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An Adventure of natural pixels!

Hello August, goodbye everyone!

Choose your next destination, it’s not too late to enjoy the Scottish summer. Surely this is a good time to get caught up in the enigmatic landscapes offered by Glenesk. As a sample of a button, we invite you to visit Carlochy a small loch surrounded by soft mountains that at this time are adorned with its best summer costume of emerald-green ferns and mosses that contrasts with the deep blue of its water. All an adventure of natural pixels that colour the soul. From House of Mark we invite you to know this beautiful corner of the Cairngorms National Park.

Lights, camera, spring!

Lights, camera, spring!

As if you were watching a natural film in real time. That’s how you’ll feel when you visit the Scottish countryside this spring.   The best festivals of sounds, smells and lights can be enjoyed in the front row.   And at House of Mark we have reserved the best place for you to enjoy the best productions. Feel welcome!

 

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December and the intimacy of the soul


For many, December sounds like a noisy avalanche of snow filled with stress from the ups and downs of holidays, gift shopping, meal preparations, visits to family and friends,  and many more. For others, December evokes memories, tranquillity, peace, intimacy.

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In order to achieve this, they yearn to be in a magical place that takes them away from worldly noise and brings them closer to the essence of life: happinessHouse of Mark is the ideal place to find the intimacy of the soul. There you will be sheltered with the cosy blanket of tranquillity, the hot chocolate of peace and a friendly family warmth. Come and visit us.

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House of Mark and House of Mark Cottage in winter season

Many walks from our doorstep

Many walks from our doorstep


If you like walking, when planning your visit to House of Mark it would be helpful to have a “what to bring” list. Below are some suggestions; please note, Scotland can have four seasons in one day!

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What to bring:

  • Walking boots. There are sixty walks directly from our doorsteps. The terrain can be icy, muddy and rough.
  • All outdoor walking clothings. Do not forget to include hats, gloves and scarfs.
  • Sun cream ( some of our Spanish staff got some burnt here).
  • Thermos flaske just in case.
  • Map compass and camera /mobile phone.

Take pictures of your walks always fun to look back on!

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It looks like Christmas!

It looks like Christmas!


It’s the most wonderful time of year. Scotland boasts many attractions that make it a fantastic country to celebrate the festive season.

Take lovely scenic walks…cosy up in front of an open fire and admire the wonderful winter views…

The fact that Scotland’s weather is slightly more unpredictable means that tourists also have that added chance of a white Christmas – which is surely the thing that most people in the world aspire to experience!

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The road to House of Mark


 

 

Winter wonderland….!!

Winter wonderland….!!


January 2013


Sitting by the open fire glancing out of the window large snowflakes are gently falling, branches of the trees laden down with the weight of snow – so magical and picturesque!   It has been snowing off and on every day for the past week, snow drifts over 6 feet high blocking the driveway, luckily the larder and freezer are well stocked.

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It’s a continuous job refilling the bird food containers for the ravenous variety of birds including the woodpeckers, also clearing the snow from their table to place food for the red squirrels.  A worthwhile task as it’s a joy to sit watching them from inside close up to the window. Thank goodness for my chest waders, usually worn for casting the fly but in this case to walk outside, knee high wellies are too short with this depth of snow…!  I have to admit most people will think I am mad (it must be difficult for most that have to travel) but it is rare to see snow like this and I am sure it will soon be gone so now time to wrap up warm and venture out camera in hand!

P.S. Have been looking out for a chance to see the illusive Otter as tracks are so clear at the moment!


 

Wildlife of the Day !

Wildlife of the Day !


November 2012


Whatever the time of year there is always something interesting to see around House of Mark. As I sit here working away on my computer two magnificent stags are grazing less than 300 yards from the window. Looking so regal – one can understand why these handsome ‘boys’ are known as the ‘Monarch of the Glen’! (as painted by Sir Edwin Lanseer).

As I move into the dining room just outside the window three red squirrels nibble away at the peanuts from the bird feeder http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmI0205JvGo, occasionally scampering after each other playfully on the lawn. The Great Spotted Woodpecker ignoring them completely as he pecks away at another feeder. Most guests have also enjoyed watching these antics during breakfast time.

Distractions from my work – yes, but I think I am a very lucky person, don’t you?


 

White Tailed Eagle

White Tailed Eagle


October 2012


Excitement abounds just had my first sighting of a pair of White Tailed Eagles, also known as Sea Eagles … majestic raptors reintroduced to Scotland since becoming extinct.

Make no mistake! these are big birds, flying barn doors. Right on the door step encircling Loch Lee and the mountain lochs, swooping silently waiting till the next meal can be snatched from the waters. Four times the size of a buzzard,  two and a half metres wing span and at over one metre high; yet patience is required to see this the UK’s largest bird.

Take a peak at this   http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/White-tailed_Eagle#p005fsb9

what do you think?

House of Mark wildlife tours don’t forget your binoc’s, camera,  yummy lunch /dinner if you wish….hope to see you soon.


 

Wedding at House of Mark

Wedding at House of Mark


September 2012


Wedding! Wedding! Wedding! … all a rush… no Fixit being calm ignited into military mode arranging all to minute detail – just like a Fredrick Forsyth novel. “Can I get married at  House of Mark?”  said the bride-to-be. We replied ‘of course’, had a stiff drink in the aftermath of consideration of the “all to dos” oh and don’t forget the flowers!

My role was the creation of the Wedding menu, to be based on a totally Scottish local food theme with a touch of “me”. Hendrick’s Scottish Gin and Concombre Sorbet; went down a treat!

I think Fixit had the microphone for lunch … MC and all that, the Marquee within the walled garden glistened in the sunshine. Oh, by the way, thanks to all for making the Wedding day go zoomingly.

They say every picture tells a story…

 


 

Open Adventure

Open Adventure


August 2012


Very little sleep this week as I’ve been hosting a transition stage of the 5 days of ‘Open Adventure’ live.addidas-ar.com

The competitive race started in Stirling and ended in Stirling 620kms later. The teams made up of four people to include a least one female were from all over the world. They had to mountain bike, canoe, orienteer, or run on different stages. Teams started to arrive at House of Mark from 02.00 on Wednesday and were still arriving after 21.00, these teams being the premier teams who chose to take a harder lengthier route. A busy day!

House of Mark fed and watered the teams and helped the transition to the next stage a mere 105 kms run. The event organised by Open Adventure’s team and workaholic enthusiasts will be shown on channel 4 in the near future.
The whole race is an eye opener for any would be Mr and Mrs Fit who thinks a triathlon is easy.

Take a look here is the leading team really tired now after a few days no stop

 

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