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Balnagowan Cottage

About the property

Modern Cottage in Cairngorm National Park

  • Sleeps 8 (Max)
  • 4 Bedroom(s)
  • Bathrooms(s) 3
  • Whole house
  • Wifi

About the property

Secluded yet central, this contemporary 5-bedroom cottage is thoughtfully equipped for families and seasoned explorers alike. All new for 2022, the Scandi/Modern interior is comfortable, clean and clutter-free. With expansive views across the Spey Valley, a half-acre private garden includes a sycamore grove, playground, double hammock and firepit.

Balnagowan Cottage is a stylish and modern basecamp for anyone exploring the Cairngorm National Park and its attractions. A cosy living room with views across the Spey Valley is the perfect spot to light a log fire and retire after a long day of hiking. The open concept kitchen/dining area plus breakfast bar is a convivial space for preparing meals, made easier by a suite of appliances including an air fryer, waffle maker and food processor. High-speed fibre internet (65/15 mbps) and reliable cellular/data service is available throughout the home. If you must bring work with you, make yourself comfortable in the downstairs office with a daybed and double patio doors that open onto the quiet, wooded garden.

Outside is half an acre for you to enjoy as you please: a BBQ on the patio, a sun-dappled snooze in the hammock or some toasted marshmallows around the fire pit. The garden is planted with herbs and native wildflowers, which attract rare species such as Bombus Monticola (the blaeberry bumblebee). There are dens to be built in the sycamore grove – that’s if the children get bored of the slide, the tree swings, the 13’ in-ground trampoline and the mini mountain bike pump track … big kids or small, your Highland playground awaits! Pets are welcome to join the family at Balnagowan.

Bringing the kids

‘Home away from home’ takes on a whole new meaning if you’re travelling here as a family! The versatile sleeping arrangements feature 5 bedrooms, including a full-size cot and toddler bed. Stair gates (up and down) mean you can relax while your little ones explore their new surroundings. Meanwhile, black-out window coverings (essential for the long summer nights) and white noise in every bedroom maximise the possibility of rest and relaxation for all. Other children’s items include two high chairs, a bottle brush/steriliser, silicone bibs, children’s tableware, Bumbo, baby pod, baby swing, bath seat, non-slip bath mat, changing mat and two nappy bins.


Availability
Balnagowan Cottage is available for weeks and short breaks arriving and departing on Mondays and Fridays. Please contact us if you require anything else. We are delighted to welcome you from 4pm and departure is 10am.

What’s included

Heating and electricity
Bed linens and towels
Hand wash
Cleaning products, toilet roll, kitchen roll
Salt, pepper, spices
Tin foil, cling film
Welcome gift
Visit Scotland Welcome Scheme Information
Parking for 4 cars outside the property
Smart TV
65 mbps Wi-Fi internet (suitable for video streaming)
24-hour help service

Tucked away among the trees, this house feels like a private retreat. And yet it is located right in the heart of Nethy Bridge, barely a few hundred yards from the village cafe, farm shop and hotel with bar/restaurant. The Dell of Abernethy hosts regular events at their fireside tipi, including supper clubs, craft fairs and yoga. Additionally, the village hall has a schedule of ceilidhs and concerts. A short walk takes you down to the Nethy riverwalk, the Balnagowan Woods for blaeberry picking (July to October) and the Dell Woods to catch glimpses of Cairngorm through the ancient pine trees (and, if you look carefully among the undergrowth, the fairy houses!). The Speyside Way passes right by the house for off-road hiking and biking to nearby lochs and villages.

Nethy Bridge itself is a popular destination for wildlife lovers since the filming of BBC Springwatch, with ospreys and white-tailed eagles nesting nearby. An assortment of nature walks and guided hikes to destinations throughout the Cairngorm National Park depart from the village. But if your version of ‘wildlife’ involves watching from the window as roe deer graze and barn owls hunt, then grab the popcorn: it’s all happening right outside the living room!

Carter’s Traditional Fish and Chip Van visits Nethy on a Monday evening with the catch of the day fresh from Peterhead. The Dell Grocer supplies meal kits and Black Isle beer by pre-order, delivered within the village for free. Some of the best eateries around are on the Nethy side of Grantown: Anderson’s Wood-Fired Pizza has hand-stretched doughs and seasonal toppings to go; and KJ’s Bothy Bakery (formerly the Mountain Café in Aviemore) serves a sensational selection of sweet treats and barista-made coffee. All major supermarkets deliver to this location (e.g. Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda) and there is a well-stocked Co-op in Grantown. Bikes, skis, paddle boards, kayaks and hot tubs are available for hire locally.

Bedroom 1 - King with en suite with shower
Bedroom 2 - Single plus full-size cot
Bedroom 3 - Single plus full-size toddler bed
Bedroom 4 - Single-over-double bunkbed
Bedroom 5/Office - Single daybed

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms
Sleeps 8
Family bathroom with shower
Family bathroom with bath
Living room with smart TV
Kitchen/dining room
Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer

Private garden on half an acre with patio, outdoor furniture, BBQ grill, fire pit, in-ground 13’ trampoline, tree swings, slide and mountain bike pump track

Accessibility - there is a ramp to access the property at the back door. Two bedrooms, a shower room and social areas are on the ground floor.

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Facilities
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Cooking hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Bath towels provided
  • Bedding provided
  • Cot/ Travel cot
  • Hair dryer
  • High chair
  • Iron / Ironing board
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dining area
  • Baby safety gates
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Smart TV
  • Board games / puzzles
  • Internet access
  • Free Wifi
  • Main door / Private entrance
  • BBQ
  • Private garden
  • Garden dining furniture
  • Central heating
  • En-suite bedroom(s)
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Free parking (outdoor)
  • Shops [¼ mile]
  • Bar / Pub [¼ mile]
  • Café [¼ mile]
Adventure , Family , Secluded
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Guest reviews

Overall rating

5.0 stars

Based on 2 review(s)

  • Price / Value 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Location 5.0 stars

This beautiful house was lovely to stay in so well equipped and warm and cosey. It felt like home from home also would be great for kids. I loved the wigwam/tent in one of the bedrooms! The local shop was well stocked with your basic needs, a really nice cafe and a hotel. We went on a couple of lovely walks by the river and through the woods. I loved staying there and hope to do so again next year. A really great 5* place.

  • Price / Value 5.0 stars
  • Cleanliness 5.0 stars
  • Location 5.0 stars

We had such a lovely, comfortable stay. Thank you so much.
The house was beautifully decorated and extremely well equipped. Clearly a lot of thought and care had gone into ensuring that every need is catered for.
The host was very accommodating and the location is stunning.
I wouldn’t hesitate to go back again.

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