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Signal Box

Newtonmore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1304)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Sauna Sauna
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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154 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely relaxing time."

    There are a couple of small things: there were not enough hangers in the wardrobe for our liking and I would have preferred a larger surface to act as a dressing table. The kitchen is very well appointed but we missed a drainer by the sink. That said we felt the standard of equipment was excellent.

    Reviewed by JudiJan 2022

  • "We'd like to thank Isla very much for lending us the Signal Box last week."

    It really is a fantastic space to spend some quality time together. We loved everything about it.

    Reviewed by ValerieJan 2022

  • "Fabulous thanks"

    Reviewed by AliceNov 2021

  • "Second visit to the Signal Box and yet again exceeded our expectations."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by RussellOct 2021

  • "The Signal Box is amazing!"

    I’ve wanted to stay in it for a long time, and it was just lovely. Beautifully clean and comfortable, very well equipped with good quality appliances and cooking utensils. Also lots of extras, like the sauna, the railway books and the fantastic chocolate cake (made gluten free especially for me). The highlight of course was the proximity to the railway - got lots of great photos and videos. Thank you so much Isla!

    Reviewed by ElizabethJun 2021

  • "Fabulous, exceeded all our expectations and the chocolate cake was fabulous."

    Reviewed by JeanetteMay 2021

  • "Accommodation fantastic along with the location and scenery that can be viewed ..."

    Accommodation fantastic along with the location and scenery that can be viewed from the upstairs living area - could not find better - would have stayed longer and will definitely will book again

    Reviewed by StuartMay 2021

  • "I almost don't want to tell anyone about this Hidden Gem or everyone will be booking and I won't get a look in but I can not recommend the Signal Box highly enough."

    Not only is this a unique property but it is furnished to the highest standards and equipped wonderfully - and the delighter is the sauna without a doubt. Whatever you come to the Cairngorms for the location is perfect with plenty of walking right from the front door and so much to do and see. If you just want to relax then the ability to curl up in front of the log burner and take in the view and unwind letting your day be governed by the train timetable then there is nowhere better. I will be back.

    Reviewed by LouiseOct 2020

  • "Lovely location and accommodation and delicious chocolate cake provided by the owner."

    Holiday was also helped by the exceptional weather for Scotland. Just wish I’d taken my golf clubs

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2020

  • "Signal Box is a magic place to stay, Isla left us milk, daffodils and a home made chocolate cake which was delicious."

    Unfortunately we had to head for home early due to Covid 19 warnings for our age group and shops having to close for lack of sanitisers and staff safety. We will hopefully rebook when life returns to some semblance of normality as we only scratched the surface of the amenities and visitor attractions in the area.

    Reviewed by JacquelineMar 2020

  • "Taking a holiday in Scotland in the winter is always a possible challenge, but if the weather were to be bad the Signal Box would be great in itself."

    The views from the upstairs living area are exceptional. The trains are a continuous source of interest and the wildlife viewing is great. The property is so well built and insulated the heating was not required, just the wood burner. The owners have thought of everything down to flowers and the most delicious chocolate cake on arrival. The best holiday rental we have ever experienced.

    Reviewed by AndrewFeb 2020

  • "The signal box is such a unique holiday let."

    The property is clean, comfortable with every thing you could wish for, even binoculars to take in the fablous veiws and wild life. Watching the trains come in was great fun and you could spend your whole time just staying in and not get bored.. Can not rate it high enough..

    Reviewed by GaryFeb 2020

  • "Fabulous unique property in a beautiful setting."

    We loved the cosy lounge with the log burner and the amazing views from the many windows. The property was very well equipped and had a lovely shower room. It felt a bit special staying here and we would definitely return. It does take a wee while to get used to the trains thundering past but this just adds to the experience!

    Reviewed by GemmaNov 2019

  • "The Signal Box was a beautifully looked after, warm and welcoming home from home for our exploring of the Scottish Highlands."

    Incredibly clean, well presented, quirky and equipped for everything! On arrival was a (slightly addictive...) chocolate cake, milk and everything there to get the wood burner going... and the view!!!! My god, the view.... We watched the sun creep over the mountains every day in awe of the scenery. In recommendation we tried the Glen Hotel for food which was okay, but after reading the reviews we expected better food/service and were a bit disappointed. The Braeriach Hotel on the high street on the other hand was a riot!! If you want to be welcomed into the community with open arms and enjoy great company and a few drinks whilst listening to the regulars blast out Sinatra on the karaoke (Friday night) this is the place for you! One of the best nights out for a long time ending in hugs and "come back to see us again." Truly felt welcomed and left with a warm fuzzy glow.... (could also account that to the whisky....) If you want to laugh continuously for a few hours, pay them a visit. The Scottish highlands has so much to see and do and the Signal Box is central to it all. Our first visit and I doubt it will be our last. Thank you Isla for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2019

  • "All previous feedback was spot on."

