is the home of Allan and Marjorie Macpherson-Fletcher
and their family. Built by James "Ossian" Macpherson in 1790, the
house has remained in the family ever since and provides an exceptional
to the surrounding estate.
The house has recently been
fully restored and decorated and is furnished in period
style with much of the furniture
and paintings dating from the early period of the house.
Guests are all encouraged to treat the house as their
home. This is not a hotel
but a friendly family home and our wish is to provide
you with a shooting, corporate or pleasure visit where
you and your party can
relax and enjoy the peace of the Highlands in an atmosphere
of comfortable elegance.
Accommodation for up to 20 people is provided in four double and
six twin bedrooms, all with their own private bathrooms. The house
has full central heating throughout. There is a fully equipped gun
room with drying facilities and the estate office can provide comprehensive
secretarial and communication services.
The 36' dining room can be used for sumptuous dinner or lunch parties,
seating 30 at one table, or it can be arranged to suit more
intimate occasions. The nerve centre of Balavil is the huge Victorian
kitchen which provides excellent home-produced cuisine.
Seasonal game is a specialty of the house.
Strathspey is renowned for its high hills, clear rivers and its
exceptional beauty. There are lovely walks on the estate
and for the more energetic, there is golf on eight local courses,
riding, tennis and a host of other leisure pursuits such
as clay pigeon shooting and off road driving.
Balavil is one hour's
drive from Inverness Airport and two
hours from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Inverness to
London railway line stops at Kingussie.
For those who wish to sight-see
and shop, there are many
historic castles from Blair to Cawdor and a wide range
of antique, woollen and craft shops to browse through,
not to mention the numerous
distilleries where you can sample the Highland water.
The surrounding estate is run on traditional sporting lines and
in season we can provide challenging red and roe deer stalking, grouse
and pheasant shooting, and rough shooting for hare, rabbit, duck,
woodcock and snipe. There is a three mile beat of the River Spey
exclusively retained for house guests.