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Harmony, Harmony Garden

£1,740.00offer £1,392.00 | 26th October 2018 - 29th October 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 12
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
This 19th-century house is a peaceful haven, set in the lush walled Harmony Garden. Harmony was given its name by the Melrose joiner who built it, after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune. Read More >
The house has been carefully furnished to combine period detail with modern comfort. Gathering together the whole family in Harmony's opulent drawing room should be a step back in time without having to leave contemporary convenience behind.
 
Accommodation details

  • 3 storey

  • Sleeps 12 - 4 twins, 1 double with ensuite, 2 singles

  • Bathroom with WC

  • Showerroom with WC

  • Separate WC

  • Drawing room

  • Library

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Laundry and drying room in separate outbuilding

  • Private garden with patio furniture

  • Parking for up to 4 cars

  • EPC Rating: F30


 
About Harmony Garden
Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden with lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden's texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year, making it a place to return to again and again.
 
About the area
Melrose's history dates back to the Bronze Age. There is still a scattering of brochs in the countryside around the town, possibly a legacy from the Romans who used them for managing the 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 have included 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.

  • Walk part of the St Cuthbert's Way, following in the footsteps of the 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. Harmony Garden is opposite the Abbey. First Bus operates a route from Edinburgh and Peebles.
 
Additional accommodation can be booked at Harmony Cottage, which sleeps 4. The cottage is less than a 5-minute walk from Harmony.
 
Short breaks are available at Harmony all year round. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 4580305 for further details.
 
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.
 
Harmony can also be used for events such as wedding receptions. Additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
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Macdui, Mar Lodge Estate

£580.00 | 26th October 2018 - 29th October 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Macdui lies on the first floor of Mar Lodge's West Wing, with a balconied sitting room that looks out onto Mar Lodge's ancient pine forest. Read More >
Mar Lodge has been preserved in splendid style, creating a relaxing Highland retreat in the mode of decadent country living.
 
Macdui is one of 5 apartments in Mar Lodge. 2 self-contained luxury grounds houses are also available to book.
 
Dogs are now permitted within Macdui at a fee of �15.00 per dog per stay (maximum of 2 dogs). Please note that dogs must be kept under proper control and are not allowed in any of the bedrooms or any of the furniture, nor left unattended in the property for long periods.
 
Accommodation details

  • First floor

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin

  • Sitting room with balcony

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Bathroom with WC, shower over roll-top bath

  • Separate WC with wash basin

  • Central heating running off biomass

  • Free Wi-Fi internet access in apartment


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


 
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 +44 (0)13397 41276.
 
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.
 
Subject to availability, visitors may make use of the public rooms in the Lodge; the library, billiard room (additional charge applies) 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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North Stables, House of Dun

£440.00offer £374.00 | 26th October 2018 - 29th October 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Angus
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Step into life of an 18th century coachman in this historic apartment, set in House of Dun's original stable block. Built to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in shining condition, the apartment is stylishly furnished and lies off a picturesque sandstone courtyard. Our visitor feedback on the apartment consistently praises the location and tranquillity of the property. Read More >
 
Within the grounds there is an abundance of walks from a simple walk around the main property to a more adventurous step out, to the top of the estate through our "Den of Dun", we also have a children's play area and if you decide to take a complimentary tour of the house a fairy hunt to entertain the children during the tour.
 
Earlier this year we installed WIFI to our holiday accommodation.
 
North Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, South Stables, in the same block can be booked, sleeping 4.
 

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

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

  • Large fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine

  • Sitting/dining room

  • Newly refurbished shower room (down 5 stairs)

  • Gas central heating

  • Free parking available in nearby public car park

  • EPC Rating: E49

 
Public transport accessible. Holiday guests also have full access to the House's formal gardens and grounds throughout their stay.
 
About House of Dun
This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session, House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes' drive from Aberdeen.
 
The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooden den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. This elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.
 
As an added bonus and included in your holiday we offer a free tour of the property during opening hours.
 
Things to do
 
Montrose
 
The coastal town of Montrose which is three miles from House of Dun boasts an attractive town centre and a wide sandy beach.
 
Montrose is a great little town to visit, with a pleasant old centre and an interesting museum and art gallery.
 
You will be able to see the town, and the basin from The House of Dun. The town sits on the edge of a virtually landlocked two-mile-square lagoon of mud known as the Basin, which is a nature reserve and haven for wildfowl and wading birds who love its mud.
 
If you like bird watching there is an NTS path to a shell duck hide on the Dun side of the basin.
 
On the south side of the Basin, a mile out of Montrose along the A92, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre has binoculars, high-powered telescopes, bird hides and remote control video cameras. Near the town is some fabulous seashore. The beach road, Marine Avenue, across from the town museum, heads down through sand dunes and golf links to car parks fringing the fine, wide beach overlooked by a slender white lighthouse. Further to the north are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, home in the summer to a bustling colony of seabirds.
Neighbouring Ferryden is a picturesque former village situated on the south side of the river South Esk. It is separated by the river but linked by a bridge.
 
There is a popular Farmers Market held in the town on the first Saturday of every month attracting a variety of stallholders.
 
Lunan Bay
 
Lunan Bay is probably the finest beach in Angus - a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end, and even a ruined castle. The beach is divided in two by the Lunan Water flowing out over the sands - dividing this walk into two halves, with a chance to visit the cafe part way through
 
Arbroath
 
Within an easy drive from Dun sits the historic town of Arbroath. Of course famous for its Arbroath Smokie’s, The attractive old harbour of Arbroath remains in action and long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town. Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is also well worth a visit.
 
Leisure
 
Fishing
 
Fishing can be booked online via www.fishpal.co.uk just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
 
Golf
 
An abundance of golf courses and of course the famous course at Carnoustie within an easy drive makes House of Dun the perfect location for golf outings
 
Hillwalking
 
Many coastal paths to be discovered along the Angus coast and a short drive to the Angus glens which include ten 'Munros' (mountains of over 3,000 feet), and miles of narrow twisting roads offer great delights and challenges for cyclists, drivers, hill walkers and nature lovers alike.
Arguably the most beautiful of the Angus Glens is Glen Clova (north of Kirriemuir). At the head of Glen Clova is Glen Doll, where ancient narrow roads and footpaths take you into the heart of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains.
 
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.
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