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Gardener’s Cottage

Forres, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1066474)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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6 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful location and loved access to the estate."

    Perfect for dogs and families. Safe as both gardens fenced off and could sit outside. One of the best cottages in that respect. Higher rating given if hairdryer and comfy mattresses provided. Also too hot as can’t open windows upstairs and no fan. Also lack of bedside lamps.

    Many thanks for your comments about your stay at Gardeners Cottage at Brodie. The mattresses are new when the property came online in August 2021. We have noted the comments about the bedside lights and the hairdryer as passed them onto the property manager. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ShonaApr 2022

  • "We had a fantastic break, the property was exactly as described and more."

    We had access to the castle gardens and our 2 dogs absaloutley loved it.

    Thank you very much for your comments, it is great to read that enjoyed your stay in Gardener's Cottage which is our most recent addition to the cottages we offer at NTS. The gardens are great and plenty of space to wander the grounds. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ScotDec 2021

  • "Thank you to the NTS staff who arranged for the Xmas Tree, fireplace decorations and the welcome pack of McLean biscuits & shortbread."

    What a wonderful surprise & much appreciated!

    Many thanks for your feedback about your holiday in Gardener's Cottage. Glad you to read that you enjoyed the little extras we offered. Property Owner

    Reviewed by StephenDec 2021

  • "Prope9was excellent, nicest self catering accommodation we've ever stayed in."

    Only two points we'd raise - 1) the keys were not located as described in the listing so we had some trouble on arrival gaining access and contacting someone on site for help. 2) due to the old style doors and windows the property was quite cold and draughty in the hallway which could be improved significantly by a draft excluder at the front door as this door just pops open in the wind and very cold air comes in. This would put us off staying here again in the winter or colder months. Other than above, could not fault the property and absolutely loved our stay.. 5 star!

    Thanks for the feedback. We will place a draught excluder for the property to help as I recognise this would be an issue. Thanks for the positive feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2021

  • "We recently moved from living in this area & were excited to hear this cottage had been recently refurbished & ready for holidays."

    It's an absolutely beautiful & very spacious cottage & the location couldn't be better. The staff were really helpful whenever we needed anything & the cottage is really well equipped. There was plenty of space in the shed for bikes. We loved being in the heart of Brodie castle grounds - we have a 3 year old & 9 month old who loved having access to the playful garden & being so close to the adventure playpark, walled garden & duck pond. We also had a great time exploring Culbin forest & spending lots of time on the quiet beaches on the other side of the forest, visiting the farm shops at wester hardmuir & kinloss, & fun at Byres farm. Great area for running & cycling. We would highly recommend this cottage & will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by KirstyOct 2021

  • "Had a lovely peaceful week in this beautiful house."

    Very comfortable and clean with a well equipped kitchen. Loved the access to the castle’s’ Playful Garden’ at the rear of the house. All in all a very relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by JaniceSep 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x bunk
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars with Electric Vehicle charging points on-site in main castle car park
  • Two well behaved pet welcome
  • Enclosed front garden with lawn and gravel and shed, enclosed rear garden with lawn, gravel and barbecue
  • Access to Brodie Castle Estate and Playful Garden's with the gardens available after hours
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.2 miles, oub 0.7 miles
  • Note: If you are bringing your dog on holiday, please bring a lead, basket and your dog’s bowls, please note that dogs are not allowed on beds or any of the furniture, you may like to bring an old towel to wipe muddy paws
  • Note: If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay (for an additional charge), please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

Resting on the historic grounds of the Brodie Castle Estate on the outskirts of Forres in Moray, is this magnificent, detached cottage, Gardener’s Cottage.

Set over two storeys and sleeping up to six guests, Gardeners House is an idyllic, pet-friendly setting for a family getaway set amongst rich history, enjoying easy access to the National Trust for Scotland’s 16th-century Brodie Castle, the Playful Garden which explores the Brodie family’s history, as well as the beaches of Findhorn and Nairn.

Take advantage of the three off-road parking spaces right outside the former Head Gardner’s residency, before unloading your bags and soaking up the breath-taking views which look out to the front over open farmland.

Step into the entrance hall with adjoining utility room with underfloor heating to discard any coats, shoes and bags after your journey, before moving through the property to explore your new surroundings.

