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Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire in Scotland’s north east offers fantastic access to some of the best that the country has to offer; and as well as having plenty of holiday cottages in the region for you to choose from, you’ll also discover breath taking landscapes, rich history and lots of activities for all the family. With such an abundance of things to see and do, you won’t have to travel far from your cottage to find some fantastic ways to enjoy your holiday.

It’s an area that is tailor-made for relaxing outdoor holidaymaking, offering a wealth of activities and attractions to help make the perfect Scottish holiday break. For example you can enjoy some of the most stunning walks in the highland fells, explore the region’s rich history through its many archaeological sites and castles, or head for the coast to relax and enjoy the fresh air, with the most beautiful coastal views.

The region’s history is perfectly encapsulated in the incredible Dunnottar Castle. This stunning 14th century fortress offers breathtaking views and thanks to its cliff-top location allows you to bask in some of the region’s most beautiful scenery.

Staying in a holiday cottage is also the perfect way to explore the region’s whisky heritage. The Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie grants a uniquely fascinating insight into the production of oak casts. The only one of its kind in the UK, it forms part of the celebrated Malt Whisky Trail.

The outdoor pool in Stonehaven is equally unique. The last of its kind in Scotland, it offers clean seawater heated to 29 degrees C and makes for a uniquely relaxing way to enjoy your break in Aberdeenshire.

Skiing in the Cairngorms is of course one of the highlights of the winter months but thanks to a number of dry slopes it’s also possible to pursue your passion in the summer season if you like!

For those after the simple pleasures in nature the region has a multitude of rivers and waterways, making it a haven for anglers and wildlife lovers keen to relax and enjoy the unrivalled tranquility offered by their surroundings.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Aberdeenshire to find your perfect retreat.
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  • Mill of Old Mains

    Towie, nr. Glenkindie

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 19328

    This beautifully restored watermill set in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, makes a very spacious and attractive holiday retreat, set within 4 acres of grounds with a small stream babbling through, and offering extensive views over bordering hills and pastureland of the surrounding countryside. Very comfortably furnished throughout, with all modern conveniences including satellite TV, open fire and oil fired central heating it offers complete privacy and being set on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park makes a superb base for exploring the surrounding area. Historic Kildrummy Castle is a 5 minute drive away and Balmoral Castle and Lecht Ski Centre are reached within 30 minutes. The village of Glenkindie is nearby, with a shop, post office and hotel serving good pub food, as well as restaurant cuisine. The town of Alford which is approximately 12 miles east, has further amenities, while local attractions and leisure pursuits include Castle and Whisky Trails, Stone Circle Trail, hill-walking, mountaineering/climbing, fishing, golf, ski-ing (wet and dry), Lonach highland games, and many historical points of interest. Shop and pub ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio door. Kitchen with slate floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French door, 3 twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet (can be accessed by hall), all with sloping ceilings.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£50per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. 4 acres with large enclosed lawned garden, terrace, patio and furniture. Balconies. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Fenced drain at end of garden and small, unfenced stream close to property.

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  • Little Blackhall Lodge

    near Banchory

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: UK5134
    A stunning location and wonderful gardens make this a real stand-out property! This lovely fishing lodge, built on the site of the demolished Blackhall Castle, is a real home from home. Its tastefully furnished interior is beautifully complemented by sweeping lawns and mature trees which were once part of the old castle gardens, and being in a superb position just a couple of hundred yards from the River Dee, there are lovely walks along this delightful river. With plentiful wildlife, you may encounter ospreys, otters, red squirrels and pine martens during a relaxing stroll. The seldom used owner accommodation is attached to the house but the gardens and grounds are all available to be enjoyed by guests at any time. A well stocked trout pond nearby is available for fishing by arrangement with the estate overseer.
    Banchory, a bustling market town, is just a couple of miles away and has plenty of interesting shops and eateries as well as being the gateway to Royal Deeside. The area, a favourite haunt, first of royalty and ever since of tourists, has many delights to offer and makes an ideal base from which to explore castles, mountains and coastlines, all within an hour’s drive. Watch the salmon leap at the nearby Falls of Feugh, or visit Crathes and Drum Castle, just two of the many on the Castle Trail which winds its way through the area. A spectacular drive over the high pass of Cairn o’Mount will take you to the village of Fettercairn where there is one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland. Slightly further afield is the delightful village of Ballater, Balmoral Castle (open most of the year to visitors) and skiing at the Lecht, only an hour’s drive. Quad biking, cycling, archery, horse riding and golf (two courses in Banchory itself) are all easily available and walking in the beautiful scenery (try Lochnagar and the Lairig Ghru) adds to the many outdoor activities available in abundance in this magical area. Beach 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, 2 dishwashers and Freeview TV.
    Utility room: With electric cooker, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for open fire included. Payphone (honesty box). Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with terrace and garden furniture. 99 acres of grounds with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Fishing on-site by arrangement (at cost, licence required). Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is direct access from the grounds to the River Dee, 200 yards and there is a fenced pond in grounds.

