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Luxury Lochside Retreat | 072

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Overview

  • At a Glance
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation

    • Sleeps 8
    • 4 bedrooms
    • 4 bath / shower rooms

    Your holiday home

    • £2,270 - £4,120 per week
    • Security Deposit £500 (refundable)
    • Friday changeover
    • 4:00 PM check in
    • 10:00 AM check out
    • Sorry, no pets
    • No smoking
    • Property rating: 5
    • Facilities

      • Wifi
      • Washer Dryer
    • Features

      • Water Views
      • Beach
      • Luxury

Description

Whilst pictures paint a thousand words, sometimes they cannot do a place justice. Nestled on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park on Loch Ericht this highly unusual gate lodge is anything but ordinary. Built to replicate the baronial style of the Estate’s principal residence, albeit in miniature, this property acted as overflow accommodation for family and friends. Beautifully presented, with well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings, ornate fixtures and sumptuous furnishings, this holiday let is supremely comfortable, warm and accommodating. It’s a perfect example of where quality doesn’t have to shout to get noticed.

New to holiday letting in 2019, the Gate Lodge is a high end, luxury four bedroom castlesque style property with far reaching views of the Loch and mountain range beyond (often found capped with snow). Located down a 8 mile unsealed private track, it’s not the easiest of places to get to but once there you’ll never want to leave. The most striking thing beyond the quality of the décor and furnishings is how warm this building is throughout. Whether walking up a corridor or sitting in the entrance hall, this property is kept at a, more than comfortable, ambient temperature all year round.

This large holiday home would suit mature groups keen to settle in one spot for a period of time soaking up the natural environment right on the doorstep, sporting enthusiasts, families, overseas travellers looking to enjoy the best of Scotland and small corporate team get togethers.

  • Living
  • Beds & Baths
  • Grounds
  • Please note
  • Ground Floor
    Large formal entrance hall, with underfloor heating and ornate wood lined ceiling. Leads directly into formal well lit dining room via a set of large double doors, oak polished floor covered with Persian rug. Antique mahogany dining table and matching chairs seats 8 very comfortably. Access to two balconies at the front and side of the room provide guests with outdoor seating areas overlooking the loch in fine weather.

    First Floor
    The reception rooms are located on the first floor up a set of stairs (16 steps) and consist of a large formal baronial style drawing room with ornate wooden ceilings, wood lined walls and imposing sandstone fireplace. The less formal lounge room consists of a wall to wall double corner sofa and TV hidden behind a bespoke built wooden cabinet matching the style of the house. A door leads out onto a small private balcony overlooking the Loch.

    A carpeted stone turnpike staircase (29 steps) leads up to the central turret which is a work of pure craftsmanship. However due to the design of the windows, this area is only accessible on request under supervision. 

    Property Managers Note
    It's hard to articulate just how impressive the 'feel' of this building from photographs alone.  It's like walking into a five star boutique hotel. From the rich choice of fabric wallpaper covering the dining room walls to the ornate, hand-painted tissue boxes accompanying each bedroom, the attention to detail is quite impressive. A one dimensional photograph doesn't capture the warmth or quality of the building as well as a visit.  

    Ground Floor
    The country style kitchen is large and furnished with a double oven aga with warming cupboards. It’s kitted out with all the amenities a cook would expect and plenty of storage for a weeks’ worth of provisions. The kitchen has great views of the Loch. There’s a small breakfast table in the kitchen to seat 4.

    Utility Room & Drying space
    This property has a large deluxe floor to ceiling electric drying cabinet for guests to put all of their wet outdoor kit (e.g. coats and boots). This is a real treat particularly for those wishing to make the most of the Scottish outdoors, come rain or shine.

    There’s also a downstairs w.c.

  • Accommodation is provided for 8 guests in 4 bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms. Attention to guest comfort has been well considered with high end quality bedding, as well as dressing gowns and toiletries provided in every bathroom. All sinks and baths are marble topped.

    Bedroom 1: Master King-size Four Poster Bed suite with ensuite bathroom; bath with shower over
    Bedroom 2: Twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom; bath with shower over
    Bedroom 3: Super King Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom; bath with shower over
    Bedroom 4: Twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom; bath with shower over

  • The key feature when booking this property for a holiday is proximity to the Loch as well as its remote location. The Lodge has been built into a hill meaning access to the shore (pebble) is down a set of steep stairs. There’s no garden to speak of, just look out points at various junctures down the steps.

    Walking
    This would be a key activity when here for all ages. The estate itself covers 33,000 acres and Loch Ericht (tenth largest freshwater lake in Scotland) is surrounded by a number of Munroe’s, the nearest of which is Ben Alder. You’re welcome to walk anywhere around the Lodge (other than the owners private grounds) and nearer your holiday you can always get in touch with the Estate Office for ideas on where to go. They’ll be best placed to let you know what’s on and can caution you over areas where stalking may be taking place during certain times of the year. Being on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park you’ll find an abundance of walking and bike trails throughout this region.

    Shopping
    Your nearest local shop for basic supplies, papers, groceries and fuel would be in Dalwhinnie which is 8 miles away. As well as a village store, Dalwhinnie also has a hotel and distillery with visitor centre and railway. The Dalwhinnie Distillery offer home tasting whisky visits for groups which could be something fun to arrange during a stay here.

    A larger supermarket can be found in Newtonmore, which is 12 miles away. Online deliveries will only deliver as far as the Estate Office. The staff are happy to take provisions down to the Lodge and unpack bags for you if arranged and agreed in advance of your stay.

    Fishing
    Guests staying in the lodge are welcome to fish on Loch Ericht and Loch Rannoch from the bank (you’re welcome to bring your own boat to launch). Anyone fishing must, by law, carry a permit to do so and terms apply so if you do plan on fishing during your stay please notify the booking team / Estate office in advance. Both lochs have a good stock of wild brown trout.

    Stalking
    Stalking red or roe deer is a fascinating way to discover Scotland’s landscape and culture. You will spend time walking through beautiful landscapes – mountains, glens and forests – as you go in search of the deer. The red deer on the estate are carefully managed on a sustainable basis producing a healthy quality food in balance with the local environment. Deer welfare, conservation and environmental enhancement are important initiatives for the estate. You will spend time with one of the estate stalkers on the hill. The tradition of deer stalking will offer you an insight of Scottish culture which many other visitors will never experience. Deer stalking is the term we use in Scotland for hunting and shooting deer. It is an important part of modern day land management. It also contributes to the local economy; helps protect many native plants and species and maintain a healthy and strong population of red deer. Deer stalking is also a traditional activity in Scotland, a link to the traditional culture of the Highlands. Please also discuss stalking the deer with your binoculars or camera.

    Red Stag season 1st July to 20th October
    Roe bucks 1st April to 20th October and does 21st October to 31st March
    During the season Stalking red deer is available by arrangement

    Golf
    You’re never too far from a golf course in Scotland. If you fancied getting your clubs out the nearest to this property would be Newtonmore, Kingussie, Blair Atholl (9 hole), Aberfeldy or Pitlochry.

    OUR TOP 3 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE NEW GATE LODGE

    - It's Interior Design, this place has been built on a 'no expense spared' budget. 

    - Its loch views; all rooms have great views of the water which have a calming influence we think

    - Its Deluxe Electric Drying Cupboard; warm coats & boots every day. That means no excuse not to go out walking!

  • Group Types
    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.

    Driveway
    Access to the Gate Lodge from Dalwhinnie begins with a barrier gate to which guests will be given a code. This will lead you onto an 8 mile unsealed, private drive.  Standard vehicles driven with care and common sense can navigate the track, albeit slowly. This may mean not always driving centrally down the track but directing your vehicle left or right as you come across a change of contour in the central reservation or avoiding pot holes. We do not recommend low slung sports vehicles or cars with similarly low suspensions try navigating the drive. The Estate Factor can arrange 4WD access to and from the property for guests on request, should they wish to leave their vehicles in Dalwhinnie.   During winter months you'll only be able to access the property by 4X4 and you'll need to call the Estate Office in advance of your journey to check weather conditions. 

    Parking
    The Gate Lodge is located alongside the entrance to the main drive of the owner’s Principal residence. Parking is available for guests either side of the drive and in a small courtyard opposite.

    Pets
    There are two outdoor dog kennels available for guest use in a small enclosed courtyard opposite the entrance to the Lodge.  For guests taking pets please note the security bond will increase from £500 to £1000.  Pets are welcome on the ground floor of the gate lodge only and pet terms apply. 

    Turret
    Due to the design of the turret, access to the turret will be closed off to all guests with rope and sign advising no entry. Supervised access to this section can be accommodated on request by prior arrangement.

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Map

Area
Inverness-shire
Nearest shop
1 mile
Nearest supermarket
27 miles
Nearest pub
1 mile
Train Stations
Nearest Train Station
Dalwhinnie 7 miles
Tulloch 14 miles
Corrour 15 miles

Photos

Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest
Luxury Lochside Retreat, Loch Ericht, Ben Alder Forest

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