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2 Charming Cottages Set In A Secluded Woodland With Gardens And A Burn - Fern Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights



Fern Cottage

Fern Cottage is a bright, modern cottage with open plan layout which includes a double height ceiling and mezzanine floor creating a spacious feel. The large skylights allow sunlight to flood in and create a wonderful, bright place to stay for your holiday. Outside it has its own private patio area where you can sit and watch a beautiful sunset or even have a barbecue (weather permitting).

The property consists of: double bedroom, spacious mezzanine living area to relax and listen to music, read or watch TV/DVD. A central lounge/kitchen area with multi-fuel burning stove, kitchenette with breakfast bar and fold-away dining table and a TV/DVD.

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About the property


Set in an elevated position above the river Beauly, our woodland cottages provide an idyllic retreat amongst some of the Highland's most spectacular scenery. Nestled in the midst of three of the most beautiful Scottish Glens – Glen Affric, Glen Cannich and Glen Strathfarrar – you will be on the doorstep to some of the wilder and most remote areas of Scotland whilst still within easy reach of the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Once here you can either retreat from it all and enjoy the tranquil magic of this place or use it as a base to explore the Highland wilderness that is on your doorstep. Alternatively you can visit the more well known attractions of the area such as Loch Ness. So whether you are looking for a romantic break, a special place to “get away from it all” or you want to explore the best of the Scottish Highlands, our cottages offer an ideal spot for your holiday!

Property Manager
Mary McDade
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Mary McDade

For myself and how I came to own Tigh-na-Bruaich, well I was born and grew up in the USA and moved to the U.K. with my parents back in 1984. I discovered Scotland through meeting my future husband who introduced me to this wonderful country. I have lived in Edinburgh for over 15 years now but my passion is to visit the wilder and remoter parts of Scotland trekking, climbing and wild camping. It reminds me in many ways of Northern Minnesota (even down to the midges!) where I spent many a happy summer on my grandparents small farm.

Why Mary McDade chose Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn

For the past 5 years I have been looking for a property in just the right location to set up as a holiday letting business. I wanted a place that was more than just accommodation but one that also reflected and highlighted the special qualities that I have come to know during my travels through the Scottish Highlands. I believe that with Tigh-na-Bruaich and Fern Cottage I have found this.

What makes this cottage unique

The small birch woodland to the North of the property has been left untouched to allow you to explore the wilder areas of the grounds. There is a small foot-bridge crossing the burn on the east border of the grounds that allows you to go out through a gate opening out onto woodlands to the North of Tigh-na-Bruaich.

Since starting work on these grounds we have seen: pine martens, deer (both red and roe), badgers, bats, buzzards, woodcock, tawny owls, cuckoos, gold crests, woodpeckers, common lizards, slow worms, dragonflies and many other fauna natural to the area.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Fern Cottage Comments:

Lovely cottage in a beautiful area. We had a great week-end and would love to come again.

Marieke & Gertian

Nice location and lovely woods around here. It was a great stay in this peaceful part of the country next to the burn!

Kirsten & George

Tigh-na-Bruaich Comments:

A lovely comfortable home with wonderful scenery to experience God's creation. A really beautiful house & setting we had a really great holiday.

6 South Africans Living in London
Sep 2012
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Changeover Day:
Lettings are from Saturday to Saturday. Entry is at 4pm and guests are asked to leave by 10am the following Saturday to allow enough time for turn around.

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Inverness Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Large double bedroom with beautiful views across the garden and the hills towards the west.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Bordered by mature beech trees to the south, the cottages are well hidden from the road. While the north of the property consists of a small untouched birch woodland where you can explore the wilder areas of the grounds. On the eastern boundary a foot-bridge crosses a burn where a gate opens out into woodland adjacent to the property. A variety of local wildlife visit the grounds regularly including pine martens, deer, badgers, tawny owls, cuckoos, sparrow-hawks, woodpeckers, dragonflies as well as many other fauna natural to the area.


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Fern Cottage
average rating of 4.625 based on 9 reviews

Idyllic and peaceful modern highland cottage

  • 5 of 5

Me and my girlfriend had the best week at Fern cottage this spring. Mary was really welcoming and we borrowed a couple of guides to walking in Glen Affric and around Loch Ness which were fantastic- the cottage is a great base for all the sights, with beautiful river and woodland walks to the west, inverness to the east, and loch ness to the south. The cottage shares a big garden area with the owners' house and their other cottage which they let. The mezzanine living area is as cool as it looks, we spent every evening up there watching films and playing games (there's loads provided). The kitchen is really well equipped and a good space for two people to cook together, and the whole house is really warm and light. The Wifi is quite slow but it's good enough to check anything like emails/the weather/google maps- you won't need it anyway there's loads of better stuff to do there. The outdoor space is cool, with a firepit and BBQ on a little southfacing terrace, which we used one night. The bathroom is also really good, with a powerful shower. All in all, Fern Cottage is a really great getaway for two, and I'd go back there in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anna for your lovely review of Fern Cottage. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our cottage as well as using it as a base to explore the beautiful Scottish Highlands. We hope that you are able to stay with us again. With best wishes, Mary
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Stunning cottage with an abundance of wildlife.

  • 5 of 5

Fern cottage is a stunning little house in a beautiful location. Secluded in its own grounds in the middle of a small wood, with a gentle stream that runs behind the house, this place is everything you could want for a relaxing chill out week. Remote enough to get rid of the city in “you” but close enough to Inverness (30mins) if you just can’t live without the shops. The cottage itself is spacious with its quirky kitchen and steps to the upper sitting room. We had great weather, so the cottage was toasty warm anyway, but I bet in the winter it is still very cosy. It has a big comfy bed in the bedroom and we both slept like a log’s.