    Very clean, comfortable and well appointed property with spectacular views across to the Cairngorms through the panoramic windows. Watching the trains and passengers became strangely addictive and very relaxing! Newtonmore is a great base for touring the area and there are wonderful walks around the village.

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2019

  • "My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at this great property, our stay was fantastic!"

    The signal box had everything we needed, it was well stocked and so lovely a place. We were treated to a lovely homemade chocolate cake on arrival and milk in the fridge, which hubby loved as I'm vegan so he enjoyed the lot over the week we stayed! It was so peaceful a stay, there are plenty of books to read on all sorts of subjects if you get bored at all, I only managed one but fancied reading a lot more! There is a train that passes every now and then but it didn't disturb us, we just got very into watching for the different trains. Its in a great location also, close to many different walks and nearby towns and places of interest, we also really appreciated the sauna after some Munro climbing! It is also pretty close, about 10-15 minute walk away from a few shops, restaurants and pubs of which I found a few were vegan friendly luckily as I was thinking I would be cooking all own food which there definitely is the facilities to do this.We really hope to visit again in the future!

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2019

  • "We loved the Signal Box."

    It had it all from a great location looking over to the Cairngorms,next door to a little single track railway station,within a short drive or walk to numerous beauty spots and the option to take the train to Inverness,Perth,nearby Aviemore and countless other stations for hiking or just relaxing walks.The 'upside down' Signal Box enabled great views from the upstairs living room and kitchen.We did'nt have to start looking for a supermarket as soon as we arrived as Isla had all we needed, ie tea bags,coffee,sugar,cleaning materials etc. and even milk and a lovely chocolate cake.This is the first time that I have given 10 out of 10 to all questions in a review and it is well deserved.

    Reviewed by FrankJun 2019

  • "The Signal box couldn't have been better, so much so already re-booked for next year!"

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "The Signal Box is a unique destination that exceeded our expectations from the moment of arrival."

    Well thought out design that has several little extras you normally wouldnt expect from a holiday rental. Mrs Russell was more than welcoming to us and we certainly hope to visit again Book here and you will not be dissapointed !

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2019

  • "The Signal Box is in a beautiful location and is very stylish and well equipped."

    The sauna is a luxurious addition and very relaxing after a long day walking across the hills. We had a lovely chocolate cake, flowers and pint of milk awaiting our arrival which was delightful. Isla, the owner, called round on Tuesday to make sure everything was OK, which was very helpful. There are two things we would like to mention: First, the mattress was very, very firm. It would appear that the mattress, being sprung, is not suitable for a slatted wooden base and should normally be on a divan base, making it more comfortable. The duvet was only just wide enough and felt meagre. A king size duvet on a double mattress is always cosier! Secondly, there was no DVD player despite it being mentioned in the details. It didn't matter that much but perhaps should be removed from the description.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are happy to hear you had a nice stay and enjoyed the welcome gift. We are sorry to hear you were unhappy with the duvet cover, this has now been changed to a king-size duvet. In relation to the mattress this is down to personal opinion however, we will monitor the feedback on the mattress. The property now has a smart TV so the DVD player has been removed, the description has now been updated. Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2019

  • "Amazing accommodation."

    Amazing location. A must for everyone.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2018

  • "The signal box is beautifully appointed with everything you might conceivably need."

    Everything has been carefully thought out and looks to have been a labour of love. It is sparklingly clean. It is warm and would be cosy in even the coldest of Decembers with the easily managed wood burning stove . And there's even a sauna ! A joy after a day out. We were soon on waving terms with the guards and passengers as they thundered by or halted outside our window. We have never been anywhere better.

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2018

  • "Just great the place was immaculate."

    Reviewed by GeraldSep 2018

  • "Great holiday cottage, well managed by the owner."

    Good location, but in the Cairngorms so a bit remote. Despite being a signal box it was very quiet and we actually enjoyed the trains going past. Wifi was a bit flaky at times, but this was probably more to do with the rural location than anything else.

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2018

  • "We absolutely LOVED the Signal Box!"

    Isla had taken such care to provide a really high quality accommodation and she followed up during the week and gave us directions to a fantastic family-friendly local mountain climb. Nothing was too much trouble. We really appreciated all the little touches like the M&S hand soap, John Lewis bed linen and towels, extra mattress topper for the sofabed and lovely local room fragrances. Everything we could have possibly needed was there, plus the beds were comfy and the shower was amazing. We adored the location and the property. The only thing that disappointed us was having to leave!

    Reviewed by LucyAug 2018

  • "This whole area is a hidden gem, and The Signal Box made it even more special."

    Reviewed by TimJun 2018

  • "The Signal Box at Newtonmore is a very special place - a world away from everyday life."

