|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Adventure, Historic, Wilderness, Away from it all, Mountain, Rural|
Description from the owner
Panoramic views to the Mountains in the Cairngorms National Park, Pets welcome. Our 4 cottages are set on a hillside within farmland with lots of open space in Glenlivet. This location, to the east of the Cairngorm Mountains, is dryer and sunnier than areas to the west of Scotland. The wildlife in Glenlivet and the Cairngorms is exceptional along with whisky distilleries and castles both lived in and romantic ruins. A small farmhouse with 3 bedrooms, 1 ensuite, 2 with washbasins:lounge/dinning room; kitchen; utility room and bathroom. The house is south facing giving lots of beautiful light in a fenced garden. Red squirrels, pheasants and sma...Read more
Bluefolds Highland Cottages, Scotland, Glenlivet
Glenlivet, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Additional Location Information
Bluefolds Holiday Cottages are in rural Glenlivet, set on a hillside, with views to the Cairngorm mountains on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. They are 10 miles from historic Dufftown home to 9 distilleries 2 of which are open to the public - Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Dufftown has the beautiful ruined Balvenie castle close to the distilleries. The Glenlivet distillery offering free tours and a "dram" are close to the cottages and the start for a Smugglers Walk one of many on the Glenlivet estate. Tomintoul, 10 miles into the Cairngorm National Park has the Ranger station for the Glenlivet Crown Estate. The Glenlivet estate has many way marked paths on the estate for walking or cycling. Leaflets detailing the routes are available free. The Estate is home to a huge range of wildlife including lapwings, curlews, roe and red deer, buzzards, kestrels, peregrine falcons and red squirrels many of which are easily seen on the walks both short and long. Tomintoul has a variety of Arts and Craft shops as well as the Whisky Castle. The Lecht ski resort close to Tomintoul is a winter delight for snowboarders and skiers. The Cairngorm National Park offers glorious wild scenery, wildlife, skiing and tourist facilities at Cairngorm mountain and Aviemore.
Location Type Away from it all, Mountain, Rural
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
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|Rate Summary||$159||$176||$683 - $1,025||$0||3 nights|
|Jan. 12 2013 - Mar. 22 2013
|Mar. 23 2013 - Apr. 26 2013
|Apr. 27 2013 - May. 31 2013
|Jun. 1 2013 - Jul. 5 2013
|Jul. 6 2013 - Aug. 23 2013
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|Aug. 24 2013 - Sep. 27 2013
|Sep. 28 2013 - Nov. 1 2013
|Dec. 19 2013 - Jan. 3 2014
Xmas & New Year
|All Other Dates||$137||$137||$683||-||3 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
Please note that general rates shown in $s on Trip Advisor are much higher than our actual rates. The prices above are for 2 people in Folds Cottage which sleeps 2-8. Other smaller cottages sleeping 2-4 and 2-6 are often available at lower rates. Discounts for late availability and 15% discount for 1 or 2 people any cottage often available. Short breaks of 3 or more days are available except from 6 Jul-23 Aug 12 & 19 Dec 12-4 Jan 13. Linen, towels and tea towels included. Cot or high chair available free. Pets welcome small additional charge.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
The Best Place To Stay in Scotland.
Lots of room in Glenlivet cott,
A good place for a family holiday
a lovely cole stove,
A short drive to the Lecht for Skiing,
10 seconds walk to the best Sledging hill,
Near the Whisky Castle Tomintoul,
Lots of hills to walk,
Walkers short bread factory shop at alerlour is a must (8 mince pies 50P)
and lots more to do,
We've just had our 10 visit and next year we may have time for a bike ride.
Response from Elizabeth & Steve Oliver - 03/10/2013
Thank you for your lovely review. We were delighted that you got lots of sledging this year!! Also loved the photo of the stars. It is big sky country. We are lucky to have lots of customers like you who return year after year.
Great Place to Stay
We had a very enjoyable stay at Bluefolds Cottages. The cottage was very comfortable and the scenery was breath-taking. Steve was a wonderful host, nothing was too much trouble for him and what he doesn't know about Whisky isn't worth knowing!
We spent a week skiing and travelled round the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis and after a day's skiing it was lovely to come home and relax in comfortable surroundings. The cottages are fully equipped and very clean.
We intend to go back in the summer.
