2015 is the international year of light….

December 1, 2014

OK, so we hear that 2015 is the international year of light http://www.light2015.org/Home.html.

Up here on the Moray coast, we are very lucky to see regular appearances of the “Northern Lights”

A couple of images below I have found on the web both taken from the Moray Firth (google for many more!), just 15 minutes from us.

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Of course there is plenty to see during the day, wildlife ( yes there are dolphins ) castles, woods, seascapes…..what takes your fancy? Just look out of the window in your lodge to see Deer, Red Squirrels, Wood Peckers… (get up early though!), or just let the quiet wash over you.

So, perhaps a trip to Tullochwood Lodges is in order, 2 days or more, flexible start days, want to bring your family pet along, no problem, all in all its peace and tranquility in your own woodland or loch view lodge, truly a “home from home”

Got a date in mind ? Email us enquiries@tullochwoodlodges.com , call us on 01309 67 33 11 or check out our availability here 

See you soon (as in see you, light helps you see….terrible I know)

Simon

Petcations!

November 29, 2014

A what? A Petcation, never heard of one.

So, we are told that a Petcation is the new Buzzword, following on from Staycation…..

Simply, people who want to bring their pets on Holiday, whatever their pet may be…2 legged or four legged (and I guess people who keep pets with odd numbers of legs, no legs, wings etc!)

Well, here at Tullochwood we are very pet friendly, 3 out of every 10 bookings (at least) have a pet with them, recent ones are Chloe (a lovely boxer), Harry ( a very handsome Black Lab ) and we did have some pussy cats back in the summer!

So, you will hopefully know we are really flexible, start days, length of stay etc…but did you know, do your friends know, that we love family pets…..

Click through to our site www.tullochwoodlodges.com, or go straight to see our availability

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A warm welcome awaits at Tullochwood!

 

 

2014…its flown (again)

November 29, 2014

To all of our guests over the year, haven’t you been wonderful..

We have had guests from all over the globe, furthest flung Australia & China, most Local Forres (well Rafford)!

We have had a super year, and it continues through into Christmas and the new Year.

So, Michelle and I would like to thank all of our guests, past and present for staying here at Tullochwood…its been a pleasure.

Just a few comments from trip advisor and booking.com below…

“Thank you so much, although our stay was short (2 nights) we had the most wonderful, comfortable, warm, clean, beautifully furnished and equipped accomodation. The lodges are situated in the most tranquil and beautiful location. We would recommend Tullockwood Lodges to anyone looking for a special place to stay”….Stefan

“We had a fantastic week in our lodge. Simon was great help with places to visit and recommendations for dinner options. The lodge it’s self had everything we could need- very well equipped kitchen with loads of plates, pots and pans. The bed was comfy pillows are devine. Clean and tidy on arrival nothing was a problem and the cost was fantastic too. Will be coming back again very soon. Thank you so much for making our first wedding anniversary great (was a lot to live up to we were in Mauritius this time last year) x” Fiona

“The only noise was the birds going to roost, and the dawn chorus in the morning. A perfect place to unwind with a glass or dram and listen to the country side.”….Mike

“Lovely site, not too big, marked walks, beech, BBQ area. Great facilities with games and DVD lending. Was able to book 2 nights mid week. No midges! Good size lodge and we had the smaller one.”….Joanne

 

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You see at Tullochwood, there is always a Rainbow!

See you all in 2015!

 

Simon & Michelle x

What a year!

December 21, 2013

Hello readers, old and new.

Firstly our apologies for not getting round to updating the blog, after taking the business over from Mary & Kenny back in the summer of this year, we have had some bedding in to do…..6 months worth!

Anyhow, Tullochwood Lodges is as you would guess under new management.

I am Simon and my wife is Michelle, we originate from Bedfordshire and now live at and run Tullochwood with our family Tom, Hannah, Sam and my mum Sylvia….plus our family of dogs PJ (woof), Blue Dog, and Pepper (Pepper is a new addition, he’s a true Scot!)

I have been running different businesses for many years, initially a Greengrocer in our home village of Harlington, and lately working in the self storage industry…so everything about customers. Michelle has been a full time mum for over 16 years and most recently also had a role working at Harlington Lower School helping in the classroom, specifically supporting a couple of lovely guys with Downs…so a real carer. In combination then (one would hope) not a bad mix for looking after you on your holidays!

We spent the last 2 years planning our move, looking at rental properties in Devon, Cornwall, Wales, East Anglia….and of course Scotland. Back in the Winter 0f 2012 we visited Tullochwood along with another property on the west coast, leaving Luton Airport with a good 3 inches of snow, and arriving at Inverness with the weather setting in…driving a rental Golf, it wasn’t looking too great travel wise…

Our first day was spent near Oban, the property had some 17 lodges, a good reputation….and lovely owners, but after spending a night there we had some doubts.

Day 2, as we set back (in the snow) past some magnificent scenery, capped mountains, rivers and wildlife, we realised that it had to be Scotland….but the property had to be right…and so to Tullochwood.

