Eagle Brae is the realisation of a dream, years of planning, hard work and investment for owners Mike and Pawana Spencer-Nairn.
Mike, whose family are originally from Scotland, was raised in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and gained a first class degree in Sanskrit at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He fell in love with the Himalayan regions of India while travelling there during a gap year. On a return trip in 1998 he met Pawana (pronounced Pubna) in her home village in Himachal Pradesh state – between Kashmir and Nepal – where her family run a guest house.
The couple married and set up home in Jersey, where their children Rowan and Ishbel were born. They frequently return, with Rowan and Ishbel, to the Himalayas and have built several properties there.
The 8,000 acre Struy Estate, in Inverness-shire, where Eagle Brae is located has been owned by Mike’s family since the 1930s. In 2005 Mike and Pawana decided to leave Jersey and move there, with the sole purpose of setting up the ultimate Scottish Highland self-catering experience.
They recognised a market over-saturation of machine-cut kit ‘chalets’ and decided to try and break with all conventions and create a unique, personal and wild self-catering destination.
The cabins are all well-spaced out, each with their own privacy and each hand-made with every log a different shape and size.
The owners’ strong ties with the Himalayas are represented in the log homes, with material from the area used in all of them . Pawana’s sister is married to a master wood carver, who with a team of expert carvers, has hand carved the decorative panels throughout the cabins.
Mike and Pawana have tried to create a self-catering experience where guests are free to either indulge in their own privacy or partake of the Eagle Brae activities and community feel.
The couple – and their enormous but friendly bernese mountain dog Kyla – will personally welcome every guest and attend to all their wishes to ensure a personal, exciting and comfortable stay.
All of the team working with Mike and Pawana are committed to the friendly personal atmosphere at Eagle Brae. We look forward to welcoming you here to share it with us.