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3 Osprey Drive

Boat of Garten, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 971585)

4.4

Very good

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews

15 Customer Reviews

  • "Nice house and location, but inadequate seating for 6, and main bed extremely firm"

    Reviewed by GeorgeOct 2021

  • "Just a few things that could do with improvement."

    The accommodation is for 6 the lounge only sits 5? There are no mirrors, seating or small tables in any bedrooms for ladies who need to dry their hair! The accommodation has so much to offer in other ways 3 bathrooms large garden. Sadly no seating in garden or area for BBQ when weather was great that is a shame. A couple fold up chairs in shed but not enough. Also bathroom floors were dirty needed cleaning. Instructions for heating are very poor and couple of nights when bit chilly couldn’t get it to work. I hope owners who appear to be a company hence missing personal touches take this on board.

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2021

  • "A very comfy cottage indeed."

    A couple of shallow bowls which could go in microwave would be v useful. Decor is cheerful rather than as garish as in photos. Very well located for enjoying the Cairngorm area.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2020

  • "Lovely, spacious, comfortable house in a fantastic setting."

    Reviewed by VickiFeb 2020

  • "Booking was a little glitchy - Sykes gave us directions to a different property (around 10 miles away) to the one we had booked, and re-sent the same incorrect details when we flagged this up."

    Happily, after we contacted them again, the correct directions were given. We know the area of the property well, but those unfamiliar with the geography should check carefully before travelling. We were a party of 6. The property itself: Pros: The house was nice and warm when we arrived, and was spotlessly clean. 3 bathrooms with plenty of hot water. Enough parking for 3 cars. An excellent and affordable base for cycling, walking, and the many other attractions in the area. Small garden at the rear, where we stored our bikes. Peaceful location. Good TV and freeview/Netflix. Wifi excellent - although the router is lying on the floor next to the front door and should probably be on a table to prevent accidental damage. Good storage space for clothing in bedrooms. Kitchen appliances are fine. Cons: The kitchen is missing a few items, which was odd for a holiday home. These included Oven Gloves; a mixing/salad bowl; a cafetiere (or similar, to make fresh coffee); insufficient crockery. There were lots of non-matching glasses, bowls, plates. There was lots of cleaning materials (e.g. bleach) scattered randomly around the house (e.g. in kitchen cupboards; wardrobes). The freezer needs defrosted. Quite a lot of leftover non-perishable goods were in one of the kitchen cupboards - it wasn't clear if these were for our use, or were the owner's. Quite a lot of the owner's possessions were left around in various places (e.g. linen; correspondence; cardboard box for baby's cot; small items of clothing). 2 of our party got locked in each of the upstairs bathroom - this has previously been noted in previous reviews and some maintenance is needed for the locks. The upstairs radiators need bleeding. Lots of spare lightbulbs in cupboards all over the house, but none that fitted the broken upstairs main bedroom table lamp. There are only 2 power sockets behind the TV and when we used the DVD player we had to unplug etc - an extension adapter would be good. The DVD power cable is far too short. We couldn't find a remote control for the DVD player but managed to work it. The lounge comfortably seats 5 people - another chair is needed - or a larger sofa. We brought a camping chair with us which worked ok. There wasn't a welcome pack as such when we arrived - we came across it accidentally when looking for the DVD remote in the coffee table drawer. This needs updated - some of the attractions mentioned are not working (e.g. Funicular). Soft furnishings were generally sparse. For example, some blinds in the kitchen and a rug or two would add some warmth. The downstairs bed is not very comfortable. Overall, the location is strongly recommended for a week's holiday. It's a pity that some of the feedback from previous guests has not been acted on. I think that with a few minor adjustments, this house would move from being adequate/good to excellent.

    Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. Your points will also be reviewed to ensure that our property descriptions are accurate and not misleading. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to call on the details below. Our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2019

  • "Very good location,The house was very good."

    I would recommend some small adjustments to some of the doors because they did not close very well.The other improvements would be better single beds and seating for six people in the lounge.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2019

  • "The stay was perfect, the cottage is so nice."

    Very fine with 3 beedrooms, 2 to of them are ensuite. Beeding was very good. It is plenty of space and everything ist new and very clean. There is so much to do and see in this area, holidays could not be better.

    Reviewed by PetraJun 2019

  • "The accommodation was really good."

    As has been said before the only thing that lets it down is the fact it is freezing when you get there and it takes a while to understand the heating. Once you do that it takes 12 hours before it warms up but then it is really warm. Really handy place for the highlands. Well equipped cottage. The fridge, freezer and dishwasher needs a clean as they are smelling.

    Reviewed by HeatherMay 2019

  • "New, good quality house at entrance of village, which was very clean throughout."

    However, there is a problem drying laundry if there is poor weather, as there is no tumble dryer, and the upstairs heating and towel rails worked intermittently. Also, the double beds were very comfortable - the single beds not so much.

    Reviewed by HazelApr 2019

  • "This cottage was fantastic."

    It was really clean & modern and had everything you need. The supplies were the best I've experienced, plently of kitchen roll, toilet roll, hand soap, washing up powder & bleach etc, this was a nice touch. The beds upstairs were comfy & it was great having en suites (we didn't use the downstairs bedroom). The house was cold on the Saturday (as mentioned in a previous review) but after that, the heating was great. This was our favourite cottage and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by MattMar 2019

  • "When we arrived the house was freezing."

