18th century architecture and 21st century luxury combine at this stone cottage stunner in North East Scotland...

We’re not sure about you, but there’s just something about this time of year that turns us into lodge-loving maniacs, cosy cottage addicts and all round hygge-hyper. It’s all about the cashmere-soft throws and scarves, fuzzy socks, hot autumnal drinks and luxey pads you can retreat to for some serious R&R.

The Crofts of Cairngorm is one of those kind of pads – and it isn’t too far away, meaning it’s a real contender if you’re on the lookout for a posh property to chill in this season – or next. It’d make a real ‘wow’ New Year party house…

The traditional stone cottage and separate steading, full of character, is tucked away in a tranquil mountain setting, surrounded by four-acres of enchanted forest offering breathtaking views over Highland Strathspey. The Crofts are located near the village of Nethybridge, known as the Forest Village, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

The uninterrupted grandeur of the Cairngorm Massif dominates your skyline, while the majestic River Spey meanders gently below. It’s a truly unique hideaway in one of Scotland’s most rural and scenic counties, offering breathtaking views of the Cairngorm Ski Resort and surrounding countryside to feast your eyes on while sipping your morning coffee (or fizz).

The pad comprises two individual 18th Century buildings, only a few yards apart. The Croft House acts as the main gathering and living space, with some sleeping accommodation, and the Wee Croft is the main sleeping area.

All in all, up to 14 guests can spend the night (or a few) and there are heaps of luxurious features and added extras to enjoy, including two open stone fireplaces (starter pack of logs supplied at arrival), a huge bespoke deck and viewing area, outdoor hot tub, sauna (fit for eight people), fire pit, BBQ and dining area, Freeview TV in lounge and all bedrooms, complimentary WiFi, all crockery, glassware, bed linen and towels and ample parking. Oh, and furry friends are welcome, too.

Our advice? Cosy up in the lounge (found on the ground floor) by the wood-burning stove, chow down in the farm-style kitchen (have brekkie at the bar and dinner round the chunky oak table) or snooze in the log bunkroom (there’s are two single beds and one double).

Over in the Wee Croft House, you’ll find the super king honeymoon suite with open stone fireplace and en-suite, another log bunk room (with five single beds and one double), a mini spa suite with a jetted bath tub and separate shower) and a utility room and cool kitchenette.

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