A forest hideaway made for four
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 and “one of the glories of wild Scotland”, in the words of Sir David Attenborough. 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.
An extraordinary Highland setting
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. Rothiemurchus sits in the perfect Highlands location – ideally sited between the town of Aviemore and the wild beauty of the Cairngorms National Park.
Rothiemurchus is a privately owned Highland Estate within Strathspey, north-east of the River Spey and a special area for conservation. In staying at any of the Hidden Highland Retreatsyou are enjoying very exclusive access to this extraordinary landscape and place.
Rothiemurchus offers a wide range of outdoor activities right on your doorstep. These include: 4 x 4 driving, pony trekking, tennis, clay shooting, mountain biking, archery, fishing and quad bike trekking. The Rothiemurchus Centre is a 5-minute drive from all the properties; they will be able to give you detailed information and make all the bookings that you need. You can book activities in advance using their online booking system.
We also offer a luxury “Extras” menu with some very special exclusive experiences that can be arranged for you during your stay, including a private chef, oven-ready prepared meals, painting and photography tuition, foraging and woodcraft, cookery workshops, champagne picnics and more.
What our guests say:
“Sitting by the loch at dusk…unforgettable”
“This was the first place we’re staying on our honeymoon and it could not have been more spectacular! Everything about the cosy cottage tugs at the heart strings and we’re already planning ways to come back. Perfect is the only word for this Highland gem of a place.”
“We wanted for nothing in a cottage that has thought of EVERYTHING….This will be the first of many idyllic stays in beautiful Forest Cottage.”
“The space goes above and beyond. It seems like you have thought of everything… a great location, wonderful views and access to the lake and when you are wanting to stay inside it is so comfortable and relaxing. Shower and bath is wonderful! Overall, perfection.”
“Packed full of character and charm with luxury facilities”.
“Totally blown away with the interior of the cottage”
Your property includes:
- Wood burning stove
- Barbecue (charcoal)
- Off road parking
- Storage for sports equipment
- Drying cupboard
- Welcome hamper stocked with food and drink from the Rothiemurchus Farm Shop
- Flat screen televisions in sitting room and bathroom
- Range cooker
- Fridge and full size freezer
- Wine cooler
- Iron and ironing board
- Coffee making machine
- Lavazza milk warmer/frother
- Hair dryer
- Linen, towels and flannels
- Luxury soap, hand cream, shampoo, conditioner and body wash products by The Highland Soap Company
- Hypo-allergenic pillows and duvets available on request
- Wi-Fi Internet access
- Dog Friendly