REGAL LIVING IN ROYAL
With the much anticipated new series of The Crown hitting our
screens in 2019, discerning travellers escape to the Queen’s holiday
haven of Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire
words: janice hopper
Meanwhile, The Carriage is located in the restored railway station built especially for Queen Victoria in 1866. Atmospheric private dining is available in its teak-panelled ‘Royal Waiting Room’.
After dining, return to sumptuous accommodation. Raemoir House in Banchory is an exclusive-use Georgian house set in fourteen acres of secluded parkland. It’s fully staffed, so guests can liaise with the chef to create bespoke menus, bring a pheasant home and have it prepared for dinner that evening, and organise a vast array of activities on site – from archery, falconry displays and treasure hunts for the kids, to private shopping and whisky or gin tasting for adults.
For a unique hotel experience, the Fife Arms in Braemar is unmissable. The work of interior designer Russell Sage and renowned gallerists Hauser & Wirth, it’s a showcase for antiques, contemporary art and lashings of Scottish Victoriana. The Clunie Dining Room was painted by artist Guillermo Kuitca, the Drawing Room ceiling features mesmerising work by Zhang Enli, and pieces by Picasso, Lucien Freud and John Bellany adorn the walls. Children are very welcome and can spend hours chilling in the playful Family Room. But if you find a childfree moment then head to Elsa’s bijou bar, which honours the fashion designer (and regular Braemar visitor) Elsa Schiaparelli.
Indulgence aside, whenever the monarchy leave the warm confines of Balmoral, many of their preferred activities cost very little and simply take them back to nature: hiking undisturbed in the wilderness, painting the windswept landscape, picnicking at the dramatic Linn of Dee. Royal Deeside has been a family retreat since the Victorian era, a sanctuary that brings peace and invigoration in equal measure.
Check your hunting seasons basc.org.uk/game-and-gamekeeping/quarryspecies-shooting-seasons The Fife Arms thefifearms.com Raemoir House raemoir.com