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Macdui, Mar Lodge Estate

£715.00 | 27th October 2018 - 3rd November 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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Belmont House, Belmont House

£1,300.00 | 27th October 2018 - 3rd November 2018
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 8
  • 5
  • Not allowed
On the UK's most northerly island this slice of Georgian grandeur stands perfectly proportioned, overlooking the Bluemull Sound that runs between Yell and Unst. Belmont House has been exquisitely restored to show off all the features of its age; pavilions, symmetrical frontage, arched hallways and quadrant walls. Read More >
The House was built by Thomas Mouat in 1775 and now provides spacious and splendid accommodation for up to 12 people. Make the most of the magnificent first-floor drawing room or relax in Mouat's writing room with its Venetian windows that look out to sea.
Accommodation details

  • 3 storeys

  • Sleeps 8 - 12 - 1 double, 3 twin, plus additional sofa bed and two hand-built box beds suitable for children

  • Hand-built kitchen with range

  • Large dining room

  • Family room

  • Shower room and WC

  • First-floor drawing room with views to three sides

  • Thomas Mouat's writing room

  • Large child friendly garden

  • Laundry

A large child-friendly garden runs from the front of the house down to the pier at Belmont, where the ferry from Yell docks.
There is mobile reception (Vodaphone) and broadband at the property.
About Unst
Unst is the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, just 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, outlined by majestic cliffs, ragged sea stacks, sheltered inlets, and golden beaches. Inland, purebred Shetland sheep and ponies roam the common grazing land. Unst is a major breeding site for seabirds including gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, arctic skuas and whimbrels. Seals and porpoises are common and you may even see otters and killer whales. Try the following websites for more information:
Things to do

  • Hermaness National Nature reserve is excellent for birdwatching. You'll find rare plants at Keen of Hamar, as well as sea and loch angling. The Trust can arrange guided walks, fishing trips, and tours of the island.

  • Indulge in the local ingredients. Local lamb and shellfish can be ordered, and there is also a Farmer's Market once a month.

  • The Unst Viking project has been unearthing Norse finds all over the island. Visit their reconstructed Longhouse and ship at Haroldswick.

Getting there
Although Unst is as far north as southern Greenland, it is a very accessible island. Smooth, modern roads and frequent vehicle ferries link the Shetland mainland to Unst via the neighbouring island of Yell. The ferries are very busy in summer and it is advisable to book in advance (Tel: 01957 722259).
Loganair flies from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton to Sumburgh Airport on the Southern tip of mainland Shetland. < Hide

Garden Cottage, Towie Barclay Castle

£650.00 | 27th October 2018 - 3rd November 2018
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This charming cottage is set next to the courtyard of 16th century Towie Barclay Castle. Its restoration won the Civic Trust Award, in honour of its beautifully preserved period features such as the stone-flagged floors and timber ceilings. Read More >
In summertime relax in the cottage's private, enclosed garden and make use of the barbeque, or drive off into the wooded countryside to explore this historic part of the north.
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 4-6 - 2 doubles plus double sofa bed in study off master bedroom

  • Sitting room with open fire

  • Dining Kitchen

  • Shower room

  • Utility room

  • Master bedroom has en suite bathroom with sauna

  • Private garden with patio and barbeque

  • WiFi

  • Electric Dimplex heating

...Our guests said...
"..we felt at home the moment we stepped in the door..."
"..full of charm and character. The tour of the castle and coffee was very much appreciated and a highlight of our stay".
About Towie Barclay Castle
Towie Barclay Castle, some 4 miles south of the market town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire, was built in the 16th century by the Barclay family. The castle lay in ruins until 1971 when an award-winning programme of restoration was carried out by the present owners. It is now privately owned.
About the area
In the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, close to Royal Deeside, whisky distilleries, museums, over 50 golf courses, historical sites and the cliffs of the Moray coast, Towie Barclay is an ideal base from which to discover the many lesser-known jewels in Scotland's crown.
Things to do

  • A visit to the area would not be complete without taking in breathtaking Fyvie Castle, a few miles away. A little further afield, (approx 1.5 hours drive) Craigievar Castle is another fabulous example of turretted Scottish Baronial architecture.

  • Crovie village, perched on a ledge between cliff and sea and too narrow to even allow cars, is approximately 20 miles away. Take a walk along the pebble beach and keep an eye out for bottlenosed dolphins.

Getting there
The cottage is situated just off the A947, 4 miles from Turriff. Aberdeen is 27 miles away.
Public transport accessible. Short breaks are not available at this property, it is restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday). Please note that the entry time to this property is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. < Hide
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