Cairngorms National Park, Near Tomintoul, BanffshireGuest Rating
If you have ever wanted to step into a book, this is the cottage for you, set in a remote location, deep in the heart of whisky country and surrounded by wild, picturesque hills within the Cairngorms National Park.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
Corrunich is the subject of the enchanting book 'The Moon's Our Nearest Neighbour'. The property belongs to the book's author, Ghillie Basan, who lives in the main cottage with her two children and two dogs. To let out as a wilderness retreat, she has converted a detached barn into a spacious, open plan cottage which is warm, light and airy with wooden floors, oil-fired central heating and a wood-burning stove.
There is a double bed in the converted hay-loft and there is also a large bathroom with a roomy shower and a bath. A door leads from the cottage into an adjoining fitness room, equipped with table tennis, a rowing machine, cross and AB trainers and weights, all of which can be used (at your own risk). This leads in turn into an area equipped with a washing machine, drier and freezer and finally into the old stables, which house the firewood and an atmospheric whisky den.
This property is unique as the owner, who is also an internationally acclaimed food and travel writer and is around if you need any help. She is able to converse in French, Italian and Turkish if required. Equally, she is quite happy to leave you alone if you are seeking solitude. She even runs cookery workshops (details on request).
You may help yourself to the vegetables, herbs and berries growing in the garden in the summer months and there are plenty of wild mushrooms in the woods round about. The property is located up a shooting track (care required when driving) where the views are stunning.
Winter Wilderness Breaks at Corrunich
Glistening snow, clear starry nights and the Northern Lights are just some of the wonders of winter in this remote Glenlivet glen. For winter hikers and bikers, cross country skiers and other adventurous souls this is the perfect break for you. No phone, no noise, no pollution, just weather in all its various guises.
Carry your packs on your backs and head in to the hills to find space and peace to think, read and explore with the comfort of a wood-burning stove and a big warm bed at the end of the day. You will be greeted on arrival by Ghillie who will make sure you have everything you need.
Previous guests that stayed over a snowy New Year had this to say:
‘Snow, snow and more snow! Then some wind and sun, the moon and clear skies. Warm fire, good books, lots of table tennis, lots of great food, great conversation... who could ask for a better way to finish one year and start another?'
You can just walk out of the door into the hills and enter a wilderness filled with roe deer, hares, grouse, buzzards and golden eagles.
The clear, starry nights are magical and the northern lights make a regular appearance. Corrunich is ideal for hill walkers, bird-watchers and cross-country skiers. It is also well-situated for fishing in the Avon, Livet and Spey rivers and there is pony-trekking, downhill skiing and golf in the area.
For those interested in whisky, there are distilleries dotted around the countryside and the village of Tomintoul (with shops, hotels and pubs), the highest settlement in the highlands, is some twelve miles away.
In winter, Corrunich is for the truly adventurous, who, at times of heavy snowfall when even the owner's Land Rover may not be able to get through, will not mind donning boots and full winter clothing to walk in and out with their luggage in rucksacks (just over a mile, so possibly unsuitable for children) and even being snowed in for days! Their reward is a truly magical experience, plus some great skiing, which they will dine out on for months to come.
Local Events and Attractions
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Open plan sitting/dining/kitchen with wood-burning stove, TV/DVD, cooker, fridge, etc
Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin
Adjoining barn with laundry room with washing-machine, tumble dryer and deep-freeze (shared)
Fitness room with rowing machine, cross-trainer, weights and table tennis.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels (per person)
- Cot (excluding linen)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (fuel INCLUDED). A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional charge (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small). No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|18 Sep 2021 - 08 Oct 2021||£485.00|
|09 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021||£525.00|
|30 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||£425.00|
|18 Dec 2021 - 27 Dec 2021||£575.00|
|28 Dec 2021 - 05 Jan 2022||£575.00|
|06 Jan 2022 - 04 Feb 2022||£425.00|
|05 Feb 2022 - 01 Apr 2022||£485.00|
|02 Apr 2022 - 22 Apr 2022||£525.00|
|23 Apr 2022 - 06 May 2022||£485.00|
|07 May 2022 - 27 May 2022||POA|
|28 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022||POA|
|04 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||POA|
|25 Jun 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||POA|
|23 Jul 2022 - 26 Aug 2022||POA|
|27 Aug 2022 - 16 Sep 2022||POA|
|17 Sep 2022 - 07 Oct 2022||POA|
|08 Oct 2022 - 28 Oct 2022||POA|
|29 Oct 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||POA|
|18 Dec 2022 - 27 Dec 2022||POA|
|28 Dec 2022 - 05 Jan 2023||POA|
|06 Jan 2023 - 05 Jan 2024||POA|
|06 Jan 2024 - 05 Jan 2025||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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If you want 5 star opulence, it will cost several times the price of Corrunich. If you seek a 5 star experience of auth...Read More
Really lovely cottage in a beautiful, remote setting. Ghillie and her son were incredibly welcoming and generous and the...Read More
Advertised as a wilderness retreat the cottage is well located for places of interest and ideal for anyone interested in...Read More
It was lovely to be back visiting Ghillie and family again, well away from the crowded tourist places (surely full of Co...Read More
A lovely cosy, comfortable cottage in a stunning location. Very kind, attentive hosts next door.