About the home
Darwin Cottage - A Peaceful Self-Catering Holiday Cottage close to Elgin City Centre.
Darwin Cottage lies high on the banks of the River Lossie and has stunning views over Elgin City and the Cairngorm mountains beyond. It faces directly South and is tucked away amidst the peaceful grounds of Braemorriston House. The grounds are a haven for wildlife with hedgehogs, frogs, red squirrels, an abundance of wild birds and a few lucky pheasants. There are occasional sightings of bird of prey, roe deer and foxes.
The entire Cottage is at ground level apart from the fun 'tower' room which is built into a raised turret. There is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a large sofa bed in the tower room, so six people can easily feel at home, there is also a travel cot for a young child. The kitchen is large with dining facilities, there is a large lounge with a dining table, two WC's (one with a shower and the other with a bath), a large enclosed garden, a patio to front and rear, a covered porch and private parking for up to three cars.
Shops for essential supplies are adjacent the cottage site and Elgin City centre is just a short stroll away. Elgin offers a wide selection of shops (it has two large 24-hour supermarkets), a variety of restaurants; pubs; a leisure centre, a cinema and nightclubs.
For the comfort of guests we operate a no-smoking policy within the Cottage. Smokers are welcome but must smoke outside. The Cottage has been renovated to HMO certificate Health and Safety standards.
Darwin Cottage is ideal for golfing or fishing holidays, for touring the Malt Whisky and Castle trails, for short trips to the seaside, or for day trips to the Cairngorms and Loch Ness for sight-seeing and skiing. The cottage suits either family holidays or quiet breaks. It is also perfect as an 'overespill' home for friends and family of local residents; or for professionals, businessmen and trademen requiring a private base close to Elgin centre. Please take a break with us – you can be sure of a hearty welcome at any time of year!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Lossiemouth, 7km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 200m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Linen and towels provided. The cottage has the following facilities: Electric oven and hob
Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine, electric iron and ironing board, FreeSat TV and DVD /CD player, Central Heating, Double Glazing, trouser press, crockery, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, glasses, cutlery etc. A camp bed, travel cot and high chair is available at no charge.
Further details outdoors:
Private parking for up to three cars
Large garden on south side with mature plum trees, rhubarb, gooseberry bushes and shrub planted borders.
Two patio areas one front one rear and one covered porch.
Garden furniture with tilt parasol.
Small charcoal BBQ for summer evenings.
Rusty French & Norwegian (and English!) spoken on premises.
Linen, towels and general electricity are provided free as is heating to the value of £30 per week in winter. A well-behaved dog is allowed but sorry no cats.
Strictly no smoking INSIDE the cottage but smokers are welcome and can smoke outside (there are patios- and gardens- to front and rear and a covered porch to the side of the cottage).
A deposit of 25% of rental fee is required to secure the booking or the full amount if within eight weeks of arrival.
Property available from 4pm on day of arrival. Check out by 10am. Changeover day is Saturday. We will accept other changeover days and short stays for periods remaining vacant up to 6-8 weeks ahead and for off- peak periods.
The Scottish Highlands region
A few ideas: Visit the local seaside (Lossiemouth has beautiful sandy beaches and Hopeman has cliffs and sandy coves), visit the WDCS Wildlife centre at Spey Bay, see the Bottlenose dolphins and porpoises in the Moray Firth or get closer with a boat trip, go fishing for trout or salmon, go sea fishing at a local village harbour or from a boat, go seal spotting around the coast, visit Findhorn to go sailing or to get some spiritual healing at the Findhorn Foundation Ecovillage.
Visit the falconry centre at Huntly to see and fly some beautiful birds of prey, visit Spynie Palace just outside Elgin, visit Baxters Visitor Centre at Fochabers, visit a distillery on the Speyside Whisky trail, visit the Cooperage Visitor Centre in Speyside, visit a castle (Brodie Castle, Cawdor Castle, Huntly and Ballindalloch Castles are beautiful nearby examples), attend the Highland Games in any one of a number of local towns throughout the Summer, drive south to see the beautiful mountains scenery and visit lovely Scottish towns such as Aberlour, Granton-on-Spey and Tomintoul.
Visit Inverness the capital of the Highlands (45 mins drive) then drive down the banks of Loch Ness to see if you can spot the Loch Ness Monster - you can't help but look out for him!- or drive North and drive across the bridge to the Black Isle and visit Cromarty where you will see beautiful scenery, pass good vantage points to spot dolphins and see massive oil riggs along the shore of the Cromarty Firth.
