Travel + Leisure
June 08, 2017 12:00 pm
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Like many couples, Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews are expected to end their honeymoon in a house their family owns.

However, unlike most couples, that house is a mansion in Scotland.

Matthew’s family owns Glen Affric, an estate in the Highlands, about 15 miles from Loch Ness. When they are not at work in London, they use the Scottish estate as their country escape.

A renovated eight-room Victorian mansion anchors the 10,000-acre estate, but it’s really the surrounding nature that brings visitors from all around the world. (Seth Meyers and David Beckham have both visited.)

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The lodge keeps riding ponies around for guests who want to explore all 10,000 acres. Guests can also use the hiking trails to explore the area by foot. The star of the property is the Loch Affric, where guests can kayak, sail, windsurf, or fish.

But that doesn’t mean the house itself isn’t fantastic in its own right. Besides the bedrooms, guests can also sit in the whisky tasting room or reading rooms, painted with Highland scenes by Sir Edwin Landseer, the man who cast the bronze lions in London’s Trafalgar Square.

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After their time in French Polynesia and Australia, the newlyweds will head to Glen Affric. However as soon as they leave, the estate’s back up for grabs and anybody can rent it.

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It costs $13,300 to rent the place out for eight people for three nights. For $20,000, the estate will accommodate a full party of 16 people.

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