Cedar Cottage Forres
Inverness, Nairn & The Black Isle

About Cedar Cottage

Cedar Cottage - Inverness, Nairn & The Black Isle

Location: Forres - Inverness, Nairn & The Black Isle

Sleeps: 4

Price From: £505 p.w.

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Cedar Cottage, Newtyle Wood, Rafford, Forres

Sleeps 4 - Pets Welcome

Cedar Cottage is located in a fantastic woodland setting just four miles from the small town of Forres in Morayshire. The traditional forestry cottage although renovated retains much of its original charm and features. This cottage is ideal for those guests looking for a peaceful location with forestry walks and trails on your doorstep. Although it is equally suited to those that would like to have a base to explore either the Morayshire coastline or Speyside.

The accommodation at the cottage is all on the one level and consists of a sitting room with a traditional open fire, a spacious kitchen with a dining table, a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, and a bathroom with a bath with shower. Outside the enclosed garden is quite a sun trap and is fully enclosed making it ideal for the pet owner, and garden furniture and a barbecue are available. The cottage is furnished throughout in a traditional style and the owner has equipped it to a good standard.

Forres is a beautiful town which has a good range of facilities including parks and gardens, a number of cafes, restaurants and a couple of supermarkets. The surrounding area offers much for the visitor including various distilleries such as Dallas Dhu which is located just a few miles away, the Culbin Sands and Forest, which is ideal for mountain bikers and walkers and is home to a RSPB reserve. The picturesque coastal villages of Findhorn and Burghead are just a short drive away and the Moray coast an ideal place to spot the dolphins that the area is well known for.

For the more adventurous walker The Moray Coastal Trail is a 50 mile waymarked trail that runs between Forres and Cullen, en-route you'll have cliff top views and pass sheltered coves and beaches, and a chance to spot the wide variety of local birdlife. 

Further afield the small town of Nairn which is often referred to as the "Brighton of Scotland" has a fabulous sandy beach and a seafront promenade. The annual Highland Games with its pipe bands and athletics takes place in August each year and is always popular with visitors. Not far from here you will find Cawdor Castle with its gardens, the castle has links with Shakespeare's Macbeth and is open to the public to view, please note that this is seasonal. Brodie Castle is also in the vicinity and makes an ideal choice for a day out.

The City of Inverness, Capital of the Highlands is located just 30 miles away and offers all the usual attractions including a museum, art gallery and Culloden Battlefield which is located on the outskirts. Further afield Loch Ness is easily accessible and boat trips are available from the City along the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness with Jacobite. 

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  • Sitting room, open fire, comfortable  leather sofas, Digital TV with freeview, DVD, CD/Radio, iPod dock.
  • Kitchen, electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge with freezer box, dishwasher, washing machine, dining table with seating for four.
  • Bedroom with double bed.
  • Twin bedroom.
  • Bathroom, bath with shower over, wc, whb, heated towel rail.

Included in the rent

  • Bed linen and towels.
  • Electricity and fuel for the fire.
  • Oil fired central heating throughout.

Other Facilities

  • Enclosed garden with barbecue and furniture.
  • Ironing facilities.
  • Indoor and outdoor drying facilities.
  • Hair dryer.
  • Cot and highchair available.
  • Parking for four cars.
  • Storage facilities for mountain bikes and other outdoor gear.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of two pets are welcome at the property.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is required at this property.

Best Features

  • Fantastic woodland setting with walking from your doorstep.
  • The town of Forres with its facilities just 4 miles away.
  • An ideal base for exploring the Morayshire coastline and Speyside.

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Cedar Cottage Reviews

The latest reviews of Cedar Cottage...

Reviewed this property on 03/06/2024
And awarded it
This was our 3rd visit and it never disappoints. It's idyllic and Tufty the Red Squirrel made a daily appearance. The cottage, is spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Dog friendly enclosed garden. Mile and a half from nearest road but TESCO only 5 or 6 miles away.

Reviewed this property on 26/05/2024
And awarded it
Once again a wonderful stay at Cedar cottage, our 4th time there, thats how great a location and cottage it is! We are quite elderly and so it would have helped in the bathroom if there'd been a grab rail re having a bath or shower, otherwise everything was just perfect. Lovely too having the complimenary biscuits, chocolates and wine! Highly recommend.

