Holiday House Details
Drum Cottage
Nethy Bridge
(9 reviews)
From £700 per week
Sleeps 4
2 bedrooms
1 double, 1 twin

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Fri 10 Nov 2017Tue 19 Dec 2017£700£210
Wed 20 Dec 2017Tue 26 Dec 2017£950£285
Wed 27 Dec 2017Tue 02 Jan 2018£1,000£300
Wed 03 Jan 2018Thu 04 Jan 2018£725£220
Fri 05 Jan 2018Thu 08 Feb 2018£725£220
Fri 09 Feb 2018Thu 22 Mar 2018£775£235
Fri 23 Mar 2018Thu 12 Apr 2018£825£250
Fri 13 Apr 2018Thu 24 May 2018£825£250
Fri 25 May 2018Thu 31 May 2018£875£265
Fri 01 Jun 2018Thu 21 Jun 2018£875£265
Fri 22 Jun 2018Thu 06 Sep 2018£975£295
Fri 07 Sep 2018Thu 20 Sep 2018£875£265
Fri 21 Sep 2018Thu 04 Oct 2018£825£250
Fri 05 Oct 2018Thu 25 Oct 2018£825£250
Fri 26 Oct 2018Thu 08 Nov 2018£775£235
Fri 09 Nov 2018Wed 19 Dec 2018£775£235
Thu 20 Dec 2018Wed 26 Dec 2018£975£295
Thu 27 Dec 2018Wed 02 Jan 2019£1,025£310
Thu 03 Jan 2019Thu 07 Feb 2019£750£225
Fri 08 Feb 2019Thu 04 Apr 2019£800£240
Fri 05 Apr 2019Thu 25 Apr 2019£850£255
Fri 26 Apr 2019Thu 23 May 2019£850£255
Fri 24 May 2019Thu 30 May 2019£900£270
Fri 31 May 2019Thu 20 Jun 2019£900£270
Fri 21 Jun 2019Thu 05 Sep 2019£1,000£300
Fri 06 Sep 2019Thu 19 Sep 2019£900£270
Fri 20 Sep 2019Thu 03 Oct 2019£850£255
Fri 04 Oct 2019Thu 24 Oct 2019£850£255
Fri 25 Oct 2019Thu 07 Nov 2019£800£240
Fri 08 Nov 2019Thu 19 Dec 2019£750£225
Fri 20 Dec 2019Thu 26 Dec 2019£1,000£300
Fri 27 Dec 2019Thu 02 Jan 2020£1,050£315


This property is nestled centrally within a traditional Highland Estate which embraces strong conversation values and is committed to investing in environmentally positive projects.

A unique and wonderful self catering holiday cottage that has been beautifully and luxuriously renovated to give you a memorable stay in this beautiful area. The ground floor of the house is one large open space with exposed oak beams, hand crafted kitchen with Caithness slate worktops and open fires and views across Dorback burn to the woodland and hills. As with all Dorback properties, this house is wonderfully finished and furnished with great style and a French twist. Upstairs there are two sumptuous bedrooms and a bathroom with power jet shower. The cottage is near the modern sporting lodge Drum House and the position of the two houses mean both enjoy a sense of privacy and wonderful views across the Dorback burn to the hills with the Cairngorms beyond. This beautiful area is renowned for its walking, hill climbing, stalking, fishing, wildlife, mountain biking and, of course, its whisky distilleries, so you will never be short of things to do. Drum Cottage provides a truly delightful self catering holiday home from which to explore the marvels of the Highlands.

Sorry no under 16 year olds.



Ground floor:

Large timber floored open plan lounge/dining area with open fires at either end leading to fully fitted kitchen. WC with WHB.

First floor:

Twin bedroom with zip link beds (form double bed). Twin bedroom. Family bathroom with power shower.

Extra refundable cost: Good Housekeeping Deposit £250.00.

EC Rating - F


  • Dishwasher
  • DVD
  • Electric central heating - upstairs
  • Electric hob
  • Electric oven
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge
  • Garden furniture
  • House has views overlooking burn
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Open fire - solid fuel and electricity included
  • TV with freeview
  • Under floor heating - ground floor
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Reviews

    (9 reviews)
    Drum Cottage reviews
    A brilliant cottage. Following a long eight hour drive, arriving at Drum Cottage was a delight. The spaciousness and comfort the cottage gives is excellent. The view from the kitchen window overlooks the stream and rolling valley below the cottage. Self catering is easy as most equipment needed is provided. We used a supermarket home delivery service for our grocery shopping. The lounge area has a cosy log burner and provided us with a mesmerising fire on cooler evenings while sitting with a glass of wine, reading and chatting. The property was delightfully warm at just the right temperature and great to come back to after a day of climbing to the top of the Cairngorms! The bedrooms are delightfully decorated with exquisitely comfy beds, down duvets and crisp cotton bed linen. There is very little light pollution so for those who like the dark when getting to sleep is superb, as well as star gazing. The large roll top bath gave much needed muscle relaxant after long hours of walking each day as well as having a separate shower meaning my husband and I could get washed at the same time! The local area of Nethy Bridge is quaint and quiet with a little shop nearby should you have forgotten anything. The Scottish honey proved a favourite with our party. A car or bikes is useful as the cottage is a couple of miles down the track. The Sat Nav thinks you are there sooner than the final destination so stick with it and follow the road signs. We would come here again to stay and will recommend to all our friends and family.
    Mrs Vaughan - July 2017
    What's wonderful, quiet, and welcoming place to stay. It was everything we were hoping for and more. Would definitely come back in the future.
    Mr Mcelroy - July 2017
    A very lovely cottage, well furnished and well heated - in fact a little too well heated at first! We would like to have seen a small level of instructions, particularly for the heating and recycling. Crockery and cutlery were excellent but could have done with a little more equipment, eg mats to place hot drinks on? The cottage has been renovated and decorated to a very high standard, but the only mirror is in the excellent bathroom and my wife would have found a mirror near a power point helpful when doing her hair! We realise that rodents have to be dealt with but unfortunately the unmistakable smell of dead mice (particularly when the heating was on) spoilt the first few days. All in all though we had a great week, thoroughly enjoying the game and Wildlife on the stunningly beautiful estate and climbing Munros!
    Owners Response: "Many thanks for your comments and feedback on the cottage. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We do provide information on most of the cottage appliances but have not done so for the heating, we will prepare some instructions so that guests are fully versed going forwards. We will also supply a recycling bin and purchase some more coasters etc. In terms of the mice, unfortunately it is an issue with a rural property set amidst conservation countryside and of traditional construction. We undertake active pest control which is unobtrusive to guests and 99% of the time the problem is dealt with unnoticed. Your stay was unusual in that the temperatures were in the mid 20s (sadly not a common occurrence!) so any mice that fell foul of our pest control and chose to enter the cavities of the house would have been more noticeable than usual. Our guests have the services of our dedicated housekeeper to deal with any unwelcome incidents like this but unfortunately it is, to an extent, part and parcel of country living. We do hope it did not spoil your week."
    Mr Blee - May 2017
    The cottage is lovely and in a beautiful location. Beds are comfortable and kitchen well equipped. On the downside There was a sparse welcome basket - tea, sugar and milk but bearing in mind the remoteness of this cottage it would be nice if bread, eggs and butter was included, especially for people arriving late at night. There is no hairdryer which I would expect in a 5* cottage, also there are no mirrors in the bedrooms and although there is a mirror in the bathroom this is nowhere near a power socket worth knowing if you want to wash your hair during your stay!
    Dr Walker - March 2017
    I think the biggest compliment I could give is that we all felt at home within 30 mins of arriving. Views from the kitchen window in the morning and evening as the sun rises and falls are spectacular on a clear day. The cottage is maintained to a high standard and contains everything you'd need for some time away. Located about 25 mins from Aviemore and less to attractions such as the Strathspey Steam Railway, Landmark to name a couple. We had a fantastic week and would recommend to anyone. The only point i'd note is that the rooms were arrange as two twins rather than a twin and a double. I believe the beds can be joined so i'd specify this before you go.
    Mr Kennedy - August 2016
    Lovely romantic remote setting with superb mtb acces to fabulous trails in Abernethy and Rothiemurchus forests. Beautifully appointed and furnished. Very responsive local staff. Good basic supplies at Nethy Bridge Spa and the superb Farm Shop. Only downside was the roughness of the access track for those on our mountain bikes. This was not flagged in the details, presumably as one is expected to one by car.
    Mr Wragg - August 2016
    Lovely cottage in peaceful location. Refurbished to an excellent standard although chairs in lounge area could do with reupholstering...flatten too much when you sit on them and TV could be bigger! However, these are only minor issues in what is otherwise a lovely property. Lovely location but probably wouldn't want to be there in the shooting season given the close proximity to the shooting lodge! Lots of wildlife to see including deer right on the doorstep. Would recommend this cottage to anyone that wants to experience 4 seasons in 1 week! We had glorious sunshine, a couple of days of rain and one day we woke to a winter wonderland which was gorgeous and the snow on the mountains made you feel like you were in Alaska! Stunning! We had 2 elderly people with us who have mobility problems but both managed the wide staircase without any problems.
    Miss Bull - May 2013
    A very peacefully located cottage that has been restored in the vernacular of a traditional highland lodge but discreetly provides comfort to a high specification. We particularly liked the open plan sitting/dining/kitchen are that forms the whole of the downstairs, especially the great view from the large kitchen area windows. The small windows elsewhere make the downstairs a little dark in the daytime but wonderfully cosy in the evenings with the woodburner going. The downstairs décor includes a stuffed fox and several stuffed birds, which whilst being in character with the feel of a sporting lodge may not be to everyone’s taste. The bedrooms were exceptionally comfortable and the bathroom excellent – one of the best baths for a long soak we have ever come across! The access is via an unsealed road stretching almost three quarters of a mile from the last tarmac. Whilst not perfectly smooth it would present no difficulty for any type of vehicle – unless under snow. We appreciated the owner’s flexibility (via C&C) in agreeing to accept our not quite 16 year-old son and the preparation of the Cottage prior to our arrival was first rate. Although the location to the north of the Cairngorms is wonderfully quiet, it is not actually that far from many of the well-known attractions around Aviemore, but we would recommend using cycles and foot to explore the immediate area and some of the very beautiful glens that enter the Cairngorms from the north.
    Mr Thomas - April 2013
    Probably one of the most lovely holiday cottages we have stayed in. No expense has been spared to create an ambience of luxury and homeliness. From the inviting log burner in the main sitting area to the fabulous roll-top bath everything was exquisite. We particularly enjoyed the remote location of the cottage as this provided amazing views and a total feeling of relaxation and tranquillity. Would strongly recommend a 4x4 if staying in the cottage in the winter months. The track leading to the cottage is liable to serious snow drifting and access in snowy conditions will likely only be achieved with four wheel drive. However, this same snow greatly added to our enjoyment of the week - the views and environment are breathtaking. The pheasants took shelter at our front door and partridge were regular visitors. (I would just add if you are anti-field sports, this probably isn't the location for you). It is the perfect isolated retreat for a special occasion - in this case a delayed honeymoon. A big thank you to the Gamekeeper who was fantastically helpful (including ploughing the track and towing us out when stuck!). Also thank you for the small 'starter pack' that welcomed us on arrival (sugar, tea, coffee, wine etc) - thoughtful and useful. The cottage was so homely and comfortable we didn't actually venture far afield, however we would recommend: - The Mountain Cafe, Main St in Aviemore (delicious cakes and lunches with great views) - The Old Bridge Inn, near Pine Bank chalets in Aviemore - great whisky selection and real fires - Macleans in Grantown for morning coffee - Mortimers fishing tackle & country wear in Grantown - The cinema at the MacDonald hotel in Aviemore which has a 650 seat auditorium with a new film each week (we were only 2 of 10 people watching Les Mis!) - and no trip to the area would be complete without a trip up the funicular at Cairngorm The only other comment we would make would be that a 'welcome information pack' would be helpful - we did need to guess a little bit on heating, operating cooker & micro etc. A perfect week in a gorgeous cottage.
    Mr Scott - January 2013

