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Tomachlaggan Cottage

Kirkmichael near Tomintoul, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1051975)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "Directions to get there were awful - took us almost an hour on the wee road to find it and then only because we flagged down a Postman."

    The Cottage itself is fine, but we were in the downstairs bedroom which had no drawers or wardrobe, so lived out our suitcase for a week - not ideal. Kitchen could do with scissors, only 3 wine glasses, some pint tumblers for juice - and the oven trays could definitely do with being replaced. The path down to the Cottage and the area around the back could do with being chipped or some gravel down - very boggy. The handyman and neighbours were lovely - we had no electricity one day and a neighbour came to tell us the area was out because they were working on the lines. Signage needs looked at - at the very least it should have something on the road to say Tomachlaggan Cottage.

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage, it was in a perfect, peaceful, private situation, however there were a few niggles, the main couple being the provision of logs for the wood burner, the Sykes description states fuel and electricity provided, there was only an initial starter supply of logs which we wouldn’t have minded if we had known we would have happily brought our own but instead we had to then go out and source supplies which didn’t get our holiday off to a good start, please be more specific Sykes and it will be fine, the other niggle was the bath in the main bathroom, the cold tap ran continuously so trying to have a relaxing bath didn’t happen as the water ran cold constantly."

    We thought the cleanliness could have been a little better, benches and cooked were all fine but skirting boards were thick of dust, only other thing would be to provide a bit more up to date cooking utensils and equipment, the oven trays were past their best and rusted and there wasn’t many pans if you needed to cook, aside from that we had a lovely week and the cottage itself was lovely and the owners placed some lovely treats and and a good hamper and nice little romantic touches, would we go back? Yes we would as well did enjoy it despite the few niggles which are easily sorted.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a perfect setting under Dark Skies."

    Totally quiet, in stunning walking and cycling country. It is very comfortable, and well apoointed. The only downsides were all the taps need attention (the bath tap leaked constantly) and the cottage gate needs repair and preferably raising onto a wheel as its very heavy to move, but having sheep grazing around the cottage it needs to be closed. Also the driveway from the road is quite long and rough. Other wise we had a wonderful stay, and would come again, as the area is really gorgeous.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2021

  • "We had trouble finding it - a sign on the gate at the end of the drive would be helpful."

    The instructions could have been more specific as the cottage was in the middle of a field and we had to go through a couple of gates to reach it. However, it was in a lovely and peaceful location and the cottage had everything we needed. There are lots of fantastic walks on the Glenlivet Estate and many distilleries to visit in the area!

    Reviewed by VivienneAug 2021

  • "An absolutely stunning cottage."

    ..very rural. If you want to get away from it all, this is perfect. As said in a previous review, the directions sent are wrong. Cottage down a long path down the side of a field, full of sheep. The cottage garden is self contained..our dog loved it! Beautifully decorated. Living room really cosy..we didn't have the best weather when we were there but the heating worked really well and the wood burner was lovely. Property is really close to glenlivet mountain biking centre..which was amazing..even if you don't like mountain biking, the cafe is awesome...Great for breakfast and afternoon tea..we went several times! The glenavon Hotel in tomintoul was also great. Local walks are lovely. Other than that you have to drive quite a bit if you want to do things. But for us...2 adults 3 teenagers and was perfect. We loved the cottage and the area.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2021

  • "We had an excellent stay and I met the owner at the end of the week."

    We had left in good time but got a call to say we had left a coat so returned to collect. We have been very happy with the cottage, it’s quirky and just what we expected of a building built in the 18th Century. The Glenlivet trail, a walk away up the hill, has a great cafe and recommend hiring or bringing bikes. We did say the directions were inaccurate and difficult to follow. The owner indicated this was with Sykes so thought it important to let you know. My son and his partner came the day after we arrived and I had to send the following as directions. Quick note on directions. When you get to Tomintoul you’re heading to Granton on Spey on the A939. About a mile outside town reach the B9136 off to the right. Head for about 1.8miles and come to a sharp right junction off the B9136 signposted Croughly and a new sign for Glenlivet Trail Centre. Head up here, go passed the old school house on left and then Tomachlaggan Smithy on the right. Up the hill 100m. and you’ll see a Passing Place sign next to bins and a gate. The cottage is through the gate and a drive round the field. The cottage is at the end of the field.

    Reviewed by KenJun 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Tomachlaggan Cottage."

    The owners were great, we had a small problem with the central heating and Derek came straight out that day and sorted it for us, it was greatly appreciated. We were sad when we had to go home!

    Reviewed by CarolineMay 2021

  • "The help from your company in finding a property was great, unfortunately there was some missing information from the description of the property, most importantly that it required a 4 wheel drive car to get next to the cottage as the road down to the cottage from the main road is completely overgrown with grass and vegetation."

