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Avondale Cottage

Tomintoul, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 26288)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Fence at side of property could be raised higher to prevent any issues with visiting dogs and neighbours dogs."

    Driveway could be extended to accommodate 2 cars. New mattresses on single beds. Double bed is extremely comfortable. . Lovely cottage, very clean and tranquil. Will return at some point and would recommend.

    Reviewed by MorvenJul 2022

  • "Absolutely loved the property."

    Extremely comfortable beds, all the amenities needed and excellent location. Our whole family, our 3 children included had an amazing week. Thank you

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2022

  • "A decent size cottage all in good order."

    A useful selection of games and dvds. Only slight criticism would be the lack of curtains or blind to the bathroom/wc, and the stairs are very steep (might not suit older persons). Would happily book again.

    Reviewed by GraemeMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage,had everything you need to enjoy your stay,log burner was a big plus"

    Reviewed by DerekMar 2022

  • "Upstairs bedrooms could be more comfortable with new mattresses."

    And one room with a double. It would of been nice to know the downstairs bathroom was the opposite end of the building in relationship to the master bedroom. As we booked for a 94 year old disabled person convenience. The laminate flooring in the kitchen & dining area could do with replacing, as has gaps and raised edges.

    Reviewed by GillianFeb 2022

  • "Such a lovely cottage, with every detail thought of in an excellent location ."

    Reviewed by SamanthaFeb 2022

  • "I would just like to say thank you for such a wonderful relaxing break, Avondale Cottage was everything we could have wished for resulting in a great experience."

    The bed was amazing we had such restful sleep and so comfortable matching the rest of the property. The location was fantastic and we are looking forward to our next stay. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2022

  • "Seating in lounge not fit for purpose ."

    The couches were dreadful.The upstairs mattresses on the single beds were terrible it was just like luring on the springs.I have had a few good holidays with Sykes but after this I will have to give it consideration for the future very disappointed with this cottage .It has the potential to be really good if the owner would spend a bit on property.

    Reviewed by ColinDec 2021

  • "This was a lovely clean cottage, with a huge enclosed garden for our dog with lots of lovely walks around the village and estate."

    The local shop was well stocked for any open every day so we didn't have to worry if we ran out of anything. In addition to the information folders on activities to do around the area, the owners also left milk in the fridge, a packet of shortbread and some local whiskey to taste, much to my husbands delight. All in all we had a lovely week enjoying the peace and quiet and beautiful scenery will definitely look to return again.

    Reviewed by FionaNov 2021

  • "A well equipped kitchen and with the limited space I would prefer there be a washing machine and tumble dryer like there is rather than miss a tumble dryer for a dishwasher."

    Lovely snug area with sofa, chair and log burner but in contrast the lounge feels like it's missing something with just a radiator, it was warm enough though. The complimentary fire kit of logs and coal was a nice touch as was the ability to purchase more.The upstairs bedrooms were lovely and the landing decor was perfect. We didn't need them but games, dvds and books for children would be a good addition as would a fireguard to use with the log burner as the outside gets very hot. Off road parking is brilliant and the views lovely. The welcome milk and shortbread were a lovely touch, thank you. The art work is fantastic and adds to the rustic charm of the cottage. Always hot water available. We contacted the vendor during our stay and his response was prompt and helpful. A great find and we'd love to visit again, thank you

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "A gem of a cottage!"

    Once again, we had a fabulous week staying in Avondale. As before the presentation and cleanliness of the cottage was outstanding and a credit to Bob & Helen's cleaner. Thank you. Avondale has everything you need for your stay as other reviews have said, though you might want to take a radio with you for the kitchen and dining area. We took our wireless speaker and listened via the wi-fi and the BBC Sounds app. We enjoy reading other reviews of where we've stayed and are always bemused of how so many people wished there had been a dishwasher. You don't need one and in the case of Avondale, there's no where to put one! Last year we had a week in September in an escape from the madness of Covid but were too early to see the autumnal colours. So this year we left it until mid October and timed it just right. The scenery was just stunning. We thoroughly recommend a drive down to Braemar and out to the Linn of Dee and the Linn of Quoich. A cracking day out and amazing scenery whatever the time of year. Not only were we treated to the colours of autumn, on Wednesday night we had the first snow of the winter. A drive over the Lecht summit and down to Colnabaichin was just magical. It's certainly sorted out this years Christmas card! Last year, because of the Covid restrictions, we weren't able to eat out. This year we were and can recommend 'The Clockhouse' by the village square. The food was outstanding and hosts Irene and Diane were excellent. In fact they should be on the stage! Be warned though the restaurant is closed from the end of October to sometime in March. Check their Facebook page for details. As we've said, this was our second visit; are we going back for a third? You try stopping us!

    Reviewed by NigelOct 2021

  • "Would be better with a dishwasher and larger fridge freezer."

    Otherwise beautifully decorated very comfortable bed.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2021

  • "Fantastic place to stay really comfy the addition of the of road parking was ..."

    Fantastic place to stay really comfy the addition of the of road parking was great the only down side to our stay and as previously mentioned was the single beds and mattresses in the two twin rooms please replace and I and two others would of given the accommodation 5x all the way through

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2021

  • "This was a wonderful cottage with all amenities and excellently placed for local pubs/restaurants."

    The bedrooms were great, especially the main bedroom, but the upstairs twin room lacked facilities like mirrors or door hangers for cloths. The enclosed garden was excellent for the dog, and very safe, with lots of great dog walks on the doorstep. Even though this is on the main road, it is exceptionally quiet, and we enjoyed being visited by dear in the field nearby. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by JacquelineAug 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage located on the edge of Tomintoul village."

    The accommodation was spotless and larger than we expected. The cosy additional seating area in the kitchen/diner was a bonus. Sitting around the fire chatting and reading each evening was fabulous. A basket of logs and coal were provided; we refilled the log basket once from the log store in the garden and the cost was just £5. The logs and coal were more than enough fuel for us for the week. Tomintoul is a picturesque village and there are nice, easy walks from the cottage. Within a few minutes' drive are longer, more strenuous walks. Some of our party went fishing one day in the River Avon - they purchased permits from the village shop at a cost of £12 each. Unfortunately they were unlucky and didn't catch anything that day. They said it was lovely and peaceful sitting by the river though. The village shop/post office is very well stocked and a friendly place to shop. We had already arranged a Tesco delivery for the start of our holiday but even if we hadn't the shop has almost everything you could want, including a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. We had takeaway from the Richmond Arms a couple of times and the food was very nice. We also had a lovely meal at the Clockhouse restaurant but you must book for dinner. I can highly recommend Avondale Cottage to anyone wishing to explore the Cairngorms. Hopefully we will be back one day.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2021

  • "The house was a perfect home from home, the open plan kitchen/dining/living room was great, our older children were having movie nights in the large sitting room, while we oldies and younger teens were playing cards and board games next door."

    The house was warm and comfortable. We had a problem with the door lock, so we phoned the owner and he came when read our message and promptly fixed it. In spite of the rain most days we were out nearly every day, Grandtown on Spey was a lovely place with a nice museum we discovered the joy of 10 pin bowling and McDonald's!!! Everyone of us enjoyed our holiday from the 14 year olds to the 80 year old, plus Landmark and the Craggan golf club

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage, with a welcoming atmosphere and very clean, cosy and comfortable."

    Loved the little touches like providing a selection of DVDs, games and books, milk, shortbread and whisky left for us on arrival. Lovely large secure garden for the dog to run around in. Ate out a few nights in the little village and found the local people to be so friendly and welcoming. The Superkingsize bed was possibly the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in, gorgeous after a long day walking in the cairngorms. The cottage had all the amenities you needed, I think the only thing it didn’t have was a dishwasher which would have come in handy, but that didn’t take away from the fact that we would definitely stay again and highly recommend.

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2021

  • "Everything from start to finish was perfect great cottage the owner was ..."

    Everything from start to finish was perfect great cottage the owner was fantastic and very understanding of our needs as my uncle is disabled all local hotels and shops were very friendly also local garage fixed our tyre puncture immediately and at a great price will certainly be back, very good location great views great service and excellent all round

    Reviewed by JackieJun 2021

  • "This was a really nice place, highly recommended."

    Reviewed by KristianApr 2021

  • "Lovely cottage clean and comfortable"

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2020

  • "Throughly enjoyable weeks stay in this lovely cottage."

    Appreciated the little welcome pack. House was very comfortable & cosy. Would definitely recommend to friends. Brilliant base for outdoor activities.

    Reviewed by MattOct 2020

  • "The cottage was in a brilliant position and excellent facilities the general ambiance and area were great"

    Reviewed by NoraSep 2020

  • "Before I say anything else, I must comment of the presentation of Avondale on our arrival."

    Never have we taken over a property that has been so immaculately prepared and presented. I don’t know if the cleaner(s) responsible for getting the cottage ready read these reviews, but if you do, take a bow and pour yourself a large one! Thank you! As you may well have gathered, Avondale Cottage is quite amazing. The touches the owners, Bob and Helen have put into making the cottage special are quite honestly outstanding. From the quality of decoration, to the artwork on the walls, the Denby tableware, the sumptuous bedding (especially the king-size quilt!), the boot rack and the MorsØ stove, everything is just top quality. The whole cottage is very comfortable and the little welcome touches such as fresh milk in the fridge, a box of shortbread biscuits, plenty of tea, coffee and sugar and the single malt waiting for you in the lounge are all very much appreciated. A couple of things potential guests may wish to consider are a small radio for the kitchen/diner and Tassimo pods. I had read in a previous review about taking filters for the coffee machine, but it has subsequently changed to a Bosch Tassimo machine. I bought some filters, ground coffee and left the Tassimo pods I use at home! As other reviewers have commented on, there are plenty of walks for guests right from the front gate and we particularly recommend the one from the village around Glenavon to the Queens View. There are plenty of ideas for things to see and do in the cottage with the more popular and local ones thoughtfully laminated. Previous reviews have mentioned the facilities in Tomintoul and these are well documented, though with the current Covid restrictions we elected to eat and drink in the cottage during our stay. So, if you chose Avondale as a base for your exploration of this fantastic area of Scotland, we are certain you will have a memorable holiday and for all the right reasons.

    Reviewed by NigelSep 2020

  • "What a great find."

    Avondale cottage was fantastic. Spotlessly clean and really well equipped. We had a great time in Tomintoul and would highly recommend Avondale cottage as a place to stay.

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2020

  • "Avondale Cottage certainly exceeded our expectations."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the cottage was clean and comfortable with all the mod cons. A secure garden with an amazing view of the Cairngorms, off road parking for one vehicle and extremely quiet and peaceful. The village had a small convenience store, a couple of pubs that served food, a gift shop and a whisky shop!

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2020

  • "Comfortable and well equipped cottage, smart new shower/bathroom with a well fenced garden."

    I did miss having a dishwasher! Lovely area to visit and Avondale situated on the edge of the village has lovely views across the valley with great walks for the dog from the door and a good choice of places to eat out. Lots of places of interest to visit in the area although many close to visitors at the end of September, so we will visit again, fortunately being on the Malt Whiskey trail provided plenty of interest.

    Reviewed by MarionOct 2019

  • "Practically everything we needed was in the house for a holiday with a toddler and dog: from plastic cutlery and plates to a dog water bowl."

    It is cosy and comfortable and we started calling it "home" while we were there. Only a broken stair gate in the lounge and front gate at the front have stopped this from being perfect for us.

    Reviewed by MichelleAug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in charming small town surrounding by amazing countryside and plenty of great walks."

    Reviewed by LizAug 2019

  • "Avondale cottage is lovely, the owners seem to have thought of everything."

    The views are beautiful and the village is very pretty. We like to travel around the local area whilst on holiday, so found Tomintoul a bit remote.

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2019

  • "The cottage was a brilliant base for activities in the speyside area, the cottage was warm, clean and had everything you needed and the brand new bathroom had a great shower and bath."

    The master bedroom is a true superking, with a great mattress. There’s an outside dog kennel (lockable) for the odd occasion you don’t want to take them with you- we went out to dinner in Tomintoul ( choice of four restaurants). Overall excellent.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2019

  • "I booked this cottage for my 70 birthday before arrival trying to contact owner was really hard and when I did he was so rude and sharp on arrival the cottage was not what I expected contacted the owner referring the WiFi and the water pressure in the kitchen only to be told that it’s hard to get WiFi so why say there is as the rest of my family we’re going to contact me via WiFi on my birthday but this did not happen and the water pressure in the kitchen was told was it was ok when he was there 2 weeks ago so we had to fill kettle in bathroom to get hot water to wash dishes in kitchen my daughter had tried to contact the owner to see if there was anywhere nice to take me for a meal for my birthday she is still waiting for a reply."

    My daughter and I ave booked with Sykes cottage on many occasions but I can assure you after this experience it will make me think twice before I book with you again I was so excited and looking forward to my birthday only to be really let down. I look forward to your reply Ms Diana Sykes

    Many thanks for taking the time to write of your experience at Avondale Cottage, I have reviewed the case that we had opened for you. We are sorry that your birthday wasn’t as expected due to the WIFI issue and plumbing issues respectively. With some of our properties locations and building ages, we do sometimes experience issues where WIFI signal can be weak and some plumbing issues arise. We strive to provide the best possible service and properties to all of our customers and in this instance it would appear that this hasn’t been the case. Upon reviewing your case, I can see that the owner had responded in a timely manner to the issues raised but some of them were out of the owner’s control due to a few factors. Once again, we’re sorry that we couldn’t have made your 70th birthday as special as we would have liked to. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DianaDec 2018

  • "Beds were uncomfortable tv was poor"

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2018

  • "Ein sehr schönes, uriges und sauberes Häuschen in guter Lage."

    Toll ist hier das Vieles im Haus vorhanden ist u.a Kaffeemaschine, Waschmaschine und Trockner. Schönes Bad im Untergeschoss. Der große Garten ist für Kinder und Hunde ideal. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt in diesem Haus. Zudem gibt es eine wunderschöne Umgebung mit viel Natur und Tieren. Das Haus kann man gut Weiterempfehlen.

    Reviewed by MaikJul 2018

  • "Excellent weeks stay."

    No complaints at all,lovely cottage and exactly as described. Good place to tour from and Tomintoul is a lovely village. Try the Whskey Castle friendly owner who is happy to give you many tasting samples, I am not tight but it was a such a friendly place. Highly recommended cottage and village.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage, great location, wish we could’ve stayed longer"

    Reviewed by SharonDec 2017

  • "The property could do with updating and a thorough clean, especially found the edges of the rooms."

    This is the worst value for money we have had in a holiday cottage. Off the road parking would be of value as traffic passing is not safe when loading kids or dogs.

    Reviewed by CatherineSep 2017

  • "Lovely little cottage, great for our family of 5."

    Great base for cycling suitable for even our 5 year old. We were blessed with good weather but on the one day that we got caught in a shower we were very glad of the tumble drier and the fire! We had a Tesco delivery for the week organised for when we arrived and we did need to make use of our cool box (the fridge space was reduced as the freezer was a small compartment within the fridge). We were surprised to be able to buy groceries at the local post office which came in handy. Another pleasant surprise was the adventure playpark at the top of the village with a flying fox - a nice distance away for an after dinner play ;)

    Reviewed by JeniAug 2017

  • "Great cottage just unlucky with the Weather came back a day early due to the rain."

    Great experience going to Scotland.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2017

  • "Absolutely fabulous location especially for those who like to walk, great location, local facilities are great, café, pubs, village store."

    Everything you could wish for, for the perfect getaway from your hectic lifestyles.

    Reviewed by VickiDec 2016

  • "A lovely , cosy and comfortable, cottage in a beautiful area with lots of great walks nearby."

    It had everything we needed, and we had a lovely time there. Thank you.

    Reviewed by TraceyOct 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king-size double, 2 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and woodburner
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair
  • Roadside parking at front of cottage
  • Front paved patio with furniture and rear garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • River 10 mins walk, fishing permits available from Post Office
  • Note: This property accepts dogs only - no other pet allowed.

The property

This charming detached cottage is located on the edge of the pretty Highland village of Tomintoul in the splendid Cairngorms National Park, boasting fantastic open views across fields to the nearby mountains and River Avon.

With a traditional stone build enhanced with modern decoration and an airy atmosphere, this Tomintoul cottage is perfect for families and friends looking for an idyllic location to explore the National Park and the wonderful Speyside area.

There are three comfortable bedrooms with a super king-size double on the ground floor, and the heart of this Cairngorms cottage is the spacious open plan kitchen with dining area.

A woodburner and comfortable seating complement this sociable spot, making it ideal for guests to gather and share their Cairngorms stories.

The separate sitting room has wonderful features and promotes a relaxing atmosphere with the vaulted ceiling, revealed stone walls and windows providing lovely open views.

At the front of this Tomintoul cottage is a neat patio area, and the rear garden has a picnic bench just in case you fancy some alfresco dining.

The friendly village of Tomintoul has good local services, and moments from your Cairngorms cottage you will find the village shops, cafe, restaurant and two good pubs.

Take a short stroll to the glorious River Avon; here you can drop a line into the waters that teem with salmon and trout.

The area is brimming with places to visit and things to do, and being in the heart of the Malt Whisky Trail, you are sure to experience some whisky sampling at one of the many traditional distilleries in this area.

At the end of a perfect day, what could be better than to return to the comfort of your lovely Tomintoul cottage?

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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
  • Off-season
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