Reviewed this property on 14/05/2024
And awarded it
We found this a delightful cottage located in a very peaceful forestry setting. The house was immaculate and there were some delightful wee touches ( hedgehog family ornaments in the porch, wee pigs on the mantle above the fire) which made it very homely and greatly appreciated the owner's thoughtfulness in leaving a bottle of very nice wine, chocolates, biscuits and milk. Also to leave peanuts and seeds to fill the numerous bird feeders was great as we were able to sit out on the patio right beside the feeders and watch the numerous birds, two little field mice and 2 squirrels take their snacks. Being able to have a choice of walks directly from the cottage was a delight for Willow our dog. We were visited by friends who were pleasantly amazed by the cottage and location querying how we had found it - thank you too Wilderness Cottages

Reviewed this property on 19/02/2024
And awarded it
We had the most wonderful stay at Cedar Cottage, it's a real home from home. We had multiple daily visits from red squirrels and lots of birds, we were really happy to see that enough bird food was provided for our whole stay. The living room is really cosy in the evenings with the fire going, although not needed as the cottage is a lovely warm temperature anyway, but coal, logs and kindling all provided if you want a fire. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need to do your own cooking, and it was a nice touch to provide teabags and milk for our arrival, as well as a bottle of wine and chocolates! It's in a great location, very quiet and with a lovely forest walk just through the garden gate. We wish we could've stayed for a lot longer. We will definitely return!

Reviewed this property on 06/11/2023
And awarded it
We had a lovely stay at Cedar Cottage & highly recommend a stay at the cottage. We will be looking to book again.

Reviewed this property on 25/10/2023
And awarded it
A wonderful cottage set deep in woodland with lovely walks all around. The cottage is a haven for wildlife. The kind owners have thought of everything to make a perfect, cosy, comfortable stay. Many perfect beaches within a few miles and Inverness, with all its attractions, is close by - save it for a rainy day.

Reviewed this property on 06/09/2023
And awarded it
Had a wonderful break at Cedar Cottage near Forres. House was well equipped and spotlessly clean. Garden was lovely. The forestry commission road to cottage makes it more interesting. Loads of birds at the feeder. Loved seeing woodpecker and owl up close

Reviewed this property on 22/07/2023
And awarded it
Our 3rd visit to this gem of a cottage, set in the forest, a stunning place to relax and unwind. The cottage was immaculate and a generous welcome pack on arrival, thank you. We absolutely love this cottage, so peaceful and a haven for watching the wildlife. Birds were in abundance and we were able to sit on the patio and watch the birds and red squirrels feeding in the tree just a few feet away. This visit we were lucky to see visiting pine martens in the garden every day. They made light work of the peanuts we left for them. The mother and kit was a joy to watch. The cottage has lots of stunning sandy beaches to visit a short drive away and we watched dolphins at Hopeman, Burghead and Cullen. We will return, feels like home from home here. Thank you

Reviewed this property on 22/07/2023
And awarded it
Our 2nd visit to Cedar Cottage, if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to stay the cottage is just perfect. Beautifully presented, a generous welcome pack and a lovely garden to sit and watch the wildlife. Squirrels are regular visitors to the feeding station and an abundance of birds daily. There are lots of forest walks directly from the door. Forres is only 15 minutes away for all your shopping needs. Lots of stunning beaches to visit just an hour away. The perfect place to unwind and relax. We will return again soon. Thank you

Reviewed this property on 11/07/2023
And awarded it
Lovely clean cottage in a very quiet get away from it all setting but only a short distance from amenities in Forres. Forest walks from the door. We had a lovely relaxing time.

Reviewed this property on 20/06/2023
And awarded it
Fabulous cottage in a fantastic location. We had a really lovely week with everything we needed and accompanied daily by red squirrels, great spotted woodpeckers and too many other bird species to mention. Great for our dogs too as forest walks straight from the door and many lovely beaches nearby for them to cool off with a swim. The cottage was spotless on arrival, very well equipped and a lovely welcome pack surprise. Thank you for sharing this delightful place with us.

Reviewed this property on 04/06/2023
And awarded it
Cedar Cottage is the most perfect cottage for those wanting a bit of isolation. It's up a forest track, only a handful of houses about 5 mins away. There is an abundance of Birdlife and DAILLY sightings in the garden of red squirrels. We had 3 at one time one morning. Forres only a few miles away. Large supermarket (Tesco) If required. The cottage is well equipped and VERY clean. It's quite simply perfect!

Reviewed this property on 08/05/2023
And awarded it
Had a lovely week here, the cottage was lovely and spotless. This is the first time ever we have not had to clean anything on arrival. The countryside is lovely peaceful and quiet. Close at hand beaches lovley towns and villages. Sitting outside Iin the garden being joined by the red squirrels and birds on the feeder tree. Going back next year.

