Cowden Farmhouse is located in a picturesque rural area on the east coast of Scotland, 7 miles south of the lovely seaside town of Stonehaven - home to the spectacular Dunnottar Castle and birthplace of the famous deep fried Mars Bar!
Cowden Farmhouse is dog friendly, and enjoys unsurpassed peace and privacy in it's own secluded location away from our main farm activity. It's accessed by a half mile long, private drive, and lies in the heart of our fields with spectacular, far reaching views from it's elevated position, and has only our sheep and herd of Icelandic Horses for neighbours!
The 1.8 acres of beautifully designed mature gardens offer a combination of lawns, woodland areas and decking, surrounded by gorgeous beech hedges - home to a multitude of birds. To enable our guests to enjoy the outside spaces to their maximum. The outdoor space includes a cute summer house, a Weber gas barbeque, outdoor dining, garden furniture, hammocks and a fire pit.
We've put a lot of thought into equipping Cowden Farmhouse with everything our guests could need, from a boot jack and umbrella in the front porch, to an insulated picnic bag and freezer blocks for picnics. The kitchen has all the appliances you'd require to whip up a five course meal, (you're on holiday - why would you?!) and we provide all of the sundry items from washing powder to olive oil. The only shopping you'll need to do is for your food and drink!
The heart of the house is a communal sitting area with a log burning stove, open to the well equipped, traditional farm kitchen. The sun lounge also forms part of this space, & is home to a large dining table & spectacular views, and leads directly out onto to some decking - perfect for morning coffee or evening drinks!
Also on the ground floor, there is a large bathroom, (roll top bath with hand held shower) the Master bedroom, (king sized bed) a single bedroom and a lounge - furnished with 3 sofas and a 50" television with dvd player. (selection of dvds and family board games provided) The lounge is a great place for everybody to chill out in the evening, and has an external door leading to the summer house and bbq area. Accessed from the lounge is a further versatile room which has 2 sofa beds, allowing it to be used as additional sleeping quarters, or as social space.
Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms ( 1 King and 1 twin) and a shower room. Quality, comortable beds, feather duvets and luxurious bed linen ensure a sound, comfortable night, and the wonderful views from the bedroom windows are always a talking point!
EATING IN / EATING OUT
South Aberdeenshire is renowned for it's wealth of top quality food and drink. From freshly caught seafood, to prime beef, fresh vegetables, soft fruits, and a drink to round off the day, it's all available from several excellent farm shops nearby, and can be brought home to cook on the large kitchen range, or barbecued out on the decking.
But, if it's cook's night off, we're lucky to have a multi award winning fish and chip shop, and also a multi award winning Indian restaurant and take away, within easy reach. There are also a great selection of restaurants in Stonehaven, Royal Deeside and Aberdeen.
THINGS TO DO
Some of our guests barely leave Cowden Farmhouse - finding the peace and relaxation provides everything they're looking for in a holiday, but others find it to be the perfect base for getting 'out and about' to see all the area has to offer. It's ideally placed for easy access to superb beaches and into the countryside - for gentle walks or cycling, and for the more adventurous guests there are great hill walks and challenging mountain bike trails within easy reach.Depending on the time of the year, shooting and fishing is widely available in the area, and can be arranged.
Just 7 miles away from Cowden Farmhouse is Stonehaven - a lovely seaside town with a picturesque harbour - offering a great choice of pubs and restaurants. Stonehaven is home to the famous Dunnottar Castle - a partly ruined medieval fortress, located out on a spectacular rocky headland. Featured as the location for 'Hamlet', starring Mel Gibson, the castle is an impressive sight, and well worth a visit.
The town's other great attraction is the Olympic sized, heated sea water, outdoor swimming pool. It's sheltered sun terraces, on-site cafe and midnight swim sessions are great fun the whole family. Adjacent to the outdoor pool is an indoor leisure centre, with another swimming pool, badminton courts and fitness rooms.
Further afield at Crathes (20 miles) is 'Go Ape' treetop rope course - an unusual and exhilarating workout in the forest canopy! These are just a few examples of things to do...there are many more!