Go skiing at The Lecht (the local mountain Ski Resort), visit Fort George at Ardersier- a protective Fort built in 1769 and presently used as army barracks - it's fascinating how modern it looks (30 mins drive).
The Elgin / Speyside area
Things to 'see and do'- In Elgin
See the ruins of Elgin Cathedral, visit the biblical garden alongside, walk to Mary Hill Tower for a panoramic view over Elgin, enjoy riverside walks along the wooded banks of the River Lossie from Darwin Cottage, walk in the other direction and view visit Cooper Park and take the children boating in the Pond, visit the local Elgin Natural History Museum to learn about the amazing geology and fossil finds in the area or the ongoing archeological dig at Birnie (just outside Elgin).
See the collection of vintage cars and motor cycles at Moray Motor Museum, visit Johnstons Cashmere Visitor Centre and Shop, play golf at Elgin Golf Club or practice on the driving range, go ten-pin bowling, ice skating or go-kart racing else shop for a special malt whisky at the Gordon & Macphail shop.
How to get there
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Travel via the Airports
Elgin is mid-way between Inverness airport (40 miles) and Aberdeen airport (65 miles) and is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. There is car hire readily available at both airports.
Travel by Car
From either Inverness or Aberdeen follow the main A96 into Elgin. If you are travelling from the Edinburgh-Glasgow Central Belt to the South then take the A9 North to Aviemore then the A95 down the Spey Valley, then north via Rothes to Elgin on the A941. If using a Satellite Navigation system then use postcode IV30 4DL
Darwin Cottage is 500 metres from the town centre. Detailed directions are on our website.
Travel by Train
Elgin is on the Inverness to Aberdeen route, both of which have excellent links with the rest of mainland UK.
Travel by Bus
Elgin has a bus terminal 5 minutes walk from Darwin Cottage. The travel buses are Stagecoach Bluebird. There are good links from all over the UK.
Travel by Sea
There is a direct year round ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium to Rosyth Scotland (close to Edinburgh).
Activities near Elgin
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
18 Jun 2012
Travelled here with family, the cottage suited us all - very spacious, well worth a visit. Would certainly stay again if visiting the area.
Pleny to see without having to travel to far.
Thank you very much. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. I do hope you come back soon.
14 Apr 2012
Mr Seymour was very helpful and nice, making us feel very welcome for our first but hopefully not last stay in Elgin. The house sleeps 5 people without a problem with nice clean beds. For Scandiniavians some things are uncommon, like single pane windows and directly heated shower heads. If you stay there in the winter/early spring it can be quite chilly. Otherwise excellent and really worth the money.
I'm glad you all enjoyed your stay. Normally the cottage is nice and cosy & the double glazing adequate but the sudden cold spell caught us all unawares. I now know that I must explain how to work the heating system better. Many thanks. Hope to see you back soon.
15 Jun 2012
Estupenda casa con todas las comodidades. El jardín precioso. El propietario muy amigable y servicial. Muy bien situada, en un lugar muy tranquilo, rodeada de vegetación pero al lado de todo tipo de... more
Thank you so much for your support. It was lovely to meet you and I hope you come back soon.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Summer||18 Aug 12||1 Sep 12||£ 550||£ 80||£ 80||3 Nights|
|Autumn||1 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|Off Peak||27 Oct 12||15 Dec 12||£ 350||£ 70||£ 70||3 Nights|
|pre-festive - Late Deal||15 Dec 12||22 Dec 12||£ 300||£ 60||-||3 Nights|
|Festive Season||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 475||-||-||1 Week|
|Off Peak||5 Jan 13||30 Mar 13||£ 350||£ 70||-||3 Nights|
|easter||30 Mar 13||13 Apr 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|early spring||13 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 390||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||27 Jul 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|summer||27 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 575||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn||31 Aug 13||5 Oct 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Week|
|off peak||5 Oct 13||21 Dec 13||£ 375||£ 75||-||3 Nights|
|Festive Period||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 525||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Payment preferred by card. Cheques or Bank transfer are accepted. Deposit of 25% of rental amount with booking - and the balance within 8 weeks of stay. Shorter stays acepted in off-peak periods and within a calendar month of the start of the holiday.Book
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