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South Stables, House of Dun

£390.00 | 30th April 2018 - 4th May 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.
South Stables makes an ideal base from which to explore Montrose and the surrounding area. If you require additional accommodation, North 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 NTS car park

  • EPC Rating: E50

Public transport accessible. (30,30A & 30B)
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
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
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.
Fishing can be booked online via just log in to the South Esk for availability and prices.
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
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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The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

£1,340.00 | 30th April 2018 - 4th May 2018
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 14
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle. Read More >
14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.
Accommodation details

  • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd

  • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles

  • Sitting room

  • Grand dining room with space for 14

  • Kitchen with dining area

  • Cocktail kitchen

  • Study/games room

  • 3 bathrooms with WC

  • 1 shower room with WC

  • 1 additional WC

  • Parking for 5 cars

  • EPC Rating: F35

Choose from three levels of accommodation
Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping
B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily
Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.
About Brodie Castle
The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.
Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.
About the area
Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.
Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.
Things to do

  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.

  • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.

  • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.

  • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.

  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.

Getting there
Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4½ miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.
Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.
Please note: 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 £500.00 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

£1,340.00 | 30th April 2018 - 4th May 2018
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 16
  • 8
  • Not allowed
The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers. Read More >
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.
Accommodation details

  • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase

  • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms

  • Dining room

  • Kitchen

  • Drawing room

  • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath

  • 3 showers rooms with WCs

  • 3 additional WCs

  • Electric storage heaters

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: G12

About Fyvie Castle
Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. 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.
Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.
The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.
Things to do

  • 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.

  • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.

  • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.

Getting there
Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).
Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.
Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.
Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 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. < Hide
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