Built in 1680 on estate lands purchased by Laurence Elphinstone in 1492, Logie Elphinstone House is set 16 miles west of Aberdeen in the Royal Burgh of Inverurie. 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 beautiful country house has a seven-bedroom guest wing that has beds for fourteen, joined by the tower to the eight-bedroom main house, that has beds for twenty-two. Two self-contained ground floor flats also have beds for an additional four people. There are also five double sofa beds plus cot and camp beds. The main house is separated by two main doors which are usually left open during wedding weekends so it becomes one big seventeen-bedroom house. The accommodation includes a cinema, an 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 footbridge. 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 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 fairy 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 & House 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 in the courtyard.
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.
Downstairs, the main kitchen is Mark Wilkinson, with granite and oak worktops and has every appliance you could think of including; dual dishwashers, four fridges, 3 induction hobs, three ovens, 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), 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 (but sadly no ice cream lady!).
The house has a few Bluetooth stereos.
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 also provide towels, 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, 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 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’s 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 children might even find toads or newts.
The main courtyard has tables and chairs for making the most of the surroundings, boasting a large covered gas barbeque that allows cooking out all year round.