Response from Elizabeth & Steve Oliver - 02/27/2013
Vicky, Thank you very much for the review. Steve really ejoyed the time he spent with you talking about whisky. We look forward to your return in the summer. Elizabeth & Steve
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Beautiful views but remote
Bluefolds has beautiful views over Glenlivet. The cottage is fastidiously maintained, the kitchen is well-equipped, and the coal fire warms the space very well. The stone walls and double glazing mean the cottage is cosy even in really stormy weather (we tested this). The walks over the hills are lovely.
On the downside, we hadn't realised there were three holiday lets in the one building so the rooms were smaller than we were expecting - we really should have studied the description on the website more carefully. The internal walls are thin and not particularly soundproof, and the upstairs floors are creaky. The road leading to the cottage is best described as "rugged". It's a long drive from the cottage to get anywhere.
While the owners and neighbours couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, it's not a place we'd visit again.
Response from Elizabeth & Steve Oliver - 11/11/2012
We are glad that you enjoyed the views and sorry that you found the cottage too remote. The website makes clear that the cottage is 9 miles in either direction from the nearest small town. In the 13 years that we have owned and operated the cottages, no one has mentioned thin internal walls. The road stops at the farm about 1/2 mile from the cottages and then it becomes a track which is maintained by us. Due to bad weather, part of the track had been damaged and we are in the process of upgrading it. Our cottages are particularly enjoyed by people who want to get away from it all or enjoy walking in the hills and the wonderful wildlife around. We are sorry that our cottage did not meet your expectations.
Great hospitality and stunning surroundings
The cottage was spotlessly clean, everything was in perfect working order, it was warm and very comfortable.
It comes with the added bonus of Steve Martin who is a great host!
Very well equipped property in a great family holiday location
The service from Elizabeth and Steve was first class
The home was superbly well equipped and warm (even in June it needed to be!)with comfortable beds and good bathroom facilities.
Fabulous views all round and an ideal location for visiting whisky distilleries, walking, local attractions (such as Ballindalloch Castle), and less than an hour from the fishing villages of Moray.
The best part was knowing that we had picked a great home to come back to at the end of a long day out and about. The lack of a WiFi or adsl internet facility was both a plus and a minus point! The access track might not suit very low slung cars but we managed fine in a Bluemotion Golf, which is ler than average.
Response from Elizabeth & Steve Oliver - 07/01/2012
The heavy rains in spring played havoc with the road which Steve is currently repairing. Hopefully it will be completed in the next couple of weeks. We aim to beam the wifi from the steading building to Folds Cottage in the near future.
Beautiful cottage in Glenlivet
Our family of 5 adults had a wonderful stay at peaceful Bluefolds cottages in Glenlivet. The cottage we stayed in was spacious, comfortable, cosy and well-equipped with a beautiful kitchen and two bathrooms. We stayed for 3 nights and wished we had booked for longer. Steve was a wonderful host, dropping by after we arrived to make sure we had all we needed and to recommend attractions in the area as well as sharing his knowledge about the local whiskies. We would wholeheartedly recommend Bluefolds if you want to stay in total peace and quiet with lovely views over the braes. The only small downside is the bumpy trek up a farm track to get to and from the cottage but that is a small price to pay for such a stunning location.
Fam. G.J. Woudenberg
Zetten, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Very great cottage!!!
Very beautifull cottage, with a beautifull kitchen.
We have a great time in the highlands. Especially our meetings with Steve and of course the tasting of his specially whisky's
Response from Elizabeth & Steve Oliver - 03/08/2012
Thank you for your kind remarks. Steve really enjoys sharing his knowledge of whisky with our guests.
Addictive view of Cairngorms and Glenlivet
Bluefolds has to be one of the best holiday rental house in the UK. We go back every year and spoil ourselfs. The cottages is very good and location is the best, in the middle od Speyside. Lots of great outdoors activities or why not enjoy the view and nature around Bluefolds.
Hope to return some day!
We loved this place - the cottages are beautiful and equipped with everything! Clean and very comfortable. Steve is an amazing host and looked after our group superbly. The view from Bluefolds is spectacular. We had such a wonderful time here and would love to go back again some time!
Na een geweldige bezoek aan Edinburgh en de Taptoe zijn we terecht gekomen bij Bleufolds. Wij hadden de aberlour Cottage.
De locatie blijkt te liggen in the middle of nowhere.
De cottage is perfect ingericht en alles is keurig netjes en schoon.
De inventaris is meer dan compleet, aan alles is gedacht. Er is (schotel) TV, DVD speler, CD speler en een wasautomaat. Helaas geen vaatwasser!
Wel is er een geweldige kolenkachel die de woonkamer in no time heet kan stoken met heerlijke comfortabele warmte en uitzicht op het vuur.
Het uitzicht vanuit de kamer is adembenemend en wisselt afhankelijk van het licht van uur tot uur.
Dit is echt een plaats om tot rust te komen. Er is geen Internet en ook geen bereik voor mobiele telefoons.
Steve is vrijwel iedere dag wel ergens aanwezig en zoals de meeste Schotten heel vriendelijk en zeer attent.
Aangezien ik al jaren bezig ben mijzelf te ontwikkelen op gebied van Whisky kennis dacht ik iets te weten over Whisky's.
Na diverse gesprekken met Steve kom ik tot de ontdekking dat ik vrijwel niets weet!
Deze man heeft een ongelooflijke kennis van Whisky en is zelf een groot verzamelaar.
Als hij eenmaal weet dat je echt geinteresseerd ben in Whisky dan kan je lachen!
Bij ons kwam hij gemiddeld om de twee dagen na zijn werkdag aankloppen.
Hij had dan een tas bij zich met een aantal prachtige Whisky's.
Van iedere fles werd dan een klen glaasje gekeurd en beoordeeld. Iedere Whisky heeft z'n verhaal en Steve kent ze allemaal!
De kennis van deze man is ongelooflijk en hij weet dat prachtig over te brengen. Ik heb de meest exclusieve en speciale whisky's mogen keuren en het verhaal wat erbij hoort aan mogen horen.
Ik weet zeker dat wij ooit nog eens naar deze geweldige plek en deze gastvrije mensen terug zullen keren!
A gorgeous location and home from home feel to the cottage. Will definitely be back.
Mike Page's Speyside Malt Whisky Tour 2011
Mount Barker South Australia
Speyside Malt Whisky Tour
Steve is a very attentive and generous host. Bluefolds is a superbly located, comfortable, private and accessible spot for those who do not want to be in an urban setting. You could spend a full day at Bluefolds, or just crash there at night, doing day trips from its central location (you need a car). All facilities are modern, and the kitchen is very well-stocked. Steve is a brilliant host.
Becky & Andrew
Fishing holiday on River Spey
Glenlivet was a really cosy cottage with stunning views and Elizabeth and Steve were very accomodating.
All round a great stay.
The best place to stay in Scotland,
Our first visit was in 2003 and we have been back ever year,
wonderful location and lots of snow, Elizabeth & Steve run the best place to stay (with a hint of whisky).
Sue & Dave
A haven of relaxtion and tranquility in a beautiful setting.
This is our 6th stay at Bluefold Cottages and in Dronach. We have never had an unpleasant stay yet. Elizabeth and Steve ensure the cottages, welcome and hospitality are of the highest standard. The area is beautiful with stunning scenery and places to visit. It is our little bit of heaven which we return to each year. We will be back in 2011. Thank you for sharing this special place with us.
Cecily & John
San Diego, Ca
a great place to stay
We stayed in the cottage for 5 nights. This was a great find and loved the peacefulness of the cottage overlooking beautiful valleys and snow capped mountains. Steve & Elizabeth were gracious hosts providing maps, ideas where to visit and even a sample of whiskey. You won't be disappointed.
Had a great time in an idyllic location.
Hope to be back soon.
Bea and Marios Highland Tour
A kind of Magic
It was the 2nd time for us at Bluefolds Cottage and it was wonderful again. Very Friendly and nice, amazing landscape and a 5-star Cottage. Steve and Elizabeth are very nice people. Steves Whisky Knowledge was very helpful for me (to be honest i´m a whisky maniac).The walks around the cottage and Steves recommended tours are very good.
It is always a kind of homecoming for us and we´ll be back again soon!
