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Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

£430.00 | 24th August 2020 - 28th August 2020
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
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Only 10 miles from the heart of Aberdeen, this charming 16th century apartment at Drum Castle is an intimate one bedroom apartment that is surprisingly spacious.
With log burning stove and central heating throughout, the historic residence is warm and cosy.
Located in the ancient courtyard of the NTS's oldest 14th Century castle, which was given by Robert the Bruce, this little gem makes an idea starting point for a visit to Royal Deeside. The exquisitely beautiful Estate of Drum, with its 16th century Chapel, Garden of Historic Roses and Scene of Special Scientific Interest Woodland, makes a perfect romantic getaway for 2.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - accessed by staircase

  • Sleeps 2 - 1 double

  • Open-plan Living room with wood-burning stove and Kitchen

  • Bathroom with shower over bath and under-floor heating

  • Electric ‘intel’ heaters

  • Public transport accessible

  • EPC Rating: D58

 
About Drum Castle
Drum is one of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions, just 10 miles from Aberdeen. It is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses and is set beside an ancient oak woodland and a walled garden that contains a fine collection of historic roses which perfume the air.
 
William de Irwyn was gifted the Royal Forest of Drum and the Tower of Drum by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The tower has benefitted from various improvements over the centuries, including a Jacobean mansion house extension in 1619 and Victorian adaptations, such as the impressive library converted from the lower hall.
 
About the area
There is an exquisite 17th century chapel in the grounds of the castle, along with the newly-opened Old Laundry, the award-winning Wildlife Garden and the Garden of Historic Roses, which has over 200 varieties, representing rose cultivation from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
 
On the Drum Castle Estate are 3 trails, each 1.5km long, including the Wood of Drum, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to oak trees dating from 1740, as well as red squirrels, red kites, roe deer and badgers.
 
Things to do

  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.

  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.

 
Getting there
Drum Castle is 3 miles W of Peterculter, 10 miles W of Aberdeen and 8 miles E of Banchory.
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The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

£1,480.00 | 24th August 2020 - 28th August 2020
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • 16
  • 8
  • Not allowed
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Based on the Scottish Government Covid-19 Guidelines we can currently only accommodate parties up to 8 people from a maximum of 3 households at this property. These restrictions will be reviewed by the government on or around 11 September 2020.
 
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.
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

Bynack, Mar Lodge Estate

£1,430.00 | 28th August 2020 - 31st August 2020
  • Dates available
  • 4 StarExcellent
  • Royal Deeside
  • 17
  • 8
  • Dogs allowed
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Based on the Scottish Government Covid-19 Guidelines we can currently only accommodate parties up to 8 people from a maximum of 3 households at this property. These restrictions will be reviewed by the government on or around 11 September 2020.
 
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.
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.
 
Dogs are now permitted within Bynack 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

  • 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.

  • Kitchen and separate sitting room with dining area which can comfortably seat all 17 guests.

  • Central heating running off biomass

  • Electric fire in lounge

  • Free Wi-Fi internet access available in apartment

  • EPC Rating: D66


 
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.


 
The Mar Lodge Ranger service runs a number of scheduled walks and events throughout the year and information on these can be found on our website - www.nts.org.uk/marlodge. However we can also be available on a more casual basis to guide visitors around the estate - whether you want to see spectacular wildlife, epic scenery or even just go for a post-Christmas leg stretch. Please call the Rangers office on 013397 20164 for more information.
 
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.
 
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 0131 458 0305 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 (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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