Boutique Crofts: for the great escape



A great new holiday experience awaits you at Pluscarden Crofts, where old scots heritage is twinned with 21st century technology. Set in the peaceful hidden valley of Pluscarden only 6 miles from Elgin these eco build holiday cottages offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Unique to the area, just six miles from Elgin and on the doorstep of some of North-East Scotland’s finest beaches, distilleries, castles and sporting estates.

Based on the traditional croft houses of NE Scotland, each property, Hunters Croft and Logies Croft are named after owners Watson and Judy Bell’s grandsons. Each house has two bedrooms which can be configured either as twin beds or super king size. Each bedroom has an adjoining shower room and WC. The upstairs bedroom is on an open plan mezzanine floor which takes in the whole length of the croft house, whilst the downstairs bedroom and shower room are generously sized and easily accessible to wheelchairs or those with restricted mobility.

In addition to the underfloor heating there is a large wood burning stove in the living area with ample well seasoned logs provided for your comfort.

The open plan kitchen/dining sitting room area is open full height to the rafters and has French doors accessing a covered open deck area which makes the most of the favourable Morayshire climate. Each cottage has its own outdoor wood fired (chemical-free) hot tub in which to relax under the stars.

These croft houses are finished to a very high standard with oak and flagstone floors and high quality lighting. A digital television with free view and a DVD player is provided in the living area, along with an ipod sound dock and a small selection of books and novels which reflect the history and tales of the local area.

The crofts come fully equipped with towels, Egyptian cotton linen, Nespresso machine, and all the facilities you would expect from 5 star luxury accommodation. This is boutique self catering at its best. Eco credentials
The main structure of the cottages reflects their eco credentials. Built from Durisol recycled wood blocks, each house has a mechanical heat recovery and ventilation system which renews the air in the house every half hour whilst retaining the ambient heat. Low energy lighting, a wood-fired hot tub, and eco-friendly toiletries and cleaning products also form part of our eco philosophy.

Pluscarden crofts are situated 6 miles South West of Elgin in North East Scotland, in a quiet wooded valley surrounded by woods and farmland.

The glen of Pluscarden (also known as the vale of St Andrews) has been a haven of peace and tranquillity for nearly 800 years. At the heart of the glen is the 12th century Benedictine Abbey which is still home to a community of around 20 monks and the bells calling them to prayer can still be heard drifting down the valley. A visit during one of their many daily services is punctuated with the harmonic tones of Gregorian Chant and the smell of incense.

Moray is also an excellent base from which to explore the Highlands. On the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, an hour from Loch Ness and the Highland capital Inverness and well served by bus, train and air links to the rest of the UK and beyond.

Morayshire boasts one of the most favourable climates in Scotland. With less than 26 inches of annual rainfall it is drier than Eastbourne on the south coast of England and has more winter sunshine than London! Temperatures are almost 2% above the Scottish average.

Things to do
Morayshire boasts a wide range of tourist facilities. Sandy beaches, soaring hills and fertile low-lands offer unparalleled opportunities for biking, ski-ing, fishing, field sports and golf. World famous golf courses such as Nairn West, Castle Stuart, Royal Dornoch and Moray are within easy reach, with smaller local courses also offering challenging and scenic opportunities. The legendary Whisky Trail is on the doorstep, with many outstanding Speyside distilleries a short drive away. Local whisky specialists Gordon and McPhail in Elgin are well worth a visit to stock up on your favourite tipple.

The renowned salmon rivers the Spey, Findhorn and Nairn are within easy reach, and they have contacts with local sporting agents should you wish them to enquire about fishing lets on your behalf.

The mild climate and fertile farmlands mean that Morayshire is home to many world famous names in food production, such as Baxter’s of Speyside and Walkers of Aberlour as well as many smaller speciality producers. There are many fine local restaurants showcasing the best of Scotland’s larder.

The Moray Firth is one of the best places in Britain to see dolphins (and occasionally whales) with regular boat trips from a number of little harbours along the coast. Each cottage is supplied with extensive visitor information packs suggesting days out, pleasant local walks and must-see attractions. The owners are happy to assist in the booking and reservations.