Located between the bustle of Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey, the village is a peaceful haven at the centre of this renowned activity and wildlife area.
The cottage is newly upgraded and refurbished; and is ideal for 4-6 people with:
•Bright open lounge and dining area with fantastic views to mountains and surrounding wildlife
•2 double bedrooms (1 king-size)
•1 twin bedroom
•New fully-equipped kitchen
•New bathroom (+wc)
•Shower room (+wc)
•Large fully-enclosed “wild” garden
Further features would include:
•Fully upgraded and renovated to high sustainability spec (Completed Sept 17); for example, involved local procurement, sourcing natural products (floors, windows, etc), and installing renewable energy technologies, sun tunnels, efficient appliances and insulation well beyond standard
•Open-plan sitting room and dining area, with fully-glazed south-facing elevation (maximising solar gain), opens onto large balcony with views to the Cairngorms / Lairig Ghru.
•Bike shelter with secure locking facility
•Wood burning stove
•Heat, power and log usage included in rental
•Items of locally hand-crafted and upcycled / reclaimed furniture add to the character
•Free Wi-Fi internet access
•Direct access to woodland, wildlife, Loch Vaa and River Spey walks.
The large enclosed, child-friendly garden is bounded by accessible pine and silver birch forests to the rear and the 65-mile Speyside Way walking and cycling route to the front. It is partly an extension of the surrounding natural environment (with red squirrels even in recent residence), and partly an area where you can enjoy sitting out / wildlife watching or a game on the “lawn”.
Given the variety of activities and wildlife in the immediate surrounding area you may not have to go far at all to feel the freedom……. Indeed, from the house, avoiding the road back into the village, we have gated access to forest paths that will take you to the local shops, community centre and local restaurant, which prides itself on using local produce. This links into a wider local network of trails which takes in local lochs, River Spey walks and a little bit further on to the Loch Garten Nature Reserve with its proud pioneering history of saving the Osprey from extinction in the UK.
Boat of Garten lies six miles north east of Aviemore. It is located in one of the areas of the Cairngorm National Park most easily accessed by public transport, with nearby connections for bus and rail travel.
By Rail – Nearest mainline station: Aviemore (On WWW, go to: National Rail Enquiries, Caledonian Sleeper)
By Bus – to Boat of Garten from Aviemore, Grantown on Spey and Inverness (on WWW, timetable at www.travelinescotland.com/pdfs/timetables/HIAO034X.pdf)
By Steam Train – from Aviemore or Broomhill, Nethy Bridge (on WWW, go to https://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk).
Glencoldon Cottage is a short 10-15 min walk along the Speyside Way (Kinchurdy Road) to a variety of village amenities (2 shops, hotel, restaurant, steam train station, bus stops, etc.). The village itself offers a combination of tranquility, a little off the beaten track, and easy access to activities and amenities, many accessible on foot, bike, public transport and even steam train!