will be back!
Thank you to the Milne family

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

My sister and I stayed in the Glendavan House for what started to be three nights and ended being eight. She had the Ogston Suite with the conservatory and I the Trantor Suite. We both had nice fire places with fresh fires laid daily with plenty of wood or coal to make for nice cozy sitting rooms. We arrived later than expected and Moira made us delicious sweet potato & squash soup as it was too late to go out for dinner that evening. It was a just great and the fresh bread was a great addition along with a glass of wine. Breakfast was cooked to order each day by Rebecca who is also delighted to fill you in on what to see and where to go while at Glendavan House. The last day I showed her a picture of a place I had hoped to see, but could not find. She told me it was in a park just down the road from the house, not a five minute drive. On the coldest sunny day my sister sat in the conservatory with her back to the sun and took a nap. Naps there were nice or also in front of the fire with your feet propped up and a nice hot coffee and a bit of scotch to help ward off the chill. Alan was always around when fires needed a little extra attention or to light them or keep them going when you were out for dinner. It was nice to return to a warm fire after going out for a bite. We were in Europe and the British Isles for over six weeks and this was truly our favorite spot of all. We are already planning our next trip. Never enough time in Glendavan House!!!

Room Tip: Staying at Glendavan House guarantees a good room whether you choose a room or a suite.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I have never stayed at a more welcoming and beautiful place. I stayed in the Tranter suite and I felt like a laird. The outside grounds have views of a loch through the trees that are alive with very cute red squirrels. I will be back. Stunning!

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We went for the second time in Glendavan House in october. The house is truly magnificent and so the furniture and decoration. Excellent service and breakfast. Located in the Cairngorns, it's a nice place for walkers and nature lovers. But this place would not be perfect without warm welcome of the Milne family, delicate and thoughtful...It seems that the time stops in such places... Deeply recommended !

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our two day break here with family and friends. Friendly hosts and their lovely daughter Rebecca just made our holiday. The bedrooms and in fact the whole house is beautifully furnished, full of character and spotlessly clean. Tea and homemade shortbread on arrival was most welcome. There was lots to do in the local area and several lovely places to eat nearby. Can't wait to return here someday.

Room Tip: No need to add a tip as there are only three rooms and each one is beautiful .
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We spent 2 nights in the Trantor Suite in September 2012 (was forced to choose Oct 2012 from the drop-down)-I regret that I didn't get around to writing this recommendation immediately upon our return home last year.
After being awake all night on the plane from Canada, driving to the Braemar Gathering, and spending all day at The Gathering-we were knackered! To arrive at Glendavan House and see where we would spend the next two nights resulted in two enormously deep sighs. The pictures on the website are nice, but don't nearly capture the warmth and comfort of Glendavan. So much of the warmth of the place comes from hosts Alan, Moira and Rebecca. Every need was satisfied so effortlessly, our only regret was that we booked another B&B not too far away for our next stop, when we should have stayed where we were!
Our only warning is that if Alan suggests a 'wee' walk, then have a care, we walked 26km our first day in the hills at his recommendation, but then coming back to soak in the enormous bath, followed by warmed towels and port in the sitting room and a delicious breakfast next morning, had us ready to take on the world, once again! (and the recommended walk was excellent too)
We'd go out of our way to stay at Glendavan again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Road B9119, Dinnet, Ballater AB34 5LU, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Ballater > Dinnet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Dinnet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Glendavan House is a 5* Gold Bed and Breakfast offering quality accommodation in spacious and luxurious suites of rooms. Each suite comprises large bedroom, en-suite bathroom and en-suite sitting room with real coal fires that will be lit for you in the evenings. The Ogston Suite also comprises a lovely conservatory from which you can watch the army of red squirrels and birds that play on the decking outside. Situated in glorious and peaceful countryside fringing the Muir of Dinnet Nature reserve and within the Cairngorms National Park, Glendavan House offers a fabulous retreat from busy life. Peace and relaxation guaranteed. ... more   less 
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