Hello, and a very warm welcome to The Brewers Cottage Holiday Let website........
From the moment we stepped inside this historic cottage, former home of the brewer/distiller for the village of Tomich we fell in love with its peaceful, serene energy. We hope you will consider a stay at our four star homely cottage for your holiday in the Highlands of Scotland, and that you will love both the cottage and the locality as much as we do...
The cottage is set in a tranquil rural location on the edge of the historic village of Tomich in one of the Highlands most outstandingly beautiful glens – Glen Affric....'The Glen of A Thousand Whispers'. Glen Affric lies south west of the nearby village of Cannich, its unique landscape of lochs, mountains, pine, oak and birch which collectively form the Caledonian Forest have been deemed a National Nature Reserve and a National Scenic Area. The Affric area is abound with a wide variety of wildlife including Red, Roe and Sika deer, Red Squirrels, badger. foxes and Pine Martins plus a unique and diverse variety of bird life including Black Grouse, Golden Eagles, Ospreys, Crested Tits and the Scottish Crossbill.
The Victorian model village of Tomich forms part of the Guisachan Estate the former home of Lord and Lady Tweedmouth. Guisachan House 1.5 miles west of the village unfortunately fell into a state of disrepair and is now derelict.
The cottage comes with its own tale in the history of Tomich: The story, as reported in the Inverness Courier at the time informs us that there was a man living further down the glen producing whisky illegally, it is reported that he had many brushes with the excise men at the turn of the last century. In a bid to have him conform his ways the then landowner Lord Tweedmouth had built the the village a brewery/distillery and deemed it a good move to have the distiller as resident brewer, building the Brewers Cottage to house him. The distiller did indeed conform and stayed in the cottage but only for a short while, alas (as with any good story)he saw fit to run off with a lady from Cannich (without her parents consent), making a new home in Glen Affric where the brewer reverted and continued his illegal whisky activity!
We are thrilled to announce that thanks to ongoing feeding and habitat improvement the list of wildlife now coming out of the wild and visiting the cottage garden is somewhat unique and extensive. A wide variety of birds such as Goldfinch, Siskin, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Goldfinches, Yellow Hammers, as well as numerous Tits, Sparrows and Chaffinches to name just a few are now regulars. Throughout the summer the Cuckoo can be heard, the buzzards and ravens soar overhead most days, and its not uncommon for the Golden Eagle to fly over the cottage. The addition of numerous new fruit trees, fruit bushes and pollen attracting plants has seen the number of bees now visiting the garden increase significantly. It is hoped in future years the fruits will provide a bounty for both cottage guests and garden wildlife. The number of mammals now visiting us(mainly during the hours of darkness) has been captured on our infrared garden camera - our boasting list now includes Badgers, Brown Hares, Pine Martin, Foxes, Bank Vole (permanent resident) and hedgehog. We are still hoping that we can entice a red squirrel onto the feeders. On warm days you may be lucky enough to observe one of the gardens many slow worms, these harmless legless lizards like to sunbath on the lawn. This varied and constant flow of garden visitors is thanks to our attentive guests ... Please keep up the good work feeding and supporting our wildlife. Footage of our garden visitors is posted regular to our Facebook and Twitter pages.
We consider the cottage to be in the perfect location for those seeking peace and tranquility with the option to enjoy the extensive wildlife and outdoor activities on offer in this beautiful area of the Scottish Highlands. Cycle hire and pony trekking are available locally(see our pony trekking at Cougie page) .... However at this point we feel we need to add a note of attention - for those who feel they cannot be without a link to the outside world via modern technology The Brewers Cottage may not be the place for your stay. As owners of the cottage we cannot do anything about the poor mobile phone signal which is part and parcel of much of the Highlands due to the terrain. However when is comes to an internet connection the cottage is currently an internet free zone. We appreciate this may be an inconvenience for some of our guests and we are looking at the very limited options for what is a broadband black spot.
We regard the cottage a place to escape from the pressures and constrains of the outside world, we hope that you will join us and embrace the cottage for what it is ..... a place to relax, recharge and simply connect with nature.
Julie & Steve - 2017
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The Brewers Cottage Tomich, Near Cannich, Beauly. IV4 7LY
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