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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 within the grounds of the Knockespoch Estate
  • Relax in the sun porch with panoramic views of surrounding woodland and luscious green landscape
  • Enjoy a game of golf or trout fishing and visit the many historic castles within Aberdeenshire    
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.

Buried deep in the heart of the Knockespoch Estate hides this wonderfully charming lodge. Set in a private and secluded location this property is overlooked only by the forest and wilderness that embraces it. Surrounded by uninterrupted views over the Aberdeenshire countryside, this lodge makes for the perfect romantic hideaway for couples who wish to forget about their busy daily lives and get lost in the wild.

The lodge is arranged all on one floor and due to its Victorian heritage is impressively spacious, with high wooden ceilings and exposed traditional stonework. Its large interior space is warm and welcoming to offer a peaceful and relaxing place to stay whilst also making you feel like you are in the middle of the Scottish wilderness.

The stylish living room is full of light due to its high ceilings, letting in light from all angles and really giving this space a homely feel. With the addition of a wood burner, the room is the perfect place to enjoy a cosy, relaxing evening in front of the TV and fire with your loved one. The kitchen is well-equipped and an ideal space for socialising or planning the next day's adventures. The sun porch has panoramic views to ensure the surrounding countryside can still be enjoyed, even on those cooler evenings. The bedroom has a king-size bed and an open fire so you can doze off to sleep listening to it crackle and pop. There is also a bathroom with a bath, separate shower  and WC.

The outside of the lodge speaks for itself! It is beautifully hidden away in this private and secluded part of the Knockespoch Estate giving guests security, space and freedom to roam freely right from their front door. Engulfed by the forest and with uninterrupted views across the estate and beyond, you really will feel like you've returned to back to nature.

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

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 bathroom with separate shower
  • 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.

Lisa Hogg

This property is personally managed by Lisa.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 23 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Alistair 4th June 2021

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Marr Lodge is set in a beautiful location, at the end of a forest road with a fantastic view of fields and hills from the lodge. Red squirrels, woodpeckers and jays often visited the garden and deer were seen in the woods. The lodge was very comfortable and well equipped with everything you could need. We had a great holiday and would love to returRead moren. Hide

Reviewed by Carol 28th May 2021

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Mar Lodge is stunning in every way - it's location must be the best ever and the cottage itself is comfortable and welcoming.

Reviewed by Paul 7th May 2021

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The cottage is in a beautiful location,so quiet and relaxing with wildlife all around.Everything you could possibly need is in there and a great supply of logs and kindling for the fire.The owners are very friendly and helpful. I can honestly say I would like to live there if I could!!

Reviewed by Ian 30th April 2021

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A great place to relax and enjoy the wildlife. The views from the lodge are spectacular, a very special place. Would highly recommend if you want peace and quiet with walks from the doorstep. Very well equipped kitchen, top quality linens and towels. Dog friendly with throws provided if your pooch likes to sit on the sofa with you! Its very cosy wiRead moreth the log burner going. We had a great week and the homemade marmalade and flapjack were a welcoming touch and delicious! Hide

Reviewed by Laura 7th November 2020

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Lovely setting for watching wildlife , surrounding forest walks and comfortable lodge

Reviewed by Maureen 30th October 2020

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Mar Lodge was wonderful. Our weather was very rainy and windy which seemed to make it all the more beautiful. We were left a box of nice shortbread, homemade marmalade and flowers which were really appreciated. The log burners was amazing and we lit candles and just chilled. Was only a 2 night stay but we will definitely be back.

Reviewed by Trish 16th October 2020

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Lovely lodge fantastic peaceful quiet location. Lodge fully equipped.

Reviewed by Lorna 9th October 2020

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Our second visit was as good as our first and sad to leave. Only sadder that we can't return next year as fully booked already. I was worried in case this special place was going to be discovered and it has!

Reviewed by Dora 18th September 2020

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Just perfect. A wonderful cottage with SUPER wildlife. Owners very helpful. So well appointed. Everything was there. Have stayed in menu cottages , this was the best.

Reviewed by Judith 12th September 2020

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Very peaceful spectacular views and wildlife on the doorstep, perfect if you want peace and quiet, lots to do in the area, and caters well for dogs, lots of thought went into the cottage.

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!

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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.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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