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Strathavon Chalet

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Aviemore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Great little chalet, warm and cosy."

    Ideal for a stay in Aviemore and just a short walk to the centre of the village

    Reviewed by James1.3Feb 2024

  • "Fantastic location and friendly owners."

    We enjoyed being positioned next to the train station and being able to sit on the balcony with views of the mountains. The walk down to the river 5 minutes away was pretty special. We found the beds comfortable. The kitchen could do with modernisation.

    Reviewed by Gayle4.1Aug 2023

  • "Wonderful comfortable and cosy chalet, clean, had everything we needed and ideally placed just outside of town."

    Host next door really lovely and helpful. Will definitely Otley come back to this property. Thankyou for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved our chalet,plenty of room,lovely sitting up on the decking on a evening,so peaceful."

    Loved opening my bedroom doors in a morning to see rabbits on the lawn. We spent a lot of time on the riverbank behind the chalet just a few minutes walk away. The owner lives in the house next door and is such a lovely man with plenty of knowledge on the surrounding areas. Just a short walk to local amenities with everything you need. Very impressed and will definitely be going back next year.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.4May 2023

  • "Ideally situated for town centre and surrounding walks and activities."

    Very cosy, warm and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Oct 2022

  • "Great location in Aviemore, lovely garden, we enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4May 2022

  • "Very cute. The layout with the lounge upstairs made the view of the garden and the mountains a joy."

    Reviewed by Janis4.4Apr 2022

  • "Spacious Chalet - Great location in Aviemore for easy access to Cairngorm mountain"

    Reviewed by Jason and Rosie4.4Mar 2022

  • "This is our second visit to Strathavon Chalet in 3 years, I also had it booked last year but had to cancel due to the way of the world or should I say the state of the world with this pandemic :( The chalet is in a brilliant location for where we normally go in Aviemore over the August Bank Holiday (Thunder in the Glens at the MacDonald resort, which is just over the railway from the chalet)."

    Only downside and that is not major is there is only road parking for the chalet, easy enough with one vehicle but we had two, normally the bike would have been in the secure parking at the event, so as I said no real issue for other years when Thunder in the Glens is on. Facilities more than meet expectations, communication with the owner is pleasant and the cleaners did a great job for our arrival. Would we go back definitely :)

    Reviewed by Doreen4.7Aug 2021

  • "Chalet was lovely, ideal location for exploring Aviemore."

    Chalet could do with some modernisation and beds were not overly comfortable. The balcony which overlooks the garden is perfect for enjoying a drink in the sun. Would go back :)

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Jul 2021

  • "The owner was friendly and helpful when we phoned to arrange for collecting the key."

    The setting is excellent with shops etc close by, and the bonus of having the River Spey a few minutes walk from the chalet.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jun 2021

  • "Superb chalet in a very convenient location in Aviemore."

    5 minute walk to restaurants, pubs etc. Covered area at rear means you can sit and admire the wildlife whatever the weather !

    Reviewed by Vince5.0May 2021

  • "A beautiful chalet in an attractive location"

    Reviewed by Lee-ann5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely chalet in a perfect location."

    Reviewed by Angeline5.0Oct 2020

  • "Know the area well, so very pleased to be there."

    Have stayed in property before

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2020

  • "The area itself is stunning and is heaven on earth."

    Unfortunately we were probably spoilt last year when we stayed in a cottage in Wales. This years stay in aviemore was lovely but the chalet needed a good deep clean especially the bathroom, extractor fans and tiles. In the kitchen it needed a good scrub and the tiles properly cleaned. It was also extremely basic in terms of equipment. Whilst it’s good value and good as a base, a bit TLC would have made it even better. Unlike last years cottage there was nothing in the way of books/games/dvds although this was perhaps due to COVID-19. As I said, a bit loving care would elevate the comfort of the property, nothing could make the area better, it’s just perfect as it is.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth2.5Aug 2020

  • "Very nice atmosphere and friendly owners."

    Reviewed by Loes5.0Jul 2020

  • "Had a lovely stay but let down again by the cleanliness of the property, had to hoover up on arrival as it clearly had not been done properly, also the bathroom certainly hadn't been cleaned as it was still dirty and the shower tray hadn't been done for months as was thick with black dust."

    The chalet is in a lovely position, but it's always the cleanliness that let's it down it's our 3rd year here and each time I have reported the cleanliness but nothing seems to get done about it! It would be nice to stay here again and come into a clean chalet.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.1Feb 2020

  • "Great location to walk across railway bridge into centre of Aviemore in less than 5 minutes."

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Dec 2019

  • "Inside entrance porch, mat dirty & with leaves, the kitchen was disgusting, oven, hobb & surrounding area- filthy, couldnt use oven, was so bad."