    After precariously driving down it the first day, we could not get the car up the next day! After approximately 30minutes my husband managed to reverse it up the hill and thereafter we had to leave the car at the top of the field next to the gate. This caused significant difficulties in repacking the car with suitcases and we had to walk our Tesco shopping down to the cottage in the rain! The cottage itself is very cosy and had some lovely touches, including a nice welcome pack, however there were wrappers under the bed, food left in the freezer and the property was not as clean as it should be. The dishwasher was broken and despite attempting to wash the filthy filter, it did not work. The beds however were very comfy and the showers powerful and the wood burner a real asset. The location next to the glenlivet mountain bike tracks was amazing and the close by walks were excellent. Overall we had a good holiday but some maintenance of the access road is essential if anyone with a 2 wheel drive car is to use it and the cleaning of the property needs to be improved.

    Many thanks for the feedback and we are delighted that you found the cottage to be very comfortable and extremely well located. We acknowledged the point on the road and have since recovered the road so there is now no problem whatsoever in getting in and out of the cottage, which is being very well received. We value all notes of feedback as we have responded to each one and as a result the cottage is now more comfortable for our guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2020

  • "There were no instructions for the house or appliances."

    The access across the field was very slippery for a rear wheel drive car after rainfall - only just made it out one day sliding other days! Generally the cottage was very good in a stunning setting. Would return if available.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and TV
  • Fuel and power and starter pack of logs inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Garden with lawn and patio with seating
  • Off-road parking
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Shop 4.6 miles, pub 4.5 miles
  • Note: There is no WiFi in this property, however there is a good 4G signal
  • Note: The road has been repaved so there should be no issues with getting to the property

The property

Tomintoul 4 miles.

Tomachlaggan Cottage is an enchanting detached stone-built cottage nestled in a remote setting within the area of Ballindalloch, set within the Caringorms National Parks, teeped in tradition and rustic charm, sleeping up to six people. The property is of very traditional style, built in 1750, with the addition of modern amenities. Arriving at Tomachlaggan Cottage you will approach via a single track road where you will reach a track that will lead you to the cottage through a field. The cottage is located to allow for the perfect country retreat away from all the hustle and bustle, surrounded by sheep in the neighbouring fields.

You will arrive to the rear of the property and on approaching the front, your eyes can’t help but soak up the breath taking views of the surrounding hills and open fields.

On entering the property the ground floor offers a WC for convenience, a large cosy sitting room with a wood burning stove for those cosy nights to allow you to sit and catch up with your friends and family and hear all about their adventures. This is such a cosy room, and creates a lovely ambience, especially on those long winter nights.

Also located on the ground floor is a great sized kitchen with dining space, which houses all modern white goods for your ease. There is a washing machine to allow you to either pack light, or ensure that you are not returning home with a washing pile.

Spend your evenings around the kitchen table socialising, and chatting while your supper is bubbling away on the hob, it really is a great room. There is also a good sized double bedroom located on the ground floor.

On the upper floor you will find the master bedroom with an en-suite shower room, a family bathroom with a lovely long bath to lie and soak the day away, and another great sized double room with twin beds.

No matter which window you look through at Tomachlaggan Cottage you can soak up the surrounding views from every direction; truly breath-taking.

With such fantastic views in every direction, enjoy spending time outside on the patio for those al fresco moments, breathing in the peaceful scenery of this fabulous rural area. The Cairngorms National Parks offers a wealth of choice for things to do while you are on holiday. With peaks and hills all around it’s the perfect place for walkers to embark on some new challenges. Located near to the cottage you can find the Bochel, Carn Daimh, & the hills of Cromdale, amongst many other peaks to walk and explore.

If you prefer a slightly bigger challenge then you can find Ben Macdui not far from the cottage, a mountain reaching over 4000 ft, with many different trails to lead you to the summit, allowing you to breathe in the stunning views of the area which are truly outstanding and will be sure to take your breath away.

The recent addition of the Glenlivet Bike Trails has given new opportunity to mountain bike enthusiasts for all ages and abilities, and have recently been built in the forest near the cottage. Bikes can be hired, or you are able to bring your own, or should you prefer you can enjoy “the Hub” and just sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious slice of cake.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park is located only a short drive from the cottage, allowing for a fun filled day for all ages. There is a forest activity park, climbing walls, high wire courses, rollercoasters and much more to keep everyone smiling. Located within an hour from Aviemore, if you are looking for additional activities you can find, the MacDonald Activity Centre, Go Karting, The Tree Zone Centre, and Zip Trek Adventure.

Tomachlaggan is situated within the Glenlivet Estate on the speyside malt whisky trail, boasting a range of distilleries only a short distance from the cottage. Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, and Macallan are a few that are near by which all offer tours, tastings, and also offer super shops and cafes where you can pick up a souvenir or two from your visit.

For those castle hunters, Tomachlaggan is also close to Balmoral, Ballindalloch, and Cawdor to name a few. Why not take the time to visit them and soak in the majestic atmosphere from the architecture and their surrounding gardens.

Most recently the area where the cottage is located has been designated “dark sky” status, which allows for the most exceptional view of the stars and planets as there is no light pollution – a real opportunity to experience and appreciate the night skies.

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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
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