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Bynack, Mar Lodge Estate

£825.00 | 1st December 2014 - 5th December 2014
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Royal Deeside
  • 17
  • 8
  • Dogs allowed
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 an historic Highland setting. Read More >
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.
 
Bynack is one of 5 apartments in Mar Lodge. For exceptional luxury for parties of up to ten, we are delighted to offer two detached lodge houses in the estate grounds: Claybokie and Creag Bhalg. Both houses are beautifully furnished, and possess lavish kitchens and terraced gardens.
 
Accommodation details

  • Ground and first floor

  • Sleeps 17 - 1 double with ensuite (ground floor - ideally suited for less mobile guests); 4 twins, 2 doubles and 1 double with single on first floor.

  • 4 bathrooms, 3 with roll-top bath and shower and 1 with shower only.

  • Additional WC on ground floor.

  • Modern, recently refurbished kitchen and separate sitting room with dining area which can comfortably seat all 17 guests.

  • Gas-fired central heating

  • Electric fire in lounge

  • Free Wi-Fi internet access available in reception hall and dining room of main lodge

  • Kennel facilities are available at an additional charge.


 
About the Mar Lodge Estate
At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge, a 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

  • 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.


 
Interested in our ranger-led activities?
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.
 
Getting there
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.
 
Bynack is available for short breaks (minimum stay 3 nights) throughout the year. Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.
 
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.
 
Subject to availability, visitors may make use of the public rooms in the Lodge; the library, billiard room and drawing room. The grand dining room, which seats 30 people, and a caterers' kitchen are available to guests booking all five apartments. Please note there is an extra charge for this.
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Pear Cottage, Priorwood Garden

£220.00 | 1st December 2014 - 5th December 2014
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 2
  • 1
  • Not allowed
This snug hideaway, in the heart of Melrose is perfect for plant-loving couples looking to escape to gardening heaven. The apartment is situated above Priorwood Dried Flower Shop and looks onto Priorwood's abundant greenery and is a stone's throw from the lush walled Harmony Garden. Read More >
Inside, the apartment is furnished in classic cottage style, while the building is a perfect example of traditional Borders sandstone houses.
Guests who are non-members staying at Pear Cottage will have free access to Priorwood Garden during normal opening hours.
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by Orange, Vodafone and O2 which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
Accommodation details

  • First floor - 12 steps to front door with hand rail

  • Sleeps 2 - 1 double

  • Sitting room

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath

  • Gas central heating

  • Private parking


About the area
Melrose's history dates back to the Bronze Age, and there is still a scattering of brochs round about the town, possibly a legacy of the Romans for managing the rich sheep grazing on the moors.
The town has a good selection of shops including those selling knitwear, tweeds, books and antiques. There is also a variety of restaurants serving classic Scottish fare in cosy surroundings.
In June, Harmony Garden plays host to the annual Borders Book Festival, whose past attendees include Ian Rankin and Sir David Frost.
Things to do

  • A trip to Melrose isn't complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce's heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott.

  • Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work; pick your own blooms to order and take home.

  • Walk part of the St Cuthbert's Way, following in the footsteps of the eponymous saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell's section is 7.5 miles each way. (stcuthbertsway.info)


Getting there
Melrose lies off the A6091. First Bus operates a route from Edinburgh and Peebles. < Hide

South Stables, House of Dun

£220.00 | 1st December 2014 - 5th December 2014
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Angus
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
This bright and spacious apartment forms part of House of Dun's original 18th century golden sandstone stable block. Nearly 300 years ago it would have housed coachmen, grooms and stable hands. Today it's stylishly furnished with old country charm and contemporary comfort in mind. Read More >
The master bedroom has stunning views of the Montrose Basin nature reserve. For additional accommodation, North Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
 
Weekly bookings for both properties are available on a Monday - Monday basis. Both flats accept short breaks all year round (Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon).
 
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by O2 which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
Accommodation details

  • First floor - access is via an external staircase (approximately 18 steps)

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (the second twin is down 5 stairs)

  • Large kitchen with dishwasher

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

  • Gas central heating

  • Parking available in the nearby public car park

 
Public transport accessible. Holiday guests also have full access to the House's pretty formal gardens and grounds throughout their stay.
 
About House of Dun
House of Dun is an exquisite Georgian mansion, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, 13th Laird of Dun.
 
Highlights include its saloon with elaborate ornate plasterwork by Joseph Enzer, and 800 acres of grounds. Dog owners will have hours of fun on the estate's woodland walk, while some of the more curious features of the house include its model theatre room and unusual 19th century 'boot-bath' in Mrs Erskine's bedroom.
 
The Library at House of Dun is now home to the Hutchison collection of Scottish colourists and the Stirling collection of furniture ranging from the 18th century through to the 1960's.
 
About the area
Nearby Montrose is a bustling town with a prosperous history dating back to the 10th century. Today, it has excellent shopping facilities as well as sandy beaches both in town and nearby at St Cyrus and the magnificent Lunan Bay.
 
Things to do

  • The Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre is a haven for birdwatchers. With terrain including mud flats, salt marsh, sea water and fresh water, it's notable for oystercatchers, eiders and pink-footed geese as well as plant life.

  • Local salmon fishing is available on the River South Esk - contact House of Dun for details, telephone 0844 493 2144.

  • Visit the statue of local hero Bamse, a sea-faring St Bernard dog from Norway who served during World War II on the minesweeper Thorodd. Bamse was buried in Montrose and a sculpture to him was erected in 2006 on Wharf Street overlooking the harbour.

 
Getting there
House of Dun is 3 miles west of Montrose and 5 miles east of Brechin. From Aberdeen or Dundee (A90) take the turn-off for Brechin and follow the signs for Montrose. < Hide
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