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Donglen House Scotland

Where your heart’s in the Highlands

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 in Scotland, 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.

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.

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Guest Reviews

If you'd like to visit a stately Manor that will make you feel like a prince and a princess. This is the place. Where royalty has visited and celebrities have slept. This beautiful home rests on Acres of lush landscaping and is decorated to fit a king. We rented a car and visited neighbouring castles and we're not disappointed. Including the famous private summer residence of the queen called Balmoral Castle. When we packed our bags and said goodbye to the incredible staff and the wonderful owners. We promise to return. This is truly a one-of-a-kind place on Earth.

Jeanne, USA

Immaculately presented to the highest standards

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?

What to expect

We’ve tried to think about everything to make your stay at Donglen House just perfect. In all of our big houses to rent, we provide all the essential features to cater for a large group. Here’s a list of all the practical provisions we have at the house.  If there’s anything you can’t see here but need, just ask as we’ll see what we can do.

Donglen House Bedroom
  • Luxury bed linen, luxury towels, robes and slippers
  • Complimentary L'Occitane toiletries
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • A private chef and discreet staff is on hand, freeing guests to simply sit back and enjoy the wonders of the exceptional local cuisine
  • Impressive formal dining room
  • Games/billiards room
  • Whisky library with a leading selection of single malts collected over many years
  • 18 acres of private woodland and manicured lawns boast access to a glorious Victorian walled garden, private lochan fed by the celebrated River Don, and even a woodland bonfire area for special moments by the crackle of the warming fire
  • Outdoor table tennis table, croquet lawn, children’s activity area and a private stretch of the River Don to cast your fishing line


In the perfect spot to explore the Scottish Highlands. To the west lies the Queen’s own Highland retreat at Balmoral, while the stunning route north leads to the promise of whisky in the picturesque Spey Valley.


Prices Inclusive:

  • House Manager, Butler, Night Porter, Daily Housekeeping
  • Daily Continental Breakfast (can upgrade to Full Scottish at a supplement charge)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Whisky Library with selection of whisky, gin and vodkas for pre and post dinner
  • drinks
  • Welcome gift in each room
  • Full Itinerary planning
  • Flowers in all public rooms
  • VAT


Year 2020

  • £4,000 per night 1 to 6 guests
  • £5,000 per night 7 to 10 guests
  • £7,000 per night 11 to 24 guests

Year 2021

  • £5,400 per night 1 to 10 guests
  • £7,800 per night 11 to 24 guests

Supplements for peak dates such as Christmas and New Year apply.  Please call to discuss.

The Chef provides full catering and all menus and catering is tailored to the client. £350 + VAT per day for the Chef + the cost of all meals.

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 FAQs

Call to book

01242 352 747