Manor House | 10 bedrooms | sleeps 17
Inshriach is a spacious Edwardian house in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, perfect for family holidays, house parties, location work and special occasions. It's also one of the greenest historic holiday homes in Scotland, heated by biomass and with solar panels for the electricity.
Five miles from Aviemore, the house sits at the heart of a rolling estate of 200 acres, bordered by the River Spey (day fishing tickets are £25 on the 3 miles belonging to the estate) and the Cairngorm mountains.
Step inside and step back a century into the unpretentious, slightly faded glamour of an Edwardian country home with dark panelling, persian rugs and roll top baths. No need for retro reproduction here; at Inshriach it's the original, antique, fully functioning, real thing.
The layout of the rooms is uncannily similar to a Cluedo board. Was it Mr George in the dining room with the candlestick... or perhaps Mrs Black in the conservatory with the snooker cue...or even a speckled band slithering down the bell-pull...? This is a house with stories to tell and probably secrets to keep, a house that begs to be explored and enjoyed. The bedrooms - of which there are 10 – have gorgeous views. Suitcases are dumped on antique bedspreads and chaises longues. Someone presses the bell, half wondering whether a maid might actually appear to hang up the clothes, but although the bells do ring, there is no response – after all, this is a self catering holiday (unless you book the chef). Unsurprisingly, the house and estate have been used for films and photoshoots.
What sets Inshriach apart is the unselfconscious bohemian feel to the place and the reassuring mix of the luxurious and the down-to earth. From casual come and go meals at the large kitchen table, cosy by the Aga, to dressing for dinner and dining by candlelight beneath the gallery and cupola. You are also spoilt for choice with rooms in which to relax – Inshriach has two drawing rooms and a sun room and small library as well, so there is always somewhere to hide away for a quiet moment.
The owners of Inshriach, Lucy and Walter, are maybe a little eccentric. The overflow accommodation in the grounds is quirky to say the least: a yurt, hand built by Walter himself, sits on the hillside overlooking the river Spey; the Bothy Project, a modernist cabin designed as an artists' retreat is hidden away in the woods while the piece de resistance has to be the unique Beer Moth, a converted 1950s fire truck furnished with a brass Victorian bed, parquet floor and a wood burning stove. All of these are available to rent separately through Canopy and Stars.
Inshriach estate is brilliant for rambling about, exploring, picnicing, skinny dipping and lazing on the lawn sipping tea or cocktails and the Cairngorms National Park is renowned for its outdoor sports, from hiking in the Monadhliath Mountains to white water rafting down the Spey. There are dozens of golf courses withing easy reach, water sports are available nearby on Loch Insh and Loch Morlich, the Cairngorm ski area is only a 20 minute drive away and there are dozens of distilleries to choose from along the Speyside Whisky Trail.
Inshriach is also the scene of the annual Insider music festival, an intimate 750 capacity affair now in its 5th year, which has built a reputation as a hot ticket on the Scottish music scene for its stellar line up and ridiculous fancy dress. Full details of this years festival are on the website, www.insiderfestival.com. For something more homely, Woodentom is running green woodworking courses out in the oakwoods at Inshriach throughout the year (www.woodentom.com).
You can have a look at Inshriach House's facebook page or the page for the Insider Festival for up to date details of what's going on.
|Size||Sleeps up to 17, 10 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 90 km, Nearest railway: Aviemore 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 15|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Private fishing lake or river|
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13 Jul 2014
"Excellent house and a wonderful party"
Very spacious house which is very tidy and clean without being oppressively so. Would definitely go back. Evening meal was provided by caterers who served a very tasty and well presented meal.… More
5 Jul 2014
We stayed here for a long weekend with a large group of friends and the first reaction was that of disappointment - due to the fact we were only staying there for 3 nights! We all thought the same: … More
4 May 2014
"An amazing place With some incredible touches."
We went there for a stag weekend and had the most amazing time. The host Walter (tad eccentric) even laid on some live music which was phenomenal. … More
3 May 2014
"Incredible location, original and beautiful house, thoughtful and informative landlord."
It's not difficult to understand why Inshriach is popular with those with discerning taste and a sense of fun. I have visited the house for a number of years and after such a hefty trip from Lond… More
29 Apr 2014
"wow , what a place"
We arrived at Inshriach to plan mhairi and eddies wedding.During the week the group grew and we walked , sauna'd, swam, bbq , sat round the fire pit eating and drinking until the early hours.The … More
30 Mar 2014
"A quirky and unique house - brilliant for large groups"
We had a fantastic stay at Inshriach House over a weekend in January. The house is certainly individual with each room designed in a creative and unique way. There were 17 of us and the house was a pe… More
18 Feb 2014
"i love this place!"
I stayed on my way up to Sutherland in Scotland and was so happy here. The owner Walter made me feel right at home and the house and surrounding areas had so much character and so much to do!I cant wa… More
7 Feb 2014
"my favourite place in the whole world"
it's beautiful and comfortable, wish we could have stayed here for ever, excellent walks, comfy beds, roaring fire what more could anyone ask?… More
20 Sep 2013
We booked out this house (about 15 of us) for a celebration weekend and couldn't have been happier. It's an incredible old, beautiful house to explore and the Edwardian-chic lifestyle they… More
10 Sep 2013
"Character, charm and stunning scenery in a remarkable adventureland"
Excellent time at Inshriach House. Walks, warmth and all the trimmings. Great food prepared by local chefs and what a place... the family who run it have embedded their creative skills throughout the… More
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