Our house is surrounded by open countryside and the neighbours vary from horses, sheep and lambs to cows and calves.
We have lived in the Alford area for many years and know the Aberdeenshire area well. Our garden is very productive during the summer months and we provide fresh, organic fruit (in season) and homemade preserves for your breakfast. We also provide local honey and homemade bread, together with an assortment of other tasty things. The breakfasts can be taken at whatever time suits you.
If you wish, we can advise you on places to eat, places to visit and things to do during your stay.
Nearby there is the internationally renowned Grampian Transport Museum and the Alford Heritage Museum. Alford also has an 18 hole golf course, a dry ski slope (and we are only 40 minutes from The Lecht ski slopes), a swimming pool and interesting local shops and galleries. There is a large public park with an extensive children’s play area and walks through the woods and beside the river.
There is trout and salmon fishing on the river Don (permits are available from Everlong Art), horse-riding lessons are available in the nearby village of Muir of Fowlis and there is pony trekking in Glen Tanar. We may also be able to provide bikes for you to borrow.
We are only 12 miles from the Cairngorms National Park, central for the North East 250 and we are in the centre of Scotland's Castle Country (see the National trust for Scotland and Scottish Heritage websites), the nearest of these is Craigievar castle. Some of these have guided tours available and others can be explored at your leisure. There are also many interesting and well-preserved archaeological sites in the area, including the largest recumbent stone in Europe.
As a family we have interests in walking, skiing, folk music, bird watching, local wildlife, art and ceramics and we are happy to advise you on good places to go to see and do these things.
We have maps that guests may borrow during their stay.
Amenities in the local area include: