This was our second visit and it was just as perfect as the first. The cottage is beautifully and stylishly decorated, with absolutely everything you need. Situated at the edge of the Loch the views are spectacular, the window seats provide a place to sit, watch the red squirrels and birds and enjoy the view.
We brought our bikes and explored the extensive forest trails through the Rothiemurchus estate and lochs. The autumn colours were wonderful, with plenty of wildlife. After walking, running or biking we came back to our cosy cottage, lit the fire and enjoyed the peace and tranquility (and the treats from the welcome hamper).
I would highly recommend Loch an Eilein cottage. Judith and the team will make sure you have an enjoyable stay in this delightful cottage. We love this cottage and we will definitely be back for a third visit.
Loch an Eilein Cottage surpassed all our expectations (and they were pretty high after looking at the amazing pictures online!) - from the minute we arrived we fell in love with the place. The location is breathtaking with great views across the loch, the cottage is beautifully decorated with a lovely use of light and space and the wildlife on the doorstep is just amazing. Having breakfast and watching red squirrels playing in the trees outside while hearing nothing but the birds is the best way to start any day. What's also great about the cottage is that everything you could possibly need has been thought about - a wine chiller, plenty of firewood for the wood burning fire, board games or TV for entertainment (not that we switched it on once!), all kitchen equipment and utensils - everything of a very high standard. There's even a Jacuzzi bath with a TV (this one was switched on - just because it has to be done!).
If you do ever feel like venturing out from the comfort of the cottage there are many places to visit nearby on the Rothiemurchus Estate/Cairngorms - Loch Morlich, the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and the Cairngorm Funicular are all very close by and we highly recommend the cake at the Inshriach Nursery. A walk around Loch an Eilein is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Inverness/The Black Isle/Nairn/Glencoe/Fort William are also not too far if you want to explore further afield.
We will hopefully be back at the cottage in the near future - it's simply an amazing place and a week went by so quickly. The hospitality from the owners/management is outstanding - Judith did everything to make us feel welcome. (Thank you for helping make our day a very special one, in a perfect setting!).
Couldn't have asked for a better location. The cottage is extremely comfortable,very well equipped and all the arrangements for our stay were spot on. A great place to unwind and enjoy some spectacular Scottish scenery right on your doorstep.
It is impossible to use enough superlatives to do the cottage justice, it is simply amazing.
Not only is beautifully decorated, and finished to the very highest of standards, but it sits in an astonishing setting, one that you cannot put a price on. Everyone passing expressed their envy to the wonderful location, it really is the ultimate in tranquility. As it is the only occupied cottage on the lake, and you have to go through a gate to reach it, you have your own lake, a bit different to my normal life!
To top it all off you are 5 mins from Aviemore, with all the amenities you need for a perfect holiday.
I proposed whilst we were there, there really is nowhere better to make yourself look like the perfect romantic!
The cottage was perfect and exactly what we needed, nothing around but beautiful scenery, the birds and the squirrels (you wouldn't believe that you can be at Tesco within a five minute drive of somewhere that feels so away from it all !). There are lots of walks from the door and the feeling of being back to nature was great, but with the luxury of the cottage to return to and relax in peace. Even the locals were friendly (see attached photos). The cottage has everything you could need, with a lovely welcome pack and no cars to see for the whole stay.
So good we have booked the same week again next year.
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