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  • Langdale

    Ballater, Aberdeenshire

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: CC512047
    Langdale is a delightful, late Victorian detached house set well back in its own garden grounds close to the centre of the Royal Deeside village of Ballater. Its generously proportioned rooms and high ceilings ensure a sense of space and light throughout. The house has been sympathetically modernised to provide all modern comforts whilst retaining the ambience of a Victorian family home. There is a large modern kitchen with breakfast table and chairs, a separate more formal dining room and an extremely spacious main lounge that looks out across the gardens. A small snug/library provides a quiet space for reading or poring over the local maps, planning the next day’s activities. The beautiful original curved wooden staircase splits into two dividing the four bedrooms across the first floor into two adjoining areas. All bedrooms are large and airy. With two en suite and two further bathrooms, this is an ideal property for a two family holiday or groups.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD and radio/CD; large, airy room with views over garden.
    Dining Room: With polished dining table and chairs; large, formal room with patio for visitors’ use
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob (Aga not in use), larder fridge and dishwasher; dining table and chairs; a light, bright spacious room with fitted units throughout
    Utility: With microwave, table top freezer, tumble dryer and washing machine
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and en suite small shower, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 4: With single bed and occasional bed (for + 1 ) if required
    Bathroom: With bath, shower, WC and wash basin

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided.Enclosed (very low wall on one side) garden with dining table and chairs. Table tennis table and storage space for outdoor equipment available in garage. Off road parking for two cars.

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  • The Mews

    Insch near Inverurie

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512085
    Set in 27 acres of grounds, this delightful house forms the north wing of the owners’ mansion. Dating back to 1687, the house is steeped in history and The Mews was added in 1842. The house is conveniently laid out for family groups or couples with the bedroom areas accessed by two separate staircases on either side of a central lounge and kitchen area. Outside, guests have free access to the extensive walled garden at the rear and the parkland at the front, inhabited by the owners’ miniature Shetland pony herd and which leads down to a beautiful small lake with an island. An idyllic retreat, guests can relax and explore the grounds or enjoy the many activities available in the area. Nearby, the Hill of Bennachie is a great place for walks, whilst the Lochter Centre near Inverurie (11 miles) offers outdoor activities to suit everyone, from archery to Segway and from go-karting to clay pigeon shooting, and much more! This is castle country and there are 14 of Scotland’s finest to choose from. Golf, fishing, and riding are all within easy reach in the area and there is a good selection of shops and eating places both in Insch and nearby Inverurie. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: Large with wooden floor, wood burner, Free sat TV and DVD player.
    Dining room: Large with ornamental fireplace.
    Kitchen: With laminate floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Two separate staircases (one narrow) to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and low ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With 4ft bed (for one), single bed and leading to...
    Bedroom 4: With king size bed, dormer window and ornamental fireplace.

    Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Fuel provided for wood burner in winter, initial fuel provided in summer. Welcome pack. Shared enclosed walled garden with furniture. Shared 27-acre grounds with paddock, gardens and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river and pond in grounds.

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  • North Cowfords

    near New Aberdour

    Grade
    9
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC512087
    Within easy reach of the rugged Aberdeenshire coastline and situated on a working farm, this very comfortable and spacious house is a great choice for a family holiday. It is very conveniently placed for a variety of sandy and shingle beaches including Fraserburgh beach, a superb three mile expanse of golden sand reaching from the esplanade to Cairnbulg Point. Explore the quaint coastal villages of Pennan, Gardenstown and Crovie, just a short drive away. Or take a boat trip from Macduff to view the amazing wildlife in its own environment. Golfers have a great choice, Fraserburgh has the seventh oldest course in the world and is quite a test, while Cruden Bay is well known in golfing circles as being one of the finest. Inland there are many other places of interest and activities to be experienced; visit the magnificent Haddo House and Gardens, or many of the other stately homes and castles for which the area is famed. Aden Country Park near Mintlaw will please all the family with its mix of wildlife, walking trails and heritage centre. The area has something for everyone, from energising walks to peace and wide open spaces, a real tonic.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Large with open fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Six steps down to...
    Dining room: Large with open fire and Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and coombed ceilings.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and coombed ceilings.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and coombed ceilings.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fires provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned garden and sitting-out area with furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Mar Lodge Estate - Claybokie

