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Mar Lodge

Clatt, Aberdeenshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Quirky accommodation finished in the style of a traditional lodge
  • Located within the grounds of the Knockespoch Estate
  • King-size bedroom with roaring open fire
  • Panoramic views of surrounding woodland and luscious green landscape
  • Sun porch for wildlife spotting on chilly days
  • Within 12 miles of historic sites such as Huntly Castle
Property code: CA230

Hidden by tall trees and surrounded by acres of rolling green fields, this converted Victorian Dwelling offers a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Let your daily stresses fade away as you drive through the idyllic Knockespoch Estate to this charming cottage. Surrounded by uninterrupted countryside views with a wide variety of wildlife on the doorstep, it's a peaceful, secluded house perfect for a quiet getaway.

There's plenty of space outdoors for the dog to explore, and plenty inside when it's time to warm up too. Curl up on one of the comfortable sofas with the wood burner roaring and let Mutley take the prime spot on the sheepskin rug. You may even spot deer wandering past the windows. If the day has been very long and the great outdoors has taken its toll, get the fire burning in the bedroom for a real taste of luxury, and snuggle under the crisp white linens on the king-sized bed with a magazine. Early risers can enjoy coffee in the sunporch as the gardens come to life - woodpeckers, red squirrels and pine martens are all regular visitors. The modern kitchen with dining table is well-equipped to rustle up a hearty brunch or a leisurely dinner, and there's a BBQ outside if the weather is kind.

The estate spreads over 300 acres so you may well be content to wander through the grounds with the dog, but if you do fancy venturing further afield, the 3 mile climb up Tap o' Noth which is home to the second-highest hillfort in Scotland is 13 miles away. Craigievar Castle is also 13 miles from the house, and those with a penchant for a wee dram should not miss a trip to Dufftown where there are 11 distilleries, many of which are open for tours, including Glenfiddich where enthusiasts can even bottle their own malt to take home.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, electric oven, gas hob, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Open fire and woodburner – logs supplied
  • Private water supply
  • TV/DVD with Freesat
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no smoking
  • Private garden with lawn and seating
  • Off-road parking
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Storage space for bikes, fishing and sports gear
  • Drying area
  • BBQ
  • Trout fishing by arrangement
  • Shop 8 miles
  • Sleeps 2+2 – sofa bed available

The lodge sits within the magical 300 acre, private woodland of Knockespock House, steeped in history dating back to the 16th century. The location of this property means that you don't even have to get into your car to explore the local landscape. There are some stunning walks in and around the estate to discover - you really will be spoilt for choice.

Further afield if you are feeling more adventurous, lies the heart of the Highlands in the Cairngorms National Park. With mountains, lochs and rolling hills as far as your eyes can see, it really is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Scotland and definitely worth a visit. There are some incredible walking and cycling trails to explore as well as the more adventure sports such as mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing and various types of water sports if you are looking for a little excitement on your holiday.

If it's history you are looking for, this area of Aberdeenshire is rich in Scottish heritage and known as ‘Scotland's Castle Country' due to the county having more castles per acre, than anywhere else in the whole of the UK. There is the famous castle trail you can follow, where you visit 19 of the most renowned and dramatic castles across Aberdeenshire. Nestling in some of the most beautiful of settings, they really are a sight to behold and a must to see.

Carol Gall

This property is personally managed by Carol.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 20 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Nicholas 5th September 2020

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Mar Lodge is amazing, we absolutely love this lodge from the total silence to the walks from your doorstep, the red squirrel abundance of birds and deer, total comfort inside the lodge, spotlessly clean, homemade marmalade and flapjacks waiting for you,everything inside is of top spec, Krups coffee machine, dishwasher, Miele hob everything top quaRead morelity, we just cant say enough about this property, owners Lachlan and Caroline rang most days to check everything was ok, amazing people. Hide

Reviewed by Joanne 29th August 2020

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We stayed at Mar Lodge for a week, shame it wasn't our 2 weeks' holiday. We had been truly spoilt. The location is fab. Everything you need in the accommodation kitchen wise, comfortable bed & settee, nice TV, shower cubicle which was a nice surprise as we didn't know there was one. The owners have really put a lot of thought into this accommodatioRead moren to make you feel welcome. We enjoyed the yummy flapjacks and marmalade. Added bonus was the red squirrels, woodpeckers & deer. Our dog loved it too Hide

Reviewed by Terence 7th August 2020

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If you want a cottage that is comfortable,secluded,with loads of wildlife then this is the place for you.We enjoyed this cottage and location so much that we re-rebooked after three days into our holiday for next year.

Reviewed by Samantha 24th July 2020

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Beautiful cottage with stunning views. Total seclusion and privacy. The most dog friendly cottage we have ever stayed in! The owners left throws to put on the furniture, extra comfort for the dogs. The owners phoned us on arrival to check all was ok , made us feel very welcome. Homemade flapjacks and Marmalade was a lovely bonus. We spent mornings Read morewith a cup of coffee watching the beautiful birds and cheeky squirrels, right outside the window. We were lucky to see red Deer. Perfect! Hide

Reviewed by Jean-marc 28th February 2020

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Wonderful stay at Mar Lodge. It was snowing when we arrived and driving up the track through the forest to the house was magic (with a suitable 4WD car ...). Location is secluded and breathtaking, house is pretty and comfy, owners are very welcoming. What to ask for ? We will be back.

Reviewed by Ben 15th February 2020

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The cottage is in an stunning location which has amazing views of the then hill opposite. Lovely, peaceful and rustic feel to the cottage and plenty of roaming space for the pup.

Reviewed by Emily 12th February 2020

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If I could stay here all year round I would. Highly recommend this stay for some rest and recuperation or a quiet week away. Great to be able to take the furbaby away too!

Reviewed by Jason 7th February 2020

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Fantastic location, tucked away on the edge of a huge woodland estate, beautiful views, and a great place from which to explore this beautiful part of Scotland. The hosts have obviously given a great deal of thought to kitting out the cottage which has everything you would expect, plus more. We went in winter, hoped for snow and weren't disappointeRead mored, but we were kept cosy and warm by the wood-burning stove and fireplace in the bedroom, with all wood provided. Hide

Reviewed by Steven 24th January 2020

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Reviewed by Christine 18th January 2020

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Lovely location. Great facilities up to a very good standard. Addition of electric blankets was a bonus at this time of year, plus plentiful supply of logs for the fire. Definitely be back.

Reviewed by Angela 25th November 2019

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It was a magical place to stay for the peacefulness and wildlife. We were lucky enough to have a light snowfall which added another aspect to our stay. Everything you needed, or wanted, was provided, including a lovely large shower. Our two dogs totally enjoyed their first holiday with us. We will try to be back as soon as we can.

Reviewed by Phillip 26th October 2019

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No wonder Mar Lodge is practically booked up for 2020 - this is a fantastic cottage! It's surprisingly difficult to find a standalone cottage ideal for 2 people in such a quiet, beautiful and convenient location. We stayed with our two dogs and loved every moment. Whether cosying up in front of the log fire or watching the wildlife from the windowsRead more, it was great to unwind for a week. Even if you're hopelessly addicted to your devices, the WiFi is amazing given the remote location. Hide

Reviewed by Gordon 4th October 2019

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Don't want to tell others about it being such a great place to stay in case it gets fully booked before we can return!

Reviewed by Mrs Swallow July 2019

Wow! The photos do not do this amazing place justice! The owners obviously love and cherish Mar Lodge and also completely understand what self catering means. The quality of all the contents is more in keeping with a family home instead of a holiday let, and this made the experience even more special. If you are seeking amazing views, far from the Read morenoise and bustle of everyday life, then this is the place for you. The wildlife visitors to the garden on a daily basis was a highlight too. Tesco delivers, and did an amazing job of finding us down the maze of untarmaced tracks. The walks here are fab too: you don't need to travel miles into the Cairngorms when there are breathtaking views nearby. And without another soul to spoil the peace and beauty. The weather was definitely on our side and we spent much time just sitting in the garden. If you are visiting when the weather isn't so favourable, be sure you have indoor destinations planned, or be prepared to sit inside and entertain yourselves! Hide

Reviewed by Miss Pritchard June 2019

Amazing property, so quiet and peaceful. We spent our time watching the deer, red squirrels and birds each day, sometimes reluctant to go out in case we missed anything! The mornings and evenings were spent watching the pine martins coming to eat the nuts. It was such a relaxing place to be it was amazing and we will definitely be booking it again!Read more Hide

Reviewed by Miss Russell May 2019

Really secluded property overlooking some wonderful scenery and surrounded by woodland. Our dogs loved watching the deer and everything had been thought of in the actual lodge itself. Perfect weekend spent exploring the Scottish scenery in the day time and evenings by the fire.

Reviewed by Mr Leatherbarrow May 2019

We had a fantastic stay at the lodge,we needed nothing ,everything you might want is there,from bird seed,nuts ,binoculars and bird spotting books to information about the local area and things to do ,everything you need for a comfortable stay is there .The home made marmalade and flapjacks that were left for us were delicious thank you! And as we Read morehad a cold snap when we arrived the log fires were very welcome!! Complete with an ample supply of logs! We spent hours just watching the wildlife,many beautiful birds ,red squirrel,deer,and three visits that we saw by a pine marten!!. I have to say by Friday we didn't want to go home,we fell in love with the lodge and the local area and can't recommend enough how peaceful it is here.We will definitely be back in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Lincoln February 2019

A beautiful cottage in a great location. Everything we needed was provided, including logs for the fire and we arrived to a gift of homemade flapjacks and marmalade. We saw deer and red squirrels and spent every day just walking around the area surrounding the cottage.

Reviewed by Mrs Caroll November 2018

Fabulous comfortable well equipped.

Reviewed by Mrs Stehr October 2018

Mar Lodge is one of the best cottages we have ever stayed in. The location, at the end of a mile-long drive through woodland, cannot be beaten. The cottage was warm and cosy - just what we needed after a 2 day drive and arriving in a howling gale. Everything we needed was supplied and we wanted for nothing. There were some lovely touches, like the Read morehomemade marmalade and flapjacks. The cottage was perfectly located for exploring Aberdeenshire and for visiting our daughter in Aberdeen. What an amazing week in such a beautiful place. Hide

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