An eco-friendly hideaway, with a living grass roof and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase breath-taking mountain views in the Cairngorms National Park.
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 week

Perfectly positioned in resplendent Aberdeenshire countryside, and boasting a living grass roof, Spyon Cop is built directly into a hillside in the impossibly scenic Cairngorms National Park.

Here you can treat your eyes to a slap-up feast of lush rolling hills, shimmering water, and soaring mountains that graze the ever-changing sky overhead.

Better still, inside the sustainable hideaway awaits a world of comfort and convenience.

Sleeping up to six guests, the retreat is ideal for families or groups of friends in need of both a refreshing rural escape, and some well-earned luxury!

Because it’s not just the exterior views that are incredible here. Each room has been expertly styled with a wonderful mix of retro furnishings, modern accessories, and sleek, clean-lined décor that lets the scenery speak for itself.

Catch up and unwind together in the sociable, open-plan lounge, kitchen and diner, as enormous floor-to-ceiling windows provide the perfect backdrop.

The ‘floating’ wood-burning stove is a joy to light on chilly evenings, and while there’s no TV (with views like this, who needs one?), you’ll have Wi-Fi if you really must stay connected with the ‘real’ world.

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At a glance

  • An eco-friendly hideaway with a living grass roof, built into a hillside in the scenic Cairngorms National Park, near Strathdon.
  • The single-storey house sleeps up to 6 guests in 3 double bedrooms, one of which boasts an en-suite shower room.
  • Relax in the incredible open-plan kitchen, lounge and diner, with its ‘floating’ woodburner and gorgeous mountain views.
  • There is a furnished deck and firepit outside – ideal for stargazing!
  • Glenbuchat Castle is a 10-minute walk away, and there are plenty of dining options and outdoor activities in easy reach close by.


  • Family Friendly


Sustainable, single-storey retreat, sleeps 6 guests.  Open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner: seating, Wi-Fi, wood-burner, dining table, kitchen with induction hob and electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave.  Utility room with sink.  Master kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, WC, wash basin.  Outdoor furnished deck with firepit.  Linen, towels and starter pack for the wood-burner are included.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, picnic spots, wildlife watching, stargazing, castles, historic sites, pubs, restaurants, independent shops, skiing, fishing, horse-riding.

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If you prefer relaxing al fresco, the firepit and furnished deck make for a soothing place to cradle an evening tipple, telling stories and awaiting the appearance of the softly-twinkling stars.

When you’re ready, choose your favourite of three elegant bedrooms. The master kingsize room features an en-suite shower-with-a-view, and a gorgeous chaise-longue right by the window… a better place to snuggle up with a good book is hard to imagine, especially if someone else is making the tea!

There are two more double rooms, both beautifully light and spacious, and both boasting huge picture windows that mean you’ll awake to a woodland-and-river vista that’s straight out of a fairytale.

In such an exquisite place as this, it’ll be tempting to stay put all holiday long. Yet when you consider that landmarks like Glenbuchat Castle are a mere ten-minute walk away, and there are tempting pubs and restaurants within just a few miles, you may change your minds!

And of course, since you’re in one of the world’s loveliest natural playgrounds, there are a number of ways to spend your time in the Great Outdoors, from horse-riding and fishing to cycling and skiing.

(Be warned: one visit may not be enough to fit everything in!)

Things to note

Please note that there is no TV in the property, which is accessed by a steep track that may not be suitable for low-slung vehicles.

Where you'll be staying

Near Strathdon, Aberdeenshire

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