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About Us

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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 some of the best spring fishing in the UK with 2.25 miles of beat fishing across 16 named pools. This beat offers excellent sea trout in June and August.

Since buying the estate, the Clayton family have carefully and accurately restored much of the estate to its full potential. This renovation programme has culminated in the complete transformation of an old farm steading into the most luxurious of lodges offering guests an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy top end comfort, cuisine and service in a charming and relaxed environment.

The Lodge’s own Chef prepares all guest meals in our state of the art professional kitchen installed as part of the conversion. We are happy to accommodate any dietary requirements/intolerances and such prerequisites can be discussed and planned in advance of your stay.

Our Housekeeper is the first point of contact for guests on all domestic issues and will do everything to accommodate your needs. For particularly large parties, or where additional assistance is temporarily required, we have access to experienced staff who are happy to help as needed. The grounds and garden are well and regularly maintained by local staff who take a pride in the Lodge looking at its best.

The secluded and tranquil setting of the Lodge provides the perfect location for undisturbed corporate events. Whether your requirement is for Corporate Entertainment, Team Building, Brain Storming or Training, the Mill of Dess team will be happy to discuss your plans in detail.

Comfortable, delicious food, excellent hospitality made staying at Dess Lodge relaxing and very special, thank you so much.

- Chris Hollingsworth, 2015