Greetings from Frankfurt, Germany
Beatrice and Mario
quiet surroundings and panoramic view
The accomodation is very comfortable and convenient. We loved the calmness and the wonderful view into the valley. Nevertheless you do not have to drive very far to visit castles and distilleries. There are lots of opportunities for lovely day trips. If you want to know anything about the environment, ask Steve who is a very kind guy. And he knows ALL about whisky!
The Persson/Liljekvist family
Glenlivet & Dronach cottages
We were 10 persons in the group and we were all very well recieved. We stayed in two cottages but we could have our meals all together in the Glenlivet cottage, which we appreciated very much. The cottages are in a very high standard and the environment is wonderful.
We all enjoyed Steve´s whiskylessons and of course the whisky.
It was as beautiful as the last years we stayed at bluefolds.
The home was perfectly prepared for us. The rooms are very beautiful . The Olivers are realy lovely people. There is nothing to be worry about.
Don't stay anywhere else
Whether you know the Highlands, or are a first timer, this is the place to stay. Superb accomodation, stunning views, and owners who care.
The cottages are within easy driving distance they are too many to list so look at the Bluefolds website. I can't recommend this highly enough.
Bob Smith, London
Simply the best
Simply the best
This is simply the best self-catering cottages in Scotland. High standard, great views and fascinating landscape.
Remote and beautiful, warm and welcoming
Our week at Bluefolds at the end of March was one of contrasts. We had hired a 4x4 at Inverness Airport after flying in from Gatwick, which was lucky as we arrived in a blizzard. Steve met us at the pre-warmed cottage and after we had settled in introduced us to 1 or 2 of the many local malts. Sledging on Sunday started a week which was filled with walking, wildlife, whisky, visits to Balmoral, Aviemore, the Murray Firth ... The weather became fine and dry and the views around the cottage varied from hour to hour.
A real highlight for us was seeing our first wild pine martens.
We hope to return again soon to continue exploring.
Wonderful cottage with fantastic views
Had a fantastic short break in this lovely cottage. The views are out of this world and the cottage is well situated for travelling around Speyside and the Moray coast.
Lee & Andrea Murray
Dorset, England, UK
The pictures of Bluefolds that we found on the net looked so good we decided that we just had to spend Christmas there but we weren't prepared for the stunning location & scenery when we arrived. Set at the end of a track that makes it's way up a heather clad hill the accomodation looks out over the Cairngorms National Park & every morning we woke up to the beautiful picture of snowcapped mountains spread out before us. The house itself was fantastic & very comfortable with 3 nice bedrooms,a spacious lounge & a superb kitchen complete with a coal/wood burner that we sat around every night drinking the local whiskey & winding down after one of our sightseeing tours of the area. Driving up from the other end of the UK was a long & tiring journey so arriving at our destination to a warm fire & nice drink that had been left for us was just the kind of touch that makes a holiday that extra bit special & we have to say that Steve & Elizabeth were perfect hosts who we are going to keep in touch with. The trips out we made included Elgin & Lossiemouth,the latter having a fantastic long beach that I imagine is superb in summer,Dufftown which has the most excellent whiskey shop,the famous battlefield at Culloden & the brilliant Reindeer/Santa parade in Grantown-On-Spey which is a must for children of all ages(even those of 46 like me). Of course xmas in Scotland wouldn't be the same without snow,unfortunately for us there wasn't much around when we were there,luckily we found a slope with some remaining at the Lecht ski center & spent a few brilliant hours on snowboards kindly provided by Steve,cheers mate. By far the best day though was xmas day itself, waking up to that view of the mountains with the,(six),kids ripping paper off their presents & that little red squirrel sitting in the pine tree outside is something I'll never forget. Without doubt the best holiday we have ever spent,(until our next visit that is). All I can say is 'don't think about going, GO!'
Berowra, Sydney, NSW, Australia
I have been staying at Bluefolds on an annual basis since 2001. All of the cottages, without exception, are of the highest standard. Sensational views of the Cairngorms National Park is availalbe from every cottage. Elizabeth & Steve would have to be the friendliest owners and really do care for thier guests; always ready to offer friendly advice. There are plently of things to see and do in this part of Scotland and it is in such a central location that many parts of Scotland are in easy reach.
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Spring in Cairngorms National Park
Enjoy Spring in Glenlivet in our luxury hillside cottage which sleeps 2-8. Ideal area for touring coastal and castle trails or for walking, wildlife and whisky.