    We bought bleach to soak a chopping board from bolognese orange to white. Bathroom was worse with splash back & mirror not clean, sink & pedestol black, also shower inside & out black, long time of hair not cleared, drain cover removed as water filled tray up almost out the shower door. Carpet on stair badly stained as was downstairs bedroom carpet, long time of dogs taking its toll. My husband cleaned cooker hobb, oven door, cleaned out drain in shower so water could drain away.sink & bottom of pedestol. Upstairs was spoiled because of black dog hair on wooden floor. A beautiful chalet spoiled as it had not been cleaned in long term, would not go back. Can attach photos of said complaints.

    Reviewed by Sandra3.4Nov 2019

  • "Die Unterkunft war mehr als enttäuschend: weitgehend ausgefallene Heizung im Erdgeschoß, die Heizungsanlage sehr veraltet bis marode; Doppelbett nicht nur komplett durchgelegen, sondern jede einzelne Feder spürbar; Herd schätzungsweise 30 Jahre mit verkrusteten Dreckresten; Toaster (wurde schon 2017 in einer Bewertung bemängelt!"

    ) rostig, vollkommen verdreckt, sehr unappetitlich; Dusche in den Ecken nicht sauber; insgesamt wurde die Unterkunft nicht nur mit dem Billigsten ausgestattet, was der Markt so hergibt, sondern sie macht auch den Eindruck, als sei seit mindestens einem Jahrzehnt nichts mehr investiert worden.Positiv ist die Freundlichkeit des Vaters Eigentümerin anzumerken, der direkt nebenan wohnte und sich sehr um uns bemühte. Wir sind nach drei Tagen wieder abgereist und haben reklamiert. Die Eigentümerin zahlte nach anfänglichem Sträuben unsere im Voraus bezahlte Miete anteilig zurück. Zur Umgebung muss man wissen, dass Aviemore ein stark besuchter Touristenort ist.

    Reviewed by Michael1.3Sep 2019

  • "The accommodation was lovely, well situated for the event we were there for (Thunder in the Glens) and already booked for next year."

    The shared garden was lovely and the gate at the bottom which lead to a bridge over the burn, into a meadow and then through some trees to the banks of the Spey was a favourite of my two dogs who joined me for the latter part of the booking after the rest of the party had headed home. The big doors to outside from the family room were stuck, probably swollen from the amount of rain in the area this summer but that was a minor inconvenience which we didn't bother the owners with, other than that the accommodation was near perfect, the one thing that was missing for pet owners I think was a fenced off area for the dogs to sit outside (mine are still puppyish so a secure area would have been welcomed), that secure are under the upper veranda would have made the near in 'near perfect disappear'.

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Aug 2019

  • "Cosy chalet in lovely grounds, on the riverbank, in the heart of Aviemore."

    Very comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Aug 2019

  • "The chalet was perfectly located with parking on the road just outside the cottage."

    The garden outback was extensive with wonderful views of the mountains. Perfectly located and lovely hosts. Will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Katalina5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely and cosy, nice and warm and kitchen well equipped."

    As lounge is upstairs and main bedroom and kitchen etc on ground floor it would be nice to have a TV in the downstairs bedroom which has a table and chairs and acts as another lounge. Would recommend and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage was amazingly clean, had all the facilities we needed and was situated in a perfect place for our family."

    We would definitely recommend this place and we can’t wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cleanliness of the property on arrival was not good as had to spend an hour hoovering and cleaning before we could even unpack!"

    Few things in general need to be updated at the property new chairs in the lounge as all marked and dirty and a new mattress on the double bed. The property just needs a good TLC to bring it up to standard as it has so much potential.

    Reviewed by Sarah2.8Feb 2019

  • "Thank you we really enjoyed our holiday"

    Reviewed by Dawn4.7Dec 2018

  • "Very helpful booking process, Sykes provisionally booked the cottage enabling us to sort out details with our friends who were also in Aviemore."

    Delightful chalet with character and plenty of space, nicely presented. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Sep 2018

  • "Although we had read the description and seen the photos of the chalet we were very pleasantly surprised at the size and level of comfort that we experienced: I’d say that what you read and see does not do it justice."

    It is very well equipped with every thing you could need as well as very comfortable beds and bedding. It could not be better situated for access to the amenities of the centre of Aviemore, a great pub down the road and for public transport links. The views from the chalet of the Cairngorms are breathtaking! We definitely recommend it and we will book it for our next visit to Aviemore.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Feb 2018

  • "This is a fantastic alpine style lodge in the heart of Aviemore."

    There is very easy access to all the amenities Aviemore has to offer and we were never far away from something to do, Rothiemurchus being virtually on our doorstep and the skiing 20 minutes up the road. For walkers there are plenty of routes for all abilities, be those easy strolls around Loch Morlich or for the hardcore, Cairngorm itself. For the scotch drinker the surrounding towns and villages are a mecca, with so many famous distilleries being fed by the Spey river. Everything is easily accesible and well serviced by road (except when the snow gates are closed!). We also took the train and spent a day in and around Inverness, and found the service to be very reliable. All in all we had a fantastic week, doing good things, in a beautiful place with friendly people. What's not to make us come back again?

