Dougarie Estate, Isle of Arran
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Tucked away on the west-coast of Scotland, this estate was originally built as the sporting lodge for the 11th Duke of Hamilton, and boasts a magical landscape of rivers, lochs, craggy peaks and isolated beaches. Since inheriting Dougarie in 2018, Jamie Gibbs, laird and passionate conservationist, has been revamping the estate with his interiors-savvy wife Jules. They are a formidable duo; Jamie grew up at Dougarie so knows every inch of the landscape intimately, while Juliet understands the mod-cons that city-dwelling visitors expect. There are now five beautifully appointed houses available to rent, complete with private chef, masseuse, reflexologist and reiki (on request). This is the place to go for stalking, walking, shooting, fishing, golfing and switching off. Don’t be surprised to see dolphins and seals during sea-fishing and lobster potting expeditions and new-born lambs frolicking on rolling green hills in spring. A barbecue in The Boathouse – which will be available as a wedding venue later this year – followed by a swim in the sea is soul-stirring stuff. Arran’s ancient, distinctive natural beauty is utterly irresistible.
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