    It states electric heating but it is an underfloor heating system which took 12 hours to heat up the house properly. Once the house was warm the heating system is good. I noticed the instructions were to switch of the water when we left. If the owners understood their heating system they would know that the water needs to be on also for the house to heat effectively. For me this was a very negative start to our holiday.There is an oil filled radiator which helped a little but not good enough. If the house has not been used for at least a few days and it is cold outside common sense and courtesy should show that the heating and water needs to be on all day for guests arriving at 3pm. They also need to put blinds on the kitchen window and patio doors. The property is not overlooked but at night time you need blinds or curtains. On a positive note it is a nice comfortable house in an good area for walking and for relaxing. It will be the last property I book through Sykes as.with experience you get a better service booking direct from an Owner. Previous negative comments have already stated about no blinds in the kitchen and the twin room .The feedback doesn't seem to be working.

    Reviewed by ValerieNov 2018

  • "The house is well appointed and very clean."

    there were four adults sharing the house, 2 married couples,and on booking we new that one of the double rooms was down stairs which was perfectly ok. however the double bed in the down stairs room was most uncomfortable..the bed is a box construction with the mattress set in it and when laid down the mattress sinks below the box sides of the bed.most uncomfortable. this resulted in moving to the twin bedded room upstairs but in that room there are no blinds or curtains on the two low level velux windows thus affording no privacy.we had to improvise with towels and a large flat pack box which had been stored in the other upstairs bedroom. please advise the owner and if these two points are rectified the house will be perfect. thank you

    Reviewed by SydneySep 2018

  • "The addition of garden furniture would be a big bonus ..."

    The addition of garden furniture would be a big bonus the lounge is let down by only having seating for 5 having to use a kitchen chair is not a very comfortable option

    Reviewed by LynnAug 2018

  • "Great quality accommodation in this luxury house."

    Bedrooms very spacious, super comfortable beds and bathrooms excellent with fantastic showers. Lovely peaceful living room and well kitted our kitchen. Environmentally friendly heating and everything is efficient. The village is lovely and shops and pubs/restaurants in walking distance. Lots of bike rides and walks straight from the house. The house is in a little modern estate and it’s all very spacious. If you are bringing bikes there is no bike shed but you can attach to the fence outside or take them into the spacious hall. Would highly recommend this house.

    Reviewed by LouiseJul 2018

  • "The property is excellent and is in an excellent location to stay in the Spey valley."

    The directions to the property that Sykes provide are inadequate. You need to give a more detailed location in Boat of Garten. People can easily find the village, however, you don't describe how to find the house. The post code is so new it is not shown correctly on satnav or Google maps. Fortunately we know the area very well so knew were to go.

    Reviewed by GeorgeJun 2018

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The property

A beautifully modern cottage engulfed by the wonders of the Cairngorms National Park, on the outskirts of the lovely Boat of Garten.

With a high-quality interior and some astounding outdoor opportunities nearby, bring your family and friends along to 3 Osprey Drive for a trip to remember.

The ground floor is bursting with style and class, a contemporary kitchen/diner is well-equipped and boasts a fashionable clay-tone theme with touches of vibrant red uplifting the layout.

As well as benefiting from a cosy and inviting sitting room, this floor also boasts a gleaming, white family bathroom and a tastefully decorated king-size bedroom lying adjacent.

The first floor of the property presents two further bedrooms, both dressed to a similarly pristine standard, they each benefit from their own convenient en-suite facilities.

In the summer months, stroll out onto the private lawned garden and enjoy a drink with your loved ones with the refreshing countryside air to accompany it.

Boat of Garten is a delightful little village to base your break, providing the visitor with a small selection of charming amenities, as well as its 18-hole golf course.

As well as being a short distance from the wonderful town of Aviemore, this location allows you to venture into the heavenly Cairngorms and discover all that it can offer.

Enjoy this luscious cottage with your nearest and dearest all-year-round.

Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor king-size, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner, Sitting room (seats 5)
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawn with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: No hen/stag parties or similar

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About the location

BOAT OF GARTEN

Aviemore 7 miles; Grantown-on-Spey 7 miles.

Boat of Garten is a small village situated in the Cairngorms National Park near the River Spey. Due to its rural location, the village is a great base for those seeking to discover the impressive, rugged landscape of the region and the abundance of wildlife that resides here. Due to its close proximity to the large population of Ospreys at RSPB: Loch Garten, the village is also known as Osprey Village. In the village itself, you can find the family run 1896 Gallery, Anderson's Restaurant, a Post Office with a delicatessen, a shop with a cafe and The Boat Hotel where you spend an evening dining out in style. Enjoy fishing on the River Spey, or play a round of golf at the Boat of Garten Golf and Tennis Club, which boasts an 18-hole course designed by professional golfer and golf-course architect, James Braid. The village is a short drive from the town of Aviemore, where you can enjoy outdoor activities all year round; enjoy skiing in the winter months, or walk, climb and cycle through the summer. Also nearby is the Caledonian Pine Forest, with many marked walks and trails to explore. Boat of Garten is a wonderful spot from which to enjoy a holiday exploring this stunning national park.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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