If you are a wildlife lover, this is the place for you. Bring your cameras; binoculars and a large dose of patience to see the wonder’s that are all around you. During our week we saw,

Badger, Pine Marten (multiple times, more about that in moment), Bats, Red Kite, Kestrel, Woodpecker, Bull Finch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Robin (he had his own branch) House Martin’s (always spectacular to watch) Yellow Hammer and a few other birds that we did not know, and some we could only hear. We found out possibly a Wood Warbler (thanks to owner John for finding that out for us). Owls could be heard at night although we never actually saw one we heard them “tooting” to each other on most nights, which was somehow very relaxing.

Our highlight was the Pine Marten. Forget the TV, you can watch “Britain’s got talent” when you get home. You’re only here for the week, why not watch “Scotland has wildlife”. Our Pine Marten visited us 3-4 times every single night, but you have to be patient. He generally appeared between 21:00hrs and 22:30hrs. He was usually spotted bouncing down the slope (on the right hand side) behind the house, before crossing the stream and helping himself to the peanut butter or jam on toast, that we had put out for him. As a treat we occasionally gave him a whole raw egg. We sat with the windows open, wood burning stove lit, and TV on for some back ground noise. Sat with our cameras in hand, we were not disappointed. It was a wonderful chance to catch a glimpse of this elusive, cute little animal.

On a final note a big thank you to Mary and John who were superb hosts and totally left us alone to enjoy our holiday in peace. They gave us a friendly warm welcome and the welcome pack was a nice touch. All in all we had a great time and I am sure that we will be returning soon.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your really kind review and you are right about patience being the best virtue to experience the wildlife that resides in and around our grounds. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Fern Cottage and we would love to welcome you back again as our guests. Best wishes Mary
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Lovely Highland Stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week staying in Fern Cottage which was a great base for exploring the area. The cottage provided everything you would need for a weeks holiday and the owners were on hand had there been any issues (which there weren't). Very pleased to have spotted the resident Pine Marten on our last night! The setting for the cottage is truely magical. Local shops in Beauly were only 10 min drive away. Would recommend for anyone looking to explore deeper in the Highlands, travel around the Moray Firth dolphin spotting and other outdoor activities.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review and glad that you enjoyed your stay at Fern Cottage. Our Pine Marten is getting quite bold and showed up for our next guests as well! We hope that you are both able to make it back here again sometime.
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Total peace and tranquility

  • 4 of 5

A fantastic cottage that's perfect for two... there's plenty of room and the sitting room in the loft is great for cosy-ing up with the log burner on.

Fern Cottage has everything you'll need, it's clean, tidy, bright and airy. The setting is beautiful, very peaceful, fantastic wildlife... we were visited by the pine martin, badger and tawny owl while we were there.

The owner was a pleasure to deal with, very informative during the booking process, and even met us at the property to show us around.

If you're looking to explore the highlands, get out to the coast, relax in peaceful surroundings then Fren Cottage ticks all the boxes. It's a great kept good that I kind of want to keep it for myself.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our stay in Fern Cottage during July 2015

  • 5 of 5

Fern Cottage is a fabulous location for a quiet, tranquil holiday, with easy access to some great local walks. The owners, John and Mary are very welcoming and helpful. It is central to the local and extremely pretty area. The cottage is very light and airy, with a good deal of space inside. The pretty garden is a lovely space to sit and ponder, with views of the rolling hills and a multitude of wildlife including a fabulous badger family, cheeky pine martens, numerous and varied garden birds and occasionally a buzzard or two overhead. We were lucky enough to see dolphins in the Murray Firth - our first view of dolphins in the wild, along with some cute seals. The walk from Inverness to the river Ness and along the Caledonian canal was a great day out, but the local walks around Glen Afric are difficult to beat. Keith and Helen

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at the Fern Cottage. What a nice place.

Although located in a forest, the cottage is very light.

It has a wood stove which contributes to a romantic atmosphere.

The deerfence was hopeful, but unfortunately we have seen no red or roedeer.

On the other hand, the grounds have plenty of birds and both badger and pine marten came to visit us every evening.

There is a supermarket nearby in Beauly.

We did some nice hikes in the vincinity (saw red deer), visited Ullapool, watched the dolphins at Fortrose and looked for the monster in Loch Ness.

The location of the Fern Cottage makes it an excellent starting-point for exploring this wonderful part of Scotland.

Together with John and Mary's hospitality it is highly recommendable.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
48 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Struy Inn
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Agais Golf Course
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Beauly Station
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Cnoc Hotel
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Nairn Beach
Car: necessary

Both Nairn and Rosemarkie Beach are approximately 45 minutes drive away. The latter is known for its pod of resident dolphins.

Glen Affric National Nature Reserve 12 Miles

Culloden Battlefield Vistor's Centre 25 Miles.

The Cnoc Hotel is a 20 minute walk away towards Struy and has a formal dining room and bar which is open to non-residents. The Struy Inn is approximately 5 minutes drive away in the village of Struy and offers a wide range of real ales and home cooked meals. Nearby Beauly is a bustling historic town boasting both traditional shops as well as the usual conveniences such as supermarkets, bank and post office. Inverness and Dingwall are also within easy reach.

Major tourist attractions such as Loch Ness, Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar Nature Reserves are all within a 20 mile radius of our cottages.

There are also several Munros within a short drive away as well as walks along the River Beauly. So whether you prefer a short leisurely stroll or are looking for a serious challenge trekking through true wilderness, this area is a fantastic place for walking and caters for all abilities. There is excellent fly fishing for both salmon and trout in the local rivers. This area is extremely popular with cyclists who enjoy the many different routes and trails available. Highland Trekking and Trail Riding is available in the settlement of Cougie, ten miles south of Cannich.


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