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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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6 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped property, was everything we hoped for!"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Feb 2024

  • "What a wonderful place to stay."

    Beautiful views and location. The property was everything we wished for. Will definitely be going back again. Sarah & Kirston

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jan 2024

  • "Absolutely perfect stay."

    We are already talking about coming back. The placement of the house is really nice and the views are lovely! Wi-Fi is very fast and I was able to work from home if I needed. We loved the thick blankets and the two lots of shower rooms. The decor was absolutely stunning and I loved the room upstairs with the sofa and TV - very cosy! I liked that they provided the basics like oil, salt and pepper etc..and a small welcome pack. However it would have been nice to have a washing tablet or liquid for the washing machine and as this was provided for the dish washer but not to wash clothes.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Dec 2023

  • "You have an absolutely fabulous property, I couldn't find any fault with anything even the weather didn't spoil our holiday, All fixtures and fittings were well-maintained inside and out 10/10."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Staying at Otakaro in Tomintoul was fantastic, one of the best properties we have stayed in over the years, we couldn't have asked for a better place for our week in the Cairngorms and Highlands."

    Incredibly clean and inviting to come back each day after a long trek up the mountains. Great base for exploring, we climbed Ben Nevis and Ben Macdui, drove to Loch Ness and Cullen on the coast. To top it off we drove to Balmoral Castle on the way home and afterwards King Charles was driving behind us through the mountains! Unforgettable memories made in a beautiful place in Scotland. Thanks Otakaro, we didn't want to leave but we will be back next year.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage in a lovely location with excellent views of the valley and the 'dark sky'!"

    The property was spotlessly clean, well equipped and very comfortable, and communication with the owners was excellent.

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Sep 2023

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x ground-floor bunk
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • First-floor sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and slimline dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, stairgate and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed rear patio with decking and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: A starter pack of logs will be provided for the woodburning stove; additional fuel will need to be purchased

The property

Nestled in the heart of the quaint, rural village of Tomintoul, Banffshire, is this charming holiday cottage, Otakaro.

Located in the idyllic Cairngorms National Park, this property is perfect for families or even friends sharing, boasting gorgeous countryside views and a wealth of on-site amenities.

Inside, be sure to utilise the fully-fitted kitchen/diner, which serves as the social hub of the house.

Prepare tasty meals with your loved ones before settling down at the dining table, where you can catch up on the day's events by the warmth of the woodburning stove.

When you're finished eating, race to the upstairs sitting room to enjoy a film on the Smart TV, with the backdrop of the surrounding Scottish landscape transporting you to a state of pure relaxation.

When sleep calls, retire to one of three plush bedrooms, all tastefully-decorated and perfect for unwinding in.

Awaken to a refreshing shower before enjoying a coffee in the southeast facing patio with decking and furniture.

A short walk into Tomintoul Square will provide you with a delightful choice of shopping and information - check out the Discovery Centre then maybe enjoy a dram and some pub grub at the Richmond Arms.

At the top of the village across from the Glenlivet Estate offices is one of the best adventure playgrounds suitable for all ages including the young at heart!.

Grantown-On-Spey is a short drive away and is home to the Grantown Museum, ideal for history buffs, and nearby Nethy Bridge has a lovely golf course.

The acclaimed Glenlivet bike trails are right on the doorstep an even have E-bikes for hire, with an awesome cafe for coffee and cake afterwards.

Why not head up to the Moray coast for a day out where you can spot dolphins and enjoy gorgeous beaches, quiet coves or soaring cliffs.

If it’s mountains you’re after Braemar and Aviemore are an easy drive away, or if you want to leave the car behind, put your boots on at Otakaro and head up Glen Avon into the heart of the Cairngorms.

Whatever holiday you’re after, rest and relaxation or high energy activity, you will find it here.

EPC Rating: Band C

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: MO-00069-F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Grantown-On-Spey 14 miles; Elgin 38 miles.

An attractive village nestling on the northern slopes of the Cairngorms National Park, at 1160ft Tomintoul boasts the title of Highest Village in the Highlands. Tomintoul offers several shops, cafes and pubs, a well-stocked local store and post office, a good quality restaurant, and is situated on the main road between Royal Deeside and the Highlands, making it an excellent base for exploring all that the region has to offer. There is stunning scenery, the renowned Whisky and Castle trails, mountain biking at the Glenlivet bike trails, fishing, shooting, walks along the Speyside trail, or ski at nearby Lecht & Aviemore - the choice is yours!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas