Crofthouse at the Roundhouse

Newtonmore, Highland

Find peace, views and mountain walks at this unpretentious Highlands cattle farm, a fantastic base for families and friends to get together


8 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


In a saucer of rock on the toes of the Monadhliath mountains, paired buildings, linked by a timber walkway, encapsulate the rugged beauty of the Cairngorms and the spirit of their owner, Roy. Inspired by the Hobbit and the crannogs (mysterious round homes of ancient Scotland constructed over water), he built these intriguing dwellings on his grandfather’s land while raising prize-winning Highland cattle. Magnificent views sweep over the Spey Valley and Creag Dhubh, beloved of climbers and Clan Macpherson alike. Open plan and delightfully rustic, the house has some nifty features: telegraph poles, some tricky stairs, old games, TV and DVDs, plus a ground-sourced heat pump to keep things cosy and a sundeck with glorious views. You can buy the farm’s own pedigree beef and cook up a steaming stew or pot roast in the small kitchen, or ask Roy to make one – just the ticket on arrival or after a long hike. Then de-camp to the family room, mezzanine, loft, or sofabed in the sitting room. While some might prefer more privacy and a second shower, others enjoy fostering group spirit.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: June is quite simply the sweetest time to visit a Highland farm. The furry calves are still babies, leaves are fresh green, and the wildflowers are so profuse you walk through scented veils of honey.

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights on weekdays. 7 nights in high season.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £132
Weekly price
from £696
Short breaks £132 per night. Discounts offered for longer stays.
1 House for 8
From £1328 beds3 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Roy Abel

  • The new farm buildings are perched on rocks deliberately to avoid the historical footprint of the previous inhabitants over the centuries who left their mark on the landscape. Ironically these tiny rural settlements are called 'townships!
  • The Highland cattle bred here are so adapted to the climate that they stay outdoors all winter. They even have their babies outside who are insulated by two coats (like thermal vest and downy). This makes them the most natural of breeds - and healthiest!
  • The farm backs onto an area of wilderness called the Monadliath (Mona-lee-ah) Plateau. This is one of Britain's unknown gems..with a rare environment and character that is rarely visited by people.
  • The best dog (and people for that matter) walks in the world!! are just up the hill at the back of the farm where you climb a small hill to get the lungs working, through woods and heathland, to reach viewpoints looking across the floodplain into the hills
  • The Crofthouse is set within the Cairngorms National Park which has a mandate for working farms and businesses and numerous visitor facilities, especially for children, for anyone who loves the outdoors (& you don't need to be super-fit either!).
  • Scotland has a wonderful tradition of mountain bothies that are privately maintained, and free for anyone to use. One of these Dal-na-seilg is a nice hike over the hill from the farm on the site of a wayside village on an old road through the hills.