Logie Elphinstone House is 16 miles west of Aberdeen, in the Royal Burgh of Inverurie and was built in the 1670s on estate lands purchased by Laurence Elphinstone in 1492. Originally a fortified tower house, extensive modifications took place during the 17th and 18th centuries, to give the magnificent house, set in its own estate, that you see today.
The house has a self contained, five bedroom guest wing that sleeps ten, joined by the tower to the eight bedroom main house, that sleeps twenty two. The two sections of the house are separated by two doors which are usually left open during wedding weekends so it becomes one big thirteen-bedroom house. The accommodation includes a cinema, indoor infinity pool and two outdoor hot tubs.
The estate has miles of walks for cycling and riding, fishing and there are many tourist attractions nearby.
The south facing lawns to the front of the house run down to the banks of the River Urie and a Private Island reached by foot bridge. To the west of the house are Ancient Woodlands and Pictish Standing Stones, dating back some three thousand years. All around are deer and otters and birds and flowers and trees and buzzards and red squirrels and kestrels and butterflies and bees and rabbits and salmon and trout and cows and sheep and cats and dogs and scents and humming and tranquility….
Our new Ballroom is nestled in ancient woodland, overlooking the lawn and Bennachie. The ballroom annexes the stables on our front drive. The entire south face is windowed to give you the best views. Inside, the ballroom mirrors a marquee, with cream linings, subtle lighting and lots and lots of fairly lights. The open plan stables serve as a bar & lounge. The Ballroom has air-conditioning and heating so is great for weddings all year round. The Ballroom is also soundproofed, leaving you free to choose anything from a string quartet to a thrash metal rock band to provide your entertainment.
We are happy to welcome dogs. We have some rules if you bring dogs. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.
The house is eco-friendly. It is heated by a log-burning boiler that uses timber from the surrounding area. The boiler is lit and filled by our manager. The Ballroom has a backup generator that automatically kicks in in the event of a power failure.
There are two Canadian 7/8 person hot tubs outside.
The indoor nine metre infinity pool in the south wing has a lounging area and is UV / Electrode sterilised (unless it blows up, which it does a lot and then we use chemicals), rather than chlorinated, to minimise irritation and smell.
The Main House has eight bedrooms comprising six doubles (three en-suite) with King or Queen size beds. One en-suite twin and an en-suite dormitory with 4 bunk beds (stick the kids in here and lock the door). The master bedroom has a separate dressing room and a free standing bath that is about 8 feet long, a shower, twin sinks and a separate WC.
Downstairs, the main kitchen is Mark Wilkinson, with granite and oak worktops and has every Miele appliance you could think of including; dual dishwashers, four fridges, 3 induction hobs, steam oven, microwave combi-oven, four oven Aga (usually only on in the winter months but if you would like to use it during your stay outwith the winter months, just let us know and we will switch it on for you), plumbed in coffee machine, warmer drawer and boil tap.
The snug has a wood stove and a 60” TV, DVD, Sky +HD. There is a large Drawing room and a Dining room that will seat about 50 (more at a push).
The Cinema has a 70” HD TV with BluRay player, 5.1 surround sound, Sky+HD and no ice cream lady.
The house has a few Bluetooth stereos.
The Guest Wing has five bedrooms. Four doubles (two en-suite), two with queen size beds, two with small double beds and one with two single beds.
Downstairs is a large lounge with 42” Sky+HD TV and an inglenook fireplace. The kitchen is very well equipped with a range cooker, dishwasher, fridge freezer and adjoined dining room that will seat ten. There is also another 42” HD TV with Xbox and Wii.
The linen, towels & bathrobes are white cotton and bedding is duck down (hypoallergenic available on request). We do not have daily servicing at Logie. Instead, each guest is provided with three towels each (or two towels for mid-week weddings) so a fresh towel can be had every day. Guests are also provided with dressing gowns and flip flops.
There are unlimited logs. In addition, there is a DVD player with a selection of DVDs, Xbox 360, Wii and a range of games & bluetooth stereo. There is free Wi-Fi in the house and the Ballroom.
The welcome hamper contains eggs, milk, fruit juice, butter, jam, bread, cereal, instant and real coffee, tea, sugar and some wine. We are happy to unpack your grocery shopping prior to your arrival. Please contact us first so we are there for delivery.
There are utility rooms in both parts of the house with washing machines and tumble dryers.
We have tried to make the accommodation as child-friendly as possible. The single bedded rooms have blackout blinds, the guest wing kitchen units have child locks, the electric supply is fitted with RCDs. We have a stair gate in the Guest Wing, cot beds, camp beds and high chairs on request. The courtyard is also fully enclosed when doors are closed.
The courtyard is an oasis of tranquility. Completely sheltered by the house and courtyard walls, it is bordered by deep beds of colourful, fragrant flowers. During the summer, swallows nest in every window recess, with swifts and wagtails taking up residence in the log stores. The lavender bed hums with bumble bees and butterflies abound. At night, owls perch on the weather vane at the top of the tower.
The grassed inner courtyard is surrounded by pots of herbs. A bird feeder and water trough, surrounded by damp logs, ensures that there are always wild birds nearby and the children may even be able to find toads or newts.
The main courtyard has tables and chairs for making the most of the surroundings. A covered gas barbeque allows cooking out all year round.