Donglen House

Where your heart’s in the Highlands

Donglen House

Where your heart’s in the Highlands

When the hurly burly’s done

It’s time to relax in this magnificent Scottish retreat

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Sometimes a house just stands out as being something just a little bit special. And there is no doubt this fantastic exclusive castle, located in the stunning Cairngorms National Park, falls into that category. This is a property you are bound to fall in love with. It was once owned by the Bodyshop’s Anita Roddick, and later by Sir Billy Connolly.

Prices from £7,500 per night

With a minimum 2-night stay.

Accommodates 24

In 12 luxurious en-suite bedrooms

In beautiful Strathdon in Scotland

In the Cairngorms National Park with over 5,000 square kilometres of rugged natural beauty and sensational outdoor pursuits to explore.

Immaculately presented to the highest standards

Housing up to twenty-four guests in twelve double bedrooms, the splendour of the house is epitomised by the 17th century opulent drawing room at its heart. This is a great place to relax with a book, or to sit by the log fire while you chat with family and friends over tea and marvel at the exceptional oak-panelled walls and the ornate plaster ceiling. You could even unwind of an evening with a lively ceilidh band and a dance.

Or get a real taste of Scotland in the wonderfully unique dining room where you can enjoy a candle-lit banquet, or simply relax with an informal family meal. With seating for all of your twenty-four guests, the tartan décor is bound to be a talking point. We will provide a private chef and discreet staff so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the wonders of the exceptional local cuisine.

Fond of a wee dram? The whisky library provides a leading selection of single malts and Scottish gins. You can discover the delights from nearby distilleries: The Glenlivet or Royal Lochnagar. Or you can venture slightly farther afield to Speyside, Aberlour, Strathisla, Ben Riach, Glenfiddich to name a few. Why not host your own private whisky (or gin) tasting with our expert whisky tutor?

 

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care

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When it is time for bed, you want to let the cares of the world vanish as you have a sound night’s sleep in peace, quiet and comfort. Well, this is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind, with twelve individually styled bedrooms providing luxury, style and, best of all, comfort for up to twenty-four guests. All the bedrooms have their own private bathroom, L’Occitane toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. They each have their own individual style and charm, with wonderful décor and superb facilities.

The splendour of the landscape is never far away

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Whatever your preferred form of relaxation, you will find something for you in this splendid place. If pure relaxation is for you, curl up with a good book in front of a log fire, or head to the games room, the ideal place to unwind over a game of billiards. Wander out to the historic and tranquil Victorian walled garden at the heart of the remarkable eighteen-acre private estate. It offers the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the fresh, crisp Highland air surrounded by the soft breath of nature. Stroll along the hedge-lined paths or set up a little league on our giant chess set. Try your hand at fly-fishing either on our very own loch, or in a secluded fishery on the River Don, with tuition available from an experienced local ghillie.

This being Scotland, you’re never too far from a golf course. Aberdeenshire has over fifty courses, ranging from stunning links to lush parkland venues. The nearest course is less than half an hour’s drive and the nearby Royal Aberdeen, Fraserburgh, and Trump International Golf Links are some of the best golf courses in the country.

But best of all, in our opinion, the remarkable setting in the heart of the Cairngorms allows easy access to hill walking, mountain biking, kayaking, and so much more. The Cairngorms have a magic and majesty all of their own and they will draw you back time and time again. Talk to us about your plans. We can arrange all sorts of things from 4×4 off-roading to axe throwing! And in winter there is nearby skiing and snowboarding in the Lecht and Cairngorm Mountain ski resorts. Whatever you choose to do, we are sure you will have a wonderful time in this fantastic property.

Donglen House

Prices and availability

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Donglen House is available for private hire on an exclusive basis.

Donglen House is available at £7,500 per night (inclusive of VAT), with a minimum stay of 2 nights.

We offer the services of a wonderful private Chef who can tailor your catering requirements to your preferences.  We offer breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner options (not that this house is not suited to self-catering).

Christmas and New Year

  • Christmas – £8,400 per night (inclusive of VAT), with a minimum stay of 4 nights
  • New Year – £8,400 per night (inclusive of VAT), with a minimum stay of 4 nights.

