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Ptarmigan

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Carrbridge, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map

4.6

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Superb Cottage."

    Very cosy and spacious. Well equipped kitchen. Our week included Storm Gerrit. In spite of this, the causeway was manageable even in VW polos. We were however glad we had taken jump start kits and used them as power packs to charge phones during the 8 hour power outage. We had easy access to the reindeer sanctuary, Green lake and Loch Morlich as well as Aviemore for shopping. The walks we did were stunning - a great white Christmas!

    Hi Ruth, so glad you enjoyed your stay! Your snowy Christmas was well deserved after a big storm and power cut! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Dec 2023

  • "We all absolutely loved the cottage."

    I had seen the photos on line and thought it looked lovely but the pics don’t really do it justice. It is a huge property. 5 of us stayed and we had another 3 family members visit for lunch and there was so much space. The views are stunning, I was very sad to leave. And the beds were very comfortable which seems to be a rarity with holiday letting. I slept very well, the house was very clean and near to so many places of interest. There are lots of games and dvds you can watch and even a table football which the kids loved. The owners were very generous to leave us lots of lovely Christmas treats. It was unexpected and much welcomed. The kids practically screamed when they saw, the chocolates, cakes, stollen bites, chocolate coins etc!! So to summarise, I would not hesitate to recommend this cottage and I would gladly stay again.

    Thanks so much Rachael for your feedback - so glad you had such a wonderful stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Dec 2023

  • "We will return"

    Great to hear :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hermen4.4Nov 2023

  • "In a word. Perfect."

    Thanks Alan - great to hear :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Our 2nd stay at this property."

    We love it due to the lovely open plan of the spacious living area, find it very well equipped and make use of the great bike storage and airing cupboard for all our walking and cycling stuff. We will certainly come back and stay again.

    Thanks Nicola - great to hear :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Nov 2023

  • "Everything was great, really well equipped and cosy."

    Wildlife and birdlife was amazing! We absolutely loved it and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic place to stay, beautiful wildlife to watch from the house and very peaceful."

    We enjoyed the location and the house very much, with easy short drives to many Munro walks and woodlands. Only one recommendation for improvement, a few smaller pots and pans would be useful.

    Thanks Ashifa for your feedback - will sort out some new smaller pans :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ashifa5.0Sep 2023

  • "It was very comfortable and very pleasant."

    We really enjoyed our stay and thanks to the hosts for setting it up well.

    Thanks for feedback - all noted and in hand. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sathya4.4Jul 2023

  • "We really enjoyed the Ptarmigan cottage."

    A wonderfull house in a very quiet landscape

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Uwe5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great property, much bigger inside than we expected."

    Wildlife literally comes to the door (hares, stoats and deer). Ideal location for exploring the local area, walking and birdwatching. Yes the track is a bit bumpy but you are told about this, just drive slowly! We got lucky with the weather so didn't spend much time indoors but really liked the layout of the property. Hopfully we'll be back, especially at such a reasonable price.

    Great to hear - thanks David Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "The property was clean and very cosy, and we appreciated that being minus11 for 2 day The only negative thing I can say is the track leading down to Ptarmigan had a lot of potholes due to lots of use from farm vehicles but cannot fault the cottage plenty of wildlife to see and so peaceful."

    Would return.

    Thanks Doreen - glad it stayed warm and cosy for you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Had a fantastic week staying in Ptarmigan."

    The house itself was very spacious and comfortable, and exactly as described. The views from the house, and the surrounding area are stunning.

    Thanks for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very nice property with all that you need to spend a week with the family."

    The cottage is in a remote place, very quiet where you can relax and from there you can drive to all the places you can visit in the natural parc. Highly recommended

    Thanks Razvan for your recommendation :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Razvan5.0Feb 2023

  • "This was a delightful property in which to stay."

    Roomy, comfortable, well equipped and a peaceful tranquil setting. A few little niggles with some of the fittings (broken draw in kitchen, towel rail in bathroom). The long access drive was rather agricultural and unpleasant in the dark. Overall we would definitely book again.

    Thanks for feedback - all sorted now :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Niall4.1Oct 2022

  • "Only complaints from any of our group was that the sofas were uncomfortable and ..."

    Only complaints from any of our group was that the sofas were uncomfortable and the internet was a bit patchy but the views from the house are absolutely amazing and we wouldn’t hesitate to return again in the future, if you’re looking for a perfect base to explore the cairngorms and Inverness then look no further

    Reviewed by Justin4.4Sep 2022

  • "A beautiful property in an absolutely stunning location, we were bowled over by all the wildlife right outside out windows."

    The 'unmade farmtrack' to the property is fine for normal cars (something we were concerned about), you just need to drive slowly. The property itself was clean and had everything we needed. It was a great size, plenty of room for a family of 6 and the football table was a huge hit with my children.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely peaceful location - second year we have stayed."

    This year the house felt tired and in need of updating. Wi-fi was painfully slow, showers not great, clothes moths in bedrooms not welcome, cooker very slow and limited frying pans. It just needs a bit of an upgrade to reflect the cost of the week but otherwise a nice house - just felt a bit 3 star.

    Reviewed by Ian3.4Jun 2022

  • "Great space for staying with extended family."

    Lovely setting. Mattresses and living room seats could do with being replaced. Mattresses were very soft which caused back problems for some guests. Kitchen could be a little better equipped with pots and pans.

    Reviewed by Emma3.1Apr 2022

  • "Ptarmigan is really spacious and comfortable, and has the most wonderful views."

    If you like beautiful scenery and wildlife, it is a fantastic place to stay.

    Reviewed by Ailish4.4Jul 2021

  • "A nice deceptively large cottage in a good setting with great wildlife to be seen."

    Good comfortable beds but some of the lounge seating not so comfy. Dirty oven trays but that was obviously down to the previous guests not having cleaned them. Could do with decent outdoor furniture as existing table etc rather run down. Track down to cottage has some pretty large holes. Don't attempt to bring your supercar down! Overall though, an enjoyable stay and would be happy to return there.

    Reviewed by Graham3.4Jul 2021

  • "The first thing we noticed was how spacious this property was, it has all the things you need to have a comfortable week, the surrounding wildlife was incredible, the garden is just enough to have a kick about etc, the local convenience store isn’t too far away and Tesco will deliver an online shop to this location, the only downside was the drive, when we booked we owned a Land Rover so the drive wouldn’t have been an issue, we own a mid sized family hatchback now and it was a bit tricky in some places, the drive is a long windy stoney track and some of the dips did damage the plastic under trays of the car, this probably won’t apply to some cars which sit a bit higher and certainly 4x4s will fly up there, it’s just a small downside of a truly lovely cottage."

    Reviewed by Jonathan3.8Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful location - very peaceful and surrounded by wildlife including hares, roe deer, long-eared owls, barn owls and red squirrels in the local patch of forest."

    The gravel track leading down to the cottage was very bumpy and not recommended for lowered /sports vehicles but once at the property you really didn't feel like you wanted to go back out! The bungalow is very spacious, with windows all around so had a great feeling of space. Heating system very good (although we had good weather in June) and really there was not much to fault - in fact we immediately rebooked for 2022!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a fabulous location for spotting wildlife."

    Well stocked kitchen with all mod-cons and laundry area. Large dining table (take cushions if you plan on lingering over food as wooden seats a little hard) or high stools at breakfast bar. Lounge and Games Room were spacious - games room currently not stocked due to Covid but I believe usually has board games available. The corner settee was very soft and comfortable but the other two were rather hard and with no arms we didn't find them as comfortable but that is personal preference someone else may well prefer those to the softer settee. Fast wifi that didn't drop out at all whilst we were there. Also got a good mobile phone signal. Great shower in both the bathroom and the ensuite. Very nice bedrooms with comfortable beds. The pillows were a little flat for our liking (but may suit others) - as there were only 3 of us we took the pillows out of the spare room and had 4 pillows each. Overall I would say practically perfect.

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2021

  • "Seating in Lounge was ok for lounging but not suitable for elderly who had trouble getting out of low seating."

    This was our only issue of a lovely property.

    Reviewed by Terry4.4May 2021

  • "A really lovely house."

    We loved spending our evenings watching the hares and the deer. Nice walk through the woods very close by. Comfy bedrooms and a nice kitchen.

    Reviewed by L5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage is in an idyllic position with far reaching views to the Cairngorm mountains."

    There is wildlife and lots of birds all around. We saw deer, hares, and red squirrels in the woods behind the house. We have done lots of walking, which was brilliant as we were very lucky to have beautiful weather. The sunrise and sunsets at the cottage are truly spectacular.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Sep 2020

  • "Ptarmigan was absolutely lovely it was so exciting entering for the first time with all of the lovely big rooms beautifully carpeted and so comfortable."

