Torehill Cottage – in RSPB forest

Torehill, sleeping 6, is about three miles from Nethy Bridge standing between part of the RSPB Abernethy Forest reserve and open farmland, and looking out over the foothills of the Cairngorms. The area is rich in birdlife, and walking/cycling tracks, and convenient for all the facilities of the Spey Valley.


Originally a gate cottage for the Seafield Estate and in the same family for the last 52 years, Torehill Cottage has been recently rebuilt following a devastating fire in 2001 and is now modern and comfortable, while still being traditional in design and integrated into the environment, and retaining much original character. NOTE IT HAS NO TV RECEPTION!

Accommodation and facilities

- Sitting room with open fire

- Large dining area/kitchen with outlook onto mountain and into the forest

- 2 double bedrooms upstairs

- Downstairs bedroom with single bed+ extra pullout bed

- Downstairs bathroom, upstairs shower + toilet

- NO TV – but microwave, cd player, telephone – internet access if you have a laptop

- Oil fired central heating and hot water

- Disabled access by front door, downstairs bedroom and bathroom. Note steps (with rail) up into kitchen dining room. Taps are all easy turn.

- Excellent view of wildlife - look straight into the forest. Deer, red squirrels, badgers, pine martens, wildcats have all been seen right outside. Also a wide variety of birds

- Short breaks by arrangement out of season; normally Saturday to Saturday

squirrel pinemarten

- Well behaved pets by agreement (downstairs only)

- Sorry - No smoking


Rates 2023: between ₤550 pw and £750 including heating and hot water, and linen.

Contact address and phone numbers are:

Ruth Crocket

Birchdale, Dale Road, Suffolk IP7 7PU

01449 741975

07811 333560

Email Enquiries to: Ruth Crocket

And the cottage is:

Torehill Cottage

Tulloch, Nr Nethy Bridge

Inverness shire

PH25 3EF

01479 831070.

Previous history: Torehill cottage is a family cottage that has belonged to the Crockets since 1957. It is an old gate house of the Estate between Nethbridge and Boat of Garten, now owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and operated as a bird sanctuary - originally for the reintroduction of the Osprey to Scotland, at Loch Garten, and now maintained for them and many other birds. The cottage stands on the edge of pinewoods, looking out to the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains to the East, within two or three miles. There is extensive walking, birdwatching and swimming in the nearby lochs, and in the area is also skiing on the Cairngorm, golf, fishing (salmon or trout), pony trekking, climbing, hill walking and various historical sites - Cawdor Castle, etc. The local countryside includes some of the original Caledonian Forest, which once covered most of Scotland, containing wild cats, red deer, pine martins, red squirrels, capercaillie. The holiday village of Aviemore is about 11 miles away, on the main A9 road to Inverness.

We let the cottage in order to cover its costs and keep it in the family rather than as a strictly commercial venture, and some of its facilities are a little eccentric - the record player for example. It sleeps five or six comfortably. The cottage has all modern facilities (central heating, microwave, freezer, telephone) except television - reception is very poor here, and also we prefer not to have it. Unlimited wood for the central fireplace is included! We can arrange car hire from Mr MacDonald at Aviemore for those who wish. <

Page last updated: th March 2023