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Prestigious Sporting Lodge | 148

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  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 20 + cot
    • Sleeps 1 infant
    • 14 bedrooms
    • 9 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £10,200 - £10,200 per week
    • Security Deposit £500 (refundable)
    • Sunday changeover
    • 4:00 PM check in
    • 10:00 AM check out
    • 2 pets welcome (Pets go free)
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 5
    • Facilities

      • Fridge
      • Freezer
      • Dishwasher
      • Washing machine
      • Tumble dryer
      • Central heating
      • Cot
      • High chair
      • Wifi
      • Microwave
      • Garden furniture
      • BBQ
      • CD player
      • DVD player
      • TV (freeview)
    • Features

      • Luxury
      • Games Room
      • 5 Star venue
      • Fishing


With Balmoral Castle as its next door neighbour you couldn't get more 'regal' if you tried!

This spectacular private house built in the early 1900’s as a sporting lodge of the old school variety, certainly has the “wow factor”. Set within its own private 14,000 acre estate, which neighbours the Balmoral estate, this large holiday home enjoys views over the river Dee and Ballater beyond.

Inside you will find traditional reception rooms including a fine reception hall, drawing room, study, elegant dining room, TV room and a ballroom (with games including a billiard table) adorned with stag’s heads, with antlers covering the whole roof space.

There are many other rooms like breakfasting room, drying room, a large kitchen and additional utility areas. The main bedrooms are on the first floor, with secondary bedrooms on the second floor.

Available to book on a self-catered basis with housekeeping included for up to 20 guests, or up to 30 guests as extra.  With advance notice, and additional charge, sport packages are available on the estate.  This is a truly spectacular private house with lots of space inside and out, which is ideal for a family get-together, occasion or holiday of a lifetime. 

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • Reception Rooms
    Entering through the impressive granite doorway, you immediately see the first stags head and you just know you are walking into a superb shooting lodge. This leads you to the L-shaped reception hall, which has more stags head and a very impressive arched entrance to the ante room with open fire. Traditionally decorated throughout with antique pictures of game and hunting scenes on the wall.

    The drawing room is next door and this is a classic formal room, with open fire and elegant seating with just a hint of tartan on show. A small study is next door. There is a children’s room available with a TV. However the “jewel in the crown” of this lodge is the ballroom, which has stag’s antlers adorned across the whole of the ceiling, which gives a “wow factor” when entering the room. The semi-wood panelled walls are decorated with more stags heads and there is a sprung floor, which aids the spring in the step when you are dancing. Whilst it also houses a full size billiard table and table tennis table, it can be a games room and/or a ballroom.

    Kitchen & Dining
    The dining room is a luxuriant room, with semi-wood panelled walls, an open fire and typical antique pictures of sporting pastimes. The magnificent table and fitted matching chairs can seat up to 20 people in great comfort, and is the perfect setting for a grand feast. Next door is a breakfasting room, which is less formal dining room which is perfect for breakfast time or feeding children.

    The kitchen is a typical large house kitchen, being of a substantial size, where in the past there would have been a team of cooks working away in here. Today there is a large traditional AGA, with companion cooker with gas hob and electric ovens, as well as another electric cooker, so there is plenty of cooking options.

    Beyond is an equally large pantry and beyond that is a larder. A utility room is opposite the kitchen.

    It is recommended that a cook is hired as extra, and this can be done on your behalf, with separate rooms to the rear of the house made available for the cook to live-in (at no extra cost) if required.

  • Accommodation is provided for a group of 20 adults with a choice of the following bedrooms provided of which 10-12 of the 14 rooms can be used.  Additional guests are chargeable at £500 per guest per week up to the full capacity of the house (26) using all 14 bedrooms. 

