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Large modern cottage with Hot Tub in Garden

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 bedroom cottage, sleeps 8, quiet rural location. Hot tub in garden

Birchbrae enjoys a quiet rural location in the heart of Speyside and less than 5 miles from the town of Keith. It is located on a farm track set in 1 acre of natural woodland, overlooking open countryside. An ideal base for exploring the local towns and charming fishing villages of Moray and beyond. A great location for enjoying the great outdoors with excellent walking, fishing, golfing, sailing, skiing and cycling in the surrounding area and regions.

Moray is a mixed area of stunning beaches, fine quality food manufacturers, country pursuits, historical buildings, beautiful forests and hillsides, picturesque coastal & inland villages, the River Spey and the Speyside Way and least of all over 90 whisky distilleries. Inverness and Aberdeen are equi-distant and approximately 90 mins by car from the cottage. The Aberdeen - Inverness railway line stops at Keith Station.

Moray is the home of Baxter's Fine Foods; Gordon & Macphail Whisky Specialists; Johnston's of Elgin Cashmere; Elgin Cathedral & Biblical Garden; Glenfiddoch; Chivas Regal; Glen Grant; Macallan; Aberlour; and many other famous Whisky Distilleries.

Birchbrae enjoys a quiet rural location, set in 1 acre of natural woodland, overlooking open countryside. It offers spacious accommodation for 8 persons in 2 king size bedrooms ( 1 ensuite) and 2 twin bedded rooms. 2 Cots, 2 stair gates and 2 high chairs are available. Ample parking for up to 6 cars. The property has oil-fired central heating and an open log fire in the lounge. All fuel, bed linen and towels are provided. It has a fully equipped dining kitchen with range cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. The utility room includes a drawer freezer and combi washer/dryer. The large garden has ample parking and has an 8 person hot tub. The cottage was built in 1999-2001 by ourselves in a natural clearing in a silver birch wood.

We provide numerous board games, music CDs, DVDs and a selection of books and magazines for all ages and tastes.

Around our cottage you'll see deer, foxes, rabbits, hares, chaffinches, bullfinches, woodpeckers, greenfinches, blue tits, great tits, coal tits, goldfinch, songthrush, wren, treecreepers and more.

Birchbrae is set in the heart of Speyside and surrounded by famous whisky distilleries, castles and historic monuments. It is the ideal base for exploring charming fishing villages, highland towns, or enjoying the great outdoors with excellent walking and cycling trails. Some of Scotland’s finest links golf courses and scenic inland courses are nearby.

The River Spey is only 2 miles away where the best salmon beats are available. Trout fisheries are also nearby. The nearby towns of Elgin and Keith offer good shopping and entertainment whilst the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness are within reasonable traveling distance. The Lecht and Aviemore Ski areas are within an hour’s drive. Horse riding, dolphin watching and country sports are available locally. Recently a number of excellent off road mountain biking trails have been opened. The cottage sits just a few miles from these trails and are easily accessed for all ages and abilities from novice to serious off road lovers.

More Details

Suzanne & Dougie McIntyre
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Suzanne & Dougie McIntyre

We both moved to Moray for work reasons originally and then realised the beauty of living in the area. The people are very friendly and welcoming and there is a wide range of activities and facilities in the area. We originally lived in the historic fishing village of Burghead until we commenced building Birchbrae in 1999 ourselves. Work brought us back to Glasgow in 2004 and to ensure we could keep Birchbrae we decided to turn it in to a holiday home. However we don't intend to let go of Birchbrae and very much miss living there full time. We enjoy the outdoors especially cycling, canoeing, horse riding and plane spotting at RAF Lossiemouth !!

