ESCAPING WITH COTTAGES & CASTLES

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We have been super lucky to join forces with the lovely Cottages & Castles twice this year, if you haven’t heard of them before then Cottages & Castles offer self catering accommodation across Scotland. You can find everything from a modern bungalow to an actual castle with sprawling lawns & indoor swimming pool. There’s country escapes & seaside breaks, wilderness lodges & modern glass fronted apartments & there is something for all budgets. Whether you are looking to plan a large family Christmas break, a romantic, just for two weekend away or a home fully stocked with everything for a family trip to the seaside you are sure to find what you are looking for.

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We have been lucky enough to stay in two of the properties you can find on Cottages & Castles, the first back in December. Mid way through one of the busiest months of the year we managed to restore a little calm & stay in the beautiful Laggandhu, a remote self catering cottage nestled within a traditional highland estate, not another house or street light in sight & perfect for escaping to with views boasting the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains or, closer to home, the native woodland. With 3 bedrooms; 1 double & 2 twins it was the perfect size for us. A large dining kitchen with the most beautiful pheasant print wood burning stove & antique french furniture, a cosy living room, 2 bathrooms & a bedroom for each of the girls we felt perfectly at home.

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We spent much of our time just enjoying the cottage & immediate surroundings, going for walks then snuggling up in front of the cosy fire, we ventured into Aviemore for a mooch & to feed the ducks at the local lochs but to be honest when you are staying in a cottage this beautiful it’s hard to tear yourself away from it.

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Watch the video from our stay in the Highlands

A few months later we were invited to stay in the picturesque seaside village of Cullen, on the Banffshire coast, somewhere we had never ventured to before & were completely blown away by, I grew up living by the seaside & waking up to the sounds of the sea birds, waves crashing & the fresh sea air just took me straight back to me childhood of fish & chips from newspaper & ice creams on the beach. The Cottage we stayed in was the recently refurbished Rosebank boasting everything a family could want from highchairs to buckets & spades. The cottage comprised of an open kitchen, dining, living air which was great for us to be able to enjoy the fire, cook up a storm & keep an eye on the girls, it also had a separate living room with another log burner where we retreated to in the evenings. Upstairs was two double rooms, 1 twin room & a family bathroom, the cottage was just perfectly located – a stones throw from the beach & we felt immediately at home when we arrived.

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We were blessed with glorious sunshine, in February – a miracle in itself…this meant we spent everyday on the beach; exploring rock pools, finding treasure & building sandcastles. We ate the famous homemade ice cream & of course sampled the local fish & chips but other than that we just enjoyed spending time together in a really beautiful setting. I find my girls are happiest outside, on a beach with nature for entertainment. We will definitely be returning to Cullen & hopefully next time we get to spot some dolphins!

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The girls enjoying the beautiful Cullen beach, blue skies, empty stretches of sand & happy smiles! We can’t wait to return in summer to paddle in the sunshine & ditch those winter jackets & hats. PicMonkey Collage123

Watch the video from our stay in Cullen

Where is your favourite place to visit in Scotland? Have you ever been on a break with Cottages & Castles?

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