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Dalvorar - Mar Lodge Estate

(Ref. 1060444)

Braemar, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "This was the second consecutive year we stayed at Mar Lodge and again very much enjoyed the piece and quiet during our stay."

    We appreciated the warmth of the apartment when returning from a wet and windy walk. We did wonder on the safety of having a shower as the plastic curtain could be a little constricted and clingy. Also the bath hot water not hot enough to have a bath and not as hot as in the two hand basins or the sink in the kitchen.

    thank you for your feedback, Dalvorar is scheduled for a refurbishment in March/April 2024. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alec5.0Oct 2023

  • "Thank you for giving me this opportunity to feed back my disappointment with my recent stay at the Dalvorar flat in Mar Lodge."

    I would very much like my feedback forwarded to the NTS, which owns and manages the flat, and to receive a reply. Two points. One, the brass edging on the carpeted trap door (for underfloor heating perhaps?) in the living room was loose and thus both a trip hazard and rather sharp -- a potential bare-foot-cutting hazard too. We put a book on top of it while we were there but it needs to be repaired. Secondly, the thing that really spoilt my holiday: polyester in the sheets in a super-expensive top-of-the-range holiday let, really? I have always struggled to sleep in bedding that isn't 100 per cent cotton or linen and often travel with my own sheet -- but I didn't this time because I just assumed the bedding at Mar Lodge would be fine, given how much the rent was (cheap-and-nasty bedding is usually more of a problem at the cheaper end of the market). The problem -- quite a common one -- is that the bedding overheats in hot weather and gets clammy, which is what happened to me last week. I had broken sleep for four nights out of a seven-night stay and it spoilt my holiday and made me really quite angry. While stripping the beds as requested at the end of our stay I found a label that said sheets were 50 per cent polyester, 50 per cent cotton -- this is less cotton than you get in a bed at Travelodge. It's really, really shocking in a place that presents itself as so grand, supposedly, and charges so much. I'd like to hear an explanation as to why the NTS thinks 50-50 poly cotton sheets are ok. My husband also points out that now global warming is heating up even the Scottish summer, other places we've stayed now have electric fans in bedrooms as standard, and suggests the NTS does this at its properties too.

    Thank you for your feedback and the team at Mar Lodge will look at the carpet trim that you mention in the living room. The team would have been more than happy to repair it while you were staying in the apartment if it had been reported. The sheets that we use are provided by the linen hire company, if we had known about the issue with poly cotton sheets we would have come up with a solution for you. We are more than happy to accommodate requests and these can be sent through to Sykes in the first instance and they liaise with the property teams. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny3.1Aug 2023

  • "It was all just wonderful except the shower."

    The place was amazingly clean with spacious rooms, furnished beautifully and all had amazing views. The estate itself was a haven of beauty! The shower though was over a very high side Victorian bath with mixer taps and long shower curtains. Getting in and out the shower was difficult for short legs and there was no hand rail. The mixer taps were difficult to use to get a comfortable temperature once in the shower, as very low done. If water was too hot or too cold there was no room for manoeuvre in the shower. Shower curtain too long and got trapped under shower mat and in own feet making things a bit slippy. There was nowhere in the shower to put toiletries as bath tray (if used) left a gap in the curtains which then flooded floor. Note also there are no lifts in the building if you were relying on them. Not an issue for fit and healthy people just means a few trips up the stairs with luggage. Everything else was just brilliant though! Well worth a visit!

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jul 2023

  • "Gorgeous place, wonderful setting."

    Beautiful old-fashioned apartment but with all the facilities required. A joy!!

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Mar Lodge is a wonderful place to stay especially if you value tranquility and outdoor activities."

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Very happy staying at Mar Lodge, definitely a favourite, we will be back again."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2023

  • "A wonderful holiday apartment." only (small) gripe is the shortage of cooking pans - I brought some of my own this year as I remembered from my last visit. Also kitchen knives are nearly all blunt. But a great place to have a walking holiday, and the Mar lodge estate is gorgeous.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2022

  • "A very special place to stay."

    "Must have" a grab rail in the bathroom as the bath is beautiful but high-sided. Repairs to the gutters and downpipes as the rain was cascading down into the foundations. "Nice to have" full length mirrors in the bedrooms plus a new shower curtain in the bathroom as the current ones have an unpleasant smell.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. Your comments have been passed to the team at Mar Lodge for them to action. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Sep 2022

  • "This was one of the best properties we have been lucky to stay at."

    Simply breathtaking.

    Many thanks for your very kind comments, we are very lucky to have such a beautiful estate in the National Trust for Scotland. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Aug 2022

  • "A beautiful location and property."

    The apartment was very comfortable. Lovely walks on the doorstep for us and the dogs. Difficult to find places to eat as everywhere was bokked up. Being placed in a first floor apartment with no lifts was an issue for bringing up the luggage and not convenient with two dogs, sadly this was not made clear when booking There was no welcome pack which we thought was appalling considering the high cost of the accomodation, tea bags but no milk. We have stayed in smaller places with fantastic welcome packs.

    Thank you very much for your feedback about Mar Lodge estate, we are very lucky to have such a glorious estate in our portfolio. As you say Dalvorar is situated on the first floor and this is clearly noted on our listing on this website. We set out tea bags, coffee and sugar for the guests but we will be looking at the welcome tray we offer at all of our properties in the near future. Once again thank you for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kerry3.8Aug 2022

  • "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 Rowan5.0Mar 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 Graeme5.0Mar 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 Wendy4.4Feb 2022

  • "Very much enjoyed it, but there were two things that would have made a difference." 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 Christine5.0Feb 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 Elspeth4.7Jan 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 Hazel5.0Oct 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 Lorraine4.7Jul 2021

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  • First floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x Kingsize double and 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
  • Private water supply
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking or vaping
  • Shop and pub 4.1 miles
  • Holiday guests have access to the estate grounds outside of the regular opening hours
  • Note: The beds in twin room cannot be made into one large bed, please consider this when booking
  • Electric vehicle charging is available at this property with prior arrangement via donation to NTS
  • 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 bedrooms, with storage for all of your personal belongings and one of the rooms featuring a beautiful view 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.

Exempt from needing a Scottish Licence to Short Term Let

EPC Rating: Band C

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas