Balnagowan Cottage - family friendly cottage
Nethy Bridge - Cottage
Balnagowan Cottage is a stylish and modern basecamp for anyone exploring the Cairngorms 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 Cottage.
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 a toddler-accessible platform 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 nappy bags/bins.
Balnagowan Cottage is available for weeks and short breaks year-round. We are delighted to welcome you from 4pm and departure is 10am.
Heating and electricity
Bed linens and towels
Cleaning products, toilet roll, kitchen roll
Salt, pepper, spices
Tin foil, cling film
Visit Scotland Welcome Scheme Information
Parking for 4 cars outside the property
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 an intermittent 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 Mountain 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 Cairngorms 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!
The Fry Shack visits Nethy on a Monday evening with its offering of fresh fish and chips. The Dell Grocer supplies meal kits and Black Isle beer by pre-order, delivered within the village for free. On the Nethy side of Grantown is KJ’s Bothy Bakery (formerly the Mountain Café in Aviemore), which serves a sensational selection of sweet treats and barista-made coffee. Anderson’s Wood-Fired Pizza (behind Anderson’s Restaurant in Boat of Garten) has hand-stretched doughs and seasonal toppings to go. 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/Office - Single or pull-out king-size sofa bed
Bedroom 2 - Single-over-double bunk bed
Bedroom 3 - King-size en suite with shower
Bedroom 4 - Two singles
Bedroom 5 - Low single plus full-size cot/crib
5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms
Family bathroom with shower
Family bathroom with bath
Living room with smart TV
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.
Independent kitchen (electric)
GeneralTouristic Registration Number: HC-700
Distribution of bedrooms
Mandatory or included services
Security Deposit (refundable)
- Animals are admitted to this accommodation, except for dangerous animals.
Map and distances
Nature reserve - Cairngorm National Park
River - River Spey
Restaurant - Andersons, Boat of Garten Hotel
Golf course - Boat of Garten Golf Club
Town centre - Boat of Garten
Shops - Village Shop. nearby C0-0p, Tesco, Aldi
Lake - Loch Garten
Amusement park / theme park - Landmark Adventure Park
Thermal springs - Dalfaber Golf and Country Club
Train station - Aviemore Railway Station
Bus station - Bus stop at the train station
Ski Resort - Cairngorm Mountain
Sand beach - Loch Morlich
Rock beach - Loch an Eilean
Water park - Loch Insh Watersports
Airport - Inverness Airport
From the booking date until 31 days before the check-in, there is no cancellation penalty
In case of cancellation the following charges will apply
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