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High five for Ballogie House

Press release   •   Jun 13, 2018 14:45 BST

Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Regional Director, with Malcolm Nicol, Managing Partner of Ballogie Estate.

A luxurious self-catering house set in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of Royal Deeside has achieved VisitScotland’s highest Quality Assurance (QA) grading.

Ballogie House, on the Ballogie Estate in Aberdeenshire, is one of only four self-catering properties in Royal Deeside to have been awarded 5 Stars from the national tourism organisation. The Estate already boasts another 5 Star award for Potarch Lodge, which was achieved in 2016.

Situated between Aboyne and Banchory, Ballogie House can accommodate up to 14 people and is suitable for larger groups or family gatherings. It boasts its own natural water supply from a spring, a stunning elevated orangery with views across the garden and open parkland beyond and a hot tub in the grounds.

A popular location as a wedding venue, Ballogie House effortlessly combines the traditional Scottish country house with a luxurious contemporary interior and is a perfect canvas for any wedding theme.

The property has a long, private drive that meanders through mature woodland and has several beautiful locations for ceremonies and wedding photographs. In spring, the garden boasts a colourful display of daffodils and bluebells and a wildflower bank edges the lawn in the summer.

Malcolm Nicol, Managing Partner of Ballogie Estate, said: “Achieving the VisitScotland 5 Star award underlines the recognition of Ballogie House as a luxury holiday let and exclusive use wedding and event venue.

“It recognises the high standards of our growing recreational business and is deserved reward for the enthusiasm, skill and commitment shown by our hospitality team.”

Jo Robinson, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “I am delighted to present Ballogie House with its 5 Star Self-catering Quality Assurance award, which makes it the second 5 Star property on the Estate.

It is fantastic to see Aberdeenshire’s tourism offering enhanced by Ballogie House’s well-deserved achievement. High-quality self-catering accommodation is significant to our visitors, which is why VisitScotland’s QA gradings are so important to the tourism industry as a whole.

“Quality Assurance is about much more than just the ‘stars’ on your door – it’s about the entire visitor experience, investing in your business and making it as economically sustainable, and profitable, as it can possibly be.”

Ballogie is a place of stunning natural beauty lying on the south side of the River Dee in Royal Deeside. It attracts visitors for its field sports, fishing and wildlife, walks and local attractions.

Developed over the last four decades in partnership with the tourism industry and informed by visitor research, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance schemes are world-leading. QA stars alongside online reviews give visitors a balance of objective and subjective views to assist in their decision making and expectations.

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