Reviewed this property on 06/11/2022
And awarded it
Fantastic woodland cottage, very clean and comfortable, amazing wildlife and walks right on your doorstep and easy access to superb beaches, great for seal and dolphin spotting. Highly recommended

Reviewed this property on 01/11/2022
And awarded it
A peaceful and relaxing week in a truly outstanding cottage. Lots of lovely walks both from the cottage and further afield. We saw red squirrels and woodpeckers in the garden. The welcome gifts of chocolates and wine were a thoughtful gesture, much appreciated. Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 17/10/2022
And awarded it
Lovely cottage in a wonderful location, extremely clean & got everything you could need. Great location for walking which you can do from the door or just 20 mins to lovely beaches. Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 06/09/2022
And awarded it
There may be no wi-fi, but there is the best bird bird feeder ever- even attracts red squirrels. Quiet and secluded. This cottage has a great garden and is well fitted out inside.

Reviewed this property on 12/08/2022
And awarded it
What an absolute gem of a cottage ! Set in beautiful setting on the Dava way. The cottage was immaculate, perfect ! If you want peace and quiet this is the ideal place. The only traffic to pass the cottage were cyclists, walkers and horses from the nearby stables. The garden was perfect, I booked Cedar cottage mainly because of reviews about red squirrels, we were not disappointed, 2 squirrels were on the feeders 10 minutes after we arrived. We spent many a hour sitting on the patio watching them. We visited lots of harbours and beaches dolphin spotting, lots of walks around the cottage. Lots of places to visit in the area .Loved the welcome gift of wine, chocolates and biscuits. Hopefully we will return to this gem of a cottage. Thank you.

Reviewed this property on 22/06/2022
And awarded it
Cedar Cottage is in a beautiful, tranquil woodland location and was very cosy and comfortable. We especially appreciated the bird food and feeders, from which we were able to watch a wide variety of birds at close range, even when sitting on the patio tasking afternoon tea in the garden! We also appreciated the thoughtfulness of the owner, leaving a box of chocolates, biscuits and some milk in the fridge for our arrival - most kind. I can thoroughly recommend Cedar Cottage to anyone seeking a peaceful get-away.

Reviewed this property on 01/06/2022
And awarded it
Excellent cottage, clearly much-loved and very well cared-for, in a wonderful location, especially good for dog owners with a secure enclosed garden and miles of forest walks outside the door. Budget for peanuts - the red squirrels visited daily, and along with other nut-lovers consumed about 1/2 a kilo of nuts a day. The area is full of interest, and as visitors from storm-wrecked Northumberland it was great to walk in Moray's very beautiful and largely undamaged forests.

Reviewed this property on 20/05/2022
And awarded it
Cedar Cottage is the most perfect getaway cottage. We were left a lovely welcome pack. The cottage is spotless and very cozy. We saw Red Squirrels in the garden and deer in the surrounding area. Great walking for the dog. We will definitely return.

Reviewed this property on 13/05/2022
And awarded it
The cottage was amazing and the location perfect, loved the wildlife and peace and quiet, can't wait to go back.

Reviewed this property on 04/01/2022
And awarded it
We were supposed to stay at Cedar Cottage last New Year 2020/2021 but due to covid it was cancelled so we booked again for this year and we were not disappointed at all. The location was fantastic, so quite and peaceful and to be able to sit and watch the many various birds as well as the squirrels we will most definitely be back. Great location, fantastic agents to deal with and so much to see and do in the area. Next time will hopefully be a summer holiday even though the fire was excellent and reminded me of being a child at my grandparents. One small thing though is the signage pointing to cedar cottag, I think should be at every junction and brighter to see in the dark as after 2 hrs driving around and finally knocking on another cottage door they pointed us in the right direction and it was then straight forward after that ...fantastic location if you are partial to a wee dram with Dallas Dhu being literally down the road. 5 stars, well equipped and many thanks to the owners for the New Years pressie of Wine, Chocolate and shortbread and more nuts for the birds, much appreciated.

Reviewed this property on 01/12/2021
And awarded it
Just Perfect, amazing location (completely isolated in the forest but just 15 mins from Forres, miles of beautiful secluded walks from the door and lovely towns and beaches close by), lovely cottage (comfortable, warm, well equipped, great garden, loads of off road parking - exceptional value for money and the most generous welcome pack I've ever seen). We've loved all the Wildnerness Cottages we've stayed at but this one is really very special.

Reviewed this property on 08/10/2021
And awarded it
Spotlessly clean, warm and comfortable. Idyllic location with glorious walks from the doorstep. The owners take great pride in the cottage. Recommended.

Reviewed this property on 07/10/2021
And awarded it
We enjoyed our stay at Cedar Cottage. It is immaculately presented and spotlessly clean with lots of special extra touches. The owners should be very proud of themselves. It is much better than the photographs. The garden is a really decent size and is totally secure. Take lots of bird food and red squirrel food. We had two red squirrels every day. I got good close up photos of them just using the car as a hide. So many different birds on the cottages own bird feeding station. Yellowhammers which we don't see at home were a treat. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed this property on 09/09/2021
And awarded it
Absolutely fantastic cottage and location,the facilities were really great and so clean. Would recommend this place to anyone thinking of booking and will definitely be back and recommend to my friends and family. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2021
And awarded it
What an absolutely lovely stay in cedar cottage. Beautiful location (even if a tiny bit tricky to find at first!) The images of the cottage on the website don't do it justice at all. Cottage was beautifully clean and everything had been thought of. A lovely welcome pack was waiting for us too. Good layout and plenty of space for 2 adults, 2 children and a large dog. Lots of walks from the cottage, plenty to do within an hours drive. Really enjoyed all the wildlife in the garden including daily visits from 2 red squirrels. Everything we needed was at this cottage plus more. We hope to stay again in the future. Thank you for a beautiful base for a lovely holiday.

Reviewed this property on 28/07/2021
And awarded it
We had a lovely week in Cedar cottage. Even though it seems you are in the middle of nowhere it only takes a few minutes to get to Forres, where you can shop. The parks in Forres are beautiful. The cottage is great. Much bigger than it looks and a great garden for dogs. Sit at the patio and see the birds feeding up close and red squirrels too. Loads of walks on your doorstep.

Reviewed this property on 03/06/2021
And awarded it
We've used Wilderness a couple of times for self catering and found them to be helpful and efficient. Will continue to be my first choice.

Reviewed this property on 27/05/2021
And awarded it
Cedar Cottage at Forres was absolutely beautiful. Great location in the middle of a forest with great walks. Will definitely be back again we have been twice. Wilderness cottages are great to deal with too

Reviewed this property on 01/10/2020
And awarded it
Lovely cottage in a wonderfully peaceful setting. Only gripe would be that there is no WiFi but otherwise it was perfect.

Reviewed this property on 12/02/2020
And awarded it
Fantastic cottage, great welcome. This was our second visit and we will definitely return. Great base for the various wild life, great garden for our 2 cocker spaniels.

Reviewed this property on 16/10/2019
And awarded it
Cedar Cottage is an amazing place, the cottage is in the middle of a forest, very secluded and very special. Loads of great walks, heaven for dogs. Forres is only 4 miles away (10mins) and it is also a great place with lots to do and see.

Reviewed this property on 12/10/2019
And awarded it
Excellent cottage beautiful setting and lovely welcome.

Reviewed this property on 02/09/2019
And awarded it
Well maintained cottage and garden in the most beautiful surroundings. Great location for exploring the immediate area as well as Inverness and Elgin. We had a fantastic time taking in the scenery (woodland and beach) and wildlife. Dog friendly which is great.

Reviewed this property on 22/07/2019
And awarded it
This is the second consecutive summer we have stayed at Cedar Cottage and it was just as amazing as the first time. The cottage is always so clean and fresh, the treats we received are always so lovely and are always throughly enjoyed. We especially loved waking up to the birds and squirrels and a couple of times driving back to the cottage we managed to spot some deer too. We look forward to returning again.

Reviewed this property on 30/04/2019
And awarded it
Fabulous week at Cedar Cottage. Lots of walks right on your doorstep or short drive to woods on the coast. Clean, homely, well equipped and cosy. Great place to get away from it all.

Reviewed this property on 13/02/2019
And awarded it
Spacious, warm & cosy cottage set in woodland on the Dava Way so ideal for walking, cycling and running from the garden back door. Our birthday week was made memorable by arriving after dark in snow. Good facilities for self catering and good base for exploring historical sites such as Culloden battle site & Fort George and a tour of Brodie Castle; Black Isle & Cromarty, and coastal walks at Findhorn and Nairn.