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    Holiday Protection Scheme

    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

    There is no charge for this holiday protection – it is included in the cost of your holiday. Please note that the protection does not apply to holidays in our properties with codes beginning with P (usually castles, mansions and lodges).

    Deposits may be transferred to a different date for a holiday at the same property within 12 months of the original holiday date, subject to availability, but not, however, for a different property. If the new booking is at a higher rate the tenant must pay the extra cost. No refund will be made if the new date is at a lower rate.

    1. Death, accidental bodily injury, or illness (excluding pre-existing or chronic illness/conditions, or illness arising through epidemics or pandemics)
    a) the Proposer and/or persons with whom he/she has arranged to travel.
    b) any close relative or business associate of the Proposer or of any person with whom he/she has arranged to travel or arranged to meet at the specified holiday establishment. We will require appropriate documentary evidence of illness or bodily injury from a registered medical practitioner. This evidence must state that the Proposer is unfit to travel.

    2. Jury service, witness call or unemployment through redundancy of the Proposer after the date of booking and prior to the commencement date of the holiday.

    3. Fire or theft which is the subject of an insurance claim at the Insured’s main residence or business premises within seven days before commencement of the holiday.

    4. Occupational postings not contemplated at the time the holiday is booked.

    5. Cancellation or curtailment of scheduled transport services due to strikes, riots or civil commotion, but limited to the cost of alternative transport up to £50 per person for the outward journey only.

    But not, however:

    1. Disinclination to travel.

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    5. Any loss which is otherwise insured.

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