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7 nights

Friday 8 October Friday 15 October 2021

£1,245 total

All bookings take place through the house owner’s website. Availability, details and URL are live and correct at time of posting.

Perfectly positioned by the banks of the River Dye, The Hay Loft is surrounded by wilderness and watched over by the fabled tor of Clachnaben. Central to this house is the sitting room window. In the past it was used for loading hay; now it provides a picture-book perfect view of the tonality of the Scottish landscape. Wander out and discover the estate – all 30,000 acres of it. You’ll find wild swimming, a sauna, fire pits (and even a bring-your-own pub) a stone’s throw from your doorstep. The Hay Loft shares the Glen Dye Estate with No.4 Steading Cottage and No.5 Steading Cottage amongst others.

Cook in or out

Guests can preorder from a list of produce from the estate vegetable garden for a delivery the next day. The choice of where to cook it is yours: inside in the spacious kitchen or outside in your own Big Green Egg barbecue.

Forage, plunge, discover

Staying here is your gateway to exploring the estate. Walk, cycle, run, wild swim and experience this part of Scotland – where the Howe of the Mearns meets the Highland boundary fault.

A space for all occasions

NORD, who were named Young Architects of the Year, reimagined the building in 2012 to create spaces in which to entertain, engage and disconnect (cue wood-fired Swedish hot tub). The house features two floors with bedrooms on both.

The Hay Loft details

Sleeps

4

Bedrooms

2

Floors

2

Rental type

Self-catering holiday let

House size

84 sqm

Architect

NORD

Year completed

2012

Notes

Dogs welcome

Area

About halfway between the Cairngorms and the coast

On the doorstep

In the heart of the Glen Dye Estate

Nearest town

Banchory (14 km)

Nearest cities

Aberdeen (45 km), Edinburgh (165 km)

By train

Stonehaven or Aberdeen are the closest stations

Train to house transport

Speak with the Glen Dye team to arrange collection/drop off

By car

A scenic drive through this part of Scotland

Electric vehicle hire

Available from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen

Electric vehicle charging

Yes, available at Glen Dye HQ

3-nights in June

£1,045

7-nights in June

£1,345

3-nights in December

£945

7-nights in December

£1,245

To book

Visit Glen Dye’s site for availability and booking

Availability

Usually booked months in advance

Rental type

Entire house, Self-catering

Our favourites in the area

Morning, Afternoon, Evening. There’s an abundance of things to do on your doorstep when you stay at Glen Dye — and something for everyone too. Why not take a plunge in the River Dye by day and rustle up a feast of seasonal produce after dark? Whatever you decide, here’s a selection of favourite places as recommended by the Glen Dye team.

River Dye swim

Afternoon

River Dye swim

Winding its way through the heart of the estate and surrounded by forest, the River Dye is the perfect place for a spot of wild swimming.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

Dining on your doorstep

Evening

Dining on your doorstep

With the estate’s seasonal produce in hand, light up your Big Green Egg barbecue and rustle up a feast with your fellow guests.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

The Glen Dye Arms BYOB

Evening

The Glen Dye Arms BYOB

After dinner, wander over to the estate’s bring-your-own pub to enjoy an evening of board games and music records by the log fire.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

Sauna relaxation

Evening

Sauna relaxation

After a day of adventuring, unwind in your very own wood-fired sauna, a place of tranquility nestled amongst the trees.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

Dunnottar Castle

Morning

Dunnottar Castle

Walk the loop from Stonehaven Bay, through woodland, and out to the castle’s ruins on the cliffs to learn the history of this fortress on Scotland's east coast.

35 km・Get directions

Estate wander

Morning

Estate wander

You really are spoilt for choice in this private wilderness, with activities for each day. The estate alone features miles upon miles of trails, and for more seasoned explorers, the Cairngorms are a close by.

Walking distance・Map provided with stay

Covid-19: Follow local guidelines and check opening hours before travel

The house and surrounding area

It’s available in a month

7 nights

Friday 8 October Friday 15 October 2021

£1,245 total

All bookings take place through the house owner’s website. Availability, details and URL are live and correct at time of posting.

Find out more

Learn more about this house and its availability.

Glen Dye The Hay Loft credits
Photography: Department Two, Richard Gaston, Filippo Biasiolo