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Dunstaffnage Cottage

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


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely delightful host."

    The cottage is spacious with all amenities and very, very comfortable. We loved the beautiful location. The grounds of the cottage are lovely and we had a wonderful time walking through the woods behind the property.

    Reviewed by MariaOct 2023

  • "A lovely house in a great area."

    It’s within easy walking distance of the centre of the picturesque little town of Grantown on Spey but also on the edge of Anagach Woods, a pine forest that surrounds the town. The woods are great for morning and evening walks. You can easily walk to and along the majestic River Spey. There are indeed loads of great walks and bike rides on the doorstep, but you’re also close to the Cairngorms, the Highland Folk Museum and much more. I made a couple of little videos about the location, one about the woods: https://youtu.be/hyqMqkB8qY0?si=DOE8zEaYHW19gBRO And one about the town: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CyAcmdXoA0S/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA== Our only pointer for improvement would be the cooking equipment in the kitchen. There are few sharp knives and we could find no scales. So if this would be important to you, best to bring your own.

    Reviewed by KathrynSep 2023

  • "We had a great stay, everything was clean and convenient."

    The hosts were very nice and friendly. Each bedroom has their own private bathroom, and the garden area leads directly into the woods to the rear, allowing easy access for walkers and cyclists. We can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2023

  • "We booked this holiday for location and because it had a pod in the garden for the sunny days to sit in and listen to music and relax after a day of exploring but on arrival was told the pod isn't for our use it's only for theirs which we wasn't happy about as it shows it on the website and i also asked the agent if it was included in our holiday and was told yes."

    The people that own the house are absolutely lovely and very friendly and always spoke to us.

    The Pod is not part of the cottage let as Sykes have been informed. Sykes have been asked to remove this on their website. Sorry for your upset. I will ask Sykes again to remove the Pod from there website. Regards, Sandy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2023

  • "We were warmly welcomed and looked after by owners Lorraine and Sandy."

    The cottage was cosy and comfortable and we enjoyed our time there. The town of Grantown on Spey is small but has a good COOP store and a good number of local shops and places to drink and dine. The town is also central in an area where there are lots of activities and pastimes to follow. There are also lots of places to visit on days out, such as castles and distilleries and Landmark adventure park. Walks in the Cairngorms and experiencing the reopened funicular railway were also fun. So, lots to do in this area. We had a really enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2023

  • "We had a lovely 2 weeks at the property."

    Our hosts were very welcoming, the welcome pack of milk, shortbread and prosecco was a lovely touch as well as the Easter eggs for the kids. Garden was great for kids, they especially loved playing on the trampoline and watching the ducks on the pond! The house is in a lovely quite spot but still close to town. The plot backs onto woodland, with a private access gate into the woods which are fantastic for bikes of all abilities from toddler balance bikes to experienced mountain bikers. We also saw a Red Squirrel very close by and a Roe Deer and Heron at the nearby Pond at dusk. The beds were very comfortable and the house was plenty warm enough, the storage heaters worked well once you had them set to the right level. The house was well presented, although the edges of carpets needed a deeper clean and we found quite a few cobwebs around about. A bigger clothes airer would also have been useful, but clothes did dry quickly. There was no freezer in the kitchen (which we knew from the listing) but we were pleasantly surprised to find a fridge freezer in the storage shed right outside which was great. Couple of things were lacking from the kitchen that would have been useful - a cheese grater, more teaspoons, baking trays for oven and pint glasses. We also found the kitchen tap very splashy!

    We have put in 12 more tee spoons ,6 pint glasses, cheese grater and 2 more baking trays. The plumber has checked the kitchen tap to stop it splashing. Thank you for your comments. Regards Sandy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2023

  • "Fabulous property Well equipped Comfy beds Gorgeous gardens Friendly and helpful owners Thank you!"


    Reviewed by ChristineFeb 2023

  • "It was a fantastic stay, little touches made such a difference like having the heating on when we arrived, welcome biscuits, and gifts of chocolate for the kids."

    Lovely spacious cottage, extremely clean, and so nicely located to visit beautiful places. The children loved the garden and play area. Free WiFi was very helpful.

    Reviewed by AdamDec 2022

  • "We loved this cottage, had everything we needed and the hosts were very helpful"

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2022

  • "A lovely spacious home from home situated in a great position."

    Reviewed by MichelleAug 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage very clean and comfortable with all the amenities you could need."