    One look out over the fields and mountains and you are in awe of the tranquility which can only be found here. The panoramic views from the property are incredible. We are very grateful for the hospitality and finishing touches - the Signal Box is exceptionally clean and tidy and this, together with the layout and decor contributed to make this a memorable holiday. Every season holds such beauty in the Cairngorms - it was wonderful to be immersed in the Scottish Landscape at this time of year - with spring lambs in the field opposite and snow on the mountain tops in the distance. The Signal Box is truly unique.

    Reviewed by IanApr 2018

  • "Have stayed in Newtonmore many times before but this was the first stay in the signal box!"

    What can we say... absolutely wonderful and stunning place, really comfortable and great views! Real ease of getting around and loved seeing all the trains pass by and viewing all the wildlife! We were blessed with snow and just had a fabulous time, lots of walks and mini adventures! We will definitely be back soon, Thank you Isla for making our stay one to remember!!!

    Reviewed by MarieJan 2018

  • "This was a fantastic property."

    Very clean, had everything we needed and amazing views!

    Reviewed by SherryAug 2017

  • "All aspects of the booking and the lead up to the holiday were professionally handled by Sykes."

    This is the first time we have used Sykes but I don't think it will be the last! We're already browsing!

    Reviewed by ChrisMay 2017

  • "Fantastic time was had,overall experience was excellent,certainly will be going back to this location again in the future and would recommend Sykes to all family and friends for their Holiday Cottage requirements."

    Very Happy Indeed!

    Reviewed by RobApr 2017

  • "The Signal Box really is one of those rare places you come across that instantly feels like home from home."

    Absolutely fabulous place to stay in and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone!

    Reviewed by JulianDec 2016

  • "Perfect in every way"

    Reviewed by ColinNov 2016

  • "Extremely well equipped, clean and comfortable accommodation with the benefit of a superb outlook in a beautiful location."

    We both enjoyed watching the trains and seeing who got on and off - suprisingly busy for such a small village! The cake and flowers were lovely touches - the sauna and wood burning stove made it a bit more special.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2016

  • "The Signal Box is a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life."

    Everywhere is spotless, the decor has a touch of elegance and the views are spectacular - perfect for a relaxing, memorable holiday.

    Reviewed by IanSep 2016

  • "What a fantastic place."

    We loved every minute.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2016

  • "Amazing little property."

    The perfect location for our active Scottish adventures. Trains were a little loud at night however but we got used to them. The signal box is something different and quirky rather than the typical cottage. We loved the views, the wood burner and the style and decor. Some improvements would be somewhere better to sit outside, the sauna was ok but we would have preferred to have a jacuzzi bath as a luxury facility. Otherwise perfect.

    Reviewed by AngieAug 2016

  • "Liked everything!"

    The trains, the views and the property which had everything we needed. Just fantastic!

    Reviewed by JayApr 2016

  • "Everything about Signal Box was perfect, we liked it all."

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2016

  • "It was perfect!"

    Reviewed by SallyDec 2015

  • "This was our second time staying at the Signal Box."

    The whole place was spotless, with clear instructions for all appliances, there was nothing to fault at all. My husband enjoyed the sauna a few times. An excellent property which was well placed to explore the Cairngorms.

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2015

  • "Great location surrounded by wonderful countryside."

    Located in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle. A very good place to chill and recharge the batteries.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2015

  • "Everything was provided and well catered for, and all instructions were available for all the appliances etc."

    Loved the views and the wood burning stove.

    Reviewed by AndreaMay 2015

  • "The Signal Box was stunning!"

    Not just the internal décor, but the scenery from the windows was breathtaking, with the added extra of the trains. The owner of the property was not intrusive at all, but we knew how to get hold of her if needed. The property is located pretty centrally for all areas, such as Pitlochry, Aviemore, Perth, Inverness etc. Excellent on all levels.

    Reviewed by JanetFeb 2015

  • "Again, a great cottage and so different."

    The property is comfortable, spacious, very clean - a real home from home. The owners go out of their way to make your stay a great one. The location is fabulous, even for non-train spotters. All in all, a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by CherylDec 2014

  • "Scotland is a beautiful place."

    The signal box is ideal for a holiday it has everything you could need and more. The scenery from the window is amazing, lots of wildlife to see, lots to do in the local area we have stayed in the Signal box three times and every time we have had a fabulous holiday. Home from home.

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2014

  • "The house really feels like home."

    Inside the house is of good quality and you can notice that on everything; the good shower, nice thick towels, good bed and chairs in front of the fireplace. Even the wood for the fire is all chopped waiting for you. The house is very light and spacious and the view is just amazing, we kept looking outside. All in all a wonderful experience!

    Reviewed by DanielleAug 2014

  • "The property is light, spacious and in very good condition with excellent views."

    The location with respect to being adjacent to the railway with a signalman's view of the trains enhanced the experience and made this holiday one of the most memorable that I have had. The Caretaker was as wonderful as her cake.

    Reviewed by GordonJun 2014

  • "This is a wonderful holiday home and I would recommend it to anyone."

    Beautiful surroundings and beautiful furnishings. It was very comfortable, immaculately clean, and everything you might need for a super holiday. We watched the trains go by and waved to everyone, and they did not disturb us at all. We will certainly go again.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyMay 2014

  • "Very relaxing with spectacular views."

    Good location. Very thoughtful attention to detail at the property. Clear instructions about the property's facilities.

    Reviewed by MichaelJan 2014

  • "We had a very enjoyable holiday."

    The Signal Box is ideal for travelling to and around using the trains. Many good walks around Newtonmore and the Cairngorms. We also went on the scenic rail journey to Kyle of Lochalsh. The property is well equipped, and the views from it are breathtaking.

    Reviewed by SharonNov 2013

  • "Lovely house in a lovely location, could not ask for more."

    Reviewed by TimOct 2013

  • "The Signal Box has everything and more that you need."

    Everything was of a very high standard from cleanliness to comfort there is nothing it does not have and the owners are very thoughtful. The scenery from the wall of windows is fantastic. We would highly recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2013

  • "It was a lovely holiday, the best holiday we have had, and the Signal Box made our holiday, as it was so clean, well equipped, very comfortable and we did not want to leave."

    We had lovely panoramic views from the cottage and there was so much to do on your doorstep. The trains were an added bonus. The owner was very hospitable and had put great thought into everything.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2013

  • "The property and furnishings are immaculate."

    The location is perfectly placed every type of activity you can imagine, whether it be purely sightseeing or something more adventurous.

    Reviewed by TrishJul 2013

  • "It looked as if it was built yesterday and was so bright, clean and convenient."

    I liked not having to drag my suitcase upstairs as bedroom was on the ground floor. I enjoyed having such wonderful views from the living room and also having an external staircase as well as inside. We were welcomed with milk and chocolate cake and the owner's mum took me shopping the day after we arrived. So convenient for arriving by train and having train service so close by. Cannot recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by MarilynJul 2013

  • "It was our 4th stay in the Signal Box and as usual the property was in immaculate condition."

    There is always something to see out of the panoramic windows, whether it be the trains coming and going or the wildlife or the every changing colours of the mountains.

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2013

  • "Excellent location and an unusual property."

    Very friendly owner.

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2013

  • "As always a first class holiday in first class property."

    A credit to the owners!

    Reviewed by GrahamMar 2013

  • "Everything about the Signal Box was wonderful, can't wait to return again next year - just hope we can get booked in!"

    All the praise and thanks are well deserved - one of the best holiday rentals we have had the pleasure to stay in.

    Reviewed by LynnNov 2012

  • "Very convenient for the railway station."

    This meant we didn't need to use the car every day. The property was immaculate. It appeared to have been recently redecorated.

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2012

  • "Our 6th visit which says it all really."

    The owner is friendly and available but never intrusive, feels like our 2nd home.

    Mr MortonOct 2012

  • "Really beautiful setting."

    Clean, cosy, perfect!

    Reviewed by L ESep 2012

  • "I liked the quirkiness of the building and the village location."

    Reviewed by TracySep 2012

  • "Location was great!"

    Lovely views to the Cairngorm mountains. Excellent and interesting property which was maintained to a very high standard. Particularly liked the nice touch of the chocolate cake on arrival.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2012

  • "Everything we could possibly need was provided and it was in a lovely area, with lots to do."

    Reviewed by VivienneJun 2012

  • "The standard of the cottage was excellent and it is in a nice village with good amenities."

    An excellent view, and overall a very nice place to spend a holiday.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2012

  • "The location of the Signal Box was fantastic!"

    So much to see in the area and although on the train line, trains are infrequent and an enjoyable distraction. The accommodation was to a fantastic standard. We didn't want to leave! Little touches like chocolate cake, milk and flowers on arrival are also appreciated.

    Reviewed by ColinJan 2012

  • "The overall standard of this property was one of the highest we have come across."

    Reviewed by CherylDec 2011

  • "The holiday was fantastic!"

    Everyone was so nice! The little touches like the bottle of fizz, balloon and chocolate cake were much appreciated, not to mention the pint of milk! Top marks!

    Reviewed by MelanieOct 2011

  • "I loved the warm welcome we received from the owner and the kind thought of leaving a cake for us."

    We were informed of exactly where we could get hold of owner if needed. Lots of information was left for us regards places to eat and visit.

    Reviewed by JanineSep 2011

  • "The Signal Box and the beautiful surroundings made the holiday for us."

    The lovely touches like the cake, flowers, and fresh milk were so welcoming upon arrival. The cleanliness of the place was top class.

    Reviewed by SheilaAug 2011

  • "The panoramic view from the first floor kitchen and lounge areas are just outstanding."

    The property is ideally situated as a base for touring the Highlands with many walks and visitor attractions either right on your doorstep or just a short drive away.

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2011

  • "The Signal Box is the nicest cottage we've ever stayed in."

    The furnishings superb, the views spectacular, lovely walks nearby and plenty to do. A very relaxing and peaceful holiday, the sauna made it extra special!

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2011

  • "Perfect location, private and a great standard of finish."

    Excellent caretaker.

    Reviewed by RussellMar 2011

  • "The location was perfect and the local amenities are within walking distance."

    The people were very friendly.

    Reviewed by KevinMar 2011

  • "This was our second visit to the Signal Box."

    The location is excellent, ideal for walking and sightseeing either by car or train. It is very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The views from the property are amazing.

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2011

  • "The accommodation was fantastic and we had a great time!"

    Reviewed by SueJan 2011

  • "Fantastic location."

    Walks immediately on the doorstep and the views from the Signal Box are breathtaking. The property is furnished to a high standard and is spotlessly clean. Sauna was much appreciated after long days out on the snowy mountains. We were thrilled that dogs are welcome at the Signal Box - dogs need holidays too!

    Reviewed by RuthJan 2011

  • "Relaxation, so impressed by cleanliness standard, They have thought of everything as well as a welcoming touch in the form of a welcome chocolate cake & a beautiful Xmas plant."

    Reviewed by LynnJan 2011

  • "Fabulous cottage - excellent location, every single amenity was considered."

    It was immaculate.

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 2010

  • "Great access for public transport to explore area."

    Reviewed by JanetDec 2010

  • "It was the best self catering holiday we've been on!"

    We would highly recommend the Signal Box, the views are stunning and there is plenty to do. The Signal Box was very clean and has everything you need.

    Reviewed by RebeccaDec 2010

  • "Liked the brilliant location and the "quirkiness" of the property."

    Personal touches like cake and flowers, from the owner.

    Reviewed by JimSep 2010

  • "My husband is a train enthusiast and when we saw we were on a working line he thought he had died and gone to heaven!"

    !! We thought the Signal Box was fantastic and we would, and have, recommended it to many people.

    Reviewed by JenniferSep 2010

  • "We liked every aspect- this is why we go to Scotland and use Sykes Cottages."

    We have already recommended the Signal Box. Everything was of the highest quality, the owner was lovely and helpful, plus the choclate cake was to die for!

    Reviewed by IanSep 2010

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay in the Signal Box."

    Enjoyed eating our meals watching the wildlife, flock of Greylag Geese roosted for 3 nights. Got to know the time of day by the trains that stopped at the station. Yummy chocolate cake - very enjoyable. Recommend visiting Waltzing Waters and Highland Folk Museum (free) in Newtonmore.

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2010

  • "The cottage was furnished and decorated to a very high standard with everything we could have needed, it was very well equipped."

    Appreciated the sauna after a long day of walking. The area is beautiful with outstanding scenery. Loved the fact that we didn't have to pay extra for our dog to stay like we often do.

    Reviewed by Graham & HeidiJul 2010

  • "The accommodation was outstanding."

    It was in an ideal location; we were close to everything we needed. One of the best holidays we have had in a long time and the Scottish people were great everywhere we went. We took our 8year old granddaughter and she loved the Signal Box and the trains waving to everyone and the history of the wildcats. She took pictures of all the ones we could see!

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2010

  • "This was our second visit to the signal box and it was just as good as before - stunning scenery from all windows - good fun watching the trains come and go!"

    One of our favorite 'Sykes' properties. Nick and Sandra.

    Reviewed by NickJul 2010

  • "The Signal Box is the self caterers dream property being bright, modern, clean and very welcoming."

    Reviewed by DaveJun 2010

  • "This is the best holiday we've ever had."

    The Signal Box was 110%. Excellently fitted out. The views were great, great info box, trains, animals, helpful people, all things to make a great experience.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2010

  • "The Signal Box was the cleanest, most comfortable and well equipped holiday let we have stayed in."

    We particularly enjoyed the views of the Cairngorms and the convenience of the location for exploring the area. 1st class.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2010

  • "The property was so good."

    Can't rate it or the surrounding area highly enough - all superb!

    Reviewed by RosyMar 2010

  • "This was a fantastic holiday home in a stunning location, very well placed to visit the Highlands."

    Being by a railway station was great fun and the Signal Box is quirky, immaculate and to a very high standard.

    Reviewed by MichelleFeb 2010

  • "Located on the platform of the mainline to Inverness made this an excellent cottage for a holiday using only rail for transport."

    The overnight sleeper to Euston stops at your door!

    Reviewed by RogerJan 2010

  • "We had a wonderful snowy Christmas at the Signal Box."

    The Christmas Tree and Christmas chocolate cake was very welcoming and despite the cold weather, we found the Signal Box was always toasty and warm. The view was amazing.

    Reviewed by SharonDec 2009

  • "This is a delightful property - very well equipped and wonderfully warm."

    A gorgeous chocolate cake, flowers and fresh milk on arrival and the scenery from the windows of the Cairngorm Mountains is breath taking. The Signal Box was a very relaxing place.

    Mrs TaylorDec 2009

  • "A warm and comfortable place to rest after a day on the hills."

    Good views from the windows of the ever changing colours of the Gairngorms and surrounding hills. A nice welcome package and a friendly greeting from the owner on our arrival. The wood burning stove was excellent on the few cold nights that we did have.

    Reviewed by PhilipNov 2009

  • "Great to be back, this is a very homely property."

    I'd love to come back next year.

    Reviewed by BenNov 2009

  • "The views from the Signal Box were superb - we spent hours just staring out of the window at the constantly changing panorama."

    Very relaxing! Excellent location with lots of beautiful places to visit nearby.

    Reviewed by GaryOct 2009

  • "Comfortable accommodation in a unique location."

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2009

  • "Everything about the Signal Box met or exceeded our expectations, it was warm, comfortable, had everything we needed, and offered great views."

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2009

  • "The Signal Box was a unique and exceptional holiday property."

    Greeted on arrival with a huge chocolate cake! The mountains and views from the upstairs lounge were superb. The trains coming and going were interesting to watch especially. We will be returning!

    Reviewed by NickSep 2009

  • "A truly 5 star property."

    Extremely well-equipped and very comfortable. The welcome chocolate cake, milk and flowers were a very thoughtful touch. We hope to return to the Signal Box! Thank you.

    Reviewed by CindyAug 2009

  • "This is our second stay at the Signal Box so that in itself speaks volumes."

    The location is perfect, the scenery is just breathtaking and the convenience of being directly outside the local train station so convenient.

    Reviewed by SteveAug 2009

  • "It is a very individual property in an excellent location."

    The welcome chocolate cake was yummy! Loved the decor in the property and it was the best equipped property we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by JudithJul 2009

  • "The wonderful panoramic view out of the first floor windows."

    Ideal for wildlife or train spotting. Well equipped property, everything worked.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2009

  • "Excellent holiday home, very high standard of furnishing & equipment."

    Views & location were ideal. Weather was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by David & AndreaJun 2009

  • "It was different, beautiful location, very clean, very welcoming with a "welcome" cake and flowers."

    Waving to the trains became fun! I would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by CharlesMay 2009

  • "Everything, even in a week of fairly awful weather we had a great time and the Signal Box contributed to that immensely, great views, cosy and warm, everything you need at hand."


    Reviewed by VivienneMay 2009

  • "The location and the comfortable accommodation."

    This was a return visit and our expectations were fully met. The accommodation suits well for couple and a teenage daughter. We all did a fair share of walking, followed by relaxing back at base watching the trains, reading, warming ourselves by the wood burning stove, fiddle playing or indeed revising for school exams!

    Reviewed by NormaApr 2009

  • "Everything about the property was first class and the surroundings beautiful."

    Reviewed by PatriciaMar 2009

  • "Very well built and very well thought out holiday home."

    The upside down idea is brilliant and the sauna was just what was needed after a big walk with the dogs in the snow.

    Reviewed by JaneFeb 2009

  • "An amazing place."

    An excellent property, probably the best self-catering property I have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by BenFeb 2009

  • "The property was excellent, which made our holiday so relaxing."

    It was in the perfect location. Couldn't fault it at all. Highly recommend this property to all.

    Reviewed by ShirleyDec 2008

  • "The Signal Box was possibly the best accommodation we've stayed in."

    The views from the living area were amazing, the standard of accommodation was fantastic, and small touches like a chocolate cake and flowers on arrival made it a lovely holiday. The location was convenient for walking, and day trips by train. Gave us a chance to really relax and unwind. We've already recommended this property to friends and family.

    Reviewed by CNov 2008

  • "The standard of the property was excellent."

    The owner was friendly and helpful, she made us feel very welcome. The location of The Signal Box was fantastic. It was great fun watching the trains from the cottage window and the proximity to a good many walks was wonderful. We plan to come back.

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2008

  • "My wife and I had a lovely relaxing holiday."

