Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Six Trees Cottage is one of a group of distinctive rural cottages sitting alongside the eye-catching Tormore distillery and commanding a panoramic view of the Spey valley. Completely refurbished to a high standard in 2006, the cottage has a spacious sitting room furnished in a modern style with red leather sofas, oak furniture and a log fire. The large, bright kitchen/dining room is exceptionally well-equipped and with its wide breakfast bar and pine dining furniture makes a real social event of mealtimes. It also has a wonderful view from the double window. A separate utility room houses a washing machine and tumble drier. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 with king-size beds and the third offering options of single, twin or super-king double. The family bathroom has elegant fitted units and there is also a downstairs toilet. From the bedroom windows the early riser can watch the mist lift across the valley to reveal the slopes beyond, or the roe deer grazing at the edge of the forest behind the house.
The cottage provides a real Highland getaway at the start of the Malt Whisky Trail and on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. There are golf courses close by at Ballindalloch, Grantown and Boat of Garten. For walkers, the Speyside Way is on the doorstep. It is a short drive to a wide range of other outdoor pursuits, museums and castles as well as the shops and restaurants in and around Grantown-on-Spey and Aberlour. The cottage is ideal for a rural retreat for couples, or for groups of families and friends who like getting together to relax and have fun.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Moray coast 48 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 65 km, Nearest railway: Aviemore 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors||
We have equipped the house to take groups of up to 8 people by providing a combination of beds and sofa- bed to allow flexible sleeping arrangements: for example, the third bedroom, although not large, can have a single, twin or very large double. The full sized sofa bed allows extra sleeping space to suit mixed groups or to accommodate 8 people. The seating in the lounge can be amplified by the use of 2 cube stools.
There is a small selection of games, books and DVDS. There is also a folder with leaflets about all the attractions of the surrounding area and some recommendations for restaurants we have enjoyed. We have been delighted to find some really good restaurants where the staff are always friendly and the food more than lives up to our expectations.
We have equipped the house for our own family to enjoy and all the basics that you need in a holiday home are there - salt, pepper, coffee, tea oil, kitchen towels, bread in the freezer etc . We only ask that guests replace them when they are running out .
There is one family bathroom and a WC downstairs.
|Further details outdoors||
A grassed garden area with the 6 trees runs from front to back: the back is a suntrap on good days, and garden furniture is kept in the garage.
Tormore distillery was built in 1958 and was the first new distillery to be built in Scotland in the 20th century. The houses, known as distillery cottages, were built for the workers. Richardson Road is named after the architect , Sir Arthur Richardson. The distillery itself is distinctive, with its white frontage, musical clock ( you can't hear it inside the houses!), fountain, and bushes and trees trimmed to the shapes of barrels and stills..
The Scottish Highlands region
The Highlands of Scotland is an area of great natural beauty with the most spectacular mountains in Britain. long stretches of wonderful coastline and abundant wildlife. The cottage sits just outside the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, with its rich variety of moorland, glens, forests, rivers and lochs, and at its heart are the majestic Cairngorm mountains. The mountain railway offers those who are not climbers another way to reach the panoramic views. To the north are the unspoiled beaches of the Moray coast with its tiny fishing harbours, spectacular cliffs and dolphin sightings. The area is also a golfer's paradise with fine courses in Nairn and neighbouring towns. The city of Inverness, an hour's drive away, has a large modern shopping centre for those who want some retail therapy. Close by is the site of the Battle of Culloden where the hopes of the Jacobites were finally crushed in 1745.
Speyside is world renowned for its malt whisky and the Malt Whisky Trail signposts the many distilleries as you drive around the countryside. Most have Visitor Centres. The tours are fascinating and usually end with the chance to try a dram. The Whisky Festival in early May spreads across many of the towns and villages where there are musical and social gatherings galore during the weekend.
The area around Six Trees Cottage offers a wide range of things to do and see. There is walking on the Speyside Way, the Malt Whisky Trail starting almost at the door, climbing in the Cairngorms, fishing on the Spey, a trip on the Strathspey steam railway at Boat of Garten, osprey watching at scenic Loch Garten, mountain biking, quad treks and archery at Craggan, and 9 hole golf at Ballindalloch ( 5 mins drive), with more golf and tennis at Grantown (15 mins drive). The nearby Glenlivet Estate, home of the famous distillery, has a number of well marked and maintained walks which offer the chance to enjoy wonderful views. Within 30-40 minutes drive is the Highland Wildlife park at Kingussie, water sports at Loch Insch and the Forest Theme Park at Carrbridge. In winter there is skiing on the Cairngorms both at Aviemore ( 25 miles) and the Lecht ski centres. For those who love history and tradition, there are many castles to visit on the Castle Trail starting with Ballindalloch Castle, just down the road, one of the most beautiful and romantic castles in Scotland.
There is a small shop 5 minutes drive away that provides basics - and a good choice of wine! Fifteen minutes drive in one direction is the small town of Grantown-on -Spey which has good shops including 2 small supermarkets and an excellent butcher as well as some good coffee shops, restaurants and pubs offering live music. Grantown hosts its own Highland Games in the summer as do other towns in the area. In the summer there are often special events held there at the weekend which include vintage car displays and the tremendously exciting Thunder in the Glen when Harley Davidsons and their riders ride in convoy into the town for the afternoon. In the other direction (10 minutes) is the pretty town of Aberlour which boasts the most amazing delicatessen selling everything an enthusiastic "foodie" could want. A gentle 2 mile walk along the Speyside Way from Aberlour brings you to the lovely Craigellachie Hotel whose cosy bar displays over 700 malt whiskies along its walls.