We stayed at The House of Mark whilst mountain biking across Scotland in July 2012, only a few months after Ian and June, the new owners, opened for business. With its superb location at the head of Glenesk, at the start of the tarmac road, it is ideally placed for a final stop on the Coast to Coast route. After a fantastic ride over Mount Keen from Ballater we were warmly welcomed by Ian, June and Lola (the very friendly dog), and treated to tea, biscuits and June's lemon drizzle cake, which seems to be becoming a regular feature of these reviews! Our room was spacious and comfortable, beautifully presented and spotless, with a really good shower in the ensuite. The highlight of our stay, though, was the wonderful dinner, cooked by June, using mainly local produce. The website modestly offers an Aga-cooked 3-course dinner for £18. We had been looking forward to it all day, and in my opinion you would struggle to get a better meal anywhere, especially at the price (but don't forget to pre-book as there's nowhere else to eat for miles). Ian and June offered a choice of 3 dishes for each course and will happily cater for special requirements. The wild mushroom soup was sensational , as was the coq au vin and June's special variation on Eton Mess. Breakfast was equally good, with smoked salmon and duck eggs on offer along with a particularly tasty full Scottish. We would have loved to stay longer but we had to push on to Montrose, and then back home. All in all, a very special place to stay in a remote and beautiful location - thank you Ian and June
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the House of Mark, a friendly bed and breakfast, formerly a manse set within two acres at the foot of the Cairngorms National Park amongst stunning scenery and spectacular countryside, great walking on the doorstep, within an area steeped in history. The House of Mark overlooks the Water of Mark and, along with the Water of Lee, forms the river North Esk close by renowned for salmon and sea trout. After your day sightseeing, walking whatever, sit in the tranquil garden listening to the wildlife and water flowing by, or relax in front of an open fire. You may be lucky to catch a glimpse of the “Northern Lights” (aurora borealis). When particles from space are diverted by the earth’s magnetic field they give off a shimmering light, only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. What better way to release the stress of everyday life! An Aga home-cooked dinner is available for guests. ... more less
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