The Garden Flat

The Garden Flat

Sleeps 2+2

In the heart of Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore

From £750 per week

  • Close to farm shop, tennis courts, riding stables, Treezone and bike hire
  • Part of 18th century Inverdruie House
  • Dog friendly

Bright and cosy apartment in beautiful 18th century Inverdruie House

The newest addition to our portfolio, The Garden Flat is a ground floor apartment ideally situated within walking distance of Aviemore and just minutes on foot from Rothiemurchus Centre and Farm Shop. A cute little apartment perfect for a couple or small family who want to take advantage of all the outdoor activities available on Rothiemurchus.

Ideal for a week or weekend of outdoor adventure, fresh air or a creative retreat, The Garden Flat is our most conveniently situated, accessible and affordable property. For those who want to be right in the heart of beautiful Rothiemurchus but not too secluded, it strikes the perfect balance. The location is ideal for a car-free holiday: bikes can be hired from In Your Element a few minutes walk away, and in winter you are a short walk from the main bus route up to the ski area at Cairngorm Mountain.

Compact but stylish and recently brought right up to date, the flat has been designed to bring the garden indoors, with a colourful botanical theme throughout. It retains some unique original features, such as the copper fire and chimney in the decorative tiled fireplace. An open plan living area and kitchen feature a wide window seat from where you can look out to the old walled garden. In the kitchen you'll find an oven, fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher, as well as a Lavazza coffee machine for those who can't start the day without a perfectly brewed espresso or latte!

There is a double bedroom with kingsize bed and washbasin, a twin room and a little bathroom with loo, bath and sink. You have secure storage for bikes, skis or other outdoor equipment in the shed across the private courtyard.

The Strathspey Highland ponies live in the stables next door and in the fields around Inverdruie House; rides can be arranged any day of the week. Dogs are welcome at the apartment. Our favourite watering hole, the dog-friendly OId Bridge Inn, is a short walk away. Visit for a refreshing cold beer by the Spey in the summer, or a warming single malt by the fireside in winter!

The Hidden History of the Garden Flat and Inverdruie House

On returning from World War II, Lt. Colonel J P Grant the younger of Rothiemurchus and his wife Lady Katherine Grant moved to Inverdruie House from The Boat House. Johnnie Grant of Rothiemurchus would be born at the house in 1946, and there the family lived until 1960 when they moved to Drumintoul Lodge. Johnnie remembers:

"The living room and kitchen of The Garden Flat was our kitchen and the room next to it was the larder. Milk from our 7 Ayrshire dairy cows at The Doune farm was collected daily - my mother skimmed the cream and made butter at least twice a week in the kitchen. My father’s office was inside the front door [of Inverdruie House] on the right; the dining room on the left.

There was background heating to keep off the frost provided by a ‘central heating’ boiler, fuelled by coal shovelled in by hand; it was still very cold. We were kept warm by layers of hand knitted wool jerseys and stockings, sawing logs, carting them in, big fires and lots of shivering."

Your property includes the following:

  • High speed Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Off road parking
  • Secure storage for bikes/sports equipment
  • Flat screen television with Freeview channels and Netflix connection
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Fridge freezer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Lavazza coffee making machine
  • Toaster, kettle, all crockery and cutlery
  • Hair dryer
  • Welcome hamper stocked with food and drink from the Farm Shop

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
  • 20 x Lavazza coffee capsules
  • Hypoallergenic pillows and duvets
  • 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

Arrival & Departure

The property will be yours from 4.30pm on your arrival day until 09.30am on your departure day.

Other Services

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

Location

The Garden Flat is incredibly accessible by road, rail and air. Situated a mere 10-minute walk 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 miles from the apartment 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

The apartment is about 2 miles from the main A9 road from Perth to Inverness and 3 minutes by car from Aviemore.

By Air

Inverness Airport is only a 45-minute drive away, 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.

We have a safe landing site if you would like to arrive by private helicopter. Please speak to us to arrange landing and onward transport.