    The gardens and woodland are fantastic with lovely walks in all directions. The Grandchildren loved the play area in the garden

    Reviewed by MartinApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week in Scotland."

    Dunstaffnage Cottage was a perfect base for lots of day trips. Sandy’s communication was excellent, and the cottage had everything we needed. The clearing of snow on (even) the side roads was fantastic- ensuring continued access to Aviemore & The Lecht for skiing. A long day driving to John O’Groats & Dunnets Head enabled us to add another tick to our bucket list - and a faint shimmer of the northern lights, from the cottage, was fab

    Reviewed by NicoleFeb 2022

  • "Dunstaffnage cottage is a lovely cosy place with a well-equipped kitchen."

    It is in a superb location on the edge of the woods, and within 5 mins walking into Grantown centre. The cottage was very warm even in January. We didn't have children with us, but it would be perfect for children as it is in the grounds of a large house with lots of garden to explore, and playgrounds. We had a lovely welcome with a few goodies in the fridge. My only negative point is that the beds are a little tired and could do with revamping with new mattresses and pillows. However, I would definitely come back again.

    Thank you for your comments, we have now replaced the bedding mattresses and pillows. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JacquiJan 2022

  • "A very clean, tidy, spacious “cottage” that was very warm even in mid-January."

    The owners who are very friendly and helpful appear to have thought of almost everything to make a stay very pleasant indeed. The location is quiet and the grounds of the main house offer attractive views and interesting wildlife. Easy access to church wood immediately behind the cottage is a bonus for nature lovers. Grantown with its facilities is just a short walk away. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by AndrewJan 2022

  • "This is my 5th stay at this cottage."

    My family and I absolutely love staying here. The cottage is so clean and spacious. It is very well equipped with everything that you need. It feels so much like being in your own home. Local amenities are very accessible. There are restaurants and takeaways. The owners are so friendly and always make sure you are comfortable and are always there if you need anything. There are plenty of things to do in and around Grantown on Spey. I would highly recommend this cottage. I will definitely be coming back to stay here again.

    Reviewed by BinellaDec 2021

  • "We all enjoyed our stay in Dunstaffnage Cottage, we had everything we needed and would highly recommend to our friends & family, thank you to Sandy & Lorraine for being such good hoasts!"

    Reviewed by DeanNov 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The cottage was like home from home, comfortable & very well equipped. The location is perfect for local walks & amenities and for touring the region. We would definitely recommend this cottage & hope to stay there again sometime soon.

    Reviewed by BruceOct 2021

  • "This wonderful cottage is very spacious and in superb large grounds within a 10 minute walk of the town centre, so providing excellent accommodation for the 4 of us to relax in."

    The cottage is in an ideal location for walking locally and seeing local attractions. We had a very enjoyable trip on the Strathspey steam railway as well as lovely walks around Loch Morlich, Loch Garten and Loch Mallachie. Ballindalloch Castle is also within easy reach and a superb place to spend your day.

    Reviewed by BryanSep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week here, helped by the amazing weather!"

    The cottage is perfect, clean and well equipped and we loved the beautiful grounds and the fact it was easy walking distance to the town. The owners are on site, but very discreet and there if you need them, we enjoyed meeting them very much. There is no doubt we will be back, and after renting holiday homes in many countries, this staycation exceeded our expectations!

    Reviewed by FrancesJun 2021

  • "Excellent host."

    Cottage very well provisioned.

    Reviewed by SpenceSep 2020

  • "Beautiful surroundings and plenty to do near by, we loved our stay at this cottage."

    Lovely walks and toddler friendly garden. The owners were so welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by NicholaAug 2020

  • "We had a wonderful weeks holiday here."

    Grantown is a lovely place to spend a relaxing week walking and visiting the local attractions. Dunstaffnage Cottage is a lovely place to stay. The owners, who live next door, were very friendly and helpful, pity the weather didn't allow us to maje full use of the fabulous grounds.

    Reviewed by DaveAug 2020

  • "Dunstaffnage Cottage is truly amazing."

    It has everything you need to make your stay comfortable & enjoyable. It is in a great location & the owners are lovely & welcoming. We couldn't have wished for a better place to stay & will definitely stay there again. Can't recommend it enough...

    Reviewed by SeonaidAug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage ,excellently situated."

    A nature lovers dream. Wild deer and red squirrels on your door step.

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2019

  • "We had a great stay in Grantown-on- Spey!"

