Quarry Gardens Lodge

Fochabers, Moray
Self-catering


A splendid Spey Valley estate with a lake, a walled garden, a castle for weddings, and a clutch of 18th-century cottages

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The
Experience

Enjoy a picnic in the woodland dell and watch the squirrels scamper. Quarry Gardens Lodge, a serene retreat for two, is the most secret of cottages. It’s also beautifully refurbished.

This eight-acre Walled Garden, with its rare plants and espaliered trees, is open daily to the public – but is yours once the public go home. There’s a wooden play area for children, a shop selling estate botanicals and gin, and fine produce grown for the award-winning café, whose ethos is ‘plant – pick – plate.’

Stock up or eat out in neighbouring Fochabers, a half-hour stroll. Head off for the dunes and wildfowl of Findhorn (25 miles), or the distilleries of the Laigh of Moray, where half of Scotland’s glorious whiskies are produced.

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We think you'll love

  • The walled kitchen garden - one of the oldest in Europe
  • The dog-friendly walks on the estate
  • Fly-fishing on the river Spey
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You should know

  • The estate track is bumpy in parts
  • There are other holiday cottages on the estate
  • The restaurant-café is popular - be sure to pre-book lunch and tea

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Lunch from £9.45. Afternoon tea from £13.95, book in advance. Pubs 5-minute drive.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £700
Damage deposit
£100
Surcharges
Travel cot and z-bed available, £10 per stay.
1 Cottage for 2
From £1001 bedroom

Reviews

The situation in the wood, beside the dell on the Gordon Castle Estate, is special. The cottage is an ideal bolthole for two where you can be totally absorbed in each other in this unique place.

Jennie, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

This huge estate, next to the small town of Fochabers, is the spiritual home of the House of Gordon, one of Scotland’s oldest families. From February to September guests come for fantastic fishing on the river Spey. The family-friendly Walled Garden, and its café, are another major draw. Set off for the excellent Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay (five miles) where you can spot dolphins, ospreys and seals from the shore.

Local points of interest from Angus & Zara Gordon Lennox

  • On the estate is the beautiful Gordon Castle Walled Garden – one of the oldest and largest walled gardens in Britain. It is currently being restored to its former glory and has been designed by Chelsea award-winning garden designer Arne Maynard.
  • Also on our doorstep is the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay. In the neighbouring city of Elgin there is also Johnstons of Elgin, Elgin Cathedral and several single malt distilleries only a short distance away.
  • The Walled Garden Café on the estate is must-visit. It practices a plant, pick, plate ethos serving home-grown produce from our eight-acre garden. Dine at the Station Hotel in Rothes and the Craigellachie Hotel in Craigellachie (book ahead).
  • There is a lovely gift shop at our Walled Garden selling our award-winning products from gin to cider, bath and body to souvenirs. If you don’t manage to make it to our shop you can also shop online.
  • In the village of Fochabers itself, we have a good local butcher, chemist/paper shop and CO-OP which has a post office. There is also a Veterinary Surgery and the Fochabers Ice Cream Shop

Introducing

Angus & Zara Gordon Lennox

Angus and Zara took over Gordon Castle Estate in 2008, continuing the restoration work of its previous owners while embarking on a diversification programme to ensure its success as a visitor attraction. They live on the estate and are happy to chat to visitors when they meet. Everyone who works here is happy, friendly and engaged.