We are both in our late 40s/early 50s with a 10 yr old daughter. Suzanne classes Birchbrae as her natural home despite being a Glaswegian girl. Dougie (a paisley buddy) has lived in Moray much longer than Suzanne and enjoyed life as a Moray Rugby club player for many years. We both have made great friends in Moray and our best buddies live just along the road from Pluscarden Abbey. Our favourite treats in Moray are eating a cake & coffee at Boogie Woogie in Keith, pancakes at Baxters, ice cream from Fochabers, Chicken Tikka at the Kimberley Inn in Findhorn or a really good curry at the Al Bahar family run restaurant in Elgin. When we get time between changeovers we take a nostalgic trip over to Burghead (our old village), a walk along the beach, and over to either Lossiemouth for a bit of plane spotting or Findhorn for a nice pub meal at the Kimberly Inn. You'll often find us on our bikes at Speyside bay looking for dolphins & osprey and cycling inland up the Spey to Baxters for a pancake treat. Our favourite fish supply is in Buckie via Cullen beach for an ice cream or a bowl of Cullen Skink.

Suzanne & Dougie McIntyre purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Suzanne & Dougie McIntyre chose Moray

Our heart is in Moray. The pace of life in Moray is fantastic. Within a few minutes you can be walking along golden sands, or lovely forests or do lunch and shop in the heart of Elgin. With this in mind and to satisfy Dougie's life time ambition to build a house we bought this plot from the farmer. The cottage is built on a natural clearing in the woodland which is slightly elevated from the main road. Origiinally the woodland was part of a large estate which was split up many many years ago. We named the cottage "Birch" as it's surrounded by Silver Birch trees and Brae meaning a small hill. Birchbrae is ideal for commuting to the main towns ( 20 mins in most directions) whilst living in the peace and quiet on a farm on the edge of a forest. Most fishing villages, towns and places of interest are within 20 - 60 mins drive from the cottage. The cottage itself is close to Ben Aigan, the monster mountain bike trails and the Speyside Way.

What makes this cottage unique

Our 1 acre garden is mostly forest with garden to the front. The cottage overlooks fields and to the forest covered hills towards Elgin. The sunsets are fantastic. The best thing to do on a sparkling clear frosty night is to sit in the toasty warm outdoor hot tub, watching the stars. Enjoy the rest of the evening at the log fire. After a day's site seeing relax with your favourite tipple at the kitchen table while someone else makes dinner or enjoy a summer's evening walk watching for deer and other wildlife on the farm track. The kids love playing in the garden building dens in the woods or checking out wildlife. Birchbrae is 100m from the nearest neighbour so within reason you can make as much noise as you wish without upsetting a neighbour or just enjoy the peace of having no neighbours.


Fochabers Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Family bathroom
  • Ensuite to master bedroom - shower, WC & WHB. Ground floor bathroom - bath, separate walk-in shower, WC & WHB Hot Tub in Garden
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Kingsize Bedroom on ground floor
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Twin room with space for cot if required. First floor.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Kingsize Bedroom with Ensuite. First floor.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Twin room with space for cot if required. Ground Floor.
  • Bedrooms are spacious. The layout is ideal for two families to share cottage. 2 cots available too - can be placed in any bedroom. Bedlinen provided and spare bedlinen also provided. Upper Kingsize is fitted with TV/DVD player.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss individual requirements or if you require more information about the cottage or the local area. We will do our best to accommodate you. As the cottage is located on a farm track it has open views to the front and you can watch the birds at the bird feeder or if you rise early enough watch the deer in the garden. Great for star gazing - no light pollution! Garden has trail around forest trees which kids love to play in for hours - building dens and looking for wildlife. The cottage has two bedrooms on ground floor with family bathroom. May be suitable for ambulant disabled however 2 stairs to main doors. Please contact owner to discuss further.


