The Factors House, Cairnie, By Huntley, Aberdeenshire
The Factor’s House is situated five miles north of Huntly in the Grampian foothills. It is a mile off the A96, the main Aberdeen to Inverness road, 18 miles from the lovely north eastern coastline, and within easy reach of Royal Deeside. It is in excellent walking and bird-watching country, and other activites close by include golf, fishing, riding as well as many other visitor attractions such as castle visiting and Scotch whisky tasting!
The Factor’s House (so-called because it was orginally that part of the house which was occupied by the estate manager, or factor) is a self-contained wing of the elegant Smallburn farmhouse. It has its own double front door, and parking area. Although it only sleeps two, it is extremely spacious and comfortable; double-glazed and centrally heated, and has been awarded four stars by the Tourist Authority. Smallburn stands amid two acres of gardens, stables and farm buildings, surrounded by its own paddocks and young forests, where guests have unlimited walking access.
The Factor’s House is furnished to a high standard and fully fitted out with all you need for a Highland holiday. The conservatory/sitting room captures the morning and evening sunshine and has wide views of the hills. The central heating boiler provides plenty of warmth and is housed in a cupboard - excellent to dry washing or wet coats. There is a wood-burning stove providing a cheerful glow for chilly winter evenings, and blinds on all the windows for the summer nights when there will be over 20 hours of daylight.
Double doors lead you through to the dining and kitchen area. This is a high-ceilinged room with tall windows, and a pine table seating four.
The kitchen is well equipped to prepare either light breakfasts or for full catering. There is an electric oven, a microwave, a refrigerator and a washing machine. The work surfaces are solid oak (and we would ask you to respect them by keeping hot pans on the mats or blocks and using the chopping board). The water supply is from a natural spring and there is no shortage of it!
The upstairs bedroom has a window overlooking the stables and garden and the hills beyond. There is a comfortable double bed with electric blanket, two chests of drawers and a large walk-in wardrobe. It would be possible to put up a “Z-bed” in the sitting room or bedroom to sleep another person, or a cot is available for small children.
The Factor’s House is carpeted throughout and there is an attractively tiled bathroom with shower and bath, washbasin and WC.
4 Star Visit Scotland.
Telephone: 01466 760219
Email: [email protected]
Sleeps: 2 to 3