Gairnshiel Lodge and Cottages

© Gairnshiel Lodge 2014

Conditions of Booking

Your reservation should be for holiday purposes only unless otherwise agreed in writing. Gairnshiel Lodge and Cottages should not be used for stag parties, hen parties, weddings or any special event without prior discussion and written agreement by the Owners. Your contract is between you and the Owner of the property, Archie and Justine Buchanan and is subject to the following conditions.

Your holiday house

You can arrive at your accommodation after 1600 hours on the start date of your holiday and you must have vacated the property by 1000 hours on your final day. If you anticipate being much later than 1600 hours, please contact the Owners to let them know and to make alternative arrangements. If you fail to do so, you may be unable to gain access to the property.

You agree to keep the house clean and tidy and leave it in a similar condition of cleanliness to when you arrived. Any additional cleaning of the property, following your departure, beyond the normal amount reasonably required, may be charged as extra. The numbers in your party must never exceed the stated house capacity detailed below, except by prior written agreement.

Gairnshiel Lodge maximum capacity - 25 persons

Morven Cottage maximum capacity - 4 persons

Corndavon Cottage maximum capacity - 4 persons


We regret that pets are not allowed in the Lodge or Lodge grounds and must not be brought and kept in the car.

Fuel Included

Where fuel is included in the rental this does not mean ‘unlimited’. Central heating systems will be set on timers for certain periods of the day to keep the house acceptably comfortable in all seasons. For those who have special requirements outside the above parameters, it is possible to pay a supplement for additional fuel and central heating. A small supply of logs for the wood burning stove will be provided and extra can be purchased locally.


Gairnshiel Cottages are strictly Non – Smoking. To respect the wishes of both smokers and non-smokers, please do not abuse the no smoking regulations of the houses. If this is breached, there will be an extra charge levied to cover the cost

of soft furnishings and carpet cleaning.

Your reservation

You must be 21 years or over when you book this accommodation. The Owners have the right to refuse any reservation prior to the issuing of any confirmation in writing.


If you have to cancel your reservation you must contact the Owners as soon as the reason for the cancellation occurs. You must also confirm your cancellation in writing or by email. Deposits and balances are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation  unless we are able to re let the time in question. If we are able to re let we will provide a refund less an administration fee of £70. The Owners advise that you ensure that your holiday insurance covers you for this. Please see Making our data sheet “Making a booking” for further information on our cancellation policy.


In signing the booking form you agree to indemnify the Owners against all loss and damage arising directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, or any other person accompanying you or any member of your party.

The Owner of Gairnshiel Cottages is insured against loss or injury through their negligence. In the absence of any negligence or other breach of duty by the Owner, the use by Tenants of any house or its facilities is entirely at their own risk.


The contract between you and the Owner is subject to Scots Law and is formed in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.