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The lodge

Achentoul Lodge was built by the Duke of Sutherland in the latter part of the nineteenth century and is an excellent example of a Victorian Highland sporting retreat.

The original floor plan remains the same. Some of the rooms have changed use since then because clearly cleanliness was not the priority in Victorian times that it is today! The original lodge design only had two bathrooms despite having twelve bedrooms. Today we have one shower room and a WC downstairs. On the upper floor we have six bathrooms in total, three of which have free standing showers in addition to baths.

The head housekeeper, Rose Wilson, along with her team run a very happy lodge. You will be warmly welcomed and made to feel at home from the moment you arrive.

Heating and hot water is provided by biomass boiler which was installed in 2015, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and reliance on oil and electric heating. It has been a resounding success and the lodge can be made cosy at any time of the year. All of the wood fuel is grown and processed on the estate within a couple of miles of the lodge.

The water supply is private and comes from a spring out on the hill which is then piped to the water treatment plant installed in 2016. This innovative water treatment plant uses membrane technology to remove unwanted elements and particulate from the water rendering it clean and safe to drink. A UV filter is used as a final precaution but we do not use any chemicals.

Fibre broadband has not yet reached Kinbrace. However there is an excellent 4G service outside the lodge, and we have satellite broadband installed which provides a satisfactory link to the outside world, enabling you to stay in touch with work and business if you so desire.

Achentoul Lodge is let with a two rod rotating beat on the River Helmsdale during the period mid-April to the end of September. It is available to let at all other times of the year and makes an excellent base to explore the Flow Country and far north of Scotland. Some of our tenants come and use the lodge as a base for hind stalking over the winter months but equally it makes a fantastic base for a family break of three days or more. The price is dependent on the number of guests and time of year.

Please get in touch and we will quote you for a bespoke package.

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From Helmsdale

Drive North on the Strath of Kildonan Road (A897) from Helmsdale for about 18 miles to the village of Kinbrace, continue straight on through Kinbrace for approximately 2 miles. The lodge is set off the road on the right hand side (East side) about 150 yards. Loch An Ruathair is visible on the opposite side of the road. The lodge gateway has a short section of dry stone wall on both sides.

From Melvich

Drive South on the A897 continue on through Forsinard for about 3 miles and the lodge is visible on your left. It is the first building on the left South of Forsinard.

Achentoul Estate
Kinbrace, Sutherland, KW11 6UB

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