Five-star award for former hotel

Lewis Gray, Ballogie Estate Enterprises property manager, with Jo Robinson, VisitScotland regional director
Lewis Gray, Ballogie Estate Enterprises property manager, with Jo Robinson, VisitScotland regional director

A former Deeside hotel has achieved its five-star quality assurance award from the national tourism organisation.

Potarch Lodge, which is owned and run by Ballogie Estate and sits in a picturesque location beside the River Dee, received its award from VisitScotland at its first grading visit.

The former Potarch Hotel was recently renovated, creating a high standard self-catering lodge which provides quality accommodation for up to 14 guests in seven bedrooms all with en-suite facilities.

The lodge, which opened to visitors earlier this year, has a large open plan kitchen, dining and seating area with a wood burning stove and a separate sitting room with an open fireplace.

Ballogie Estate has also created a cafe and restaurant beside the lodge which has been awarded Taste Our Best and is proving popular with locals and tourists alike.Taste Our Best is a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government.

Lewis Gray, Ballogie Estate Enterprises property manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this five-star grading by VisitScotland.

"It is a great achievement showcasing the hard work and dedication by all our staff and local contractors, who completed this project to such a luxury standard.

"We are confident that our commitment, renovation and redevelopment of Potarch and the surrounding area is beneficial to the local community and provides a welcome boost to the travel and tourism industry in the area.”