CURRENT RESTRICTIONS MEAN ONLY ONE HOUSEHOLD (NO BUBBLES, NO EXTENDED HOUSEHOLDS) CAN STAY AT THE PROPERTY AND ONLY WHEN NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL IS PERMITTED . YOUR BOOKING WILL BE CANCELLED IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY WITH GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULES. WE ARE A BUSINESS THAT MUST COMPLY WITH GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS. OUR CURRENT POLICY IS TO LEAVE 24 Hrs BETWEEN BOOKINGS. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS WHEN CHECKING AVAILABILITY. NO SAME DAY DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS ARE PERMITTED CURRENTLY.
Birchbrae enjoys a quiet rural location in the heart of Speyside and is less than 5 miles from the town of Keith. It is located on a farm track (of very good standard for all vehicles) set in 1 acre of natural woodland overlooking open countryside. An ideal base for exploring the local towns and charming fishing villages of Moray, Aberdeenshire 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, agriculture, wide open spaces, fine quality food manufacturers, country pursuits, historical buildings, beautiful forests and hillsides, picturesque coastal & inland villages 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 offers spacious accommodation for 8 people over two floors.
The ground floor consists of :-
One bedroom with Kingsize bed
One bedroom with 2 single beds
One family bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle.
Utility room with washing machine and freezer.
Spacious Dining Kitchen with range cooker, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, CD player
Comfortable Lounge with log fire, TV/DVD player, x box, freeview TV, CD player.
The upper floor consists of:-
One bedroom with Kingsize bed, TV/DVD player with ensuite wc and shower cubicle.
One bedroom with 2 single beds.
Two cots, 2 stair gates and 2 high chairs are available if required.
The cottage has oil-fired central heating and hot water system. The water supply is from the Public Mains. All fuels, wood logs, bed linen and towels are provided. WiFi is available, broadband speed is good and mobile phone reception is good. We provide numerous board games, music CDs, DVDs and a selection of books and magazines for all ages and tastes. Currrently these are unavailable due to COVID 19, Please bring your own CDs, DVDs, Games, books and magazines.
The large garden has ample space for children to play, make dens and explore their imagination. There is a hot tub for up to 8 people. A picnic table, outdoor seating and bar-b-que are available.
The front of the cottage is open to countryside views. The rear looks into woodland and is ideal for spotting deer and bird life. Guests with children and pets should take note that the garden is open to the front and although traffic is minimal the farm track is used by farm vehicles and other residents.
There are two access doors both of which have two steps up to them. The gravel driveway is adjacent to the side door which is the most often used door.
The cottage is ideal for two families to holiday together with each floor having a double bedroom and a twin room. We have a number of guests who visit at least annually on a regular basis for some quiet relaxation. Guests vary between groups, couples or a larger families. However we also have business employees who want to relax away from home and prefer the freedom of self catering instead of being restricted by hotel and guesthouses' mealtimes and access restrictions. The cottage is not suitable for hen or stag weekends due to its rural location and lack of public transport.
We welcome well behaved pets. The cottage is located on a farm track where you can walk your dog or take it to any of the nearby forest tracks. The garden however is open to the front so pets will need supervision. As with all rural locations guests are requested to follow the countryside code at all times.
Our garden is just under an acre in size with lawn to the front and natural woodland to the rear. Kids will enjoy making dens, playing hide & seek, bug hunting and using their imagination. We provide bird feeders and seed to spot our regular and harder to find bird species. The nearest neighbours are 100m away.
At Christmas and New Year we will decorate the cottage for you or maybe you'd prefer to get away from the festive season and relax in front of a warm fire instead without any tinsel in sight!