Guests could find themselves in exceptionally good company when they stay at the Auld Kirk Bed & Breakfast in Ballater. It’s in the heart of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms, where the Queen spends her Balmoral breaks every summer. In season, ‘Royal spotting’ is as much of a sport as golf and trout fishing round and about.
The Auld Kirk bed & breakfast with The Coffee Lounge as a complementary business, together offering AA 4 Star Gold accommodation. The property, a converted Victorian church, has seven guest bedrooms, a mixture of double, twin and family rooms, all with en suite showers and one with a bath.
Complimentary refreshments and toiletries are provided but one of the highlights is the delicious breakfasts available from The Coffee Lounge, which invariably attract top marks from guest reviewers. Tuesday to Saturday The Coffee Lounge serves a delightful array of sweet and savoury pastries, cakes, rolls, soups, afternoon teas and other treats, all freshly made on the premises. The premises are also licensed.
Packed lunches can be provided, but for evening meals, Ballater caters, having eateries fit for the Queen, Prince Charles, Kate & Wills …
Owners Kevin and Helen Smith attract many walkers, sightseers and people heading to the Glenshee and Lecht ski centres.
“We’ve had wonderful reviews on Booking.com and TripAdvisor,” says Kevin.