    The views were outstanding. The Signal Box was like a Tardis and we enjoyed waving at passengers on the train as if we were the railway children!!!! To be welcomed by a tasty chocolate cake was the icing on the cake!!! The owners have got a five star winner in our eyes and we can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2008

  • "The Signal Box is a very nice place to stay, even so near the trains, a good place for a holiday."

    The house was very complete. We felt very welcome, the owner was very kind. We really had a nice time. The best house we ever rented!

    Mr & Mrs EwaltsJul 2008

  • "First time to Scotland & Newtonmore."

    The Signal Box was excellent & above expectations. Very clean & comfortable. A warm welcome from the owner. The views overlooking the Cairngorms where amazing. Lovely sunsets & plenty of wildlife to watch. Great walks in & around Newtonmore. Hope to come again, have recommended to friends already.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyJul 2008

  • "Second time here, best accommodation and view in Newtonmore."

    We will be back.

    Reviewed by RoyJun 2008

  • "The property was really wonderful and nice personal touches such as local tourist leaflets."

    It was even better than the photographs and had an amazing view.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2008

  • "This cottage was amazing."

    We loved everything about it and the sauna gave that added little bit of luxury. We would definitely like to return here and would highly recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by VedaMay 2008

  • "Light airy and warm accomodation, clean with all the comforts of home."

    Scenery and weather gorgeous.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2008

  • "The Signal Box is an excellent base for a holiday in the Cairngorms."

    Well appointed, centrally located and close to many visitor attractions. Worth a mention are the local shops, especially George Gow, the buthcher, in Kingussie.

    Reviewed by AlanMay 2008

  • "We received a very warm welcome from Mrs."

    Isla Russell with a very nice welcome pack. The cottage was really delightful and the sauna was an extra bonus. The property was very central for walking and also for golf lovers. The view to the mountains was breathtaking and I would say that it was a most enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by DonaldApr 2008

  • "We had a thoroughly good time is excellent accommodation which was warm, clean and comfortable with excellent scenery."

    Newtonmoore is a good base and well served for food and drink as well as walking, driving and train trips.

    Reviewed by NormaMar 2008

  • "Excellent service from the owner of the property."

    All weathers catered for i.e jigsaws and games. Very warm and cosy without the log burner! Centrally located for Ben Nevis, Inverness, Cairngorms, Loch Ness etc. All conveniences within the village i.e petrol, shop. Fantastic views - highly recommended. Haggis, highly recommended at Glen Hotel 10mins walk away.

    Reviewed by Colin & TraceyFeb 2008

  • "Its location was perfect for getting to beautiful locations for hill walking and general sightseeing."

    Being close to the railway station meant that you could utilise the train service in the area which was ideal. The weather was as we hoped, cold and snowing which made it even more magical. We expected the property to be quite cold considering its location but it was beautifully cosy and we had a lovely chocolate cake for us on arrival, how sweet of the owner. If you want a lovely peaceful holiday in stunning countryside then we couldn't recommend this property enough.

    Reviewed by SarahJan 2008

  • "Excellent facilities for a relaxing holiday, great views and plenty of wildlife to watch."

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2007

  • "The accommodation is in an excellent location 5 - 10 minutes walk from centre of Newtonmore and Cairngorms not far away."

    Plenty of walking, at all levels. Excellent. This is the best accommodation we have stayed in by far and have already recommended it to friends who are interested. We are planning to go back in the very near future. Did not want to leave!

    Reviewed by Richard And WilmaSep 2007

  • "The signal box is very well equipped and in excellent condition."

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2007

  • "We love that area of Scotland anyway but the Signal Box made it so much more special."

    Perfect location (my husband's a rail enthusiast) and perfect accommodation. Full marks to the people who help maintain the high standard of the property.

    Reviewed by SteveJun 2007

  • "We had an excellent week in the Signal Box in June."

    It was very well fitted out. It was very clean and tidy. The view from the very large window is superb, and we twice saw a quail on the station platform. The local hotel had real ale, so we had no problems at all.

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2007

  • "Perfect central spot for sightseeing."

    Reviewed by PFeb 2007

  • "From the moment of booking the holiday everything went perfectly."

    Everything was prepared for our arrival, not to mention the chocolate cake. I would fully recommend this to anyone who is wanting a no worries hassle free week away from it all. I will definitely consider returning and most definitely recommend this to family and friends.

    Reviewed by RuthFeb 2007

  • "The accommodation was to an extremely high standard, loved the layout and furnishings and loved the double shower and sauna."

    The view of the hills is lovely. The place was spotless and the cake the owners left delicious. The accommodation was well situated to walk into the village and plenty of walks nearby to walk the dog. We will definitely be back again.

    Mr & Mrs RiddleJan 2007

  • "This was the best accomodation we have stayed in."

    The owners could not have been any friendlier, we had a cake baked for our arrival. The house was clean, bright and very well maintained. The surrounding area is beautiful with lots of things to do nearby. We had a very relaxing week and recharged our batteries. We cannot recommend this cottage highly enough.

