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The Gate Lodge

  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms

About the Lodge

The Gate Lodge is accessed along a private road and located in a tranquil setting on the northern shore of Loch Ericht. It has comfortable, elegant public rooms far beyond the ordinary, with unique décor, deep sofas, and grand granite fireplaces. The warm and welcoming ambience flows through to the four sumptuous bedrooms, each unique in character. There are excellent views from every room, not least the turreted 360◦ viewing gallery at the top of the tower.

This luxurious haven is an ideal choice for a peaceful and relaxing break and is marvellously located to experience some of the local attractions and activities on offer. With closer access to the otherwise remote Ben Alder Mountain, it is a perfect location for hillwalking parties seeking a luxurious haven to return to at the end of an active day. The Gate Lodge is not suitable for young children.

Lodge Features & Layout

The Gate Lodge is situated in a tranquil setting, on the northern shore of Loch Ericht, beneath the impressive Fara Ridge. The elegant building rises from the very edge of the shoreline and would certainly match the criteria for those searching for a waterside holiday.


The drawing room is spacious, warm, and inviting, with elegant furnishings, deep sofas, a cosy open fire, and incredible views of beautiful Loch Ericht.

The large dining table, where eight people can be seated comfortably in front of an open fire, sits well in this beautifully decorated room. There is access to the two south-facing verandas, with views of the loch and to magnificent mountains beyond.

The well-equipped and spacious kitchen opens into the dining room. The kitchen houses a fabulous triple Aga cooker with an electric hob, dishwasher, microwave and a fridge freezer will cover. There is a separate utility room with a washing machine and dryer.

A dedicated television room ensures that different members of the party can relax in their own way. Comfortable seating, a TV, and a DVD are available in this room along with excellent views of the loch.

This large bedroom has a king-size four-poster bed, comfortable seating, bespoke furniture, and magnificent views of the loch.

En-suite Bathroom

The stylish en-suite bathroom has marble vanity tops and a roll-top bath with a shower over.


The twin room is beautifully decorated, with plush soft furnishings, and double aspect views over the loch. There is an en-suite bathroom.

En-suite Bathroom

The luxurious bathroom has marble vanity-tops, and a roll-top bath, with an over-bath shower.

The smaller of the two twin rooms has excellent views, warm, deluxe fabrics, and comfortable furnishings. There is an en-suite bathroom.

Ensuite Bathroom

The en-suite bathroom has a roll-top bath and shower over.

This is a spacious bedroom with a king-size bed, elegant furnishings, comfortable seating, and breath-taking views.

Ensuite Bathroom

The luxurious en-suite bathroom has marble vanity tops,  and a roll-top bath with a shower over.

The spacious ground floor hall, stairs to viewing gallery, and  the third image is of the viewing gallery.


Floor Plan

Customer Testimonials

Felicity Robertson

Far beyond our expectations, incredibly grand but cosy and welcoming. A beautiful location right at the edge of the loch. So much to see and do. We will be re-booking for next year.

Paula Gill

We spent the most amazing Christmas week at the lodge with our family. The location is perfect and the property far exceeded our expectations, it is a truly beautiful building, the attention to detail is stunning and the quality of all the rooms was 10/10. We would not hesitate in recommending this as the perfect escape/ holiday /relaxation retreat. We walked the mountains, photographed deer and had a thoroughly perfect Christmas. The staff at Ben Alder are very professional, incredibly helpful and on hand to help. We will definitely be back for more of the same soon. Thank you to all at Ben Alder Estates. Paula Gill

The Smith Party

Smith party who stayed at Pattack Lodge on 29 April 2023. Comfort: 5 Star Cleanliness: 5 Star Equipment: 5 Star Location: Gate Lodge Ben Alder Estate Property review: "Felt like staying in our own five star hotel - furnished sumptuously- kept very clean and lovely location by Loch Ericht- helpful housekeeper just up the track to sort any problems "

Availability & Prices

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Gate Lodge can be let on a weekly 7-night basis or for 4-night stays.

