Forbestown Lodge, Donside
Near Strathdon, DonsideGuest Rating
Lonach and Forbestown Lodges are two excellent and identical larch lodges situated in an attractive woodland setting above a small pond in the heart of rural Donside.
|Sleeps: 4/6||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
Situated some 18 miles from Ballater and 16 miles from Tomintoul, Forbestown Lodge is in every way superior to your run-of-the-mill log cabin. Indeed the pine-lining in the living area is about the only feature which would remind you that this is a Lodge rather than a standard cottage and it too is of a different order to the normal rough-hewn timbers.
The open plan L-shaped accommodation here is very spacious, with the well-equipped kitchen area at one end with its traditional Belfast sink. The generous dining area comes next, with the sitting area stretching right across the front of the Lodge, beside the patio doors that open onto a decking area above the water (with furniture). The bed settee in the sitting area can provide accommodation for an additional two people. The utility room provides not only laundry space but also useful additional storage.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, and a shower room. As might be expected in a house of this shape, the ceilings are partially sloping, which in the twin and bathroom give the advantage of additional Velux windows. These rooms are all bright and well furnished with plenty of space and splendid views of the surrounding hills and forests.
Strathdon, between the Grampians and the Ladder Hills is a spectacular glen which offers many opportunities for those of an active disposition.
There are walks of all grades of difficulty, from low-level woodland strolls to some of the most challenging hill walks in the country. Mountain biking enthusiasts will enjoy the many tracks which run deep into the hills and in winter, the Lecht skiing area is right on the doorstep.
The Don is an excellent fishing river, which is well known for its brown trout. Those interested in wildlife will find this in rich abundance, with eagles, buzzards, osprey, deer, pine martens and red squirrels all likely to be on the viewing list. You will find plenty of details and information in the lodge.
For the less energetic, the area offers castles, stately homes and galleries. Craigievar, Leith Hall and Crathes are all worth a visit, as are Braemar and Balmoral. In the other direction you are well within driving distance of Grantown on Spey, Loch Ness and Inverness itself.
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Open plan living area with TV/DVD double bed settee, iPod docking station, electric cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, etc
Utility room + washing machine
Cloakroom with WC and wash basin.
Bathroom with shower, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric panel heaters. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium or 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- 2 Week Discount (£25)
- Save 15% - w/c 22 Jul 17 From 22/07/2017 to 28/07/2017
- Save 10% - w/c 29 Jul 17 From 29/07/2017 to 04/08/2017
- Save 10% - w/c 05 Aug 17 From 05/08/2017 to 11/08/2017
- Save 10% - w/c 12 Aug 17 From 12/08/2017 to 18/08/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 6|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£495.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017||£450.00|
|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£395.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£450.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£350.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£495.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£495.00|
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Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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I would stay again. Nice cottage and plenty to do in the area.
Great lodge, lots of space, only a pity that there is another lodge just next to this one
Good for the four of us, with a well set up kitchen. Laundry machine was a nice bonus for us travellers.
Beautiful location, lovely log cabin, could do with more equipment in kitchen and a telephone
Excellent, well equipped, beautiful location.