Darwin Cottage

Self Catering Holiday Cottage in Elgin

Darwin Cottage Self Catering lies high on the banks of the River Lossie overlooking Elgin City. It is a sunny cottage facing south and is tucked away at the end of a private drive amidst the five acres of peaceful grounds of a magnificent Georgian Mansion.

There are three bedrooms, a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and one with bunk beds; two family bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bath; a kitchen-diner and a large lounge with dining facilities, so six people, or seven with a young child, can easily feel at home.

The bedroom with bunk beds is in a raised tower and with its television and DVD player, large selection of children’s books, puzzles and jigsaws it doubles as a games room retreat.

Outside there is a large enclosed garden a patio to the front and rear and off-road parking for four or more cars. Within the garden there are plenty of spots for relaxing and alfresco dining after a busy day.

Darwin Cottage has been fitted out to HMO fire safety standards with linked fire alarm system. For the comfort of guests we operate a no-smoking policy within the Cottage. The proprietor lives nearby and is available to help with any problems at short notice should they arise.

History and Location

Darwin Cottage is the former home of the Head Gardener. Formerly it had a lean-to greenhouse on its South wall as does the former family home of Charles Darwin in Kent. Here were grown exotic fruit and flowers for Braemorriston House- the magnificent Georgian Mansion built by Admiral Duff in 1819 and later re-modelled and enlarged by the renowned Scottish architect William Robertson.

The mansion grounds are a haven for wildlife with hedgehogs, frogs, red squirrels and an abundance of wild birds. There are also occasional sightings of bird of prey, roe deer and foxes.

The Vicinity

Darwin Cottage is 5 min walk away from Elgin city centre with shops, restaurants, pubs and night clubs. A chip shop is just outside the pillared entrance to the grounds and just 2 mins walk away there are local shops, two pubs and a Chinese takeaway. A large Tesco superstore and a Leisure/Sports Centre (with ice-skating, indoor sports, a swimming pool, fitness rooms, saunas and Jacuzzi's) are five minutes’ walk from the cottage site and then Cooper Park and the river bank nearby offers beautiful surrounds for a morning walk.


Darwin Cottage is family-friendly and pet-friendly and with the malt whisky trail, castles, the seaside, golf and mountains are all close by, it suits all types of holidaymakers, groups, tradesmen and relocating families. With its wonderful location, Darwin Cottage has been likened to a 'country' retreat within the heart of a city - the best of both worlds.


Darwin Cottage Self Catering Elgin has the following facilities:
Private Parking for up to four cars
Electric oven and hob
Dishes, plates, mugs, glasses, pots, pans, cooking utensils, cutlery etc
Sandwich toaster
Washing machine
Rotary clothes line (in garden)
Electric iron and ironing board
Dyson electric hoover
FreeSat TV and DVD/CD player in living room
Free WiFi
Children's books
Puzzles / games
High Chair
Travel Cot
Child safety stair gate
Child safety bed barrier
Hair dryer
Free Oil-fired Central Heating
Double Glazing
Large enclosed private garden
Patio area to front and rear
Covered porch to west
Garden furniture with parasol
Charcoal BBQ equipment
Charcoal Firepit & BBQ

Coffee machine and welcome pack
Darwin Cottage Elgin Self Catering - Living Room Dining Area