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Sleeps - 12
Region - Aberdeen & Grampian
Sporting Mixed sporting · Salmon Fishing · Trout Fishing
Activities Golf · Tennis · Walking / Hiking
Facilities Tennis court · Wifi
Features Children Friendly · Self-Catered
Rental From £3,000 per week
Dallas Lodge is a superbly comfortable and attractive family home situated on a 9,000 acre Highland Estate. The oldest part of the house, the semi-circle, was built during 1670’s by Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun. Dallas Village, situated a mile from the house, also has historic connections. George Mifflin Dallas, whose family originally came from the Morayshire Dallas, became the founder of Dallas, Texas, and a Vice President of the USA.
The Lodge is surrounded by beautiful gardens which are open regularly to the public under Scotland’s Garden Scheme. These feature extensive lawns, a revolving summer-house, a boating pond with islands, plus unique Scots pine woodlands.
Dallas is ideally situated between the rivers Spey and Findhorn (each 20 minutes away by car) and the River Lossie flows through the estate with a private stretch where guests may fish for brown trout, sea trout and the occasional salmon. The house is only 20 minutes from the long sandy beaches and small fishing harbours of the Moray Firth.
Just under an hour away by car is Aviemore and the Cairngorm ski slopes. There are also several excellent golf courses – such as Nairn, Royal Dornoch, Lossiemouth, Elgin, Ballindalloch, Grantown and Boat of Garten – that can easily be played from Dallas.
The Lodge is perfect for golfing, fishing or simply a relaxing family holiday, with tennis, croquet, boating and access to the estate for walks and picnics. Dallas is situated on the famous Speyside Malt Whisky Distillery Trail and there are also numerous historic sites such as Cawdor and Brodie Castles, Culloden Battlefield, Balmoral Castle, Ballindalloch Castle and Loch Ness for an easy day trip.
Rental c. £3,000 per week c. £3,300 per week – July & August c. £4,500 per week Christmas & New Year Short breaks are available upon request.
An extremely comfortable family home situated on the Dallas Estate. Ideal for family holidays with easy access to the beach, golf courses, riding and sporting activities including salmon fishing on the Spey, shooting and stalking.
We all thoroughly enjoy staying at Dallas. One of my sons said ‘it’s just a home from home’. All our usual family/friends and any guests we bring who are new to the place also love it. You can tell what effort goes into keeping everything so lovely. We have stayed in all sorts of lodges over the years and I think Dallas comes out on top every time. Anonymous, July 2016
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The house sleeps a maximum of twelve people and we request that per house-party there are no more than five children aged under ten years.
Ground Floor Drawing room Dining room (14 persons maximum) Kitchen/breakfast room (seating six persons comfortably) Games room/playroom with sky television (sports channels), table-tennis table. There are also two pianos within the house for guests to play. Utility room W.C.
First Floor 3 twin bedrooms 3 double bedrooms (one with ensuite bathroom) 1 single room 3 bathrooms One shower-room
Telephone/Internet A record is automatically taken of all outgoing calls. Full internet access in the house with Wi-Fi available in the drawing room, playroom, dining room and various bedrooms. A fax machine and photocopier can also be made available in the Estate Office during opening hours three mornings a week. (Secretary: Mrs. Yvonne Craig).
Arrival/departure Please aim to arrive around 4pm on the day of arrival and vacate by 10am on the day of departure. This allows cleaning, etc, between lets.
Exclusive use of the whole house (except for four rooms which are kept locked), the gardens, ponds and tennis court. You have access to the Estate for picnics, walks and trout fishing which is available on the River Lossie for no extra charge (see supplementary sheet).
There is a rowing-boat for the pond, barbeque, croquet set and basic tennis equipment kept at the house, although you may prefer to bring your own. Wonderful indoor sports hall/games room for children to play football, practice indoor tennis, use the net ball posts, whatever they want! There is also a trampoline to amuse the younger ones.
Electricity, oil and logs are included in the rental.
Housekeeping staff come into the property each morning. We can also arrange a good local cook for your stay, and we would encourage this as she not only knows the kitchen but also the best local shops. Her services should be booked through us when booking the house, thereafter arrangements should be made with her directly and payment should be made direct to her. She is happy to do shopping for you, etc.
Dogs are very welcome but are not permitted in the house. There are two kennels with small runs available.
Fishing Dallas is situated on the River Lossie equidistant between the Rivers Spey and Findhorn . There are two private stretches of the Lossie on the Estate which are reserved for guests at Dallas Lodge and these give a good chance of sea or brown trout (and an occasional grilse) on either fly or bait, the best chance being from June to the end of September. Regarding the Spey and the Findhorn (each about 20 minutes from Dallas), we can advise about fishing on most of the private beats, subject to availability, as well as details of where day tickets can be bought on Local Association water.
