February 13, 2019
**Rates For December 23rd – 29th 2019
Layout: 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms
Description: Royal Deeside Lodge holds a wonderful rural position, situated just five minutes from the village of Aboyne on the edge of the beautiful Highlands. The lodge is perfect for large families or groups of friends who are looking for a tranquil escape where they can really enjoy the unparalleled beauty of Aberdeenshire!
The lodge can comfortably accommodate up to twenty guests across ten, luxury bedrooms, each of the bedrooms boast their own en-suite bathrooms making it a practical choice for a group of couples. On the ground floor, is the main entertaining space which comprises of the drawing room and dining room. The beautifully appointed dining room is a fantastic space for the whole family to gather and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the in-house chef after working up an appetite exploring the surrounding countryside. Also on this level, are the first five of the individually-designed super-king size bedrooms, two of which benefit from disabled access. Upstairs, on the first floor are four further super-king bedrooms and a smaller twin, which is perfect for the children.
The outside space is vast and therefore makes the ultimate choice for fans of the great outdoors. The children will love the opportunity to run freely and explore the wild landscape and family doggies are welcome to come too! For those keen on fishing, the River Dee is just a short stroll away, excellent for salmon and sea trout. If you are looking for a relaxing stay in the country with a touch of luxury, Royal Deeside Lodge really is the place for you!
Layout: 12 bedrooms, 6.7 bath
It’s easy to band around terms like ‘unique, “different”, and “special” but often those are superlatives without meaning. But when we say that this contemporary Scottish castle is unique, different and special, believe me, we are true to every word. Firstly, there’s the location. It lies right in the beautiful Scottish Highlands and yet it is less than an hour’s drive away from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s remote and peaceful and yet the nearest town, with its many facilities, is only a fifteen-minute walk away. Then there’s the décor! When we tell you that this lovingly restored contemporary castle is the private residence of Scottish artist Stuart McAlpine Miller and his wife, Nikki and that it is furnished throughout in the unique and contemporary style of your hosts, you’ll begin to understand what we mean. An ever-changing exhibition of Stuart’s contemporary artwork features throughout the property and luxury silks designed by Nikki are on display in the basement art gallery, together with a series of rare Limited Edition prints. So you can see that this truly is a unique place to stay.
Layout: 8 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
This stylish holiday house with Visit Scotland 5 star rating was formerly a renowned hotel famous for its sporting clientele, in recent years has been completely refurbished and is now a luxury retreat. Situated in the North West of Scotland, this south facing lodge with an open aspect has some of the finest views over spectacular scenery overlooking the natural beauty of the Kyle of Durness. If that was not enough, inside there is a cinema room, a treatment room and a massive games room with full size snooker table.
Set within 2 acres of grounds, which mainly consist of lawn it is situated near to the Cape Wrath passenger ferry, with a bay to the front where sea otters and seals can be seen on a daily basis. Please note that weddings can only be for the capacity of the house’s accommodation only.
This is an ideal holiday house for family holidays, as well as those with an interest in activities, including golf or walking. Whilst it is a long drive to the top of Scotland – you will find that once you are here, you will never want to leave.
Magestic Georgian Mansion
Layout: 8 bedrooms, 8 ensuites
Rates: £5578.80 w/ £500 deposit
Just a couple of miles from the old town square in the Royal Burgh of Dornoch and world-famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club, this majestic mansion occupies a commanding position overlooking the Dornoch Firth. Steeped in history, this Grade A listed home dates originally from the sixteenth century and was one of the castles of the Clan Gordon, but then benefited from an elegant, Georgian make-over and today provides contemporary and luxurious self-catering accommodation for groups looking to celebrate special occassions and/or outdoor pursuits.
This property would be ideal for hosting family get togethers or exclusive golf tours in extremely comfortable and spacious surroundings.
Layout: 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms
If you’d like to get a glimpse at how the other half live, an uber-smart, luxury sporting lodge in Scotland wouldn’t be a bad place to start. Overlooking Loch Rannoch with a mountainous backdrop, this traditional sporting lodge could arguably be one of the finest this side of the Cairngorms. Clearly influenced by an interior designers touch, the décor throughout is a blend of Scottish countryside pursuit and contemporary classic chic with guest comfort considered at every turn.
The indoor swimming pool is an art-piece and the vast games room above is somewhere one could while away many enjoyable hours. Heated throughout, this large holiday home is kept at a comfortably warm temperature all year round, which might come as a relief to those who feel the cold. From the moment you walk through the front door, it feels as if the house has been designed to wrap each guest in a welcoming embrace, charming them to stay forever.
Located towards the end of Loch Rannoch and set back from the meandering road, the property belongs to part of a much larger estate on which guests are free to roam and fish. A helipad provides a convenient means of arrival and departure for those with busy schedules. Stables and a ménage with all the relevant facilities are also provided for guests who wish to make use of them. Loch Rannoch is a stunning part of the Central Scottish belt, near the Cairngorm Mountains and located off the A9 being the major arterial road joining the north and south of Scotland.
Weekly lets and short breaks are welcome, with flexible arrival and departure days to suit your needs. The rental includes housekeeping service.
Layout: 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Description: Standing proud at the head of a majestic glen in a Highland setting, this is what you imagine a castle should look like in Scotland. As a fortified tower house, it was built in 1560 to an L-plan design as a strong defensive property to withstand attack and protect its occupants. However in 1640, the Duke of Argyll destroyed the castle after a long-standing dispute and it was not until 1990 when it was restored to its former glory, and then some. On opening the wooden studded door you feel as though you are being transported back in time to the 16th century, with its stone walls, vaulted rooms, turnpike stairs and Great Hall, but with today’s modern comforts. Refurbished and redecorated with immaculate style and taste, the castle feels like a family home and that you are being invited to stay by the family. The Great Hall is the “wow” room, with its impressive painted ceiling and large inglenook fireplace, but there are so many delights wherever you look. Even the walls are clad in tweed which looks amazing and retains the heat as well.
With seven individually designed bedrooms from the second floor upwards, this self-catering castle is ideal for up to 14 adults and 2 children. Access to these floors is by stone turnpike stairs which may not be suitable for elderly or those with young children. Additionally there is a chapel and intimate weddings can take place here or at a local church. Whatever the reason for visiting Scotland, this is a castle that has no comparison, and will make it into your ‘Top 10 Best Ever Holidays’!
Layout: 8 bedrooms
Description: This incredible 12th century castle in the heart of Aberdeenshire, with its breath-taking views, is the perfect location for weddings, photo shoots or weekends away with family and friends. The beautiful parkland around the castle is perfect for scenic walks, as well as ‘glamping’ around the walled garden. In all, there are 400 acres of managed woodland for you to explore!
The castle sleeps sixteen and has wonderful modern bathrooms and a new, wonderfully newly-fitted kitchen with two AGAs and a central island, ideal for friendly chats as the meal is being prepared and perfect if you want to cater for yourselves. Kitchens are always a magnet for folk in any property, but perhaps the central focus in this house is the magnificent drawing room. The stylish and sumptuous sofas are strewn with comfy cushions, the large open fireplace is inviting and friendly while the huge windows, with their magnificent drapes, look out on the lawn bringing a sense of the spectacular and the historic to this wonderful venue. And there is a piano for evening musical gatherings.
At mealtimes there is the dining room that can comfortably accommodate all your houseguests for formal dining. And for a little quiet time, there is the snug, which mixes tradition with comfort featuring, as it does, lovely leather armchairs, a large sofa, and beautiful lamps – perfect for an after-dinner brandy and a chat (or an afternoon snooze!)