The Old Ferryman’s House

Boat of Garten, Highland
Bed & Breakfast


This characterful place has been with Sawday’s from the beginning and guests love the delicious food and great setting

Bedroom

3 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 1 – 2

The
Experience

This 200-year-old former ferryman’s house is small, homely and well lived-in. Mountain views, the river Spey close by and a garden with a tray of tea and homemade treats… Plants tumble from whisky barrels and pots and there are woodpeckers and otters to spy. The sitting room is cosy with the wood-burner and brimming with books. Elizabeth, a keen traveller who has lived in the Sudan, cooks delicious, imaginative meals: eggs from her hens, homemade bread and preserves, heather honey and sometimes herbs and veg from the garden. There’s no TV – no need here: it’s an unmatched spot for explorers and nature lovers. Good value too.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
Occasionally in winter.
Meals
Dinner, 3 courses, £25. BYO. Packed lunch £7.50.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £40
1 Single
From £40
1 Double
From £80
1 Twin/double
From £80

Reviews

Elizabeth was a wonderful, welcoming host, keen to make our stay enjoyable. The breakfasts were delicious and substantial. Elizabeth generously shared her extensive local knowledge with us which enabled us to explore the area fully. Set in beautiful surroundings, this lovely house decorated with craftwork is a real gem.

Gill and tim, Aylesbury

Wonderful 2 nights in Elizabeth's home. We had been on a mountain bike tour & rewarded ourselves 2 nights B&B on a whim. We hate starchy, formal, tick box places. Elizabeth was most helpful from first enquiry the evening before, recommending things to do on our drive over from Blair Atholl, we saw an osprey soaring over Loch Insh as a result! If you don't like books or can't comprehend sharing a bathroom then don't stay. The cottage and gardens exude character and afternoon tea & breakfast were sublime. The best part of the stay was Elizabeth herself, thank you for your hospitality.

Fiona, Bristol

Great location, we were spoilt for things to do in the local area. Bedroom was on the small side but comfortable, although the low eaves can be a hazard for tall people. Other rooms and garden were comfortable and welcoming. Elizabeth is a very enthusiastic hostess, generous and welcoming and obviously much travelled herself. The meals were all excellent and my husband loved the row of whiskies available to sample in the evenings for a very reasonable price. There was plenty of wildlife both in the garden and nearby, we saw both otters and hares within yards of the property and many birds.

Hilary, St albans

An exquisite and unique establishment, five star in every respect except price. Beautiful cottage on the banks of the Spey, 10 mins walk from the RSPB reserve, an ideal base for exploring Abernethy, Rothiemurcus, Cairngorms and further afield into Moray. Run by the excellent host Elizabeth Matthews who is keen to share her extensive local knowledge. Her welcome with tea and home-baked cakes in her beautiful garden is memorable. Breakfasts (eggs from Elizabeths's hens) and dinners (choice of menu, local ingredients where possible) are stunning, inventive and delicious. Don't hesitate, book now!

John

What agreat host which is the best thing when on holiday food was delicious menu planned while booking an absolute delight.

Mrs

We are fans for anytime we want a splendid weekend. The food is produced by a food lover and perfect host.

Alison&david

Lovely welcoming homestyle accommodation with exquisite cooking from the very freshest, often home-grown, produce. Jams, yoghurts and more. Beautiful craftwork in evidence, and lovely company with wise attitudes. We would visit again, thank you!

Barbara

Elizabeth greets us with tea, home made cakes and a warm log fire - Bliss. Easily found via her prominent sign, this wasn't our first delight - the happy hens amidst her beautiful garden boded well on our arrival. The care didn't stop there. We'd booked in for dinner as Scotland is still not well- renowned for its cuisine. After a civilized sherry, Elizabeth served us an extremely tasty 3 course meal - she has been mentioned in Routiers.... Our bedroom was comfortable - electric blankets just in case? Elizabeth makes everyone welcome - families as well. Walks from the door also excellent.

Isabel

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Elizabeth Matthews

  • RSPB Abernethy Reserve is just at the end of the road, with the Osprey Centre at Loch Garten less than 2 miles away.Some of Britain's best birdwatching, from the high tops down to the Caledonian pine forest,with its lochs and moorland
  • Stay in the Cairngorms National Park with lovely walking and biking even from the the house
  • Watch whisky barrels being made by hand at Speyside Cooperage. Take a tour of one of the many Speyside distilleries
  • Drive across the Dava moor (famous for the witches of Macbeth), to Cawdor Castle and gardens.March into spectacular Fort George, Bitain's biggest artillery fortressGo back in time at ancient chambered cairns at Clava, just near Culloden Battlefield