Self-catering accommodation for two on Royal Deeside

Quiet, rural retreat with wildlife on your doorstep

The Property

Sandy's Annex

Dating back over 150 years, Sandy's used to be the servants' quarters to the main house of Tilquhillie Cottage. Newly refurbished and renovated, the annex benefits from double glazing, underfloor heating, electric radiators and well-insulated walls. The new shower room and separate WC both have underfloor heating. While Sandy's has its own front door, there is a (locked) connecting door to the main house through which there may be sound transfer.


The roomy bedroom can be made up as either a king or twin bed. and underfloor heating completes the cosy feel. An original Victorian fireplace that was rescued from the main house creates a lovely ornamental feature in the room. An electric radiator can be used to boost the heat when needed on those winter days. Bed linen, towels, extra pillows, blankets and a hairdryer are provided as standard.

Kitchen/ Living room

A well-equipped kitchen/ living room is the perfect retreat after a day out in the glorious countryside. A cosy room, with underfloor heating and an electric radiator to boost the heat when needed on winter days. Equipment includes a microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, electric range-style cooker, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle as well as starter amounts of washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs and washing liquid. 

Plenty of storage space enables you to stock up on local produce from the wide range of shops in Banchory. There is a small dining table and chairs as well as a two-seater leather sofa and wall mounted Smart TV.

Garden & Wildlife

For your canine friends that may be travelling with you, Sandy's has access to a large fenced garden, looking out onto the lane. A one meter fence encloses the entire garden, making a secure area for dogs to explore but determined escape artists will need supervision. 

Part of the garden looks out onto farm fields where cows graze and deer roam. Red squirrels, woodpeckers and a wide variety of other wild birds frequent the feeders. You may even be fortunate enough to see the shy pine martens that also feed in the garden. 

A south-facing seating area provides a sheltered place to enjoy morning coffee, leisurely lunch or dinner on warm summer evenings. On colder evenings, a wood burning stove, taken from the house, can also top up heat with wood provided.

Guest Review

"This is an absolutely beautiful property in a stunning location. Perfectly suited for a quiet break away. We were able to enjoy our morning coffee watching red squirrels and a woodpecker from the kitchen window. Sarah and Simon were fantastic hosts giving us lots of information about the local area. They were also particularly helpful in suggesting a local taxi company to take us to an event we were attending nearby. We won't hesitate to return and explore more of this beautiful area. A perfect find!"