The Dell of Abernethy
Another place I could wax lyrical about allllll day is The Dell of Abernethy!! Dell of Abernethy is a collection of self-catered cottages located in the woods near Nethy Bridge, northeast Scotland. The owners are hospitable, homely, hardworking, artistic types who’ve created a special magic here. Set in the most beautiful surroundings, your log fire is lit on arrival and there are freshly baked chocolate brownies waiting to be devoured. It’s that kind of level of detail which exists throughout these home-from-homes – which are the most well equipped holiday accommodation I've ever seen. The houses are so warm, the beds super comfy. The bathrooms and shower rooms are gorgeous and the kitchen is FULLY equipped with everything you need to really cook properly – like quality sharp knifes, a good pepper grinder and loads of basics like kitchen roll and cling film. The location is also perfect, a lovely walk along the river takes you to Nethy Bridge, where there is a good farm shop and deli. The walks and trails from the cottage doorstep are fantastic - if you manage to escape the fun in their wood - zip wire, fire pit, hammock! You wont turn the TV on all week long! But if you do venture further, it’s worth it - the viewpoints over the lochs with the cairngorm mountains in the background are just a short walk away and are a life-affirming heavenly spot which will restore you in every sense. There’s also a body, mind and soul element to The Dell - they run some truly interesting sounding classes. I think the concept of ‘wellness’ and Scottish countryside holidays really go hand in hand, and I can see why so many of these types of places are promoting this element. You come here are you really do start to feel very well!! Your shoulders drop a couple of inches, you breath in the oxygen rich air a bit more deeply and cares back at home just melt away into the woodlands. Which is just another excuse to come to this beautiful part of the world and spend some down time in this elegant, individual and stylish smallholding – as if you needed another reason past the fresh chocolate brownies… ;-) Dell of Abernethy is also perfect for unique weddings and corporate retreats and events.