Amongst the pine, birch and bracken on the wooded north-east shore of Loch an Eilein, within one of Scotland's most picturesque Highland estates, sits a simple but enchanting little house. For the first time in its fascinating history, Forest Cottage in Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore is now available to book as a self-catering cottage.
This picture-perfect little red-roofed cottage has been beautifully restored as a cosy forest hideaway for two, with features to make its guests feel completely at home and welcomed into its atmosphere of homely warmth. Here, modern life's essential luxuries have been incorporated, whilst all of its noise, stress and hurry is left far behind. Here you enjoy a slower pace of life and the simplest of pleasures - the crackle and hiss of logs on the wood burner, the familiar and comforting scent of wood smoke.
Your closest neighbours are evergreens and blaeberries, silver birch and holly, your regular visitors the inquisitive deer and red squirrels. Outside the sounds of birdsong and of the trees themselves, the scents of earth and pinewood, and the captivating beauty of the forest around you will restore peace and tranquillity the moment you arrive.
From the front door are glimpses through the forest of pine-clad mountains beyond the loch. You can make your way down on the heather fringed path to where the forest opens out and the loch laps against the shore. The sparkling waters reflect the ever-changing Highland skies, framing a truly incredible view in any weather. The lonely loch island with its ghostly ruined castle sits before you, and the forested slopes of the mountains fade into the distance beyond.
This is a place which will stay with you forever, no matter how long your stay.
Forest Cottage has been part of the Rothiemurchus Estate since the the 1800s. It was originally built as a dwelling for the many foresters who worked tirelessly on the estate.
What an exciting and relaxing way to travel... I had my first experience on the Caledonian Sleeper last week and I think I'm hooked!
Fanny Ward was the inspiration behind the interior design of the extremely successful renovation of Loch an Eilein Cottage in 2016 which sits magestically on the other side of Loch an Eilein.