    Reviewed by Simon4.8Feb 2018

  • "The property was as listed but we had a few issues with this."

    The owner was notified but failed to even respond to my text. Day 1 the fridge stopped after doing a shop so we lost a lot of food .the drains in the shower room had to be cleaned out by me photos are available. On the whole the property was not cleaned or maintained to a fair standard .bedroom cupboard drawers need repairing .outside lights not working hover stinking when in use .this was the same for the kitchen fan stinking when in use .this is a fair assessment not me being picky .

    Reviewed by Gary3.3Dec 2017

  • "The chalet was in a great location ."

    But on arrival very dissatisfied as the chalet was not clean . I had to spend money on products to clean . The worst areas were the kitchen and bathrooms . Could not use any pots pans as filthy . Nearly every dish was chipped . Cooker ,microwave dirty . We ended up eating ready meals and couldn't bear to prep food . The chairs in the lounge were stained and dirty and we had to buy throws to cover them so we could use . Very poor info just leaflets on cooker heaters ..... bathroom smelt horrible . Would not return and very hestitan to Rebook through Sykes cottages . I sent owner a polite text explained we were dissatisfied and reply back comments previously from others said the same as us regarding cleaning so why dint the owners clean or check before our arrival . Regards Alison .

    Reviewed by Alison2.3Dec 2017

  • "Two changes that would be helpful."

    A new oven , although the existing one is adequate. A new 4 slice toaster.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.4Nov 2017

  • "A very warm & comfortable chalet,everything you need for a pleasurable stay."

    Storage heating superb,didn't need electric fire on all week although temperature outside got down to minus 10 degrees.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Nov 2016

  • "The location is ideal for all activities and places of interest."

    The chalet is well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a break. The only thing I would suggest is that a few things are replaced, such as table and chairs on balcony, fix balcony, replace lightbulbs. The place is idyllic, we watched rabbits, red squirrels and deer in the garden on an evening!

    Reviewed by Karen4.8Aug 2016

  • "Had a great time at Strathavon chalet, been there twice now and it never fails to please."

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2016

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  • Two bedrooms with electric fire: 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor family room with 1 double and 1 single
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • First floor sitting room with electric fire and balcony.
  • Electric night storage heaters with electric fires
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking beside chalet for one car
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Shared lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Property has a balcony, children to be supervised
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in twin room and sitting room
  • Note: Working railway line next to property, heavier trains run at 7:45am and 9:30pm with lighter trains throughout the day, some associated noise will be heard

The property

Ideally situated on the outskirts of popular Aviemore, and yet within easy walking distance of its excellent facilities, this detached log cabin makes a great holiday home.

Aviemore is the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, a vibrant and lively village with an array of outdoor pursuits and attractions meaning that there is something for everyone, making it an incredibly popular tourist destination.

Strathavon Chalet will suit a family or group of friends who want to get out and about and savour this wonderful area, and have a cosy, comfortable and relaxing base to return to at the end of a busy day.

The well-equipped accommodation is set over two floors, and the modern fitted kitchen with dining area ensures meals can be prepared with ease.

The sitting room is on the upper floor and a door provides access out onto a large balcony, from which spectacular views of the famous Cairngorms can be enjoyed.

There are two comfortable bedrooms, a modern shower room, and outside there is a large shared garden where children can play safely.

From the garden there is a path that leads to the beautiful River Spey, just a 5 minute stroll away.

For walkers there are numerous paths to follow and plenty of cycle tracks along magical routes.

Wherever you go you will see an amazing array of wildlife and the RSPB centre at Loch Garten, where the Ospreys return year after year, is a must for all ages.

A welcoming log cabin in a truly wonderful area.

EPC Rating: Band F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Inverness 30 miles.

Situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and in the Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore is an ideal holiday location. The area offers good fishing, superb walking in the surrounding hills and woodland, and golfing on the many fine courses in the area. There is also sailing, riding and birdwatching, with rare species to be found including Ospreys and Capercaillie. You will find Aviemore an ideal base for touring the Highlands and nearby Grampians. The landscape is dotted with historic castles and tempting distilleries, while the region is known to millions as the setting for the popular TV series 'Monarch of the Glen'. Enjoy fishing on the majestic River Spey all summer, and winter skiing on the Cairngorms and Lecht ski centres, appealing to thrill-seekers and novices alike. There's a swimming pool and championship golf course, and with a wide choice of restaurants, bars and hotels in the town, many with live entertainment throughout the season, you may find yourself having a "Highland Fling"!

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Any one looking to book from the 30th of November 2019 or the 11th of December 2019, please call the office to negotiate a price.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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