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Douneside House: A taste of Scotland with lovely views

4 monthes ago   |   By Press and Journal

Nature laid on a perfect feast for our journey from Aberdeen to Douneside House on Royal Deeside for dinner in a former country mansion.
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but after a quarter of a century living in these parts, it was the first time we had taken in a view which had a profound effect on Queen Victoria, whose love affair with this part of Aberdeenshire is well known.
She was mesmerised by a sweeping panorama across the Howe of Cromar, not far from Tarland, with the summit of Lochnagar clearly visible 20 miles away.
The spot where she always stopped her coach to take it all in was...
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