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East Lodge

Crathes Castle near Banchory, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail (Ref. 1060437)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher

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3 customer reviews

  • This was our first experience with a puppy on holiday and it went exceptionally well, just one or two minor niggles.

    “The garden was great for the dog but was not dog proof. consequently the dog could have run out onto the A93,”

    “The garden was great for the dog but was not dog proof. consequently the dog could have run out onto the A93, The property was great and we had a really good break. highly recommend Sykes cottages very efficient at what they do.”

    - Mr Green, May 2021

National Trust For Scotland

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The property

Banchory 3.6 miles.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of rugged hills and within historic grounds is East Lodge, a charming ground floor cottage found on the Crathes Castle estate.

Choose this impressive National Trust for Scotland lodge as your astounding base, entering the gothic estate through grand Victorian gates, amongst acres of the castle's extensive grounds.

Spend an evening of relaxation in the living/dining room, beautifully decorated with original arch latticed windows and neutral furnishings, selecting a DVD for a film night before gathering at the dining table to enjoy a homemade meal.

Make use of the contemporary kitchen as a base to cook all your self-catered meals, equipped with all the necessary amenities, as well as a handy breakfast bar for more casual dining for two.

The beautiful bedrooms provide a tranquil place to rest your head; choose between a double and a twin, both with matching décor, bright and airy windows and ample storage.

Revel in a warming shower on a brisk autumn morning, the shower room preparing you for an action-packed day out with your loved ones.

Begin your days within the private garden, being sure to make the most of the picnic table for alfresco dining during the summer months.

Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling around the Crathes Castle estate; dating back to 1323 when King Robert the Bruce yielded the lands of Leys to the Burnett family, there’s plenty of history to discover while meandering through the impressive gardens, home to yew hedges which were planted in 1702, and finding a unique range of wildlife around the 240 hectare estate via six marked trails, spotting buzzards, bats, roe deer and herons along the way.

See the wonder of Crathes Castle from its interior, with this extravagant property home to intricate mazes, tall towers, ancient turrets and antique paintings, being sure to watch out for the trip steps, made to confuse running attackers!

Thrill seekers will adore this corner of Scotland, where you can spend a day swinging through high ropes courses at Go Ape Aberdeen, found within the castle grounds, or take smaller children to the fun-filled Wild Wood Adventure Play.

Banchory town centre is just a car ride away, providing all the necessities you'll need, including a choice of shops, pubs, restaurants and takeaways, as well as a large golf course, parks and peaceful riverside walks.

Other attractions in the area range from steam train rides next to the River Dee at the Royal Deeside Railway, to coastal resorts found further afield at Cove Bay, Portlethen and Stonehaven.

Travel over to the city of Aberdeen for a vibrant day of cosmopolitan wonders, discovering the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, an Aberdeen Ghost Walk, plus vibrant bars and shopping experiences.

Further afield you can find the spectacular Craigievar Castle, also owned by the National Trust for Scotland, where you can find a wealth of history, armour and art immersed in the castle said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella, while Leith Hall, Haddo House and Pitmedden Garden also lie just a short scenic drive away.

The royal holiday of your dreams awaits at the historic East Lodge.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Oil-fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with DVD player
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with picnic table
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 2.7 miles
  • Note: There is no WiFi at this property
  • Note: Dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

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About the location


Aberdeen 15 miles.

Banchory is an attractive Scottish town lying approximately 15 miles west of Aberdeen on the banks of the River Dee. It is a vibrant and well serviced town and nearby Crathes Castle is a popular tourist attraction and is considered to be one of the most superb castles in Scotland. The castle is open all year and owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Banchory boasts its own golf club with a driving range, mountain bike trails and a skatepark near the centre of the town. Of course, the River Dee offers excellent fishing opportunities and permits can be obtained locally. The pleasant high street has a supermarket and a fascinating mixture of shops where finding that special holiday souvenir will be easy.

Note: There is no WiFi at this property.
Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas