Royal Deeside Lodge

Royal Deeside, Banchory, Aberdeen-shire, Scotland
Hazel Gardiner
Accomodation
8 > Guests
Bedrooms
4 Bedrooms / 4 Beds
Bathrooms
2 Full

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Royal Deeside Lodge

A stunning jewel in the crown of Royal Deeside, this luxury lodge sleeping eight with large outdoor hot tub has all the bells and whistles for a luxury break close to castles, history, trails, nature and historic Scotland at its finest.

Relax in your ground floor Royal Deeside luxury lodge, set on a manicured park of similar properties overlooking Banchory in Aberdeenshire. The lodge is a stunning retreat where you can recharge your batteries, relax in the hot tub and enjoy views of the surrounding picturesque countryside. A tranquil lodge sleeping up to 8 guests which has been comfortably equipped with all you need for a relaxing highland stay close to Royal Deeside. The main living area is made up of a comfortable open plan area with a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area. There are four well appointed bedrooms offering a combination of sleeping options to suit a variety of groups, (2 x double: one with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x adult bunk). In the kitchen facilities include an electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher and in the living area there is a TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, Wi-Fi, selections of books, games and DVDs. Throw open the French doors in the living area and step out onto the decked terrace where you can enjoy breakfast alfresco or a nightcap before dinner. For evenings in, the hot tub is an ideal spot to enjoy time with your group over a bottle of wine. There are a number of attractions available in the area and fabulous walking opportunities for yourselves and the family dog.

Five Star Activities

Banchory is home to hundreds of attractions, ranging from great walking routes and waterfalls to castles and museums. A stay at Royal Deeside Lodge is the perfect base for families and friends to explore the many local activities and areas of interest.

Visit the The Barn Arts Centre founded in 1994 as a community arts venue, and has since grown into the nationally renowned, innovative and exciting hub for creativity it is today. A trip to the Bridge of Feugh is a short walk from the centre of Banchory and well worth the trip where salmon can be seen leaping up the apparently unscaleable rocks, amidst an often-raging torrent, compelled by instinct to return to their spawning grounds further up the river. In the 1800s turnpike roads were constructed throughout Scotland and travellers were charged for their use of the roads. The toll houses were built with windows facing both ways along the road to catch passing travellers. There is a fine example of a former toll house at the Bridge of Feugh. In front of the Toll House you can see an old mile marker showing the number of miles to Aberdeen.

Crathes and Drum Castle shouldn’t be missed! Crathes Castle is the seat of the ancient family of Burnett of Leys. It is of special interest because of its painted ceilings and fine furniture, and for the ancient Horn of Leys which was gifted to the Leys Family by Robert the Bruce. Horse lovers can stop off at Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre which is home to around 65 horses at any one time where visitors can meet the horses, stop at the world-class visitor centre and café, or take a stroll on the marked nature walks in the surrounding countryside.

Of historical interest is Scolty Tower, Banchory’s famous landmark. Scolty Tower was built in memory of local man General William Burnett who fought alongside Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars. Railway enthusiasts will delight in a visit to the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society Visitor Centre, located at the Milton Arts and Crafts Village, 3 miles from Banchory on the A93 Banchory to Aberdeen Road. Young and old can experience local interest artefacts at the Banchory Museum, a centre of excellence for the traditional culture of the Dee Valley. There is a permanent exhibition of the life of Scott Skinner, Mesolithic Deeside and the people of Banchory. James Scott Skinner is considered one of the most influential fiddlers in Scottish traditional music. He came to be known as the ‘Strathspey King’.

Royal Deeside Lodge is also close to the local sports centre and pool in Banchory and is a great stop off for wet days. You can go on a mural trail and spot the Banchory Bassline Murals, a series of artworks found on routes to Scott Skinner Square. Take a stroll along Smiddy Wynd and Postie Walk for more mural sightings. For the energetic adventurer there is fishing, river canoeing, gliding, horse riding, quad biking, zip slides, rock walls and more. In winter, the ski slopes are only an hour away from your base in Banchory. Visit Go Ape, hire bikes from Banchory Cycle, visit the Deeside Activity Park, go paintballing, fishing at a trout fishery and you can even go gliding at the Deeside Gliding Club. Banchory has a lovely 9-hole course plus a driving range at Inchmarlo and a challenging 18-hole at Banchory Golf Club.

Mountain and trail biking opportunities are infinite. Scolty is on the outskirts of Banchory and forms the eastern end of the long forest of Blackhall. The park is popular with bikers and walkers and has four waymarked walks as well as lots of small paths. Scolty Wood is managed with the help of the local community through Scolty Woodland Park Association. The ride can be extended through the Blackhall Loop to shooting greens on forest roads all the way. Good views of the Dee Valley to the north and the Feugh to the South. There are hundreds of miles of tracks and trails offering something for everyone. From the low level, Old Deeside Line which follows the route of the Old Deeside Railway Line, to more strenuous walks including the wonderful Glen Dye Walk to Clachnaben Summit. The ski and snowboarding slopes are only an hour away from Banchory and why not visit the Clashindarroch Ski Trails, near Rhynie, just half an hour’s drive from Banchory. Clashindarroch forest is the best snow-holding forest in the UK due to its height above sea level (300-520m) and the mature trees which help collect, then protect snow. The forest averages 40-45 ski days each winter. It is the only forest where classic and skate tracks are regularly “groomed” using a track cutter towed by a snowmobile operated by Huntly Nordic Ski Club. Ski conditions, hiring of skis and tuition can be obtained by contacting Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre. Head for the real slopes at the Cairngorms, Glenshee and Lecht for a good days skiing in Scotland.

Rates :

£595 week and deposit 25% of the total rental payable at time of booking balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Please note this is a smoke free property. Low season from £375 for a three night stay. Pets are welcome up to two pets by arrangement. Small pet housekeeping charge applicable, thank you.

Guest Reviews :

‘Thank you for a lovely stay. A special place and attention to detail throughout. A great base to see all the sights from and the hot tub was heavenly!”

Availability

  • The minimum stay is 3 nights

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Details

  • Guests: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Beds: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2

Prices

  • Per Night: £130.00
  • Minimum days of a booking: 3

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Amenities

  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Dishwasher
  • Hot Tub
  • Microwave
  • Music System
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Washing Machine
  • Wi-Fi

Terms & rules

  • Smoking allowed: No
  • Pets allowed: Yes
  • Party allowed: No
  • Children allowed: Yes
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