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Forbestown Lodge, Donside

Near Strathdon, Donside

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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.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 4/5 Bedrooms: 2
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (1)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • WiFi

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.

Map & Local

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.

Local Events and Attractions


Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.




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.


Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Bathroom with shower, WC and wash basin.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels

Available Extras

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.



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Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

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% Christmas 2018 From 20/12/2018 to 26/12/2018
  • Save 15% New Year 2018 From 29/12/2018 to 04/01/2019

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 6
27 Oct 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 £350.00
20 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018 £495.00
28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 £495.00
06 Jan 2019 - 08 Feb 2019 POA
09 Feb 2019 - 05 Apr 2019 POA
06 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019 POA
27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019 POA
11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019 POA
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 POA
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 POA
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019 POA
31 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019 POA
21 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 POA
12 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 POA
02 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 POA
20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019 POA
28 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA
06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA
06 Jan 2021 - 05 Jan 2022 POA

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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The lodge was a good standard . 2 of our party were adults who had to sleep on the single beds which they found rather...

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The hiring fee was quite acceptable. We had no complaints whatsoever.


Very comfortable lodge. Well equipped. Owner close by was very helpful. Lovely location.


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


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