Nestled on the edge of the Victorian conservation village of Tomich sits a pretty detached cottage with its views out over the surrounding countryside. The Brewers Cottage was built at the request of Lord Tweedmouth in 1865 (and as the name suggests) to house the infamous illicit whisky distiller John Fraser, the adjacent Brewery now rebuilt is a private residence.
The model Victorian village of Tomich was built in the mid 1800's by Lord Tweedmouth a Victorian peer and formed part of the Guisachan Estate.
The large Guisachan mansion which was Tweedmouths Highland estate home is now in ruins, but the cottages in the village and the farm have remained largely unchanged since they were built. Victorian lamp posts line the quiet road mostly single track road through the village. The first golden retriever dog was bred close to Tomich at (Kerrow House) by Lord Tweedmouth, now acknowledged in the centre of the village with a life-sized bronze Golden Retriever statue. Winston Churchill a relative of Tweedmouth is said to have learnt to drive in the village.
With a multitude off forest tracks, paths and lochs the area offers a wealth of activities for the outdoor enthusiast with idyllic walking for all levels, mountaineering, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking and pony trekking. The spectacular 150 foot high Plodda Falls is situated 3.5 miles away and offers Forestry Commission maintained paths and trails with more extensive trails in nearby Glen Affric.
Half a mile away the Tomich Hotel offers a public bar & restaurant, please check with the hotel for season opening times.
Inverness the Highland capital is 35 miles away, Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness are 16 miles away, and Beauly 18 miles away.
There is a small well stocked Spar shop in Cannich approx. 2.5 miles from the cottage.
Some of the larger supermarkets will deliver to the cottage.
** Please note before making an enquiry:
The owners would ask that you kindly note:
The property is strictly no smoking, no vaping & no e-cigarettes throughout.
Well behaved dogs are welcome with a strict maximum of 2 ( sorry no puppies and no giant breed dogs).
Babies and children under the age of 16 cannot be accommodated.
The property is for a strict maximum of 4 persons, we not able to offer discount for single occupancy.
Groups of young people under the age of 25 cannot be accommodated, the minimum age for booking is 25.
Booking is from Saturday to Saturday with arrival from 3pm onwards and departure by 10am prompt.
Due to the location and the availability of caretakers short stays or mid week lets are not available, however booking Saturday to Saturday facilitates late arrival and early departure if required but incurs the cost of the full week.
The cottage is small and has narrow stairs with a turn, the handrail is on one side only and as such it is not suitable for wheelchair users or persons with significant disabilities.
The bedrooms are situated on the first floor, and the wet room / toilet is on the ground floor – this arrangement may be unsuitable for some guests.
Bookings deemed to be suspicious, fraudulent or scams WILL be acted upon and dealt with through the appropriate authorities.
Thank You for your understanding.
The cottage itself consists of two ground floor entrance areas, a small cosy lounge area with log burner, a walk in shower room with toilet, hand wash basin, heated towel rail and underfloor heating, and a dining room / kitchen.
In January 2020 a new walk in shower / wet room was added to replace the old bathroom, and in April 2021 the old kitchen was replaced with a solid elm shaker style slate grey kitchen complete with dishwasher, fridge/freezer, built in oven & hob and a microwave. A handmade dresser housing all the crockery has been added to the dinning area.
The first floor has two bedrooms - one double room , one twin room - bed linen is provided plus one bath towel and one hand towel per guest.
Outside there is a large well planted, enclosed, fenced garden with seating, the fruit trees, bushes and herbs are available for guest use.
Parking is available at the front of the cottage for a maximum of 2 cars., the gates must remain closed at all times to keep the sheep out.
At the rear of the cottage there is an outdoor drying area /cycle storage space, this is an area where guests are encouraged to feed the pine martens, badgers, and foxes - there is a dusk till dawn light which offers close range wildlife viewing and photographing from the lounge window.
The wood burner in lounge is for logs only, the owners own log store is available for guests to use for an honesty donation of £5 per large bag.
Timed background heating and electricity are included.
Free Wi-Fi. is included although it is very slow, ( unfortunately fibre is not an option at the moment) there is also a landline for incoming calls only.
The Brewers Cottage is a member ASSC - Association of Scottish Self Caterers - Endorsed by Government and industry, committed to quality
accommodation since 1978.
What the owners Steve and Julie say …..
"Glen Affric is one of the most stunningly beautiful glens in the Highlands of Scotland and offers an ideal central location for touring this scenic and largely unspoilt region of Scotland. The region is an outstanding area for bird and wildlife watching. As cottage owners we fully encourage our guests to share our enthusiasm in feeding the visiting birds and wildlife and supporting the local environment.
The cottage garden attracts an abundance of birds and wildlife with foxes, badgers and the rare pine martens making nightly visits to the cottage to be fed. The pine martens now feed regularly on sultanas left for out them on the rear lounge windowsill, the badgers will also feed at the rear of the cottage.
In May 2021 we installed a pine marten nest box in the garden, the nest box comes complete with internal viewing camera, guests are provided with mobile phone app details for logging in and viewing the nest box activity.
In the skies over ahead the superb golden eagles of Glen Affric can often be seen circling the garden. Sea eagles, ospreys, red kites, buzzards and ravens are all frequent aerial visitors over the cottage.
Both the cottage and the wider Glen Affric area offer an abundance of opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts and keen photographers, we also recommend visiting Glen Cannich and Glen Strathfarrar, the latter only being open for vehicle use April - October.
Tomich and the Glen Affric region is a very, very special place with a unique energy which leaves you wanting more.
EPC Scotland The Brewers Cottage Date of Certificate 31.03.2023
Energy Efficiency Rating Band D (58) Geographical situation affects rating. The average rating for EPC's in Scotland is Band D (61)
Environmental Impact (Co2) Rating Band E (53) Age and location affects rating. The average rating for EPC's in Scotland is Band D (59)
For more information about the area please visit our own www.thebrewerscottage.co.uk