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average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

Homely and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at Birchbrae was very comfortable. We enjoyed the spaciousness of the cottage and the peace and quiet of the area. Cottage is very well equipped with everything and beautifully clean. The lovely wine was much appreciated!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Helen for your kind comments. We try hard to provide a home from home but always open to suggestions. Many Thanks.
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Spacious home from home

  • 4 of 5

We found Birchbrae to be a great spacious home from home. It has everything you really need to have a good holiday. The hot tub is a real bonus too especially after a day out biking at the nearby Moray Monster Trails at Ordiequish. The situation is very good too, with the house close to the A85 near Keith but is up a short track so not right on a main road. We really enjoyed trips to beaches at Findhorn and Lossiemouth and we all enjoyed a trip to Morayvia, an interactive aircraft museum which lets you get into the cockpits of a Nimrod, Sea King rescue helicopter amongst other aircraft.The kitchen/ diner is massive and looks out across the fields on one side and the hot tub in the garden in the other direction. The lounge was lovely and cosy and we felt compelled to put the fire on one cold wet afternoon which was amazing. There are four good sized bedrooms but the downstairs bedrooms feel a long way from the upstairs ones for little kids so our kids all comfortably shared the second room upstairs. We enjoyed having the ensuite! This house would certainly be ideal for 2 families of four sharing. All in all good value for what is provided.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Really enjoyed the peace and quiet, brilliant location.

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant, well equipped cottage in a lovely location.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage. The facilities were all good, cottage is in a beautiful spot with lovely views. The hot tub was well used in the evenings. It was nice to have a kitchen that a good deal of thought had gone into with plenty dishes and cutlery. We will be back hopefully for longer than a couple of nights, so much to see and do in the surrounding area especially the distilleries. Will definitely be recommending to friends and family.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many Thanks for your kind review. We try to do our best to provide all the necessities needed and more. We're always open to suggestions and recommendations to improve even more.
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House was perfect

  • 5 of 5

Had the most wonderful time. House was perfect in every way. Owners was super every step of the way. Would highly recommend. Will definitely be back

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We always try to provide a good standard for our guests and are open to any suggestions or improvements required. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
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Excellent holiday home

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for letting us stay in your lovely holiday home we had an excellent time! The kids loved being in the hot tub even in the snow. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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La Caverna
Stotfield Hotel
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Car: necessary

The main local attractions are the many Speyside whisky distilleries, picturesque coastal and inland villages; historic castles; golf courses; beautiful beaches; mountain bike trails.

The City of Elgin and its beautiful cathedral (ruin) is only 12 miles (25 mins). It has a range of high street stores and independant retailers. Enjoy eating out at a choice of pubs & restaurants. Worthwhile trips to Baxters of Fochabers (speciality produce, shops, and restaurants), Johnstons of Elgin (cashmere and woollens), Brodie Countryfayre, Forres (retail complex - food court, novelties, gifts, restaurant), Walkers of Aberlour (Shortbread).

Approx 60 - 90 mins scenic drives takes you to: Battlefield of Culloden, Nairn, Banff, Huntly, Turriff, Aviemore, The Lecht, Inverurie, Royal Deeside and the cities of Inverness & Aberdeen.

Numerous golf courses including links, fishing & game sports, cycling, mountain biking, walking, hill walking. 2 mins from Birchbrae is House of Mulben (, and the Speyside way.

Other Activities: hill walking, forest walks, field sports, Quad biking, off road driving, dolphin watching.

Golf: Numerous inland and links golf courses.

Ski: 1 Hours' drive from the The Lecht or Cairngorm ranges, 90mins to Glenshee.


Rates & Availability

Fochabers Cottage Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Normally Saturday to Saturday bookings. Arrival after 4pm. Guests requested to leave by 10 am on Departure date. Times can be flexible if no guests in before or after rental dates.

Rates are fully inclusive of all fuels, logs, towels and bed linen and use of the hot tub. We also provide ample supplies of complimentary cleaning chemicals, laundry detergents, toilet paper and hand wash soap.

Well behaved pets accepted.
1 Acre garden is fenced on 3 sides however is open to front of cottage. Pets are required to be under control at all times and not left unattended in garden as cottage is sited on access farm track leading to a busy working farm with livestock. The Country code must be followed at all times.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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