Dinnet House

A fine Scots Baronial shooting lodge, Dinnet House is situated on a terrace which falls steeply to the north bank of the River Dee, a mile (1.5 km) southwest of Dinnet and 5 miles (8 km) west of Aboyne in Aberdeenshire. Built in 1890 for the English ship-owner and politician Charles Wilson (1833 - 1907), later Lord Nunburnholme, the architect was A. Marshall Mackenzie of Aberdeen. The house was constructed from grey granite and comprises three storeys with crow-stepped gables and round castellated corner towers featuring overhanging waterspouts. In 1896, the house and estate were sold to James Charles Barclay-Harvey, whose son Sir Charles Malcolm Barclay-Harvey (1890 - 1969) became Governor of South Australia, and remains in that family. The house was altered following a fire in 1905 and a square entrance tower added. It accommodated an evacuated school during World War II and was altered once again in 1976, when the west wing was demolished to provide a more manageable family home. B-listed since 2006, the interior includes a fine hall, morning room, a drawing room with Adam-style plasterwork, a wood-panelled dining room and a billiard room. A crenelated terrace provides fine views over gardens of rhododendrons and azaleas to the river beyond. Dinnet House stands at the centre of a 9712-ha (24000-acre) estate, once the property of the Marquesses of Huntly, which includes grouse moors, loch and river fishing and farming. Part of an episode of the BBC situation comedy To The Manor Born was filmed on the estate in 1980.

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