Forest Cottage

Forest Cottage

Sleeps 2 + 2 beds for children

Short stays throughout the year

  • Delightfully rustic interiors
  • Hidden in the forest close to the loch shore

A Forest Hideaway Made for Two

Forest Cottage sits amongst pine, birch and bracken on Loch an Eilein’s wooded north-east shore, in the heart of Rothiemurchus - one of Scotland's most picturesque Highland estates. This pretty little red-roofed, wooden-porched cottage was beautifully restored as a cosy forest hideaway in 2018, with a homely interior straight out of a Scottish folk tale.

Sounds of birdsong, the wild beauty of the forest around you and its earthy evergreen scents - these surroundings are a balm for all the senses that will restore peace, balance and tranquillity the moment you arrive.

At Forest Cottage you can 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. The double height living room is achingly charming - from its little window seat to its original stone hearth and wood burning stove. The kitchen is fitted with all the luxury appliances you could wish for - from a big range oven to a wine fridge. The interiors reflect both the infinite variety of woods and greens of the forest, and the vintage fabrics and simple furnishings that would have been found in this cottage over the centuries.

The bedroom is fairy-tale romantic with its super-king bed and red and white cabin-luxe decor. It leads through to a luxury contemporary bathroom which incorporates little touches of decadence amongst the simplicity of the woodland surroundings. You have a rain shower, whirlpool bath and even a cleverly hidden flat screen TV at one end of the bathtub. A pretty twin bedroom upstairs can also be made up for you on request if you are bringing children.

From the front door you’ll see glimpses of the pine-clad mountains beyond the loch. You can make your way down the heather fringed path to where the forest opens out and the loch laps against the shore. The water reflects the ever-changing Highland skies, and the trees frame a truly incredible view in any weather. The lonely loch island with its ghostly ruined castle seems to float before you, and the forested slopes of the mountains fade into the distance beyond.

But for all its feeling of remote woodland seclusion, you can reach the centre of Aviemore on foot (30 minutes) or by bike (15 minutes) via quiet forest tracks, past herds of deer and breath-taking views across forested valleys. In fact Rothiemurchus sits in the perfect Highlands location - ideally sited between the town of Aviemore and the wild beauty of the Cairngorms National Park.

Forest Cottage’s Hidden History

From the 1800s until relatively recently, the cottage was home to generations of Rothiemurchus foresters. Since those days it has been lived in by several families - many of whom would have worked in different roles in the estate.

Artist Ann Vastano grew up very near the cottage and shared her memory of Forest Cottage when the Lorimer family were tenants: “I remember when old Mrs Lorimer lived here...One day, we were walking back from school with a friend Rhona, who lived up at Achnagoichan, it was a fairly long walk...just as we were passing the cottage, old Mrs Lorimer bustled out and insisted we come in for something to eat, and she laid a table with tea, cake and jelly, it was story book material. She was a remarkable octogenarian at this time, cycling everywhere and was even spotted up on her roof fixing after some storm damage. She also used to keep the most amazing garden in the walled area opposite the cottage.”

Its restoration and renovation in 2018 was carried out by the same team who worked on our other two properties, with the interior design vision provided by London-based stylist and interior designer Fanny Ward.

Your property includes the following:

  • Wi-Fi Internet access*
  • Telephone
  • Wood burning stove
  • Unlimited firewood
  • Charcoal Weber barbecue
  • Under floor heating in bathroom and kitchen
  • Off road parking
  • Storage for sports equipment
  • Drying cupboard
  • Electronic safe
  • Flat screen televisions in lounge, bedroom and bathroom
  • DVD player
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Range cooker
  • Fridge freezer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Lavazza coffee making machine
  • Full range of appliances, crockery and cutlery
  • Hair dryer

* 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 property will be yours from 4pm on your arrival day until 10am on your departure day.

Other Services

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

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Location

Forest Cottage is incredibly accessible by road, rail and air. Situated a mere 10-minute drive from Aviemore, a 35-minute 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 ½ 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. If you would like to arrive in even more style, please speak to us about arranging use of the private helicopter landing pad on the estate.

By Road

Forest Cottage 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 Forest Cottage, 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.