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View to the property
Explore the  garden grounds
Views to the garden
Lounge dining
Relax in front of the wood burner
Open plan lounge kitchen diner
Cook up a evening meal
Spacious king-size bedroom with en-suite
Comfy king-size bedroom
En-suite bathroom with shower over bath
Fresh flowers from the garden
Enjoy a spot of lunch
Romantic spot in the wooded garden grounds
View to the property
Enjoy a coffee in the sunny garden
Enjoy a stroll around the gardens
River Spey close by
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Birch Croit

Aviemore (12mls NE), The Highlands
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Idyllic old stone cottage set in a peaceful location in Nethy Bridge is perfect  to get-away from it all
  • Explore the beautiful gardens with a variety of bird life and re squirrels, walking and cycling from the front door
  • Relax in in front of the cosy wood burner after a day out exploring the Highlands of Scotland
Property code: 28823

This delightful cottage faces south over the courtyard of a beautiful, secluded listed 18th century farmhouse on the edge of this pretty Speyside village. Retaining many of the original features, this cottage is set within 2 acres of gorgeous shared wooded grounds.

This charming country cottage tucked away in the garden of a traditional farmhouse in the magnificent Scottish Highlands is an ideal romantic retreat. Situated at the northern end of the UK’s largest national park, the Cairngorms, this property is in the ‘Forest Village’ of Nethy Bridge; so called because of its close proximity to the ancient Abernethy Forest, home to many rare and unusual varieties and species of flora and fauna. Guests also have a range of activities on offer to them, whatever the season; with walking and cycling on one of the many forest trails or around a nearby loch, winter sports in the mountains and golf at one of the area’s earliest 9-hole courses, to name but a few, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The delightful village of Aviemore, the outdoor centre of the Cairngorms, is only 11 miles away.

 

Set amongst 2 acres of grounds on the edge of the forest, guests will love the tranquillity surrounding this quaint cottage. Stepping inside, the door from the garden leads straight into the open-plan living area, which is snug and cosy with a wood burner at its centre. The kitchen is amply equipped to allow you to cook a romantic meal for two. The king-size bedroom (can be made up as a twin on request) is well-presented with an en-suite bathroom. Four steps outside lead down to the utility room in the cellar which is ideal for wet weather gear.

 

Outside, guests are invited to enjoy the grounds, including its BBQ, summer house and romantic seating area. There is also a seating area to the front of the cottage, where you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an evening dram of whisky.

 

 

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom – with king-size zip-and-link beds (can be made as a twin on request)
  • 1 en-suite bathroom with Shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven, hob, fridge with ice box and microwave
  • TV and DVD
  • Woodburner
  • Electric, heating and logs included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 1 well-behaved dog welcome
  • Utility room: in the cellar accessed down four steps outside the cottage providing storage for sports equipment and wet weather gear
  • Shared gardens with BBQ, summer house and seating areas
  • Private off-road parking available
  • Shop, pub and restaurant within walking distance.

Nethy Bridge is in an ideal location to explore all corners of the National Park. As well as the plethora of outdoor activities on offer, the area has plenty more to discover. It is close to the 90-mile long scenic route 'The Snow Roads' which takes you on a tour of some of the most spectacular views and villages in the Cairngorms from Grantown-on-Spey, a pretty, traditional town (6 miles), to Blairgowrie further south. One of Scotland's four long-distance footpaths, The Speyside Way, also passes through the village. The area of Speyside and Abernethy is a 'wildlife hotspot', recognised by the BBC who have filmed recent series of Winterwatch and Autumnwatch from there. For those of you wanting to get festive, visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (15 miles) where you can take day trips into the hills and get up close to the herd. Or you could visit Loch Garten Nature Reserve and Osprey Centre to see spectacular creatures of a different kind. Loch Eilein (13.5 miles), hidden amongst a forest, is also a picturesque place for a walk with its 13thcentury castle ruins. For something a little more relaxing, hop aboard the Strathspey Steam Railway at Aviemore for a traditional journey through the stunning landscape.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 24 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Paul 3rd September 2021

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An ideal location from which to explore the Scottish Highlands. The cottage was cosy and well equipped and garden large as accessible. Penalty of places to eat out locally without having to travel more than a few miles (visit to the village by the fish and chip wagon on as Monday Evening was a plus!)

Reviewed by Eric 6th August 2021

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Lovely cottage in perfect location for local walking trails and exploring the surrounding countryside. Watched an amazing variety of small birds at the bird feeders & also saw a red squirrel, red deer, hare and pheasant all from the kitchen window. Bed large and comfortable, seating good, kitchen had everything we needed for cooking, oven, microwavRead moree, fridge in good order, would recommend this cosy cottage as an ideal base for a holiday in the Cairngorms Hide

Reviewed by Stephen 30th July 2021

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Reviewed by Michael 2nd July 2021

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Very comfortable and quaint in beautiful grounds. Nethy Bridge is a lovely, friendly little village with fantastic woodland walks only a stones throw from the cottage. The abundant wildlife viewable from the kitchen window was fantastic - deer, red squirrel, bunny, great spotted woodpecker and many other birds was amazing.

