4 bedroom cottage, sleeps 8, rural location, large garden.
About SUZANNE MCINTYRE
We both moved to Moray for work reasons originally in the early 1990s 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 to return at a future date we decided to turn it in to a self catering holiday cottage. However we don't intend to let go of Birchbrae and very much miss living there full time. Along with my best friend we do the changeovers ourselves to ensure a high standard is maintained. We enjoy the outdoors especially cycling, canoeing, horse riding and plane spotting at RAF Lossiemouth !! We are both in our late early 50s with a 12 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 working for many years in Elgin and for leisure was a player with Moray Rugby club 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 cake & coffee at Boogie Woogie in Keith, pancakes at Baxters, ice cream from Fochabers, and Chicken Tikka at the Kimberley Inn in Findhorn. When we get time between changeovers we take a nostalgic trip over to Burghead (our old village) 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 Spey Bay looking for dolphins & osprey and cycling inland up the Spey to Baxters for a pancake treat.
SUZANNE MCINTYRE purchased this Cottage in 1999
Why SUZANNE MCINTYRE chose Keith
Within 30 minutes you can be walking along golden sands, lovely forests or do lunch and shop in the heart of Elgin. The cottage is built on a natural clearing in woodland which is slightly elevated from the main road. Originally the woodland was part of a large estate which was split up 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 - 30 mins in most directions) whilst living in the peace and quiet on a farm on the edge of a woodland. 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 at Fochabers and the Speyside Way. The local town of Keith is less than 10 mins away by car (4.5 miles) with a small range of independant shops, Tesco, or for a treat from Boogie Woogie. The quiet single track roads and forest tracks nearby are great for cycling and walking.
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 or just enjoy the peace of the garden. It is ideal for two families who meet in the kitchen or lounge but can enjoy their own space in the bedrooms on different floors without getting on each others nerves !! We have a number of guests who return regularly to Birchbrae for the peace and quiet but the handiness of being able to choose beach or countryside, shops or historic ruins within 30 mins. We have had honeymooners, ramblers, mountain bikers, fishermen, whisky enthusiasts and golfers. We also have regular business guests who want to avoid the restrictions of bed & breakfast and instead be able to relax or work in the evening, eat when they choose and come and go at their own pace.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Well behaved pets are welcome but not in bedrooms.
High chairs, cots & stairgates available.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Accidents and damage can happen but please report such incidents immediately so we can resolve the matter for you and the next guests.
Follow the instructions in the house manual for operating the heating and hot water, hot tub, range cooker and other equipment.
Children must be supervised at all times in the hot tub and prevented from jumping on lid.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely peaceful break
We enjoyed our stay over new year with extended family. The area is very quiet and relaxing with the added bonus of the hot tub which was a real hit with the kids.
Thank you very much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your new year stay. We are always open to suggestions to ensure you have a lovely stay.
Love this place
As always first class, always clean and fresh. Kids and dogs had a ball hot tub was amazing. Suzanne in contact touch and very approachable. Highly recommend this for anyone
Many Thanks for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed your stay again. Always open to new ideas and suggestions to make your stay enjoyable.
Great place all had a fantastic time. Kids loved the hot tub
Would love to stay there again and hope too in the future.
Many Thanks for your kind review. Glad the kids enjoyed the tub. Hope to see you again.
Lovely Cottage Getaway
The cottage is just outside Keith and is an excellent base to explore the surrounding area (and distilleries!!).
A lovely place with excellent amenities. We wished we could have stayed longer.
I would recommend this cottage to anyone doing a distillery tour with a few friends. This is a great place to relax after an arduous day of tasting!
Many Thanks for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Moray and in the UK.
Great experience. Definitely recommend
It was fantastic. Great spot. There were 4 of us each had our own room and everything you need. Taxis are in abundance and easy to get.
Thank you for your kind review. Even in the countryside you can still get about without a car. Hope you enjoyed the whisky tours.
Excellent property perfect for our needs and well equipped and laid out
Many Thanks for your kind review. We try to provide a home from home for our guests
The main local attractions are the many Speyside whisky distilleries (Glenfiddoch, Chivas Regal, Aberlour, Benromach, Macallan, Balvenie), picturesque coastal and inland villages such as Burghead, Findhorn, Lossiemouth, Portsoy, Culbin Sands, Aberlour, Craigellachie, Dufftown and Keith. HIstoric Castles/Buildings: Duffus, Huntly, Elgin Cathedral, Pluscarden Abbey, Spynie Palace), Golf courses (Lossimouth, Spey Bay, Keith; Hillwalking at Ben Rinnes and Ben Aigan, Forest walks, Moray Monster mountain bike trails (Mulben and Fochabers), Highland games (Aberlour, Dufftown,) , Speyfest (traditional music festival), Keith Country Show, Spirit of Speyside Whisky festival, Pipe band championships, Dolphin spotting along the Moray Coast and excellent visitor centre at Scottish Dolphin Centre at Speybay.
The City of Elgin and its beautiful cathedral (ruin) is only 12 miles (25 mins). It has a range of high street stores and independent retailers. Enjoy eating out at a choice of pubs & restaurants. Worthwhile trips to Baxters of Fochabers (specialty 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 30 - 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.
Five mins walk from the cottage is House of Mulben (www.houseofmulben.com) offering outdoor pursuits such as off road driving, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, whisky tasting.
The Speyside way is a 20 min walk away.... join it and walk the last scenic section to Spey Bay.
Bike hire is available at Lossiemouth
Ski: 1 Hours' drive from the The Lecht or Cairngorm ranges, 90mins to Glenshee.