Crofthouse at the Roundhouse

Newtonmore, Highland

The Monadhliath mountain range forms the spectacular backdrop of this unusual Highland hideaway inspired by The Hobbit; great for groups


8 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


In a saucer of rock on the toes of the Monadhliaths, these paired buildings, linked by a timber walkway, encapsulate the rugged beauty of the Cairngorms and the spirit of their owner, Roy. He built these intriguing dwellings on his grandfather’s land while raising prize-winning Highland cattle.You stay in the Crofthouse, an open-plan and delightfully rustic building with a ranch-like feel ideal for socialising. Nifty features include telegraph poles, retro games, ground-sourced heat pump to keep things toasty and a sun deck with glorious views sweeping over the Spey Valley and Creag Dhubh, beloved of climbers and Clan Macpherson alike.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 in the hills, which you reach from just behind the farm. Then de-camp to the family room, mezzanine, loft, or sofabed in the sitting room for a snooze.

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We think you'll love

  • The sensational views
  • The unique design
  • Walking straight from the doorstep
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Home truths

  • It's companionable rather than private, in layout
  • Bedrooms are cosy


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


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

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights on weekdays. 7 nights in high season.


Nightly price
from £99
Weekly price
from £596
Short breaks £132 per night. Discounts offered for longer stays.
1 House for 8
From £998 beds3 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

The Crofthouse lies in the Cairngorms National Park, It’s wonderfully remote and an area of exceptional beauty with its heather-clad hills, life-filled lochs, winding rivers, tumbling burns and grand ancient pinewoods. There are shops, pubs, tea shops and a Highland Folk Museum Loch at Newtonmore, around four miles away; then further afield you’ll find Loch Insh Watersports Centre, activities at Aviemore and the Zip Trek Adventure Park – which young ones and adults alike will love (all about 14 miles). You can ski in the Cairngorms and it has the highest funicular railway in the UK.

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.


Roy Abel

Farmer, furniture maker and English language teacher, Roy took over part of his grandad's land in 2001, built his home, and set up with Highland cattle as they were about the only animals that would survive without shelter. They not only survived but thrived, twice winning Best of Breed at the Royal Highland Show and proving to be delightfully characterful and peaceable by nature. Roy is delighted to welcome guests to the Crofthouse all year round – happy to take you hill walking too.