- Sleeps: 2
- Bedroom: 1
- Bathroom: 1
- Minimum stay: 3 nights
Standing peacefully secluded, backed by serene birch woodland on the 5,000 acre Balnespick estate south of Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands, the Tin Church is an important part of Tomatin’s history. The building had served as a place of worship for railway bridge and Tomatin distillery workers for almost a century, when it was dismantled in 2019, owing to the original church no longer being able to satisfy updated health and safety requirements.
Completely rebuilt in the new location, the high beamed ceilings and huge windows flood the space with daylight. There’s a corner to get lost in the pages of a good book or dedicated workspace with wifi, should you need to catch up on work while you’re away.
The relaxed, open-plan living space will be hard to tear yourselves away from. It has comfy furniture, bookshelves and a Smart TV to help with evening entertainment. A sleek Jotul woodburning stands in the corner to ensure you’re kept perfectly toasty.
Well-chosen art adorns the walls, in particular the commanding copy of the portrait of Colonel George Mackintosh, grandfather of the owner of the Tin Church, whose family once owned the Balnespick estate.
There’s an Aga-equipped kitchen and a dining table for you to enjoy the fruits of your culinary labours… in fact, why not open a bottle of wine and get lost in conversation over a lazy romantic supper?
If the evening sun is still shining, you can take those glasses of wine outside, where you’ll find a furnished balcony and seating that’s perfectly primed for you to catch the sun melting into the soul-stirring rural landscape beyond.
Later on, you’ll find the elegant master bedroom ready and waiting to help you drift off into a sound night’s slumber, with a downy kingsize bed and incredible morning views to greet you.Keep reading
At a glance
- A modern replica of a historic church set on a 5,000-acre estate in the Scottish Highlands, five minutes’ drive from the village of Tomatin, with easy access to Inverness, Aviemore and all the villages in between.
- Ideal for a romantic break, the sustainably-heated church is peacefully secluded with south-facing views of the River Findhorn.
- Facilities include an Aga-equipped kitchen and a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower.
- Relax on the balcony with a glass of wine and watch the sun sink over the rural landscape… bliss!
- There are beautiful nature-walks starting right from the doorstep offering plenty of scope to explore the Highlands in all their dramatic beauty. Tomatin is home to the Three Bridges Café, shop and sports facilities.
- Adults Only
- Disability Accessible
Open-plan living/dining area with sofas, chairs, bookshelves, TV, Jotul wood-burning stove, dining table and chairs, underfloor heating. Well-equipped kitchen with Aga. Separate study with Wi-Fi. Master bedroom with kingsize bed, large bathroom with walk-in shower, separate WC. Furnished balcony and outdoor seating spaces. Ample private parking, storage for bikes and outdoor equipment.
Walking, cycling, birdwatching, fishing by arrangement, museums, watersports, shops, pubs, restaurants.
Savour coffee out on the balcony, as joyous birdsong eases you into the morning. All you’ve got to do now is freshen up with an invigorating shower, and the day is yours to claim!
How you spend it might take a little time to decide. Perhaps you’ll start with a tranquil nature-walk taken right from your door, or a five-minute drive into the village of Tomatin for a hearty breakfast you didn’t have to cook, or to hire an e-bike and explore the countryside on the National Cycle Route.
Ideally positioned in-between Inverness and Aviemore, Tomatin is a true gateway to the Highlands, where you can immerse yourselves in all manner of fresh-air activity until it’s time to toast another sunset from the balcony.
Things to note
Check in after 3pm, check out by 10am. Two guests maximum. Pets are not permitted.