We have really enjoyed our stay at the Bothy. It’s been warm and comfortable and so peaceful. We have stayed in the area on numerous occasions but had no idea that you could see the seals at Newburgh. The seals are still there in their hundreds! We’ve been very lucky during our stay to see eagles, deer, stoats and pine martens. Will recommend the Bothy to friends and family. Liz and Ian, London, October 2016.
We booked the Bothy at short notice as my sister lives in Ellon. Martha & Jim were extremely helpful in getting this sorted. We had a lovely week away visiting a new area for us. Nice & cosy to return to. We will be back! Pete, Sue & Jet, Essex, October 2016.
The Bothy was visited by Syd Taylor who lived in Seaton Cottage as it was known then as a child and young adult. Great memories. Many thanks to Martha & Jim who allowed him to view the cottage and listened to his memories. Syd writes: “Spent the happiest days of my life here” – notwithstanding his marriage!
Syd Taylor, Brisbane, September 2016
NOTE: Jim and Martha were privileged to meet Syd and to spend time hearing about his time at the Bothy. We hope he will get the chance to spend a night here if he is back in Scotland.
After travelling up from South Wales, we were delighted to receive such a warm & friendly welcome from Martha, who had also provided a welcoming tray enabling us to have a cuppa without having to hunt high & low for supplies. The Bothy is ideal for two people providing a comfortable base for touring the area. We did not cook whilst staying at the Bothy as we had made a decision to take in the local eateries whilst exploring the area, so on our travels we enjoyed a wonderfully cooked sirloin steak in the Cornkist in Ellon, as well as an excellent Sunday Carvery in the Buchan Hotel in Ellon.
We visited a range of lovely fishing towns & villages taking in both the Coastal Route and the Castle Route, visiting Fraserburgh, Stonehaven, Falls of Feugh, Dunnottar Castle (need to be fit for this one!!), Inverurie, Banchory, Ballater and as far afield as Arbroath to enjoy fresh hot smokies out of the kiln in the delightful harbour in the town.
The area is peaceful & relaxing and provided my husband and I with an opportunity to recharge our batteries. Thank you Martha for a lovely break. Paula & Jeremy, South Wales, September 2016
So glad we found the Bothy. Up from the South to visit friends and family and it was an ideal base for us. Plus great weather, breakfasts at the front of the Bothy, and every kindness from Martha. Do hope to come again! Stephen & Marcia, Suffolk, September 2016.
Huge thanks to Martha for having us for a few days. We really, simply needed a break away from it all and we certainly have enjoyed this cosy and comfortable wee Bothy. Originally from Methlick, we enjoyed this wee home from home – the peace and quiet, the lovely colours in all the trees and plants. Much of our time was spent reading and enjoying the quiet. We also took some time out at Pitmedden Garden – gorgeous as always. Enjoyed with a lovely fresh mint tea and a ‘fancy piece’. Thanks again for our safe haven! Kayleigh & Robert, Newry August 2016.
Had a delightful stay at The Bothy this week. Saw many local things including the Newburgh Nature Reserve & beach, the seals at the mouth of the Ythan, Tolquhon Castle (definitely worth a look!), Haddo House and especially the grounds where we saw 2 red squirrels. The Prop of Ythsie (first right after Tolquhon Castle, it is a tower open to the public which is a steep climb but the views from the top are amazing!) and the stone circle across the road from this and we also visited Pitmedden Gardens and Ellon.
Further afield, we visited Slain’s Castle near Cruden Bay, an RSPB sponsored Dolphin Watch in Aberdeen, the city of Aberdeen and Braemar Castle and the Nature Reserve there. We’ve loved Pitmedden and the Bothy and will be returning! Also, the welcome tray was a lovely touch. For our first visit to Scotland, this was perfect. Thank you Martha for all your help. Matthew & Megan, Oxfordshire, August 2016
Enjoyed our stay at “The Bothy”. Well worth the trip from Cornwall. Thank you Martha. Malcolm & Shirley, Cornwall, July 2016.
The Bothy has been a wonderfully comfortable and well-equipped base for a most enjoyable week. Despite mixed weather, we have been out and about every day. Visited 3 National Trust properties – Haddo, Leith Hall and of course, Pitmedden Garden. Most amazing sight of the week was a colony of hundreds of seals (no exaggeration!) on a Sandbank in the Ythan Estuary. Thanks to Martha & Jim for making us feel welcome. The welcome tray on arrival set the tone for the whole week! Janet & Brian, Dunblane, June 2016
Our return visit has been really comfortable and warm, much appreciated as the weather has been quite harsh this week. Many thanks to Martha for the welcome tray on our arrival and our grand-daughter loved the Fredo Frog chocs when visiting ‘the pretty wee hoosie’ once again.
This visit we can recommend a visit to Torry Battery on Thursday and Saturday mornings with the RSPB from 11am for a few hours Dolphin Watching with the Rangers. They provide binoculars for a small donation in their collection box and provide you with lots of info about the Bottle Nose Dolphins and other harbour visitors. Follow the coast road a bit further and you come to Doonies Farm, a rare breed centre for farm animals – well worth a visit. We will be back! Thanks once again. Debs & Eric, Conventry, April 2016
Great stay at the Bothy. Nice and quiet. Martha and Jim were great hosts. Will definitely be back. Kenny & Irene, Inverness, April 2016
Really enjoyed our stay. Very welcoming, cosy and well equipped. Visited lots of lovely places – weather has been great for this time of year. Thanks for recommending Eat on the Green – fabulous place. We will definitely be returning – thank you. Karen & Paul, South Yorkshire, March 2016
Lovely warm welcome, really enjoyed our short stay in the Bothy. Weather was good, plenty to do and see in the area. Much appreciated wee break. Many thanks. Suzie and John, Blairgowrie, February 2016
Thank you for the lovely welcome and introduction to such a perfect wee place. It has been ideal for visiting family, who I don’t see as often as I’d like. We’ve revisited my childhood haunts and loved every minute of it. The Bothy is a cosy, warm retreat and the log fire wonderful. There are too many fantastic places to mention – get out there and have an adventure! Debbie and Craig, Lancashire, October 2015
Second visit to the Bothy. Very comfortable and cosy. Good position for visiting in the area. The weather was kind. Thanks to Martha for cakes and milk... we could have stayed longer!! Moira & Terry, Abernethy, October 2015
Lovely stay in the Bothy. The weather has been very kind. We have visited National Trust houses, loved Pitmedden Garden. We’ve followed the coastal trail from Stonehaven to Banff – over a few days. Forvie has been a wonderful place to visit and we’ve had a couple of days there. Seen seals, hundreds of birds, and on Friday the Pink Footed Geese have been flying over from Iceland. Fabulous… Thank you. Rachel and Ian, Sheffield, September 2015
We’ve had a lovely comfortable stay here. Came to see the new grandson and celebrate two other special birthdays. Everything here has been so generously appointed with lots of thoughtful details. So nice to be welcomed with biscuits and milk and the electric blanket has been a much appreciated luxury!! Thank you Martha for all your thoughtfulness! Diana & Bob, Bolton, September 2015
We had a good week here, weather was generally very good (a couple of rainy days of course!), but this didn’t spoil our holiday as there is so much to see and do! We went to Loch Ness, Inverness, Stonehaven, Aberdeen and particularly the beautiful northern coast. Highly recommend Fennel at Inverurie for a quality meal out, best to book. Andy & Bev, Norfolk, August 2015
A super week in the Bothy, the sun has shone all week. Location perfect for visiting our daughter. A lovely place to relax. Graham & Lesley Lincolnshire, August 2015
We had a lovely week in the Bothy. It is comfortable, warm and central. Lots of nice walks and made welcome by friendly people. Charlie & Kim, heading back to Nigeria, August 2015
We too have visited a lot of NT properties, all worth while. Everybody was very friendly and helpful. Walking around Pitmedden Estate much appreciated. Staying in the Bothy has been lovely. Helen & Barry, North Wales, July 2015
Thank you for a comfortable week at The Bothy. To dodge the rain we have now managed to visit all the NTS properties in the North East of Scotland! It was nice to re-visit old haunts like Newburgh. We also saw otters off the Bridge of Don. Alan and Anna, Northumberland, July 2015
We are on first name terms with the Robin! Thank you for everything. Betty & Dougie, Shetland, July 2015
We had a great week of boogie boarding (Fraserburgh), hiking (Mither Tap), exploring (Banff to Dunnotar) and rambling about. Love the trees and green and easy going folks. Watched the seals near Newburgh, fought the traffic in Aberdeen, and scoped out pubs! - Pitmedden, Old Meldrum ((Jocks), Ellon (Brew Dog and Toll House). The Bothy was comfortable and the hosts were kind. Hope to return here again to Scottish Paradise. Lesley & Linda, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 2015
We spent a very lovely long weekend in this enjoyable place. The weather was nice and we had a chance to visit Pitmedden Gardens and a walk through the woods too. Martha is one of the best and the most welcoming person that you can meet in your life! Thank you very much for everything. Rosario and Maria, Italy, May 2015
Thank you for a comfortable and cosy stay in the Bothy. Sorry we missed you but maybe next time we stay we shall meet. Thanks again. Peter & Mary, Nottinghamshire, May 2015.
Thank you Martha for a very pleasant and cosy few days at your lovely Bothy. It has given us very welcome respite. Loved the beach at Newburgh. Fiona & Joyce, April 2015.
Martha, thank you for your welcome to Pitmedden Bothy - comfortable and well equipped. Also, this was extremely well situated for easy exploration of most of the NTS properties in the area. Con & Bridie, Blantyre, April 2015.
We absolutely have loved our stay in the Bothy or the Pretty wee Hoosie as our granddaughter age 5 has described it when visiting us. The Bothy is well equipped, very comfortable and well located for tourist attractions. We can highly recommend Haddo House. Mrs. Smith's café just off the car park does lovely homemade soup and wonderful cup cakes. Thanks Martha for making us so welcome. We will definitely book again. Debs & Eric, Coventry, April 2015.
Had a lovely week's stay. Lovely to come back to Bothy at night. Will definitely come back. Pauline and Malachy, London, April 2015
Many thanks for the use of the Bothy. Thank you for the welcome tray. Ideal base for visiting. Enjoyed the wind blown visit to the beach, and saw hundreds of seals and many eider ducks. Hope to return. Joan & Michael, Cumbria, March 2015
A lovely comfortable and cosy little cottage. Great area. Very handy for visiting our niece who is in Ellon. Thank you for a lovely visit. Dawn & Joy, March 2015
A perfect introduction to Scotland for our daughter Celeste who will be studying in Aberdeen for a term. The beaches, the castles and the weather have been quite magical. We hope to return soon. Kathryn, Rob & Celeste, British Columbia, Canada, January 2015
We were here for a short visit, but found two great walks. A lovely cottage with everything you need and Martha gave a very warm welcome. Hope to visit again, Ian & Meg, Glasgow, December 2014.
We had a very enjoyable stay! Lots of lovely walks with Gypsy our dog, to Pitmedden House Gardens. Good bus service for Aberdeen Town. Thank you!! Jane & Steve Gerrity & our doggie Gypsy, November 2014.
We enjoyed our stay at the Bothy while visiting relatives in Ellon. Warm and comfortable and very central for touring around Aberdeenshire. Holly loved the beach walks! Joyce and Tom, Glasgow, November 2014
It has been great here! The Bothy has everything you need. We were here for five days and it is all excellent. Very easy to get to Aberdeen and the village is very nice. Will come back again. It was nice to have tea and cookies ready for you after a long drive and a long flight! Thank you. Jeff & Gillian, Pennsylvania, USA, October 2014
We’ve had a lovely four days at the Bothy. Martha was very welcoming when we arrived. It was great to come back to the Bothy at night after visiting relatives and friends. Pitmedden is a lovely “wee” village. We have sent photo’s of the Bothy to friends in America, who are all impressed with it. May be one day you will have visitors from Missouri!. Once again thank you Martha for your hospitality. We would certainly come back again and will recommend it to friends and family in Australia.
Helen & Les Mathieson, Melbourne, Australia, September 2014.
Wonderful stay in the Bothy. Enjoyed exploring the area including seeing the seals. Spectacular scenery along the coastline and inland. It was nice to come back to the Bothy each night and relax in such comfortable, peaceful surroundings. Thank you for the welcome tray! Sue & Jeremy, Yorkshire, September 2014
Stayed here for 7 weeks whilst waiting to move down to Carnoustie. Enjoyed the peace and quiet and managed to get some good work on my new photography website under my belt. A warm welcome and Martha is ever friendly!. Paul Robertson, August-September 2014
Have enjoyed a lovely week in the comfortable little ‘home from home’ Bothy. Good weather has been a bonus although we’re not too keen on ‘The Haar’ which has apparently been quite plentiful in Aberdeen compared to the usual! Nice to have a good view and seat to enjoy it outside. The ‘welcome’ cakes were much enjoyed! Very quiet place! Roy & Gill, Bristol, July 2014
We’ve had a lovely week at the Bothy. Lots of walks and the weather has been a bonus. Hope to bee back again. Thanks for everything. Robert & Olive, Co Tyrone, N. Ireland, July 2014
Thank you for a very comfortable stay… and to Jillian for help with the washing. A lovely retreat after great days out in Fyvie Castle, Haddo House, Portsoy, Gardenstown etc. and also a chance to meet up with relatives living in this area – the Gordon clan. Richard & Wilma, Norfolk, July 2014.
The Bothy is a wonderful place to relax after days exploring this beautiful area. Collieston, Ellon along the river, the sand dunes at Balmeddie, Tarves, Inverurie, Pitmedden Gardens etc! Thanks Martha for all your help. Ron and Glenda, Melbourne, Australia, June 2014
I was travelling from Cornwall to Ellon to help my son and family move house and having stayed at The Bothy before, emailed Martha. I was lucky and she arranged a 3 night short-notice booking for me. The Bothy was far more suitable than a hotel or guest house, as I could bring my grandchildren there, giving them some time away from the disruption of the house move back at their home. Conversely it gave me time to myself in a relaxing atmosphere. I hope to stay again with husband: it really is an ideal place and so nice to be able to self-cater rather than the regime of hotel or guest house. Rosemary, Cornwall, June 2014
Well, what can I say! The Bothy became our home as we relocated to Aberdeen – we loved the area so much we bought a house just up the road. I have to say that this little place became our haven as we started a new job and went house-hunting. We were glad to get back each night to our cosy retreat.
Martha & Jim have been so kind and nothing has been too much trouble for them They have certainly gone above and beyond. I don’t think we could have done any of the massive changes if they hadn’t been so helpful.
We will always remember our time here and the lovely introduction to Aberdeenshire. (Don’t tell anyone how good the weather is – they never believe you anyway! Thank you! Tracy & Steve, Feb-May 2014
What a lovely place and made even more special by Martha’s hospitality. An ideal base to visit Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and I hope that we will be back. Thank you! Neil and Anne, Strathaven, January 2014
We had a lovely, cosy little get away with our newborn son. Thank you – it is a charming little Bothy! Jake, Hanna and Arwyn, Aberdeenshire, December 2013
Thank you again. It’s a pity it is always work that brings me here but at least we have a cosy quiet place to come home to at night! The Nazina Indian restaurant in Ellon opposite the library is excellent! Jean & Tom, November 2013
Wonderful place to stay. Thank you to Martha for her fantastic hospitality. The log burner has been lovely and very relaxing in the evenings. We have enjoyed visiting the amazing beaches, the stunning cairngorms, Loch Ness, Inverness, Aberdeen and the lighthouse at Fraserburgh. The weather has also been amazing with mostly blue skies throughout our stay. Thank you so much again! Laura & Charlie, October 2013.
Thank you for your hospitality and the warm welcome. The sweets were delicious – thank you for that. The Bothy is a nice place to stay for two people. It has everything a couple needs. You can reach many places from here. There are a lot of beautiful golf courses in the neighbourhood when you like golf! As we do! Thank you for all and till another time… Cecile & Arlie, The Netherlands, October 2013.
Beautiful Bothy, well equipped and the perfect location! I can’t tell you how nice it was to have a tea, biccies and chocolate ready for us after our long drive! Would definitely recommend it to our stressed out city friends. Lorraine, Joe & Dylan, October 2013.
We enjoyed a relaxing, comfortable stay in this cosy Bothy. The weather has been kind and we have had some lovely walks – a visit to Dunnottar Castle, climbing Bennachie, and enjoying the long beaches and sand dunes at Forvie. Many thanks. Elly & Jim, Fife, October 2013
Very relaxing break – peaceful but with plenty to do in the area. Appreciated a return visit to the beautiful bay at Forvie and other areas along the scenic/stunning coastline. The tennis club is very hospitable (contact the secretary beforehand) & John enjoyed his cycling in the area. The Bothy was/had everything we needed: hospitality much appreciated. Shirley & John, Kilmarnock, October 2013.
First in with the new heating system! Very cosy and welcoming. Enjoyed our walks, looked up old friends – and the weather has been a bonus! Thanks Martha! Christine & Iain, Kelso, September 2013
Truly enjoyed our stay at the Bothy!! Pitmedden is a lovely village and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed and fallen in love with Aberdeen!! Thanks Martha! Sue & Chris, Wakefield, September 2013
We very much enjoyed the welcoming peacefulness of Pitmedden Bothy in this beautiful area, and the warm welcome extended to us by Martha. Ian & Maureen, Stranraer, September 2013
Have had a lovely few days at the Bothy! Very warm welcome and will be back for sure!! Thanks once again. Kenny & Callum, Kilmarnock, August 2013
Very enjoyable week based in the Bothy. Certainly plenty to se and do. We managed to take in castles, beaches, distilleries, walking the peaks and enjoying the wildlife. Dunnotter Castle was magical especially with a piper! The coast at Collieston, Cruden Bay and Rattray were so quiet and peaceful. Rattray Head was reached by a trek along a long track but was well worth the trek! Seabirds were the only population on the deserted miles of sandy beach. Peter & Julia, Wantage, August 2013.
Late availability weeks beginning 12th and 19th July 2014 due to cancellation.
Only here for a few days but felt very at home straight away. A lovely quiet getaway. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Jo & Martin, Hove, August 2013
Very pleasant stay. Had a lovely week and we had a very warm welcome. Would come back. Thank you Martha & Jim. Kevin & Linda, Darlington, August 2013
The Bothy was a nice base for us to look at the Grampians and the Highlands. We travelled right up to John O’Groats – the coast road was beautiful and a run over to Loch Ness on all the B roads was a delight! Thank you Martha for your warm welcome and the goodies – much appreciated… a memorable stay. Kay & Graham, Canberra, Australia July 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Bothy and wish we could have stayed one more week! We did quite a lot of travelling around and enjoyed every bit of it! The sun shone throughout our two-week stay and it was lovely. We will be going back to France with our minds full of sweet memories! We will gladly recommend this cosy, peaceful retreat! Many thanks again for your hospitality! Frederique and Kenny, France, July 2013
You can do a lot from here! Cruden Bay, Loch of Strathbeg, Tolquhon Castle; Acquorthies Stone Circle, Bennachie, Leith Hall Gardens, Fyvie Castle, Pitmedden Gardens and Loanhead of Daviot Stone Circle (see Bill’s poem on our Blog Page) …Terrific and we ate out! Many thanks to Martha & Jim who have been most kind. Bill and Anne, Cumbria, July 2013
Wonderful place to stay – goodies on arrival much appreciated. Thoroughly enjoyed all our visits to the National Trust properties. This Bothy was a really good base for all the travelling around that we did. Thanks once again. Elizabeth & Graham, June 2013
Thank you Martha for your welcoming hospitality. A very peaceful and cosy place to stay after a long day’s work. Will gladly recommend.
Richard, Buckinghamshire, May 2013
Thank you Martha for your gift of hospitality in your welcome and the food. We enjoyed our time in the wonderful home of peace and sanctuary you have created in Pitmedden Bothy, as we reconnected with family.
Carol & Gerry, London, Canada, April 2013.
Thank you Martha for the warm welcome. Our second time here, and we have enjoyed our stay at the Bothy, and being able to explore the lovely area around here. The Bothy has been the perfect retreat to come home to.
Barb & Steve, Staines, April 2013
Beautiful little Bothy! Was just what we needed, perfect in every way. Peaceful location – was great to get away from the busy city life. Thank you. Laura & Gez, Edinburgh, November 2012.
A friendly host. Much appreciated welcome tray. Comfy bed with toasty electric blankets! Elaine & Campbell, York, October 2012
The Bothy is a unique little detached cottage perfect for two. A quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Pitmedden handy for grocery shop, pub, restaurant – all within walking distance. Hope to return next year. Richard and Rose, Cornwall, Sept 2012