Bede House


Tarves is a small village in the North East of Scotland and only 20 minutes from Aberdeen. Aberdeenshire is steeped in history and the Castle Trail is very popular with visitors. There are two National Trust properties nearby -Pitmedden Gardens which is a short distance from Bede House and is a worth a visit for all keen gardeners and Haddo House which is also just a short distance from Bede House. Haddo House was the home of the Aberdeens until it was sold to the National Trust in the 1970's but the present Lord and Lady Aberdeen still live on the estate. I have been fortunate to have had several visitors from Canada researching into the history of the Aberdeens as one of the Lord Aberdeens was Governor General of British Columbia from 1893 - 1898 and a tour of the house is well worth a visit. I do like to take my guests round Haddo and share in some of the interesting facts which I have learned from my "Research Guests".

Nearby at the Methlick side of Haddo there is the Haddo Trout Fishery. A secluded woodland lake where you can enjoy some trout fishing or perhaps if you are lucky you can try some salmon fishing on the River Ythan. Permits can be obtained from the local shop in Methlick and you can enjoy a good meal at the Ythanview Hotel or at the new restaurant opening in the spring of 2012 near the Haddo Trout Fishery. Further north Lochter Activity Park provides not only some trout fishing but many other outdoor activities for the more active. More information about fishing in the area can be found on

Many of my more adventurous visitors take the Sustran National Route 1 which is a network of cycle routes stretching from Dover to the Shetland Isles. These paths are safe and off the beaten track and are well signposted. One of the routes takes you past the end of the Bede House and it is a welcome stop for the tired and weary cyclist before they continue north in their travels.

Aberdeenshire is abundant with golf courses and the most recent is the Donald Trump International Golf Course on the Menie Estate at Balmedie which is only about a 20 minute drive from the Bede House. Further north along the coast there are miles of deserted beaches passing the village of Newburgh and the Forvie National Nature Reserve. The village of Forvie itself disappeared and was a victim of the movement of sand but is now an area rich in aquatic and terrestrial life and a paradise for all bird watchers. A few miles north and the coast line changes at Cruden Bay, the home of Slains Castle which inspired Bram Stoker to write his most famous novel Dracula. The coastline becomes more rugged and a challenge for any rockclimbers. The Bullers of Buchan is a circular formation of cliffs and is also a paradise for bird watchers. This striking coastline ends at the busy fishing port of Peterhead and the Gas terminal at St Fergus and is only 22 miles from Tarves

Aberdeen has been the oil capital of Europe for over 30 years and there are still plenty of opportunities to be found in the oil and gas industries. Every two years Aberdeen hosts an Oil Exhibition which attracts visitors from all over the world. I can provide short or long term accommodation for anyone who is working here on a temporary basis or may have to commute from other parts of the UK. Oil and gas technologies are moving into the "green energy industry" and Aberdeen and Peterhead have been earmarked for growth in these areas. Bede House is well paced for providing accommodation for any visitors who are here on business as not only can I provide accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis but I also have a two bed flat in nearby Ellon which can also be used as a staff house for corporate use.




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