View towards the property with pretty gardens
Garden area with sun room
Lounge area
Lounge area
Twin bedroom with en-suite
Downstairs twin bedroom
Gallery room with seating and day bed
Sun room with garden views
Views nearby
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Tomnavoulin The Old School

The Cairngorms, Moray
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A wonderful converted schoolhouse nestling in the Cairngorms National Park
  • A comfortable and secluded holiday home in stunning surroundings
  • Situated in the heart of the picturesque Glenlivet Estate with many whisky distilleries to tour within the area
Property code: TOMNA

Set in the stunning surroundings of the spectacular Cairngorms National Park, this stylishly converted property is the perfect destination for a tranquil, relaxing holiday.

Set on the edge of the peaceful hamlet of Tomnavoulin in the heart of the beautiful Glenlivet Estate, this converted schoolhouse is the perfect property for families and friends seeking a comfortable base from which to explore the Cairngorm National Park. With walks to suit all ages and abilities from the doorstep, spend your days exploring the estate or cycling the scenic bike trails. Visit the Royal family’s Scottish holiday home at Balmoral (29 miles) exploring the parklands and gardens or picnic among the ruins of 14th-century Drumin Castle (4.5 miles).

This lovely converted school building offers generous accommodation full of character and period charm. Decorated in neutral tones with wooden detail and windows overlooking the garden and grounds, there is a sense of peace and relaxation throughout the property.

Step through the front door and enter the charming lounge. Stripped floorboards and wood panelling create a sense of warmth, making this an inviting space to curl up in one of the comfy sofas and relax with a wee dram - there's even a piano if any of your guests are musicians. Rustle up flavoursome feasts in the spacious kitchen/diner and enjoy leisurely meals in the wonderful sunroom, dining with a view across the pretty gardens. There is a large and comfortable twin bedroom and separate shower room on this level.

Upstairs you will find the second restful twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a cosy gallery room with seating and a day bed, perfect for snuggling up with a good book.

Heading outside, unwind in the ornamental gardens or spread out your blanket for a picnic by the pond. On warmer evenings dine alfresco or tip your head back for some stargazing when you have clear skies overhead. There is ample parking beside the property.

  • 2 twin bedrooms
  • Kitchen with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer and microwave
  • Lounge with Smart TV, DVD, games and piano
  • Good selections of books, games and DVD's
  • Gallery room with day bed, seating area and desk
  • Sun room with seating area
  • Shower room with WC 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and WC
  • Ornamental garden with pond (small children should be supervised) and garden furniture
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Storage for bikes
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Regret no pets
  • Grocery home delivery service available
  • Sandy beaches 30 miles, shop 6 miles, pub 2.5 miles
  • Arrival: 4pm

The area surrounding the schoolhouse is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Wander through spruce and pine, crossing forest burns to reach the site of the Battle of Glenlivet, spot wildlife and wild birds on the Speyside Way, or stroll through the towering trees on the Clash Wood Path. Hop in the saddle and pedal your way across the estate with gentle routes for novices to more challenging cross-country runs through woodlands and down steep tracks. Take the weight off your feet and join a Land Rover safari (1 mile) through the beautiful valley in search of roe and red deer, red squirrels and mountain hare.

For an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, try gorge-walking at The Bridge of Brown (11.5 miles) and slip, slide and scramble your way to the plunge pool where you have the opportunity to fling yourself 10 feet into the water below. Slightly further afield, why not strap on your helmet for a white-knuckle adventure on the River Findhorn (33.5 miles), one of the best white-water rafting sites in the UK, including grade 4 rapids and optional cliff jumping.

For all-year-round adventures head to Aviemore (35 miles), in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. During the summer months spend the day hiking the rugged landscape and bagging yourself one of the 43 Munros within the national park or enjoy a tranquil walk along the Speyside Way admiring the spectacular scenery. In the winter months the mountain is transformed into a snowy wonderland for skiing, snowboarding and sledging. Novices can join the well-regarded ski school, whilst there are 30km of runs to challenge even the most experienced snow sport enthusiast.

Fiona MacDonald

This property is personally managed by Fiona.


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Reviewed by Mandy 4th September 2021

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Reviewed by Nigel 14th August 2021

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The School House is absolutely wonderful. We were greeted by Jim and Mary, who were wearing face masks and they kindly gave us a litre of milk for tea, which we had not packed. Everything needed and more, was thoughtfully provided. The whole place was immaculate and spotlessly clean. A constant supply of hot water was available. We have stayed in mRead moreany places over many years and this must be rated as the best place we have been. We were also given a tour of the whole garden. Beautiful! Hide

Reviewed by Asif 3rd July 2021

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Lovely converted school house and garden. Close to distillaries and range of local walks. Lots of board games and books for those rainy days. Jim and Mary were excellent hosts. Looking forward to visiting again!

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