Set among the heather hills about 8 miles from Grantown on Spey in the heart of the Highlands, Moor Cottage is a modern, spacious and most comfortable holiday home which stands in its own large, enclosed grass and gravel garden (furniture, plenty parking) with expansive views over the surrounding countryside. (Those who have enjoyed a holiday at nearby Knockanbuie Cottage will be reassured to know that Moor Cottage belongs to the same owner and she has worked her magic here once again.)
Inside, the house is cosy and welcoming, with an open fire in the living room, is L-shaped to a dining area, and also has French doors to the magnificent conservatory which extends all the way along one side of the house. There is a large and very well-equipped farmhouse-style dining kitchen, and then four bedrooms, two doubles, a twin and a single, and two bathrooms, one en suite, making the accommodation very versatile indeed.
Moor Cottage is on a quiet country road, but is easily accessible from the A95 from Grantown. The walking in the surrounding area is second to none; for example, the Speyside Way runs close by, or you can explore the Cromdale Hills to the south or climb Ben Rinnes, which dominates the valley. For ski-ing, you are almost equidistant between the Cairngorm at Aviemore and the Lecht Ski areas.
Other famous attractions of the area will be familiar to many - the Spey is one of the foremost salmon fishing rivers in the country (though there are plenty of other less prestigious but equally enjoyable rivers and lochans for trout fishing). And here you are in Glenlivet, with all that the name means to lovers of the 'water of life'. The distillery itself is within ten miles of Moor Cottage and is only one of many along the Whisky Trail where you can go and sample the wares.
To the north, there is the Moray coast with its pretty fishing villages, sandy beaches and opportunities to spot dolphins, seals and even the occasional whale. This area teems with wildlife with wonderful forest parks over by Rothiemurchus, while a visit to the osprey hide at Boat of Garten is a must for those with even a passing interest in birds. To the south east is lovely Royal Deeside, with a selection of castles, stately homes and gardens to visit.
Bed linen, towels, oil-CH and electricity are all included in the rental. Up to three well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Water is from a private source.
Accommodation (sleeps 7, bedrooms 4):
- L shaped sitting room/dining room with open fire, TV/V/DVD, CD player, ipod dock and French doors to conservatory
- Conservatory with doors to garden
- Dining kitchen with electric cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave etc. (Tumble drier in garage).
- Double bedroom with en suite bath and separate shower
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Single bedroom
- Bathroom with bath/ shower, WC and wash basin