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Grantown-on-Spey, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Very lovely and comfortable cottage in beautiful, peaceful grounds, surrounded by woodland and not overlooked by any other properties."

    Lots of wildlife can be viewed directly from the cottage and scenic walks with marked trails are possible from pretty Nethy Bridge village, just 5 minutes drive away. The cottage had everything we needed, was spotlessly clean and just made us feel relaxed from the moment we arrived. The owners Malcolm and Sammie were in contact to ensure we had a comfortable stay and were available to assist if we needed them.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2024

  • "Excellent location."

    Property was clean, comfortable to stay in and we liked the fact that you could do some walks from the property itself. The owners were very friendly and offered help if needed. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Apr 2024

  • "Excellent."

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a great time in this exceptional property."

    Very comfortable, well equipped and clean. We will happily stay here again.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Mar 2024

  • "Such a wonderful holiday house in a brilliant location."

    There is lots of nature to be seen including a pine marten in the garden and plenty of birds on the bird feeding station. We also caught the northern lights on camera from the garden. The house is fully equipped and immaculately clean. We were very happy with the space for a family with two children and were kept busy with the days out and sight seeing locally. Also we were very happy with the communication from the owners - thank you!

    Thanks for the great feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Feb 2024

  • "The holiday cottage is beautiful, comfortable and well equipped."

    We really enjoyed our stay. The location is fabulous and close to so many fabulous walks. Stunning scenery and wildlife. We will most certainly love to come back and stay at Birchbank.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2023

  • "A great cottage that was very comfortable and clean."

    Set in beautiful surroundings, we will definitely consider coming again.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage with plenty of space for all 6 adults - we had everything we needed and Sammie was really helpful giving us ideas of where to visit."

    Great base for exploring, we had a brilliant holiday- thank you Malcolm and Sammie.

    Thanks for the great feed back. Malcolm and Sammie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really enjoyed staying here."

    Cottage comfortable and well equipped. Very good location for walking along the river, in forests and up into the mountains. Close to Grantown and Boat of Garten for restaurants and supplies.

    Thanks for taking time to leave your feed back.I assume the 3 out of 4 for maintenance was because the kitchen blind broke? If you could tell us what was inaccurate about the listing then this would be very helpful as some people have mentioned this before. This description was written by Sykes after inspecting the property so any suggestions for changes would be most welcome. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Malcolm and Sammie. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maggie4.4Jun 2023

  • "Excellent location ."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2023

  • "Great property, lovely location, very clean & warm, everything we needed to self cater."

    The only thing that could be improved is the Wifi, though we had a good phone signal so we tethered off our mobiles.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2023

  • "We have been staying at this property for many years twice a year."

    The owners are fantastic people who will do everything possible to make your stay memorable. The cottage is in tip top condition and has everything you would want for a great stay. It is constantly being upgraded so there is nothing that looks shabby. It is situated centrally for touring the area and there is plenty to see and do

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2022

  • "Another wonderful stay, the new double bedroom & the new soft furnishings in the bedrooms are to a high standard as are the new Bathrooms, this enhances what is already a perfect cottage."

    We have already booked for next year we usually stay in the Autumn but coming in the summer for the first time, so we are looking forward to what Scotland has to offer in a different season. Birchbank is the best accommodation that we stay in, keep up the excellent work Sammie & Malcolm. Everything is spotlessly clean

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great location, will return."


    Dear Roy, thank you for taking the time to leave us your feed back. We are disappointed that Birchbank didn't meet with your expectations. It would be very useful to hear specifically what would have improved your holiday experience, as we like to try and maintain our 100% positive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy3.8May 2022

  • "Birchbank is in the perfect spot."

    It’s very clean, comfortable & ideal for a peaceful holiday. Wonderful to wake up each morning to a host of wildlife, including Roe Deer, Hare, Red Squirrels, Woodpeckers & much more in the garden. Would definitely recommend, Malcolm & Sammie are great – thanks for the superb break

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent property , well equipped , secluded yet close to local amenities"

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Dec 2021

  • "Excellent cottage everything is spotlessly clean ."

    very warm & comfortable , it's positioned in an idyllic area quiet & peaceful . Thoroughly recommend we have already booked for next year which would make it our 4th visit.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2021

  • "The only thing I would say was it wasn't very clear where to leave the recycling, but we bumped into the owner who was very obliging and helped us unload the car."

    Brilliant stay. Really enjoyed it. Great value and location.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Aug 2021

  • "We enjoyed a fabulous week in this comfortable, spacious, well-equipped cottage."

    The location is perfect for a relaxing break - a beautiful, peaceful setting with nearby Grantown on Spey within a pleasant 1hr walking distance or a 5min drive. The sizeable cottage grounds were frequently visited by woodpeckers, red-squirrel and pine marten during our stay. Owners were extremely friendly and helpful. Thanks for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2021

  • "Cottage was great as usual."

    ...shame about the weather.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2021

  • "As always Birch Bank is a great place to holiday and was really clean inside, ..."

    As always Birch Bank is a great place to holiday and was really clean inside, had no worries about covid inside this place, it's in a lovely area with loads of wildlife in the garden, people who own it are nice too

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a fantastic week staying at Birchbank."

    The cottage was spotless and very well equipped. We felt very welcome and happy with all the safety protocols that had been taken in light of Covid-19. The setting is exceptional. There is a huge amount of outdoor space and so much wildlife to enjoy. A real treat to see red squirrel, deer, pheasants and woodpeckers. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area too. We would happily return.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a fantastic break here over Christmas."

