... Sold

The Old Post Office, Crathie Ballater Aberdeenshire AB35

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Mortgage calculator Ref: BAN170147
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 2 receptions

A traditional extended cottage with a 2.5 acre paddock at a famous tourist hub

The house was built circa 200 years ago by the seller’s family and has been in their continuous ownership. When Queen Victoria came to the throne they manned the telephone exchange and sold stamps to the Queen and others and it remained a post office for 175 years.

The house is on two floors and has a commanding southerly outlook over the Dee Valley to Balmoral Estate and Lochnagar in the distance. This is one of the most iconic house situations in Scotland. The world famous Crathie Kirk, which the royal family attend whilst in Scotland, is adjacent. The house includes a traditional BT red telephone box in the grounds and a letter box which still has a daily collection.

The house has a backdrop of mature broad leaved and coniferous trees including 3 magnificent Douglas Fir trees planted in 1921 by the seller’s grandfather, one of 7 children raised in the cottage in the 1900’s.

The house is quite comfortable; the former cottage has been extended twice, once to add on the post office (which might have potential for other uses such as a tea room or shop), whilst probably in the 1960’s a kitchen and shower room were added to the north. The dining room is pine panelled and includes an alcove which was formerly a box bed.

This property has 3.6 acres of land.


Adjacent to the house are some 3.6 acres of grounds, mostly a former paddock, and a bank of trees where the water supply rises. The sellers have rented a further 1.8 acres off the adjacent estate for 200 years

In the grounds is a timber frame and tin clad garage.


Braemar 9 miles, Ballater 8 miles, Aberdeen 50 miles

Crathie is a small hamlet lying midway between Ballater and Braemar, with its own primary school. The property is in the Cairngorms National Park with all its tourism promotion. The property is on the A93 and benefits from a public bus service to Aberdeen.


From Aberdeen take the A93 North Deeside road through Aboyne and Ballater. The house is about 8 miles west of Ballater opposite the junction to the Crathie bridge. From the south take the A93 from Perth through Braemar. 9 miles east of Braemar the house is on the left.

Other Features

  • A historical building dating back 200 years with royal connections
  • Fantastic Views over the Dee Valley to Balmoral estate and Lochnagar in the distance
  • Living room
  • Panelled dining room
  • Kitchen
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • 3.6 acres of adjacent land

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