    • 2 Single Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 9 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
    • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
    • 2 Double Room/s With Ensuite Bathroom

    First floor
    Bedroom 1 - Montery, king|twin zip n link bed, with wash hand basin; bathroom, with large bath, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 2 - Green, king bed, en-suite with large feature bath, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 3 - Yellow, king size double bed, en-suite bathroom, with large feature bath with wooden surround, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 4 - Pink, king|twin zip n link bed; bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 5 - Blue, king|twin zip n link bed; bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 6 - Turquoise, king|twin zip n link bed, en-suite bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 7 - Nursery, double bed, ensuite shower room

    Bedroom 8 - Garden, king size double; bathroom, with bath wash hand basin; separate w.c

    Second floor
    Bedroom 9 - King | twin zip n link bed; bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 10 - Single bed 

    Bedroom 11 - Single bed

    Bedroom 12 - King; bathroom, with bath, w.c and wash hand basin

    Bedroom 13 - Small double bed

    Bedroom 14 - Small double bed

  • Set within its own policy of grounds, it is accessed by a long private drive within a woodland setting, whilst it opens out the open space of the lodge and gardens. The grounds include a walled garden, and lawns, and there is a full-time gardener who works on the estate. With 14,000 acres of private estate, there are estate cottages for estate workers, as well as a couple of holiday cottages. Access to the rest of the estate is available throughout, subject to any restrictions due to sport being taken on the estate.

    For those wishing additional sport packages on the estate, this can be arranged in advance. It is located in Royal Deeside, 40 miles west of Aberdeen, on the outskirts of Ballater. Ballater has a village store, butcher shop, petrol station and hotels, but for major shopping, then the nearest supermarket is in Banchory, 23 miles away. Fishing on the river Dee is available. Seasonally, skiing and snowboarding is available locally at the Glenshee. Golf courses locally include Ballater and Aboyne.

    Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

    The services of a housekeeper are provided within the rental for 5 hours, Monday to Friday for weekly rentals, and for light duties on behalf of the house for weekend rentals.  

    There are 3 bedrooms provided for staff (at no extra cost). If you wish to bring along a cook and/or other members of staff please enquire and we'll forward you the floorplans. 

    There is a private water supply at this property, which is checked and approved on an annual basis by the local authority.

    Please note the house will not accept weddings in the house or in a marquee in the grounds, but wedding parties hosting the wedding off site are welcome. 

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Nearest shop
1 mile
Nearest supermarket
24 miles
Nearest pub
1 mile


This prestigious house is set in a 14,000 acre estate
A Highland lodge of distinction in Royal Deeside
With the original mount step for those arriving by horse
You just know you are in a traditional shooting lodge
The reception hall leads into an ante room with open fire
The \'jewel in the crown\' of this lodge is the wonderful ballroom
The drawing room is traditional in style
With just a hint of tartan on show
The dining room is magnificent
The kitchen is is a large space for the cook to work in
\'Garden\' bedroom with en-suite bathroom, first floor
En-suite bathroom for \'Garden\' bedroom
\'Green\' twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, first floor
En-suite bathroom for \'Green\' bedroom
\'Blue\' bedroom on the first floor
En-suite bathroom for \'Blue\' bedroom
\'Turquoise\' bedroom on the first floor
En-suite bathroom for the \'Turquoise\' bedroom
\'Pink\' double bedroom on the first floor
Bathroom allocated to \'Pink\' bedroom
\'Yellow\' bedroom, with double bed, first floor
En-suite bathroom for \'Yellow\' bedroom
\'Georgina\' bedroom on the first floor
\'Double Three\' double bedroom, second floor
\'Double Four\' bedroom with double bed, second floor
\'Double Two\' bedroom on the second floor
Set in Royal Deeside near Ballater
The views overlook Ballater and the river Dee
Surrounded by lawns and a walled garden
There are plenty of gardens and grounds to explore within the policy
Views across Royal Deeside
Play a round of golf at the Braemar golf course
Take in one of the many walks in the area
Visit Braemar Castle


15 January 2019
Rated 5 out of 5

A unique property in a fantastic location. The housekeeper was a great help throughout and helped to make our short stay that much more enjoyable.

It's difficult to fault this property or its staff, they're all hugely helpful and accommodating. Really pleased to hear you had a great time. Perhaps we might entice you back a second time?!

I was looking for a property to rent over the New Year celebrations that was suitable for a group of friends to enjoy. Scotts Castles Holidays did an excellent job in helping me to find a very memorable location that was within the budget. Follow up messages for advice etc. were all handled in a efficient and very courteous manner.

Our mission is to be as genuinely helpful as possible, so very pleased to hear you felt we did an excellent job. Thanks for the feedback.

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