Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Claybokie is an exclusive hideaway in a Highland paradise. Furnished in classic antique style, with uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, this miniature lodge offers the quintissential country retreat.
It's little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Claybokie's privacy, it's old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make it an unparalleled base for a clan gathering.
For larger parties, Creag Bhalg sleeps 8 and connects to the garden of Claybokie via an illuminated woodland path.
About the Mar Lodge Estate
- 2 storey
- Sleeps 10 - 2 double and 3 twin bedrooms. One of the doubles and one twin has ensuite facilities; the other double and twin share a bathroom. The third twin has its own bathroom on the landing close by.
- Grand dining room to seat up to 18 people
- Beautiful sitting room with open fire
- Conservatory and study
- Large kitchen with AGA
- Utility room and cloakrooms
- Electric central heating
- Open fires - Two complimentary baskets of logs will be provided
- Parking available outside the property
- Kennel facilities available at an additional charge
- EPC Rating: F37
At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine.
Visited by nobility since the medieval period, this prime Highland 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.
About the Area
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 is Braemar where you'll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing.
Things to do
Interested in our ranger-led activities?
- 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, the return to the Lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast and
-"Shoot with a camera"- accompany the estate's stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts.
-Traditional field sports: stag stalking,grouse shooting and salmon fishing
Planning a large event, a wedding or corporate gathering?
The Stag Ballroom, adjacent to the Lodge, is a popular venue for wedding receptions, ceilidhs and family gatherings, with room for up to 160 guests. Within the Lodge, the more intimate setting of the Craggan Ballroom can accommodate 50 seated guests and the grand dining room, which seats 30. For further details on corporate entertaining or any events, please contact Mar Lodge on 0844 493 2172 or +44(0)13397 41433/41427 if calling from overseas.
Horse owners can now bring their equine friends. Enquire about Mar Lodge's horse B&B when you book.
Braemar is 60 miles west of Aberdeen and 50 miles north of Perth on the A93. Aberdeen airport is situated in Dyce on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Mar Lodge estate is 3 miles West of Braemar, in Aberdeenshire.
Claybokie and Creag Bhalg are set within a high-walled garden on three sides, with the fenced-off river to the front. The grounds also contain the housekeeper's house.
The rental is for the accommodation only, however, we can suggest local caterers. Children are welcome, though it should be noted that there is an ornamental pond and very young children should not be left unattended.
Short breaks available Friday to Monday and Monday and Friday. Full weeks run from Saturday to Saturday.
The properties can be let together or separately and are available for a minimum of three nights per booking.
Please note that guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a "good housekeeping deposit" to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is £500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide