Nestled within the Cairngorms wilderness and with easy access to Aviemore, our self-catering lodge and cottages offer the perfect escape for family holidays, retreats and events.
Unwind, stoke your fire, re-connect and breathe deep. Go barefoot on the lawn, pick a hammock, toast your toes and slow right down. Allow your ears to ring with silence amongst the trees.
Make yourself at home.
We are a 'Good to Go' venue and have in place all additional measures to make your stay safe and full of freedom and fresh air!
Made, Gathered and Grown from as close to the Dell as possible, our home is yours for this while and we want to make this really easy for you.
We now have our own little Grocer on site which is open Monday - Saturday (via walkie talkie) and is stacked with easy oven meals, delicious wine, fresh sourdough most Fridays, holiday treats and all the essentials. Also a piping hot espresso machine for your morning pick me ups and icy cold wine for sundowners. You can also pre-order your groceries with 48 hours notice and we can make sure your cottage is stocked for your arrival. Tasty things to throw in the oven, fun meal kits to get the kids involved or grazing platters to share around the fire with a carefully matched wine. We have brought together some of our favourite local producers, stuff you won't find with the big guys, each showcasing our unique local larder.
The Dell is a peaceful retreat just on the edge of Nethy Bridge, ‘The Forest Village’ - a sleepy, friendly place reached by riverside walk or through the endless trails of the Abernethy Forest. The RSPB Osprey Centre at Loch Garten is just a 10 minute drive, to the north, the wild Moray Coast beaches and to the south, the heart of the Cairngorms. The Dell is an hour from Inverness airport, 20 mins from Aviemore train station and around 3 hours north of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Dell is well equipped and connected, yet a fantastic blank canvas for an event, corporate function or celebration of any kind. Along with accommodation for up to 28 guests, multiple event spaces and the offering of in-house catering, we relish the opportunity and challenge to produce unique and creative events.
Music has been our true tonic over the last little while and we have built a stack of our 'Woodland Wireless' playlists on Spotify to form a connection with the woods, even when you're not able to visit.
Soundscape draws from this library, carefully selecting tracks that stir us and resonate with the landscape surrounding us to take us on a meditative musical journey into the deeper, more hidden trails surrounding the Dell.
Each walk takes around an hour and will be punctuated with birdsong interludes and hot cups.
Only requirements are Premium Spotify account, good headphones and some sturdy footwear.
This is available all year round.
Singer, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Siobhan Wilson grew up in Elgin. A trained cellist, singer, composer and pianist from St Mary's Music School of Edinburgh, Siobhan has 15 years of international studio production experience including in New York, Paris, Budapest and Scotland. After a 5 year stay in Paris, France, she returned to Scotland where she is currently scoring her first short film recording with string orchestra.
Her performance is truly mesmirisng and she can silence a room with a mere whisper. She's recently had great acclaim and her album 'There are no saints' was shortlised for Scottish Album of the year.
We are delighted to host her at the Dell for a full gig on the Friday evening followed by an acoustic supper club evening on the Saturday.
Tuning in to the wisdom of how to 'Winter' well, we bring you the first in a series of Dell curated retreats based in our cosy Dell Lodge. Joining forces with the incredible Katie White, these four days of cosy immersion will bring you a very gentle adjustment to the new year.
Slow morning practice, evening fireside Nidra, together with lazy brunches and deeply nourishing soul food. Slow down and allow time to expand in the gorgeous, candlelit surroundings, giving time to soak in the tub, curling up with a book or take a peaceful wander through the woods. We will have optional classes in cookery with a focus on nutritional meal planning, crafting and a beautiful walking sound meditation included and also the option to tap on a massage.
We all want to start the year in a considered way and rather than juicing, fasts or detoxes only have short term affects on our systems, we want to offer something more meaningful, more sustainable. Together we will learn to slow down, to move our bodies in simple nurturing ways, eat wholesome seasonal food, explore creative mindful activities and devour deep rest. Leaving us more aligned, more connected and re-charged for the year ahead.