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“Cosy sanctuary from the Madness of Modern Living”
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Boat house -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Stephen P
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Cosy sanctuary from the Madness of Modern Living”
Reviewed December 4, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

The Boathouse is a jewel on the Aberdeenshire coast near Balmedie. Unpretentious from the outside, the Boathouse has grown from the original old bothy into a comfortable sanctuary for two. It was warm, cosy and inviting inside with a bedroom (one double bed), lounge/dining room, entrance hall and an enormous wet room with shower, sink and toilet. Being on the coast and with a name like the Boathouse, it clearly has a strong nautical flavour and despite opening only in Easter 2016 oozes character and already has a comfortable, lived-in feeling. Situated in the grounds of the owners, Mickey and Kym are on hand if needed but utterly discrete, and its peaceful setting at the end of a single-track road guarantees peace and tranquillity. Added to this the views are spectacular especially in the morning as the sun rises over the sea. And yet for those, like us, who need to travel into Aberdeen city centre, the journey is easy and takes no more than 20 minutes. It was helpful to read from an earlier reviewer that there was no oven (lest we stocked up en route with the wrong sort of food at the supermarket, but the Boathouse has a full hob and modern microwave that met our needs. There are ample places to eat neaby and a fish-and-chip shop in Balmedie, but we didn’t try any of them ourselves on this trip. That said, we have previously eaten at the nearby Cock and Bull which has excellent beer and a good restaurant. The Boathouse Wi-Fi is free, strong and reliable, and there is a modern TV with sound bar. We also connected to the latter via Bluetooth from our mobile phone and had, in effect, an excellent internet radio/music centre. There is also a USB connection to the TV for those that bring a laptop.
We stayed at the end of November, which meant that it was very cold outside, but the electric radiators ensured that we were always warm and comfortable. Our busy schedule prevented us from fully enjoying the walk to the beach (around 40 minutes), but if we had come in the summer months this would undoubtedly have been invigorating and spectacular. For those seeking a refuge from the madness of modern living, the Boathouse ticks all the boxes.

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Liked best: Home from home in a peaceful location with great views
Liked least: Duvet could havfe been larger and heavier weight.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 3, 2017
Thankyou for taking the time for you detailed review.we look forward to seeing you again.
Mickey/Kym
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Nern63
Peebles, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Remote, relaxing and beautiful”
Reviewed November 22, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

The Boathouse is an ideal location. Situated on a single track road on the way to Balmedie beach. The property has a panoramic view of the Sea across the dunes. Watch the comings and goings in perfect peace and quiet. Mikey and Kym are excellent hosts and give you a warm welcome. Locally there are several options for eating and of course the Granite City of Aberdeen. Pay Balmedie a visit you won't be disappointed.

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Management Response
Nov 24, 2016
Thankyou Julie and Declan for your review of the Boathouse.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you next time.
Mickey/Kym
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macduff62...
Oswestry, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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“Mrs”
Reviewed November 9, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

First class holiday again superb accommodation superlative owners need I say any more Rocky and I will see you again next year.Where my little pot of gold lies.

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Management Response
Nov 10, 2016
Hi Marie
very glad you enjoyed you stay with us and look forward seeing you again next year.
Thankyou
Mickey/Kym
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nationalo...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful place”
Reviewed October 31, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Excellent, high quality wee bothy. Lovely quirky interior and very clean. The location is stunning, beautiful views across the countryside and to the sea, could quite happily have walked around the area all day. Hosts were friendly - as were the animals! Balmedie was very handy for food shops etc.Would have been helpful to have know that there wasn't an oven - but the hobs were fine. Also, a DVD player would be handy :)

Traveling group: Solo Traveler
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Management Response
Nov 10, 2016
Thankyou Sarah
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope the absense of a dvd was not too much of a miss. I believe dvd's can be played through the u.s.b. on the sound bar via laptop?
Any way hope to see you again.
Mickey/Kym
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Slsatroon
1 review
“Wow factor”
Reviewed September 12, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Spotless bright and of a high specification. Owners attentative but gave you privacy. Will be back to stay

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Management Response
Sep 19, 2016
Very nice mature couple who looked after the Boathouse beautifully. They will certainly be welome again.
Mickey/Kym
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macduff62...
Oswestry, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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“Bliss”
Reviewed June 2, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

9 sunning days of relaxation. Out of this world accommodation 1st class owners. Superb views. Rocky thoroughly enjoyed himself. In the words of Arnie I will be back.

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Traveling group: Solo Traveler
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Management Response
Jun 3, 2016
thankyou Marie for staying at the Boathouse. It was a real pleasure to host you and Rocky.We certainly look forward to seeing you in the future.
Mickey/Kym
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