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A PERFECT SCOTTISH RETREAT
Close to Aberdeen & Balmoral
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WELCOME TO LOWER DESS ESTATE

The Lower Dess estate lies in Royal Deeside on the north side of the river Dee with uninterrupted views over the valley to the Forest of Birse. The estate enjoys a very private and secluded position in a totally unspoilt rural setting and yet is close to Aberdeen.

The 428 acre estate was purchased in 2011 by Jeremy and Jenny Clayton who, in becoming Scottish landowners, were fulfilling a life-long dream. Influenced by generations of sportsmen, this Hertfordshire couple were delighted to find themselves owners of 2.25 miles of some of the best Spring and Summer Salmon fishing on the Dee with excellent Sea Trout in June and August. The beat has 18 named pools.

FEATURED NEWS

Residential Painting Course

This painting course is the perfect artistic escape for both beginners and more experienced artists looking for fresh inspiration in a beautiful setting. You will be able to draw and paint at your own pace, experiencing excellent food and accommodation in glorious Royal Deeside.

For more details on this course click the button below to visit our blog post.

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AERIAL VIEW OF LOWER DESS

Click on Ed Shepherd’s amazing drone footage for a magical tour of the Lower Dess beat & estate. It’s almost as good as being there.

OUR SERVICES

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Mill of Dess Lodge

A truly luxurious 10 double bedroom, 10 ensuite bathroom Lodge which offers top-end accommodation for their sporting guests.

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Mill Cottage

Immediately adjacent to the river bank, this stone cottage sleeps four people in two twin bedrooms which is equipped for self-catering.

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Fishing

The fishing at Lower Dess is on an exceptionally attractive, secluded left bank stretch of the river Dee which can be fished at low, medium and high water.

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Fully Staffed

The Lodge is supported by our very own Chef, Housekeeper and Gardener. Their professionalism and dedication will cater to all of your needs to ensure you enjoy a relaxing stay at Dess.

GALLERY

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The River

I have stayed in many Scottish lodges (and country hotels in Scotland) over the years. Dess has to be the best thought out and most comfortable of them all. A triumph!

Simon Thorley QC, October 2015

Latest Blog Posts

A delighted fishing guest after landing this sea-liced 7lb salmon yesterday on a 2″ Kinermoney Killer fly on the Lower Dess beat. An fantastic effort on a day bedevilled by gale force winds. Congratulations!
A BIG thanks to Ed Shepherd Photography for this wonderful aerial review of the Lower Dess beat and estate.  www.edshepherdphotography.co.uk