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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
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.

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, shower over the bath 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
  • 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.

This property is personally managed by Carol.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Emily 12th February 2020

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

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 Christine 18th January 2020

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

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

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

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

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