British forces have long had an association with the Highlands of Scotland and Forces Manor aims to complement the excellent facilities provided by the likes of Rothiemurchus Lodge and other likewise facilities in the area. Forces Manor will aim to offer something different but work in harmony with providers of rest, activity and social facilities.
As a not for profit centre, Forces Manor is a Tri-services respite centre for serving members of the forces, veterans and their families, and Army, Air and Sea cadets. The use of the centre is envisaged for holidays, short breaks, reunions, meetings, training, small military weddings, conferences.
Forces Manor will accommodate 60+ people, either for a military unit taking over the whole centre, or for smaller units and individuals.
His Royal Highness, Prince William as acknowledged Forces Manor with interest.
Moving the plan forward it was important to have the Army's support and goodwill early on and thanks to the assistance of Major General Steirn (RTD) thats exactly what we received after a recent meeting in HQ Regional Command in Aldershot. We met and presented the Forces Manor project to Major General Capps GOC Regional Command. Also present at the meeting was Brigadier Potts, Brigadier Christie, Colonel Southwood and Major Brett. The General and his team were very impressed with the plan and have offered some invaluable advice, help and assistance, giving Forces Manor their full support.
Forces Manor and Forces Manor has gained the firm backing and moral support of the President of Poppy Scotland Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin, KCB CBE.
Forces Manor was mention in the Scottish Parliament with a motion raised backing the project.
Within the Cairngorms National Park, Forces Manor is located in the village of Kincraig on the banks of the River Spey just five minutes south of Aviemore in the central highlands of Scotland. Forces Manor will have a range of accommodation options from self-catering, to room only with double en suite bed rooms suitable for up to seven guests. There will also be multi person bunk rooms within the grounds. The will also be a dedicated disabled ground floor two-roomed apartment equipped with bedroom and bathroom hoists is an important feature. Also on site is a communal all ranks mess hall and kitchen as well as an all ranks DIY, Garden lounge and bar which can be adapted to host reunions military dinners, mess events, meetings, conferences, small military weddings or simply used as a place to chill in front of the large log burning stove. Other facilities include a mini gym, mountain bike station with a repair centre and sports store equipped for drying sports equipment complete with a special dehumidifier to extract water from wet clothes.
For relaxation there is going to be a quite room that doubles up as a military library.
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