Morayshire is well provided with attractively located trout lochs surrounded by heather hill or woodland and further details of where day or weekly tickets can be bought are available.
Shooting We can provide details of Estates and Sporting Agents who should be able to arrange grouse, pheasant, roe/red deer and rough shooting for you. We would recommend that this is done well in advance. The shooting on Dallas Estate is pre-let to a local syndicate.
Activities On arrival at Dallas Lodge you will find a folder containing information on many sporting and other activities available in the area, as well as details of shops, beaches, restaurants, plus local visitor centres and tourist attractions. Here is a brief précis:
Beaches There are good sandy beaches, ideal for picnics/ swimming/windsurfing, all along the Moray Firth coastline from Nairn to Buckie and beyond. Many of these are within half an hour of Dallas Lodge.
The Moray Firth has its own resident dolphin population which has featured on several nature programmes. There are regular boat trips from Inverness and Cromarty to their pre-found locations. There is also a nature interpretation centre at SpeyBay from where dolphins, seals, ospreys and otters can often be seen.
Sailing Findhorn Bay (20 minutes by car) has a highly regarded sheltered anchorage and is home to the famous Findhorn Yacht Club.
Skiing The ski slopes of the Cairngorms are within one hour’s drive of Dallas and the more gentle slopes of the Lecht Ski Centre are the same distance away. The latter is suitable for children and beginners.
Golf Nairn Golf Club (30 minutes) is deservedly regarded as one of Scotland’s very best links courses. Other nearby courses are at Elgin, Forres, Lossiemouth, Fochabers, Boat of Garten, Nethybridge, Grantown-on-Spey, Castle Stuart and elsewhere. Royal Dornoch is one and half hours away by car. Further details are contained within the information file at the Lodge.
Walking//Pony trekking There is a map of recommended walks on the Estate with suitable picnic sites. There are various pony trekking centres located nearby where tuition can also be obtained. Details of these can be supplied.
Birdwatching Dallas Estate is home to many species of less common birds — such as the Capercaillie, the Black Grouse, Peregrine and Merlin Falcons, Hen Harriers, and smaller varieties such as the Siskin, Crossbill and Longtail Tits. In the spring and summer Swallows, Swifts, Housemartins, Wagtails and Oystercatchers all nest around the house and gardens.
The RSPB Reserve at Abernethy including the famous Osprey nesting site at Loch Garten are 40 minutes away by car.
Flora/Fauna Dallas Gardens are open regularly to the public through Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and are accordingly regarded as one of the great gardens of Moray. As well as many rare specimen trees there is a fine collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and a large water garden.
The Estate is home to roe deer, badgers, foxes, red squirrels, as well as otter and mink along the riverbanks.
Other activities Hillwalking, bicycling (these can be hired locally), pony-trekking or visits to one of the Malt Whisky distilleries or cooperages on Speyside are all available.
Baxters of Fochabers (Scottish foods) and Johnstons of Elgin (Scottish Woollens) all have visitor centres and shopping facilities.
Brodie Castle (National Trust) is situated just outside Forres; Cawdor Castle, Ballindalloch Castle and Culloden Battlefield are half an hour further on. The National Galleries for Scotland have recently opened a branch at Duff House in Huntly. Brochures with details of these and many other activities are contained within the information folder.
We all thoroughly enjoy staying at Dallas. One of my sons said 'it's just a home from home'. All our usual family/friends and any guests we bring who are new to the place also love it. You can tell what effort goes into keeping everything so lovely. We have stayed in all sorts of lodges over the years and I think Dallas comes out on top every time.
Anonymous July 2016
We so enjoyed ourselves. It was a lovely setting and one felt it was home. The children loved the playroom and the boat on the pond — not to mention the trampoline. Laurie, the chef, loved the kitchen and found it very easy to work in. It is a home and that made it so welcoming.
Mrs E Dean, Sussex
We have rented several properties over recent years but Dallas Lodge is head and shoulders above the others. Jean looked after us extremely well and made our stay very comfortable.
Mrs Lawrie, Edinburgh
What a wonderful house for our family in the most beautiful setting. Perfect for children -- and adults”. Candy and Peter Robertson. USA
Dallas Lodge, Scotland
We had a fabulous time and loved the property. The staff at Dallas Lodge were outstanding, and Kathy, our cook, was the best part of the vacation! Thanks so much for everything. Kim
Kim Bassey, Winnipeg, Canada
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