Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our guests, readers and followers.  I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and welcome to my first blog of 2020!  It is hard to believe that we are into January already!  Just yesterday I was noticing that it was ever so slightly lighter for longer during the day than it normally is – I like to believe that spring time is slowly approaching!!

We have been dog sitting recently  so it has been just lovely to get out for some lovely long walks and enjoy the beautiful area that we live in.  Holly absolutely loves a trip to the beach and loves nothing more than chasing after a ball or having a swim in the sea!  There are so many great places which are just on our doorstep so it is nice to have the chance to get out and enjoy them!  We had some lovely walks at Haddo House over the holidays – Haddo is just over 5 miles from us so not far to travel at all!  We also had a lovely walk from Foveran to Hackley Bay recently too.

If you are thinking about your next holiday or even a few nights away then check out our availability and start planning this today!  We look forward to welcoming you back and also to welcoming new guests in 2020!

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Merry Christmas Wishes!

We would just like to wish all our guests and followers a wonderful Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year! Thank you so much as always for your continued support throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2020.  I always love looking at this picture from 2010 when we had so much snow that we could not clear the drive fast enough!

With very best wishes for the festive season.

Jim & Martha

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Aberdeen Christmas Village

This weekend we are planning on heading to the Christmas Village for some festive cheer!  The Village is back again this year at Broad Street and will be on until the end of the month.  There is lots of things to do for all the family including an open air ice rink for those who like ice skating, fairground rides, Santa’s Grotto and this year, there is a Friends of ANCHOR Silent Disco Adventure!  Looking forward to browsing some of the stalls in the Quad market in Marischal College.

There is also the Twelve Days of Christmas Wooden Sculpture trail which is back again this year.  Find the 12 totem poles which have been created by local chainsaw wood carver Gary Shand.  A great activity for all the family to get involved in.

For more information about what is on and when, check out the Aberdeen City Brochure below which is full of information.



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Aberdeen Christmas Tree Switch on

If you are around Aberdeen later on tonight then why not head along to the Castlegate to see the Christmas Tree Switch on at 7.00pm.  The tree has been kindly donated from Aberdeens twin town Stavanger in Norway.  There will be a short carol service with civic guests from Aberdeen and Norway which will take place before the lights are switched on.  There will also be entertainment from Tutti Voices (Aberdeen Performing Arts), who are part of the APA Creative Learning Programme, and Gospelkoret Abraham a choir group from Stavanger.

And today also sees the opening of the Christmas Village.  Open now until the 31st December, there is certainly plenty of time to head along and visit this.

So why not head along and see the lights being switched on the tree tonight ahead of the Christmas Light switch on which is scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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My Favourite Beach!

It is nice to see the sunshine the last few days and when it is like this, I love nothing more than heading out for a walk along the beach!  I have posted many blogs from Balmedie Beach – it is our nearest beach and it is also my favourite one!  Balmedie is only just over 10 miles from the Bothy and is a wonderful beach to go and have a wander along.

Balmedie is part of the Country Park and is a flat, sandy beach with sand dunes to the rear of the beach.  It has won several Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Awards.  It has wonderful dunes and a lovely long sandy beach.  It is easily accessible via the wooden boardwalk and there is plenty parking too.  A superb beach for everyone!  Whether that is taking the dog a walk, letting the kids run about or for you just to take in the great outdoors and listen to the sound of the sea.

It has been cold the last few days but nothing beats getting all wrapped up and getting out for a walk along this lovely beach.  A must if you are in or near the area!

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Johnston Gardens

This is a picture of Johnston Gardens which is located just off of Viewfield Road.  It is such a lovely park to have a wee wander around, especially at this time of year when the leaves are all changing colour.  It is also close to the Gordon Highlanders Museum, so it is an ideal place to go after visiting the museum.

It is full of wonderful trees, streams, rockeries and a bridge in the middle.  The garden has won the Britain in Bloom competition and hosts a wonderful selection of plants.  There is also a duck pond where you can sit and watch the ducks while admiring the wonderful plants.

Why not take a visit over the next few days – the weather looks to be nice over the weekend so a great opportunity to get out and enjoy it!

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Christmas Craft Fair at Haddo House

This weekend, Haddo House are hosting their Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am.  For those that like to be organised and plan their Christmas shopping in advance, this is a great opportunity to make a start!  There will be raffles on the day and entry is only £3.00 for adults.

So why not pop along and get into the festive spirit and make a start on that Christmas list!

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