Our favourite place in the world

I’m Helen Gray and I’ve been coming on holiday to the Cairngorms National Park with my family for the past ten years. My son learned to ride his balance bike, age 3, wobbling around Loch an Eilein and is now far outstripping me (and his father), bombing down the stunt mountain bike trails at Laggan Wolftraxx.

Over the years we’ve stayed in many lovely B&Bs and self-catering cottages in different parts of the Park, and this area – Inverdruie/ Coylumbridge/ Rothiemurchus – quickly emerged as our clear favourite.

When we saw this small development of five contemporary houses being built in our ideal location, we leapt at the chance to own one. Built in Inverdruie (for those with local knowledge, next to the former Hilton staff cottages) by the highly respected local builder Allan Munro Ltd, we bought the brand new Green Lodge in Spring 2018 to run as a luxury self-catering cottage. Since then I have been full steam ahead furnishing it inside and out to the highest standard for our guests and for us to enjoy as the perfect house in the perfect location.

The Old Logging Way is the start of so many epic bike rides and hikes, and it is literally on the doorstep. We love the carefree feeling of packing a picnic lunch and setting off on foot or by bike, without having to load everyone into a car, drive and then find somewhere to park before you can start the adventure, let alone having to manhandle the bikes on and off the bike rack.

At the same time, it is an easy walk through the woods to the pool, climbing wall, playground, trampolines, bars and spa at the Hilton Coylumbridge, as well as the Rothiemurchus Farm Shop and Cafe, Treezone zip wires, tennis courts, bike hire and fishing lochans, along with great dog walks on the doorstep. The Old Bridge Inn and La Taverna restaurants are a 15 minute stroll towards Aviemore, with the centre of the village itself another five minutes walk beyond that.

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