Payment Process

  • We take a 1/3 deposit at the time of booking
  • The balance is due three months before the date booked
  • Cautionary Deposit: £2,000 refundable cautionary deposit (due two weeks prior to your stay).

How to book:

  1. Call us on 01242 352 747
  2. Email us on hello@bighouseexperience.com
  3. Complete the form below.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

  • Donglen House has 12 individually styled bedrooms providing elegant comfort for up to 24 guests
  • There are also 2 additional double en-suite bedrooms asuitable for private staff or nanny in a building adjacent to the main house
  • All bedrooms have their own private bathroom

 

Bedrooms Beds Sleeps Features
Bedroom 1: Forbes Super-king bed (can be made into twin beds) 2 Large room at the top of the spiral stairs. En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 2: Wallace Super-king bed (can be made into twin beds) 2 Large tartan bedroom at the top of the spiral stairs. En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 3: Anderson Super-king bed (can be made into twin beds) 2 Large room at the top of the spiral stairs, in the far right corner.  En-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 4: Grant Super-king bed 2 Large first floor bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 5: McDuff Double bed 2 Large First floor bedroom.  Can be paired with adjoining McAlistair bedoom through a locakable door (perfect for families). Bathroom next door with shower, or can share the McAlistair bathroom
Bedroom 6: McAlistair Double bed 2 Standard-sized first floor bedroom with en-suite bathroom. With bath. Can be paired with McDuff to create a family room
Bedroom 7: Russel Double bed 2 Standard-sized first floor bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath
Bedroom 8: Fraser Super-king four-poster bed 2 Large first floor bedroom with adjacent bathroom with shower
Bedroom 9: Gunn (Master bedroom) King-sized bed 2 Large first floor bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower
Bedroom 10: Gordon King-sized bed 2 Second floor bedroom, with lower ceiling.  Ensuite bathroom with bath
Bedroom 11: Innes King-sized bed 2 Large second floor bedroom, with lower ceiling.  Ensuite bathroom with bath
Bedroom 12: MacGregor King-sized bed 2 Second floor bedroom, with lower ceiling.  Ensuite bathroom with bath

Services and Facilities

The following items are included in the rent:

  • Servics of an experienced and discreet private Butler
  • Housekeeping (inc. linen change) during your stay
  • Egyptian cotton linen
  • Luxury L’Occitane toiletries, bathrobes and slippers.
  • Utilities
  • Logs for the fire
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • There is a travel cot (please bring your own linen) and a highchair

Services on Request

The following services are available on request through our preferred supppliers (details on request).:

  • Private chef services. We offer the services of a wonderful private Chef who can tailor your catering requirements to your preferences.  We offer breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner options (not that this house is not suited to self-catering).
  • In-house spa treatments

Things To Do

  • Head to the Games Room, where there’s a billiards table and other games to keep you entertained
  • Explore the eighteen-acres of private woodland and glorious Victorian walled garden
  • Master your forehand and backhand technique on the outdoor table tennis table or play croquet on the lawn.
  • Learn to fly fish on Donglen’s very own lochan or there’s the thrilling prospect of casting your line in a private and secluded fishery on the celebrated River Don.  Fishing equipment available to rent from a local ghillie.
  • Play golf on the the glorious golf courses of famed Aberdeenshire
  • Explroe the Cairngorms National Park, with 5,000 square kilometres of rugged natural beauty and sensational outdoor pursuits to explore such as hiking, biking and 4×4 driving
  • For little ones, there’s a children’s activity area utside.

Where we are

  • Situated in the village of Strathdon
  • The house is less than an hour’s drive from Aberdeen International Airport, an hour from Inverness Airport or about 2 hours and 40 minutes from Edinburgh Aiprort
  • We can assist with transport arrangements from the airport to Donglen House

Payment Process

  • We take a 1/3 deposit at the time of booking
  • The balance is due three months before the date booked
  • Cautionary Deposit: £2,000 refundable cautionary deposit (due two weeks prior to your stay)

House Rules

  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Strictly no smoking
  • Not suitable for stag or hen parties
  • Not suitable for weddings
  • Check in is 4pm
  • Check out is 10am

How to book:

  1. Call us on 01242 352 747
  2. Email us on hello@bighouseexperience.com
  3. Complete the form below.

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