    Reviewed by KirstyDec 2006

  • "A beautiful and cosy place - a real home from home with fabulous scenery."

    We loved it.

    Reviewed by RichardNov 2006

  • "A return visit, and just as good as the first time."

    A very high standard throughout, and the owner seems only too willing to assist in any way possible.

    Reviewed by AndyNov 2006

  • "One of the best places we have stayed in."

    Very individual property in an excellent position for touring the Highlands. We can recommend this property highly for a quirky place to stay!

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2006

  • "We loved the fact that you could step out of your door, onto the station, and catch a train!"

    Reviewed by CarolynSep 2006

  • "The Signal Box was a wonderful place to stay, it was well equipped, well decorated, extremely clean, and very comfortable."

    A great base for touring the surrounding areas, there was such a lot to see and do we will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2006

  • "The Signal Box itself was a lovely house, both original in its design and very comfortable."

    The attention to detail was wonderful with little touches that made the stay very pleasant. We really enjoyed our stay there and would recommend it very highly.

    Reviewed by JimJul 2006

  • "The location of the Signal Box was perfect; quiet, peaceful and relaxing."

    A lovely outlook from the 'upstairs' living area across the valley; fields with animals & birds and the golf course.

    Reviewed by Alison & ColinJul 2006

  • "Property far outweighed our expectations."

    Position and standard of property excellent.

    Reviewed by NeilJun 2006

  • "The property was very pleasant and comfortable."

    There was fresh flowers in the property. We had been left milk orange juice and a lovely chocolate cake. I would return to this property again and have already recommended it to relatives.

    Reviewed by Carole AnneMay 2006

  • "Despite being beside a working railway line, it was undoubtedly the peace and quiet."

    The views from the Signal Box were outstanding. It was the perfect retreat.

    Reviewed by GerardMar 2006

  • "The accommodation was spot on and the views surrounding were brilliant, would recommend a visit."

    Reviewed by GrahamFeb 2006

  • "More than pleased with the property, an exceptional standard throughout!"

    Super welcome with home made cakes - well recommended, thank you!

    Reviewed by AndyFeb 2006

  • "The Signal Box is an exceptional property, in a beautiful location."

    It is furnished to a high standard, and is very clean.

    Reviewed by KevinOct 2005

  • "Marvelous views from the property."

    Fresh flowers and home baked bread cake on our arrival- a nice touch. Everything first class.

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2005

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Signal box, its in a perfect location, well kept, homely and was just what we wanted for a get away from it all break."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by HughSep 2005

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The property

Something a bit special!

This quirky detached wooden property, built in 2004 in the form of a signal box, is adjacent to the station in the Badenoch & Strathspey village of Newtonmore and was featured in The Times' list of '50 best cottages, beach houses and rural retreats' in January 2013.

To make the most of the panoramic views towards the River Spey and Cairngorm Mountains, the accommodation is upside down, with a spacious, open plan living area on the first floor, while on the ground floor are a double bedroom and bathroom with sauna.

Decorated to a high standard, this charming property is in an ideal location to explore the village and take advantage of the walking in the area.

The cottage is 150 metres from a link into the Wildcat Trail - a 7km orbital walk and path network.

The other attractions of the Cairngorms National Park are also within easy reach - an excellent base at any time of year!


  • One ground floor double bedroom
  • Ground floor shower room with shower cubicle, basin, WC and sauna
  • Utility room
  • Internal stairs to spacious first floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Balcony from sitting area.
  • Electric night storage heaters with woodburner in sitting area
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher,Smart TV, radio, CD, WiFi
  • Sauna, electricity and fuel for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair & stairgate on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Balcony off first floor living area and gravelled area with picnic table
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops & pubs 10 mins walk.

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About the location


Kingussie 3 miles; Aviemore 15 miles; Fort William 45 miles; Inverness 47 miles.

Overlooking the River Spey, in the Cairngorms National Park (Britain's largest), Newtonmore has several shops and pubs, as well as two excellent, award-winning museums - the Highland Folk Museum and Clan MacPherson Museum. Newtonmore's Wildcat Trail is a popular, 7-mile circular walk around the edge of the village, taking in the River Spey with woodland, moorland and wonderful views across the valley to the Cairngorms, and behind the village to the Monadhliath Mountains - a fitting introduction to the delights of the National Park. For younger visitors, the Folk Park, the Wildlife Park at Kincraig, Landmark at Carrbridge and the Steam Railway are all outstanding local attractions. The area offers fine golf, fishing, pony trekking, walking, birdwatching, cycling, mountain biking, climbing and skiing, making it an ideal base from which to discover all that this scenic area of Scotland has to offer.

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