LUXURY LODGINGS AND A HANDSOME HUT
FISHING AT Dess can be booked online through Fishpal – www.fishpal.com. There are now just four rods available, part of a proactive response to the changes from Storm Frank. Prices range from £80 to £140 per rod per day. A discount on the fishing is available to anglers staying on-site.
WHERE TO STAY
Mill of Dess Lodge (above) opened in the summer of 2015. Converted from existing farm buildings and accompanying a renovation of Mill Cottage, it provides Deeside with high-quality accommodation. The lodge is resplendent with distressed mirrors, antler chandeliers and woodburning stoves. Relax in the lounge with a drink before dinner, which is served on a long banquet table, before retreating to one of the extremely comfortable bedrooms – each named after a different pool. Unlike Mill Cottage, the lodge doesn’t have a view of the river, but it does have lovely views of surrounding fields, forests and hills. On-site kennels make it dog-friendly too. Access to the fishing is very good with vehicle tracks to most pools. At the award-winning hut on Upper Dess anglers can enjoy a reviving lunch while relaxing in battered leather armchairs beneath mounted stag heads. To book accommodation, call 01763 264 249. Web: lowerdessestate.com