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7 nights

Monday 21 February Monday 28 February 2022

£1,445 total

All bookings take place through the house owner’s website. Availability, details and URL are live and correct at time of posting.

Gather your essentials, wave goodbye to the city and immerse yourself in the wilderness of the Glen Dye Estate, where the Howe of the Mearns meets the Highland boundary fault. No.5 Steading Cottage, a converted Victorian farm building with crafted contemporary interiors, makes for the perfect base. The cottage accommodates up to 7 people comfortably, and if you’re part of a larger group, you can add No.4 Steading Cottage to your booking too.

A charming yet spacious cottage

Designed by Young Architects of the Year NORD in 2012 as part of a conversion project, this well-crafted space combines style with substance. Inside you’ll find four bedrooms, two bedrooms, a large sitting room and contemporary design details throughout.

30,000 acres of wilderness

Guests have immediate access to the expansive wilderness forest and moorland of the Glen Dye Estate. Situated on the banks of the River Dye, this fabled location is a stone’s throw from the tor of Clachnaben and Cairn o’ Mount mountain pass.

Something special for everyone

No.5 is also home to The Smiddy, a traditional stone building with a private games space for you to enjoy. There’s also a secluded outdoor space with a Swedish wood fired hot tub, Big Green Egg BBQ, firebowl and seating area.

No.5 Steading Cottage details







Rental type

Self-catering holiday let


150 sqm



Year completed



Dogs welcome


About halfway between the Cairngorms and the coast

On the doorstep

In the heart of the Glen Dye Estate

Nearest town

Banchory (14 km)

Nearest cities

Aberdeen (45 km), Edinburgh (165 km)

By train

Stonehaven or Aberdeen are the closest stations

Train to house transport

Speak with the Glen Dye team to arrange collection/drop off

By car

A scenic drive through this part of Scotland

Electric vehicle hire

Available from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen

Electric vehicle charging

Yes, available at Glen Dye HQ

3-nights in June


7-nights in June


3-nights in December


7-nights in December


To book

Visit Glen Dye’s site for availability and booking


Usually booked months in advance

Rental type

Entire house, Self-catering

Our favourites in the area

Morning, Afternoon, Evening. With an abundance of woodland trails, wild swimming spots and acres of moorland, Glen Dye has something for those in need of a relaxing break, an adventure or a bit of both. Here’s a selection of favourite places as recommended by the Glen Dye team.

River Dye swim


River Dye swim

It might be a little chilly, but the River Dye has plenty of tranquil spots fit for a daytime dip. The estate’s on-site team of wilderness experts will show you where to go.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

Big Green Egg


A feast for friends & family

Gather your loved ones and use your very own Big Green Egg barbecue to grill the seasonal produce you bought at the estate to perfection.

The Glen Dye Arms BYOB


The Glen Dye Arms BYOB

Post-BBQ, journey on down to The Glen Dye Arms, the estate’s very own pub. You can chat with other guests or enjoy an evening of music, games and cheer with your friends and family.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

Sauna relaxation


Sauna relaxation

You’ll find a Swedish wood-fired sauna nestled amongst the trees; head down there after a day of activity or sneak off for a bit of down-time during the day.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

Estate wander


Estate wander

You could easily spend your entire stay exploring everything the estate has to offer, but if you’re looking to stray further afield, head over to the Cairngorms– the UK’s largest National Park.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

Dunnottar Castle


Dunnottar Castle

Immerse yourself in the history of this old fortress on Scotland’s east coast. To get there, stroll along the loop from Stonehaven Bay, through woodland to the castle’s ruins.

35 km・Get directions

Covid-19: Follow local guidelines and check opening hours before travel

The house and surrounding area

It’s available in 20 days

7 nights

Monday 21 February Monday 28 February 2022

£1,445 total

All bookings take place through the house owner’s website. Availability, details and URL are live and correct at time of posting.

Find out more

Learn more about this house and its availability.

Glen Dye No.5 Steading Cottage credits
Photography: Department Two, Richard Gaston, Connor Mollison