    2 Adults and 2 kids - with almost (snow) everything we could have wished for! Lovely house in a great location - every home comfort you could ask for. Great location, which meant minimal use of the car - added bonus! Only down side was one of the kids crying as he didn’t want to leave! Already been asked numerous times each day when we can go back! Looking forward to booking again - maybe get my tractor ride this time!

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Dec 2019

  • "Excellent clean and comfortable accommodation."

    In a lovely setting with plenty of wildlife lncluding 4 woodpeckers,red squirrel, roe deer all seen from the property. Lots of good walks in the area.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Nov 2019

  • "Birchbank far exceeded our expectations."

    Nestled in a beautiful area of the Cairngorms surrounded by nature and wildlife we were warm and cosy during our November stay. Malcolm and Sammy could not have been more helpful and friendly giving us tips on some great locations for wildlife and Landscape photography plus a plentiful supply of bird food to top up the feeders and watch from the house.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Nov 2019

  • "Birchbank was fabulous."

    Its set in a great location and exceeded all our expectations. It was very clean and well laid out and had everything you could need for a relaxed homely stay. The scenery around is beautiful and we loved the local wildlife including deers red squirrels and the great selection of birds.We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend it to all our friends and family.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Sep 2019

  • "Well equipped,comfortable,everything you need and very welcoming."

    The pictures do not do justice to this lovely cottage it is a real home from home .

    Reviewed by Gwendoline Megan5.0Aug 2019

  • "Great cottage set in beautiful surroundings."

    Wildlife on your doorstep and very friendly owners. Would recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0May 2019

  • "Cottage was superb."

    Deer in the gardens superb walks from the cottage. Sammie and Malcolm made us very welcome.

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Mar 2019

  • "House was much better than advertised, easy to find, simple to pickup keys etc, ..."

    House was much better than advertised, easy to find, simple to pickup keys etc, very good location, overall an excellent Christmas

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Dec 2018

  • "An Excellent place to stay, clearly a lot of attention & thought has gone into providing a superb home from home cottage/ bungalow."

    This is an excellent base from which to explore Scotland, we found everything was spotlessly clean & well maintained a credit to Sammie & Malcolm.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Oct 2018

  • "The house was great and the landscape amazing."

    We had many walks and sightseeing in the area.

    Reviewed by Gunter5.0Aug 2018

  • "Really nice owners - little hiccup dealt with very speedily."

    Beautiful area and perfect holiday

    Reviewed by Gillian4.1Aug 2018

  • "I and my partner work very hard all year round and look forward to a good break birch bank is ideal we do a bit of walking and I'm a keen fly Fisher and the river spey is five minuts away which is rated one of the best in the world ."

    Grantown on spey seven minutes away with its good shops pubs reterounts and the people are very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0May 2018

  • "Very nice cottage and convenient, quiet location."

    Everything needed is available, and all very clean. Had a few problems initially contacting the owners for key collection arrangements, but soon resolved. Only issues related to a) being unable to get a signal for the Sky box, and b) the DVD player malfunctions and probably needs replacing.

    Reviewed by David4.4Apr 2018

  • "Birchbank is an excellent property that exceeded the description of it online."

    Very very clean, modern and cosy. Owners very welcoming without being intrusive. It was a pleasure to meet them and feel lucky to have found such a home from home, in such a beautiful location. The only reason I said Sykes only met my expectations is because I did everything online, so had no direct contact with yourselves.

    Reviewed by Sue4.8Nov 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Check in time is 4pm
  • Please be advised that having your own transport is highly recommended due to the location of the property
  • Please note: No stag/ hen parties or similar

The property

Birchbank is an idyllic holiday bungalow located close to Speybridge in the stunning Cairngorm National Park.

Surrounded by natural woodland, the property has lovely cottage charm throughout, offering outstanding accommodation for six guests wishing to explore the Scottish highlands.

On entering the property there is a vestibule, ideal for storing muddy walking books and wet coats.

The property has a fully equipped farmhouse style kitchen and diner with views looking out towards the Cairgorm National Park.

Plus there is a utility room with a washer/dryer for guests to use during their stay.

There is a separate spacious living room with comfy leather seats, perfect for guests to kick back, relax and watch a movie on during the evenings.

The property sleeps six guests in three light filled bedrooms.

The master is a double with ample storage space and views overlooking the front garden.

There is a second twin bedroom with a dresser, and a single with an optional pull out bed stored underneath.

The bungalow has a modern family bathroom with a bath and an additional shower room, accessed via the utility.

Outside, the property is surrounded by countryside and boasts an expansive enclosed garden with furniture, ideal for guests to enjoy family dinners outside and for children to let off some energy.

Plus, there is plenty of off road parking at the front of the property for three cars.

The property is located in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland, ideal for enthusiastic hikers and adventurers.

The popular Aviemore is situated just fourteen miles from the property with plenty of attractions for guests to enjoy.

Just a short three miles away is the nearest town of Grantown-on-Spey, here guests will find various shops, pubs and restaurants to try.

Birchbank is a superb property, providing exceptional holiday accommodation for six guests wishing to visit this stunning area of Scotland all throughout the year.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

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About the location


Aviemore 12 miles; Inverness 35 miles.

In the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Grantown-on-Spey has much to offer. There is a variety of shops, bars and restaurants in the town to tempt visitors, or use it as a base for exploring the varied pursuits of the area. Enjoy mountain biking, fishing, golfing on the area’s five courses, walking in the surrounding hills and woodlands, birdwatching and of course following the Castle and Whisky trails. In season, skiing is a popular activity at the nearby Cairngorms and Lecht Ski Centres, while the scenery of the Cairngorms National Park offers tranquil respite from a hectic life, no matter what the season.

Please note: No stag/ hen parties or similar

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas