The Challey at Heathcote Knockando - Aberlour
Cairngorms National Park

About The Challey at Heathcote

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Location: Knockando - Aberlour - Cairngorms National Park

Sleeps: 2

Price From: £510 p.w.

Christmas: £545

New Year: £545

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The Challey at Heathcote, Knockando

Sleeps 2 - WiFi - Wood Burner

The Challey at Heathcote is a unique property situated in Knockando in the heart of the Speyside whisky country. Newly completed the house would make a perfect base for a couple, or perhaps a single guest looking to visit and experience all that this area has to offer.

All on the one level the property consists of a lounge complete with comfortable sofa, wood burner & flat-screen TV. The kitchen is equipped with all the usual kitchen appliances and has a breakfast bar for dining. The bedroom has a king-size bed. A beautiful shower room with a large walk-in shower completes the facilities. Outside there is a decked terrace with furniture overlooking the garden. The owner lives in an adjacent property however the property does have its own private space.  

Knockando is a perfect area for those looking for a relaxing holiday or for those looking to explore the Morayshire coastline or Speyside. It is the location of two distilleries including Knockando and Tamdhu. It also hosts the famous Knockando Woolmill which has been running since 1784 and is the only existing working example of a small scale rural textile mill in Scotland. If you are looking for local walks the Speyside Way runs right in front of the property and is a long-distance trail from Buckie on the shore of the Moray Firth coast to Aviemore on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains, a distance of approximately 65 miles.

Forres being only 17 miles away offers a good range of things to see and do. Being one of Scotland’s oldest and smallest towns it features a classic castle along with impressive parks and gardens with outstanding floral sculptures. If you are looking to explore the bustling high street you will find a wide range of craft shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Another great place to visit is the 16th century Brodie Castle only 4 miles west of Forres, housing some of the most breathtaking grounds and blooming flowers. The River Findhorn also meanders through this area and offers several great picnic spots, fantastic for days out.

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  • Sitting room, large comfortable sofa, flat screen TV with Freeview, wood burner.
  • Kitchen, electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, dining area with seating for two.
  • Bedroom with king size bed.
  • Showeroom, large walk in shower, wc, whb, heated towel rail.

Included in the rent

  • All bed linen & towels.
  • Electricity and heating costs.
  • Under floor heating throughout.

Other Facilities

  • Ironing facilities.
  • Indoor drying facilities.
  • WiFi.
  • Parking for two cars.
  • Decked terrace area with furniture.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

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

Best Features

  • An ideal romantic bolthole.
  • Quiet location close to the Speyside Way.
  • An ideal base to explore the many distilleries in the area.

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The Challey at Heathcote Reviews

The latest reviews of The Challey at Heathcote...

Reviewed this property on 20/06/2022
And awarded it
A quiet retreat in the heart of speyside, the challey was immaculate and cosy with everything you would need. A nice bottle of prosecco and biscuits and milk just in case you forget it nice touches. Couldn't fault it. A great place to relax and unwind away from the world would go back in a heartbeat. The wildlife is fantastic squirrels, woodpeckers x3, garden birds and a jay whose rather shy. well worth keeping the feeders in the garden stocked. Plenty to do along the moray coast harbours, beaches, walks galore. Highly recommend the chinese takeaway in Aberlour and the chippy.

Reviewed this property on 03/05/2022
And awarded it
We recently stayed for 8 nights at The Challey. It's such a lovely holiday cottage in a great location. The cottage is spotless and exceptionally well appointed with everything you could need. Super comfy bed and we were really impressed that each room had it's own thermostat to control the underfloor heating which was really useful. Loved sitting in the lounge, relaxing listening to and watching the birds come and go. It's a great place to stay if, like us, you enjoy watching wildlife which included daily visits from red squirrels and lots of birds including woodpeckers and siskins at the feeders. A short walk away is the river Spey which is stunning. There is loads to do in the area and it is also a great location for visits to Royal Deeside, the Aberdeenshire coast and further afield to Easter Ross. We would definitely recommend The Challey and Wilderness Cottages generally having booked through them several times. To sum up ... wish we were still there!

Reviewed this property on 22/03/2022
And awarded it
Had a wonderful stay at the Challey for 4 days in March 2022. The cottage is lovely and cosy with everything you could possibly need. It's a wildlife haven outside as others have said and I saw woodpeckers, red squirrels and the odd pheasant as well as lots of other little birds attracted by the bird feeder. Great setting close to the Speyside way and the River Spey - and I did a few runs and walks here in the evening. Good for travel to places like Findhorn, Nairn and Culbin Forest (around 45 mins). The cottage is right next door to where the owners stay but is still very private. The owner was really helpful and friendly too. I'm already looking at rebooking for May 22

Reviewed this property on 04/01/2022
And awarded it
Super little cottage in a lovely part of the world. Ideal for two. Clean and cosy.

Reviewed this property on 28/10/2021
And awarded it
I found my two week stay to be one of the most relaxing places i have ever found, the Challey was outstanding with all comforts of home, the under floor heating was a plus and the the friendly Pheasant that would visit every evening around dinner time as well as red squirrels was a joy to watch, i cannot praise this place enough and my journey from Dover was one that i will certainly do again.

Reviewed this property on 20/10/2021
And awarded it
My wife and I stayed at Heathcote for 5 nights at end of September. Chalet was in a lovely quiet location near the Speyside way. It was beautifully presented, modern and clean and met all of our requirements. We would definitely book again as it is ideal for exploring surrounding area of Morayshire and Cairngorm mountains.

Reviewed this property on 21/09/2021
And awarded it
All the accommodations we have booked with Wilderness Cottages have been excellent and The Challey was no exception. Beautifully presented, modern throughout and within a beautiful and private setting. The owners kindly replenished the bird feeders outside to keep the abundance of wildlife flocking! The location was also ideal for exploring the area, lots of distilleries (if that's your thing) walks, castles... its a perfect secluded haven for a couple looking for some peace and quiet in a stunning setting.

Reviewed this property on 29/08/2021
And awarded it
Had a great two weeks at The Challey, which was comfortable and spacious and had everything we needed for our holiday. The hosts were welcoming and on hand if we needed anything. Sitting in the garden watching the red squirrels, roe deer and garden birds was lovely and relaxing. We were lucky enough to see an owl perched on the satellite dish outside the bedroom window at 2am! Great area, lots of lovely villages to explore. Having the Speyside Way so close meant we didn't need the car all the time, which was a bonus. No hesitation in recommending this cottage.

Reviewed this property on 12/08/2021
And awarded it
We had an exceptional week at the Challey at Heathcote. The Challey is a perfect base for walking the Speyside way or indeed just for relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the surroundings both of which we did. The Challey is warm, comfortable and very well equipped with all you would need for a self catering break. Wildlife on your doorstep, literally, we had squirrels, a pine Martin and a multitude of different birds. Welcomed with a bottle of Prosecco , fresh milk and shortbread , which was a lovely gesture , we enjoyed our week at the Challey and will return in the future.

Reviewed this property on 19/07/2021
And awarded it
Wow, simply superb!! We have just spent an amazing 6 nights at The Challey at Heathcote (26/06/21 to 02/07/21), we have loved every minute and quite simply did not want to leave. It is set in a truly idyllic and tranquil location, a haven for wildlife right on the doorstep. If you want peace and relaxation it's the perfect self catering option for one person or a couple. The Challey itself is a stunning property, it's cosy and comfortable. The layout, design, and internal specification is Impeccable. With lovely touches such as cookies, fresh milk and chilled Prosecco to be greeted with, Carol & Willie were such welcoming hosts and a font of information. We were blessed with the weather and had sunshine every day. We would recommend the following places to visit - The Cairngorm Reindeer Tour The Highland Folk Museum The Highland Wildlife Park The Knockando Woollen Mill The Speyside Way, a long distance trail literally on the doorstep Finally, If you are wildlife enthusiasts then we highly recommend Highland Wildlife Safari tours with Steve Reddick. Enjoy your stay!! We will be returning! Kev & Alison.

Reviewed this property on 02/07/2021
And awarded it
At was a very nice cottage. But there was only one little problem there was no mirror in the bedroom the only mirror was in the bathroom. Safety issues can't take hairdryer in if you can let them know thanks.

Reviewed this property on 21/06/2021
And awarded it
We had a wonderful time at the Challey, which is fantastic. Great attention to detail and immaculately clean. Very quiet and relaxing. Great host, very friendly and helpful. Would recommend this place to stay to everyone.

Reviewed this property on 09/11/2020
And awarded it
The Challey was really lovely, very well finished and comfortable, and very cosy with the woodburning stove. The location is excellent, right by the River Spey and in the middle of beautiful countryside. It was a real pleasure to be able to see red squirrels and lots of birds just outside the living room as well!

Reviewed this property on 02/11/2020
And awarded it
Had a great week. The chalet is so comfortable and cosy. We enjoyed the area and the birds and squirrels at the bird feeder as well as the sound of the river in the background.

Reviewed this property on 13/10/2020
And awarded it
Lovely accommodation, very well equipped and wildlife on tap!

Reviewed this property on 04/10/2020
And awarded it
After COVID restrictions we had a fantastic week in late August. Location was peaceful and ideal for us. Great for easy walks, running and cycling. Cosy and private.

Reviewed this property on 02/10/2020
And awarded it
Very nice accommodation,warm and comfortable and very clean with good shower and excellent kitchen.The bed was exceptionally good. The area is great for walking and driving trips.

Reviewed this property on 07/09/2020
And awarded it
What a fantastic self catering home. This place is fastastically clean and fittings are of high quality. The home is of high comfort. Set amongst pine trees, the garden attracts lots of wildlife and the owners kindly replenish the feeders for birds and red squirrel. Some lovely walks on the Speyside Way from the doorstep so no need to get the car out. Lovely and peaceful which we thoroughly enjoyed and needed.

Reviewed this property on 25/10/2019
And awarded it
What a fantastic find this was. Lovely little place that was very clean and tidy and lovely and warm. It is only 1 bedroom but that was more than enough room for us. It was a very peaceful place and really handy to the various distilleries and local towns. Would definitely stay here again.

Reviewed this property on 13/08/2019
And awarded it
We booked The Challey as a last minute break. The accommodation is a really high standard with some lovely touches including a welcome bottle of Prosecco on arrival. Consideration has been given to guests requirements and we really enjoyed our stay. The area is quiet and secluded, if you like walking the Speyside Trail is 2 minutes away. After a long days walk it was lovely to sit by the river with a cold beer or sit outside in the peace and quiet. The coast is a 30 minute drive away if you want to get out and about. The only downside is we didnt have enough time to see and do everything we wanted. We would definitely recommend and will consider returning in the near future.

Reviewed this property on 29/07/2019
And awarded it
My wife and I had a lovely week's stay at the challey. Everything is lovely and new with excellent off road parking. Great location for the whisky trail and the Speyside way. Lovely outlook watching red squirrels from the window. Nice and private outside seating area to enjoy a glass of wine ???? in the sunshine

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