    The cottage was very cosy and we had three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (we were five, two couples and one single). The kitchen was very nice and had all that you needed. We also got a complimentary milk and bottle of wine, which was very thoughtful, thanks! All in all a lovley stay and the very friendly owners lived across the yard in the main house. I will highly recommend this property, very good value for your money! Torbjorn from Sweden

    Reviewed by TorbjornApr 2019

  • "This was a delightful cottage in a fantastic location."

    The cottage was warm with a great kitchen area and lovely en-suite bedrooms. It was close to the town and shops which was very welcome after a day out walking. We loved being able to walk from the garden into the woods. Far exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by LMar 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely."

    The grounds were beautiful and the town had a nice little Co-Op and a terrific butcher. we had a number of "home-cooked" meals just so we could try some of the butcher's tasty entrees. The local bookstore was also a great place to stop and chat to the owner about books and authors. Perfect for sightseeing in and around the village. it would have been a bonus if there had been some bathroom cleaning supplies in the cottage .and a second fry pan would have been useful as well.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2018

  • "Really nice place to stay the house has everything you will need for your stay, WIFI is a real bonus."

    Grantown is a great base to explore from. We will be going back next year without a doubt. The high street has lots of places to eat and the co-op is well stocked

    Reviewed by GarySep 2018

  • "The cottage far exceeded our expectations only wish we could of stayed longer."

    The garden and play area where perfect for our young grandson. It was less than a hundred yards to the path through the surrounding woodland complete with its deer, red squirrels etc. If you haven't been to Grantown, go and this is the perfect place to stay, we are already making plans to go again.

    Reviewed by GaryAug 2018

  • "Gorgeous cottage, excellent location."

    Really enjoyed our Scotland holiday. (Also see my trip advisor review)

    Reviewed by EllenaJun 2018

  • "Grantown was beautiful."

    And the cottage just made our trip that much more enjoyable. Free wifi, washing machine and separate baths were much needed conveniences. Couldn't have asked for more. We traveled east and west so Grantown was a perfect spot. Would live there if I could.

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2018

  • "Our host Sandy was a delight and very helpful."

    Our arrival was painless and check out was just as easy. The surrounding gardens were stunning and very conducive to relaxing. The house was beautifully presented and well equipped. Quality and comfort assured us of a home away from home. I would highly recommend Dunstaffnage Cottage to anyone who appreciates a quality home with peaceful surroundings and in a great location!

    Reviewed by IanJun 2018


    Reviewed by LucyMar 2018

  • "Excellent cottage in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by LouiseFeb 2018

  • "Cottage was excellent"

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2017

  • "This holiday was perfect in every way!"

    Reviewed by AngelaJun 2017

  • "This cottage is exceptional in terms of space, comfort and facilities."

    The location is great and the owners are helpful when needed. There is a good wifi connection and all the facilities of a charming country town are in walking distance.

    Reviewed by LouiseFeb 2017

  • "Gorgeous cottage, really friendly hosts, excellent location - this holiday had it all !"

    Reviewed by JaniceSep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x doubles with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor double
  • Ground floor shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, wide screen TV, DVD, stereo CD/player, broadband internet access, small selection of books/games/DVDs
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Lockable storage for sporting equipment, wet clothing etc
  • Enclosed, shared garden with pond and summerhouses with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 10 mins walk
  • Please note: Pod in garden is not for customer use.

The property

Grantown-on-Spey 0.5 miles.

This detached self-catering property is a superbly converted stable in the beautifully landscaped garden of the owner's lodge, close to Grantown-on-Spey.

Situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, close to the Spey Valley and the Cairngorm Mountains, this welcoming Grantown-on-Spey cottage, a luxurious Highland retreat, offers three light and airy bedrooms, an open-plan living area with a modern, well-equipped fitted kitchen, dining area and a tastefully decorated and furnished sitting area.

Grantown-on-Spey, 10 minutes' walk from this Scotland cottage, has a good selection of shops and restaurants, whilst the surrounding countryside boasts an array of cycling, walking and wildlife spotting opportunities and, of course, fishing on the beautiful River Spey.

With numerous outdoor activities within easy driving distance, such as great golf, tennis and seasonal skiing at any of the fantastic ski centres in the area, this charming Grantown-on-Spey cottage has plenty to offer, and provides a great base from which to explore this stunning part of Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-70201-F

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas