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Mar Lodge,

Clatt, Aberdeenshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs allowed 2
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
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.

Set in the beautiful grounds of the grand Knockespoch Estate, this charming cottage is an ideal bolthole for two. Relax in your own private garden, navigate the various trails, or find a quiet nook to spot the resident wildlife. Aberdeenshire is famous for its rich history, with plenty of castles, battlefields and ancient monuments within driving distance, such as Huntly Castle 12 miles away. If you prefer a quieter pace of life, there are plenty of fishing and golfing opportunities too.

Converted from a traditional Victorian dwelling, the property is single-level and spacious. Entering the hallway via the sun porch, you'll discover a masterpiece of wooden detail, complementing a true lodge style. The lounge is a wonderfully cosy room with high vaulted ceilings, comfortable sofas and an original stone feature wall. Throw a log on the wood burner and curl up with a wee dram, watching the TV or simply enjoying the atmosphere. The kitchen is bright and cheerful, equipped with everything you'll need to prepare a sumptuous supper, best enjoyed at the table. The roaring open fire in the bedroom is a real treat, especially when teamed with the king-size bed dressed in crisp linen. You'll feel thoroughly spoilt in the wooden panelled bathroom, which features an irresistible bath for a good long soak.

Outside, the panoramic views of the surrounding grounds are a fitting backdrop for sharing a bottle of wine. Sizzle up something special on the BBQ for dining alfresco, or pack up a picnic and set off to explore. The sweeping lawn gives way to acres of beautiful woodland and open fields, perfect for a quiet evening stroll.

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,
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Open fire and woodburner – logs supplied
  • Private water supply
  • TV/DVD with Freesat
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 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

This property joined our collection in the last 12 months and is managed by Carol.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 15 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Gordon, 4th October 2019

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

Reviewed by Mrs Hale, August 2018

Mar Lodge is a lovely cottage with exceptional views and amazing wildlife. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay and the owner's added little touches make it all the more special. Whether it's a relaxing break away from the madding crowd or a base for exploring the wonderful countryside nearby Mar Lodge is the place to go. The Read morecottage is almost a mile into the forest via a dirt track but the bumpy journey is worth it with the reward of feeling in total isolation and breath taking vistas. Hide

Reviewed by Mr Moran, July 2018

House was spotless and well equipped. Setting was brilliant. Wildlife kept us and the dog entertained. Not difficult to find due to excellent directions.

Reviewed by Mr Holland, July 2018

This property suited our every need. A perfect location. Apart from food we did not need to bring a thing. Have recommended it to as many people as we can.

Reviewed by Mrs Carroll, July 2018

The Lodge is very well equipped it is beautifully decorated and maintained to a very high standard. My husband and I have already booked for 2019 as we have family living nearby. I highly recommend the the lodge.

Reviewed by Mr Mayall, March 2018

Very well presented and well equipped. Warm and comfortable throughout. A peaceful retreat off the beaten track. Excellent on all fronts. Reluctant to leave.

Reviewed by Mr Tough, March 2018

We booked Mar Lodge last year for spring time 2018,we were not expecting some of worst and extreme Snowfall to occur during the week leading up to our holiday week and again during our holiday week. The day we were due to travel we were contacted by Mr Rh

Reviewed by Miss Summers, January 2018

The charming owner showed me to cottage and explained where everything was. The cottage is spacious and very well equipped. Gorgeous views and warm but the log fires are a bonus. My dog loved the walks and the large garden. I loved my stay and am looking to book a cheeky weekend again soon.

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