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Archiestown, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a Well equipped property in beautiful surroundings with good quality bedding unfortunately the double bed remains extremely noisy everytime you move, waking you ( we mentioned this last October when we stayed)."

    The cleanliness of the pots and pans was disappointing we had to wash everything before we used them, but the kitchen was had a good selection to use. There was a bulb out in the kitchen area making this area dark. All in all a great rental property in a gorgeous location. We will definitely be back for another stay

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.1Sep 2023

  • "The decor and facilities in the cottage are now very tired."

    This is typified by significant mould around both shower enclosures. (which is actually visible in the cottage publicity photos). The crockery and glass has numerous pieces which are chipped and therefore unsanitary. The cleanliness of the cooker and glass doors look as though the cleaning has been rushed, for example an unwashed pan. There is a poor overall smell in the cottage, probably old cooking smells, necessitating the purchase of fragrance candles. The positioning of the cottage although very close to the village is let down by needing to walk along a non side pathed grass verge. This means any visit to the excellent hotel has a less than pleasant walk back All in all not the best of places to stay.

    Reviewed by Sam1.9Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful place."

    Reviewed by Shuvra Dev1.3Jul 2023

  • "Newlands is a great property for exploring Speyside with some great walks/cycles in the area, particularly the Speyside Way."

    The house was very clean and in a great location - beautiful view of Ben Rinnes from the kitchen. The nearby self-service farm shop is worth a look (great sausages) and it would be rude not to have a dram or two when you’re in this part of Scotland (the Mash Tun in Aberlour does great whisky and food). We were a party of 5 (with Hamish, the border terrier too) and would recommend the house and the area.

    Reviewed by Phil4.4Jul 2023

  • "House is spacious with amazing views and has everything we needed a few little jobs need attention but didn't spoil our stay, second time we have stayed here and will definitely book here again."

    Jobs needing attention Upstairs: shower doesn't drain well, toilet seat moves alot, double bed very noisy everytime you move Downstairs: Toilet flush doesn't always work and Radiator in lounge was turned off which made bedroom radiators not work upstairs when turned back on upstairs radiators worked Owner of the property is very helpful and responsive to emails and help with firewood, key collection and general information. Lots of warm bedding and towels provided Highly recommended prperty Beautiful part of the country to visit

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.7Oct 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    Everything was as listed and more. Entry is easy and our contact was extremely helpful

    Reviewed by David3.8Jul 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage which was neat and tidy on arrival."

    A log fire helps to keep it cosy on a cold night. Very well positioned for visiting distilleries. Archiestown is a quaint village but regrettably has no restaurants for eating out. The Archiestown hotel which, if Googled, shows a nice restaurant but the hotel has been closed for some time. Aberlour nearby has many facilities but it does mean driving there.

    Reviewed by Thomas4.1Apr 2022

  • "Great location for travelling in and around Speyside."

    Facilities ideal for a group of eight with plenty of room and dining area. The village is picturesque with Distilleries 5 minutes away with great dining.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great holiday hope to return next year"

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Oct 2021

  • "We had a good week at Newlands."

    It is a cosy cottage with plenty of space for a family (only 5 of us but our kids prefer to have their own rooms - hence the need for somewhere with 4 bedrooms!). It could perhaps do with a bit of TLC - some shoogly fittings etc. But it is in a lovely location with nice views to the hills and the enclosed garden is great for the dog. We found some good walks in the area.

    Reviewed by Ailsa3.8Oct 2021

  • "Plenty of hot water, comfortable beds, couldn't find any non slip bath/shower mat."

    Great view from the kitchen and living room. Could do with some clear instructions on using the television. We would of loved some information of the history of the house.

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, good location for sight seeing"

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Good accommodation, plenty of room for 7 of us."

    Big kitchen diner with everything you need. Unfortunately the only Hotel within walking distance for a drink or food was closed for refurb at the time we were there, end of July. The map location on Sykes app actually sends you up the wrong dirt track road. But it is close by.

    Reviewed by Pete4.7Jul 2021

  • "The house was comfortable for our family of five plus a dog, who enjoyed the safe, big garden."

    Nice open views to the front. The directions for finding the house could have been slightly clearer but the arrangements for keys and so on were good.

    Reviewed by Charles3.8Jul 2021

  • "Not deep cleaned to a suitable standard."

    Both outside and inside required money spent and attention to detail on level of cleanliness and tidiness. I felt the property had been charged out at the highest price with as little spent on it as possible. The list was long but to find cobwebs and dead flies behind the curtains , poor cleanliness in the bathrooms and dust around the skirtings and window sills was something no one should have missed. As a family we choose many cottage holidays often several a year and Sykes is one of our go to companies. I am not in the habit of giving poor feedback but I felt this property was letting the normal high standards down. Maybe some form of inspection is over due.

    Reviewed by Michael3.1Jul 2021

  • "We've stayed in a lot of self catering holiday cottages in Scotland and this was well below the standard we are used to."

    There was a leftover dog toy which obviously belonged to a previous visitor under one of the chairs which doesn't give you much confidence the place has been cleaned thoroughly. The beds (and a lot of the other furniture) were old and worn and not that comfortable. Bedding and linen was fine but the beds need replacing. The bathrooms were also in need of an update, very basic and a bit shabby looking. There is a lovely big garden but the only outdoor seating was an old bench and table, it would be nice to have some proper outdoor seating so you can make the most of the garden/eat outside of the weather is nice. The cottage was well equipped with all the basics and location was great but some investment is needed to upgrade the furniture/bathrooms to make this a more enjoyable holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Laura2.5Jul 2021

  • "A comfortable, warm house."

    Decor was a bit dated but fitted the farmhouse feel of the property. There is a lovely big garden in the property with Apple trees. Garden is not totally enclosed. Property is a short walk from the village but on a busy road. Village is very quiet but there are some nice walks not far from the house. We had a nice stay in the property.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Oct 2020

  • "Excellent location and a very homely cottage."

    Kids loved the garden and it was a good split having 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom upstairs and 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom downstairs. Was very good value for money and we all really enjoyed our stay. Would recommend!

    Reviewed by Steven4.1Jul 2020

  • "Newlands was the perfect getaway for New Year."

    The house was clean, cosy and comfortable with a very well equipped kitchen for cooking. Central heating was super efficient and log fire added to the winter warmth. The 5 ring stove and double oven were a treat. Views over Ben Rinnes were stunning. Sunrise and sunset were especially amazing. We loved standing outside at night time and admiring all the stars. Lovely walk down a forest track to Aberlour for a pint in the Mash Tun, then along the Spey to Craigellachie for lunch at the Copper Dog and a wee Dram in the Highlander. Pippa was very helpful. Great walks in the woods behind Archiestown too. Loved it. Hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Dec 2019

  • "We were very uncomfortable on the beds, the mattresses were too hard and the springs in them lumpy."

    As I have arthritis the pain was worse after trying to sleep on the beds. I had to put am duvet on top of the matress to enable me to sleep at all, my daughter suffered back pain and this worried me as she is only young. We left early on the Wednesday instead of Saturday due to this and the weather drawing in. There were too few logs left for the log burner and we had to purchase our own which were hard to find, and when we did they were expensive. We needed the burner as it got quite cool in the evenings. We had not expected this additional expense so we left early.

    Reviewed by Dorothy3.1Jul 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay but had to buy a larger teapot and a jug to meet our catering needs."

    It would also have been useful to know just what soap was being supplied in the bathrooms.

    Reviewed by Peter3.4Jul 2019

  • "A comfy cottage with massive garden and local walks from cottage into forest ."

    Good location as can do inland and coastal walks - Morayshire coast was spectacular . Note - no dishwasher - may be an issue for a large party. Initial issues with level of cleaning on arrival - owner apologised and plans to address with cleaning staff, so hopefully will no longer be an issue. Despite above we would return to this property and we had an excellent holiday here.

    Reviewed by Elaine2.8Jun 2018

  • "Ease of booking - simple yet effective!"

    Reviewed by Bert5.0May 2018

  • "A very well placed cottage for visiting distilleries or just going for walks."

    It is very comfortable and there's plenty of room for all the family and visiting friends, the garden is also large with lots of of visiting birds which the children loved to feed and watch. We would highly recommend this cottage it is warm (loved the wood burner) and relaxing and we will book again.

    Reviewed by William5.0Feb 2018

  • "Great loction and nice clean cottage comfy beds"

    Reviewed by George4.6Apr 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin, 1 x ground floor adult bunks
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 6)
  • Sitting room (seats 6) with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Oil range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Front lawned garden
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins walk, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: The ground floor is split-level
  • Note: Max
  • 6 adults and 2 children
  • Note: This property has a minimum stay of 3 nights.

The property

A well-presented detached stone cottage located on the edge of the historic Highland village of Archiestown.

Well-appointed throughout, this spacious stone cottage is ideal for a family orgroup of friends who want to discover the Moray and Speyside region.

This bright and warm Moray cottage has four lovely bedrooms, two on the ground floor and two upstairs, with a bathroom on each floor.

The kitchen is located in a large sun room at the front of this cottage in Archiestown, from where you can discover the fabulous views.

The split-level ground floor also has a beautifully presented sitting room with a welcoming woodburning stove and double doors leading out to the garden.

To the front of this Speyside cottage is a private lawned garden, a great place to relax before setting off on the day's adventures!

Archiestown is centrally positioned in Speyside on the Malt Whisky Trail, with up to ten distilleries in close proximity; so make sure you share the driving!

Running right from the doorstep of your Archiestown cottage, keen cyclists and walkers will adore the Speyside Way, an old railway line, which links the Moray Coast to the Grampian Mountains.

The River Spey is famous for fishing and permits are available locally, or if you prefer you will find no less than 22 golf courses in this area.

A fabulous location and a wonderful Speyside cottage!

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About the location


Elgin 17 miles; Grantown-on-Spey 24 miles.

Archiestown is a pretty and tranquil village located in beautiful Morayshire to the north of the River Spey and is one of the highest villages in Moray. In the centre of the village is a pretty tree-lined square, which is a designated conservation area, and the Archiestown Hotel occupies a corner location on the square. Archiestown is a very well kept and friendly village that has won the Moray ‘village in bloom’ competition on many occasions. The village is home to a shop, Post Office and local craft outlets, while the village’s hotel houses a cosy pub and popular restaurant. Archiestown is situated on the Malt Whisky Trail, with the famous Macallan Distillery to the east and the Cardhu Distillery to the west. Being in the heart of Speyside, Archiestown is an excellent location for touring this general area, including the nearby villages and towns. Nearby Aberlour is not only famous for its distillery, but is also home to the Walkers Shortbread factory and is a great location for some fishing too!

Note: The ground floor is split-level. Note: Max. 6 adults and 2 children. Note: This property has a minimum stay of 3 nights.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas