You stay in a beautifully renovated 19th-century stone cottage on the remote Cawdor Estate surrounded by valleys, moors and abundant wildlife, with sandy beaches close by. A wood-burner in the sitting room adds to the cosy feel, and books and an armchair on the landing make for a quiet space to read. Cooks will love the kitchen, which has everything you’ll need to make proper meals – or even bake a cake – or drive to Boath House Hotel, nine miles away, for gourmet fare. The café in the walled garden is delightful if it’s sunny. Revel in the quiet and open skies, borrow mountain bikes or walk the surrounding area, where there’s much variety in the landscape – hills, forest, loch, river. Look out for deer, red squirrels, pheasants, partridges and over 80 varieties of birds, head to Nairn or Moray Firth for sandy beaches and picturesque villages.
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