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Sleeps 24

I felt like a Queen here!

Lucinda, London
Living Space

12 Bedrooms

Ground Floor
Formal dining room to seat 24 guests
Drawing room
Whisky library
Games room with full size snooker table

1st Floor
Master bedroom with super king size bed and en suite
3 double bedrooms with super king size beds (can be made into a twin) and en suites
Double bedroom with four poster super king size bed and private adjacent bathroom
Double bedroom with en suite
Double bedroom with super king size bed and en suite
2 adjoining double bedrooms with private bathrooms or shared bathroom for families
Top Floor
Double bedroom with en suite bathroom
2 double bedrooms with king size beds and en suite bathrooms

All bedrooms have luxury Aesop toiletries, bathrobes and slippers

Amenities

3 acre Victorian walled garden with giant chess set
Eighteen-acres of private woodland and manicured lawns with a private lochan fed by the celebrated River Don,
Woodland bonfire area
Outdoor table tennis table
Croquet lawn
Children’s activity area
Private stretch of the River Don to cast your fishing line

Domestic Services

Fully staffed 24 hours per day including House Manager, Butler and Night Porter
Housekeeping and turn down service
Daily continental breakfast (full Scottish is available at supplement charge)
Cakes & biscuits
Whisky library complimentary selection of pre/post dinner drinks
Full itinerary planning
Flowers in all public rooms and bedrooms
A private chef is required at the property, to prepare full Scottish breakfast, lunch or picnic and dinner – payable extra – please ask us for prices

Soft drinks, water, tea/coffee, biscuits and fruit are complimentary and available all day
An in-house fine wine and champagne list is available
Spirits and mixers can also be organised
Guests are welcome to ship wines and spirits ahead of the event at no corkage fee

Location

Nestled in the heart of rugged, breathtaking Highland beauty the house is perfectly located to explore the remarkable beauty of the Cairngorms and surrounding area.

To the west lies the Queen’s own Highland retreat at Balmoral, while the stunning route north leads to the famous whiskies of the picturesque Spey Valley.

The nearest village is Strathdon – 2 miles – home to the renowned Lonach Gathering, the oldest Highland Games in Scotland
Braemar is just over 30 minutes’ drive
Aberdeen is 1 hour 15 minutes’ drive
Inverness is 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive
Edinburgh and Glasgow are 3 hours away

Transport

Aberdeen International Airport is 1 hours’ drive away

Local Information

The remarkable setting in the heart of the stunning Cairngorms National Park allows easy access to the pleasures of hill walking, mountain biking, kayaking, and a huge array of outdoor activities. More adventurous guests can experience thrilling 4×4 off-roading to exhilarating axe throwing. Winter presents the chance to enjoy more of Scotland’s favoured national pursuits, with the nearby mountains offering outstanding skiing and snowboarding in the conveniently located Lecht and Cairngorm Mountain ski resorts.

Scotland also offers unrivalled opportunity for golfing enthusiasts. Aberdeenshire has over fifty courses, ranging from stunning links to lush parkland venues. The nearby and easily accessible Royal Aberdeen and Fraserburgh rank among some of the best golf courses in Scotland.

Learn to fly fish on the property’s very own lochan, or enjoy the enticing prospect of casting your line in a secluded fishery on the celebrated River Don, with insight and tuition available from an experienced local ghillie.

Braemar Castle, just one of the amazing fortifications that make up Scotland’s sensational Castle Trail is only 30 minutes away.

An in-house events team can assist in arranging a wonderful array of activities on and close to the Estate, along with places to visit and local attractions to offer an immersive Scottish Highlands experience. (All payable extra)
Some suggested activities include:
• Onsite laser clay shooting
• Archery
• Falconry display
• Highland games on the lawn
• Whisky or Gin tasting from an experienced tutor
• Whisky or Gin distillery tours
• Fishing with a local Ghillie
• Cycling and mountain biking, including E-bikes
• Castle and history tours
• Balmoral castle and grounds visit (from April to July)
• Victorian walled garden tour with our gardeners
• Massage and beauty treatments
• 4×4 off road safari
• Personal photographer
• Hikes and hill-walks into the National park
• Foraging
• Horse riding
• Farm tours to experience majestic tame Highland cattle up close
• Bespoke tartan or tweed design consultation
• Cookery classes with local produce and whisky pairing

Our View

Candacraig is a stunning, exclusive-use, luxury Highland estate, where exceptional hospitality is complemented by a remarkable setting, and where the atmosphere is private, warm and welcoming.

Inside, we loved the formal dining room imagining it perfect for enjoying the pleasures of a luxurious candle-lit banquet with friends and family. The private chef serves the finest cuisine, created from the freshest local ingredients from across Scotland.

The elegant drawing room has a highly decorated plaster ceiling, surrounded by beautiful wood panelled walls bookshelves. The open hearth is an absolute joy to sit by and unwind next to the cosy log fire, or enjoy a lively ceilidh band and a dance!

Upstairs, the bedrooms are hugely sumptuous with rich furnishings and thick duvets. Just how we imagine a Scottish fairy-tale house to be.

After the lairdship of Candacriag passed in the late 20thC, the house was purchased by Anita and Gordon Roddick, founders of the Bodyshop. They rejuvenated the property which was then sold to Billy Connelly and his wife Pamela, and Candacraig saw many Hollywood celebrity guests in the years that followed.

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