If you have ever wanted to step into a book, this is the cottage for you, set in a remote location, deep in the heart of whisky country and surrounded by wild, picturesque hills within the Cairngorms National Park.
Corrunich is the subject of the enchanting book 'The Moon's Our Nearest Neighbour'. The property belongs to the book's author, Ghillie Basan, who lives in the main cottage with her two children and two dogs. To let out as a wilderness retreat, she has converted a detached barn into a spacious, open plan cottage which is warm, light and airy with wooden floors, oil-fired central heating and a wood-burning stove.
There is a double bed in the converted hay-loft and there is also a large bathroom with a roomy shower and a bath. A door leads from the cottage into an adjoining fitness room, equipped with table tennis, a rowing machine, cross and AB trainers and weights, all of which can be used (at your own risk). This leads in turn into an area equipped with a washing machine, drier and freezer and finally into the old stables, which house the firewood and an atmospheric whisky den.
This property is unique as the owner, who is also an internationally acclaimed food and travel writer and is around if you need any help. She is able to converse in French, Italian and Turkish if required. Equally, she is quite happy to leave you alone if you are seeking solitude. She even runs cookery workshops (details on request).
You may help yourself to the vegetables, herbs and berries growing in the garden in the summer months and there are plenty of wild mushrooms in the woods round about. The property is located up a shooting track (care required when driving) where the views are stunning.
During the Festival, Gillie can offer extra service to whisky guests, such as transport to and from tastings so that you don't have to worry about drinking and she can provide a simple evening meal to guests if they don't feel like cooking while attending the Festival.