    The kitchen was lovely and the views from the kitchen window were spectacular. Everything was presented really nicely with a lovely big TV in the living area and wifi was great. The property was well heated and cozy we just loved everything about it. The only downside and it was really quite trivial was the track way to the cottage we appreciated it was classed as unmade but there were a lot of holes and some of them were quite big, we had a large 4x4 so it didn't matter to us too much but I think if anyone had a small car it would be quite bone rattling. Overall we loved every minute of our holiday and if we could've picked the cottage up and took it with us we would have. Thank you so much for making our holiday so enjoyable - Billings from Somerset

    Reviewed by Anita Rose5.0Feb 2020

  • "We enjoyed the snow while we stayed at the property we had everything we needed to have a relaxing holiday"

    Reviewed by Razvan5.0Feb 2020

  • "The accommodation was perfect and such good value for money!"

    The beds were super comfy and we had so much room to spread out, we spent most of our time in the kitchen cooking and it was great to have the room to all hang out together in the space. Will definitely be back and would totally recommend anytime to stay.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage very comfortable, plenty of space, warm and cosy, outlook from the kitchen dinner was wonderful."

    Reviewed by Grahame5.0Nov 2019

  • "Absolutely loved staying in this homely, yet modern cottage."

    The living space is fantastic, the kitchen is great with all the amenities you'd need. It was warm and very clean, with comfortable beds and lots of towels. The surrounding area is beautiful and so quiet, the Cairngorms itself on the doorstep gave us lots of things to do everyday. Postcode given doesn't quite take you all the way but the written instructions were very easy to follow. Only thing missing (if you're really bothered) is WiFi, but we didn't need it, 4G service was reliable if you need the internet, but we'd taken lots of our own games and DVDs for entertainment. Would recommend it to anyone, 100%

    This property now has WiFi - December 2019 Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was very suitable for the 6 of us who stayed the one night we had there."

    Unfortunately the WiFi advertised does not exist. It is still on Booking.com today(15th October 2019) as having WiFi. We are planning staying in the area next summer for a week. If the WiFi is installed by then,we would like to stay there again.

    This property now has WiFI - December 2019 Property Owner

    Reviewed by Douglas4.1Oct 2019

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double (can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double (can be twin on request), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • WiFi, Smart TV, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair
  • Ample off road parking for 3 cars
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Excellent wildlife watching opportunities from the property
  • Short walks possible in the immediate area
  • Set within the Cairngorms National Park
  • Please note: access to the property is via an unmade farm track

The property

Carrbridge 3 miles.

This lovely bungalow is situated in a private location with rural surroundings, one and a half miles from the village of Duthil and commands lovely views across the Cairngorm Mountain range and a RSPB nature reserve.

Sleeping up to six guests, the property is ideal for a family or group of friends who will love the unspoilt beauty of the area, with plenty of outdoor retreats and activities close by.

You enter the property into a utility room, ideal for leaving your boots and coats before continuing inside.

There are three bedrooms here; a king-size double with en-suite shower room, a regular double and one twin-bedded.

All bedrooms have mirrored fitted wardrobes with plenty of storage and benefit from countryside views.

The family bathroom is complete with a bath and overhead shower, ideal for relaxing in after a day traversing the rugged highlands.

The large sitting room is divided into two areas separated by a display unit, with the lower level acting as the main sitting area with a TV, and the upper level acting as a chill out area with plush seating and a selection of games and toys.

Completing the interior is the bright and airy kitchen/diner, benefitting from views of the surrounding highlands, making it a perfect spot to gather round at mealtimes.

Outside and to the rear is a lawned garden with picnic bench, while towards the front is a paved area with seating where you can enjoy your morning coffee and soak in the full vista of the famous Cairngorms.

Carrbridge is just a short drive away and offers a selection of shops and a host of excellent tourist attractions, such as the Landmark Forest Theme Park.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be awe of the surrounding area with the whole the National Park at your doorstep, providing endless outdoor pursuits and wildlife opportunities.

This house and location complement each other, giving you access to a wealth of attractions for the whole family to explore.

EPC Rating: Band D

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location

CARRBRIDGE

Aviemore 7 miles; City of Inverness 25 miles.

Within easy reach of a host of exciting tourist attractions and surrounded by spectacular mountain and moorland scenery, the small village of Carrbridge has a great deal to offer during both the summer and winter months. Situated within the Cairngorms National Park, the village is home to a pony trekking centre, a challenging 9-hole golf course and a good selection of shops and eateries. The Landmark Forest Theme Park and Visitor Centre features displays on the natural history of the Highlands and once a year, during October, the Village Hall is transformed into the setting to find the World's Best Porridge Maker, a competition not to be missed! Nearby Aviemore, with its championship golf course and wide selection of shops and pubs is well worth a visit, whilst the surrounding countryside offers great walking, cycling and wildlife watching opportunities together with superb skiing on the Cairngorm Mountain Range. A fantastic location all year round!

Please note: access to the property is via an unmade farm track.