£4.5mil refurb’ for Tarland’s Dounside house

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The MacRobert Trust charity last week announced that they would be investing £4.5 million to refurbish Deeside’s historic MacRobert house.

Work has already started on transforming the House and its facilities, which is currently closed for business.

It is scheduled to open its doors for the first time to members of the public as a Country House Hotel, wedding venue and conference facility, next Spring.

In the past, Douneside House has been used exclusively as a private country house for serving or retired commissioned Officers of the armed services and their families.

It also served as a popular conference and meetings venue for private businesses and charities.

All profits generated from the new business will be distributed to charitable causes through The MacRobert Trust’s annual programme of charitable donations, grants and awards.

The major renovation of Douneside House includes interior and exterior facilities, such as all guest bedrooms, the restaurant, conservatory and other public spaces within the main house, as well as on-site holiday cottages and apartments.

The newly refurbished leisure facilities will feature a fitness gym with newly upgraded equipment, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms and aerobics studio.

The conferencing facilities will also be upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment and high speed internet access.

The MacRobert Trust’s Chief Executive, Rear Admiral Chris Hockley CBE, said: “This major refurbishment will allow us to give our guests a truly personal Country House experience in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, subtly combined with all the requirements and expectations of modern living.

“People who know Douneside and The MacRobert Trust will know of our close and hugely valued relationship with the Armed Forces and, while I am delighted that we are going to open our doors to everyone, I am equally pleased to be keeping a six week period in the Summer, and a week over Christmas, as exclusive to those eligible military guests whose support we have so valued in the past.”