Romantic little cottage on a woodland estate, within the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park
Sleeps 2 + a baby
Tucked away amongst the sky-high trees, craggy mountains and unruffled lochs of Cairngorms National Park lies a peaceful retreat of 5 cottages, of which this is the smallest. Paths to true Scottish wilderness wind out from its front door, through Caledonia pine forest. The cottage itself has a classical feel, thanks to its tall Victorian windows and the original pitch-pine floor from its previous life as a ballroom. Muted accents of sage green and honeysuckle give centre stage to a beautiful chandelier and vintage mirrors; a record player and cocktail cabinet add to the nostalgic feel. In the colder months you’ll love shaking up Negronis and playing Monopoly after a day’s walking. In the warmer months, sit out in your sweet little garden or relax on the shared lawns and watch red squirrels leap from tree to tree. Truly idyllic.
Getting here: drive, or train Aviemore then taxi (20 mins)
All heating and hot water is supplied by biomass boilers.
- Set your alarms and go for a dawn dip in Loch Garten, with a flask of hot coffee to warm you up afterwards. The early start will be worth it when you see the secluded loch in the first few hours of sunlight.
- The Cairngorms offer breathtaking walking and cycling, through ancient woodlands, along winding rivers and amongst a mountainous landscape that’s so wild it feels primitive.
- The park is home to red squirrels, pine martens, roe deer and golden eagles (BBC’s Springwatch was recently filmed here). Take a guided nature walk or 4×4 drive to help you spot the wildlife.
- Or do a cookery course with renowned food writer Ghillie Başan, in her remote home high in the hills.
- After dark, cosy up by the woodland firepit to roast marshmallows and listen to owls hooting in the Caledonia pines.
- There are regular events in the woodland teepee.