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Kinnaird House

Grantown-On-Spey, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1041106)

4.2

(5 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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5 Customer Reviews

  • "Unfortunately as a group of 6, we all felt the same that the our experience at Kinnaird House fell a long way short of what we expected for the price we paid."

    Firstly, however I would like to thank the incredibly accommodating Victoria for cleaning the property early to enable us to drop off our bags before walking. She was great at replying to our enquiry promptly and reassuring us that we could leave our Bags early to enable us to start our walk. Also for cleaning the flat the best they could. The issues we had with Kinnaird House were the following - Access- there were no instructions that the property was accessed at the side through a small courtyard. Clear signage would make this easier. It was not clear which keypad was for the flat and a few had to be trialled. The key for the flat was difficult to use and needs to be fixed or replaced. It took us a while to manage to unlock the door. Decor - dull and uninviting, clearly needs updating. Some of the doors were so badly damaged they have been repairs with black tape. Some carpeting is stained and looks unclean. Looking out of the kitchen window the gutters are cascading with weeds and the whole house has a feeling of being neglected. We felt the dining room looked like a funeral directors as it was so dull, bland and uninviting. The blinds in one of the downstairs bedrooms did not keep the early morning light out, so resulted in wakening with the sun. Showers - one of the main issues were the poor showers. The upstairs shower kept running out of water mid wash with soap or shampoo! The sink also ran out of water mid tooth brushing. The downstairs electric shower switched from scolding hot to freezing cold in 5 second intervals so could not be used. I contacted the owner directly about this due to health & safety concern. Comfort - the sofa was old but ok and the beds were fine as was the bedding which was clean. In summary as a group of walkers we stayed in 7 different accommodations throughout our long distance walk and Kinnaird house was by far the most expensive but also the most disappointing stay. It cost us over £84/ person per night. As a comparison we stayed in the Norland B&B, Lossiemouth for £50 each, beautiful decor, fantastic sea views, all rooms en-suite with good showers and a full Scottish & continental breakfast in the morning. I hope this feedback is useful for encouraging the owner to make the required improvements or to reduce the cost and change the description to reflect the accommodation on offer. It annoys me that tourists visiting may think that this is the level of accommodation we provide in Scotland. In our view the accommodation felt more of a bunk house, which is ok if that is what you are expecting and the price reflects that. We would not recommend Kinnaird House to any friends or family unless there were significant improvements.

    Reviewed by dJun 2022

  • "Property was in an excellent location in the centre of Grantown on Spey with local shops (co-op with excellent selection of products - including vegan!"

    ) Grantown on Spey is a lovely area with lots to offer from local wooded walks to painting pottery. The house was spacious enough to not feel on top of each other, however stairs to the different floors may cause difficulty if someone had mobility difficulties. No outside area to sit out on a morning (which we were aware of) however grassed area in main square and woods are close enough to enjoy. The house smelt exceptionally clean on arrival, with fresh towels and bedding, however when looked at a little closer some tidying behind beds may need taking into consideration. Some house-keeping issues - although we had booked for 12 (luckily we did not have everyone turn up) only 11 dining chairs and not enough cups.The water system caused us some difficulties when taking a shower and using water elsewhere. The first floor bedroom at the rear of the building needs a heavy sleeper as a noisy fan extractor from the shop below comes on early in the morning! These were things which our family could manage and overall we felt we had good value for money.

    Reviewed by DonnaMay 2022

  • "An ideal house for an extended family."

    All beds, duvets and pillows very comfortable. A large Co-op just across the road and really good carry out meal places and pubs. So many lovely walks above and below Grantown. Landmark Forest Theme Park and Highland Folk Museum worth a visit lasting a whole day. (Grandparents can stay at home!) Grantown Museum very good too - lots of costumes for the kids to try on. Paint pottery at the start of your week so that it can be glazed and fired ready to take home as a souvenir. Aviemore and the Strathspey Steam train both within easy reach though we didn’t need either and have been to both already. It was a great holiday week.

    Reviewed by JanApr 2022

  • "Beautiful surroundings"

    Reviewed by WillemAug 2021

  • "It was a pleasant stay and suited the amount of people in our family group 11."

    Just a couple of downsides. One of the sofas in the lounge was uncomfortable due to a broken part . There was a lack of cutlery for the amount of people in the group. The refuse bins were overflowing on our day of arrival meaning that we had to store our waste in the house until departure and carry our general waste and glass to Aviemore when we left.( the recycling bin was emptied on the morning of our departure so at least we could put the recycling in the bin) It would seem to be advisable to have more bins available for the size of let. Otherwise we really enjoyed our stay and the area .

    Reviewed by JanisseAug 2021

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Summary

  • Duplex apartment
  • Six bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x second-floor double, 1 x second-floor twin, 1 x second-floor single, 1 x family room with double and single, 1 x bunk room
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First-floor kitchen, dining room and sitting room
  • LPG central heating
  • Electric oven, grill and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Roadside parking available
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles

The property

Situated off the vibrant high street of Grantown-On-Spey is this fabulous apartment spanning over the first and second floor, sleeping a party of 12 during a memorable stay to the Scottish Highlands and the Cairngorms National Park.

The interior amenities of Kinnaird House rest on the first and second floor, with the entrance a well-kept secret set behind the neighbouring butchers and bakery.

Make your way up to the first floor and find welcoming living spaces for you and your guests to spend evenings inside after a long day of exploration, let the chef of the group rustle up a Sunday roast in the well-equipped kitchen, fitted with all the essentials needed for a self-catered stay.

The formal dining room can be used for your home-cooking delights, or as a base to tuck into a Saturday night takeaway before enjoying a competitive board game party.

After this, head over to the cosy sitting room, kicking back on one of the plush sofas in front of the large TV, surrounded by beautiful décor.

Also on this floor is a spacious shower room where you can prepare for a days fun in the relaxing walk-in shower or head up the second floor and unwind into a lazy tub of bubbles in the sleek shower room. Take your pick between six charming bedrooms dotted throughout the first and second floors, with a double room and a family room resting on the first floor, whereas upstairs you will find a double, a twin, a single and a bunk room, all are decorated to a high standard with pretty features and ample storage throughout.

Step foot out of the property, turn left and you are welcomed onto the bustling high street of Grantown-On-Spey, boasting an abundance of fantastic shopping facilities, lovely restaurants, lively bars, cafes, a painting studio, bookshop, as well as boutique stores and takeaways.

Turn right and head a few hundred yards down the hill and you are in Anagach Woods, with a range of foot and bicycle paths on offer.

It is an easy walk through the woods to the banks of the River Spey where you can sit and enjoy the tranquillity of the river as it flows past.

From Grantown on Spey, you can venture out on the Malt Whisky Trail of Speyside, sampling traditional Scottish whisky before heading out to the scenic countryside of Speyside.

Alternatively, visit the many various activity centres spread around the area where you can discover a range of summer and winter activities such as Kayaking, SUP, walking, biking, climbing, hiking, as well as the opportunity to enjoy snow sports all year round at Lecht Ski Centres.

Alternatively, pop along to the Cairngorm Ski centre along the road at Aviemore.

Landmark Forest Family Adventure Park is just eight miles away by Carrbridge, the amusement park with a range of attractions, from Dinosaur Land to Roller Coaster provides fun and adventure for the whole family.

Strathspey Steam Railway, operates nearby from Nethy Bridge, should you wish to take a step back in time and go for a ride on the Steam Train as it transports you through the picturesque highlands along the rebuilt tracks.

Journey to the Loch Garten Nature Reserve for a delightful day with your loved ones, packing together a lovely picnic and taking a leisurely stroll around this beautiful setting.

Drive over to the sensational Moray coast, rich in wildlife and sea animals, as well as sandy beaches, thrilling water sports, and a striking waymarked trail from Forres to Cullen, with attractions including Tugnet Ice House, Findhorn Heritage Centre and Bow Fiddle Rock at Portknockie.

Set out on an adventurous escape or even a last minute weekend break with a large group to the Cairngorms at Kinnaird House, there is something for everyone.

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About the location

GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY

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