Look forward to relaxing on the three-seater sofas in the sitting room with your loved ones, as you select your favourite film to watch on the Smart TV, bathed in the heat of the crackling woodburning stove.

Show off your culinary skills in the well-equipped kitchen, which has everything you need to create delicious feasts for your guests, including a handy dishwasher, ensuring cleaning up can be done in a flash!

Gather around the dining table to tuck-in to the fruits of your labour and raise your glasses of fizz to a wonderful holiday.

Pour in the bubbles and indulge in a hot soak, paired with your favourite book for the perfect moment of peace.

As your eyes grow heavy, pop on your pyjamas and climb the stairs to the first-floor, where you will find three beautifully decorated bedrooms, a double, a twin and a bunk, each ideal for catching your rest in.

Wake up and join your guests for an alfresco breakfast out in the enclosed rear garden, as you discuss plans for an evening barbecue.

Prepare for the day and head out to the Playful Garden through your garden gate, where you will find Scotland’s biggest bunny sculpture and the National Daffodil Collection, a simply perfect way to immerse yourself in nature right on your doorstep.

Make life-long memories with your loved ones at Gardener’s Cottage.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1060400, 1060406 and 1060408, together sleeping 26 guests.

Brodie Castle Cottages

Tucked away in a historic area of the Highlands are four astounding properties, resting on the tranquil grounds of the National Trust for Scotland’s Brodie Castle, with access to a wealth of idyllic walks around the lush gardens, an adventure playground and serene ponds. Guests are able to visit the imposing castle itself and explore the captivating turrets, historic art, meet the bronze orangutan statue, or simply enjoy an afternoon coffee and cake at the castle’s café. The properties range from a romantic retreat, to a family-friendly getaway, to a palatial apartment for a large group gathering, each the perfect choice for a celebratory break with your loved ones. Explore the beautiful flora and fauna encompassing the properties; the grounds are famed for their extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, a remarkable sight, with trails and bird hides to discover too, for the ultimate wildlife watching experience. The town of Forres is easily accessible, boasting various shops, pubs and cafés to stock up on any essentials and delight in an evening away from the kitchen. Alternatively, travel to the bustling seaside town of Nairn, where you'll find fantastic amenities alongside three spectacular beaches. There are plenty of popular attractions in the nearby area, which offer the chance to discover the adventurous landscape of Scotland, including the Cairngorm Mountains, the famous Loch Ness and the glorious views and coastal attractions from Findhorn. Spend a day at one of the beautiful beaches in Moray Firth or visit the astonishing Cullen Bay and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience dolphin watching. Discover the intricate backstory of Scottish battlefield history at Culloden, also owned by the National Trust for Scotland and view the amazing Pictish carving at Sueno’s Stone. Visit the thriving Highland capital of Inverness; sitting alongside the calming River Ness, home to a theatre, cinema complex, fine dining and plenty of shopping facilities. Various National Trust for Scotland properties can be found throughout this area, so make sure to visit the Balmacara Estate & Lochalsh Woodland, Culloden, Hugh Miller Museum & Birthplace Cottage, Inverewe Garden, Kintail & Morvich (The Five Sisters), and Torridon. Choose Brodie Castle Cottages for a once in a lifetime stay for the whole family to enjoy.

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About the location


Kinloss 3.5 miles; Findhorn 6 miles; Nairn 10 miles; Elgin 12.5 miles, Inverness 27 miles

The pretty town of Forres is one of Scotland's oldest small towns and boasts an array of historical monuments, museums and castles, as well as impressive parks and award winning gardens. Forres is an ideal starting point for exploring the Malt Whisky Trail being home to two of the Distilleries, and in close proximity to another five! Forres boasts two golf courses and some excellent fishing opportunities. Ideally placed for visiting the atmospheric fishing villages that are dotted along the north east coastline and just twenty seven miles from the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, it is a great base for a holiday. You can immerse yourself in history with Cawdor and Brodie Castles, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George all within easy reach. Alternatively, you can spend time at Findhorn enjoying the beach and looking for seals or a day's watersports finishing with a drink overlooking the bay whilst the sun goes down. A five minute drive from Forres will take you to Califer Hill Viewpoint, providing stunning views across the Moray Firth, Findhorn and beyond.

Please be aware an open-air concert will be taking place on the 12th August ’22 in the gardens located behind this property and will cause a disruption on the 11th & 12th. The Trust would offer complimentary tickets for the event.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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