Great scenery in Cairngorms National Park. David and Margaret make you feel right at home. You have to do the wildlife safari with David. Top!
Cottages are comfortable. The Mill is very spacious. Getting it warm in the winter might be a slight problem but there are electrical fires at hand.
We will most certainly come back here.
We booked a cottage here -- just a stone's throw from the quaint village of Tomnavoulin and about five well-hit 3-wood shots from the Glenlivet Distillery -- for four nights. It was a bit of an unknown to us but we threw caution to the wind. We were booking late in the season. We wanted a place with three bedrooms. We wanted to fill a block of time. And we wanted this block of time to be away from the bustle of Scotland's cities. Our choices, to be frank, were scant.
I'm not sure how we came across Easter Corrie -- they have their own web site -- but we booked and, on account of the amazingly low rate, we crossed our fingers. It was all that we had hoped for, except only in the ways it was better.
The cottage we were in -- the Mill -- is possibly the largest of their cottages. We drove up on a rainy afternoon and walked in. Everything was ready for us. Instructions were provided on how to do laundry (there's a common laundry room, with washer and dryer, that we seemed to have to ourselves) how to get around the region (you're in the middle of Cairngorm National Park, and specifically, on the expansive Glenlivet Estate), where to do grocery shopping (which required a VERY long drive for a Tesco and a 15 minute jaunt to nearby Tomintoul for some basic supplies, so shop before you get here), and more.
There's a limit on Internet access -- but we have two teenagers and we all use Facebook too much yet we never got shut down, except for a short time when the modem needed to be reset, which was our only encounter with the proprietors prior to our departure. They also charge separately for electricity, although -- again, with two teenagers oblivious to electricity conservation and some evening heating needs -- came to about £3 to £4 per day. Of course your mileage may vary. The proprietors live on site. They were always available. We saw them as we moved about, leaving for a drive or departing for a long hike, but this self-catering accommodation required no hands-on assistance, so we were pleased to have hands-off proprietors.
The rooms and bathrooms were modern and updated. The decorating was charming. The entire place was spacious. The view was nothing short of majestic. The kitchen suited our needs -- as we ate in most evenings. There's a TV and there are dozens upon dozens of DVDs in the laundry room to borrow.
What makes Easter Corrie so magical is its location. It’s located in the center of a series of excellent, well-marked hiking trails (purchase a detailed trail map at the ranger station at the end of the main drag through Tomintoul) with what is possibly the flagship trail, to the summit of Cairn Gorm, starting at the driveway to Easter Corrie. What’s more, your view from the sitting area of the Mill at Easter Corrie is basically a panorama with Cairn Gorm as its centerpiece.
The entire time we were at the Mill, the proprietors were busy renovating accommodations so they were always present, always available (not that we need their attention) and committed to improving their guest experience. Easter Corrie was a fantastic choice – and that’s before factoring in the price. It was fantastic all on its own but the price makes it imperative to find time to steal away to this secluded self-catering Shangri-La.