Achnahatnich House

Achnahatnich House

Sleeps 6

Weekly lets or short stays throughout the year

  • Renovated farmhouse with fabulous views out to the mountains
  • Cosy wood burning stoves in sitting room and snug

Large renovated farmhouse with views over to Cairngorm Mountain

Privacy, solitude, off-the-beaten-track…there is nothing quite like having your own space on holiday. You’ll be tucked away from it all, but only a short distance from the “ski road” running through Rothiemurchus Estate between Aviemore and Cairngorm.

At the end of your own private road in the Rothiemurchus forest, Achnahatnich House sits in a secluded position looking out to the mountains as it has done since the 1900s. Originally the main house of Achnahatnich Farm, a tenant farm on the Rothiemurchus Estate, it has been beautifully renovated this year to provide a luxury stay in a uniquely private setting.

London-based stylist and interior designer Fanny Ward designed the interiors in a modern Scandinavian style to be light and bright, practical but pretty. Her trademark quirky touches are everywhere - like a big statement chandelier above the staircase and lots of blue and white pottery on the walls. The sitting room is welcoming, warm and comfy - a perfect place to unwind with a dram in front of the wood burner after a day on the hill.

The three bedrooms have all been furnished with supremely comfortable beds and linens - mattresses from Cocketts and luxury 600 thread count bedlinen - for the best night’s sleep you will have had in years. All three also have their own bathroom or shower room. The master bedroom has double doors through to an ensuite with decadent freestanding bath and shower.

From the front of the house you can watch the ever-changing colours and patterns on the mountains, as the sun and clouds create a beautiful natural spectacle across the Cairngorms. Sit out for a while and listen to the pheasants, swallows and curlews as their calls carry across the quiet countryside. For an even more spectacular vista, the little sit-out-erie at the top of the hill behind the house provides magnificent views of the Lairig Ghru, one of Scotland's most iconic mountain passes which leads to Deeside and Braemar.

Achnahatnich House's Hidden History

Rothiemurchus is a very old human settlement, as the name dates to the 8th Century. The first inhabitants were most likely Picts and Rothiemurchus would have been the centre of the great Caledonian Pine Forest of Scotland. The Parish of Rothiemurchus belonged to the crown until 1226 when Alexander II gave it to Andrew Bishop of Moray as a hereditary thanage. Since the 16th Century it has been under the stewardship of the Grant family. In 1574 Patrick Grant, was designated “of Rothiemurchus” by King James VI and he then moved to The Doune of Rothiemurchus from Muckrach near Dulnain Bridge in 1597.

Achnahatnich House itself was built in 1900, from which time the farm and house were a tenant farm, occupied by Seamus and Belle Smith. A neighbouring tenant farm, Lower Tullochgrue, had been farmed by the Collie family for at least 200 years. During the war, the tenant farmer’s son William Collie was back on leave from fighting in Italy with the Lovat Scouts. He was told that Seamus Smith had died, and so Achnahatnich Farm was now without a tenant. William approached Sheriff Grant (grandfather of the current laird) to ask if there was a possibility of his taking on the tenancy himself. Sheriff Grant responded: “If the war spares you, it will be yours to come home to.”

William was indeed spared, and took up his tenancy in 1946. As was common in those days, he and his family let Achnahatnich House out over the summer season as a self catered holiday house and would move out to in the wooden house which still exists the other side of the farm buildings. The house would be let this way until 1963.

One of the guests was Nigel Tranter OBE, the author of Scottish historical novels, who rented the house over September 1947. Billie remembers his father advising him that there wasn’t much in the way of furniture in the house, as they were only starting out. The writer generously responded that he didn’t mind and would take the house nevertheless.

Billy Collie took over the tenancy from his father and retired to Aviemore in 2018, and work started on preparing the farmhouse to welcome a new generation of guests….

Your property includes the following:

  • Wi-Fi Internet access *
  • Telephone
  • Two wood burning stoves
  • Firewood
  • Barbecue (charcoal)
  • Off road parking
  • Storage for sports equipment
  • Drying cupboard
  • Electronic safe
  • Flat screen televisions in sitting room and snug
  • Dishwasher
  • Range cooker
  • Two fridges and full size freezer
  • Wine cooler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Coffee making machine - Nespresso
  • Full range of appliances, crockery and cutlery
  • Hair dryers in each bedroom

* Please note our internet connection is from a satellite connection in a rural part of the Highlands of Scotland. As such, it is suitable for light internet browsing and should not be relied upon for full daily use or streaming music or video content. Time lag between pages loading can be slower with satellite internet compared to cable internet.

The following are also provided:

  • Linen, towels and flannels
  • Luxury soap, hand cream, shampoo, conditioner and body wash products by The Highland Soap Company
  • Fresh milk on arrival
  • Salt and pepper and a selection of herbs and spices
  • Tea, coffee and sugar
  • Coffee capsules
  • Olive oil
  • Kitchen cleaning materials - Washing up liquid, washing up cloth and brush, dishwasher tablets
  • Laundry essentials: Washing machine liquid and softener
  • Kitchen essentials: Oven gloves, kitchen roll, aluminium foil, baking parchment, cling film, bin bags
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Firelighters and matches

Arrival & Departure

The house is available from 4pm on your day of arrival until 10am on your day of departure.

Other Services

Please see the Extras page for other services we can arrange for you or available to book.

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Location

Achnahatnich House is incredibly accessible by road, rail and air. Situated less than 10 minutes' drive from Aviemore, 35 minutes' drive from Inverness through stunning Highland scenery and just over an hour’s flight from London, you can be at the heart of the Scottish Highlands quicker than you may think.

By Rail

Aviemore Station is 2 miles from Forest Cottage and taxis are readily available. It is serviced by direct National Express and Caledonian Sleeper services from London and the south, and has links to all major cities (3 hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh). You can pick up a taxi from outside Aviemore Station or you can book a taxi on 01479 812 000 or 01479 811 111.

Car hire - you can travel to Aviemore by train, and collect your hire car from Aviemore Car & Van Hire right outside the train station. Please see www.aviemorecarhire.co.uk who will meet you off even the earliest or latest trains.

The newly refurbished Caledonian Sleeper is the most luxurious and romantic way to arrive here and pulls in around 7am at Aviemore Station.

By Road

Achnahatnich House is situated about 3 miles from the main A9 road from Perth to Inverness and 10-minutes by car from Aviemore.

By Air

Inverness Airport is only a 45-minute drive from the house, taking you through some stunning landscapes on the fast A9 road. Direct flights take just over an hour from London, with British Airways serving the airport daily from London Heathrow and Easyjet 3-5 times a day from London (Gatwick and Luton). Daily flights serve Bristol (Easyjet), Belfast and Birmingham (Flybe). LoganAir provide 2-3 flights daily from Manchester and 5 flights a week from Dublin. Daily flights with KLM link Inverness to Amsterdam Schiphol, which then links to another 176 European cities. From Inverness Airport, you can collect a hire car from a number of competitively-priced providers.