Wark Farm Hayloft
Along with our search for quality and sustainability in our food production, we have recently
converted part of our traditional farm buildings into a small self-catering holiday
accommodation unit to allow the opportunity for others to come and stay at Wark and see first
hand the environment, our farming systems and the animals. We are very happy to share this
with guests but of course if you are looking for a break away from everything then just enjoy
being yourself in this ever-changing landscape.
Aberdeenshire is a popular holiday location with a wide range of recreation and sporting
pursuits available. Wark is situation on the divide between Donside and Deeside giving easy
access to both the classic attractions of Royal Deeside (Balmoral Castle, the ancient
pinewoods, Lochnagar, hill walking, Crathes Castle and Gardens) but also to the more intimate
locations of Donside and the north (Craigievar Castle just down the valley, the Lonach Games,
Leith Hall). There are a good selection of Castles and interesting gardens in the area as well as
the ever popular whisky trail. We are only a few miles from the Cairngorms National Park and
so are within easy distance of the attractions that the Park holds as well as the range of
opportunities in nearby Speyside.
Excellent brown trout fishing can be arranged on the nearby River Don or there is a range of
possibilities for salmon on the River Dee.
Naturally with our main business of producing quality foods, aside from seeing what we do
there are a range of other local artisan food producers in the local area and we can give you
details of them and local farmers markets for you to explore the produce on offer.
The accommodation is in a former hay loft, forming the upper storey of one wing of the
traditional steading, one part of the farm courtyard. The building has been converted
sensitively to provide spacious accommodation for two people either as a twin or double. The
property has a spacious hall, a large open plan living/dining/kitchen area with the twin
bedroom to the east of the unit, to benefit from the morning sunshine, and the bathroom with
Interesting features of the property include:
doors and windows made in locally sourced Scots pine timber
individually designed stair fashioned from local beech wood timber with spalled beech
timber flooring in Scottish beech planks
central heating provided from a biomass boiler running on local ‘waste’ fuel
Our overall aim is to provide simple, good quality and comfortable accommodation, without
elaboration or fuss.
There is ample car parking adjacent to the unit and a drying room for wet jackets is available.
Included within the weeks price is a breakfast pack of Wark Farm produce, including a half
dozen eggs, a pack of dry cured bacon and pork sausages. We have a varying range of other
farm produce available for purchase also and can arrange other basic groceries too if required
for the start of the week.
The accommodation is let per week inclusive of heating, electricity, linen and
towels … not forgetting the complementary Wark Farm breakfast pack. The weekly rent is as
Enquiries about availability should be made to email@example.com or call Dugie or Jen
Foreman on 019755 81149. A 25% deposit is required to confirm a booking.
A couple of thoughts about holidaying at Wark …
We are a beautiful landscape but we are at 1,000ft (330m) above sea level. This does mean
that when winter comes (which isn’t so often these days) we are some of the first to get it.
Please bear this in mind when booking. We are happy to help with transport along our farm
road (½ mile) should it snow.
We consider the fact that Wark is a functioning farm with interesting animal breeds to be an
attraction. As we are genuinely a working farm and the Hayloft is at the centre of the farm we
can’t guarantee solitude and seclusion but we hope guests will see and hear many interesting
sights and get a real insight into organic farming and food production.