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Drumblair House

Forgue, Aberdeenshire
Sleeps 12
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms 4
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Four Poster
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A historic home with some parts dating back to the 1580s the ideal base for a friends or family get together  
  • Share celebratory dinners in the formal dining room or dine out in the harbourside restaurants
  • Convenient for the stunning beaches at Banff and Sandend and sample the local whisky at the Glendronach Distillery
Property code: CA110

Sitting in 8 acres of fabulous gardens and grounds, this wonderful seven-bedroom property is ideal for family gatherings and special occasions in a superb location close to the Aberdeenshire Coast.

This superb Grade C listed holiday let, parts of which date back to the 1580s, sleeps 12 guests and two dogs across seven bedrooms. The property embraces the elegance of traditional furnishings yet blends them with more contemporary decor, giving it a real sense of grandeur and style. Set between the hamlets of Forgue and Drumblair, a quiet and rural part of Aberdeenshire, it is perfect for a large family or group of friends who want some time to relax and unwind away from busy lives.


The rooms within the property have a true country house style, complete with ornate fireplaces and rich woods in the furnishings. Soft lighting and neutral colours make it an ideal space to relax in after a long day exploring, with wonderful views across the garden from the drawing room.


The kitchen/diner is charming with its large dining table and pretty wooden cabinets, as well as a smaller kitchen table; the Aga is a cook’s delight with enough space to whip up a lovely meal. Snuggle up in front of the fire in the drawing room, which has lovely views of the garden, or hide away in the family room with a book before heading to bed. There’s an en-suite twin bedroom on the ground floor with quaint traditional furniture.


Get some peace and quiet in the six bedrooms on the first floor. An indulgent double bedroom with four-poster bed shares a Jack and Jill bathroom with another comfy double room, while a four-poster single room has access to the stunning master bedroom with garden views and a coronet bed head. A tower shower room adds a spa-like feel to your stay with lots of natural light, while the master bedroom has a bath in the en-suite, ideal for a soak in the evening. The bedrooms are set up perfectly for families, so everyone can enjoy themselves without any hassle or worry.


Set within 8 acres of grounds, there is plenty to explore within the estate. Wander the gardens and perhaps even sample some of the fruit and vegetables that are growing there; expect to see deer and red squirrels as you walk around the property. If the weather’s not its best, the games barn will keep guests of all ages happy. On sunny evenings, enjoy an al fresco drink out on the patio as you take in the wonderful scenery and the children and dogs play in the enclosed garden.


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

Please note there is a refundable £500 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

  • 7 bedrooms - 4 doubles, 1 twin, 2 singles
  • 4 bathrooms - 1 ensuite bathroom with bath and handheld shower plus WC, 1 shared ensuite bathroom with bath and WC, 1 shower room with WC, 1 ensuite bathroom with bath and WC and shower over bath
  • Oil central heating - heating oil metered at 10 litres per day included
  • Electricity included
  • Open fire - wood included
  • Ornamental fireplace in one of the bedrooms
  • 4-oven AGA (oil included), 4 plate hob and electric oven (located in the utility room), fridge, freezer and dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV, video, DVD players, selection of books, games, music and films, Wi-Fi
  • 2 dogs welcome (restricted to ground floor)
  • Ample parking
  • Garden furniture, BBQ
  • Nearest shops 4 miles
  • Local Farm Shop 3 miles

This is a fantastic rural part of Scotland, ideal for those who want to make the most of being in the great outdoors while still being within easy reach of plenty to do. Head to the Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre (11.5 miles) for skiing and roller skiing no matter the weather, or get friendly with owls, eagles and more at the North East Falconry Centre (13 miles). Little imaginations will love the Grampian Transport Museum (22.5 miles) that has ever-changing exhibits and multi-media presentations.

Enjoy plenty of walks around the area, whether you want a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike. Complete a 6-mile route starting in Huntly (9 miles from the property), through Kinnoir Wood (8.5 miles) and around the Hill of Mungo before looping back into the village. While you're there, take a look at Huntly Castle (11.5 miles), the ruins of the ancestral home of the chief of Clan Gordon, Earl of Huntly.

Less than a mile from the house, the GlenDronach Distillery is well worth a visit with its regular daily tours, showing visitors how its whisky has been made since it opened in 1826. After sampling some single malts, head to Turiff (9.5 miles) where there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from. Further afield, yet within easy reach is Aberdeen (35 miles) where you'll get the taste of city life if you crave the hustle and bustle. Take some time out for retail therapy, walk the cobbles of Old Aberdeen or watch at the harbour mouth to see if you can spot any dolphins.

Lisa Hogg

This property is personally managed by Lisa.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Neil 27th July 2021

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Our week at Drumblair House was far too short. We absolutely loved it. The house and grounds proved to be ideal for a large family gathering. Big enough for entertaining and space to avoid being on top of each other. The house is a comfortable family home with everything you could possibly need. It was clean, the kitchen fully equipped and bathroomRead mores thankfully lacking Victorian plumbing. The gardens are lovely and full of wildlife: red squirrels, wood peckers and roe deer. Strongly recommended! Hide

Reviewed by Caitlin 24th July 2021

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This house was perfect for a group getaway and I imagine would be great for a family getaway too. Really well equipped house with lovely grounds and the beds in particular were so comfortable, everyone in our group commented on how well they slept! Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Joanne 3rd July 2021

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We really loved this house it is such a lovely setting and the grounds are beautiful. The kitchen is amazing enjoyed cooking on the aga and watching the birds in the garden. We had a lovely day at sunny side beach and the children enjoyed the falconry. We really enjoyed our stay.

Reviewed by Robin 12th June 2021

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Beautiful welcoming historic house set in the most lovely grounds. Well equipped in all areas including a great barbecue and area for al fresco dining. Kitchen/ diner room is perfect with a great TV room. The house felt like someones home. One of the bedrooms is a corridor for another bedroom. We would recommend this property and hope to return.

Reviewed by Gillian 7th June 2021

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A wonderful house and grounds, fabulous range of equipment and owners very friendly and looking to help with any questions. Including on foot directions to the local whiskey distillery. 6 of us had an amazing time.

Reviewed by Sam 29th May 2021

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This is a stunning property and a perfect place to host family and friends. The kitchen dining area is a wonderful space to gather, the garden and walled garden in particular are beautiful. It is extremely homely, full of family treasures, antiques, excellent bedrooms giving it a truly Scottish baronial home feel.

Reviewed by Mark 25th July 2020

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We chose Drumblair House at last minute. We were nervous given Scotland was just coming out of lockdown, but we needn't have worried. It was a wonderful place to stay, comfortable, loads of amenities, particularly suited for a larger group where we could lose ourselves in house and grounds, or come together around the huge dining table. We played tRead moreable tennis, croquet, and the owner made great recommendations including a nature boat trip (from Macduff) and walking up Bennachie. A fab holiday. Hide

Reviewed by L Coutts October 2019

We had the most amazing stay at Drumblair House over our wedding weekend. The house is very beautiful. The rooms are full of art and history while still keeping a homely feel. We had a lovely evening entertaining in the dining room/kitchen area on the Friday night and it is a perfect space for this. On the day of the wedding there was plenty of spaRead morece for everyone to get ready and the make up artist and hairdresser also commented on how lovely the house was. On the Sunday, we enjoyed walking about in the pretty grounds and the walled garden is stunning, even in the freezing cold weather. It made coming back to cosy up in front of the fire bliss! We cannot wait to return to Drumblair in the future with family and friends. The owner is also lovely and you can contact her directly which is great for any questions. We had the best time at Drumblair - thank you so much! Hide

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

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