Over the festive period, we have specific dates that can be booked.

Christmas 21st – 28th December
New Year 29th December to 4th January

If for any reason you encounter any problems while placing your booking, please get in touch via the contact tab.

Additional Information

  • Layout

    At a Glance

    3 Reception rooms, 4 Bedrooms- 2 king-size, 2 twins, and 4 bathrooms

    Lower Ground Floor

    On the lower ground floor, there are two twin rooms, both with an en suite bath with a shower over, a bedroom with a king-size four-poster bed, an en suite bath, and a shower over. The fourth bedroom also has a king-size bed and an en suite bath, with a shower over.

    Ground Floor

    On the ground floor, there is a hallway with a side hall and a cloakroom. There is also a dining room where eight people can be seated comfortably in front of an open fire. French windows give access from the dining room to two individual south-facing verandas. One veranda has garden furniture. The ground floor also has a well-equipped kitchen with a triple Aga cooker and a separate utility room.

    First Floor

    There is a well-appointed drawing room with an open fire and access to a third veranda with spectacular loch views. Additional rooms on the first floor include a separate television room and stairs that lead up to the viewing room at the top of the tower.

    Additional Lodge Details 

    • The well-equipped kitchen has a triple Aga cooker and a gas hob 
    • The dining room table seats eight people around it comfortably
    • There is a tower room with a 360◦ viewing gallery
    • The drawing room and dining room have open fires. Logs provided.
    • Egyptian cotton bed linen and luxury towels are provided for guests in the lodge as standard
    • Wi-Fi, flat-screen television, and DVD player
    • Fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, and dryer
    • Gas central heating
    • Ideal for special 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th or more senior birthday celebrations
    • Perfect for special wedding anniversary celebrations
    • Group retreat
    • The Gate Lodge is not suitable for children under 12 years of age
    • The lodge is close to the loch, has two verandas in the lodge, and has steep steps down to the beach. Children should be supervised at all times
    • The property is not suitable for stairgates and we do not provide them


Please note that the Gate Lodge is not suitable for young children.


Strictly no smoking.

Accepted Payment Methods

Bank Transfer, and credit cards for online bookings.

Check-In and Check-Out Times

The earliest check-in is 4.00 pm.  We kindly ask that you check out by 10.00 am.


Dogs accepted by arrangement only 

Access Statement

Ben Alder Estate’s aim is to make our guest’s stay as enjoyable as possible, and we are committed to providing accurate information regarding accessible facilities.

Gate Lodge

Drive to the front door possible
Steps up to the front door and no ramp
Electric gate and cattle grid close to the front door
Spiral staircase down to bedrooms on ground floor
Spiral Staircase up to reception rooms
No ground floor bedroom or bathroom
Cloakroom on the first floor
Step out to gardens and no ramp
Two verandas on the second floor
Steep steps down to the beach (no garden)

The accommodation is not recommended for:

Less mobile guests
Part-time wheelchair users
Assisted wheelchair Users
Visually impaired guests
Children under 12 years

  • EPC F



How To Get There


Take the Dalwhinnie exit off of the A9 and follow the road to the petrol station. Take the track located next to the petrol station and continue past the white houses on the left to the railway barrier under the railway arch. On reaching the barrier, call the Estate security (07827 330 383) for the code. Turn immediately right through the stone gate posts, follow the track up a short steep hill, then bear left. Continue to the first turreted building with electric gates in an archway. Just before the gates, there is a post with a keypad. Press the security button for access. Carry on, along the track passing An-Tochailt Lodge on your left, and continue until you reach another set of electric gates. Press the security button on the keypad located on the wooden post. Once you pass through the gates, the Gate Lodge is immediately on the left.

It is necessary to have the use of a vehicle during your stay but if any of your party wishes to arrive by train there is a station at Dalwhinnie. The overnight sleeper service from London stops at Dalwhinnie as do some of the day trains. Nearby Kingussie Station offers more choice of train times.



The Gate Lodge
Ben Alder Estate
PH19 1AE