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Small and cosy

Planning a trip for two or a small family? Here are some lovely cosy getaways!

High Terrace is a delightful bijou apartment – a wonderful combination of traditional and modern. Centrally located, it accommodates two and provides everything you need for an extremely comfortable holiday, including a log burning stove and a balcony that catches the afternoon and evening sun.

Located near Milton Loch, Loch Cottage offers luxurious accommodation for couples. From the White Company bed linen, towels and gowns to the Bosch appliances and log-burning stove, you will have a really comfortable stay. A boot room provides an area to store and dry outdoor clothing and there is a garden shed for bikes and skis.

No. 1 Craigview is a ground floor apartment in a traditional granite villa in a central location. It accommodates up to four people in two bedrooms – a king sized double and a twin. It has a shared sunny garden and off-street parking for two cars.

Poppy Lodge is a well-appointed two-bedroomed chalet, sleeping four people in two bedrooms. Its gas central heating and gas fire will keep you cosy, whatever the weather. There is a decking area for outdoor dining and storage for bikes and outdoor equipment.

Dogs welcome!

We know that many of you have dogs that come on holiday with you, so here are some of the best pet-friendly places to stay in Boat of Garten – click on the images to find out more about each house.

We have miles of walks around the village and dog-litter bins at key points. Please keep dogs on leads in the environmentally sensitive areas, particularly during the breeding season – there are many places where they can have a run safely!

The Tree House is set amongst mature trees, away from the road, and is not overlooked, yet is only a few minutes’ walk from the local shops and restaurants. It is on a side road, which leads directly on to cycle paths and woodland walks. There is a covered area for bikes, storage room inside for wet and muddy gear, and ample parking. Up to seven people can be accommodated in the three bedrooms and dogs are welcome.

A traditional granite cottage in a central location in the village, Douglas Cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms. It has many period features, enclosed garden, a wood-burning stove, a bike store and parking for three cars. Woodland and river walks are nearby for visitors and their dogs to enjoy.

The But’n’Ben site near the River Spey in a very quiet location. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms, has a large, enclosed garden and plenty of private parking. It has a good-sized dining kitchen, an additional dining area and a large lounge with open fire and patio doors.

Fir Hall is an imposing granite villa with many period features, and accommodates eight people in four bedrooms. Centrally located in the village, it has easy access to woodland walks. It has a large, enclosed garden and plenty of private parking.

Poppy Lodge is a well-appointed two-bedroomed chalet, sleeping four people in two bedrooms. There is a mat, bowl and poo bags provided for your pets and easy access to local walks. The lodge has a decking area and storage for bikes and outdoor equipment.

With a large enclosed garden and a private gate into the woods behind the house, Mallachie offers plenty of opportunities for you to exercise your dogs. The house sleeps eight people in four bedrooms and the garden is equipped with play equipment and outdoor dining furniture.

Tomdhu Lodge is a large modern house which offers the chance to really get away from it all. It accommodates eight people in four bedrooms, has an enclosed garden and access to local walks. The well-equipped kitchen and spacious living areas ensure there is plenty of room to spread out and there’s an outdoor dining area, firepit and hot tub.

Heath Cottage has a large enclosed garden with a gate giving direct access to Deshar Woods and its extensive network of walks – perfect for walking your dog. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms (one of which is en-suite), a sunny open-plan living area, a conservatory which is ideal for wildlife watching and a patio with furniture for outdoor dining.

The Story of Station Square

The installation of picnic tables into Boat of Garten Station Square comes towards the end of a long journey developing the area, transforming it from a dreary space of old and broken tarmac into the destination it is today, enjoyed by both local residents and tourists in equal measure.  Boat of Garten Community Company embarked on the project many years ago, village residents were invited to vote on their preferred interpretation for the area and the scheme was enabled with money from CNPA and the Scottish Government.  It is almost complete – just some signage and an interpretive story still to come.

The overall theme was to furnish the square with interpretive elements reflecting the railway heritage and complementing the listed station buildings.  This process started off with the involvement of two local artists – Sheena Wilson who came up with the original concept ideas, and Christine Morrison who designed the installation of the artwork depicting letters and postcards received in the village – based on real material, which was collated via a workshop with local people who searched through their attics to unearth these old letters.

There was a competitive tender carried out for all the major works, based on the concepts which had been agreed, and this was won by Michael Job of Black Ox Arts.  He provided both the inspiration, fabrication and installation of all the interpretive elements in Station Square – including the emblematic Osprey Feather and the latest installation, the bespoke picnic tables.  The Feather itself is constructed by bending an old rail track, donated by Strathspey Railway, and the picnic tables and benches are constructed using railway sleepers and bent railway track for the supporting legs.  Michael has inset the letter and postcard artwork into the wooden surfaces of the tables and benches – these were originally inset into the tarmac road surface, but the friction of vehicles resulted in them becoming dislodged, leading to the alternative plan of installing the plaques into the table and bench surfaces. 

The idea of letters and postcards from a bygone time was another idea which came from the very imaginative brain of Michael Job!  Another sculpture he fabricated for Station Square was that of a horse and cart, which met the train and collected the mail – but a mailbag on the cart has opened up and the letters have blown up the road!  That is why they were originally set into the road surface.

Inventory of interpretive elements within Station Square:

  • Horse and Cart
  • Osprey Feather
  • Information Hub (based on an old railway carriage)
  • Bicycle rack
  • Picnic tables and benches
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