Queen Mother's former shooting lodge for sale

A former Scottish shooting lodge that was a favourite bolthole of the late Queen Mother is now on the market for £475,000.

Dorrery Lodge, near Halkirk, Caithness, is where she met friends and fished on the nearby Loch during her annual summer break at the Castle of Mey, 20 miles away.

Picture: views from the lodge, Bell Ingram

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The lodge was built about 1904 by the Crown, is set in 7.9 acres of ground and includes nine bedrooms as well as a number of original features.

Picture: the billiard room/library, Bell Ingram

The tower bears the Royal cipher of King Edward VII and includes an original Edwardian billiards room/library with a traditional full-size billiards table, which comes as part of the sale.

Picture: the living room, Bell Ingram

The lodge also has original features such as fireplaces, wood panelling and Victorian style bathrooms.

There is also a turret room, part of which is within the living room and is currently used as a reading corner.

Also included in the sale is a steading building that is available for development and could make for extra rental property, as well as a gun room and deer larder.

Picture: the gun room, Bell Ingram

The lodge is described as being “ideally located for fishing on a number of first class salmon rivers including the Thurso and Halladale”.

Dorrery Lodge, seven miles from Halkirk and 12 miles from Thurso, is on the market for offers of over £475,000 with Bell Ingram.

Picture: one of the nine bedrooms, Bell Ingram

Joanne Stennett, of selling agents Bell Ingram, said: “Dorrery Lodge is a truly unique and impressive property due to its royal connections and stunning period features.

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“Its substantial grounds and spacious rooms mean it would be ideal for a large or growing family keen to attain a large amount of flexible space.

“The Flow Country is also famed for its wildlife so any budding nature lover will be spoilt for choice.”

She added: “The fact it has a royal connection as one of the Queen Mother’s favourite picnic spots also means it is of great historical significance.”