4 bedroom cottage, sleeps 8, dining kitchen, lounge, large garden and woodland.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - High chairs, cots & stairgates available.High chairs, cots & stairgates available.
Pets allowed - Well behaved pets are welcome but not in bedrooms.Well behaved pets are welcome but not in bedrooms.
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
- Read the House Manual on arrival for instructions on how to use heating system, appliances & Hot Tub.
- Accidents can happen but please report immediately. We have replacements for most items but appliance repairs take longer to organise.
- Children must be supervised when using the hot tub. Do not permit jumping on the fragile cover. Do not use when influenced by alcohol or drugs.
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Enhanced cleaning practices
Minimum 1-day vacancy between guest stays
The main local attractions are the many Speyside whisky distilleries (Glenfiddoch, Chivas Regal, Aberlour, Benromach, Macallan, Balvenie), picturesque coastal and inland villages such as Burghead, Findhorn, Lossiemouth, Portsoy, Culbin Sands, Aberlour, Craigellachie, Dufftown and Keith. HIstoric Castles/Buildings: Duffus, Huntly, Elgin Cathedral, Pluscarden Abbey, Spynie Palace), Golf courses (Lossiemouth, Keith, Elgin; Hillwalking at Ben Rinnes and Ben Aigan, Forest walks, Moray Monster mountain bike trails (Fochabers), Highland games (Aberlour, Dufftown, Grantown on Spey) , Speyfest (traditional music festival), Keith Country Show, Spirit of Speyside Whisky festival, Pipe band championships, Dolphin spotting along the Moray Coast and excellent visitor centre at Scottish Dolphin Centre at Speybay.
The City of Elgin and its beautiful cathedral (ruin) is only 12 miles (25 mins). It has a range of high street stores and independent retailers. Enjoy eating out at a choice of pubs & restaurants. Worthwhile trips to Baxters of Fochabers (specialty produce, shops, and restaurants), Johnstons of Elgin (cashmere and woollens), Brodie Countryfayre, Forres (retail complex - food court, novelties, gifts, restaurant), Walkers of Aberlour (Shortbread).
Approx 30 - 90 mins scenic drives takes you to: Battlefield of Culloden, Nairn, Banff, Huntly, Turriff, Aviemore, The Lecht Ski area, Inverurie, Royal Deeside and the cities of Inverness & Aberdeen.
Five mins walk from the cottage is House of Mulben (www.houseofmulben.com) offering outdoor pursuits such as off road driving, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, whisky tasting.
The Speyside way is a 20 min walk away.... join it and walk the last scenic section to Spey Bay.
Bike hire is available at Lossiemouth
Ski: 1 Hours' drive from the The Lecht or Cairngorm ranges, 90mins to Glenshee.
Our favourite place to visit is Burghead. OK so we did live there for a few years but there is much more to it than that. It is an old fishing village with its own pictish fort and dark age well. On the 11th January each year New Year is celebrated. "The Burning of the Clavie" is a fire festival unique to Burghead, which welcomes in the New Year. In the 1750's, when the Julian calendar was reformed in the new Gregorian calendar was introduced. Brochers decided to have the best of both worlds, by celebrating New Year twice - on 1st January and the 11th January.
Therefore, every 11th January the flaming Clavie (a barrel full of staves) is carried round the town followed by a large crowd. The final destination of the Clavie is on the Doorie Hill on the ramparts of the ancient fort, where it is firmly wedged and after refuelling is allowed to burn out and fall down the hill when still smouldering embers are eagerly gathered. Possession of a piece of the Clavie is said to bring good luck for the coming year and pieces are sent around the world to exiled 'Brochers'.
Burghead has a stunning sandy beach which stretches for miles to the West and to the East it has a rock coastline with caves and pictish artefacts. But the highlight of Burghead is spotting the Moray Coast dolphins close to the shore and occasionally they will come into the harbour.
Next on our list is Lossiemouth. Just 9 miles East of Burghead it has two beautiful beaches stretching for miles. To the West you can sunbathe whilst watching the RAF jets take off and land from RAF Lossiemouth. Literally standing under them as they land just metres from the beach. To the East golden sands await. This beach is popular with wind surfers too. The dunes are great fun. Lossiemouth has the famous rival ice cream makers of Rizza of Huntly and Miele's of Lossie. There are some lovely cafes and restaurants to choose from too.
Along the coast is Spey Bey at the mouth of the River Spey. Spot osprey, dolphins, seals and numerous sea birds at this beautiful spot. We often take our dog here for a paddle in the sea and then a walk up the Spey to Baxters. The visitor centre is full of information and has cameras to help you spot dolphins. The cafe has a tasty range of foods. From here you can walk or cycle along the trails back towards Fochabers or enjoy a trip to Baxters of Speyside visitor centre and treat yourself to their special pancakes and all the trimmings or enjoy something savoury. There is plenty to see and do at the centre including visiting the original shop run by George Baxter.
Inland we enjoy a visit to Aberlour with some lovey independent shops and tea rooms and a pub lunch at the Mash Tun. We enjoy a walk along the River Spey.
Ballindalloch Castle is a lovely country house with beautiful grounds or our other favourite is to hike up Ben Rinnes. It has a very easy and clear path to the top.
Keith is a small town with a range of independent shops. Treat yourself to a facial at the Beauty Retreat, coffee and cake at the Boogie Woogie or check out the biggest range of sweets at the Deli shop.
About SUZANNE MCINTYRE
We both moved to Moray for work reasons originally in the early 1990s and then realised the beauty of living in the area. The people are very friendly and welcoming and there is a wide range of activities and facilities in the area. We originally lived in the historic fishing village of Burghead until we commenced building Birchbrae in 1999 ourselves. Work brought us back to Glasgow in 2004 and to ensure we could keep Birchbrae to return at a future date we decided to turn it in to a self catering holiday cottage. However we don't intend to let go of Birchbrae and very much miss living there full time. Along with my best friend we do the changeovers ourselves to ensure a high standard is maintained. We enjoy the outdoors especially cycling, canoeing, horse riding and plane spotting at RAF Lossiemouth !! We are both in our 50s with a 14 yr old daughter. Suzanne classes Birchbrae as her natural home despite being a Glaswegian girl. Dougie (a Paisley buddy) has lived in Moray much longer than Suzanne and enjoyed life working for many years in Elgin and for leisure was a player with Moray Rugby club for many years. We both have made great friends in Moray and our best buddies live just along the road from Pluscarden Abbey. Our favourite treats in Moray are eating cake & coffee at Boogie Woogie in Keith, pancakes at Baxters, ice cream from Fochabers, and Chicken Tikka at the Kimberley Inn in Findhorn. When we get time between changeovers we take a nostalgic trip over to Burghead (our old village) walk along the beach, and over to either Lossiemouth for a bit of plane spotting or Findhorn for a nice pub meal at the Kimberly Inn. You'll often find us on our bikes at Spey Bay looking for dolphins & osprey and cycling inland up the Spey to Baxters for a pancake treat.
SUZANNE MCINTYRE purchased this Cottage in 1999
Why SUZANNE MCINTYRE chose Mulben
Within 30 minutes you can be walking along golden sands, lovely forests or do lunch and shop in the heart of Elgin. The cottage is built on a natural clearing in woodland which is slightly elevated from the main road. Originally the woodland was part of a large estate which was split up many years ago. We named the cottage "Birch" as it's surrounded by Silver Birch trees and Brae meaning a small hill. Birchbrae is ideal for commuting to the main towns ( 20 - 30 mins in most directions) whilst living in the peace and quiet on a farm on the edge of a woodland. Most fishing villages, towns and places of interest are within 20 - 60 mins drive from the cottage. The cottage itself is close to Ben Aigan, the monster mountain bike trails at Fochabers and the Speyside Way. The local town of Keith is less than 10 mins away by car (4.5 miles) with a small range of independant shops, Tesco, or for a treat from Boogie Woogie. The quiet single track roads and forest tracks nearby are great for cycling and walking.
What makes this Cottage unique
Our 1 acre garden is mostly forest with garden to the front. The cottage overlooks fields and to the forest covered hills towards Elgin. The sunsets are fantastic. The best thing to do on a sparkling clear frosty night is to sit in the toasty warm outdoor hot tub, watching the stars. Enjoy the rest of the evening at the log fire. After a day's site seeing relax with your favourite tipple at the kitchen table while someone else makes dinner or enjoy a summer's evening walk watching for deer and other wildlife on the farm track. The kids love playing in the garden building dens in the woods or checking out wildlife. Birchbrae is 100m from the nearest neighbour so within reason you can make as much noise as you wish or just enjoy the peace of the garden. It is ideal for two families who meet in the kitchen or lounge but can enjoy their own space in the bedrooms on different floors without getting on each others nerves !! We have a number of guests who return regularly to Birchbrae for the peace and quiet but the handiness of being able to choose beach or countryside, shops or historic ruins within 30 mins. We have had honeymooners, ramblers, mountain bikers, fishermen, whisky enthusiasts and golfers. We also have regular business guests who want to avoid the restrictions of bed & breakfast and instead be able to relax or work in the evening, eat when they choose and come and go at their own pace.