As those of you who have stayed at Tullochwood will know, we have 8 Lodges, split 4 x 3 Bedroom and 4 x 2 Bedroom…the comfort of the lodges, the tranquility of the surroundings, and the convenience of being so close to a wonderful town as Forres is ticked almost all the boxes.

We had a few more months to wait, but by April it was all set…our lawyers worked hard to finalise details (Oh boy were there some details), we went backwards and forward to the local tip in Bedfordshire….47+ years of life in one house is many trips, and then on the 22nd June an articulated lorry and 5 chaps, packed what seemed like a never ending stream of boxes ( thanks to my other employers http://www.bigboxstorage.com ) and furniture and set off to our new home…Tullochwood Lodges

Thanks to White & Co….Bedford and Forres, I cannot recommend them enough

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Michelle stayed in Bedfordshire for a week whilst Tom completed his exam (and went to his prom!), my Mum, Hannah, Sam, 2 dogs and one driver (me) drove 14 hours, with plenty of stops arriving at Tullochwood on the 24th June 2013 in the wee hours…

We have settled in very well, and have had the pleasure of some lovely guests…..the weather has been fantastic and even as I type, it remains mild… a few photos to capture 2013 :

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So…as we exit 2013, we look forward to welcoming our guests over Christmas and the new year, and of course looking into 2014, all of you that have already booked with us, and those of you who will do soon…. a very warm family welcome awaits.

2014 marks the year of Homecoming here in Scotland, whether you are coming from near or far, the country has much to offer, the Moray area is unspoilt and temperate…so go on, book with us (get a great early rate!), we assure you of our very best.

email enquiries@tullochwoodlodges.com

http://www.tullochwoodlodges.com

Telephone 01309 67 33 11 or 07702 056 240

Have a lovely Christmas Everyone, speak soon.

Simon, Michelle, Tom, Hannah, Sam, Sylvia…and our woofs! xx

Relax at Tullochwood

March 12, 2013

One of the most frequently heard comments we hear from guests is how relaxing Tullochwood is.  Living in the grounds, of course we have to agree – even after the busiest of days out and about – the tranquillity of the woodland and lochan is hard to beat.

Our February half term visitors enjoyed some gloriously sunny days, albeit a bit on the cold side too – and it was lovely to welcome back our regular guests as well as some new ones.

Many of the local tourist attractions are open again and everything will be in full swing by the end of the month for the Easter holidays.  We have a couple of spaces, so check availability online if you want to see Tullochwood at one of the prettiest times of year with the spring flowers through and the trees beginning to blossom.  With any luck the ducks and moorhens will have come back home too!

I wonder if they take different routes to get here each year? By car it’s lovely having a choice of roads – all spectacular in their own way.  Along the Moray coastline from Inverness; through Pitlochry, gateway to the Highlands, from Edinburgh; and closer to home there’s Dava Moor, the Speyside whisky trail route and the easy 4 mile drive from Forres.

The lodges are the perfect base to explore the area, or simply take a time out and sleep from 2 – 6 people, with some suitable for your dog to come too.  We can always help with information about what’s happening in the area and keep our information lodge stocked with lots of information and leaflets – but for a sneak preview check out our things to do page – some highlights for the year are on the right too.

We often have special offers and just now short breaks are available until the end of June 2013 – even over the Easter Holidays when you can pop up to Brodie Castle for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Bookings can be made online, or email Mary at enquiries@tullochwoodlodges.com or call 01309 673311, for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Best wishes

Mary

Tullochwood Lodges at the Porridge Championships

October 22, 2012

If you’d told me when I left school that eight chums and I would spend an afternoon in Carrbridge watching the World Porridge Championships, I’d have presumed you’d consumed too much of Scotland’s other famous product.
Yet earlier in the month, on Saturday 6th October – that’s exactly where we were. Nine school chums enjoying the bookclub annual weekend away.

First there was the leisurely lunch at the Heather Centre – stovies and oatcakes – where we chatted about the book for the month. Coincidentally (or maybe not!) based around the area in Ballindalloch Castle – Bloodlines, Touch not the Cat, by Mckerley & Schippers. Sadly the castle was closed for the season or we’d have been there too!

So we decided to pop in to see the World Porridge Championships at Carrbridge. The village hall was buzzing. We arrived just at the end of the second heat. Seats were found and we watch the third heat of contestants create traditional and specialty porridges for the judges. Proper traditional porridge – oats, water and salt. And yet five totally different results. Toasted oats, coarse oats, fine oats, soaked oats – a combination of any. Yes – and I have to say surprisingly – we were gripped. The whisky tasting during each round was an added bonus obviously!

So thank you to the organisers – this was the 19th championship. Well done to everyone who took part. And congratulations to Benedict Horsburgh who won the Golden Spurtle for traditional porridge, Lauris Figone who won the specialty porridge and John Boa who won the ‘People Choice’ award. You made our weekend.

To join in next year – just get yourself booked in at www.tullochwoodlodges.com for the first week in October! Or call 01309 673311 for short break prices.

Best wishes
Mary x

Take a Timeout at Tullochwood Lodges

August 24, 2012

Wow – how fast did the summer go? What an exciting few months for the country. With the Jubilee celebrations and then the Olympics with Team GB doing us proud – it’s no wonder the school holidays seem to have sped by and now most of the children are back at school. And with 10 days of the Paralympics taking us into September now is the time to think about having a little bit of a time out again before the Christmas festivities.

So if you need a second break – or just simply didn’t get round to one earlier in the year – here’s why you might want to take a wee holiday at Tullochwood. Other than the trees turning to beautiful bronzes and golds, reflecting in the silvery water of the lochan – we can have our own spectacular olympian displays too – there’s still lots going on in Moray over the autumn!

Why not invent your own holiday pentathlon – with a trip to one of the local castles or museums, book festival, whisky tasting, red deer rut safari and a day at the local swimming centre. Or if food is more your thing there are festivals and local farmers markets, or why not add a spot of ceilidh dancing, golfing or horse riding. There’s lots to choose from – our around and about page will give you a few more ideas.

Of course, our guests aren’t the only active ones. The Tullochwood swallows have been very busy this summer, one busy pair have reared 5 chicks – feeding them non-stop for weeks through rain and sunshine – the chicks fledged and within 7 days new eggs had been laid in the nest. Feeding is going on as we speak, it is amazing how attentive they are….always a shame when they go as we know the colder weather is approaching….never mind they’ll be back!!

Add to the array of things there are to do and see, our fantastic Autumn special offers – which include midweek (Monday to Friday) and weekend breaks throughout September to November – including the October school holidays – and other discounts subject to availability – and you’ll feel you won your own gold medal! Please call 01309 673311 for more information or email me via the website at http://www.tullochwoodlodges.com.

Best wishes
Mary x

Going for Gold @Tullochwood Lodges

June 15, 2012

Yes – we’re getting into the spirit of things and ‘going for gold’ – but we’d like it in the shape of gloriously round and warm sunshine for all our guests to enjoy a relaxing summer break at Tullochwood, while watching The Olympics in comfort on the flat screen digital TV’s…bliss!
In saying that, we did pop up to Inverness last Saturday to see part of the Olympic Torch relay – just one of those events you don’t want to miss – especially with a budding athlete who’s just enjoyed her primary 1 school sports day!

We have our own sporting events to look forward to over the summer. In June there is the Moray Walking Festival from 21st-24th and then the whisky Trail Cycling Sportive on 24th. The Barclays Scottish Open is being held for the second year running at Castle Stuart Golf Links from 12th – 15th July. And of course the Highland Games are in full swing in towns across Moray.

So whether you want to be active (and you can be) or whether you want to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet, with woodland walks on your doorstep and beaches and forests close by – you’re going to love our summer special offers.

We are offering midweek breaks (Monday to Friday) in the two bedroom lodges throughout July and August – and other discounts are available subject to availability. Please call 01309 673311 for more information or email me via the website at http://www.tullochwoodlodges.com.

Best wishes
Mary x

Hopping Mad Easter Deals @Tullochwood Lodges

February 23, 2012

We always look forward to this time of year at Tullochwood – as the weather warms and the plants and wildlife come out around us.

With Easter being a bit later this year, whilst we can’t promise you sightings of any Easter bunnies, we can be sure you’ll enjoy a lovely display of spring bulbs in and around the lodges.  And this year we’re offering guests staying for a week or longer 15% discount while there is availability.

As usual there is lots happening in Moray and Speyside throughout April, including the Glenlivet 10k in aid of the Chest, Heart and Stroke Association, local farmers’ markets and musical evenings in the local venues.

Visitor attractions will all be opening their doors for the start of the new season with activities and interests for all ages, from dolphin spotting and nature parks to castles and museums.  Check our Around and About page to see everything that Moray has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming guests to Tullochwood in 2012.  Check out our special offers for full details of our Easter Offer as well as ongoing deals, or call on 01309 673311 for more information and availability.

Best wishes

Mary x

PS Just spotted our first moorhen of the year on the lochan – spring is on it’s way!

Spring Spectacular at Tullochwood Lodges

November 28, 2011

I can’t believe we’re at the end of November already and watching the woodland turn wintry with beautiful frosty mornings – and no doubt snow soon!

It’s been a busy year in Forres and Morayshire – from the Barclays Scottish Open Golf Championship at Castle Stuart in July (returning again in 2012) to the Porridge championships at Cawdor in October. There have been Highland Games throughout the summer months and local musicians and bands playing in the many venues in the area.

We are delighted to hear from our guests about their stays with us at Tullochwood – and have added some of their comments to our website Guest Book. Our website also now features our online video so you can capture a bit of the ‘feel’ before you even get there!

So, before the winter sets in, why not take advantage of our special offers and find out what our guests are raving about.

• Spring Spectacular – 15% off all breaks taken before the end of May 2012

Check out our special offers for full details or call on 01309 673311 for availability.

Thank you to all our guests for staying at Tullochwood – we hope to see you again soon

Best wishes

Mary x


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