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“Idyllic Hideaway”
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Excellent - based on 27 reviews
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Lynn P
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Idyllic Hideaway”
Reviewed April 21, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Apologies - meant to write sooner!
Although our short stay at the Pine Cone was a few months ago, it is still recalled with much pleasure. We enjoyed a wonderful relaxing time in this wee haven on our 'Getaway Christmas'.
The Pine Cone is so cosy and really tastefully decorated throughout with the added Christmas decorations being a very nice welcoming touch. The starter provisions were extremely generous and way beyond starter status!
Katy, our black Labrador enjoyed meeting Daisy the owners' Wheaten Terrier and exploring the grounds around the Pine Cone.
The annexe is tiny but so cleverly laid out with a beautiful bedroom containing a huge luxuriously comfortable bed; lots of storage and a very warm en-suite. The small lounge/dining room with a kitchen hidden behind folding doors is cleverly designed and perfectly adequate for two people.
There is no cooker - just a microwave; two ringed hob and a separate small oven/grill if required....with a bit of juggling we succeeded in cooking a full Christmas Dinner - it was certainly fun!
The main entertainment is the variety of birds at the many feeding stations and there is the definite feeling of bringing the outdoors in as there is glass on three sides offering a view of the garden and woodland beyond.
The owners Bill and Matti are so welcoming, considerate, friendly; their hospitality is exceptional!
We would certainly return to this wee gem of a place.

Ian and Lynn

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Liked best: Peace and quite and tasteful decor
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Nov 18, 2015
It was a pleasure to have you spend Christmas at the Pine Cone and we thanks you for your very kind remarks.To look forward to welcoming you back at some future time. Regards Bill and Matti
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ali2512
scotland
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Quiet retreat”
Reviewed March 12, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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Looked for a quiet retreat for 2 adults and 2 dogs whilst our kitchen was being fitted. Lovely quaint annexe. Felt obliged to keep our dogs on lead as the first day our springer Saw a rabbit and decided to leave the garden/ shared forest. Lovely hospitality groceries and the couple who owns the annexe very hospitable and friendly. Would recommend.

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Management Response
Mar 14, 2015
It was good to have you and your dogs stay at the Pine Cone.Hope you enjoy your new kitchen. Regards Matti
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CodgersTw...
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We truly struck 'heaven' at the Pine Cone.”
Reviewed December 17, 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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This is a 'Gem' of a location and the owners were so charming and couldn't have been more helpful. We have been to a great many self catering places over the last 30 years, but this property in our opinion must go to the very top of the class.
After our long journey from Brighton we received a lovely warm welcome and were able to easily settle into this perfectly cosy nest in the Highlands. The owners had very thoughtfully stocked the large fridge with more than enough essentials. The cleverly designed kitchenette was very well stocked which included cereals, milk, bread, butter, sugar, delicious home made jams, fruit juices etc etc, we needed for nothing. The dining table shares a panoramic view out onto a large rear garden with a very popular bird feeding station which is, in itself, first class entertainment, no need for day-time TV here. The garden grounds extend through a gate down into a large wooded area well equipped for many summer time outdoor activities for all ages.
There are magnificent woodland/forest walks right on the doorstep, our two young Jack Russels loved the freedom of exploring this new found wonderland.
It is so quiet and peaceful here that we often overslept in the large cosy bed. The large bedroom has huge fitted wardrobes with an excellent ensuite with walk-in shower, which my wife was overjoyed with!
Banchory is a short drive (20 min walk) where there are two supermarkets and lots of places to eat etc. but the owners Matti and Bill have a wealth of local knowledge and more than helpful with taking care of your needs or best places to visit.
Bearing in mind our weeks stay was in mid December the weather was generally very wintery with sharp frosts but this little Highland escape was always so warm and cosy and a real pleasure to come back to after a trudge on the hillsides or a drive in the mountains.
This enchanting property is perfect for couples, be they young, middle-aged or elderly and you can be assured of a memorably delightful stay, a true touch of heaven in the Highlands.

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Liked best: The overall comfort, peace & quiet and the variety of forest walks.
Liked least: Nothing.....we loved every bit of it !
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
Dec 18, 2014
Many thanks for your kind feedback.It was a pleasure having you and your lovely dogs stay at The Pine Cone regards Matti
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fizzypops...
Alexandria, United Kingdom
1 review
“Friendly cosy getaway”
Reviewed November 8, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We arrived to a warm welcome from our hosts bill & matti and were then shown the lodge and gardens and left to ourselves to settle in,pity we didnt have a dog as Daisy the "dog of the house" loves to play with new friends and show them about ..
We found that our hosts had supplied tea coffee and milk, bread,jams and various other foodstuffs to get us started.
During our stay we enjoyed the little wood at the bottom of the garden complete with treehouse, hammock and dining table,.
There are forest walks, River Dee, and Banchory all within walking distance.
If you want a comfortable wee bolt hole to explore Deeside this is the place, and due to bill & matti thinking of every comfort possible..exceptional value for self catering due to local breakfast staples being supplied as standard...hope to return many times...

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Liked best: Privacy & gardens
Liked least: Leaving the pine lodge
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
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