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Dess Lodge


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Dess, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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This unusual property, complete with an open fire, is in a beautiful area of Scotland and close to Balmoral.

This most attractive, Victorian, detached baronial gatehouse is situated just off the road between Aberdeen and Balmoral and offers gracious living in the heart of Royal Deeside. The interior has been attractively furnished in traditional style with pitch pine finishings, open fire, tartan flooring and tasteful antiques. Surrounded on three sides by the gardens, its location is ideal for a holiday exploring this beautiful area. Enjoy the charms of the surrounding towns and villages - from Banchory with its bustling high street to Ballater, famed for its royal connections. Many historical places of interest, from the castles of Crathes and Balmoral to the standing stones of Tomnaverie. Superb scenery surrounding the area enhances any day out. Shops 2 miles, pub 3 miles.

Living room with open fire in Portland surround, original shutters and sofa bed (alternative sleeping). Kitchen/dining room with slate floor, exposed granite walls, door to garden. Spiral staircase to first floor: Two bedrooms; one double with en-suite shower room and toilet, one twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Raised lawned sitting-out area with furniture
  • Private parking for 1 car; additional parking space on site
  • No smoking
  • Please note: There is a drop and bank in the garden

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Gatehouse
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Unique Cottages
    Unique Cottages

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2018
    This was our second stay at Dess Lodge and we had another amazing week. The lodge is cosy, warm and very comfortable with everything you might need while away from home. The lodge is by a main road which makes it easy to get out and about but doesn't cause any noise issues, sure you can hear passing traffic but it's really not disruptive at all, even at night. Shops, restaurants and recycle points are local and the whole area is just beautiful. I'm certain we will stay again.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 24/03/2018
    It was a lovely place to stay but bear in mind it is very cold and drafty - lots of cracks and gaps in windows and doors. The location is great if you don’t mind driving to many places (we didn’t mind!). Recycling is a bit inconvenient and a 30 mile round trip for plastics and things. Traffic isn’t bad at all... If you’re a light sleeper or used to silent countryside then take earplugs. Definitely recommend a trip to the Dinner Nature Reserve, Ballater and Aboyne. Lots of good walks and golf, and very convenient for lots of walks. Wouldn’t stay here again personally but it is a lovely little place and would definitely recommend for the warmer months... Has everything you need!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/03/2018
    We stayed in March 2018 Lots of snow still around the place was warm clean and tidy with all the amenities you will need. If you cant deal with traffic noise this is not the place for you, as you are on the side of the main road. Shops within 4 miles, logs and coal at the garage. we didn't eat out so cant comment about local food. One gripe only, although there was a couple of logs and a few bits of coal made up in the fire it would not have lasted long so a good basket of logs and a scuttle of coal for the first night would have been brilliant. To be fair if that's all I can find to moan about then this place clearly is a winner.... IT WAS, WE LOVED IT

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/03/2018
    Very nice, excellently equipped home.

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8.9 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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