Hotels & Lodges
Deeply rooted in history, the sporting lodge is a ‘home from home’ comfort whilst shooting, fishing or hunting, with Scottish lodges often having more history than most. First built by major landowners and clan chiefs, they would have been a primitive overnight shelter for when out on the moor, river or high hill.
African safari lodges can represent the most luxurious form of safari accommodation, that is when it comes to modern conveniences such as internet access, televisions, climate control, and are relatively easy to access.
A tented safari camp can be equally luxurious and offering an authentic safari experience - there is nothing more exhilarating than falling asleep under canvas and hearing nature’s calls: from the distant roaring of lions to the beautiful lullaby of a nightjar, to waking up to the melodic chorus of birds at sunrise.
We are passionate about providing as an authentic experience as possible for our guests, and indeed could provide ‘primitive overnight shelter’ (‘cave of Lonavey’ 1 see Red Deer), a moorland bothy while out grouse shooting, or a cow dung, mud and ash Maasai Bomba (hut) but our sybaritic beliefs would seek to provide a more luxurious dinning and retiring arrangements.
Matching the right Private House, Hotel or Sporting Lodge or Camp to our guests is critical to ensuring that any sporting escape is a memorable one, especially when accompanied by non-sporting participating partners!
“The Great Highland Chiefs, when they sallied out to shoot over distant
parts of their estates, were content to abide in dwellings, which the
autocratic sporting tenant of our day would account a social impossibility.
They thought it no hardship, but an agreeable variation of their normal
domesticities, to sleep in a wattled hut in the high corrie or open moor,
and live on the produce, from day to day, of the gun.”
George Malcolm & Aymer Maxwell, ‘Grouse and Grouse Moors’ 1910
1 McCombie Smith, W. (1982) Lonavey. In, The Romance of Poaching in the Highlands. Tideline
To England, the Normans brought with them the concept of forest law, and in turn the Hunting Lodge - often on the edge of a forest or within a park to shelter a hunting party at need, and house a custodian at other times...