Ardbeag Cottage Newtonmore
Ardbeag Cottage is a charming traditional house sleeping six, overlooking the golf course in Newtomore with sweeping views of the Cairngorms.
Full of Character
The house is full of character and the owners clearly have a passion for the house, its story and personal connections, and the local area. It sleeps six in comfort and is ideal for family holidays – a wonderful base for exploring the Cairngorms and all the delights of the National Park. It’s dog friendly too, so you can bring your hound on hols!
Ardbeag has been in the owner’s family for generations and is much loved. Winkie, the great aunt of the current owner, was a real character and the house still reflects this today. It’s been lovingly and sympathetically renovated, but full of quirky touches and nods to Winkie’s life there and fond memories of past family holidays.
Loads of charm and atmosphere.
It’s good-sized and well-built, with a traditional layout. Simple but elegant, the interiors use Farrow and Ball muted colour schemes and the furniture mixes classic and modern to effect. It’s not fussy or fancy, but is well-equipped and has bucket loads of charm and atmosphere.
Fantastic vintage piano and comfy sofas
The lounge has a fantastic vintage piano and comfortable sofas; it’s a great place to relax next to the cosy wood-burning stove. There is also a TV and Bluetooth player so you can bring your own tunes. The WIFI in the house is surprisingly good for a rural location!
The large dining room next to kitchen has a striking Ercol-style table and enjoys the sun much of the day. It’s a lovely place to sit, read maps, and plan your day. The kitchen is well-equipped and big enough for proper family self-catering for a week. There is an original aga-type stove, but this is for decoration only as there is a modern hob, oven and microwave. A dishwasher is also provided. Next to the kitchen is a utility room, with washer/dryer, and plenty of drying space, ideal for walkers!
Magnificent views of the Cairngorm mountains
In terms of sleeping, there is a large double and a twin bedroom upstairs, and another double downstairs at the rear of the house. For families with small kids, there are trundle beds in the twin bedroom, so that sleeping arrangements can be extended to accommodate up to four children. The upstairs master bedroom enjoys magnificent views of the Cairngorm mountains. Upstairs also has a good-sized traditional bathroom with large bath, while there is also a shower room downstairs with an excellent walk-in rain shower.
One of the highlights of the house is the comfortable porch/sunroom area, where you can relax in the sunshine and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
The house also offers a large enclosed south-facing garden area, with garden furniture, fire pit and croquet, ideal for adults, kids and the dog.
Ardbeag Cottage is special – a lovingly restored traditional Highland house, with family connections, full of charm with wonderful views. It’s the ideal location for a relaxing family holiday in the heart of the Cairngorms.
Ardbeag is a fabulous base for exploring the many attractions of the Cairngorms National Park: hill walking, water sports, cycling, fishing, or visiting the many local attractions.
Don’t miss the fascinating Highland Folk Museum – an easy walk from the house and FREE entry. The massive site houses traditional buildings from all over Scotland. Highlights include an extensive Blackhouse village with costumed interpreters, school with strict teacher, traditional sweet shop (where purchases can be made), water-powered sawmill, and a reconstruction of a working croft with chickens and ducks.
Explore the Wildcat Trail, a popular circular walk around Newtonmore, which takes in the River Spey, woodland, moorland, and views of the Cairngorms.
Take the kids to the nearby Highland Wildlife Park, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland offshoot of Edinburgh Zoo, where the focus is on a safari-style experience of free-roaming animals, and a collection of animals suited to the colder climate. Alternatively, there’s a great day out to be had at the Landmark, a woodland themed adventure park with tree-top walk, high-rope experience and thrilling rides.
Go hill walking in the high peaks of the Cairngorms, or take a low-level walk through the Scots Pine forest from Glenmore to the scenic Green Lochan and lonely Roavan Bothy. The house had a good selection of maps and guidebooks to help you plan.
A whirl round Loch an Eilein, followed by Norwegian cake and coffee at the Potting Shed at Inshriach would make for a perfect afternoon.
How about a round of golf on the Newtonmore course in front of the house? Visitors are welcome.
Try sailing at the nearby Lochinsh Watersports; you can also hire a canoe and take a trip down the Spey to Aviemore, or head over to Loch Morlich and enjoy a sunny day on the beach with pedalos!
Enjoy a picnic overlooking the atmospheric Ruthven Barracks or explore the spookily amazing sculptures by Frank Bruce in the Sculpture Trail near Glen Feshie.
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