    Braemar

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: 30188


    At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 4 twin, one with sloping ceiling, one zip and link can be 6ft double, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. Gas Aga. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher.Telephone-honesty box. Large landscaped garden with terrace, siting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Piano.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned grounds. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

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  • The Steadings at Mains of Tolquhon - The Barn

    Tarves, nr. Ellon

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: W42797

    Excellent views

    These four fabulous houses have been sympathetically converted from old farm buildings and stables to provide excellent accommodation for a family holiday in peaceful surroundings. Each house has its own private garden and has been cleverly designed to ensure privacy. The very spacious accommodation is warm and very comfortable (with air source heating and woodburners) and the ample living areas provide plenty of space to relax or enjoy family gatherings. The Stables is a lovely spacious property with high ceilings and a woodburner, while The Barn and The Byre are great family houses with lovely views and plenty of room. The Coach House features a super master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and rolltop bath. The properties are next to Tolquhon Gallery and Tolquhon Castle - known as one of the most pictureque castles in Grampian. This is ’castle country’ and there are many to explore in the area. There are many golf courses at hand, while Pitmedden Gardens and Haddo House are close by. Within easy reach of Balmedie Beach, Cruden Bay and Forvie Sands. Aberdeen is just half an hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.
    These two fabulous houses have been sympathetically converted from old farm buildings and stables to provide excellent accommodation for a family holiday in peaceful surroundings. Each house has its own private garden and has been cleverly designed to ensure privacy. The very spacious accommodation is warm and very comfortable (with air source heating and woodburners) and the ample living areas provide plenty of space to relax or enjoy family gatherings.
    The Stables is a lovely spacious property with high ceilings and a woodburner, and The Coach House features a super master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and rolltop bath.
    The properties are next to Tolquhon Gallery and Tolquhon Castle - known as one of the most picturesque castles in Grampian. This is ’castle country’ and there are many to explore in the area. There are many golf courses at hand, while Pitmedden Gardens and Haddo House are close by. Within easy reach of Balmedie Beach, Cruden Bay and Forvie Sands. Aberdeen is just half an hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin with Velux, 1 twin, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Underfloor central heating by air source heat pump included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Open Hearth House

    Cruden Bay

    Grade
    15
    8
    2
    4
    Ref: 29920

    From the upper floors of this imposing, detached, spacious Victorian house, enjoy stunning views towards the excellent golf course and the sea beyond. Very comfortably furnished, the property makes a wonderful family house and is perfect for hide and seek with its attic rooms, maids’ staircases and various living spaces. Take a stroll to the quaint harbour and wonderful sandy beach, ideal for windsurfing, swimming or just playing in the sand. The village itself is home to a world class golf course which attracts many visitors through the year, while to the north, the brooding presence of Slains Castle, widely acknowledged to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s ’Dracula’ is well worth a visit. Nearby, The Bullers of Buchan, an awesome natural phenomenon where the sea rushes into a vertical cavern, is an absolute must. For wildlife lovers, visit Forvie Nature Reserve just a few miles away to enjoy the stunning scenery of sand dunes and swirling waters. The city of Aberdeen is just 23 miles away, offering all contemporary facilities, and the coastal trail north takes in many other quaint villages offering many a pleasant day out. Beach 400 yards. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Library. Sun room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 steps to utility room. 1 single bedroom with steep stairs to ground floor. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet. 4 steps to 4 double bedrooms, one (6ft four poster), two with shared access to en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fires in living and dining rooms and woodburner in library (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. Playstation 3. Electric piano. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Preston Tower

    Fyvie

    Grade
    16
    8
    0
    3
    Ref: 30104

    This impressive holiday apartment, reached by a spiral staircase, stretches across the Fyvie Castle’s Preston and Seton towers. It is decorated in a tastefully traditional style with turret rooms and cosy nooks for reading or just relaxing. The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture, make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird. Fyvie is a fairytale castle with over 800 years of history. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle’s succession of owners. The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. From this property, try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found. Pitmedden Garden is within easy travelling distance. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out. Beach 25 miles. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 1 mile.

    Spiral stairs to entrance. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Spiral stairs to 1 double bedroom. Spiral stairs to second floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Snug. Separate toilet. Spiral stairs to 1 twin bedroom. Spiral stairs to third floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Spiral stairs to 1 twin bedroom. Shower room. Spiral stairs to fourth floor: 2 steps down to 1 twin bedroom.

    Electricity NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome tray. No smoking.

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  • Mar Lodge Estate - Bynack

    Braemar

    Grade
    17
    8
    2
    5
    Ref: 30458


    At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 3 double, (one 5ft), one with additional single, 4 twin, one with French window. Shower room with toilet. 2 bathrooms with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Biomass central heating included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Two dishwashers. Payphone. Balcony. Ample parking.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned grounds. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

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