Claybokie - Mar Lodge Estate
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It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Claybokie’s privacy, it’s old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make it an unparalleled base for a clan gathering.
This is a 2 storey house, sleeping 10 guests. Accommodation comprises: 2 double and 3 twin bedrooms – one of the doubles and one twin has ensuite facilities; the other double and twin share a bathroom. The third twin has its own bathroom on the landing close by – Grand dining room to seat up to 18 people; Beautiful sitting room with open fire; Conservatory and study; Large kitchen with AGA; Utility room and cloakrooms
At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Mar Lodge, is 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.
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.
Children are welcome at Claybokie, though it should be noted that there is an ornamental pond and very young children should not be left unattended.
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.