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Candacraig

Candacraig

Rooms : 12 bedrooms with 12 private bathrooms  Type :  Family or friends gatherings, corporate retreats

OVERVIEW

Originally built in the 17th century and part of a 16,000 acre estate in the Cairngorms,  Candacraig was enlarged in 1836 in Scottish baronial style, by the same architect that built the neighbouring Balmoral Castle, the Royal family’s favourite holiday home. The current owners, Lynne & Marc Lino, bought the property in 2014 from Sir Billy Connolly, a famous comedian and actor who had it for 15 years.  Prior to this, Candacraig was owned for many years by the iconic founders of the Body Shop chain Anita and Gordon Roddick.  Considerable investment has recently been made into the interior redesign of this stunning property including a wood fired biomass heating system, magnificent chef’s kitchen, improved connectivity and upgraded bathrooms with powerful state of the art showers.

Image credits: ZAC and ZAC

ACCOMMODATION

Candacraig accommodates ideally up to 20 guests exclusively in six large bedrooms with superking/twin beds and six standard sized bedrooms with queen/king mattresses.

Each bedroom has a private bathroom, with 10 ensuite and 2 adjacent.

On the ground floor, public spaces include a vast wood pannelled drawing room, a whisky library, a full size snooker table in Games’ room and a chef’s state of the art kitchen.

TOP FIVE EXPERIENCES

 

  • Surrounded by the Cairngorms National Park, with several nature reserves on our doorstep, Candacraig is the perfect retreat to reconnect with nature

 

  • An exceptional and long standing team, including a private chef, will provide bespoke, unobstrusive 24hr service, maintaining at the same time a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere

 

  • Candacraig’s knowledgeable in house concierge will design a bespoke itinerary, whether your passion is history, heritage, wildlife, or local food and drink, you will spend time doing what you love and learning new things.

 

  • With a remarkable whisky library, there is an in-house whisky expert, and hundreds of distilleries within one hour’s drive from Candacraig, it’s paradise for the whisky enthusiast

 

  • For those who want to savour the property, we can arrange fly fishing or wild swimming in our river, games on the lawn, walks with our gardener, music evenings in the drawing room and cooking classes using the finest Scottish game and seafood.

 

ACTIVITIES

The list of activities offered at Candacraig is endless. There is something for everyone.

Experience the great outdoors with falconry, fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting, a Land Rover safari with a picnic, wild swimming, foraging, skin salmon tanning, paddleboarding and hiking.

Perhaps indulge in whisky tasting or whisky distillery tours, castles and history tours, music evenings with talented local musicians, a traditional Burns supper and ceilidh with your own kilt!

Or simply relax with drawing classes, an outdoor personal trainer, yoga and pilates, in house treatments or a breathing workshop.

FAMILY

Family is at the heart of Candacraig with the following activities mostly all on-site.  Mountain bike and ebike tours with guides, wildlife tours with ecologists, birdwatching, games on the lawn to include archery, axe throwing, mini highland games, giant chess, bushcraft and survival skills – making fires and den building  – art classes, farm visits and trout loch fishing. A highlight for any gathering is a Mini Highland Games on the lawn.

DINING

The Highland Dining room seats 20 people around a large table and with its impressive tartan fabric walls is perfect for a fabulous Scottish dinner.  There is also an outdoor barbeque area and firepit for lovely long summer evenings by the fire.

 

  • "We will always remember this special place. Its beauty is only part of its charm. The staff are the heart of this home."

    guest

  • "I felt like a Queen staying here, thanks to the amazing staff!"

    guest

  • "Spectacular! Every detail was cared for."

    guest

  • "Just wanted to thank you and the whole team for making our visit to Candacraig such a great success, it was a magical event! The house was amazing, the staff super helpful and very patient. The organisation spotless!"

    guest

 

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Sleeps: 32 Bedrooms: 16 Bathrooms: 13

Type: Celebration, Family, Seclusion, Mindfulness, Fitness, Corporate

Features & Activities: Spa, Billiards room, Tennis Court, Rural, Country Sports, Mountain Biking, Landrover Experience, Foraging, Fire Pit

Location: Yorkshire, England. 35 minutes from Leeds Airport

Those looking for: Time to reconnect, motivate teams or re-energise.


The Westbury

The Westbury boasts an iconic location just off of Dublin’s famous Grafton Street, renowned for luxury shopping and street artists.

The Westbury is within a 10-minute walk of some of Dublin’s most popular attractions, such as Trinity College and the National gallery, and there are also numerous bars, restaurants and shops just steps away. This central hotel is a fantastic base to explore Ireland’s iconic capital and a great choice for those wanting to be amongst the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Rooms: 205 Bedrooms and Suites      Type: Families and Couples


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Gleneagles is arguably one of the world’s best hotels and country resorts in the world. Also known as ‘The Playground of the Gods’, the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ and a ‘Riviera of the Highlands’, since Gleneagles first opened its doors in 1924, its reputation has remained undiminished. Located deep in the heart of Scotland, it is possible to tour both the Highlands and the Lowlands from this base, and it is surrounded by sites of spectacular natural scenery and deep historical importance.

As a resort, Gleneagles has something to offer everyone. From the adventurous nature lovers to golfing enthusiasts to those looking for some rest and relaxation.

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Candacraig Estate. Cairngorms National Park

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    The Pogue Family - Clients of Amy Spence, Strong Travel

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