Experience Mayen

Mayen Estate, near Rothiemay in Banffshire is a private, family run estate, where we enjoy welcoming holiday guests to enjoy our beautiful surroundings, with opportunities for wild swimming, river salmon and trout fishing, stargazing, clay pigeon shooting, wildlife spotting and a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Escape to nature and experience the Deveron Valley and all that Banffshire has to offer, from castles, to distilleries, to world class golf courses and to the wonders of the Moray Firth.

We offer fishing, shooting and hunting experiences for beginners, children and old hands alike. Please enquire for more information.

Our gardens and grounds are strictly open to resident guests only.

Scottish Estate Experience

Our Scottish Estate Experience package gives our discerning guests an authentic taste of Scottish country sports and estate living

- One day Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Fly Fishing for two people on the Mayen House & Stobiehaugh beats of the River Deveron. Includes expert instruction from a dedicated ghillie, all equipment, use of the bridge lodge and a posh picnic lunch.

- One half-day Clay Pigeon Shooting on the banks of the River Deveron. Includes expert instruction from our dedicated gamekeeper, gun rental, (50) cartridges and refreshments.

- Access to our stunning 2-acre private estate walled garden throughout your stay (during opening times)

£480 for two guests during high season

The Walled Gardens

Enjoy spending time in our 2-acre private estate Walled Garden throughout your holiday.

Our stunning Walled Gardens are open exclusively to holiday guests and are a beautiful and peaceful place to relax with a book, picnic or easel during your holiday.

We have one full time gardener and two groundsmen who are dedicated to making our gardens and grounds beautiful, productive and a haven for insects and wildlife.

Opening times are Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 4.30pm. The walled gardens are closed to guests on Saturday and Sunday and from November to February.

£20.00 total

Our grounds and gardens are not open to the general public

Bailies cottage private garden and chocolate box exterior with fire pit and seating.
Comfortable living room with large wood burning stove.
Large family kitchen and dining table.
Classic twin room perfect for children.
Bright double bedroom with views of the the sunny private garden.

Posh Picnics

Fancy a Posh Picnic?

Expect a traditional and delicious picnic carefully prepared with homemade goodies dropped off to your cottage or to one of our picnic spots, so it’s ready waiting for you!

If you would like the picnic to be served in The Summerhouse or TheBridge Lodge with tea and coffee, please also book the rental of The Summerhouse or The Bridge Lodge. 

Catering is provided by The Willows Tearoom at Deskford Garden Galleries and requires advance notice. This experience is subject to availability and is available from Thursday to Sunday, for a minimum of 2 people, please advise of any dietary requirements, one of our hosting team will be in touch to arrange dates.

Sample Menu
Selection of finger sandwiches & rolls
Cream Cheese, Mint & Cucumber - Tomato, Spring Onion, Basil & Avocado Mayonnaise - Truffled Mushroom & Dill Paté - Chive Eggs Bechamel 

Spinach, Leek & Spring Onion Cheesecake -  Half Scotch Egg - Peppered Mushroom Vou au Vent 

Freshly Baked Scone with Strawberry & Vanilla Butter, Jam and Cream

Berry Cream Horn - Deskford Dainties - Raspberry, White Chocolate & CoconutFool 

Tea & Coffee

£30 per person


Wild Salmon Fishing

Experience epic wild salmon and sea trout river fishing on one of the finest beats of the River Deveron

One day salmon fishing for one rod, on the Mayen House and Stobiehaugh beats of the River Deveron. Our mid-river fishing is below the Bogie and Isla tributaries, stretching for a mile on both banks with 10 named pools. An impressive footbridge allows easy access to both sides of the river. 
Use of the bridge lodge, with its kitchenette, wood-burning stove, BBQ and soft seating must be arranged in addition. 
A dedicated expert ghillie and equipment can also be arranged for beginners, children and seasoned anglers alike.

For more information see our fishing page.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Experience Clay Pigeon Shooting by The River Deveron 

Brilliant fun for the family, or for competitive couples, we offer private Clay Pigeon Shooting experiences on Mayen Estate. Perfect for complete beginners or more experienced shots alike, we provide all of the equipment, 50 cartridges, expert tuition from our gamekeeper, and of course cake and refreshments! 

This is a private experience, available for a minimum of two people.

Children must be over 12 and shooting will be at your own pace with a dedicated instructor.

£80.00 per person

Roe Deer Hunting

Roe Deer Hunting Experience 

As part of our sustainability and diversity action plan, we sensitively and strategically manage the Roe Deer population on the estate to ensure all of the other wildlife and plant life can thrive. Subject to seasonality and availability, we offer Roe Deer Hunting experiences in the Deveron Valley.

You will meet with our expert gamekeeper the day before the outing for some tuition and then in the very early morning or late evening, for the hunting. This experience is for one gun and a maximum of one companion, both of whom must be physically fit. 

It is an immense responsibility to kill these majestic, intelligent animals and as such we request that guests carefully consider the opportunity of this experience. Please do enquire for more information or if you should have any questions at all. 

Prices start from £200, but are dependent on the size of the animal and the gamekeepers time, as more than one outing may be required. All tuition, equipment and refreshments are provided. This experience must be booked in advance and is subject to seasonality and availability. 

From £250

Honeymoon / Anniversary Package

Our Honeymoon package is designed especially for romantic special occasions

- A bottle of champagne on ice and locally handmade chocolates awaiting your arrival

- Special occasion flowers, sustainably homegrown in our gardens

- Access to our stunning 2-acre private estate walled garden throughout your stay (during opening times)

- One of our famous posh picnics served in the Summerhouse on the lawns overlooking the Deveron Valley.

£200

Special Occasion Package

Our Special Occasion package is perfect for setting the celebratory mood for a birthday or special occasion holiday at Mayen Estate 

- A bottle of champagne on ice and locally handmade chocolates awaiting your arrival

- Special occasion flowers, sustainably homegrown in our gardens

- Access to our stunning 2-acre private estate walled garden throughout your stay (during opening times)

- A delicious homemade celebration cake to enjoy

£150

The Summerhouse

The Summerhouse for the day, overlooking the Deveron Valley 

The Summerhouse, on the front lawn of Mayen House, is the perfect spot to enjoy views across the valley over lunch! It is lit by candles, with a dining table and french doors to enjoy the view.

We offer posh picnics to be served in The Summerhouse, please select the posh picnic option to arrange this. 

Rental of the Summerhouse is subject to availability, one of our hosting team will be in touch to arrange dates.

£20

The Bridge Lodge

The Summerhouse for the day, overlooking the Deveron Valley 

The Mayen Bridge Fishing Lodge sits on the bank of the River Deveron, a short stroll from the holiday properties. Popular with anglers and holiday makers alike, the lodge is equipped with a wood-burning stove, soft seating, toilet facilities, kitchenette and gas BBQ. It’s ever so comfortable, and can be difficult to leave!

We offer posh picnics to be served in The Bridge Lodge, please select the posh picnic option to arrange this. 

Rental of the lodge is subject to availability, one of our hosting team will be in touch to arrange dates.

£50.00

If you’re dreaming of a holiday on a Scottish Estate, take a look at our unique Cottages, Cabin and Guardhouse.