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Braemar, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1060444)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "What a memorable holiday."

    Scotland at its best.

    Thank you, Mar Lodge is a gem in stunning scenery. We look forward to welcoming you back to Mar Lodge. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RowanMar 2022

  • "Very comfortable apartment in a lovely old lodge."

    We thought it might be cold given the location and type of property, but we couldn't be more wrong! Very cosy (possibly too warm in the bedrooms!) and well kitted out. Great for dog walkers as the four-legged friends are allowed too.

    Thank you very much for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed your stay at Mar and we hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GraemeMar 2022

  • "Flat is comfortable."

    Heating variable either too hot or too cold and adjustment has to go through staff so cumbersome although staff very attentive. Flats position not really great for dogs since it’s so far from outside and fire doors are very heavy. Radio reception poor

    Reviewed by WendyFeb 2022

  • "Very much enjoyed it, but there were two things that would have made a difference."

    ...an extra small cooking pan in the kitchen would have made self catering much easier, and a good reading light ( maybe a better bulb in the standard lamp, or an extra standard lamp) so that we could both be able to read in the living room in the evening.

    Reviewed by ChristineFeb 2022

  • "Having visited Mar Lodge over 40 years ago, I was delighted to see that accommodation was now available."

    We weren't disappointed. We loved our week's holiday and will, definitely be back. During our stay there were some very stormy weather but when Braemar was experiencing power cuts, the Mar lodge generator kicked in and all was well. A special thanks to the Mar Estate staff for dealing with the many fallen trees and keeping the walking trails open. Also thanks to all the housekeeping staff who were excellent. What a wonderful job the estate is doing with forest regeneration!

    Thank you very much for your kind words about Dalvorar and Mar estate. It has been an extremely challenging winter for the staff at Mar Lodge with the various storms that have passed through the area. Good to read that the generator did the job and the housekeeping team are a real asset. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ElspethJan 2022

  • "What a great experience!"

    Wonderful location, fascinating history (tour recommended) and fantastic walking from the door. We loved our few days at Mar Lodge and would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by HazelOct 2021

  • "Having teenage boys it would have been 110% if a swimming pool was on site."

    Apart from that we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.

    Reviewed by LorraineJul 2021

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  • First floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x twin with balcony, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Biomass central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking in car park
  • Access to estate grounds
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4.1 miles
  • Note: The beds in each room cannot be made into one large bed, please consider this when booking
  • Note: The stag ballroom, grand dining room, library and drawing room at Mar Lodge can be hired separately for private events – please contact the lodge for further details on +44 (0)13397 41276
  • 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: Mar Lodge Ranger service runs a number of scheduled walks and events throughout the year- information on these can be found by visiting here
  • Note: Please be aware there is livestock on the estate
  • 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

The property

Delight in a rural retreat in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park at Dalvorar, a first floor apartment resting within the wonderful Mar Lodge on the National Trust for Scotland’s impressive Mar Lodge Estate.

Dalvorar is ideal for four guests travelling together, or as part of a bigger group, with Mar Lodge offering accommodation for up to 55 guests, making it the perfect choice for a family gathering.

Exuding elegance with its antique furnishings throughout, this property presents an unrivalled stately ambience for your luxurious escape.

The sitting room enjoys a characterful curved wall, lined with bespoke bookshelves, with a selection of sofas to relax on and a TV resting next to an impressive antique dresser.

Make your way into the well-equipped kitchen/diner to find all the essential appliances and utensils for your stay, with a convenient dining table where you can relish time together over a homemade meal.

Look forward to settling down in one of two spacious twin bedrooms, with storage for all of your personal belongings and one of the rooms featuring a beautiful balcony, allowing you to wake up to breath-taking views in the morning sunlight.

Freshen up with a hot soak in the roll top bath or a warm shower with the overhead attachment, before meeting up with the rest of the group and heading out to begin exploring this incredible landscape.

Make wondrous memories with your loved ones in Scotland at Dalvorar.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060439, 1060441, 1060442, 1060443, 1060494, 1060500, together sleeping up to 55 guests.

Mar Lodge Estate

Resting within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is Mar Lodge, a beautiful Victorian sporting lodge that has been carefully restored by the National Trust for Scotland to offer wonderful holiday accommodation amidst one of the country's most iconic landscapes. With eight properties in total across the estate, Mar Lodge is ideal for large family gatherings or celebrations, providing couples and small groups with a perfect country retreat too. The picturesque lodge itself has been split into five luxuriously furnished apartments, including Dalvorar, Macdui, Braeriach, Derry and Bynack, whilst the remaining three, Claybokie, Garage Cottage and Creag Bhalg rest within a high-walled garden facing onto the river within the estate's pine woods. The main lodge is a true delight, with high ceilings, grand hallways and a fabulous billiards room, open to all apartments within the lodge at a small extra cost, the perfect space for socialising with your loved ones. This prime Highland estate has been visited by nobility since the medieval period and is now recognised as one of Scotland's most important conservation sites, with ongoing preservation work to maintain the beauty of the ancient Caledonian pine forest and to protect the native wildlife. If you're seeking a holiday rich in breath-taking scenery and outdoor adventures, then Mar Lodge Estate is a superb choice. Take walks through wooded glens, stroll alongside crystal clear burns and soak up the marvellous mountain scenery, with this estate being home to four of Britain's five highest mountains. Plenty of excitement can be had on a holiday here, with thrilling mountain-biking routes being perfect for adrenaline-seekers, the River Dee offering some of the best salmon fishing in the world, and classic sports like shooting and stalking being popular too. Head into the nearby village of Braemar for all your self-catering needs, home to a highly recommended local butcher, alongside some delightful cafés, shops and pubs to enjoy throughout your stay. Attractions nearby include the Queen's Balmoral Castle and Estate, with royalty often visiting the area since the estate was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, you can now visit too and attend a fascinating guided tour. Less than fifteen miles away is the Glenshee Ski Centre offering 40km of pistes for skiing and snowboarding in the winter months, so you can find excitement here all-year-round! History lovers will delight at the ease in which an array of wondrous NTS castles can be reached, including the fairytale delight of Craigievar Castle, Crathes Castle, home to diverse wildlife and an impressive interior, and Drum Castle, one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses, all just a scenic drive away. Enjoy the wonders of this location from the luxury and comfort of Mar Lodge Estate.

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About the location


Ballater 17 miles; Aberdeen 59 miles.

The village of Braemar in Royal Deeside sits amongst some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer. Nestling in the River Dee valley within the Cairngorms National Park, Braemar and the area around it are a treasure trove for the outdoor enthusiast, boasting 24 Munros, the highest 18-hole golf course in the country and close proximity to the Glenshee Ski Centre. The village offers plentiful opportunities for relaxation as well in the many cafes, shops and restaurants. The famous Highland Gathering in September, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth, is a spectacular feast of highland games, music and dancing. Inverness, Aberdeen and Perth are a great day out, are accessed through great scenery, and are well worth a visit. Royal Deeside boasts many rare wildlife and plant species such as capercaillie, roe deer, red squirrels and golden eagles. With Braemar and Balmoral Castles and the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in this area, there is indeed something for everyone in this delightful part of Scotland.

Note: Mar Lodge Ranger service runs a number of scheduled walks and events throughout the year- information on these can be found by visiting here.
Note: Please be aware there is livestock on the estate.
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.
Note: Victoria Bridge (Mar Lodge main access bridge) has been closed for restoration from August 2021, however there is restricted use for National Trust guests to cross

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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