Reviewed by Aileen 25th June 2021

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Lovely wee cottage surrounded by mature garden in lovely location. Small but perfect.

Reviewed by Stephanie 18th June 2021

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Reviewed by Jan 11th June 2021

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Ideally placed for adventuring and exploring the Highlands. Lovely woodland walks, wildlife and people. I have visited the Highlands on three separate occasions and can not fault it as a holiday destination. Don't forget the whisky trails, Loch Ness, Culloden battle site and Balmoral to name but a few. Would highly recommend as the base for your hoRead moreliday. Hide

Reviewed by Kathleen Ann 4th June 2021

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Overall the cottage is or could be lovely, just needs a few things doing, like replacing light bulbs/fluorescent tubes when they dont work. Overall cleanliness was OK. Could do with few more items in kitchen, like a jug, but couldnt see point in kitchen scales. Drive to cottage needs a turning point at top. Gardens nice and peaceful, wild areas andRead more mown paths, lots mature trees and shrubs. Ideally situated for exploring area. Hide

Reviewed by Margaret 21st May 2021

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Reviewed by Sarah 14th May 2021

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A cosy cottage in a great location. Would recommend to anyone looking for a tranquil break . Easy access for exploring the area and plenty of wildlife to enjoy.

Reviewed by Jacqueline 7th May 2021

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Lovely quaint cottage in beautiful gardens

Reviewed by Gemma 26th April 2021

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Lovely little cottage with wonderful gardens to walk around and great wildlife about. We were lucky enough to see two deer from the kitchen window as well as a variety of birds. It was our first holiday with our baby daughter and the cottage was perfect for us. In a lovely quiet area it was the perfect place to relax and enjoy family time. It is inRead more a great location and works fab as a base to travel around the highlands. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Kirsty 30th October 2020

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Reviewed by RICHARD 9th October 2020

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A return visit to Birchfield after many holidays there between 2000 & 2010. Gardens a little overgrown but new owners admitted to not being gardeners and weather didnt help, rained almost every day but thats Scotland for you. Will no doubt be returning in the future

Reviewed by Robert 2nd October 2020

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With the present situation in the uk with covid 19 the croft provides a good bolt hole, the forest and river walks are excellent places to stay safe.

Reviewed by Steven 18th September 2020

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A very cosy cottage in fabulous grounds in an excellent and peaceful location.

Reviewed by D 4th September 2020

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Reviewed by Philip 22nd August 2020

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Reviewed by Judith 24th July 2020

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It's a really cosy cottage Very comfortable with everything you need The gardens are idyllic The location is excellent

Reviewed by Gillian 17th July 2020

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A very pretty quiet cottage set within a beautiful ganden containing varied bird life and red squirrels. A great location for walking and exploring .

Reviewed by Paul 15th February 2020

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Reviewed by Clifford 1st February 2020

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Not the original property that we chose. Owners helped us out at the last minute. Lovely grounds and location. For a cottage was very spacious with lots of storage.

Reviewed by Susan 3rd January 2020

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A lovely wee cottage with plenty outside space. A romantic break at Birch Croit is highly recommended.

Reviewed by Nigel 28th October 2019

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View to the property
Explore the  garden grounds
Views to the garden
Lounge dining
Relax in front of the wood burner
Open plan lounge kitchen diner
Cook up a evening meal
Spacious king-size bedroom with en-suite
Comfy king-size bedroom
En-suite bathroom with shower over bath
Fresh flowers from the garden
Show 5 moreEnjoy a spot of lunch

Location

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From the isolated and peaceful Shetland Islands in the north to the thriving border towns and cities in the south, across wild mountains and serene lochs, and encompassing over 700 islands, Scotland’s rich and dramatic landscape simply must be seen to be appreciated. Scotland is home to the ten highest mountains in the UK – including Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak – and is bordered by three seas, offering epic scenery unlike any other you may have seen.

Whether you choose to explore the Highlands, lowlands or islands, lovers of the great outdoors will be thrilled by the stunning Scottish landscapes where some of the rarest UK wildlife can be glimpsed, including golden eagles, dolphins and whales. Take a road trip on the North Coast 500, Scotland’s version of Route 66, to experience the sheer beauty of the land’s wilderness or, as Scotland is the home of golf, either tee off at one of the 550 courses across parkland, heathland and links courses.

Scotland is also a land of unique culture where the people are renowned for their incredible warmth and hospitality. Experience the peaceful Isle of Lewis where Scots Gaelic is widely spoken, or immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen which are vibrant with thriving arts scenes, delicious restaurants and bustling nightlife. And no trip to Scotland is complete without exploring the castles and distilleries: learn about clan rivalries or bloody battles amongst 13th-century battlements or try a taste of Scotland itself during a tour of one of the 120 whisky distilleries. Pure Scottish culture in a glass.

With so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scottish holiday cottages will ensure a truly memorable getaway. Whether it’s a dog-friendly countryside cottage for two, or a vast and resplendent castle for the entire clan on a tranquil island, we have a holiday in Scotland to suit everyone.

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