Reviewed this property on 04/01/2019
And awarded it
Best cottage ever. We loved every single second at Cedar Cottage and were very sad to leave. It is a special place. So much thought has been put into the cottage and we loved the kitchen, so well-equipped. Perfect for our dog as garden is enclosed. Loved watching the birds. Such a peaceful retreat. Very much appreciate the impeccable cleanliness, attention to detail and the welcome chocs and milk etc. We will be back.

Reviewed this property on 12/09/2018
And awarded it
This is our fourth holiday with wilderness cottages in the last five years. As usual we had a great holiday and overall experience. Cedar Cottage is one of the best locations we have visited. Very comfortable and we'll equipped. Nicely located for exploring the local attractions.

Reviewed this property on 09/08/2018
And awarded it
I was very impressed with Cedar Cottage, the photos don't do it justice at all. The Cottage was very clean and we were extremely grateful for the lovely chocolates, biscuits, wine and milk that were awaiting our arrival. The garden was lovely and enclosed so our pooch had lots of freedom without us having to worry. I loved the drive deep into the Woods and the walks just on our doorstep were lovely. We were pleased to wake each morning to a red squirrel, Wood pecker and different birds. We shall most defnitely be back and I already can't wait.

Reviewed this property on 01/08/2018
And awarded it
Beautiful cottage and garden. Cottage was very clean tidy and provided everything needed for our holiday, thank you. Weather was lovely...no rain which was a bonus.

Reviewed this property on 27/11/2017
And awarded it
Relaxing stay in stunning surroundings. Stayed for 4 nights with my husband and two dogs, fantastic location and plenty of walks from the doorstep. Cottage was spotlessly clean and felt like home from home, photos do not do it justice. A perfect escape from it all. Look forward to returning in the Newyear.

Reviewed this property on 02/07/2017
And awarded it
Not being able to fly due to kidney problems we came upon this website and found Cedar Cottage, we had never took the dogs away before and I was worried about their safety but I should not of worried the garden was fully enclosed and we could just relax and enjoy the wonderful wildlife that visited daily, red squirrel, Jay, woodpecker to name a few. The cottage itself is comfy and well equipped right down to chocolates,wine,biscuits and milk awaiting our arrival. We were lucky enough to watch Osprey fishing at Spey Bay and also at Loch Garton. All in all it was the best holiday we have had and we can't wait to return to our cottage in the woods

Reviewed this property on 20/04/2017
And awarded it
Cedar Cottage was a great base for our holiday. It was well equipped, warm, comfortable and immaculately clean. The enclosed garden was brilliant for the dogs and there are lovely walks right from the door. The red squirrels and birds visiting the garden were a real treat.

Reviewed this property on 05/04/2017
And awarded it
A charming cottage in a pleasant location . The high standard of decoration, available equipment and garden made for an outstanding week .

Reviewed this property on 18/10/2016
And awarded it
Cedar Cottage is a lovely cottage in a beautiful forest setting. It is furnished and decorated to an extremely high standard. There are very thoughtful welcome touches and lots of information on areas of local interest & instructions for all the appliances. We were very impressed & would like to return.

Reviewed this property on 05/10/2016
And awarded it
A perfect week, a perfect cottage in a perfect setting, & all the squirrells & woodpeckers you could wish to see & feed. Thoroughly reccomended!

Reviewed this property on 10/08/2016
And awarded it
2 weeks and it was a real pleasure to be at the Cedar Cottage. It was very clean, quiet, we'll equipped. Moreover cakes, milk, chocolat and wine at our arrival. Perfect!

Reviewed this property on 18/11/2015
And awarded it
It's a beautiful Cottage, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, garden with BBQ and storage shed. In the Forest with with trails right next to the Cottage, our Dog was in heaven. The distillery is right on the way to the closest shops are in Forres 10 minutes by Car (Tesco, gas station etc ). About 15 minutes ride to Findhorn to the beach, there are sail boats, kayaks available for rent. Few restaurants with amazing Seafood!!! Our family bought the fishing license and had fun catching Crabs from the pier. Fort George is about 20 minutes by car and Inverness 35 minutes drive. I was very relaxing time at Cedar Cottage. We recommend to those guests that would like to spend some genuine time with their Family. Thank you, Greg

Reviewed this property on 31/10/2015
And awarded it
Great holiday cottage very clean and welcoming loved every minute

Reviewed this property on 13/08/2015
And awarded it
Fabulous cottage in a great location. We really enjoyed our stay. we will book again.

Reviewed this property on 12/08/2015
And awarded it
A very comfortable and well equipped cottage. We felt so welcome there with the milk, water and wine in the fridge and biscuits and treats in the cupboard. We have already recommended Cedar Cottage to various friends.

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