Arbor Bothy

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A creative spin on a traditional bothy, in the heart of Cairngorms National Park (sleeps 2)

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Eco conscious

Parking

Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop

WiFi

Woodburner

Space & setting.

*Brand new*

Surrounded by the breathtaking wild beauty of Cairngorms National Park, this cabin has you perfectly placed to explore snow-capped mountains, ancient pine forests and heather-clad moorland. The owners moved here to raise their family, and found an incredible house with a bothy in the back of the garden, full of old artefacts, newspapers and a note claiming it as the old village cinema. Overrun with moss and pine needles, timbers wearing away, they decided to give it a new life — and as creatives themselves, they had some really unique ideas to make it extra special, such as an enormous OS map of the park, which covers an entire wall.

Foot trails lead straight into nature (you’re 50m from 125km2 of ancient Caledonian woodland), while endless loops of bike trails will take you all the way up to the mountain tops and back without touching a road. In winter you can ski and snowboard; wild swimmers can find their cold-water fix at local lochs (where you can also kayak, paddle board, fish and sail). Between adventures, the cabin is a sanctuary of calm. Mornings can be deliciously slow, lying in bed watching clouds drift past the overhead rooflight, breakfasting out on the patio and watching red squirrels scamper past into the pines. Star-speckled nightfall calls for romantic evenings toasting marshmallows over the chiminea — or stroll to the village pub for a sociable pint or 2.

Getting here: train to Aviemore then taxi (20 mins)

“We’ve both been coming to Nethy Bridge with our families since we were babies, so we decided to move here to raise our own family. I’m a jewellery maker, and Graham is a photographer; he rebuilt the bothy with a little help from friends, using beautiful local materials. We can’t wait to welcome you into our dream and share everything about this place, which makes us so happy.” Owners, Amy and Graham

My Kip favourites

They love
“Planning the day’s adventures on the epic 4x4m OS map wall of the Cairngorms National Park.”

We love
How the couple’s passion for art breathes colour and life into the space: stunning photography by Graham, gorgeous stoneware by Glasgow-based ceramist Kim Plimley and fine-line graphic landscapes by Inverness-based artist Jack Spowart.

You may not love
Min 2 or 4 nights, check ins Fri and Mon only. You’re at the bottom of the owner’s garden, but separated by a high fence so totally private. No TV, but good WiFi for streaming. Sorry, no pets allowed.

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  • “What can I say… this place is just a dream, as soon as I entered I was in love! The place was absolutely spotless and the smell was amazing. We had such an amazing/relaxing weekend here. The kitchen was very well equipped and the fresh coffee was a delight. The bed was also super comfortable. You can really see the love and hard work that has been put into making this such a special place. I really loved all the different plants and Graham’s photography and the log burning stove. Waking up and watching the very active bird feeder was super special! We even saw a woodpecker. Oh and the outdoor hammocks were perfect for relaxing outside in the evening. We really feel that we couldn’t have found a more perfect place for our relaxing weekend while exploring the Cairngorms. The location was perfect! We will absolutely be returning to this little gem in the future. I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough.”

    Shelley, July 2023

Sustainability.

The building is clad with local larch, in keeping with the natural surrounds. Heating and hot water come from an air-source heat pump and electricity is from a renewably sourced provider. All cleaning products are consciously sourced.

Surrounds.

  • Cairngorms Cabin
  • Cairngorms Cabin
  • Loch Morlich
    Loch Morlich
  • Jewellery-making workshop
  • Cairngorms Cabin
  • Cairngorms Cabin
  • Cairngorms Cabin
  • Cairngorms Cabin
  • Cairngorms Cabin
    The on-site art gallery
  • Abernethy Forest
    Abernethy Forest
  • Aurora Borealis above the cabin
    Aurora Borealis above the cabin
  • Autumn in the Birch woodland
    Autumn in the Birch woodland
  • Heather Bloom in Rothiemurchas Forest
    Heather Bloom in Rothiemurchas Forest
  • Heather Bloom in Rothiemurchas Forest
    Heather Bloom in Rothiemurchas Forest
  • Loch Garten Pines
    Loch Garten Pines
  • Red Squirrell from the cabin
    Red Squirrell from the cabin
  • Winter mist over Abernethy Forest
    Winter mist over Abernethy Forest
  • Hike or bike your way through the national park — there are miles and miles of woodland trails, mountain tracks and riverside strolls.
  • Climb the craggy Cairngorm mountains and The Lecht for incredible panoramas. In winter they offer all-levels skiing and snowboarding; the owners can connect you with expert guides if you want to venture off-piste.
  • Swim in the many lochs and rivers of the area. There are local guides who can coach cold water newbies if you’re nervous about making the plunge!
  • Budding photographers can spend a day capturing the wild landscapes with award-winning photographer Graham.
  • Or learn the art of silversmithing and make a piece of jewellery with Amy in her on-site studio. Couples can even make their own wedding rings using recycled silver or gold, in a bespoke workshop.
  • Whisky distillery tours are a-plenty in the Spey Valley; the closest is The Cairn, just 10 mins’ drive away.
  • Further afield, there’s clay shooting, quad biking, archery, pony trekking, fishing and golf (all around 30 mins’ drive).

 

 

Specifics.

  • Standalone bothy on the owner’s plot of land
  • 1 bedroom with super-kingsize bed and overhead Velux window
  • Bathroom with rainfall shower; toiletries provided
  • Fully-equipped kitchen including oven and induction hob; basics provided
  • Living area warmed by a woodburner; screen and projector for film nights
  • Books, board games and binoculars
  • WiFi (note no TV)
  • Outdoor patio with hammock chairs, dining furniture, yoga mats, garden games and chimenea
  • The owners are available by phone and live next door should you need anything
  • Walk 5 mins to farm shops, deli, café, pubs and restaurant
  • Weekly fishmonger visits the village on Wednesdays; fish and chips van on Mondays
  • Hire bikes and e-bikes locally
  • Sorry no pets
  • Booking conditions: 2-night minimum stay Fri-Sun, 4 nights Mon-Fri
  • Remember to pack: towels for swimming in the lochs and a torch for evening strolls

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.

Cancellations
8+ weeks prior to stay: deposit refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
6-8 weeks prior to stay: deposit retained, 70% balance refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
4-6 weeks prior to stay: 50% of the total booking fee retained, 50% refunded, minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 4 weeks of stay.

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